Blotter: March 14, 2009
Toxic spill hinders traffic
• The northbound lane of the Colorado Highway 13 bypass in north Rifle will be closed through Friday as crews continue cleaning up a massive toxic spill that occurred March 4.
About 3,000 gallons of a highly flammable natural gas condensate spilled when a tanker rolled along a curve near the intersection with Railroad Avenue, where bypass becomes Colorado Highway 13 and heads north to Meeker. The spilled material went into storm drains. Authorities were able to close those drains to keep the spill from a nearby creek.
Crews on Friday were removing the toxic spill from the drains, according to the Rifle Fire Protection District.
According to the Grand Junction Police Department:
• Two children’s bicycles were stolen Wednesday from a shed in the 2700 block of North Eighth Court.
• A gold four-door Lexus was reported stolen about noon Wednesday from the parking lot of Target at Mesa Mall.
• A thief robbed a home Wednesday in the 300 block of Hillview, taking items valued at more than $1,000.
• Property valued at more than $1,000 was taken Thursday from a home in the 1900 block of North Ninth Street.
• A thief stole cash from a cash register at a business in the 200 block of South Avenue.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:
• An MP3 player valued at $350 was stolen Thursday from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 3200 block of D 7/8 Road.
• A Honda valued at $3,000 was stolen Thursday from outside a home in the 2800 block of Seely Road.
• A Roadmaster mountain bicycle was found in the 500 block of 32 1/2 Road.