Catherine Posusa

Catherine Pokusa

Body found near parkway ID’d as Clifton woman

A body found near Riverside Parkway on Saturday has been identified as 40-year-old Clifton resident Catherine Pokusa.

Mesa County Coroner Victor Yahn said the cause and manner of the death is pending toxicology, but there is nothing suspicious at this time.

Grand Junction Police Department is overseeing the investigation.

Eluding, drugs charged

Brett Tahquechi, 37, is accused of drug distribution and vehicular eluding and received a $25,000 cash-only bond by Mesa County Court on Monday.

A clerk at a local gas station reported a possible drug deal at the station’s gas pumps on Friday at around 9 p.m.

A Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputy began to follow the suspected vehicle, which was in the turn lane to turn left from F Road to the Interstate 70 Business Loop, according to the arrest affidavit.

The vehicle continued straight and did not turn, nearly causing a collision before merging westbound, the affidavit said.

The deputy’s sirens were activated and the driver allegedly attempted to flee, before being arrested at gunpoint a few blocks away.

A bag was believed to have been thrown from the vehicle in the pursuit and suspected methamphetamine was found inside, the affidavit said.

Bond set in pot vaping case

Jennifer Furuike, 48, is accused of drug distribution and received a $25,000 cash or surety bond on Monday.

A vehicle Furuike was driving was stopped on Interstate 70 in Mesa County on Friday after a deputy observed it cross the shoulder fog line several times.

Inside the vehicle, 48 pounds of raw marijuana were found along with 466 THC vape cartridges (each cartridge weighed 1 gram), according to the arrest affidavit.

Suspect had de-magnetizer

Shaun Hamilton, 22, is accused of theft and second-degree burglary and received a $5,000 personal recognizance bond on Monday.

Hamilton is accused of shoplifting over $600 worth of items from a local business.

Hamilton was contacted by police and was found with a de-magnetizer in his pants pocket, according to the arrest affidavit.

Video surveillance reportedly showed Hamilton walking out of the grocery section and rather than going to a register, he walked out of the store.

Arrest in theft of knives

Kristopher Hammond, 38, is accused of theft and second-degree burglary and received a $5,000 personal recognizance bond on Monday.

Hammond was contacted by police inside a local business after it was believed he was concealing knives in his sleeves, according to the arrest affidavit. Two folding knives, a fixed blade knife and two additional knives were found during a search.

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