Blotter, June 18, 2017

Father, son arrested on suspicion of forgery

Police responding to a hospital coffee shop on a fraud report ended up arresting a father and son for allegedly trying to spend counterfeit money.

Michael Gerlach, 66, and Matthew Gerlach, 42, were arrested on suspicion of forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument after they attempted to purchase coffee at the Community Hospital Starbucks on Wednesday.

An employee of the coffee shop used a counterfeit-detection pen on a suspicious-looking $20 bill and found it was not legitimate, according to an arrest affidavit.

Police found that Michael Gerlach had at least five $20 bills that were allegedly counterfeit, and claimed to have withdrawn them from a local bank. They later claimed Matthew Gerlach withdrew the money from a bank in Nevada, according to the affidavit.

The men said they were passing through town and had a broken-down vehicle, and had arrived at the hospital via taxi to visit the emergency room.

Officials also noted they found a small amount of suspected black tar heroin in Matthew Gerlach’s pocket when they were booking him into the Mesa County Jail, and pending charges of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and introduction of contraband were added to his case.


Alcohol citations rise over last year at Country Jam


A total of 50 arrests and citations took place Friday during Country Jam, according to statistics provided by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials issued more than double the citations for alcohol-related offenses at the festival this year as they did last year for the second day of the music event. Deputies also arrested 21-year-old Joseph Miller for a restraining order violation. They also responded to several other reports including sex assault, auto theft, fights, suicidal subjects, trespassing and a verbal disturbance.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Two juveniles were issued summonses for assault after deputies responded to the 300 block of 28 Road on Monday.

■ A burglary was reported in the 200 block of 32½ Road on June 10.

■ Theft of $137 was reported in the 3200 block of I-70 B on Tuesday.

■ A fence was reported damaged in the 3200 block of Swift Fox Court on Wednesday.

■ Vandalism was reported in the 400 block of Mae Street on Thursday.

■ A burglary was reported in the 400 block of Morning Dove Court on Wednesday and $671 worth of property was missing from the home.

■ Theft was reported from a vehicle parked in the 600 block of Glacier Drive on Wednesday.


The Grand Junction Police Department did not release reports on Saturday.


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