Blotter, Oct. 15, 2012

Fire at home contained to fireplace

The Grand Junction Fire Department responded Saturday to a fire at 176 Little Park Drive that had been contained to the home’s fireplace.

Two people were at the home at the time of the fire, along with two dogs. They were able to evacuate the home without injury.

Damage was contained to the fireplace and ceiling. The cause still was under investigation, but preliminary reports indicated the fire may have started behind the fireplace.

The department warns that fireplace fires are common when temperatures begin to dip. The department cautions homeowners to check for buildup of combustible material in and around a fireplace.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone broke into a home in the 2200 block of Tuscany Avenue on Sept. 5 and removed property valued at more than $1,000.

■ Jesus Ruiz-Merax, 26, was jailed Oct. 7 on suspicion of burglary, second-degree criminal trespass and theft at a residence in the 2500 block of Music Lane.

■ Jornal Snodgrass, 20, was issued a summons Tuesday on suspicion of taking items valued at less than $100 from The Buckle at Mesa Mall, 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50.

■ Someone removed items valued around $100 from a vehicle Wednesday in the 200 block of Colorado Avenue.

■ Felix Padilla, 39 and Kenneth Dutcher, 23, were issued summonses Wednesday in the 2800 block of Texas Avenue. Padilla’s summons is on suspicion of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and Dutcher’s is on suspicion of possessing of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.

■ A thief created fraudulent checks from a business in the 900 block of Main Street on Oct. 2, causing a loss of more than $1,000.

■ A thief took items valued at less than $500 from a vehicle Thursday in the 2000 block of B 1/2 Road.

■ Teariny Grimes, 19, was jailed Friday on suspicion of harassing two victims and damaging property valued at less than $500 in the 300 block of 27 3/8 Road.

■ A juvenile female was issued a summons Friday on suspicion of shoplifting merchandise valued at less than $100 from a business at Mesa Mall, 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50.


The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department failed to release a daily activity report or jail log for Sunday.


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