Blotter, Sept. 20, 2016

Crews douse 2 brush fires

Grand Junction firefighters responded to and extinguished two separate brush fires that broke out within 15 minutes of each other in the west end of town Monday afternoon.

The first fire, called in at 2:43 p.m., ignited in the area of 1936 S. Broadway. Flames reached within 100 feet of the structure, but the fire was put out, and there were no reports of damage, according to the Grand Junction Fire Department.

The second fire, called in at 2:58 p.m., occurred in the area of the Grand Avenue bridge. Crews crossed rugged terrain on foot and extinguished the fire along the river. Police shut down one lane of westbound Grand Avenue.

Authorities aren’t sure what sparked the fire.


Sexual predator moves here


The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the public to a sexually violent predator who is moving into the community.

Mark Allen Pagel, 39, has served his sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections and has complied with Mesa County sex offender registration requirements. The Sheriff’s Office is required to notify the community when a sexually violent predator moves to the county. Pagel was convicted in 2002 of sexual assault on a child, and the victim knew Pagel.

For more information, visit the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office website at


Deputies help hunter


Deputies responded to the area of Divide Road and Forest Service Road 421 looking for an overdue hunter on Thursday, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. Search and Rescue volunteers were called off when deputies located the hunter, who had a flat tire on his vehicle and had injured himself when he tried to change it. Deputies helped the man and the man was able to drive home, the Sheriff’s Office said.


According to the Fruita Police Department:

■ Officers responded to a report of a non-injury crash between two vehicles in the 1100 block of Wildcat Drive on Sept. 8.

■ A juvenile received a summons on suspicion of failing to yield right of way after a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of South Pine Street and Wildcat Avenue on Sept. 8. No injuries were reported.

■ Officers received a report of a student who destroyed another student’s cellphone at the Fruita 8/9 School on Sept. 9.

■ Officers responded to City Market on suspicion of a person who shoplifted two cans of beer on Sept. 10.

■ Marijuana plants were reported stolen in the 200 block of Mesa Street on Sept. 10.

■ A dangerous dog was reported in the 1800 block of J 6/10 Road on Sept. 13.

■ Someone entered a home and stole items valued at more than $5,000 on Sept. 13.

■ Jeremiah Courtney, 18, received a summons on suspicion of trespassing in the 1100 block of U.S. Highway 6&50 on Wednesday.

■ Officers responded to a report of trespassing on Wednesday and contacted a juvenile male who was in possession of stolen marijuana plants. The case is under investigation.

■ Officers responded to a report of an assault at Reed Park on Thursday.

■ Officers took a report of theft in the 800 block of Espirit Lane on Friday.

■ Officers responded to a report of a possible sex assault on a child on Friday.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Deputies responded to the 400 block of Cottonwood Lake Drive on a report of a threat on Sept. 10. A juvenile boy received a summons.

■ Deputies were dispatched to the 2800 block of Collum Lane on a report of people who were trying to steal the wheel of a car on Sept. 10.

■ Someone stole property valued at $3,500 in the 2900 block of F 3/10 Road on Sept. 9.

■ Deputies received a report of a theft from a vehicle in the 2900 block of the Interstate 70 Business Loop on Thursday.

■ Deputies were dispatched to a report of a fight in the 2100 block of M Road on Thursday.

■ Brian Kurback, 35, was arrested Saturday in the 400 block of Morning Dove on suspicion of third-degree assault, harassment, criminal mischief, violation of a protection order and domestic violence.

■ Deputies responded to the 400 block of Jornada Street for a death investigation on Saturday.

■ Dion Abeyta, 39, was arrested on suspicion of drunken-driving and possession of methamphetamine after someone called 911 and reported he was passed out in his vehicle in the 500 block of 32 Road on Sunday.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Michael Oberbroeckling, 19, and Tyler Fleming, 23, were contacted in the 2500 block of Bunting Avenue on a traffic stop on Sept. 5. Oberbroeckling received a summons on suspicion of being in possession of an illegal weapon and a traffic infraction. Fleming was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and drug paraphernalia.

■ Donald Eddens, 50, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and several traffic infractions on Sept. 9.

■ A man known to law enforcement menaced a person with a deadly weapon in the southeast part of town on Sept. 10.

■ Items valued at more than $5,000 were stolen from a fenced yard near the 1600 block of North 15th Street on Wednesday.


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