Blotter, Sept. 28, 2017

Vehicular homicide suspect held on $100,000 bond

The man believed to be responsible for a Sept. 16 fatal hit-and-run accident was advised Wednesday in Mesa County Court on a possible charge of vehicular homicide in the case.

David Arellano, 19, also was advised on possible charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death and alleged related driving infractions. Prosecutors sought a cash bond in the case, citing Arellano’s juvenile criminal history and that he allegedly hid out from law enforcement while they searched for him following the accident, which left 22-year-old Mariah Loya dead. A defense attorney said she believed the incident was a “tragic accident.”

Mesa County Court Judge Bruce Raaum issued Arellano a $100,000 cash-only bond in the case, and set his next court date for Oct. 4.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Clare Shariden, 42, is accused of shoplifting, criminal impersonation, possession of a forged instrument, criminal possession of financial devices, criminal possession of an identification document and identity theft on Sunday.

■ Britnie Griffith, 26, is accused of assault, felony menacing, child abuse, and violating a protection order on Monday.

■ Lisa Martin, 29, was cited on suspicion of destroying property valued less than $300 on Tuesday.

■ Someone entered and damaged a vehicle in the 500 block of Warrior Way on Monday, causing a loss of less than $750.

■ Someone entered an unlocked vehicle while it was parked in the 2700 block of Compass Drive on Saturday and stole checks, causing the victim a loss of more than $50.

■ Joseph Halink, 22, is accused of criminal mischief, child abuse and violating a protection order on Tuesday.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Someone entered a vehicle at the Palisade Rim trail head on Sept. 22 and stole items valued at $435.

■ Lori Vonburg, 55, was cited on suspicion of criminal mischief on Saturday.

■ Terence Keeney, 31, is accused of drug possession and harassment on Monday.

■ Tara Nielsen, 47, is accused of violating bail-bond conditions on Monday.

■ Rachel Liverman, 21, is accused of second-degree assault, physical harassment and domestic violence on Monday.


According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Mario L. Sandoval, 40, Montrose, is accused of domestic violence, menacing and criminal mischief on Tuesday.


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