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 Craigslist.com 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.