Blotter: Sept. 21, 2017

Bags of pot tossed from dorm

An 18-year-old Colorado Mesa University student was arrested Wednesday morning after allegedly throwing a five-gallon bucket filled with bags of marijuana off a dormitory balcony, an arrest affidavit said.

Lauren Lawson told police who found the bucket laying in the grass next to Piñon Hall that the marijuana was hers. She said she found a large quantity of marijuana inside garbage bags in an alley in Denver and that she intended to sell it, an affidavit said.

“She said she was struggling with paying for school and was going to try and sell the marijuana,” the report said, adding that Lawson said she had planned to “smoke most of it, sell the rest.”

Lawson’s resident assistant reported that the teen’s roommate had noticed a lot of people coming and going from their room since Lawson returned from a visit to Denver.

“She started to smell an odd smell and narrowed the smell down to a blue bucket and a white box stored on the balcony of their room,” the report said.

When the resident assistant came to talk to Lawson, she allegedly pitched both items and a combined total of 10 to 11 ounces of marijuana over the balcony.

Lawson, who police noted was “very forthcoming,” was arrested on suspicion of drug possession with intent to distribute, tampering and underage marijuana possession. She was released Wednesday afternoon on a personal-recognizance bond.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Benjamin Crist, 30, is accused of assault Saturday.

■ Nathan Lindsey, 20, was cited on suspicion of unnecessary noise Saturday.

■ Preston Martin, 22, was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence Monday.

■ Michael Pagel, 39, is accused of felony menacing and drugs- and weapons-related charges on Monday.

■ Mario Smith, 33, is accused of drug distribution Monday.

■ Scott Payne, 45, is accused of assault Monday.

■ Someone broke into a home in the 2400 block of Jack Creek Road Monday and stole a purse worth less than $2,000.

■  Aimee Hamilton, 39, was cited on suspicion of shoplifting Tuesday.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Someone was assaulted in the 3200 block of Bunting Avenue on Sept. 11.

■ Angela King, 44, is accused of assault on a peace officer Sept. 12.

■ Bridgette Lauricella, 20, is accused of driving under the influence Saturday.

■ Someone stole a trailer in the 2200 block of J Road on Friday.

■ Timothy Russman, 26, is accused of theft Sunday.

■ Someone stole property from a vehicle in the 400 block of Callery Court on Monday.

■ Someone stole property from a vehicle in the 600 block of Starlight Drive on Saturday.


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