Blotter: March 15, 2009

Lizard, owner unhurt in fire

• A man and his pet lizard avoided injury after a fire ripped through their Redlands home early Saturday morning, causing an estimated $100,000 damage, according to the Grand Junction Fire Department.
Firefighters who were called at 1:59 a.m. to a fire at 571 Meadowlark Lane found heavy smoke coming from the home, fire spokesman Mike Page said.
The blaze spread from a wood stove pipe into the attic, and firefighters cut a hole in the roof and took out the ceiling in four rooms in an effort to douse the flames and ventilate the smoke, Page said.
A man living at the home awoke to the smell of smoke and exited the home without injury. Firefighters found a 12-inch water lizard unharmed inside an aquarium after they controlled the fire, Page said.
Page said the fire most likely started in the wood stove pipe and ignited combustibles close to the chimney in the attic.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  Robert Melott, 21, address unknown, was issued a summons Thursday on suspicion of providing alcohol to three minors. Brittany Berens, 20, Cassandra Funk, 18, and Elizabeth Maryanski, 20, were issued summonses on suspicion of underage consumption of alcohol after they were contacted in the 100 block of North Sixth Street.

•  Travis Tunget, 22, address unknown, was issued a summons Friday on suspicion of stealing merchandise from Mesa Mall.

•  A thief cut a fence surrounding a business in the area of 22 Road and U.S. Highway 6&50 on Thursday and stole more than $1,000 in items.

•  A thief entered a vehicle in the 600 block of Kings Glen Loop on Thursday and stole property valued at more than $1,000.

•  A burglar broke into a residence Thursday in the 600 block of Chama Lane and caused damage estimated at less than $1,000 and took property valued at less than $1,000.

•  A thief stole a welder valued at more than $1,000 from an unlocked fenced area behind a business in the area of Fourth Street and Pitkin Avenue on Friday.

•  A vandal caused more than $500 damage Friday to a vehicle parked in the 2800 block of North Avenue.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  A thief stole more than $300 worth of items from a vehicle Friday in the 3000 block of Goldfinch Court.

•  A vandal used BBs to damage four panels of vinyl fence in the 3000 block of Hill Avenue on Friday. The property owner estimated the damage at $300.

•  A thief stole a satellite radio system valued at $250 from a vehicle in the 3000 block of D 1/2 Road. The reporting party thought the vehicle probably was unlocked when the theft occurred.


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