Blotter: July 24, 2009

Dead man in desert ID’d

• Scott Wayne Carlson, 60, of Clifton has been identified as the man found dead Saturday evening in the desert north of Grand Junction.

Carlson had two brothers in other states who were notified before a death notice for

Carlson was released Thursday.

The Mesa County Coroner concluded earlier this week that Carlson’s death likely did not involve foul play. Toxicology tests have not yet produced results.

Grease thief slips away

• A person with a contract to pick up grease reported several gallons of that grease had been stolen from numerous restaurants around the Mesa Mall area before the contractor could pick it up.

The grease was worth more than $1,000, according to Grand Junction police.

The theft occurred sometime between July 20 and July 22.

Buniger Fire at 20 acres

• The Buniger Fire north-northwest of Fruita in the Bookcliffs area grew to about 20 acres by 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Smoke from the fire is visible in the valley. One Bureau of Land Management fire
engine was on scene Thursday. A BLM fire crew monitored the fire.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• A juvenile was taken to the Department of Youth Corrections on Tuesday on suspicion of hitting another juvenile on the back and neck with a rake while the two worked outdoors in the 600 block of 27 1/2 Road.

• Officers interviewed a man at St. Mary’s Hospital early Thursday morning after the man was allegedly hit with an object during a fight at a party in the 1700 block of North 21st Street. There are no suspects.

• A motorcycle valued at more than $20,000 was stolen Wednesday from 580 Eastwood St.

• A burglar stole more than $1,000 worth of items from a home in the 2700 block of Skyline Drive on Tuesday.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department

• Deputies asked a man to stop text messaging his ex-girlfriend Wednesday in Clifton after he allegedly texted her four times and said he would continue to send messages.

• Devon Easterling, 21, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of threatening people with a knife at 2915 Orchard Ave.

• A vehicle’s driver side door received $500 worth of damage Wednesday in the 200 block of Fifth Street in Clifton.


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