Blotter: Sept. 29, 2009

• Vandals shoot out windows

Vandals shot out windows with what appears to be BB guns on three downtown Grand Junction businesses early Monday morning, according to the Grand Junction Police Department. Workers at the Grand Junction Free Press, 145 North Fourth St.; Home Loan Bank, 205 North Fourth St. and the downtown U.S. Post Office, 241 North Fourth St. came to work to find broken windows. Damages are estimated to be more than $1,000. Anyone with information about the vandalism is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP (7867).

• Man dies in fall at Powell

A 49-year-old Missouri man died Saturday after falling during a hike near Lake Powell, according to the National Park Service. 

The man who has been identified as Robert Hunt of St. Peters was attempting to cross a talus slope near the edge of a cliff when he fell about 70 feet, landing in shallow water and mud.

Peters sustained a traumatic head injury, the Park Service said

The man’s body was located by two park rangers in the Escalante River about two miles upstream from the mouth of Explorer Canyon. Hunt had been visiting the area with four friends and had gone on several day hikes during the trip.

• Counterfeit bills show up

Five confirmed counterfeit $20 bills have shown up recently in Delta, according to the Delta Police Department.

Police Chief Robert Thomas is urging business owners to be on the lookout for fake bills.

Owners should pay particular attention to the quality of the bill’s printing and look for differences, not similarities, with comparable legitimate bills. Markers are available at local stores that help detect whether a bill is fake. If a bill is suspected to be counterfeit, do not return the bill, delay the passer if possible, get a victim’s description and license plate number and call the Delta Police Department at 874-7676.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• A person on Sept. 13 reported their home had been burglarized and items valued at more than $1,000 were missing.

• Someone on Saturday night entered into unlocked vehicles in the 700 block of Willow Creek Drive and Spanish Trail Drive and stole items valued at more than $1,000.

• Jane Daley, 60, on Saturday received a summons for allegedly telling staff that she was an employee to receive a discount on services at Comfort Inn, 750 3/4 Horizon Drive.

• Scott Harper, 26, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon, prohibited use of a weapon and felony menacing after he allegedly pointed a firearm at several people at 1910 North Ave.

• Someone forced entry into a building in the 700 block of 26 Road on Sunday but no items were reported taken.

• Someone entered into a business Sunday in the 2200 block of Broadway and took items valued at less than $1,000.

• A vehicle valued at more than $1,000 which had the keys inside was stolen Sunday from the area of the 300 block of Explorer Court.

• More than $1,000 in damage was caused Monday to a property in the 200 block of Fourth St.

• Christopher Ryan Duff, 24, 2445 Bella Pago Drive, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of second-degree auto theft and theft of less than $500.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• A Honda 50 motorcycle valued at $1,600 was taken Sunday from the backyard of a home in the 3200 block of Bunting Avenue.

According to the Colorado State Patrol:

• Howard Junior Dotson, 60, 2852 1/2 Texas Ave. was arrested and booked into Mesa County Jail on suspicion of criminal impersonation, child abuse causing injury, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a valid license and being a fugitive.


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