Blotter, Oct. 5, 2017

Meth dealer gets prison

A Montrose methamphetamine dealer was sentenced to three years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to a level three drug felony, according to the Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Tia Velarde, 25, was arrested after a Montrose Police Department investigation of drug sales activities in the 700 block of N. Second Street, the district attorney wrote in a press release Wednesday.

Velarde was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to distributing methamphetamine. Her sentence will run concurrently with sentences imposed after she pleaded guilty to attempted introduction of contraband, driving while ability impaired, drug possession and dangerous weapon charges.

“The actions of Ms. Velarde and others have caused significant disruption to the local neighborhood,” the release said. “The citizens of this area provided substantial assistance during the prosecution of this case by appearing in court and being willing to participate in the process. … The district attorney, the drug task force and the Montrose Police Department will continue working to hold drug dealers accountable and remove them from the community when their actions warrant such punishment.”

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Erika White, 20, was cited on suspicion of unnecessary noise on Saturday.

■ Callahan Stewart, 20, was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and traffic offenses Sunday.

■ Charles Hudak, 51, was cited on suspicion of harassment Sunday.

■ Someone broke into a shed and stole more than $2,000 worth of property in the 1400 block of Elm Avenue on Sunday.

■ Two males are suspected of breaking into an office at 3505 N. 12th Street Monday morning and stealing numerous checks or money orders.

■ Someone stole property worth more than $1,000 from a locked vehicle in the 100 block of S. Sixth Street on Sunday.

■ Yaislin Venzor, 18, and Jayla Blumenberg, 19, were each cited on suspicion of shoplifting Tuesday.

■ Ashley Watson, 20, is accused of driving under the influence Tuesday.

■ Anthony Loveridge, 23, was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence and other offenses Wednesday.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Somebody stole property from a vehicle in the 3100 block of Kodi Elizabeth Street on Sept. 27.

■ Someone stole property from a vehicle in the 3000 block of Bookcliff Avenue on Sept. 25.


According to the Montrose Police Department:

■ Carrie Roster, 38, is accused of assault, criminal mischief and domestic violence Tuesday.

■ Roman Alamos-Ruiz, 40, is accused of driving under the influence and other offenses Tuesday.


According to the Fruita Police Department:

■ A juvenile is suspected of setting a fire in a bathroom stall at Fruita Monument High School on Sept. 19.

■ An assault was reported in the 300 block of W. Ottley Avenue on Sept. 23.

■ Kay Barlow, 65, is accused of driving under the influence and other offenses Sept. 24.

■ Someone stole a bicycle from the front yard of a home in the 900 block of Echo Canyon Street on Sept. 25.

■ Christine Adams, 24, is accused of assault Sept. 28.


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