Blotter, May 22, 2013



ven in a year when charitable fundraising was especially difficult because of economic conditions, the local United Way still managed to raise more than $1 million for area nonprofits.

“We came in below our goal this year, but this was probably one of the more difficult years that our community has seen,” said United Way of Mesa County Development Director Amanda Crysler. “The fact that we were still able to break a million just shows the dedication of community members to our local nonprofits.”

The more than $1 million raised in the 2012-2013 campaign will be distributed to 52 local nonprofit groups, who serve the community in three categories, according to the group: building strong families, promoting health, and increasing self-sufficiency.

One of the organizations that promotes self-sufficiency, Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, will receive the largest amount during this fundraising cycle.

“They are working directly with emergency and basic services, and people who need help with their utilities,” Crysler said, “And there’s still a really big need for that — for people who need just a little bit to get by.”

In health services, Crysler said Marillac Clinic is one of the organizations to be funded with a large amount again this year. Their help in providing basic medical, dental and optical health in needed now more than ever.

And in the building strong families category, Crysler mentioned the work that the Riverside Educational Center is doing to tutor students, particularly from the Dual Immersion Academy next door.

“They are showing great outcomes, and really helping those kids,” she said.

For the nonprofits recognized for awards this year, funding begins on July 1.

Toothless gun thief at-large

A white male described by Grand Junction police as wearing a hoodie and jeans with long hair and missing front teeth eluded capture Tuesday morning after an Orchard Mesa woman reported around 10 a.m. the suspect had stolen a handgun from her home, according to police.

Three schools, including Orchard Mesa Middle School, 2736 Unaweep Ave., New Emerson Elementary, 2660 Unaweep Ave., and Dos Rios Elementary, 265 Linden Ave., were all briefly locked down by police as a precautionary measure.

Assault case sent to DA


Grand Junction police referred a case for a charging decision to the District Attorney’s Office involving a student at Bookcliff Middle School, 540 29 1/2 Rd., who allegedly pushed a teacher May 10 at the school. The student also allegedly threatened to punch the school’s principal after causing a disturbance in his classroom while using profanity, a police summons said.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Clifford Brooks, 25, of Sycamore, Ill., was cited Friday on suspicion of disturbing the peace after police were called to Mobile City, 2322 Highway 6&50, four times within a four-hour period, each time allegedly involving Brooks being loud or fighting with people, according to a police summons. Brooks told the officer he wouldn’t show up for court and replied “OK” when told by the officer a warrant would be issued for his arrest if he failed to appear.

■ Tanner Graff, 22, of was cited Sunday on suspicion of disorderly conduct at Applebee’s, 711 Horizon Drive, after he allegedly starting yelling and cursing at customers after staff refused to serve him alcohol, according to a police summons. Graff appeared intoxicated to officers.

■ Items worth less than $100 were reported stolen from a vehicle Sunday parked at 1212 Walnut Ave.

■ A vehicle worth more than $1,000 was reported stolen Sunday at 2283 Ivory Court.

■ A known suspect Sunday tried to use the credit card of another person to purchase items in the 1100 block of North Avenue.

■ Michael O’Reilly, 31, was cited Sunday on suspicion of criminal mischief after allegedly damaging a sign at Taco Bell, 850 North Ave.

■ Hector Chavez Jr., 28, was cited Saturday on suspicion of unnecessary noise at 404 1/2 29 1/2 Road.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Deputies were called to investigate a report Monday of a student who allegedly threatened another with a pocket knife at Mount Garfield Middle School, 3475 Front St. Deputies concluded there was no real threat, although the student was placed on school suspension.

■ Alexander Segura, 21, was arrested Monday on suspicion of criminal impersonation and violation of bail bond conditions after he allegedly provided a false name to a deputy to avoid arrest on a felony warrant.

■ Deputies were called Monday on a report of playground equipment at Fruitvale Elementary School, 585 30 Road, being vandalized with various messages written with magic marker.


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