Blotter, Jan. 4, 2013



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Accident victim identified

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office on Thursday identified a man who was killed after being struck by a minivan while walking across Broadway on New Year’s Day.

John Timony, 68, of Grand Junction, was crossing the road north to south, near Greenwood Drive, just before 6 p.m. Tuesday when he was hit by an eastbound Chevy Uplander. The coroner’s office said an autopsy showed Timony had a blood-alcohol level of 0.075 percent — above the legal threshold for a motorist to be considered impaired.

Timony died from blunt-force trauma in what has been ruled an accident.

The minivan driver, Harold Grosse, 73, of Grand Junction, was driving at an estimated 35 mph at the time of the collision, Trooper Josh Lewis said. The stretch of road has a posted limit of 40 mph.

No one has been charged.

Escape attempt alleged


A Rifle man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempting to escape after walking out of a Garfield County Community Corrections facility without permission, authorities say.

James Joseph Duster, 35, was taken to the county jail.

County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jennifer Kelly said authorities at the Rifle-area facility had told Duster he couldn’t leave there to go to work and needed to talk to his case worker, but he got upset and left the building anyway, leading to his arrest by sheriff’s deputies.

Info on burglary sought


Crime Stoppers of Mesa County is asking for help in solving a burglary that occurred in a home in the 1600 block of Rood Avenue.

Sometime between Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, someone entered the home and removed a camera bag with two Cannon digital EOS Rebel cameras and an eight gigabyte iPod Touch. The value of the items was estimated at more than $1,400.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 241-7867. Information on this or other crimes that result in an arrest can earn up to $1,000.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone removed property valued at more than $1,000 Thursday from a home in the 1000 block of Mesa Avenue.

■ Two 16-year-old males were issued summonses Friday on suspicion of shoplifting less than $100 in items from a store in the 2400 block of Rimrock Avenue. One of the juveniles also was issued a summons on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia.

■ An unknown female attempted to remove items valued at less than $20,000 from Sam’s Club, 1040 Independent Ave., on Saturday.

■ Stephen Brian Hoffman, 42, was jailed Sunday on suspicion of burglary, theft by shoplifting and possession of burglary tools at Walmart, 2881 North Ave.

■ Someone caused more than $1,000 in damage Sunday to a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Holly Lane.

■ John McDugle, 51, was issued a summons Monday on suspicion of trespassing at City Market, 200 Rood Ave., after being banned from the store.

■ Pontiac Pearmain, 18, and two juveniles were issued summonses on suspicion of various drug- and alcohol-related crimes.

■ Someone broke into a home Wednesday in the 2500 block of Music Lane, taking property valued at more than $1,000.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Daniel Herbert Hoffman, 66, of Grand Junction was jailed Wednesday on suspicion of third-degree assault.

■ William Ralph Johnson, 37, of Grand Junction was jailed Wednesday on suspicion of weaving in traffic, driving with a revoked license, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, possession of drug paraphernalia and distribution of a controlled substance.

■ Michael Anthony Quesada, 22, of Grand Junction was jailed Wednesday on suspicion of criminal mischief and second-degree burglary.

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