Blotter, Oct. 21, 2015

Homeowner with gun 
finds man in his garage

Paul Jerome Wilson, 33, was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree burglary, trespass of a dwelling and possession of burglary tools after a homeowner said he walked into his garage to smoke a cigarette and found Wilson inside the garage in the 400 block of 29 1/2 Road, according to an arrest affidavit.

Officers were called around 1:30 a.m. on a report of a homeowner holding a man at gunpoint in his garage. The homeowner told officers he’d left the garage door open for approximately 15 minutes, then found a man he didn’t know inside. Wilson was wearing gloves and was carrying a flashlight. When asked by the homeowner what he was doing there, Wilson replied he was “looking for a phone to use,” the affidavit said.

District Attorney Dan Rubinstein told a judge Wilson is “lucky” he wasn’t shot, which may have been justifiable under Colorado’s Make My Day Law under the circumstances.

Wilson was expected to sign out of jail Tuesday on a personal recognizance bond.

Shooting of dog ‘justified’

Mesa County sheriff’s deputies said the fatal shooting of a dog on Saturday at 549 Pauline Court in Clifton was justified, according to a report.

Deputies arrived at the home and found a dead dog in the front yard. The homeowner told deputies a large pit bull had charged him and his dog. He said he unsuccessfully tried to separate the two dogs. He said a neighbor first attempted to spray the pit bull, but it continued to be aggressive.

The neighbor reportedly shot the dog after it charged and knocked a man to the ground, the report said. The dead dog’s owner, Darren English, 38, was ticketed by a Mesa County Animal Services officer but deputies found no violation of law and concluded the shooting was justified.

Cops don’t ‘like’ pot post


The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched Saturday on a report of someone trying to sell marijuana on Facebook, according to a report. The reporting party said someone with a username, “JT N Crystal,” made a post saying they were selling marijuana for $12 per gram. The post was eventually removed while a deputy was investigating the case. There was no confirmation marijuana was sold, the report said.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Marvin Stafford, 45, is accused of possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia on Oct. 15.

■  Lucas Baker, 28, is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident without providing required information and failing to notify police of an accident when he drove under the influence of alcohol and crashed into an apartment complex on Oct. 15.

■  Sergio Duarte, 33, is accused of possession of a weapon by a previous offender, possession of more than two ounces of marijuana and theft on Oct. 16.

■  Sara Fazio, 18, was jailed Oct. 16 on suspicion of consumption of marijuana by a person under 21, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession of a handgun by a juvenile, theft and introduction of contraband.

■  Someone unlawfully entered a vehicle in the 2900 block of Wichita Court on Oct. 16 and took items valued at less than $500.

■  Someone unlawfully entered a vehicle in the 200 block of Frontier Street on Oct. 16 and removed items valued at less than $100.

■  Someone unlawfully entered a vehicle in the 200 block of Frontier Street on Oct. 15 and removed items valued at less than $500.

■  Tyler A. Adkins, 25, was cited on suspicion of shoplifting on Oct. 17.

■  Seth Russell, 28, was cited on suspicion of shoplifting on Oct. 17.

■  Someone stole a mountain bike valued at less than $1,000 from the 100 block of Main Street on Oct. 16.

■  Kate McFarland, 54, is accused of second-degree assault on a police officer, third-degree assault, and domestic violence-related criminal mischief on Oct. 17.

■  Ann Aubert, 59, is accused of DUI, careless driving, and possession of a schedule II controlled substance after being involved in a traffic accident in the 2500 block of U.S. Highway 6&50 on Oct. 17.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■  Daniel Hoard, 39, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of failure to register as a sex offender, theft and multiple traffic infractions after being contacted at 755 23 1/2 Road.

■  Phillip Sears, 31, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of failure to register as a sex offender after being contacted at 3155 Travee Court.

■  Deputies were called Oct. 13 to Clifton Elementary School on a report that someone had poured gasoline over a picnic table in the playground.


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