Police Blotter, Aug. 23, 2011

Crash victims from Denver

Two people who died in a crash Sunday morning on Interstate 70 were Denver residents.

The victims were identified by the Colorado State Patrol as Maria Aurora Valdez Castro, 49, and Jesus Heriberto Leyva Quintero, 50.

Traveling in the same 1997 Ford Expedition as the two deceased victims was 16-year-old Cesar Fabian Leyva Valdez, also of Denver, who was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital with serious injuries. Leyva Valdez was not listed in St. Mary’s patient directory as of Monday afternoon.

The Expedition rolled three times off the interstate near mile marker 2 after being hit from behind by a semitrailer. The truck driver, 51-year-old Philip D. Guenaga of Victorville, Calif., was not injured in the crash.

Incidents in the parks

Summonses were issued this weekend in two separate incidents at Emerson and Whitman parks, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

On Friday, Evert Lee Sweatfield, 57, homeless, was issued a summons for suspected trespassing in Whitman Park, 424 Pitkin Ave., after it closed for the night. According to the summons, Sweatfield appeared intoxicated and crumpled a copy of his trespassing ticket and threw it on the ground after it was handed to him.

A copy of the ticket was given to the Homeless Outreach Team, who may try to contact Sweatfield when he is sober to re-issue the ticket, according to the summons.

On Saturday, Erin Christine Corvin, 30, homeless, was issued a summons for suspected indecent exposure at Emerson Park, 316 S. Ninth St. According to the summons, an officer found Corvin sleeping in the park with her full buttocks exposed and her pants pulled partially down.

Man huffing near school

Patrick Lynn Racine, 41, 972 Walnut Ave., was issued a summons Friday for allegedly inhaling toxic vapors outside Tope Elementary School, 2220 N. Seventh St., according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

Racine was contacted by law enforcement near a shed on the school’s playground, according to a summons.

An officer observed Racine inhale from a can of RCA Dusting Air, an act known as “huffing,” according to the summons, which stated Racine stopped huffing when he saw the officer.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Child pornography was downloaded in the northeast part of the city on May 8 and May 18.

Gerald Nelson, 62, 1835 White Ave., Unit 2, was issued a summons Saturday on suspicion of physical harassment through unwanted touching at 1835 White Ave.

Darlene Rentie, 42, 1028 Ute Ave., was issued a summons Wednesday on suspicion of disturbing the peace through yelling.

A thief entered a fenced-in construction area Friday in the 2500 block of Foresight Circle and removed property valued at more than $1,000.

Items valued at less than $500 were stolen Saturday from a vehicle in the 600 block of Santa Clara Avenue.

A thief stole items valued at less than $500 on Aug. 16 from an unlocked vehicle in the 2800 block of North Avenue.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department report for Monday was blank.


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