Blotter: March 16, 2009

No one hurt in house fire

• No one was injured in a house fire Sunday night in Fruita.
All four people living in the home at 987 Catalpa Court evacuated the house before the Lower Valley Fire Protection District was dispatched to the scene, said Fire Chief Frank Cavaliere.
The blaze was caused by hot ashes put into a garbage bin. The ashes melted the bin, and the fire melted a gas meter and scorched portions of the house’s exterior.
Neighbors doused the flames with a garden hose, Cavaliere said.
He did not know how much damage was done to the home.

Cocaine suspected in GJ

• Derrick Anthony Coates, 21, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of three counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and two counts of intent to distribute marijuana, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.
Coates was arrested after the car he was riding in was pulled over in a traffic stop.

Rescue Mission evacuated

• No one was injured when the Rescue Mission of Grand Junction, 550 South Ave., had to be evacuated Saturday night because of a gas leak. Approximately 35 people were affected.
Gas has been turned off at the Rescue Mission, pending further work on the leak, which is expected to happen today, a woman at the Rescue Mission said Sunday morning.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  A burglar entered an apartment within city limits Saturday and poured different substances on furniture, carpeting and other surfaces, causing less than $1,000 in damage. Items valued at less than $500 also were stolen. The Police Department did not say where the apartment was.

•  A vandal broke into a vehicle parked on Autumn Glen by shattering the rear window with an unknown object. Damage is estimated at less than $1,000.

•  A vandal shot a pellet gun at a home in the 2400 block of Apricot Court, causing less than $500 in damage.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  Ronald Gaye Miller, 27, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of felony stalking and menacing.

•  A man was clocked Saturday going 61 mph in a 35-mph zone at 29 Road from U.S. Highway 50. When he was pulled over, the driver told a deputy he was on his way to a church to pick up his parents.

•  A debit card and a small amount of cash were stolen from a car parked in the 3000 block of Eagle Wood Court.

•  Vandals used red spray paint to create images on the side of a Clifton home in the 500 block of Verano Street. The spray paint was removed without causing damage to the home.


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