Blotter: November 26, 2008
Man accused of sex assault
• A Grand Junction man was arrested Monday on charges he had sex with a girl under the age of 14, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department reported.
Steven Christopher Bachman, 18, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child. He is being held in the Mesa County Jail on $15,000 bond.
The girl told police she had known Bachman for about four years and that they had sex twice at her home last summer, according to an arrest affidavit.
Drugs alleged in arrest
• A Whitewater man was arrested Monday after he was contacted for a traffic violation at Unaweep Avenue and Alta Vista Drive and allegedly was found in possession of drugs, Grand Junction police said.
Ronnie Lee Barrett, 51, 160 Reeder Mesa Road, was jailed on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, displaying fictitious license plates and having no proof of insurance.
Two responsible for forest fire
• Two men are being held responsible for starting the 2003 “Alta Fire” in the Uncompahgre National Forest south of Telluride.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Forest Service announced the settlement agreement reached to compensate the government for expenses related to the suppression of the fire, where the Forest Service will receive $300,000. John D. “Jack” Wesson and Matthew Dwight Allen were found responsible for the fire and for the costs associated with the fire. Wesson’s homeowner’s insurance will provide the compensation.
It’s alleged that Wesson and Allen exchanged and lit a cigarette lighter, in violation of a fire ban. The open flame of the lighter allegedly ignited aspen cotton fluff floating in the surrounding air, which then developed into a 120-acre fire.
According to the Grand Junction Police Department:
• Elden L. Boh, 61, 2478 Independent Ave., was arrested Monday on a warrant on suspicion of theft of items valued between $1,000 and $20,000.
• Michael Lawson, 19, address unknown, was issued a summons Monday on suspicion of assault, criminal mischief and underage possession of alcohol in connection with an incident in the 1200 block of Houston Avenue.
• Eduardo Macias, 19, address unknown, was issued a summons Saturday on suspicion of theft after he allegedly stole items from a business at 2401 North Ave.
• Angel Padilla, 19, address unknown, was issued a summons Sunday on suspicion of theft after he allegedly stole items from a business at Mesa Mall.
• An unknown man entered a home in the 2900 block of Brookwood Drive on Monday and knocked down another person while fleeing the scene.
• Someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 2600 block of B 1/2 Road on Sunday and stole more than $1,000 in items.
• Someone entered a business in the 2300 block of River Road on Monday, rummaged through desks and may have stolen items.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:
• Craig Edward Butler, 36, 477 Harris Road, was arrested Monday on a warrant on suspicion of theft of items valued between $1,000 and $20,000.
• A woman living in the 100 block of 16 1/2 Road on Glade Park reported Monday that someone broke into her home through a window and stole items valued at $900. Damage was estimated at $250.
• A man reported Monday that someone stole various items from his property in the 1200 block of Desert Road in Whitewater.
According to the Fruita Police Department:
• Raymond Ramos, 44, 105 E. Ottley Ave., was arrested Monday on suspicion of menacing with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, third-degree assault, harassment and obstruction of telephone service.