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On Sept. 22, Silt police were dispatched to a local motel on a report of a domestic disturbance. What they discovered were two Denver-area teens who had reportedly managed to check into the motel, where they had been living there without parental supervision for a number of weeks. The investigation also revealed that the 15-year-old female suspect had been reported as a runaway and that she repeatedly assaulted and harassed her 17-year-old boyfriend. In turn, the boyfriend allegedly spat on his girlfriend and repeatedly punched her. Both kids were arrested and charged with harassment and assault. A judge subsequently ordered the couple held in a juvenile detention facility pending their initial court appearance. The suspects were also issued temporary restraining orders barring further contact with one another until a judge rules otherwise. The case remains under investigation.-On Sept. 16, a Silt officer noticed a vehicle parked at a convenience store with a license plate that had no stickers on it. A check revealed that while the plate was registered to a Subaru, it had instead been placed on a Pontiac. The officer’s presence apparently caused the vehicle’s driver to leave the scene because he was nowhere to be found. The reason became clear when the officer discovered a still-burning pipe of suspected marijuana in plain view on the front floorboard along with a quantity of alcoholic beverages.The vehicle, which had allegedly been transferred to a new owner without the required paperwork, was impounded.The investigator was able to determine who had been driving the vehicle and left a message with a relative suggesting he turn himself in. In addition, it was discovered that the plate was allegedly stolen from a friend’s car in Rifle and placed on the suspect’s vehicle in an apparent effort to circumvent having to obtain proper registration and insurance.On Sept. 17, Joshua Allen Nastiuk, 19, of Silt reported to the department where he was taken into custody and charged with displaying fictitious stolen license plates, possession of drug paraphernalia, and illegal possession of alcohol by an underage person. On Sept. 18, a Parachute resident turned himself in to Silt police on a Mesa County warrant for once again failing to appear on defrauding an innkeeper charges. James Mark Dunn, 40, enlisted the aid of a bondsman in posting his $600 bond. He was ultimately released pending his new court date in Grand Junction.-A Glenwood Springs resident turned himself in to Silt police Sept. 19 on a Pitkin County warrant for failing to appear on traffic charges. The 17-year-old youth brought with him an adult who assisted him in posting his $530 bond. He was then released pending his new court date.-On Sept. 21, the Ninth Judicial District Probation Department advised Silt police that a resident was wanted on a felony warrant for allegedly violating the terms of his sentence for larceny. Ricky Lee McKnight, 44, was found at home, arrested, and taken to the Garfield County Jail.-On Sept. 21, Silt police stopped a motorist at 1:30 a.m. for a traffic violation. The officer discovered that the 16-year-old driver had allegedly snuck out of his home in Meeker, “borrowed” a relative’s car without permission, and picked up three other underage passengers for a joy ride into Garfield County. The youths were all taken into custody for violation of the curfew ordinance and transported to the Silt Police Department where they were held were held until their respective parents could respond from Meeker to take custody of them. All of the kids were reportedly gone without their parents’ knowledge or permission.


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