Blotter: Sept. 23, 2017
Teacher suspected after
alleged harassment of ex
A kindergarten teacher was suspended from her job earlier this week and appeared before a judge Friday on a possible harassment charge, for allegedly using her daughter’s cellphone to send dozens of harassing messages to her ex-husband on school property during the school day.
Jennifer Peltier, 50, Grand Junction, is believed to have sent 29 separate harassing messages to her ex on Sept. 8 from her daughter’s cellphone. The alleged victim used a locator app to pinpoint where the phone was that day, and data showed the messages were sent from Pear Park Elementary, where Peltier was employed as a teacher. Investigators later determined that she was the one who had possession of the phone that day.
Peltier’s ex-husband said in court Friday that it was particularly troubling how Peltier convinced their daughter to lie about sending the texts, and that the 17-year-old girl was mirroring Peltier’s “destructive, dysfunctional behavior.”
A judge issued Peltier a personal-recognizance bond in her case, and a spokesperson for School District 51 said Peltier was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday because of questions about her conduct on the job.
According to the Grand Junction Police Department:
■ Sabrina Behm, 27, was cited on suspicion of child abuse on Sept. 15.
■ Robert Guess, 41, is accused of drugs and weapons possession on Sept. 15.
■ Norma Alfrey, 57, was cited on suspicion of DUI on Monday.
■ Jesse Tinsman, 28, was cited on suspicion of theft on Wednesday.
■ Someone vandalized a vehicle that was parked in the 1100 block of Bookcliff Avenue on Wednesday and took items of value, causing a loss of more than $300.
■ Someone caused a loss of less than $300 when items of value were stolen from a vehicle located in the 700 block of Horizon Drive on Thursday.
■ Someone broke into a vehicle in the 2825 block of Texas Avenue on Wednesday, and stole property valued at less than $100.
■ Michael Murdie, 64, is accused of DUI on Thursday.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:
■ Guy Hopkins, 32, is accused of DUI on Monday.
■ Kyle Nickerson, 24, is accused of domestic violence and harassment on Tuesday.
According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office:
■ Bruce L. Steele, 35, Montrose, is accused of domestic violence, harassment and violating a protection order on Thursday.