Blotter: November 19, 2008
Deported man sentenced
• An illegal immigrant apprehended in Mesa County earlier this year, Jose Amado Diaz-Gallegos, 41, of Mexico, was sentenced this week to 87 months in a federal prison after a federal court in Denver found him guilty of aggravated re-entry into the United States.
According to the Justice Department, Diaz-Gallegos admitted he was illegally in the country in a Dec. 7 plea agreement. This admission, according to court records, followed Diaz-Gallegos’ conviction and deportation on drug charges in 1996 in an Arizona case.
Following his first conviction and deportation he was, in 2000 and twice in 2006, apprehended and deported again.
Diaz-Gallegos, according to the Justice Department, will start his sentence immediately.
Woman hit by truck critical
• An Iowa woman who was run over by a tractor-trailer while working Monday in the Piceance Basin is still hospitalized in critical condition, according to Undersheriff Mike Joos of the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Department.
Bonnie Stevens, 43, was operating a pilot car for East Coast Specialized Hauling when she was run over by a truck after the driver, Ronald Tolson of Lenoir City, Tenn., forgot to set the brakes on the tractor, Joos said. Joos said the incident is being considered an accident.
Boys are break-in suspects
• A 15-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy were arrested Monday night on suspicion of breaking into Garnet Mesa Elementary and Delta Middle School after officers with the Delta Police Department linked the boys to the burglaries.
According to the Police Department, investigators found items reported stolen from the schools in the boys’ possession and in their homes. Police said the two suspects also were linked to vandalism at Delta City Cemetery
According to the Grand Junction Police Department:
• Pedro Morales Jr., 18, 2993 Kia Drive, was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of second-degree assault after officers contacted her at her home. She was booked into Mesa County Jail.
• Montana Cheyenne Standish, 19, 915 Belford Ave., was arrested Monday afternoon on suspicion of drug possession after officers contacted her near the intersection of Seventh Street and Belford Avenue. She was booked into Mesa County Jail.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:
• A thief stole a chain saw valued at $385.95 from a building in the 900 block of 25 Road sometime Monday morning.
• A thief caused an estimated $200 damage to a door of a structure under construction in the 3100 block of Dublin Way sometime Sunday night or Monday morning.
• A vandal defaced a pumpkin and spread leaves all over the front yard of a home in the 600 block of Rushmore Drive sometime Sunday night or Monday morning.
According to the Fruita Police Department:
• A vandal caused an estimated $700 damage to a car parked on Jurassic Avenue sometime Sunday morning.
• Eggs were thrown at several vehicles parked in the area of East Ottley Avenue sometime Sunday morning.
• A burglar broke into Fruita Monument High School sometime Sunday.
• Someone egged a home along Pinyon Drive sometime Sunday.