Police blotter: Aug. 19, 2010

Assault suspected on girl

Earl Dean Dalton, 20, 5320 Purdy Mesa Road, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault after Dalton allegedly sexually assaulted a girl while she was asleep and bit her on the neck, Dalton’s arrest affidavit from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said.

Dalton told investigators that he didn’t remember much of the incident and that he was very intoxicated, his affidavit said.

Kidnapping report a lie

An 11-year-old girl who claimed Tuesday night that a man tried to kidnap her outside Canyon View Vineyard Church, 736 Road 24 1/2, admitted to a detective Wednesday that she made up the story, Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras said.

“Our physical evidence and video surveillance from the scene support that,” she added.

The false-report case will now be sent to the District Attorney’s office, Porras said.

Fire destroys Mesa home

No one was injured in a Tuesday morning fire that destroyed a modular home at 92 Little Echo Drive in Battlement Mesa, the Grand Valley Fire Protection District said in a news release Wednesday.

Fire Chief David Blair said four residents, including two young children, were home when the fire was reported at 2 a.m. All of the occupants, and the two dogs, inside evacuated safely.

The fire started in the kitchen from hot grease that flashed and started the adjacent cabinets and counter on fire, and it spread quickly through the home, Blair said. The value of the home and its contents has yet to be determined, Blair said.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Katherine E. Snip, 26, of Telluride, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of criminal mischief of between $1,000 and $20,000 after she reportedly damaged property in the 500 block of 28 3/4 Road.

Tracie Renee Tibbitts, 31, 215 Franklin Ave., No. 112, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possession of a weapon by a previous offender and driving with a suspended license when she was contacted at 13th Street and Colorado Avenue.

Jacob Henry Maag, 21, of Durango, was arrested Tuesday at the Greyhound bus station, 230 S. Fifth St., on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

An employee at Mesa State College reported Monday “a couple pieces” of equipment from the Science Building were stolen. The equipment is valued at more than $4,000.

A woman reported her wallet stolen from a business in the 2600 block of North Seventh Street on Tuesday. Cash and credit cards were inside the wallet, and some of the credit cards have been fraudulently used. Loss to the owner is more than $2,000.

A thief stole a laptop computer valued at more than $1,000 from a vehicle parked in the 300 block of North First Street Tuesday.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Deputies took an assault report in the 500 block of 31 1/2 Road on Tuesday after a boy reportedly shot another boy with a BB gun.

A thief stole $200 worth of property from a residence in the 3000 block of U.S. Highway 50 on Tuesday. Someone also caused $25 in damage to a tractor on the property while attempting to hot-wire it.

According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department:

An abandoned vehicle with fictitious plates was found on a road near Glenwood Springs on Tuesday. The vehicle was impounded, and an investigation is ongoing.


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