Blotter, May 5, 2014

Skier’s body recovered

A rescue helicopter crashed Saturday around the same time as the body of a man who had been missing since Friday was recovered near Lizard Head Pass close to the San Miguel-Dolores County line, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office.

The body of Robert Blake of Corrales, N.M., was recovered at 11:39 a.m. Saturday, according to a sheriff’s office statement released Sunday. It appears Blake died of natural causes Friday while cross-country skiing and there were no signs of foul play. Blake’s golden retriever, Buddy, was guarding the body and has since been returned to Blake’s family.

About the same time the body was found, a Classic Lifeguard helicopter from Moab, Utah,which was participating in the search, experienced a sudden loss of power and crashed south of Lizard Head Pass east of Highway 145, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office. All four people onboard the helicopter were uninjured. The cause of the crash was being investigated.

Prescribed burn planned


The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit plans to proceed with a prescribed burn today south of Molina, conditions pending.

The burn will encompass nearly 1,000 acres of federal land and is taking place ahead of a larger project scheduled for later this month by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. The fire is supposed to enhance mule deer and elk habitat in the area and reduce the risk of an unplanned fire.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ An investigation has been opened after a man was found with a stab wound Friday night in the 700 block of White Avenue.

■ Tamra Dexter, 40, was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled substances and an outstanding warrant Friday at Orchard Avenue and Princess Street.

■ Matthew Thornton, 30, was arrested Thursday in the 500 block of 24 1/2 Road on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and removing merchandise from a business.

■ Someone stole items valued at more than $20,000 from a vehicle at 728 Horizon Drive on April 28.

■ Someone stole property valued at less than $2,000 from a residence in the 500 block of Princess Street on April 25.


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