Blotter: March 21, 2009

Barn burns; horses saved

• A barn and two sheds were destroyed by fire in Mack early Friday morning, according to authorities. Several horses were saved,
Lower Valley Fire Protection District firefighters were called to a home near Colorado Highway 139 and O Road just after 2 a.m., after an area from a controlled burn reignited. The property owner had been burning a ditch Thursday evening.
Mesa County sheriff’s deputies and a volunteer firefighter who lives in the area brought several horses out of their corrals and away from the fire.
Fifty to 100 bales of hay were destroyed.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• Thomas Mardell Brinkerhoff, 44, address unknown, was issued a summons early Thursday morning after an accident at 27 and F 1/2 roads. He was issued a summons on suspicion of driving under the influence, careless driving, failing to report an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.

•  Joseph Ryan Merrill, 28, 667 33 Road, was arrested Thursday on a warrant alleging theft of less than $500.

•  A thief entered a restaurant in the 1500 block of North Avenue on Thursday and stole less than $1,000 cash.

•  A burglar entered several vehicles and attempted to enter a house in the 1700 block of David Street early Friday morning.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  Michael Allen Gallegos, 26, of Beulah, was arrested Thursday on a warrant on suspicion of first-degree auto theft, theft of between $1,000 and $20,000 and a probation violation.

•  A woman living in the 200 block of West Gloucester Circle reported Thursday that someone entered three vehicles at her house and stole more than $800 in items from one of them.


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