Blotter, Sept. 26, 2012

Hikers spend night in rain

A local husband, wife and their dog spent a rainy and cold night north of Cameo after they reportedly became lost on a hiking trip that started Monday afternoon.

Donnie and Rhiannon Smith were reached by rescuers around 9 a.m. Tuesday after spending the night under a large rock in the Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Range, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said. They ended up driving home in the car they left about 3 p.m. Monday at the Coal Canyon Trailhead, north of the Cameo Power Plant.

“Aside from being tired and hungry, they were fine,” Benjamin said.

Relatives called 911 about 6 a.m. Tuesday after trying unsuccessfully to locate the couple themselves, Benjamin said. Sheriff’s search and rescue units were deployed and the wayward couple were reached via helicopter, she said.

They were dressed in shorts, lightweight jackets and brought matches that wouldn’t strike, she said.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Davey Alan Cox. 46, address unknown, was ticketed Sunday on suspicion of disorderly conduct after he allegedly directed sexually explicit gestures and offensive language toward a woman and her friends in the 400 block of Independent Avenue.

■ Someone caused less than $500 in damage to a vehicle parked Sunday in the 1100 block of Belford Avenue. Once someone got inside the vehicle, the person stole less than $500 worth of items.

■ A woman allegedly tried to steal items from JC Penney, 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50, on Sept. 18. When a loss prevention officer tried to stop her, the woman allegedly slapped the officer, left the items behind and got away.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Lonnie Dean Williams Sr., 46, 424 32 Road No. 212, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of multiple counts of sex assault.

■ Joshua Allen Awbery, 32, 2958 D 1/2 Road, was arrested Tuesday in the 600 block of 34 Road on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a dangerous or illegal weapon, trespass of dwelling and violation of bail bond conditions. Awbery also was allegedly riding a Trek bike reported stolen in August from Fort Collins.

■ Deputies were dispatched Friday to the 500 block of Florence Avenue on the report of an assault. The case is being investigated.

■ Deputies were dispatched Saturday to the 3200 block of Main Street on a report that children were smoking marijuana.

■ Deputies were dispatched Sept. 18 to the 400 block of 30 3/4 Road on a child abuse or neglect report. The case is being investigated.


According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Deputies responded to the unattended death of a man in his early 60s on Monday in the 14700 block of Marine Road. No foul play is suspected.


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