Blotter, July 17, 2013

Man falls asleep, crashes car

A man who had fallen asleep at the wheel crashed into three other unoccupied vehicles in the parking lot of The Stockyard Restaurant in Delta on Friday afternoon, according to the Delta Police Department.

Ronald Vonhagen, 74, of Ketchum, Idaho, was traveling north from Montrose into Delta when his vehicle veered off the road in the 1200 block of Main Street. Vonhagen sustained minor injuries, but no one else was injured in the incident, police said. One of the vehicles landed on its side and was pushed up against a tree. Alcohol is not considered a factor in the accident.

Home in Delta burns


The occupants of a home in the 800 block of East Fourth Street in Delta are staying with family members after their home burned in a fire Monday night, according to the Delta Police Department.

The two people who lived in the home were evacuated safely, Delta police said. Police officers also evacuated the residents of neighboring homes during the incident.


According to the Fruita Police Department:

■ Charges are pending for a 15-year-old boy who is accused of setting a tree on fire in Little Salt Wash Park on July 2.

■ The driver of a city of Fruita public works truck struck a carport roof in the 1100 block of E. Carolina Avenue on July 3.

■ An officer responded to a report of a theft of gasoline from the 100 block of S. Park Square on July 8.

■ Someone destroyed two lawn gnomes and stole another one in the 300 block of S. Pine Street on July 9. The gnomes are valued at $300.

■ A purse and its contents valued at $172 were stolen from a vehicle parked at the Fruita Recreation Center, 324 N. Coulson St. on July 11.

■ A resident turned in a ring that was found in the roadway near 18 and K roads on July 11.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Deputies were dispatched to a report of shots fired in the 100 block of 29 Road on Saturday. A man told deputies he had finished cleaning his gun and his thumb slipped off the hammer, discharging the gun and breaking a window in his parents’ home. The man was neither a convicted felon, nor was he intoxicated, so no charges are pending.

■ Deputies determined that a home in the 400 block of Gentle Winds Court had been used to grow marijuana after a woman who recently started living there reported suspicious alterations to the home.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ A man discharged a firearm inside an apartment after making repairs there on July 4.

■ Neil Andrew McKay, 30, was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief, child abuse, disorderly conduct and domestic violence after an investigation showed he damaged a vehicle in the 200 block of 27 Road.

■ Property valued at more than $100 was damaged after somebody broke into a home in the 1300 block of North 15th Street on July 14.

■ Someone caused damage of less than $50 after breaking into a vehicle in the 1900 block of Barcelona Way on July 14.

■ A woman in a position of trust is suspected of sexually assaulting a boy in the northeast part of the city on July 15.


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