This week Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the male involved in a burglary.
Shortly after 7 a.m. on Friday, March 21st, deputies responded to a burglary alarm at the Fruitvale Liquor store located at 505 30 Road. Once inside, the male suspect caused property damage and stole various items. The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male with dark medium length hair and full goatee, approximately 25-35 years old, about 5’8” to 5’10” tall and weighing about 180-220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a long sleeve shirt, pants and a baseball cap.
If you know the identity or location of the subject involved in this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at www.241stop.com.
MCSO Case # 14-8041
We recognize that the photos are somewhat blurry, but they are the best we have at this time. Please look closely to the small details (hat, face shape, etc) to see if you recognize this person.
Rx Drug Take Back Day is This Saturday- April 26 from 10am-2pm: Four Drop Off Locations in Mesa County #GVCopBeat #gjco #mesacounty
It’s time to clean out your medicine cabinets and help keep prescription and over-the-counter drugs out of the wrong hands.
This Saturday, April 26 from 10am-2pm is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and your local law enforcement agencies are participating. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get rid of unused, expired, or otherwise unwanted prescription medications. We will properly dispose of them for you, with no questions asked. Simply drop them off at one of the four locations:
Grand Junction Police Department:555 Ute Ave.
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office: 215 Rice St.
Palisade Police Department: 175 E. Third St.
Fruita Police Department: 157 S. Mesa St.
There are a couple of things we are not allowed to accept, including: needles and sharps, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illicit drugs.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. According to the DEA, many Americans are not aware that medicines in their home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. People often choose to flush them down the toilet or throwing them away in the trash, both of which are potential safety and health hazards.
As a reminder, the Mesa County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility will take: needles and sharps, over-the-counter medications, pressurized or aerosol and mercury containing items Thursdays through Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is free of charge to Mesa County residents. However, they are NOT able to accept controlled substances (narcotics), chemotherapy or radio-active substances or oxygen tanks. The Mesa County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility can be reached directly at (970) 257-9336 or (970) 256-9543. You can also visit their website at: http://www.mesacounty.us/swm/template.aspx?id=12478.
Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspect that stole an IPad 3 from Rent-A-Center located at 2401 North Avenue on Thursday, January 16th around 3:00 p.m.
The suspect is described as a white female, 25-30 years of age, approximately 5’4” to 5’6” tall, weighing 130-170 lbs. with shoulder length brown hair. She was last seen wearing a dark sweatshirt, dark pants, and white shoes and carried an orange backpack. The stolen IPad 3 has a black front with a silver back and is worth more than $600.
If you know the identity or location of the subject involved in this crime, please call Crime Stopper at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at www.241stop.com.
GJPD Case # 14-3048
When Our Neighboring Colorado Communities Are In Need, They Often Look to Our Professionals For a Helping Hand #GVCopBeat
As we continue to say thank you to our 911 dispatchers during this year’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, we want to introduce you to our Incident Dispatch Team. This group of 12 dispatchers from our center is ready to deploy to larger scale emergencies in our own community and across the state. Equipped with a mobile dispatch vehicle, these specialized dispatchers respond to scenes of emergencies and disasters to provide in the field communication services for the emergency responders. In 2013, for example, they deployed to the gas explosion on 7th St., to a search and rescue mission in the desert for an overdue motorcyclist, and to Jefferson County for the massive floods that devastated that area. Whether working out of their mobile dispatch vehicle, or embedding themselves in emergency operations centers, they are a critical resource during critical times.
Prior to 2013, the Incident Dispatch Team deployed to several high-profile events and incidents in Colorado including the Lower North Fork Fire in Jefferson County, the Sunrise Mine Fire and the Pine Ridge Fire in Mesa County, the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, and the Middle Elk Fire near New Castle. They also train with our local SWAT teams and Fire Departments, as well as attend multiple, fun community events such as farmer’s markets and safety fairs.
Clean up crews spent more than a couple hours cleaning up a semi load of dirt and rocks that spilled onto the Redlands Pkwy just before 1:00pm today. The driver was making a right turn onto the Redlands Pkwy from the Riverside Pkwy, just west of the 24 Rd overpass, when the truck and trailer rolled onto their sides. The driver appeared to have minor injuries from the crash and was transported to the hospital.
A cleanup crew from the construction company that owned the truck brought in equipment to help clear the mess. City of Grand Junction streets crews were also on scene to help. The road fully reopened shortly after 3:00pm today.
Officers are still investigating to determine if the driver will be cited for the crash.
This week we are taking a few moments to thank all of the men and women who answer calls for help every single day. National Telecommunicator Week honors 911 dispatchers across the country, and here in Mesa County, we are fortunate to have several dozen dedicated professionals who help save lives by being the voice on the line.
The Grand Junction Regional Communication Center (GJRCC), which is housed in and operated by the Grand Junction Police Department, services a total of 23 agencies, and provides all of the law enforcement and fire dispatching for Mesa County, except for the Colorado State Patrol (they have their own dispatch center). That means whether you need a deputy, marshal, police officer, or ranger, or you need fire or medical services from one of the dozen fire department agencies in our county, your 911 call will come through our center, and help will be dispatched by our 911 dispatchers.
With so many different agencies involved, the GJRCC stays very busy. More than 135,000 calls for service (both law enforcement and fire and medical incidents) came through the center in 2013. That includes both emergency and non-emergency calls into the center.
Not only are the dispatchers answering calls, they are handling literally millions of radio transmissions as they communicate with the first responders in the field. In 2013 that number was 2,417,768!
We are so proud of our 911 dispatchers, and grateful for their service to our community.
Look for more posts this week about this great group of people. You can also find more information on our webpage.
Thanks to all of the teens and parents who attended tonight’s Sexual Assault Prevention presentation. We received very positive feedback and hope to continue to grow this presentation, as we feel this is a community issue that needs to be addressed. We want our young people to have the knowledge, power, and tools to keep themselves safe as they enter the adult world.
If you would like to schedule this presentation for a group you are involved with (ex. sports, young adult club, parent groups, etc.) contact Ofc. Suzette Freidenberger.
You can learn more about this presentation by listening to this audio podcast.
Jamie Rockey’s first day on the floor of the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center (also known as the local 911 dispatch center) last week was not your typical first day. After spending the previous four weeks training in a classroom, and under the watchful eye of her training officer, she was ready to start taking actual 911 calls, from real people, in real emergencies.
Her classroom training had exposed Jamie to many of the types of calls dispatchers routinely get: burglary alarms, medical calls, calls from officers, etc.
“I had a general idea because we did a few sit-alongs,” she said.
The classroom training also taught her how to do CPR. In fact, all new hires must become certified in CPR and must maintain their certification during their employment. But classroom training doesn’t necessarily lessen the amount of stress a dispatcher feels when an actual call comes in.
“It was more stressful over the phone, ” Jamie says. “I was just trying to picture what the caller was telling me because you can’t see the patient.”
Jamie followed the Emergency Medical Dispatch protocol to walk the person on the phone through each of the steps necessary to perform CPR on the patient.
“I was relieved after the first one because I let her go right as the paramedics arrived and then I heard right after that that the patient was breathing.”
But Jamie would only have a couple of hours between that call and the next CPR call to catch her own breath.
“It was an older lady who couldn’t wake her husband. You could hear he was having trouble breathing. I knew I had to do the EMD protocol and I had to have her answer the questions so I could better help her.”
Doctors tell us that both patients were breathing by the time they got to the hospital.
To put things into perspective, the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center handled 17,365 medical calls in 2013. Of those calls last year, three of them involved our dispatchers who helped people perform CPR and in turn helped to save the lives of the people involved. It is also not uncommon for a new dispatcher to go through a year or more before even having to provide CPR instructions, let alone having those instructions result in a life saved.
“I was just glad to have a good trainer with me. And, I’m happy I could help those families in their time of need.”
The Grand Junction Police Department arrested 20-year-old Aaron Munoz of Clifton in the overnight hours of Saturday, April 5, 2014 in connection with the shooting incident on Orchard Mesa the previous night. Investigators obtained an arrest warrant after interviewing the victim of the shooting and other witnesses to the incident.
At this point in the investigation we believe Munoz was at a home in the 100 block of Dorothy Ave and was involved in an argument there. The 911 dispatch center initially received a call from a person who said they heard shots fired in the area of Dorothy Ave. Shortly after, 911 received a second call from the victim who was at the shopping center near 27 Rd. and Hwy 50. The victim reported he had been shot.
The victim eventually told investigators he too was at the home on Dorothy Ave., and found his friend, Aaron Munoz, in a “stand off” with some of the people there. The victim told Munoz to get into his car, and they left with three other people. Munoz, who was sitting behind the driver, accidentally fired a round that went through the driver’s seat, hitting the driver. Munoz and one of the passengers fled the scene on foot. The shooting victim and the other two passengers were with the car when officers arrived.
Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Munoz, with charges of second degree assault, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, illegal discharge of a firearm, and reckless endangerment. Munoz turned himself in at the Grand Junction Police Department and was booked into the Mesa County Jail.
On 04/05/14 at approximately 2:40am the Grand Junction Police Department received a 911 call reporting a disturbance and shots fired from the area of 2700 block of HWY 50 on Orchard Mesa. As officers were responding to the area they were advised of a victim with a gunshot wound in the 2600 Block of Hwy 50. Several officers responded and conducted an investigation, but no suspect was immediately located.
The victim was transported to St. Mary’s hospital with an apparent gunshot wound which did not appear to be life threatening.
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating this incident and has no further information at this time.
If anyone has information about this incident they can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at http://www.241stop.com, or text a tip to CRIMES (274637) with the word TIP729 in the message. The identity of the person providing the information will remain anonymous.
Case # 14-17681