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Law enforcement blotter Mar. 1, 2017

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From the Delta Police Department:

Feb. 20:

Isaac J. Gallegos, 26, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged indecent conduct.

Feb. 22:

Jason M. Ross, 31, of Delta was issued a ticket for alleged trespass.

Feb. 24:

David B. Gallegos, 43, of Westminster was issued a ticket for alleged false reporting to authorities.

Feb. 25:

David B. Gallegos, 43, of Westminster was arrested and jailed for alleged violation of a protection order, drove motor vehicle while license revoked, expired license plates, fictitious license plates and owner operated an uninsured motor vehicle.

William J. West, 36, of Delta was arrested and jailed for alleged violation of a protection order.

Feb. 26:

Donald L. Linville, 20, of Colorado Springs was issued a ticket for alleged following too closely after being involved in a two-vehicle crash in the 100 block of Main Street northbound. No injuries were reported or observed. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

Jason R. Hinchman, 39, of Cedaredge was arrested and jailed for alleged violation of a protection order.

Citations: Four tickets for traffic violations were issued this week, one 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):

Feb. 21:

Sheriff's deputies assisted the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office when an alarm sounded at the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge at about 12:45 a.m. They found an open door, but no one was inside the building and no contents appeared to be disturbed.

An Indiana resident who purchased a skid steer from an Eckert man learned the equipment had been stolen when he tried to order replacement parts. The equipment was stolen from a Garden City, Kan., dealership. Sheriff's deputies have been unable to contact the Eckert man to determine how he came into possession of the skid steer.

At about 6:45 p.m., Melvin Cook, 46, of Eckert reported a "near miss" with a red Chevrolet pickup that crossed the center line and clipped the mirror of his vehicle. The Colorado State Patrol is investigating whether Kim Zablosky, the driver of the red Chevrolet, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Feb. 22:

A two-vehicle accident was reported at Highway 65 and 2100 Road, Eckert, at about 3:30 p.m. The Colorado State Patrol is handling the investigation.

Feb. 23:

While on patrol at about 12:30 a.m., deputies observed a vehicle drive off the north side of Highway 92 at 3200 Road. The vehicle then began to swerve. The driver, Albina Sanches, 48, of Hotchkiss, was stopped and asked to perform roadside maneuvers. She failed and was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Shortly after midnight, Justin Davenport, 33, of Delta was witnessed allegedly stealing diesel fuel from a bus parked at the Crawford school. The resident who spotted the incident approached Davenport and after a brief altercation, convinced him to go to another neighbor's house to wait for law enforcement. Davenport has been charged with harassment, theft of less than $50 in fuel and third degree criminal trespass.

Shortly before 1 p.m., sheriff's deputies and Delta firefighters were dispatched to a fire on Ash Mesa. Ditch riders from the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association were burning a ditch along Breeze Road. They had a water tank, but were unable to get it operating when they lost control of the fire. Several lengths of irrigation pipe and the siding on a house were damaged.

Feb. 24:

A break-in was reported at a home on Running Deer Road, Eckert. The homeowner reported a pair of Zeiss binoculars, valued at $3,000, and a photonic light valued at $697 were missing. There was no evidence of forced entry. The case is under investigation.

Sheriff's deputies assisted the Colorado State Patrol with a Homeland Security request to stop a vehicle coming from Mesa County.

An Austin resident reported the theft of several firearms from his home on 2100 Road. The list of missing items includes two AR15s, a Ruger 77 Mark 2, Glock Model 27 40-caliber, Browning Model 70, Ruger 10-22, Charles Daly shotgun, a custom built automatic rifle and an Airsoft. Total value of the stolen firearms is close to $5,000. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 874-8810.

Feb. 26:

Paonia firefighters were dispatched to a fast-moving grass fire on Willow Road near Paonia at 11:30 a.m. Deputies learned that Phyllis Swackhamer had placed some hot coals on the grass and they were not completely cool.

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