Briefs, Nov. 27, 2013
Free downtown parking starts Thursday
City of Grand Junction offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28– 29, in observance of Thanksgiving.
There will be no trash or recycling collection on Thanksgiving Day and both will be one day late for the remainder of the week.
Beginning Thursday and continuing through Jan. 1, parking will be free at all downtown metered spaces and signed parking with the exceptions of loading, no parking, handicapped, and unbagged meter spaces surrounding government offices.
Free metered spaces will be clearly designated by the “Season’s Greetings — Free Parking” red plastic bag. Free parking will include the public spaces in the Rood Avenue parking garage.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office records and civil departments will be closed for Thursday and Friday also. Inmate visitation will be closed Thursday, resuming on Friday.
Volunteers needed for tax assistance
The application deadline in Dec. 15 to volunteer with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, tax preparation and assistance service.
Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or retired to participate. Tax-Aide is particularly in need of volunteers who are bilingual in English/Spanish.
For information visit http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide or call 888-687-2277.
Grand Mesa hosts dodge ball event
Grand Mesa Middle School will host a dodge ball tournament to raise funds for its Dodge the Hunger event.
The event will raise money to help feed families in need with a Christmas dinner. Last year, the event raised $750 and fed 17 families.
Social studies teacher Marty Wood said the goal this year is to raise enough money to feed 25 families.
The tournament is open to middle school teams and students, with a $5 per student entry fee. Teams consist of nine players.
The tournament will be held Friday, Dec. 6 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Grand Mesa Middle School.
Other monetary donations are welcome. For more information or to donate, contact the school at 254-6270.
Baby, I love your way (and your bag)
DENVER — Police say luggage belonging to Peter Frampton was stolen in July by a man suspected of taking several other bags, including designer brands like Gucci and Burberry from Denver International Airport.
John Allen Papelbon, 52, told a police detective that he’s snatched seven bags from the airport this year.
The detective who went to Papelbon’s home in suburban Denver says among the items found was a bag tag belonging to Frampton. The tag was the only thing from Frampton’s luggage that was recovered.
Papelbon is due in court Dec. 10 for a preliminary hearing.
Blood sample missing; officer charged
COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs police say prosecutors have filed a felony evidence-tampering charge against an officer accused of stealing a blood sample taken from him after a suspected drunken-driving incident.
Police said Tuesday officer David Rosenoff also faces charges of driving under the influence and careless driving.
Authorities say Rosenoff, a 23-year veteran of the department, was off duty and driving his own car when he crashed Nov. 10.
Investigators suspected he was intoxicated, and he was taken to a hospital so the blood sample could be taken. After Rosenoff was taken home, the arresting officer noticed the blood sample was missing from his car.