Blotter, Oct. 12, 2012

No charges in homicide

Grand Junction police do not anticipate filing any criminal charges against an elderly Alzheimer’s patient who mistakenly entered the room of another elderly man at a local care facility in August, and then pushed the room’s rightful resident to the floor, breaking his hip.

That injured man died in September as a result of medical complications stemming from the incident, police spokeswoman Kate Porras said.

The coroner’s office has classified the death as a homicide, and the case will be submitted to the district attorney’s office for review.

Suspect hiding in bathroom


Abel Nunez, 36, of Grand Junction, was taken into custody early Thursday morning at 480 32 1/8 Road in Clifton. Police said he was arrested without incident after being found hiding in a bathroom at the residence.

Police tried unsuccessfully to arrest Nunez on Oct. 6 on warrants for vehicular eluding and drug violations.

He is currently being held in the Mesa County Jail.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Mark Shortess, 60, Grand Junction, was arrested and accused of possessing about five pounds of marijuana and items related to distribution. Police searched his home at 2855 1/2 Texas Ave. after contacting a man who claimed to have bought marijuana at the address.

■  Dennis McHugh, 55, is accused of obstruction of police and resisting arrest after being contacted Oct. 4 at 308 Pitkin Ave.

■  Brock Smith, 33, was cited and released Monday after he allegedly failed to pay a bar tab of less than $100 at 200 W. Rood Ave. #5.

■  Someone forced entry into a residence at 2543 Grand Ave. and removed property valued at less than $500.

■  Raymond Hilborn, 34, was issued a summons for theft after he allegedly illegally used an Auto Zone gift card to purchase energy drinks, sodas, and a candy bar.

■  Aaron Corwin, 21, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol on Wednesday.

■  Someone took items valued at less than $5,000 from a vehicle at 1708 Hall Ave.

■  Tommy Martinez, 32, and Bridgett Martinez, 24, are accused of attempting to shoplift items valued at less than $500 from a business at 2881 North Ave.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■  Felix Ricardo Padilla, 39. was booked into jail accused of possession of controlled substances and paraphernalia, tampering with evidence, violation of bond and failure to appear.

■  Timothy Tyler, 22, was booked into jail accused of harassment and third-degree assault.


According to the Fruita Police Department:

■  Someone stole prescription pills valued at less than $500 from the 5700 block of Raptor Court.

■  Dannette Daskam, 32, is accused of causing $700 damage to her ex-boyfriend’s pickup truck, violating bail bond conditions, and obstruction after she allegedly fled from police and hid in a shed.


According to the Montrose Police Department:

■  Martin Anderson, 24, was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, driving under restraint, violating a protection order, possession of a weapon and possession of marijuana.


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