Police Blotter, May 20, 2010

Gas leak affects schools

A gas leak in the Riverside neighborhood put children at the Riverside Educational Center and Dual Immersion Academy on alert briefly Wednesday afternoon, according to the Grand Junction Fire Department and School District 51.

Firefighters and Grand Junction police were called to a vacant house at 542 W. Main St. at 2:36 p.m. after construction workers accidentally breached a 3/4-inch gas line, Fire Department spokesman Mike Page said.

Page said people in the Riverside Educational Center were evacuated and moved next door to the Dual Immersion Academy.

Xcel Energy sealed the leak around 3:10 p.m. No injuries were reported.

GJ man dies in Mass. crash

A Grand Junction man died Monday near Boston after he crashed into the side of a sport utility vehicle while riding his bicycle, according to WCVB television in Boston.

The news outlet reported that Andrew David Von Guerard, 21, of Grand Junction, was struck around 5:10 p.m. while riding through an intersection in Newton, Mass., near Boston. Von Guerard was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Newton police are investigating the accident, according to the station’s report.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

John Douglas Hurt, 29, 541 29 1/2 Road, No. 156, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of vehicle trespassing, tampering with evidence, receiving stolen items, theft of less than $500, obstruction of an officer, trespassing and littering.

Carlos Alonzo Quintana, 30, 480 Tanner St., was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possession of a forged instrument, criminal impersonation, harassment by telephone, obstruction of an officer, two bail violations, two violations of protection orders, harassing a person and being in possession of a fake identification card.

Police are investigating reports that a man who exposed himself to multiple people in the southwest part of the city Tuesday.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Nearly $500 in damage was caused to a vehicle parked in the 3200 block of D 3/4 Road after deputies found evidence that a cloth-type material had been placed in the vehicle’s gas tank and ignited. Deputies were unable to get suspect information from the arson, which was reported Tuesday morning.

According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department:

A possible sexual assault near Carbondale was reported Tuesday and is under investigation.


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