Blotter, Oct. 10, 2013

Man faces multiple counts

Joseph Michael Salazar, Jr., 22, was arrested Tuesday at 2903 North Ave. on suspicion of first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, using the vehicle for a crime and driving with a suspended license, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

A white Toyota Camry was reported stolen just before midnight Monday in the 1200 block of Orchard Avenue. At 1:17 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a report of an attempted armed robbery that involved suspects, possibly in a white Camry, and at least one suspect pointing a handgun with a long barrel at two people and demanding “everything they had,” according to an arrest affidavit.

An officer found Salazar alone in the stolen Camry at about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday, according to the affidavit. Salazar told officers he knew the car had been stolen but said other people who he did not name stole the car and committed the attempted robbery.

Salazar told officers he confronted a person while in the Camry about selling drugs for sex to underage girls and fought with that person over a handgun with a long barrel that discharged and left a bullet hole in the car’s windshield, according to the affidavit. The gun was found in the car later during an officer search.

Owner: No dogs allowed


Jerry George Gallegos, 69, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Mesa County Jail following a dispute over service dog law, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Gallegos entered Enterprise Liquors, 2923 North Ave., Tuesday afternoon with a dog he said was a service dog and a poster of service dog pictures, according to an arrest affidavit. The store owner told Gallegos to leave because he didn’t want the dog in the store and because he didn’t think the man was going to buy anything, according to the affidavit. Gallegos refused.

A sheriff’s deputy who was already at the store on a report of harassment, after a woman with a dog refused to leave the store earlier in the day, told Gallegos he had to leave because the store owner asked him to leave private property.

Gallegos told the officer he didn’t know federal law and tried to make a phone call, then hit the deputy twice in the arm after the officer took the phone, according to the affidavit. Gallegos was arrested on suspicion of assault on a peace officer, obstruction of a peace office, resisting arrest, criminal trespass and harassment.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Unknown people are suspected of assaulting a person and taking his wallet Saturday in the 100 block of South Sixth Street. An investigation has been opened.

■  Jonathan Rhondeau, 21, was arrested Sunday and booked into the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of causing less than $500 worth of damage to a vehicle at 3013 Oakwood Drive.

■  Christopher Salazar, 19, was arrested after an investigation showed he allegedly damaged a person’s vehicle in the road Oct. 5 on U.S. Highway 6&50 and trespassed onto business property at 2429 U.S. Highway 6&50 while allegedly intoxicated.

■  A person is being investigated on suspicion of causing a loss of more than $20,000 by withdrawing money from a business account June 12 and transferring it to a personal account.


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MCSO, GJPD and CSP would do well to review the ADA as pertains to service animals. NO ONE, including law enforcement, are permitted to ask or demand the individuals medical condition which necessitates a service animal. In fact the individual may only be asked 2 specific questions. PTSD is a condition for service animals. Miniature horses can also be service animals. Service animals are NOT required to be trained by any person or entity beyond the individual. Service animals need not be DOGS as specified earlier ie mini horses.. Service animals are not required to be registered beyond that of any other animal in the city, county or state. Service animals are not required to wear ANY special items in order to identify them as such. Service animals are permitted in Any BUSINESS AND ARE PERMITTED to enter any place within the business that a normal patron is permitted.  Go to animals. Short and to the point. MCSO and Enterprise Liquors are wrong. GJ is in violation when enforcing “no animals” in downtown during certain times. I will see about that next year.

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