Law enforcement blotter September 9, 2015

By Press Release


From the Delta Police Department:

Aug. 31:

Heather I. Henson, 19, of Eckert was issued a ticket for alleged theft.

Sept. 2:

Craig L. Smith, 31, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.

Sept. 3:

Mary E. Davignon, 79, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged careless driving after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 50 at Pioneer Road. One person was transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Lyle D. Nitzel, 43, of Delta was arrested and jailed on a warrant with a $300 bond.

Sept. 5:

A 16-year-old female of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged shoplifting.

Citations: 28 tickets for traffic violations were issued this week, 22 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):
Aug. 31:

At the request of the Grand Junction Police Department, a sheriff's deputy spoke with a Cedaredge area resident about a hit-and-run accident in Grand Junction. The man and his companion denied any involvement, although their vehicle was damaged. The information was passed along to the GJPD.

An Eckert woman paid $1,000 for a used vehicle, received the title and arranged for a tow company to pick up the vehicle. When the tow company arrived at the seller's residence, neither the seller nor the vehicle could be found. A sheriff's deputy located the seller and the vehicle was delivered the next day.

Shortly before noon, Willis Barrett, 43, of Delta collided with a motorcycle driven by John Stegeman, 69. The accident occurred on Highway 65 near the Eagle's Nest turnoff. Barrett was not injured; Stegeman was transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries.

Sheriff's deputies were called to assist with a family dispute over a TV.

Several Delta area storage units were broken into. All were empty.

A woman reported she was forced to kill a neighbor's dog after it came on her Cedaredge area property. She said the owners were very upset, but the dog had once attacked her livestock.

Sept. 1:

A Cedaredge area woman reported the theft of her mail.

A Cedaredge area man discovered a huge dent in the side of his pickup after he returned from a shopping trip at Walmart.

A Hotchkiss area woman complained about a neighbor who was shooting birds in her trees while her kids were playing in the yard.

Sept. 2:

A vehicle driven by Wonder Wachara, 18, of Montrose was involved in a rollover on Highway 50 just north of Delta. Wachara was transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital and the Colorado State Patrol arrived on scene to take over the investigation.

A break-in was reported at a home on Old Wagon Road, Delta. The homeowner said checks were the only items missing.

Sept. 4:

Deputies responded to the hospital emergency room where Joseph Stracener, 22, was being treated after an ATV accident. He was reportedly riding ATVs with friends at about 2 a.m. when he attempted to climb a steep hill and his ATV flipped over backward.

Around noon, Casey Atchley of Delta and Sandra Klinger of Grand Junction were involved in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of E Road and 1400 Road. Atchley's vehicle wound up halfway in a ditch. Neither driver required medical attention and the Colorado State Patrol arrived on scene to take over the investigation.

Sept. 5:

A Crawford area resident reported an unknown motorist knocked down a corner fence post, then did doughnuts in the field, taking out another part of fence.

A chainsaw valued at $800 was reported stolen from a vehicle in the Orchard City area. The owner identified a possible suspect.

A Fruita woman made a deposit on a wedding venue on Grand Mesa. The property owner has reportedly skipped town, and the new owner won't do anything about it.

A Grand Junction woman reported her son and two of his friends, all 17 years old, went hunting on Grand Mesa. She was concerned because she could not contact him by cell phone, although he was not overdue. She called back the next day, after she was able to establish contact with her son.

Celia George, 26, of Crawford was injured in an ATV accident on Black Canyon Road at about 10 p.m.

She struck a dog that ran out in front of her, killing the dog, then hit a tree. She was transported to DCMH. The accident occurred in Montrose County, but no deputies were in the area. The Delta County deputy remained on scene until a Montrose County deputy arrived and took over the investigation.