Blotter: October 13, 2008

Cause of fire unknown

• The P25 fire has been contained, said Rob Fiedler, emergency manager for Delta County. The fire on the Redlands Mesa started Thursday and destroyed five homes, including three that were occupied, he said. The fire was contained at approximately noon Saturday, but emergency crews are still monitoring for any hot spots.
Three dogs and a cat were killed in the blaze, but there were no reports of human injuries, Fiedler said.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated, Fiedler said. Initial reports indicate people or a person started the fire, but it is not suspected to be arson.
The P25 fire burned 152 acres in pinyon juniper and sagebrush. Fiedler said the fire was burning so hot that the flames charred as deep as 2 feet underground.

Riders stranded by trees

• Mesa County Search and Rescue and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department received reports Saturday that two hunters riding all-terrain vehicles were stranded on Brush Creek Trail 527 and Battlement Mesa Trail 529 after high winds knocked down trees. The hunters were able to get off the trails without assistance from authorities after another ATV rider with a chain saw was able to cut away the downed trees.

Van hit by Subaru

• The driver of a white mini-van and the four children riding in the van were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital on Sunday afternoon with minor injuries after the van was hit by a maroon Subaru, according to the Grand Junction Police Department. The driver of the Subaru also was taken to St. Mary’s with minor injuries, said Sgt. Lonnie Chavez. The accident occurred at the intersection of Grand Avenue and First Street.

Boy takes knife to school

• A 14-year-old boy was arrested at Grand Junction High School on Friday on suspicion of bringing a knife to school, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.
Sgt. Lonnie Chavez said the boy had the knife in his backpack but never took it out. He told police he brought it “for protection,” Chavez said.
The knife blade was longer than 7 inches. The boy was remanded to the Department of Youth Corrections.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  Marcos Joel Mendoza, 22, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault, criminal impersonation, possession of about eight grams of cocaine and six warrants for probation violation.

•  Alan Eugene Thompson, 58, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, criminal mischief of $500 to $1,000 and harassment.

•  A thief stole an all-terrain vehicle valued at more than $1,000 from a fenced area in the 600 block of 24 1/2 Road.

•  A thief stole a debit card from the 100 block of North Spruce Street and used it to purchase more than $1,000 in items.

•  A burglar entered a residence in the 2800 block of Village Drive and stole items valued at more than $1,000.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  Deputies were dispatched to the 3200 block of E Road on a burglary report. A thief stole cash out of deposit box in an office. Deputies took a surveillance tape of the suspect from the scene.


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