Blotter, May 9, 2013

Park arson in Fruita

For the second time in as many years, someone started a fire in a trash can at Fruita’s Little Salt Wash Park, 1135 18 Road, causing extensive damage to the nearby pavilion.

According to Parks and Recreation Director Ture Nycum, his crews discovered major damage to the structure on the south side of the park last Friday morning. Someone used an unknown accelerant to set fire to a trash can, which caused the plastic of the pavilion to melt and led to significant smoke damage to masonry and wood underneath the shelter. The incident was nearly identical to one from last summer.

“The last time we actually had to replace some of the wood that was underneath there,” Nycum said.

He added that nothing is expected to change in terms of events or schedule at the park. Damage was initially estimated at about $5,000.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Trespass and property damage was reported in the 2000 block of Orchard Avenue on May 2.

■ Robert Kitchens, 29, was arrested at 721 Horizon Drive on Sunday on suspicion of damaging another person’s property.

■ Rashaundal Comb, 29, is accused of criminal mischief and violating a restraining order by consuming alcohol.

■ Someone unlawfully entered a building in the 1100 block of Pitkin Avenue on Sunday, damaging property valued at more than $100 and stealing property valued at more than $1,000.

■ Shaeana Abeyta, 18, was accused of DUI after an accident in the 200 block of North Avenue on Sunday.

■ Someone caused a loss of more than $1,000 Monday after unlawfully entering a vehicle parked in the 1000 block of Teller Avenue.

■ Bobby Miller, 53, and Dawn Archuleta, 30, are accused of disorderly conduct after a physical altercation at 1600 North Ave. on Monday.

■ Bradley Sutton, 66, is accused of theft of less than $1,000 from the 400 block of Main Street on Monday.

■ Someone unlawfully entered a vehicle in the 1300 block of Glenwood Avenue on Sunday, damaging property valued at less than $1,000 and stealing property valued at less than $1,000.

■ Someone caused more than $1,000 in damage to a vehicle parked in the alley behind the 600 block of North Seventh Street.

■ Someone caused a loss of less $500 when items were removed from a vehicle parked in the 2500 block of Forest Hills Avenue on April 1.

■ Destiny Martin-Lazaro, 19, is accused of shoplifting merchandise valued at less than $100 from Walmart, 2545 Rimrock Ave., on Tuesday.

■ Mason Krumwied, 21, and Ronald Baker, 24, are accused of shoplifting merchandise valued at less than $500 from Walmart, 2545 Rimrock Ave., on Tuesday. Baker was further accused of violating a restraining order.


According to the Fruita Police Department:

■ Officers responding to an argument at City Market on April 29 arrested Joshua Hatch, 39, on suspicion of DUI and driving while revoked as a habitual traffic offender.

■ An 11-year-old girl ran away from a field trip on April 29, and police returned her to her guardian.

■ Karrie Reid, 44, is accused of DUI, reckless driving and hit and run after school zone signal pole and two parked cars were hit May 1.

■ Someone reported a vandalism to a car windshield with an approximate value of $350 on May 1.

■ A theft of an MP3 player and headphones valued at $60 was reported May 2 in the 300 block of North Coulson Street.

■ An officer met Sunday with a citizen who asked the Police Department to destroy two older-model weapons.


According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Earl M. Champlin, 43, is accused of harassment, criminal mischief and obstructing an officer.

■ Owen T. Hines, 54, is accused of misdemeanor menacing, harassment and vehicular eluding.

■ Timothy W. Martinez, 40, is accused of violating a protection order.


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