Blotter: September 11, 2008

Search for escapee goes on

• An investigation continues into Shane Johnson’s escape Tuesday from the Mesa County Jail.
Johnson, 40, was last seen in an exercise yard before escaping, and that yard was blocked off Wednesday. Inmates are using other covered exercise yards while Johnson’s escape is being investigated, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said.
An internal investigation into how Johnson escaped also is ongoing. Benjamin said specifics on immediate changes at the jail cannot be released.

Sex-assault suspect sought

• Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of grabbing and attempting to assault a girl while she was playing outside her apartment at 2680 B 1/2 Road.
The attempted assault happened at about 4:15 p.m. Aug. 13. The man suspected of committing the crime is described as a clean-shaven, white or Hispanic dark-skinned man with short black and gray hair.
The man was wearing a brown shirt with blue jeans and brown work boots at the time of the alleged crime.
If you have information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867 or 800-221-7867.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  Daniel Price, 24, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest in the 600 block of Main Street.

•  Someone entered a home in the 1600 block of Balsom Court and took property valued at more than $1,000.

•  Someone stole items valued at less than $500 from a car parked in the 2900 block of North Avenue.

•  Angie Rebecca Sanchez, 41, was arrested on suspicion of criminal impersonation.

•  Daniel Wayne Pulos, 24, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  Someone stole a blue Mongoose bicycle from the backyard of a home in the 3200 block of East Hall Court. The bike’s value is estimated at $115.

•  Hogs escaped from a home in the 4400 block of U.S. Highway 50 and wandered onto a neighboring property, prompting deputies to issue the hogs’ owner a verbal warning about keeping his animals fenced in.

•  William H. Umberger, 38, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and driving with a revoked license.

According to the Fruita Police Department:

•  Someone stole three dogs from the same Fruita home in late August and early September. The dogs were valued at more than $1,000.

•  Someone damaged a vehicle in the 300 block of South Cedar Street, causing about $500 in damage.

•  Someone damaged a garage door in the 1000 block of Echo Canyon, causing about $700 in damage.

•  A woman reported a man opened the door to her home and pointed what she thought was a gun into her home. The case is under investigation, and the area of Fruita where the incident occurred was not released.


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