Police blotter: July 29, 2010

Death investigated

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a shooting death at a Grand Junction home Wednesday.

Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Lisa McCammon said deputies were called at 12:22 p.m. on a report of gunshot victim at 2524 Interstate 70 Frontage Road. A man was found dead in a bedroom at the home. McCammon said family members were present at the time, one of whom called 911. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office is expected to complete an autopsy today.

DUI checkpoints planned

In an effort to apprehend drunk drivers in Mesa County, the Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies are working together in 2010 to increase patrols and stage checkpoints throughout the area.

The next DUI checkpoints are Thursday through Saturday, but State Patrol did not say where the checkpoints will be.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Jeffrey Lee Montoya, 24, 2926 Paula Lane, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony menacing, harassment, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A man kicked in a door at a home in the 2900 block of Paula Lane, damaging the home Tuesday. Once inside, the man intimidated the victim and stole cash and property.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Someone in the 3200 block of Bunting Avenue reported Tuesday that a wallet, cigarettes and cash were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the area. The value of the items stolen was estimated at nearly $200.

A man told deputies Tuesday a battery valued at $85 was stolen from the engine compartment of an unlocked vehicle in the 600 block of Hudson Bay Drive.

A man told authorities Tuesday he saw a baggie filled with a green-leafy substance while he was walking on Railroad Avenue. The contents of the baggie tested positive for marijuana.

According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department:

A solar panel and battery were reported stolen Monday from a well pad in the Parachute area. Value of the stolen items was $625. Wires connecting the battery and solar panel to the well pad also were cut, causing $20 in damage.

Deputies responded to a theft of 14 solar panels valued at $6,300 from a remote well pad in the Rifle area Monday. The incident is being investigated.


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