Police Blotter, Aug. 30, 2011

2 huffing arrests in 1 day

Grand Junction police officers issued summonses to John Michael Little, 23, twice Saturday on suspicion of abusing toxic vapors.

At 8:15 p.m. Saturday, an officer contacted Little at 711 W. Independent Ave. The officer saw Little place a can of 3M Dust Off to his nose and inhale the vapors, according to a summons.

The summons states the officer saw one empty can of Dust Off and another, half-empty can of Dust Off at the scene. Emergency medical services arrived and treated and released Little on scene.

At 11:05 p.m., a different officer saw Little passed out on a sidewalk near the corner of Base Rock and Crosby streets. When Little sat up, a can of 3M Dust Off fell out of his lap, his pupils were dilated and he spoke slowly, according to a summons.

The officer asked Little if he knew he could die from huffing, to which he responded, “Yeah.”

Landslide near Rifle

A landslide struck in the area of three homes on Silt Mesa Road east of Rifle Sunday, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Earth sloughed off a cliff, resulting in a debris flow about 150 feet long, 30 feet wide and 15 feet deep, sheriff’s spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis said.

The incident “completely devastated” a driveway on one property, she said. She said deputies received no reports of damage to homes, but couldn’t rule that out because the slide was on private property. No evacuations or injuries occurred.

McGinnis said deputies didn’t believe weather caused the midday slide. Such incidents can result from other factors such as underground water sources or simple erosion, she said.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Gary L. Swenson, 35, was arrested Saturday after he was found with a suspected .380-caliber firearm, which was loaded, and ammunition in his vehicle in the area of 22nd Street and Kennedy Avenue. Swenson is a convicted felon who was out on bond for a felony.

A man reported being sexually assaulted by an unknown man Friday in the northeast part of the city.

Jose A. Quinton, 48, was issued a summons Saturday on suspicion of disorderly conduct, including shouting threats and obscenities and being intoxicated in the roadway in the area of White Avenue and North Fifth Street.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Justin Dean Konavage, 19, 2853 North Ave., was arrested Sunday on suspicion of theft and second-degree burglary.

James Bud Duncan Jr., 18, 2779 1/2 Lexington Court, was arrested Monday on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespass in a vehicle and theft from a vehicle.


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