Blotter: June 16, 2009

Boats sink in Lake Powell

• A fire sank two boats Friday night at Wahweap Marina on Lake Powell.
The boats were docked at the marina alongside others. No one was believed to be on the two boats involved in the fire at the time they sank and no one was injured in the blaze, said National Park Service spokesman Brian Sweatland.
Authorities believe the fire started on one boat and spread to another before the dock was evacuated, according to Sweatland. Sweatland did not know who owned the boats, just that they were privately owned. Coconino County is investigating the fire.

Evidence search finished

• Authorities have concluded a search for remains and evidence where a woman’s body was found Friday west of Glenwood Springs.
Investigators have not yet been able to identify the woman, and her cause of death is still undetermined. The case is being treated as a homicide.
Crews on Sunday night finished up a search in the area of an orchard where the dismembered body was discovered on Canyon Creek Road off Interstate 70. The road has been reopened to regular traffic.
Garfield County sheriff’s spokeswoman Holly Hopple said she didn’t know if all of the woman’s remains have been found.
Authorities are hoping for tips in the case and could benefit by the extensive media attention it has garnered.
“I do know it has been receiving national coverage,” Hopple said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 970-945-0453. Anonymous tips may be left with the office’s Crime Stoppers phone line at 970-945-0101.
The victim was a white female, about 20 to 35 years old, with brown hair and blond highlights, multiple tattoos and extensive dental work.

Driver dies after wreck

• An unrestrained driver of a vehicle that rolled off Interstate 70 on Sunday near
De Beque died after being thrown about 70 feet, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
The driver is identified as Teri L. Pooley of Grand Junction, the State Patrol said.
Troopers suspect alcohol and speed are factors in the crash. The car was traveling east when it crashed about 3:30 p.m. The car had veered into the center median and started turning counter-clockwise, skidding 62 feet sideways before rolling twice, troopers said.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• Vandals damaged windows and a door at the construction site of the new Christ Center, 1235 Bookcliff Ave., causing more than $1,000 in damage.

• Two cars were stolen in Grand Junction: one on June 8 on Grand Mesa Avenue and one June 14 in a parking lot at 2428 F Road. Both vehicles were valued at less than $1,000.

• Vandals slashed tires and broke windows on two vehicles parked June 13 in a parking lot at 2601 Belford Ave.

• A gun was reportedly pointed at another person June 14 in the 1600 block of North 15th Street.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• A cat sustained minor injuries from a BB gunshot wound Sunday at 285 Arlington Drive. The incident was reported to Mesa County Animal Control.

• A man found by sheriff’s deputies lying in the road unconscious and not breathing at 3737 F 1/4 Road in Palisade was reportedly intoxicated. He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.

• Krisann Elaine Post, 626 Grand View Drive, Grand Junction, called sheriff’s deputies Sunday evening to report Mesa Lakes Resort staff were rude to her. Post said she would never return to the resort. Resort staff told the responding officer they did not want Post to return.


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