Blotter, June 22, 2011

School speed zones active

Speeding zones at many elementary schools and one middle school in Mesa County continue to be enforced so that children get to and from summer school safely, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.

School District 51 has teamed up with law enforcement during the summer to keep the flashing lights on in school zones during the Summer Extended Learning program, which runs through July 22.

The department said fines for speeding in such zones are $125 and one point against a driver’s license for traveling 5 to 9 mph over the limit. The fine is $150 and four points for speeding 10 to 19 mph over the limit.

Hunters may lose privileges

Three Kentucky men will pay a combined $5,000 in fines, and at least two of them may be barred from hunting in Colorado and several other states for the next five years for illegally hunting in the state.

The men pleaded guilty earlier this year to illegally trying to hunt deer and elk with muzzleloading rifles north of Paonia in September 2009. A fourth man, a retired wildlife conservation officer from Missouri, was legally hunting the area at the same time. After discovering the Kentucky men were hunting illegally, the retired officer reported them to the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Several months of investigation revealed that James Spaulding Jr. and Talmage C. Ward had no licenses to hunt. Both may see their right to hunt in Colorado and 32 other states suspended under a national wildlife compact. The third man, Bennie Moore, was fined for transferring his license to Ward, who shot an elk.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Alan McMann, 25, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of forcefully taking property valued at more than $1,000 from a home in the 200 block of West Kennedy Avenue.

Aonghus McCullough, 18, was issued a summons Saturday on suspicion of shoplifting items valued at less than $1,000 from Wal-Mart, 2881 North Ave.

Someone stole items Wednesday from a home in the 700 block of Chipeta Avenue that were valued at less than $500.

Ernest Sanchez, 44, was issued a summons Monday on suspicion of shoplifting items valued at less than $100 from City Market, 200 Rood Ave.

Someone took items valued at more than $1,000 from a home in the 2600 block of North Seventh Street on Sunday.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Amy Rae Mascarenas, 25, of Grand Junction, was issued a summons Monday on suspicion of third-degree assault.

Michael Dale Stepp, 37, of Grand Junction, was arrested Monday on suspicion of first-degree burglary and third-degree assault.

A Grand Junction woman reported she was receiving harassing telephone calls from an unknown person demanding money she owed. Police believe it was fraud by telephone.

Someone removed items valued at $420 Thursday from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 400 block of Tejon Drive.

An employee of the Denver County Human Services Department who was conducting a home visit in the 500 block of Agape Way reported that someone loosened one of the tires on her car.

Someone broke a window of a vehicle parked in the 2300 block of Western View Drive and stole an iTouch reading device Wednesday.

A Grand Junction business in the 400 block of 29 Road reported Friday someone spray painted its building.

Someone removed a license plate from a vehicle parked in the 500 block of Pauline Street on Friday.

Someone stole money and merchandise valued at $85 Friday from a business in the 3200 block of F Road.

Sometime in the past two weeks broke into a home in the 400 block of Ladore Street and stole two firearms valued at approximately $900.

Someone entered a vehicle Saturday in the 2100 block of Glenstone Court and removed about $280 worth of items.


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