Blotter, Oct. 14, 2010

Jury selection for Nemnich

Jury selection continued Wednesday in the trial of a Longmont man accused of killing a Grand Junction mother and daughter 35 years ago.

The attorneys and judge involved in the case against 65-year-old Jerry Nemnich were unable to pick a jury by the end of the day. But officials expect to seat a jury this morning, with opening statements coming early this afternoon.

Nemnich is accused of stabbing to death 24-year-old Linda Benson and her 5-year-old daughter, Kelley, inside their Grand Junction apartment in July 1975. The murders remained cold until investigators reopened the case in 2008, submitted blood evidence to the state for testing and alleged that the blood matched Nemnich’s DNA. Nemnich was arrested last year.

Silt man, 18, arrested

Zebulon Cole Ferguson, 18, of Silt, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after Garfield County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a trespassing complaint outside Silt town limits involving three men.

Deputies issued a summons to one man on suspicion of providing alcohol to a minor. Cole was arrested on suspicion of violating a restraining order, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of alcohol.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

An identity thief in California is using a Grand Junction resident’s Social Security number to get work.

A 14-year-old girl was issued a summons Tuesday night on suspicion of drinking alcohol in the 1500 block of Main Street.

Cody James Williams, 25, 253 Laura Lee St., was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of harassment and driving with a suspended license and expired plates.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

A Glade Park man called for help Tuesday evening after rolling his Jeep near the Utah state line. The man told 911 dispatchers he needed medical assistance. Mesa County Search and Rescue found the man, who was flown by helicopter to a Grand Junction hospital.

A Grand Junction woman said a Halloween decoration was stolen from her front yard in the 2800 block of Pinehurst Lane Tuesday morning. The decoration is of a character from the movie “Scream” and is valued at $150.


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