Blotter, Oct. 2, 2012

Marijuana tossed onto I-70

Alfonso Joe Ceja, 32, 807 Satori Ave.; Maryann Emily Lepianka, 37, of Washington, Utah; and Paul Michael Pacheco, 25, of Oshkosh, Wis., were arrested Wednesday afternoon near mile marker 5 on Interstate 70 on suspicion of marijuana possession.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, deputies learned that the three had thrown several pounds of marijuana onto the interstate.

Body in canal identified


A body recovered Sunday in an irrigation canal near Interstate 70 and Horizon Drive was that of a 51-year-old man reported missing last week by his wife, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.

Kenneth R. Cottingham was found around 6:30 p.m., not too far from where his truck was discovered by searchers.

“Due to the manner of death, no further information will be released,” the coroner’s office said in a release.

Cottingham was reported missing Sept. 25, while Grand Junction police have said he reportedly made suicidal statements before his disappearance.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Items valued at less than $1,000 were stolen Thursday night from a vehicle parked in the 1400 block of Bunting Avenue.

■ J.R. Kellogg, 20, was issued a summons Saturday morning at 28 Road and North Avenue on suspicion of driving without proof of insurance, displaying fictitious plates and not wearing a seat belt.

■ Michael Harris, 34, was issued a summons Saturday night at 28 1/2 Road and North Avenue on suspicion of violating a protection order.

■ Kahai Hosaka, 20, Brooke Langsi, 18, Momi Morgan, 18, and two boys were issued summonses Sunday morning at 19th Street and Elm Avenue on suspicion of underage possession or consumption of alcohol.

■ Items valued at less than $1,000 were stolen Saturday evening from a vehicle parked in the 400 block of 28 1/4 Road.

■ Kasadi Brooke Simon, 30, 10835 6330 Road in Montrose, was arrested Sunday morning at Walmart, 2545 Rimrock Ave., on suspicion of stealing items valued at less than $500, trespassing, violating a protection order and violating conditions on multiple bonds.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Deputies were contacted about a lost license plate Sept. 25.

■ A 24-year-old Grand Junction man was arrested on an outstanding warrant Friday after being contacted on suspicion of intoxication.


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