Blotter, July 8, 2014

Kayaker belligerent

A kayaker was so drunk and belligerent on the Colorado River on Sunday that deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office had to detain the boater on the water.

Search and rescue personnel were called on a report of two missing boaters, Lawrence Gallegos, 29, and Cody Mahannah, 30, who had launched their kayaks in Palisade and planned to float to Fruita. Gallegos was located safely near Fruita.

A search and rescue team in a boat located Mahannah after his kayak had flipped, and some people near the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens attempted to keep him from getting back on the water because of his condition, the report said.

When search and rescue caught up with Mahannah, he refused help, so officials used a hook to pull his boat to the side of the rescue boat, put him inside and delivered Mahannah to the Blue Heron boat ramp.

Mahannah, who is on probation and banned from drinking alcohol, was seen drinking a beer as he left the area, a deputy said in the report.

Deputies said they would pass the information on to his probation officer.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Amber Mercer, 19, was arrested June 28 on suspicion of assaulting another person and causing injury.

■ Roberto Santiago, 28, was arrested June 28 on suspicion of attempting to break into a home to steal items.

■ Jeffery McCrum, 44, was arrested June 30 on suspicion of criminal mischief, harassment, false imprisonment and domestic violence after a verbal argument.

■ Zachariah Jones, 19, and Joshua Kellaway, 28, received summonses on suspicion of shoplifting items valued at less than $100 from Walmart, 2881 North Ave., on Thursday.

■ Items valued at less than $20,000 were stolen from a home in the 800 block of Glenwood Avenue on Wednesday.

■ Gloria Miller, 34, received a summons on suspicion of shoplifting items at 2545 Rimrock Ave. on Thursday.

■ A woman is suspected of assaulting a boy with a deadly weapon in her home in the southwest area of the city Thursday.

■ Nathan Channing, 26, received a summons on suspicion of not paying taxi fare in the 2900 block of Paula Lane on Friday.

■ Buster Hartung, 53, received a summons on suspicion of shoplifting items valued at less than $50 at City Market, 200 Rood Ave., on Saturday.

■ Dennis McHugh, 57, received a summons on suspicion of drinking alcohol at Hawthorne Park, 424 Gunnison Ave., on Saturday.

■ Willie Harrell, 38, received a summons on suspicion of drunken driving and leaving the scene without providing information in the 2500 block of Broadway on Saturday.

■ Richard Medina, 53, was arrested Saturday after a traffic stop in the area of 16th Street and Glenwood Avenue after officers discovered he had seven warrants out for his arrest.

■ Tanner Reed, 22, was arrested Saturday on two warrants after being contacted after closing hours at Hawthorne Park, 424 Gunnison Ave.

■ Tosha Green, 31, was arrested Sunday in the 600 block of 25 Road on suspicion of harassing and menacing a person with a deadly weapon and obstructing a police officer.


According to the Fruita Police Department:

■ A cinder block was thrown into a mirror and a sink in public restrooms in Little Salt Lake Wash Park on June 21, causing damages estimated at $600.

■ Two children, ages 2 and 7, were reported playing in the street without supervision in the 800 block of East Aspen Avenue on June 23. An officer contacted a parent of one of the children.

■ Items valued at about $4,000 were stolen from a vehicle in the 500 block of East Harrison Avenue on June 17.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Brent Warren Brandon, 54, 3145 D Road, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of criminal attempt and criminal mischief of $500 to $1,000.


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