Blotter, May 26, 2013

Dumpster fire costly

No one was injured, but $15,000 in merchandise was lost after a Dumpster fire Friday at Walgreens, 240 W. Park Ave.

The fire was reported at 4:42 p.m. in an automated mechanical Dumpster attached to the store’s warehouse, the Grand Junction Fire Department said in a release.

The fire caused minimal damage to the building, but a significant amount of merchandise was lost because of smoke damage.

The cause was ruled accidental after hot coals, which were thought to be extinguished, reportedly were put in the Dumpster after a barbecue, the Fire Department said.

Animal owner warned


An animal owner was warned May 17, that it was “not appropriate to take an animal to a bar and tie it up outside” after the Palisade Police Department was called to Peach Street Distillers, 144 Kluge Ave., on an animal cruelty complaint.

The Police Department reported no animal abuse.


According to the Palisade Police Department:

■ Nearly 15 people appeared to be intoxicated and some were fighting May 18 in the alley behind the Livery, 215 Main St. Sober drivers arrived to take the people fighting back to a hotel. An officer dispersed the others.

■ A suspicious person was reported 
May 16 shining a flashlight in a window of a home in the 300 block of Main Street. It was determined to be the resident.

■ An officer assisted Code Enforcement on May 15 with two incidents in the 3700 block of G Road. One resident was given a warning for having too many weeds and chickens. Another resident was given a warning for having too many weeds and cats.

■ A suspicious person was reported 
May 15 to be parked on Elberta Avenue. It was determined the person had a flat tire, and the officer “assisted with light” so the person could change the tire.


According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department:

■ A resident in the 13700 block of 6100 Road reported finding large spiders in her and her neighbor’s mailboxes Wednesday, which “she felt was suspicious.”


According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department:

■  Criminal mischief was reported Thursday outside Parachute.

■ A 31-year-old woman was ticketed Thursday for possession of drug paraphernalia after it was reported that she was standing in a Rifle road.


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