Blotter, Sept. 17, 2010

Cactus Canyon arrests

William Russick, 30, was arrested by Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies early Thursday morning on suspicion of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct for allegedly assaulting an employee at Cactus Canyon, 3210 Interstate 70 Business Loop.

Less than five hours before Russick’s arrest, Cody Shane Watkins, 22, was arrested on a warrant for allegedly assaulting a Cactus Canyon employee Sept. 5. Witnesses said they saw Watkins punch a security officer at the club when he and his friends were asked to leave Cactus Canyon, according to an arrest affidavit. Watkins told deputies he was trying to break up a scuffle between his friends and staff at the time.

Drug awareness day

Local law agencies are participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Drop off unused prescription and over-the-counter medications at the Grand Junction Police Department, 625 Ute Ave.; Palisade Police Department, 174 E. Third St.; Clifton Substation, 3225 I-70 Business Loop;  and Fruita Police Department, 101 W. McCune Ave.

Items that can’t be turned in include needles and syringes, chemotherapy or radioactive substances, illicit drugs, pressurized canisters, oxygen containers and thermometers with mercury.

Crime report released

Crime Stoppers of Garfield County assisted in solving 38 crimes during the past three years, according to a Crime Stoppers report released Thursday. Since July 2007, Crime Stoppers of Garfield County has received 64 tips that led to 16 arrests. Tipsters in that time received a total of $3,750 from the nonprofit organization.

Tipsters can report information anonymously at or call 970-945-0101.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Zay Lopez, 21, and Chase Murchison, 23, were issued summonses on suspicion of fighting in public Tuesday in the 100 block of First Street.

Justin Gray, 36, was arrested Wednesday at 2828 Orchard Ave. on suspicion of entering a residence and causing less than $500 damage.

A thief took property valued at more than $15,000 from a business in the 2200 block of Colex Drive.

A thief took property valued at less than $1,000 Saturday from a business in the 2400 block of U.S. Highway 6&50.

A thief took property valued at less than $500 Saturday from a business in the 2400 block of U.S. 6&50.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

A business owner in the 200 block of Second Street in Clifton reported a neighbor has been harassing her patrons. The business owner said Wednesday she wanted to document an incident for a restraining-order application, in which the neighbor threw nails on her gravel parking lot

A woman reported a “pushy and intimidating” person tried to sell her magazine subscriptions for cash Wednesday in the 2800 block of Newport Circle.


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