Law enforcement blotter Aug. 23, 2017

By Press Release


From the Delta Police Department:

Aug. 14:

Rachel Castle, 40, of Hotchkiss was issued a ticket for alleged harassment.

Alan M. Strojia, 22, of S. Charleston, W. Va., was issued a ticket for alleged cruelty to animals.

Mary E. Stoll, 55, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged careless driving and driving a motor vehicle with no evidence of insurance after being involved in a single vehicle crash near Meeker Street and Highway 50 at E. 13th Street. No injuries were reported or observed and medical treatment was refused.The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Bobby R.R. Saenz, 48, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $2,500 bond.

Karina J. Atchley-Foster, 24, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged third degree assault.

Aug. 15:

Ileen J. Slagg, 32, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged possession of Schedule II controlled substance and possession of an illegal/dangerous weapon.

Aug. 16:

Gerry C. Werber, 73, of Cedaredge was issued a ticket for alleged following too closely after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 92 at Highway 50. Injuries were reported but not observed. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

David A. Smith, 30, of Grand Junction was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $500 bond.

Aug. 17:

Christie L. Waltman, 35, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with no bond and issued a ticket for alleged resisting arrest.

Aug. 18:

Kue Rue, 49, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged careless driving after being involved in a single vehicle crash in the 1400 block of Highway 50 North. No injuries were reported or observed. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Jeremy J. Shiplett, 39, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $2,099 bond.

Aug. 19:

McKinna L. Garamendi, 27, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged failed to yield right of way from a stop sign after being involved in a two-vehicle crash at Confluence Drive and W. 5th Street. No injuries were reported or observed. One vehicle was towed from the scene.

Aug. 20:

A 15-year-old female of Delta was arrested and jailed (at Grand Mesa Youth Corrections) on a warrant with a $600 bond and on a warrant with no bond.

Citations: Eight tickets were issued this week for various traffic violations.

Please remember: All criminal charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.



From the Delta County Sheriff's Office (partial list):

Aug. 15:

A Cedaredge area resident reported the theft of koi fish from a pond on Opal Road near Austin. The man had made arrangements for catfish to be removed from the pond and later discovered about 60 koi were also missing. The fish were valued at $5,000. Contacted by deputies, the "fisherman" said there had been a misunderstanding. He was attempting to recapture the koi and return them to Austin.

For the second time in two weeks, about six mailboxes in a cluster on Joy Road, Orchard City, were forced open. Replacement locks are estimated at $60 each. A list of potentially missing items is being compiled.

A Paonia resident reported a 2003 silver Subaru station wagon had been abandoned on Highway 133 near Stop 'n Save for about a week. Deputies determined the vehicle had been stolen out of Archuleta County. It was towed from the scene and will be held for Archuleta County deputies.

Aug. 16:

A Cedaredge area resident called from his workplace in Montrose to report his 15-year-old daughter, who was home alone, had been frightened by a man who alleged their dog had caused him to wreck his bike. He yelled at the teen and threatened to shoot the dog because it allegedly ran in front of him and made him fly off into the ditch. Both sheriff's deputies and the Colorado State Patrol were dispatched; the CSP took an accident report.

A man working on a house on 2200 Road, Delta, said items were taken from the exterior of the house. It's the third report he's made of similar thefts. This time, thieves took a couch stored under a carport, a battery charger, paint rollers and a can of paint.

Aug. 17:

At about noon, dispatch was notified of an individual who was lost in the 'dobies in the area of Devil's Thumb. Craig Hicks, 62, called a friend on his cell phone to request help, and the friend called dispatch. Deputies were able to contact the man on his cell phone and to determine his location after he described his surroundings. He told deputies he'd been walking all night. He was tired and thirsty but otherwise unharmed.

A landlord reported a large marijuana grow operation on rental property along 3000 Road, Hotchkiss. Although his name was not on the lease, the marijuana was claimed by Arthur Stier. Deputies determined he had more plants than are allowed by law, and they were not enclosed or covered as required. Stier was also found in violation of the conditions of his probation. The plants were seized. Charges related to unlawful cultivation of marijuana and violation of other compliance issues are pending.

Darien Norris, 17, of Paonia was involved in a motor vehicle accident on private property. He was picked up after the accident and dropped off in Crawford, where he was contacted by the Colorado State Patrol. He was subsequently transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital with a possible head injury.

Aug. 18:

A 1998 Olds Cutlass was reported stolen from a home on Highway 65, Eckert. The owner's wallet and checkbook were in the vehicle. Sheriff's deputies, with the help of a citizen, located the vehicle off Oak Creek Road, a half mile from North Road. The vehicle had been driven onto a trail and was apparently abandoned when it got stuck. The owner's personal items were not recovered.

Several items were reported missing from a home on Cherry Lane, Eckert.

A 9-1-1 call was received from a man in the vicinity of the Gunnison River Pleasure Park who said he could hear, in the distance, a woman screaming desperately. Deputies arrived on the scene shortly after 11 p.m., and found Stephen Miller, 44, of Buena Vista and Lacy Foutz, 38, of Cortez leaving the area. Investigation revealed the two had been involved in an altercation during which Foutz pulled a knife and cut Miller on the hand. Foutz was arrested and charged with second degree assault/bodily injury with a deadly weapon, domestic violence and unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

The following morning, a Hotchkiss woman called dispatch to say she'd found a purse and a little further down a trail near the Gunnison River Pleasure Park, a phone charger cord. Blood was evident on both. Deputies determined both items were tied to the altercation the night before.