On Nov. 9, Glenwood Springs police responded to a shoplifter call at Wal-Mart. When police talked to the alleged female shoplifter, they found out that she had two friends waiting for her in a car out in the parking lot. When police went out to the car, they reportedly found more stolen merchandise from other stores, felony narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Also, one of the occupants had four nationwide warrants for his arrest out of Mesa County. Frank James Tuccy Jr., 31, of Grand Junction, was arrested on the four warrants, criminal impersonation, driving with a revoked license and unlawful use and possession of a controlled substance. The alleged shoplifter, Heather Christine Doty, 26, of Grand Junction, was arrested on suspicion of forgery, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, theft, theft by receiving and fraud by check. The other passenger, Sadie Patricia Jean Lucero, 18, of Grand Junction, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a controlled substance. -Just after 11 p.m. on Nov. 7, the staff at a Silt convenience store contacted police after a patron allegedly left without paying for $5 of gasoline. A clerk was able to get the suspect’s license plate number and relayed the information to the responding officer. Marna L. Gustin, 46, of Parachute, was cited with suspicion of theft.On Nov. 7, an Aspen resident wanted on an Eagle County warrant for reportedly failing to appear on harassment charges turned him himself in to Silt police on Thursday. Erik Richard Pierce, 30, posted his $5,000 bond through a bondsman and was released pending his new court date.-On Nov. 8, Silt police were dispatched to a Main Street apartment building just before 3 a.m. on a report of a domestic disturbance. Officers reportedly discovered that the female victim had been punched and shoved by her boyfriend and that she sustained cuts from glass items that the suspect broke in the residence. In addition, the suspect allegedly pulled the phone cord out of the wall while the victim was trying to call 911 for assistance. Francisco Contreras Parga, 47, of Silt, reportedly fled the scene before police could arrive but was arrested when he returned to the apartment later in the day. Parga was charged with assault, harassment, and criminal mischief under the Colorado domestic violence statutes. He was held without bond in the Garfield County Jail until his identity can be confirmed.-On Nov. 9, Silt police were advised that a felony warrant had been issued for a resident on a previous juvenile offense. Joshua Lee Johnson, 18, was found at his Silt residence and taken into custody. He was able to contact a bondsman from the Silt Police Department who assisted him in posting his $2,500 bond. Johnson was subsequently released on bond pending his new court date.-On Nov. 3, Glenwood Springs police received a report of an intoxicated man hanging around near Grand Avenue Liquors. When they arrived, a woman told police she saw the man urinate on the building. When police approached the man, they reportedly caught him urinating. James Dugan, 41, listed as a transient from Missouri, was arrested for suspicion of urinating in public.-On Nov. 5, Glenwood Springs police were called after a man was reportedly caught shoplifting at City Market. When police arrived, they reported finding a small container of marijuana on the man. Eric John Molthen, 20, of Rifle, was arrested for an active warrant, and suspicion of petty theft and possession of marijuana. -On Nov. 6, Glenwood Springs police were notified of a shoplifter at Wal-Mart. Venustiano Chavarin Aguilar, 28, of Glenwood Springs, allegedly concealed a compact disc in his clothing, then left the store. He was cited for suspicion of petty theft. -On Nov. 6, a sheriff’s deputy from a nearby county called Glenwood Springs police to tell them Juan Michael Munoz-Rivera, 43, of Basalt, was dining at Juanito’s restaurant on Glen Avenue. Rivera was arrested on a warrant and brought to jail. -On Nov. 6, Glenwood Springs police were dispatched to a bar on Highway 6&24 for a report of two people drinking alcohol in a vehicle. Jaime Gallegos Barragan, 20, of Glenwood Springs, was arrested on suspicion of underage possession of alcohol and Enrique Barragan Gallegos, 26, of Glenwood Springs, was cited for open container of alcohol. -On Nov. 7, Glenwood Springs police cited Randall Lee Sawyer, of Glenwood Springs, for suspicion of harassment after someone called police and accused Sawyer of harassing him at work.-On Nov. 7, Glenwood Springs police were notified of a disturbance at Hyland Park. The investigation showed that Brian Patrick Potter, 37, of Durango, allegedly tried to run over two people in the roadway next to the park. Potter then left the scene, and it was reported that he nearly collided with a female in a nearby parking lot. Potter was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault, reckless driving, drunken driving, and no proof of insurance. -On Nov. 7, Glenwood Springs police were notified of a drunken man waving a knife while confronting some kids at Sayre Park. Michael Lloyd Iverson, 49, of Glenwood Springs, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct – displaying a deadly weapon in a manner calculated to alarm. -On Nov. 7, Glenwood Springs police were notified of a disturbance in progress at a residence on 10th Street. Paula May Mauer, 36, of Glenwood Springs, was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief. -On Nov. 9, Glenwood Springs police pulled over the driver of a vehicle after seeing it weave on Park Drive and Grand Avenue. Miguel Angel Navavega, 26, of Basalt, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, driving without a license and weaving. -On Nov. 9, Gonzalo Hernandez-Garcia, 27, of Glenwood Springs, was cited for suspicion of petty theft after allegedly shoplifting from JC Penney in the Glenwood Springs Mall. -On Nov. 9, Glenwood Springs police took a report of phone harassment, stemming from an assault that occurred the evening before. Jerry Stephens Hincy, 41, of Glenwood Springs, was cited for suspicion of harassment.
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