Blotter, Jan. 26, 2010

Two accused of car theft

Grand Junction police said Matthew Johnson, 40, 233 Sycamore St. in Fruita, and Linda Byson-Newell, 46, 530 29 Road, were arrested Sunday on suspicion of a host of charges, including auto theft, after an investigation showed both were involved in the theft of a 1994 Buick sedan on Jan. 18. An arrest affidavit said the owner left the keys inside and doors unlocked, when she went inside Albertsons, 1830 N. 12th St., that day. The vehicle had a stolen license plate when it was found by police outside a local hotel on Friday. Police had the vehicle towed to a local impound yard on Friday, and the next day, authorities allege that Byson-Newell called the tow yard, saying she needed to get several items out of it. The affidavit said Byson-Newell and Johnson were contacted three weeks prior for driving another stolen vehicle, but the victim in that case declined to prosecute.

Deputies use Taser

Donald L. Wolfe, 48, 3450 F Road, was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of menacing and attempted assault on a peace officer, after deputies were called to a reported disturbance at Peachtree Adult Care Center. The affidavit alleges Wolfe grabbed a kitchen knife and threatened deputies as they tried to speak with him, before deputies hit him twice in a short span with a Taser.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Isiah Renteria, 24, address unavailable, was arrested and released on summons Sunday for suspicion of keeping a disorderly house in the 800 block of North Fifth Street.

A woman was sexually assaulted by two known men Friday in the southeast part of Grand Junction. No further information was released.

Christopher Martin, 34, address unavailable, was arrested and released on a summons Jan. 19 for suspicion of driving as a habitual offender, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, speeding and having no proof of insurance on Redlands Parkway.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Property valued at more than $3,000 was missing after a burglary was reported Sunday at a home’s garage in the 1900 block of J Road.

A man on Sunday asked for increased patrol in the 400 block of 32 1/8 Road after he was reportedly threatened by two men. The reporting party didn’t seek to press charges.

Deputies responded to St. Mary’s Hospital Sunday on a report from a Clifton man, who claimed he had been assaulted. Further investigation found the hospitalized man instigated the incident. The case was cleared.


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