Blotter, Sept. 11, 2012

Meth arrest at gas station

Timothy Edward Stapleton, 25, was arrested Saturday at 3202 E Road in Clifton on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies contacted Stapleton at the Diamond Shamrock gas station because he matched a description of a burglary suspect. While talking with Stapleton, a deputy noticed what appeared to be “track marks” on his arm and discovered Stapleton had an outstanding arrest warrant. The deputy placed Stapleton under arrest for the warrant, searched him, and found a bag of six hypodermic needles, a digital scale and a clear plastic baggy containing crystal-like rocks that tested presumptive positive for meth, according to an arrest affidavit.

Stapleton said he picked up a Marlboro cigarette box that contained the baggy because he thought it was filled with cigarettes.

Escapee arrested


Jacob Wesley Rhodes, 21, was arrested Friday on suspicion of second-degree burglary, criminal mischief and obstruction of telephone service, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Rhodes entered his mother’s home Friday in the 2900 block of Mesa Avenue when no one was home and allegedly damaged a bedroom door, according to an arrest affidavit. His mother arrived home and said she would call law enforcement because Rhodes had escaped a week earlier from Community Corrections, where he had been sentenced for sex assault on a child, according to the affidavit. Rhodes allegedly grabbed her hand to try to prevent her from making the call.

Rhodes left the home but was arrested a couple hours later at Walmart, 2881 North Ave., by the Grand Junction Police Department Street Crimes Unit.

Weapons found in home


Zebulon Keith “Zeb” Ruck, 25, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of possession of weapons by a previous offender, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy interviewed Ruck at the sheriff’s office Sunday in connection to a domestic violence incident in the 400 block of Royal Ann Way. A .22 pistol was found at the address during the execution of a search warrant Sunday, according to an arrest affidavit, and Ruck said during the interview seven to eight rifles and two bows may be found in the home’s garage.

Ruck is barred from possessing weapons as a condition of convictions for third-degree assault, harassment and second-degree criminal mischief.

Taser threat reported


Janet Jane Sorensen, 56, was arrested Friday on suspicion of first-degree burglary, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

Sorensen allegedly forced her way into a residence in the 400 block of North 22nd St. on Sept. 3 and threatened two men with a bright-pink taser, according to an arrest warrant. Presumptive blood residue was found at the scene and the two men said it was probably Sorensen’s blood and that “she must have cut her foot” because she “usually does not wear shoes.” A woman not wearing shoes and carrying what looked like a pink cellphone in her pocket that officers later concluded may have been the taser was contacted at the scene before the two victims were interviewed, but officers did not detain her because she did not match initial reports related to the incident, according to the warrant.

Sorensen was located and booked into the Mesa County Jail on Friday night.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone caused more than $5,000 in damages Saturday in the 1900 block of North 22nd Street through use of fire and explosives.

■ Someone unlawfully entered a property Saturday in the city and removed parts of medical marijuana plants, causing a loss of more than $1,000.

■ Dylan Long, 20, was issued a summons Thursday on suspicion of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 4125 Applewood Court.

■ Someone stole a vehicle worth more than $1,000 Saturday from 2445 1/2 Jack Creek Road.

■ Someone unlawfully entered a residence Saturday in the 1100 block of Mesa Avenue and stole less than $1,000 worth of property.

■ Someone entered a secured lot Friday in the 2400 block of Industrial Boulevard and attempted to remove $500 worth of property. In the process, the person caused between $1,000 and $20,000 worth of damage to a vehicle.

■ A known man is being investigated on suspicion of damaging two vehicles and entering one of them Sunday in the area of Seventh Street and Pitkin Avenue, causing a total loss of $3,500.

■ Someone forcibly entered a vehicle Saturday in the 800 block of Hall Avenue and removed items from the vehicle, causing a loss of more than $500.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■ A sex offense was reported Tuesday in the 3200 block of Lombardy Lane in Clifton.

■ Deputies are investigating a possible assault Aug. 22 at 3248 White Avenue, Unit 1.

■ Someone caused approximately $500 worth of damage to a vehicle Aug. 26 in the 400 block of North Grandby Court.


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