Blotter, April 1, 2010

Missing man found safe

A Cedaredge man who got lost during a solo snowmobiling trip on Grand Mesa spent Tuesday night outdoors but was found in good condition Wednesday afternoon, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Eric Smirow, 64, was found just after 5 p.m. in an area near Flowing Park Reservoir, sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said.

Search and rescue crews had headed up to the mesa a few hours earlier after someone reported Smirow missing to Delta County authorities. Delta County officials found Smirow’s vehicle in a snowmobile parking lot on Colorado Highway 65 between Lands End Road and the Mesa County-Delta County line around 2 p.m., Benjamin said.

Authorities don’t know why Smirow wasn’t able to return to his vehicle, but he was dressed appropriately for the weather and had survival gear. He was found in good health and didn’t need medical attention, Benjamin said.

Fire forces evacuations

No one was injured in a Tuesday fire in Delta, but eight homes were evacuated after a brush fire was reported on a hill west of the 1400 block area of A Street in Delta.

At about 8 p.m. Tuesday, emergency personnel were dispatched for a brush fire that endangered eight homes. The homes were evacuated for about 30 minutes before the fire was extinguished.

No injuries were reported in the fire, and no homes were damaged, the Delta Police Department said in a news release. A fence and lawn estimated at $1,000 were damaged in the fire.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Rash of burglaries in Delta

The Delta Police Department is investigating 12 burglaries that have occurred since Feb. 13.

All of the burglaries were at businesses, and 10 of them were on the Colorado Highway 92 corridor.

During each burglary, someone gained entry into the business and then damaged property and stole cash, the Police Department said. The amount of cash stolen was not released.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Someone stole a vehicle valued at more than $1,000 from the 2600 block of B 1/2 Road on Tuesday.

An 11-year-old boy was arrested Friday at West Middle School on a charge of reckless endangerment.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Alfred Joseph Orozco, 45, 3064 1/2 Grosbeak Court, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of burglary, child abuse, resisting arrest, obstruction of an officer, criminal mischief of less than $500, violation of a protection order, bail violation, harassment and two warrants.

Kyle Austin Stout, 20, 3206 1/2 Downey Circle West in Clifton, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of burglary, theft of less than $500, and possession of alcohol by an underage person.

A woman reported Tuesday morning her mailbox had been stolen from the 600 block of Oxbow Road.

A man reported Tuesday that a home window facing the south part of his property in the 2500 block of Grand Overlook Drive had been broken. The window was valued at $700.

Deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of 32 Road on Tuesday after a man reportedly walked into a business with a disguise on. The man later told deputies he wore the disguise as a joke to scare a friend.

A spillway gate off Tiara Drive was damaged. The incident was reported Tuesday. About $1,000 in damage was done to the gate.

A man requested more law enforcement in the 200 block of Huffer Lane on Tuesday after he reported two bicycles had been stolen, and there had been other criminal activity in the area.


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