Blotter, Feb. 1, 2011

Gas station burglarized

The Safeway gas station at 681 Horizon Drive was burglarized Monday.

The burglar caused less than $1,000 worth of damage to the station store and stole less than $1,000 worth of merchandise.

The incident was reported at 4 a.m. Monday.

Equipment fire near Silt

An energy worker extinguished a fire Sunday at a gas-water separator south of Silt in the third fire related to natural gas development in Garfield County in less than a week.

Brit McLin, chief of the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District, said the incident occurred at 6000 County Road 331. A Bill Barrett Corp. employee closed a valve and put out the fire with an extinguisher.

The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department said.

On Jan. 24, the contents of a tank used for flowback of fluid from wells during hydraulic fracturing caught fire at a Williams well pad near Rifle. The fire was put out within a few hours.

Later in the week, mechanical failure caused a fire in a compressor station’s flare equipment in the Silt area and was extinguished by a gas field worker. The fire caused an estimated $15,000 to $20,000 in damage.

None of the fires resulted in any reported injuries.

Civil Division closed today

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department announced its Civil Division will be closed today so staff can attend an in-service training.

The Civil Division handles eviction papers and protection orders, among other duties. The closure will not affect the Records Division and sex offender registration or the handling of concealed carry handgun permits.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Natasha Williams, 32, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of fighting in front of the Rocky Mountain Pub, 539 Colorado Ave., and causing more than $1,000 in damage to the victim’s windshield.

Roy Alire, 31, and Michael Tafoya, 51, were issued summonses on suspicion of disorderly conduct for involvement in the incident.

Zanetta Martinez, 26, of Grand Junction, was arrested Jan. 23 on suspicion of assault at 445 Chipeta Ave., No. 19.

A thief took items valued at more than $1,000 Saturday from a residence in the northeast part of the city.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Tracy Philpott, 62, was issued a summons Monday at 3026 F Road on suspicion of third-degree assault and received a trespass notice after allegedly assaulting a liquor store employee after the employee refused to sell alcohol to Philpott.

A woman reported Sunday that a ring valued at $2,500 was taken from her house in the 3000 block of E 1/4 Road between Oct. 25 and Jan. 15.


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