Blotter, March 28, 2014

Trail gives hikers trouble

Four lost hiker groups in the past two weeks, including three in the past three days, prompted the Bureau of Land Management to issue a release reminding hikers accessing the Bookcliffs from Cameo to use caution and plan ahead.

Several other hikers also have gotten lost recently but were able to find their way out of the area.

The BLM said the agency is working to identify the reason behind the spike in lost hikers along the Spring Creek trail.

An increase in sinkholes, along with new trails that wildlife and humans are creating off the main trail, may be misleading people, the BLM said.

Maps to the area are available at the BLM Grand Junction Field Office for a small fee.

Xcel customers lose power


About 1,200 Xcel Energy customers were without power from 9:14 to 10:19 a.m., Thursday in the area between 24 1/2 and 25 1/2 Roads and G Road to U.S. Highways 6 and 50, said Xcel spokesman Fred Eggleston.

A bad underground power cable was the cause of the outage, he added.

Fraud attempt alleged


Charles John Cuppett, 63, Grand Junction, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempt to influence a public servant, forgery, and theft of between $2,000 and $5,000, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

According to Cuppett’s arrest affidavit, he allegedly made false claims to the Police Department and Credit Union of Colorado that his debit card had been stolen and fraudulently used on multiple occasions.

An investigation allegedly revealed Cuppett was part of the scam, trying to be reimbursed for account withdrawals that weren’t actually fraudulent, the affidavit said.

Cuppett allegedly filed a false police report, forged an affidavit from the credit union and conspired with others in the scam. 


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Jaren Edwards, 18, was arrested and released on a summons Sunday on suspicion of theft of less than $500.

■ A business in the 2300 block of River Road reported Monday that they hired a person earlier this month to transport materials for them to a recycling center with the understanding the driver was to return the money from recycled materials to the business. The person has failed to do so. An investigation is ongoing.

■ Someone stole a bicycle valued at more than $2,000 from a residence Monday near the intersection of 28 1/4 Road and Texas Avenue.

■ A man reported Tuesday that someone pulled a knife on him Sunday at Whitman Park and took his wallet, valued at less than $50. There’s no suspect information.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Larry Glenn Adamson, 54, Fruita, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony menacing for allegedly threatening another man with a knife.

■ A man reported an estimated $600 damage to the passenger door of his silver Dodge Ram on Wednesday in the 3200 block of D 7/8 Road.


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