Police Blotter, June 17, 2010

Woman claims voodoo use

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department received a call Tuesday about an intoxicated woman who was brandishing a knife and making homicidal statements in the 2700 block of Milo Drive in Grand Junction.

But the woman herself told deputies that wasn’t her weapon of choice.

The woman said she was cursing people using voodoo, a Caribbean religion often associated with spells and curses. The woman was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital on an alcohol hold.

Threat made to deputies

After receiving a telephone call from a Grand Junction man who said he wanted to kill deputies, five Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the 400 block of Lark Court late Tuesday evening.

When they got there, however, the deputies said the man was someone they had contacted numerous times in the past for undisclosed reasons.

The man said he didn’t remember talking to deputies, nor did he remember calling the dispatch center to make the threat.

No arrest was made.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

James Hardy, 52, was issued a summons on suspicion of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at 480 28 1/4 Road, Apt. 28, in Grand Junction.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Kyle Mitchell Pantana, 21, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree burglary, criminal impersonation and criminal mischief.

Josh Lee Smith, 19, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree burglary, menacing, criminal negligent child abuse, criminal mischief and domestic violence.

Benjamin M. Tomasi, 24, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of theft of property valued at more than $500, third-degree assault and criminal mischief.


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