Blotter, July 8, 2013

Man who drowned ID’d

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office said that Robert Draper, 45, of Grand Junction was the man who died after an incident Saturday on the Colorado River east of Palisade.

The cause of death is asphyxia from drowning, and the manner of death is accidental, the report said.

Citations, DUI after fight


A drunken brawl after midnight June 30 outside 1642 Walnut Ave. led Grand Junction police to issue multiple citations and arrest a man on suspicion of DUI who sped away from the scene in his truck.

Brandon Hoff, 21, was issued a citation for disorderly house because of “underage drinking, fighting, litter on the premises, and damage to property,” according to an affidavit.

Police were dispatched to the address on report of a fight, and Hoff had an injury, which police said they later learned was a result of that fight.

A responding officer saw Andrew Meil, 21, drive by him in a hurry from the address, accelerating amid groups of people. The road dead-ended though, and when police contacted Meil after he tried to park, he was suspected of driving under the influence and arrested. He later recorded a blood-alcohol level of .167.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Vesper Starr, 42, is accused of criminal mischief after being contacted June 24 at 2322 U.S. Highway 6&50, B2, and is alleged to have created a false police report and attempted to break the window of a Grand Junction police car.

■ An illegal cultivation of marijuana was located in the northeast quadrant of the city. An investigation is ongoing.

■ Danni McNeely, 24, is accused of criminal mischief for damaging a victim’s property at 2607 Kennedy Court on July 2, causing a loss of less than $500.

■ Seth Burkholder, 30, is accused of possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to provide insurance and speeding.

■ Greg Medvesk, 20, is accused of obstruction and driving with a defective headlamp on July 4.

■ A known male allegedly sexually assaulted a victim several weeks ago in the southeast part of the city. An investigation is ongoing.

■ A known subject is suspected of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and theft valued at less than $500. An investigation is ongoing.

■ Billy Roberts, 48, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and allegedly found to be in possession of less than 2 grams of methamphetamine after being contacted July 4 at Fifth Street and Chipeta Avenue.


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