Blotter: July 9, 2014

Collision kills man, 38

Jose Castro-Lainez, 38, Basalt, died Saturday on Colorado Highway 82 when the white Toyota sedan he was driving east in the westbound lanes crashed head-on with a westbound Toyota SUV driven by Carbondale’s Chris Tipton, according to a release from the Colorado State Patrol.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but alcohol was possibly a contributing factor, State Patrol said.

Castro-Lainez died on scene.

Tipton suffered severe, but non-life-threatening, injuries. Highway 82 was closed for nearly four hours during the investigation.

Disturbance at store


Steven Gomez was issued a citation Monday on suspicion of third-degree criminal trespass at Maverik, 3249 F Road, after a store employee told authorities that customers came into the store complaining that Gomez was “bothering them,” according to a report from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Gomez was issued a trespassing notice at the same location on Sunday after he reportedly tried to buy alcohol but didn’t have enough money and then went outside and “was bothering customers for money,” the report said.

Gomez has had “many previous law enforcement contacts” for being an “aggressive panhandler” who tries to get into people’s vehicles and intimidates them when asking for money, the report alleged.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Elizabeth R. Salo, 37, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of reckless endangerment, child abuse and criminal mischief. She was accused of driving her vehicle from a driveway in the 2800 block of North Avenue in a manner that caused rocks to be thrown that hurt people and damaged a trailer. She was released at the scene.

■ Stacey M. Collins, 42, was arrested and released on a summons Sunday on suspicion of disorderly conduct and having a dog off leash at 287 27 Road. She was reportedly yelling expletives at people.

■ Katelin L. Morela, 18, was arrested and released on a summons Saturday on suspicion of criminal mischief after being accused of throwing a bottle through the back window of a vehicle, causing more than $500 in damage in the 300 block of Ridge Circle Drive.

■ Oldrich Banda, 48, was arrested Monday on suspicion of criminal impersonation, driving without a valid license, failure to provide proof of insurance and displaying fictitious plates. He also had been named in a failure-to-appear warrant.

■ David Albert Schroeder, 39, was issued a summons and released Friday on suspicion of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

■ A man reported Saturday that a computer was missing from his house in the 2800 block of Daybreak Avenue.

■ Someone reportedly used a deadly weapon to menace others Monday in the 2800 block of South Forest

■ An assault was reported on a man Sunday in the 500 block of Main Street.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Dustin Meinrad Marti, 33, Grand Junction, was arrested Monday on suspicion of vehicular eluding, criminal mischief of less than $500, harassment, violation of a protection order, domestic violence, speeding 25-39 mph over the limit, improper passing on the left, reckless driving and DUI.

■ Casey Michelle Mathis, 23, Clifton, was arrested Monday on suspicion of first-degree burglary, third-degree assault, child abuse with no injury but with criminal negligence and domestic violence.

■ A man reported Monday that two windows on his work truck parked in the 2200 block of H Road were broken. The windows were valued at about $500.

■ A woman reported Tuesday that the rear window of her son’s vehicle was broken out in the 3100 block of Sharptail Street. The damage was estimated at $350. 


According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Deputies took a report of indecent exposure Monday in the Carbondale area.


According to the Montrose Police Department:

■ Eric L. Costello, 32, Montrose, was arrested Monday on suspicion of harassment, obstruction of phone services, criminal mischief, criminal tampering and resisting arrest in the 3200 block of Meadows Parkway.

■ An investigation continues into reports of fraud filed Monday in the 1900 block of Sara E. Lane and in the 1200 block of South Mesa Avenue.


According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office:

■ A stolen vehicle was recovered Monday. It had been reported stolen during the Fourth of July weekend in the county.


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