Blotter, March 11, 2013

Confrontation at Walmart

Police were called to the Walmart at 2545 Rimrock Ave. Friday evening, on the report of a man who stole a phone from the store.

A police report alleges that Jonathan Howell, 32, was “picking up river rocks from planters and throwing them at the loss prevention employees in an effort to injure them” as he fled the store.

Howell ran into the Lowe’s nearby, according to the report,  and was confronted by an officer with a Taser pointed at him when he tried to run.

Police said Howell had three stolen or forged checks in his possession, and a watch he was wearing still had the string from a pricetag on it. Police determined the watch was stolen from Ross Dress for Less at 2464 Highway 6&50 earlier in the day.

Howell is accused of theft under $1,000, obstruction of a police officer, robbery, criminal possession of a financial device and possession of forged instrument.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone stole less than $20,000 in cash from a victim at 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50 on Dec. 1.

■ Someone entered a vehicle in the 400 block of 28 1/4 Road and removed items valued at more than $1,000 on March 2.

■ John Wesley Plotner, 43, was arrested March 5 at 2713 B 1/2 Road and accused of first-degree criminal trespass and possession.

■ Doyle Lucas, 55, was contacted March 7 by drug task force officers looking for a male matching his description. A background check showed Doyle had a $5,000 outstanding warrant for failure to comply on an arson charge.

■ Shannon Fleming, 36, is accused of theft after allegedly failing to pay for a meal at 2704 S. Highway 50 on March 8.

■  Someone set a trash can on fire March 8, causing a loss of property of less than $500.

■ Charles Browder, 26, is accused of burglary and theft after he allegedly tried to take less than $500 from a business at 2881 North Ave. on Saturday.


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