Blotter, June 21, 2013

Vets’ gravesites vandalized

Mesa County Crime Stoppers is seeking those responsible for about $9,000 in damage and property loss reported last month at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 2970 North Ave. Sometime between 10 p.m. on May 21 and 7 a.m. on May 22, somebody removed bronze flower vases from several veterans’ headstones, located in the “Devotion” area of the cemetery. Anyone with information is asked to call 241-STOP, while tips can be left online at

Nude photo brings charge


Omar Macias, 19, of Lakewood, N.J., was arrested last week on suspicion of Internet sexual exploitation of a child and obscenity, all stemming from a nude photo of himself allegedly sent last fall to a 12-year-old girl in Mesa County, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department opened an investigation in October after a parent of the girl discovered Macias’ nude picture on the girl’s cellphone. The cellphone had been taken away as punishment over an unrelated issue, the affidavit said.

Interviewed by police in New Jersey in April, Macias initially denied any crime but eventually admitted sending the photo after he knew the girl was under age 18, the affidavit said. She told investigators she met Macias while playing an online game, IMVU, where members use 3D avatars to chat and play games. Macias is being held at the Mesa County Jail on $50,000 bond.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Police opened an investigation Tuesday after a woman in the 2900 block of B Road reported someone burned a hole in her trampoline, according to a report. No suspects were reported. Damage was estimated at less than $500.

■ A man reported Tuesday someone ransacked three of his vehicles parked in the 300 block of East Highland Drive. Nothing was reported missing. All of the vehicles had been left unlocked.

■ A victim was assaulted and robbed Wednesday of items worth less than $50 inside of the victim’s residence in the 500 block of Glen Road.

■ A vehicle worth less than $20,000 was reported stolen Monday from 3231 Lakeside Drive.

■ A blue 2002 Kia Spectra was reported stolen June 4 from an address in the 2500 block of U.S. Highway 6&50.

■ A vehicle was reported stolen Tuesday from 1441 Bunting Ave.

■ Brady Sipe, 27, was cited Monday on suspicion of trespassing at 2770 U.S.  Highway 50.

■ Nehemiah Rowe, 24, was issued a summons Sunday for suspicion of trespassing after he allegedly entered a business in the 2500 block of Rimrock Drive.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■ A man working on a construction crew, Mountain Valley LLC, reported Wednesday someone stole 17 to 18 gallons of diesel fuel from a water truck at 31 and D 1/2 roads. A tire was also punctured.

■ A woman in the 400 block of Forelle Court reported Wednesday that someone shattered the rear window on her parked vehicle and removed her child’s diaper bag. The bag was found tossed nearby,  but nothing was missing.

■ A store clerk at C&F, 437 32 Road, reported someone early Thursday dumped a “drug kit,” a Crown Royal bag with a hypodermic needle, spoon, tubing, straw and a glass smoking pipe, down the toilet of the store’s restroom.


According to the Montrose Police Department:

■ Gage Grimes, 20, was cited Wednesday on suspicion of criminal tampering in the 1300 block of East Main Street.

■ Kenneth Erickson, 64, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and leaving the scene after striking an unattended vehicle in the 300 block of East Main Street.


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