Police blotter: June 18, 2010
Truck driver ticketed
A tractor-trailer driver who overturned his trailer on Interstate 70 in De Beque Canyon on Wednesday was ticketed for the accident, which closed a portion of the interstate for several hours, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Mark Seltenright, 52, of Cedar City, Utah, was cited for careless driving, damaging a highway and spilling a load on a highway, Trooper Dan Chermok.
Seltenright was driving a truck for Malmgren Trucking of Aurora, Utah, carrying 44,000 pounds of glass when it overturned rounding a curve near mile marker 56. The trailer was dragged on its side for more than 800 feet, leaving several gouges in the roadway, Chermok said.
The accident also caused the cab to catch fire, and Seltenright escaped uninjured, Chermok said.
Both eastbound lanes of I-70 were closed for nearly five hours.
Pot growing suspected
Two Clifton residents were arrested Wednesday after deputies found marijuana plants growing inside a motor home they were living in, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said.
Dawn Charlene Archuleta, 27, and Jonathan Colin Schoening, 21, both of 632 Colony Road, were jailed on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, violating bail-bond conditions and other counts.
According to an arrest affidavit, deputies went to the Colony Road address to look for a fugitive sex offender and found Archuleta and Schoening coming out of the motor home. Deputies then found two small marijuana plants inside the motor home. Both said the marijuana belonged to a friend, but they didn’t know the friend’s name, and neither had a medical marijuana card.
Archuleta and Schoening were out of jail on bond in felony cases in which they were ordered not to possess marijuana without a doctor’s prescription, the affidavit said.
Utah girl abducted
The Utah Emergency Management Agency issued an Amber Alert on Thursday afternoon after a child reportedly was abducted in West Valley City.
Authorities said a passenger in a car got out and grabbed a little girl who was riding her scooter in the suburb of Salt Lake City. The girl has blond hair and was wearing a blue sun dress and possibly sandals.
The vehicle is an older model, light-colored sedan. Police have a partial license plate containing 977-OJ or 977-AJ.
Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to call their local police immediately.
According to the Grand Junction Police Department:
Pablo Reyes, 42, 2804 1/2 Village Park Drive, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant on suspicion of theft of between $1,000 and $20,000.
Michael Lee Bosshardt, 54, 520 Court Road, No. 706, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant on suspicion of theft by receiving an item valued between $1,000 and $20,000, first-degree forgery and criminal impersonation.
William Dean Catalano, 30, 688 1/2 26 Road, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant on suspicion of theft by receiving an item valued between $1,000 and $20,000, first-degree forgery and criminal impersonation.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:
Joseph Michael Salazar, 19, 2925 North Ave., Unit A4, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender.
Gerald Lucas Martinez Jr., 18, 3213 1/2 Kennedy Way, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and tampering with evidence.
A man living in the 1400 block of I 1/2 Road reported Wednesday that someone knocked an irrigation pump motor off its mount into the Colorado River. The motor was valued at $2,000.
Deputies received a report Wednesday that someone broke out the back window of a man’s vehicle while he was driving in the area of U.S. Highway 6&50 and 16 Road. The man speculated that someone shot out the window but said only one other vehicle was in the area. Damages were estimated at $800.