Blotter: July 25, 2009

Counterfeit check alleged

• A Mesa woman was arrested Thursday after she allegedly cashed a check she knew to be counterfeit, authorities said.

Brandy Jud Ann Mendenhall, 33, 10959 Mesa St., was jailed on suspicion of theft of $1,000 to $20,000 and first-degree forgery.

According to a Mesa County Sheriff’s Department arrest affidavit, Mendenhall cashed a check for nearly $4,000 at a paycheck-cashing business in Clifton.

Employees there, however, said the check returned unpaid and indicated it appeared the check was counterfeit.

Mendenhall told investigators she had found a work-at-home job on and received a check. She said she was supposed to cash it, keep 10 percent and wire the balance back. She said although she suspected it was a bad check, she cashed it because she needed the money, the affidavit said.

Cocaine sale suspected

• A pair of Grand Junction men were jailed in Eagle on Wednesday on suspicion they sold two ounces of cocaine to undercover officers, then tried to flee in a car.

Matthew Scott Simon, 22, and Michael Joseph Ybarra, 22, are being held at Eagle County Jail on $50,000 bonds.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release that Ybarra faces felony eluding charges after attempting to drive away from arresting officers.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• Jose A. Garcia-Zepeda, 22, 813 E. Cedar Court, Unit B, was arrested early Thursday morning in the 1300 block of Elm Avenue on suspicion of a traffic violation and possession of a controlled substance.

• A burglar entered a home in the 500 block of Swan Drive on Thursday and stole property valued at more than $1,000. The person also did more than $500 of damage.

• A burglar broke into a vehicle near Fifth Street and the Colorado River on Wednesday and stole power tools valued at more than $1,500.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• Deputies received a report Thursday that vandals caused $800 in damage to Scenic Elementary School, 451 W. Scenic Drive.

• A woman reported Thursday that a known person damaged the door to her mother’s house and the door to a shed on the property in the 10000 block of Colorado Highway 65. Damage was estimated at $100.


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