Blotter, June 28,2013

Man hit by train identified

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who died after being hit by a train Wednesday night as 34-year-old Clifton resident Travis Lunde.

The incident happened at 33 Road and the train tracks. The cause of death is multiple injuries and the manner of death appears to be accident, according to the coroner’s office. Toxicology reports will be available in three to four weeks.

Woman, 79, dies in crash


A 79-year-old Olathe woman died Wednesday night in a rollover crash in the area of Highway 92 and Crawford Avenue in Delta, according to the Delta Police Department.

Frances Koch was driving west on Highway 92 when her sport utility vehicle drifted off the shoulder twice, then crossed all four lanes of the highway and struck the curb on the south shoulder of the road. The SUV rolled onto its top, then struck a light pole, according to a press release from the Delta Police Department.

Officers from the department responded to the crash at 10:28 p.m. and found Koch had been thrown from the vehicle. She was transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital and died a short time later, according to the Police Department.

Two dogs that had been in the vehicle were found unharmed and returned to family members. Alcohol and speed are not suspected factors in the crash.

Tips sought in hit-and-run


The Grand Junction Police Department is seeking information that will help officers identify the driver of a truck involved in a hit-and-run in the intersection of North Fourth Street and Ouray Avenue.

A person driving a 2000 white Ford F-150 truck side-swiped another truck in the intersection at 2:55 p.m. May 2. The driver pulled over to exchange information with the other driver, but fled the scene with a female passenger when the victim mentioned calling police.

The suspect is a white man with tan skin, between 24 and 28 years of age, approximately 5-feet, 7-inches tall, 160 to 170 pounds, with short hair. Photos of the suspect’s vehicle are available at

Anyone with information about the driver can call Crime Stoppers of Mesa County anonymously at 241-7867, visit or text CRIMES (274637) with “241STOP” with tips. Information that leads to an arrest can earn a tipster up to $1,000 cash.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Several juveniles are suspected of setting a Dumpster fire Wednesday at Teller Arms Shopping Center, 2401 North Ave.

■ Someone removed a motorcycle Tuesday from the 900 block of Unaweep Avenue, causing a loss of less than $5,000.

■ Someone unlawfully entered a residence June 20 in the 2300 block of Hacienda Street, took less than $2,000 worth of property and caused an estimated $1,200 in damage.

■ Nathan White, 49, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of assaulting a person in the 300 block of South Ninth Street.

■ Ruth Poulson, 18, was arrested June 21 on suspicion of assaulting a physically disabled person in the 2000 block of Bunting Avenue.

■ Someone stole less than $50 worth of items Monday from a vehicle in the 200 block of Gunnison Avenue.


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