Blotter: July 14, 2009

Drug-case details sealed

• A judge on Monday signed off on a motion by Mesa County prosecutors to seal affidavits for three men arrested on drug charges Sunday by the Grand Junction Police Department. Ricard Almontes-Pineda, 41; Uciel Valdez-Alcantar, 20; and Jesus Martinez-Ramirez, 34, were advised Monday on charges including possession with intent to distribute, and special offender charges. District Attorney Pete Hautzinger asked a judge for high bonds on both men because of the “weapons and quantity of drugs” in the case. All three were ordered held on $150,000 bond each. Federal immigration authorities have placed holds on the men, preventing them posting bonds, as suspected illegal immigrants.

Rash of DUIs reported

• Grand Junction police officers netted seven drunken drivers Sunday night and the Colorado State Patrol netted two misdemeanor arrests for drunken-driving related infractions, according to police reports. Those who received summonses for allegedly drinking and driving include, Aaron Harper, 23; Jade Ortego, 26; Dennis Shopbell, 44; a 16-year-old boy and Craig Claussen, 27. Those arrested and booked into Mesa County Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor charges related to drinking and driving include, Jeremy Martin Brownson, 38; Leona Rose Fulton, 33; and Ryan Harvey, 24. John Cooley, 49, was booked into Mesa County Jail on misdemeanor charges related to drinking and driving and a felony charge of being a habitual offender.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• Bridgette Britian, 51, on Saturday received a summons for allegedly shoplifting at a business at 636 Market St.

• Celso Salazar, 59, on Saturday received a summons for allegedly shoplifting at a business at 200 Rood Ave.

• Jesse Baker, 27; Brady Finnessey 27; and Andrew Ray, 27, on Sunday received summonses for allegedly disturbing the peace at 3135 Summit Meadows Court.

• Items valued at more than $1,000 were taken Saturday from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway of a home in the 600 block of Pineneedle Court.

• A Yamaha four-wheeler valued at more than $1,000 was taken Sunday from a home in the 2700 block of B 1/2 Road.

• Items valued at more than $1,000 were taken Sunday from a locked vehicle parked in the 2400 block of U.S. Highway 6&24.

• A firearm was taken Sunday from the garage of a home in the 2800 block of Music Ave.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• Deputies took a report Sunday about a person in the 400 block of Aspen Grove Drive yelling at his neighbor because his children were playing in his yard.


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