Blotter, Oct. 14, 2013

Crash victim identified

Steven Smythe, 28, Grand Junction, was identified Sunday as the man who died in a motorcycle crash Saturday night on Colorado Highway 141, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.

The cause of death was blunt force head injuries. The manner of death was an accident.

The crash was reported about 7 p.m. between milemarkers 144 and 143, Colorado State Patrol spokeswoman Heather Cobler said. Smythe reportedly was thrown from the motorcycle after it went off the road and down an embankment, she added.

Smythe was wearing a helmet.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated, but speed may have been a factor, Cobler said.

Pilot not hurt in crash


A 51-year-old Mount Crested Butte man was uninjured after the single-engine plane he was flying failed to gain altitude after taking off Sunday from the Telluride Airport and crashed into a fence, the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

The pilot, who wasn’t identified, took off about 11 a.m., but couldn’t gain altitude and hit the ground about 200 yards south of the runway. The plane skidded another 100 yards, crashing into the fence and some oak brush about 30 feet from a cliff, the release said.

The plane was damaged but no fires or injuries were reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA have been notified and will be investigating.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ John Moreland Peay, 63, address unknown, was arrested Friday on suspicion of criminal impersonation, obstructing an officer, unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon and two counts of disorderly conduct.

■ An assault Friday in the 300 block of Epps Drive seriously injured someone.

■ A 17-year-old boy was arrested Thursday on suspicion of DUI, possession of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing police and resisting arrest after crashing a truck into a tree and then leaving the scene, which was in the area of U.S. Highway 50 and Unaweep Avenue.

■ Someone stole property valued at $800 from a vehicle parked Thursday in the 2000 block of Orchard Avenue. An investigation is ongoing.

■ Someone stole property valued at more than $5,000 from a residence in the 600 block of Miranda Street on Thursday.

■ Richard Espino, 33, address unknown, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a revoked license on an alcohol offense and as a habitual traffic offender.

■ Someone stole items valued at more than $500 from a vehicle parked Thursday in the 1200 block of Glenwood Avenue. Someone then used the victim’s debit card to make an unknown amount of purchases.


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