Blotter, Oct. 19, 2012

Ryan Hagin

Ostan Ware

3 guilty in Utah poaching

Three Mesa County men this week pleaded guilty in the illegal taking in November 2011 of a 4-by-4 buck and a doe, a few miles into Utah in the Book Cliffs.

Ostan Ware, Ryan Hagin and Kody Kean pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of wanton destruction of protected wildlife. Each will also have to pay $1,800 in fines and restitution. Ware and Hagin are suspended from big-game hunting for 10 years in Utah and other cooperating states. Kean received a five-year suspension,

None of the three had valid permits. The men posted pictures of the illegally taken buck on Facebook. The doe was left behind to rot.

A phonecall to the Utah Turn-in-a-Poacher tip line prompted the investigation. Incidents can be reported at 800-662-3337.

Tips on ‘Stranger Danger’


In the wake of the recent disappearance and death of Jessica Ridgeway in Westminster, Crime Stoppers and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department are offering parents a free class to help them teach their children age-appropriate safety tips.

The class will be 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Training Room. Enter through the gate at the north end of the building. No reservations are required.

Community Outreach Deputy Chad Williams will present “Stranger Danger: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Their Children.” The class is for parents.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Someone stole six marijuana plants, grown by a person with a medical marijuana license, from the 200 block of Coulson Drive. The owner of the plants valued them at more than $5,000.

■ Jasmine Alejandra Avalos, 22, was booked into jail on suspicion of drug possession and child abuse.

■ Wanda Gayle Boyd, 28, is accused of first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft.

■ Jennifer Isabel Espinoza, 36, was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and harassment.

■ Ralph Thomas Heller Jr., 56, was booked into jail accused of felony menacing.

■ Joshua Lee Hoshour, 25, was booked into jail on suspicion of drug possession and child abuse.

■ Tyler Blake Settle, 20, is accused of child abuse and harassment.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Chris Vigil, 32, was arrested at 2714 F 1/2 Road and booked into jail for active warrants, criminal impersonation, forgery, theft by receiving, theft and tampering with evidence.

■ William Strand, 40, is accused of assaulting a victim with a deadly weapon and felony menacing. He is also accused of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of synthetic cannabinoids.

■ Someone stole a motorcycle from a garage in the 1500 block of Main Street.

■ Patricia York, 29, was arrested and released on a summons, accused of shoplifting merchandise valued at less than $500 from a business at 2881 North Ave.


According to the Palisade Police Department:

■ Someone found and turned in a Celtic knife encased in a sheath.

■ Officers responded on Oct. 12 to a report of a 4-year-old girl found near Bacon Court. After “much translation of child speak,” according to police, the child was returned to her home.

■ Police determined Oct. 13 that Peach Street Distillers violated the city’s noise ordinance, and the responsible party was instructed to turn down the volume. No further complaints were received.


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