Blotter: October 23, 2008

Protesters ticketed

• Grand Junction police have issued summonses to three protesters who allegedly attempted to obstruct a motorcade carrying vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin in Grand Junction on Monday.
Jacob Neal Richards, 27, Mallory Pam Rice, 20 and Jay Sandstedt, 22, were issued tickets for obstructing government operations and obstructing a highway, both
class 3 misdemeanors.
Three protesters, of about a dozen seen in a widely distributed video briefly holding a banner in front of Palin’s motorcade, have filed complaints against officers for excessive force in the incident, according to the Grand Junction Police Department. Police Chief Bill Gardner, however, said in a press release that “officers not only acted lawfully, but that any complaints lodged against them resulted in complete exoneration.”
Police also said that their investigation into the incident is ongoing, and that more people might be ticketed in the future.

Tool thieves sought

• The Grand Junction Police Department is looking for thieves who stole wood splitters and a dump cart from the Orchard Mesa True Value on U.S. Highway 50.
The theft occurred sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning when the thieves forced their way onto the fenced property and took two splitters and the cart.
The property is valued at $2,840. The splitters are black and measure 6 feet by 4 feet. The cart is green and each item requires a vehicle to move.
Anyone with information about the incident can call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867 or 800-221-7867.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  Someone stole items valued at less than $1,000 Monday from a building in the 700 block of Horizon Drive.

•  Property valued at more than $1,000 was stolen Monday from the 2300 block of Grand Park Drive.

•  A car in the 1300 block of North 25th Street was broken into Tuesday, and items valued at more than $1,000 were taken.

•  Someone broke into a fenced storage area Tuesday and stole items valued at more than $1,000.

•  Someone broke into a car Tuesday in the 700 block of 24 Road and stole property valued at more than $1,000.

•  Adam Van Wieringen, 24, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possessing of a controlled substance.

• Darren Ledoux, 34, was issued a ticket Wednesday alleging urinating in public.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  Joseph Allen Land, 38, Grand Junction, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of vehicular eluding, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding.


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