Blotter, Sept. 24, 2017

Homeless man suspected of setting Dumpster fire

Grand Junction police officers arrested a homeless man on Thursday after witnesses identified him as the person who had lit a Dumpster on fire near the Greyhound Bus Station in the 200 block of South Fifth Street. Loren Hunter, 59, was arrested for intentionally setting the Dumpster ablaze and the arresting officer believed it is likely he was responsible for another Dumpster fire the previous week.

After the Grand Junction Fire Department left the scene, the officer waited to see if anyone returned to the Dumpster. He then saw a man approach, put his hand in the trash bin and saw a light spark up. A witness at the scene then identified Hunter as the suspect.

Hunter refused to speak with police and was not cited in the fire the week prior. Hunter is already on parole for arson.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Amanda Marie Bobbitt, 26, is accused of driving under the influence Friday.

■ Michelle Alicia Chavez, 41, was booked on charges of assault and domestic violence Friday.

■ Shayne Lee Cowden, 21, is accused of driving under the influence Friday.

■ Ronnie Gookin, 51, was booked on charges of charges of assault and harassment Friday.

■ Jonathan Wayne Higley, 46, is accused of assault Friday.

■ Jordan Allen Martin, 26, was booked on charges of assault and criminal mischief Friday.

■ A burglary was reported between Sept. 10-11 where suspects entered a building in the 5800 block of Purdy Mesa Road and took a shoulder mount mule deer buck head and a brindle steer hide.

■ Deputies took a report of a burglary Sept. 17 from the Dominguez Campground where a generator and RV battery were stolen.

■ John Frank Martinez Jr., 59, was charged with domestic violence Friday.

■ Cynthia Deann Pittsenbarger, 44, was booked on charges of domestic violence Friday.


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