Blotter, July 13, 2014

Pricey electronics stolen

The Grand Junction Police Department is asking for help in identifying thieves who stole audio electronics valued at more than $22,000, police said. 

Sometime between 11 p.m. May 7 and 1:30 p.m. May 14, someone entered a Ford F350 truck and a trailer parked in the 2200 block of Tall Grass Drive, police reported. While inside the vehicles, someone removed two Ashly 31 band single-track equalizers and two Galileo 616 audio processors, according to police.

Total estimated property loss exceeds $22,000, police said.

Those with information about the theft may call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867 to qualify for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash.

Callers will remain anonymous, police said.  For information, visit

‘Who done it’ class taught


Several Western Slope high school students learned what real investigators do to solve crimes and track down the bad guys, Grand Junction Police Department reported.

Forensic investigators from the department taught much of the hands-on, three-day course offered by Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College, including blood spatter analysis, forensic photography, and cellphone forensics.

“The idea behind the course is to stimulate interest in forensic science and criminal justice programs,” said Jane Quimby, CMU director of public safety.

Each of the 14 students received a notebook with different modules that were based on an unsolved crime that happened in 1842. 

The case involved a husband and wife who were found dead in a farmhouse. The husband was partially burned in a fireplace. 

Using what they learned throughout the course the students worked to see if they could figure out “who done it.”

Some of the topics covered in the course included:

■ Evidence documentation

■ Fingerprint classification, lifting and comparisons

■  Forensic anthropology

■  Firearms identification analysis

■  Courtroom procedures and testimony


According to Grand Junction Police Department:

■  A known 16-year-old girl was arrested and released on a summons Wednesday after she was contacted at 1202 Gunnison Ave on suspicion of possession and use of tobacco products by an underage person.

■  Jens Ellsworth, 35, was arrested and released on a summons Wednesday on suspicion of drinking alcohol where prohibited when contacted at 424 Gunnison Ave.

■ Two 17-year-old boys were arrested and released on summonses Wednesday for throwing missiles and interfering with police when contacted in the area of North 15th Street and Walnut Avenue after responding to reports of eggs being thrown at vehicles.

■  A 15-year-old girl was arrested and released on a summons Wednesday on suspicion of reckless driving, leaving the scene without providing required information, driving without a valid license, and failure to notify police of an accident, after she was involved in a traffic accident in the 1700 block of Glenwood Ave.

■ Two unknown males are suspected of committing felony theft Wednesday at 630 24 Road.

■  Robin Barniville, 32, was arrested and transported to Mesa County jail Thursday on suspicion of possession of heroin, possession of other drugs with intent to distribute, and possession of illegal drug paraphernalia at 1212 16th St.

■  Angel Frazier, 23, was arrested and released on a summons Thursday at 2882 Elm Ave. on suspicion of third-degree assault that caused minor injury to the victim.

■ Stanley Newton, 68, was arrested and released on a summons in the 1300 block of Orchard Avenue Friday on suspicion of possession/consumption of alcohol where prohibited.

■ Paula Keen, 50, was arrested at First Street and White Avenue Friday after she was found to have used a schedule II substance and drug paraphernalia.


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