News briefs for Nov. 1 |

News briefs for Nov. 1

Five cited for hunting

The Colorado Division of Wildlife issued citations to five people earlier this month for hunting deer in Rio Blanco County before the official start of deer season.

Wildlife officers made the citations Oct. 19 after receiving a report that a Grand Junction woman and four Californians were hunting deer before the Oct. 22 start of the season.

Officers say they searched the hunting camp south of Rangely on Oct. 19 and found two mule deer buck carcasses.

Officers cited all five hunters with two counts of hunting outside an established season and two counts of illegal possession of wildlife.

The five hunters charged were: Travis Simas, 26, of Montague, Calif.; Terry Lee Simas, 49, Yreka, Calif.; Holly M. Steele, 20, Grand Junction; Harold E. Carnes, 50, Yreka, Calif.; and James L. Mullins, 53, Auburn, Calif.

If convicted of all charges, all five hunters face fines of as much as $2,560 and 60 license suspension points.

Any person who accumulates more than 20 license suspension points may face suspension of hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado for an extended period of time.

Upon conviction, the state could seize any items used to commit hunting violations. Such items include weapons, motor vehicles and hunting gear.

Driving wrong way results in arrest

Craig police arrested a man Sunday morning for presenting false identification and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

Juventino Mendoza-Soto, 26, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on Sunday on charges of criminal impersonation, false reporting to authorities, resisting arrest and driving the wrong way on a one-way street. Mendoza-Soto also was booked on an outstanding warrant, department spokesman Lt. John Forgay said.

Craig police pulled Mendoza-Soto over after witnessing him drive the wrong way down an alley west of Yampa Avenue near Victory Way, Forgay said.

When officers pulled Mendoza-Soto over, he presented someone else’s driver’s license, Forgay said.

Officers attempted to arrest Mendoza-Soto, but he resisted, Forgay said.

During an altercation, Mendoza-Soto hit his mouth on his vehicle. He was taken to The Memorial Hospital, Forgay said.

He was later taken to the Moffat County Jail.

Neighborhood watch group to meet

A group with a mission to promote neighborhood watches and educate volunteers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the cafeteria of The Memorial Hospital, 785 Russell St.

Volunteers work with law enforcement officials and other groups to fight neighborhood crime. Community volunteers oversee the program. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month. For information or to volunteer, call 826-2301.

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