Blotter, May 5, 2013

Truck crashes into river

Two men suffered minor injuries Saturday afternoon when their vehicle crashed into the Eagle River.

John Baker, 21, of Eagle, was driving the 1996 Toyota pickup west on U.S. Highway 6 near Wolcott about 1 p.m. when he veered off the right side of the highway. The truck fell about 20 feet and landed right-side-up in the middle of the river.

Baker and a male passenger were treated at the scene, and Baker was issued a citation on suspicion of careless driving, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Department and the Greater Eagle River Fire Protection District responded to the scene, where U.S. Highway 6 was closed for about 30 minutes while the truck was pulled from the river. It was unknown as of Saturday afternoon if any fluids leaked from the vehicle into the river.

National police event set

Local law enforcement and government bodies will mark National Police Week on May 12-18.

A flag ceremony will take place at 8 a.m. May 15 at the Grand Junction Police Department building at 555 Ute Ave. Public tours of special police vehicles will take place later that day at 6:30 p.m. at the police station, and a memorial vigil is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. at the station.

The city of Grand Junction has already read a National Police Week proclamation and Fruita City Council members and Mesa County commissioners will do the same May 7 and 13, respectively. National Police Week commemorates law enforcement personnel who died in the line of duty during the previous year.

Torch run next weekend


The Special Olympics torch will come to Grand Junction from Denver on Saturday and local law enforcement and the Grand Junction Harley Davidson store are sponsoring a group ride to accompany the torch between Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction.

The torch will leave Glenwood Springs from the Aspen Valley Harley Davidson store about 2 p.m. Any rider interested in participating can register at special

Each rider and paid passenger gets a T-shirt, barbecue dinner in Grand Junction at the end of the ride and a chance to win a prize. The cost of the ride is $30 per rider and $20 per passenger. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Colorado.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Freddie Bishop, 59, Wynoka Bennett, 79, and Glen Wilkins, 41, were issued summonses Thursday at the parking garage at 435 Rood Ave. on suspicion of trespassing.

■ Matthew Walter Ford, 45, was arrested April 9 on suspicion of trespassing into a fenced area in the 2600 block of Patterson Road, causing less than $500 in damage to the fence, and being in possession of burglary tools.

■ Less than $500 damage was caused to a vehicle and property valued at less $500 was taken from the vehicle Tuesday in the 1300 block of Rood Avenue.


The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department did not release reports Saturday.


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