Blotter: July 26, 2017

Charges likely in crashes

A 36-year-old Grand Junction man was advised on a slew of possible charges Tuesday in connection with two motorcycle crashes and a high-speed chase in June.

Joseph Merrill faces possible charges including two counts of failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury, vehicular eluding and careless driving. He was allegedly the driver of a motorcycle that crashed twice on the night of June 15, first in the 3000 block of Thrush Drive and then near D 1/2 and 33 1/2 roads, after a bloodied Merrill allegedly hopped on his bike and fled following the first accident. A woman who was a passenger suffered a compound fracture of her thumb as a result of the initial crash.

Merrill was issued a $10,000 cash-only bond on Tuesday.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Bryce Sherow, 18, is accused of first-degree criminal trespass, theft, and second-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft on July 17.

■ Someone removed property valued at less than $5,000 from the 800 block of Main Street on July 4.

■ Kelly Beasley, 35, was cited on suspicion of shoplifting on July 18.

■ Stephan Murphy, 25, was cited on suspicion of shoplifting on July 20.

■ Mark White, 46, is accused of menacing and third-degree criminal trespass on Friday.

■ Sam Hartman, 24, Zachary Nation, 24, and Phillip Amador, 38, were each cited on suspicion of disorderly conduct on Saturday.

■ Someone unlawfully entered a vehicle in the 2400 block of Kerk Avenue on Sunday, causing damage and removing property valued at less than $750.

■ Michale Porter, 25, is accused of drug possession on Sunday.

■ Christopher Donaldson, 28, is accused of second-degree assault, harassment, obstruction of phone service and domestic violence on Sunday.

■ Stephanie Ware, 31, is accused of DUI on Monday.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ More than $900 in damage was done to a vehicle in the 500 block of Garfield Drive on Friday.

■ A vehicle was broken into and items were taken in the Bangs Canyon trail head parking lot on Friday.

■ Keenan Ross, 27, is accused of second-degree kidnapping, third-degree assault, criminal mischief and domestic violence on Friday.

■ Patrick Jones, 58, is accused of assault against an at-risk person on Saturday.

■ Virginia Soderstrom, 31, is accused of DUI on Sunday.

■ Money and a firearm were stolen from a vehicle in the 600 block of Stonegate Drive on Sunday.


According to the Delta Police Department:

■ Alexander P. Fultz, 23, Delta, is accused of possession of a weapon by a previous offender, unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon and drug possession on July 17.

■ Clinton W. Atherton, 32, Delta, was cited on suspicion of shoplifting on July 17.

■ Justin T.E. Hiatt, 29, Eckert, is accused of harassment and violating a protection order on July 18.

■ John S. Beres, 58, Delta, is accused of harassment and third-degree criminal trespass on July 18.

■ Nathan D. Montez, 33, Montrose, is accused of criminal mischief on Saturday.

■ Uriel F. Jaracuaro-Bautista, 23, Montrose, is accused of DUI and drug possession on Sunday.


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