Blotter: October 01, 2008
Fruita man held in brawl
• One man is in the hospital and another is behind bars after a brawl at a party at
18 Road in the desert north of Fruita.
John Daniel Stene, 18, 974 East Ottley, Fruita, was in Mesa County Jail on $60,000 bond Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree assault. Stene is accused of beating another 18-year-old man in the face with a pole after he tried to break up a fight Sept. 21, according to an arrest affidavit.
The man was hospitalized with a broken jaw and broken teeth. Several witnesses told police they saw the second 18-year-old being hit by a group of people, including Stene. Stene told police he fought the man in self-defense, the affidavit said.
Man guilty in crash death
• A Grand Junction man accused of killing his common-law wife in a drunken-driving crash on Interstate 70 earlier this year pleaded guilty Tuesday to two charges in his case.
Dusty Reeves, 26, pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by alcohol and vehicular homicide. Reeves was driving of a carload of friends when the vehicle flipped near De Beque, killing his wife and mother of their child, 22-year-old Jennifer Torbet.
Former officer enters plea
• A former Palisade police officer accused of 34 felony counts of sexually assault on two girls in his foster care pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday. Patrick Casey, 51, of Clifton is scheduled for trial Jan. 5.
According to the Grand Junction Police Department:
• Items valued at more than $1,000 were taken from a vehicle parked in the 1900 block of Elm Avenue.
• Skyler McFeeley, 18, received a summons alleging he shoplifted at 2545 Rimrock Ave.
• Someone entered a building in the 500 block of 29 1/2 Road, damaging the building and taking items valued at more than $100.
• Items valued at more than $1,000 were taken from a building in the 2400 block of Patterson Road.
• Items valued at more than $1,000 were taken from a home in the 2300 block of West Ridges Boulevard.
• A vehicle was taken from the 2800 block of North Avenue.
• Someone damaged the inside of a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Main Street.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:
• Items valued at more than $2,250 were taken from a business in the 2000 block of the Interstate 70 frontage road in De Beque.
• About a dozen paintballs were shot at the sign for the Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
According to the Colorado State Patrol:
• Bryan Christopher Huff, 34, 336 Catkin St., Fruita, was booked into Mesa County Jail on suspicion of vehicular eluding, criminal mischief, driving after license revocation and several traffic infractions.
According to the Fruita Police Department:
• Officers referred a case to human services after being dispatched to the address of an elderly woman 76 times for welfare checks.
• An advertising agency has been fraudulently making sales calls to local businesses attempting to sell maps for the Chamber of Commerce.
• Two bikes valued at more than $1,700 were taken from a vehicle’s bicycle rack while the car was parked at McDonald’s.