Law enforcement blotter Dec. 14, 2016

By Press Release


From the Delta Police Department:

Dec. 6:

Edwin Benitez-Medrano, 20, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged speeding 10-19 over, school zone, failed to present evidence of insurance, driving motor vehicle without a valid driver license and displayed fictitious license plates.

Dec. 7:

Kenneth C. Meagher, 41, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged violation of protection order, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Schedule II controlled substance.

Jennifer M. Barnett, 22, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $750 bond.

Dec. 8:

Dale A. Suckow, 56, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged failed to yield right of way when turning left in front of traffic after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 50 at Ute Street. No injuries were reported or observed. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Dec. 9:

Arnanda L. Branning, 26, homeless, was arrested and jailed on two warrants with no bond.

Dulce E. Contreras-Villafana, 18, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting. A 17-year-old female, also of Delta, was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.

Dec. 10:

Anthony R. Cusick, 47, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $500 bond.

Six tickets for traffic violations were issued this week, four for speeding.

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):

Dec. 6:

Deputies responded to a complaint of harassment in the Crawford area. A woman complained that her ex-husband continually calls her from his residence just a few blocks from her house.

An Austin woman reported the theft of several small items from her unlocked home on 2100 Road. After her initial call, she discovered two of her checks had been written without her permission, one for about $330 and the other for $25. A possible suspect, unknown to the victim, was identified after she used a Texas driver's license for ID with one of the checks.

A customer who had been acting suspiciously was spotted by a witness taking a bottle of White-Out from a convenience store in Eckert. Deputies were unable to locate the suspect.

Dec. 7:

Deputies responded to a neighborhood dispute on F25 Road. An owner who recently had his property resurveyed discovered a neighbor's fence had been built on his property. He took the fence out and the neighbor objected. He wanted to pursue theft charges; deputies advised both parties the issue is civil in nature and they should contact their attorney.

Deputies stopped to check on a vehicle parked on the side of Highway 65 with its emergency lights flashing. The driver said he had run out of gas but was acting suspiciously. A record check showed an outstanding warrant for Jesse Muzzy, 31, of Olathe and he was taken into custody.

Dec. 9:

Rikki Cyr, 19, of Cedaredge was injured in a three-car accident on Highway 65 near Iris Road. The truck driven by Cyr reportedly went down a steep embankment on the west side of the road. Delta firefighters assisted with getting Cyr out of the truck and up the hill. The other two parties involved in the accident, Ronald Duchene and Jeffrey Cheuy, escaped serious injury. The Colorado State Patrol handled the investigation.

A two-car accident occurred at the intersection of Jay Avenue and Grand Mesa Drive, Cedaredge, at about 1:30 p.m. Michelle Tucker was southbound on Highway 65 when she attempted to make a left turn onto Jay Avenue. She did not see John Todd traveling northbound on Highway 65 and struck the side of his vehicle. There were no serious injuries, but one vehicle sustained serious damage. The Colorado State Patrol handled the investigation.

Dec. 10:

A Cedaredge area resident reported the theft of coins from his garage.

At about 10 p.m., Cedaredge firefighters responded to a fire in a dumpster on S. Grand Mesa Drive just south of RJ's Steakhouse. The cause of the blaze is not known.

A deer collided with a Delta County patrol car in the vicinity of Black Canyon Road and Fruitland Mesa Road outside of Crawford. The collision occurred at about 11 p.m. and resulted in minor damage to the passenger rear door. The deer ran away.

Dec. 12:

Despite the efforts of Hotchkiss firefighters, a small house on Linn Avenue in Hotchkiss was destroyed by a fire that was reported at 4:53 a.m. The occupant was not home at the time. The cause of the fire is not known, but may be electrical.