Police Blotter, Oct. 2, 2009

96 counts of sexual assault

A Grand Junction man faces an extradition hearing Tuesday when he’ll decide whether to fight or face allegations in West Virginia, where he’s wanted on a 11-year-old warrant alleging 96 counts of sexual assault on a child.

Junior Howard Dotson, 60, is in custody at Mesa County Jail on a $260,000 bond after his arrest Monday by the Colorado State Patrol on suspicion of criminal impersonation, child abuse, drunken-driving and driving without a valid license. An arrest affidavit wasn’t immediately available Thursday.

Whitman Park brawl

Michael Knox, 41, homeless, was arrested by Grand Junction police Tuesday on suspicion of two counts of robbery, two counts of third-degree assault and third-degree assault on an at-risk adult.

Police were called to Whitman Park, 424 Pitkin Ave., on Tuesday afternoon after Knox allegedly attempted to take a person’s property by force and caused the female victim pain and minor injury.

Police said Knox then assaulted a person who is disabled, causing that person minor injury and pain.

Police also arrested Richard Sears, 46, on suspicion of two counts of menacing. Police said he brandished a deadly weapon and threatened bodily harm to both of Knox’s victims.

Little League break-in

An alarm went off at 4 a.m. Thursday at a Grand Mesa Little League building at 518 28 3/4 Road.

Grand Junction police said Thursday it did not appear anything had been removed from the building, but they believe burglars broke a door, resulting in approximately $1,000 worth of damage. There is no suspect information at this time. Anyone with information about the break-in can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 241-STOP.

The building was broken into earlier this week as well.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

James Ryan Rudder, 23, was issued a summons Thursday on suspicion of prohibited use of a firearm and reckless endangerment for discharging a firearm while intoxicated at 29 and D roads.

Two forged money orders, totaling more than $1,000, were sent to a resident at 2290 Autumn Ash Drive. The resident reported it to police Wednesday.

A burglar attempted to unlawfully enter a home Wednesday, causing damage valued at less than $1,000, in the central part of Grand Junction.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Three people reported Wednesday that they received one or two money orders for $850 in response to a newspaper ad. In each case, officers said the money orders were not valid, and they advised the recipients that this is a common scam.

A person took items valued at $225 from a locked vehicle at 407 1/2 Grove Drive on Wednesday.

Deputies were called twice to the 1900 block of Three Eagles Way in Loma overnight Wednesday. A man wanted his neighbor to stop revving her motorcycle at 11 p.m., then repeated the concern when deputies returned at 2:48 a.m. Thursday. The woman was issued a summons for harassment during the second call.


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