Blotter, April 19, 2011

Suspect waives hearing

Paonia resident Nathan Yager, 38, who is charged with second-degree murder in the January slaying of his estranged wife, formally waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday in Delta County Combined Court. Yager’s case was bound over to District Court for arraignment April 25.

His wife, Melinda Yager, 34, was found stabbed to death Jan. 7 on railroad tracks near the couple’s former home in the 400 block of Delta Avenue. Nathan Yager is being held on $250,000 bond at the Delta County Jail.

Dog mischief near Silt

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department was called to a property Friday in the 3800 block of County Road 214 near Silt on a report of a dog killing chickens. The dog’s owner is being sought for a summons, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Man cited after bogus call

Evert Sweatfield, 57, homeless, was arrested Sunday morning by Grand Junction police after he allegedly called in a false medical problem, and later tried to punch an officer, according to an arrest affidavit. Ambulance crews found no health concerns after evaluating Sweatfield, who called 911 from the Greyhound Bus Depot, 230 S. Fifth St., to report he was coughing up blood and bleeding from the leg, the affidavit said.

Sweatfield has phoned in “six to five” similar complaints, all them alleged false reports, the affidavit said. When told Sunday that he was being charged with false reporting, Sweatfield allegedly tried to punch an officer with a closed fist.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Gabriel Tarango, 18, 480 28 1/4 Road, Unit 2, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of felony menacing after he allegedly brandished a knife at another man in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, 2881 North Ave. Federal immigration authorities also placed a hold on Tarango as a suspected illegal immigrant,  which prevents him from posting bond at Mesa County Jail,

Darlene Rentie, 41, address unavailable, was issued a summons Sunday on suspicion of disorderly conduct after allegedly engaging in a shouting match with neighbors and making disparaging remarks.

Justin Zwicke, 24, and Eric Zwicke, 25, were issued summonses Saturday on suspicion of keeping a disorderly house in the 800 block Rood Avenue after officers were called to a loud party complaint.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

A woman in the 3100 block of Perkins Drive reported Sunday that a rock was thrown through the window of a car that was parked near her residence. Damage was estimated at $300.

A man in the 400 block of West Mallard Way reported Sunday that two full gas cans, with approximately $100 worth of fuel, were stolen from his property. No suspects were reported.

A man in the 500 block of Stanford Drive reported Sunday unspecified items were stolen from his vehicle, which had been parked in the neighborhood. No suspects were reported.


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