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Editor’s note: The following information comes from official police and sheriff’s department incident reports. Arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.

– On March 12, Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Byron Lee Galliher, 19, of Rifle, on suspicion of possession of marijuana, attempting to elude a police officer and driving with a revoked license. Deputies recognized Galliher from previous contacts and say he attempted to elude them by parking in a driveway behind a large truck; when arrested, deputies found several packages of controlled substances in his vehicle.

– On March 12, Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a business at 7264 Highway 82, near Carbondale, after a report of criminal trespass. Someone entered the property through a fence and stole an ATV and ATV parts worth more than $8,000; no suspects have been identified.



– On March 13, Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Teddy Lee Martin, 53, of Parachute, on suspicion of criminal impersonation, displaying fictitious license plates and driving with a revoked license. Deputies suspected that Martin’s vehicle had fictitious plates; after a traffic stop, he was also discovered to have two outstanding warrants.

– On March 15, Rifle police responded to a report of criminal mischief at Rosehill Cemetery. Three headstones had been flipped over; police say they are unsure of the cost of the damage and cannot identify any suspects so far.



– On March 16, Rifle police charged a 13-year-old female juvenile with criminal attempt after being called to a home on West 24th Street. The girl had allegedly set a bag of clothing on fire inside the house and attempted to jump out of a second-story window. The girl was released to her mother.

– On March 16, Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies took a report from a couple living in the 1600 block of County Road 132; they had hired a plumber to do work in their house and had already paid $20,000, but had not yet received any services or equipment. Deputies believe the suspect has fled to New York; the case is still under investigation.

– On March 16, Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Steven Anthony Carter, 19, of Rifle, on suspicion of drunken driving, underage drinking, driving without a valid license and child abuse. Deputies spotted a vehicle idling next to several storage units on County Road 210 which had been broken into numerous times in recent days, and subsequently arrested Carter.

– On March 12, Glenwood Springs police were called after an alleged shoplifter left in her vehicle. Police found the vehicle and pulled the woman over. Police reported that she then assaulted the police officer. Katherine J. Brant, 55, of Grand Junction was arrested on suspicion of second degree assault and driving under restraint.

– On March 15, Glenwood Springs police stopped a vehicle for failing to stop at a stop sign. Driver Heidi S. Barnett, 22, of Glenwood Springs was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and running a stop sign.

– On March 16, Glenwood Springs police reported contacting a man who was scheduled to be registered as a sex offender. A check of his name showed that the man, Michael Stephen Greenburg, 39, of Glenwood Springs was wanted on a warrant for a traffic violation. He was arrested and released on a $139 bond.

– On March 17, Glenwood Springs police were notified of a driver who almost hit another vehicle in a store parking lot. Once the car was located, police reported seeing it run a red light. The driver, Ernesto Cortez, 25, of Glenwood Springs was arrested on suspicion of driving while ability impaired, driving without a license, failure to provide insurance and running a red light.

– In the early-morning hours of March 18, police were called to the scene where a man was reportedly urinating near a Dumpster. Ronald W. Meirzon, 23, of White Plains, N.Y., was arrested on suspicion of excreting in public places.


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