Blotter, Nov. 30, 2016

Man’s body found near school

The man whose body was found near Orchard Avenue Elementary School early Tuesday morning died of natural causes, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.

The as-yet unidentified man was found near the intersection of Orchard Avenue and 19th Street by a passerby who “happened upon it in the very early morning hours,” according to Grand Junction Police spokeswoman Heidi Davidson.

Chief Deputy Coroner Victor Yahn wrote in a press released Tuesday afternoon that his office is still investigating the death, but, “this was a natural death.”

Man accused of choking


A 22-year-old Grand Junction man is facing felony charges after being accused of placing a woman in a chokehold until she had trouble breathing and felt faint, according to an arrest affidavit.

David Lowell Bridgett was arrested Saturday on suspicion of second- and third-degree assault, false imprisonment and domestic violence. The 23-year-old victim — who initially told police that Bridgett had kept her from leaving an apartment before putting her in an “MMA-style” chokehold and squeezed her throat until she thought she might die — appeared Monday in court to ask for his release. The woman told Mesa County Judge Craig Henderson that she was worried her statements to police might result in charges that Bridgett didn’t deserve, and that he shouldn’t go to jail for “one day of confusion and frustration and anger.”

Bridgett was released on a personal-recognizance bond, but ordered to physically stay away from the woman. He will return to court Dec. 12.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Timothy J. Doty, 54, was cited on suspicion of trespassing and theft Nov. 16; he was cited on suspicion of obstructing an officer and trespassing Nov. 17.

■ Someone broke into a vehicle in the 3100 block of Lakeside Drive and stole property worth more than $750 on Nov. 19.

■ Someone stole 20 muscle relaxant pills from the 900 block of Bookcliff Avenue on Nov. 15.

■ Teesha Spiker, 35, was cited on suspicion of shoplifting Wednesday.

■ Someone burglarized a home in the 800 block of Santa Clara Avenue on Nov. 22 and stole property worth about $2,000.

■ Someone defrauded a victim in the 600 block of Landon Court on Wednesday using a fake money sweepstakes scam and causing a loss of more than $5,000.

■ Someone broke into a vehicle in the 2500 block of Rimrock Avenue and stole property worth less than $300 on Friday.

■ Lori Wise, 32, and Michael Roybal, 51, were each cited on suspicion of theft by dining and dashing at Texas Roadhouse on North Avenue on Friday.

■ Jared Clawson, 34, is accused of squatting at an address in the 1000 block of Hall Avenue on Saturday.

■ Shawn Lindquist, 35, is accused of criminal mischief on Nov. 20.

■ Holly Nauroth, 63, was cited on suspicion of interfering with officers and trespass Saturday.

■ Someone stole a vehicle worth less than $20,000 and property worth more than $2,000 from a home in the 600 block of Tamarron Drive on Saturday.

■ Blake Beyerbach, 25, is accused of a restraining order violation Sunday.

■ Someone burglarized a home under construction in the 200 block of Whisper Lane and stole building materials worth less than $300 on Sunday.

■ Luke Richards, 36, is accused of harassment Sunday.

■ Samuel Bailey, 24, is accused of theft Sunday.

■ Thomas Ray, 50, was cited on suspicion of shoplifting Monday.

■ Someone stole a vehicle from the parking garage at St. Mary’s Hospital on Nov. 7.

■ Someone stole property worth less than $50 from an unlocked vehicle in the 2600 block of B 1/2 Road on Nov. 17.

■ Chandler Salazar, 40, is accused of assault and obstruction of telephone services Monday.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Deputies received a report of possible theft in the 2900 block of Kennedy Avenue on Thursday.

■ Deputies took two burglary reports in the 8900 block of south 16 1/2 Road on Oct. 23.

■ Joshua Goddard, 29, is accused of a restraining order violation and traffic offenses Sunday.

■ Someone slashed the tires of 11 cars in the neighborhood around the 500 block of Jay Lee Street on Saturday.

■ Jimmy Weber, 47, is accused of menacing, harassment and domestic violence Sunday.

■ Patricia Parker, 43, and Patrick Pool, 43, are each accused of restraining order violations Monday.

■  Lyric Padilla, 18, was cited on suspicion of assault Nov. 22.

■ Gage Aaron Gould, 20, is accused of burglary, criminal mischief and contributing to the delinquency of a minor Friday.

■ Patrick Meyer, 28, is accused of first-degree burglary, criminal mischief and contributing to the delinquency of a minor Friday.


According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Robert Helvenston, 62, is accused of second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief and trespass Monday.


According to the Montrose Police Department:

■ Thomas Martinez, 44, is accused of driving under the influence and traffic offenses Monday.


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