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Blotter, April 28, 2017

By Staff

Man used baseball bat on other man’s head, cops say A Mesa County man is facing a felony assault charge after allegedly clubbing another man in the head with a baseball bat. Joseph Christopher Owens, 41, was arrested Monday, more ...


Convicted killer ordered to pay $50K restitution

By Gabrielle Porter

A judge has ordered Lester Ralph Jones to pay close to $50,000 in restitution in the wake of his back-to-back murder trials last year, siding against defense attorneys who argued that he shouldn’t have to pay costs for his first trial, ...

Judge: Hearings to stay open in girl’s murder trial

By Gabrielle Porter

A public defender for a 14-year-old girl accused of killing her foster mother in February unsuccessfully sought again Thursday to have the courtroom closed during a pre-trial hearing. Attorneys for Stephanie Hauck, who faces a second-degree ...

Airport settles with Jviation for $92,000

By Gary Harmon

Grand Junction Regional Airport and one of its contractors settled a lawsuit Thursday and nearly locked the legal door on disputes that grew from a 2013 FBI raid at the airport offices. The airport board voted unanimously to settle litigation ...

TURNER, Richard

Man accused of choking woman over toddler

By Gabrielle Porter

A 48-year-old man accused of strangling a woman during what appeared to be a tug-of-war over their young son Monday morning could be charged with felony assault and misdemeanor child abuse, court records said. Richard Noal Turner was arrested ...


Apartment fire leaves residents homeless

By Staff

A fire that ripped through three floors of one of the buildings at the Racquet Club Apartments, 2915 Orchard Ave, early Thursday left several people displaced from their homes, but no injuries, fire officials said. Grand Junction firefighters ...

Death notices, April 28, 2017

By Staff

■ Billy Phin Hawthorn, 82, Fruita, died April 21, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Services will take place at 10 a.m. May 15 at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. He worked for Family Health West. Survivors ...

Lines West, April 28, 2017

By Staff

Boxed In In the calendar on my desk each day is numbered. Each day is enclosed in a square. I mark through the square when the day is gone. The blue jay in the tree outside my window has no desk, no calendar. No squared off ...

Pitkin County commissioners pass pro-immigration resolution

By The AP

BASALT — Pitkin County commissioners say a new resolution will limit the sheriff’s office interaction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Aspen Times reports the resolution ...

Aspen man evicted from assisted living for using marijuana

By The AP

ASPEN — A man has been evicted from an Aspen assisted living center for using marijuana on the property. The Aspen Daily News reports a judge approved the eviction Wednesday after 68-year-old Paul Disnard acknowledged he used marijuana ...

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