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GJPD Investigating Verbal Disturbance on 5th St. #GVCopBeat

The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a verbal disturbance that took place outside a residence near Grand Junction High School.  The incident DID NOT involve any students or staff of the school, and was NOT on school property.

Late this morning a GJPD officer heard two males yelling at each other outside the residence in the 1300 block of 5th St.  When the officer tried to contact them one of the males took off running.  Other officers eventually contacted that person as well as the male who remained on scene.  The investigation at this point has not revealed anything that would warrant charges, and the officers have cleared the scene.

The regular operations at GJHS were not impacted.

January 28, 2015 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

Sexually Violent Predator Community Notification #GVCopBeat

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Jose Elizario Gallegos

Jose Elizario Gallegos, a sexually violent predator as classified by the State of Colorado, has moved to Community Corrections at 650 South Ave. in Grand Junction. Mr. Gallegos has registered his move appropriately with the Grand Junction Police Department.

View the informational video here.

In accordance with state law, the Grand Junction Police Department is in the process of notifying the community of his residency within the City. In addition to the information being provided to the media for dissemination and bulletins that have been mailed to the addresses surrounding 650 South Ave., the GJPD is televising an informational presentation on the Government Access Channel (Charter Cable Channel 191) Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. The presentation is approximately 15 minutes long.

Community members can also see the informational presentation and the SVP bulletin regarding Jose Gallegos, as well as the list of all SVPs currently living in the Grand Junction city limits on the police department webpage at:
gjcity.org/SexuallyViolentPredatorInformation

A list of registered sex offenders living in Mesa County, including a map of their locations, can be viewed on the websites of all of the police and sheriff agencies in Mesa County, or by visiting www.MesaCountyUnifiedSexOffenderRegistry.org.

Jose Gallegos SVP Bulletin January 28, 2015

January 28, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sexually Violent Predator Community Notification to Take Place Wednesday, January 28 #GVCopBeat

The Grand Junction Police Department is preparing the information for a Sexually Violent Predator Community Notification.  This notification will take place on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, and will have educational information about SVPs as well as information about the offender who is moving into our community and where he will be living.

The notification will take place via an educational video that will be available several ways:

We will also provide a bulletin with the offender’s information at the front counter in our lobby at 555 Ute. Ave.

This notification process is being done in accordance with state law.  A list of registered sex offenders currently living in Mesa County, including a map of their locations, can be viewed by visiting www.mesacountyunifiedsexoffenderregistry.org.

More information about SVPs can be found here.

January 27, 2015 Posted by | GJPD News | , | Leave a comment

Update to Investigation of the Man Who Fell to His Death at CMU #GVCopBeat

The Grand Junction Police Department is continuing the investigation of a man who apparently fell from a fourth floor window at CMU.  At this time we do not have any indication foul play was involved, however we are waiting for the final ruling from the Mesa County Coroner’s Office before making our final determination.

Below is the information provided by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office this afternoon:

Date: January 24, 2015

Contact: 970-256-6462

For Immediate Release

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Spencer Pannwitz, a 20 year-old male resident of Parker, CO who was attending school at Colorado Mesa University (CMU). Mr. Pannwitz was the gentleman that fell from a window at CMU early this morning January 24, 2015. The cause of death is multiple injuries and the manner of death is still being determined at this time but there does not appear to be anything suspicious.

The law enforcement agency overseeing this investigation is the Grand Junction Police Department. Please contact them for any further details regarding this case.

Thank you,

Victor Yahn, Chief Deputy Coroner

Previously released information can be found here.

January 24, 2015 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

GJPD Investigating Fall That Led To Man’s Death #GVCopBeat

At about 2:00 this morning 911 received a call from passersby about a man lying on the ground on the CMU campus.  Grand Junction Fire responded and took the man to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

At this point in the investigation we believe the man fell from a fourth floor window of a nearby building.  We have not determined the circumstances surrounding the fall, and are working with the Mesa County Coroner’s Office who will determine the cause and manner of death.

The man’s identity is not being released at this time.  Once the Mesa County Coroner’s Office has been able to complete the autopsy and notify the man’s family, it will release the man’s identity.

If you have information about this incident you can provide it to investigators by calling 970-242-6707.

We will update this blog when more information is available.

January 24, 2015 Posted by | GJPD News | 1 Comment

Pedestrian Killed On Horizon Dr While Crossing Street #GVCopBeat

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Update:

Below is the information released by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office:

Date: January 24, 2015

Contact: 970-256-6462
coroner@mesacounty.us

For Immediate Release
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Matthew Bandelin, a 38 year-old male resident of Englewood, CO. Mr. Bandelin Was the gentleman that was involved in the incident on Horizon Dr. last night January 23, 2015. The cause of death is multiple injuries and the manner of death is accident.
The law enforcement agency overseeing this investigation is the Grand Junction Police Department. Please contact them for any further details regarding this case.
Thank you,
Victor Yahn, Chief Deputy Coroner

 

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Update at 12:20 a.m. on January 24

All lanes of Horizon Dr. are now open again.

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The northbound lanes of Horizon Dr. are currently closed starting from G Rd. to the Super 8 motel while officers investigate a fatal crash involving a man crossing the street.

At approximately 9:15 p.m., a man crossing eastbound on Horizon Dr. was struck and killed by a driver heading northbound.  An officer quickly responded and performed chest compressions in an effort to save the man, but he was unsuccessful.

The driver agreed to alcohol testing as a standard procedure in fatal crashes, but there is no indication at this point in the investigation that he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

January 23, 2015 Posted by | GJPD News | 1 Comment

And That’s All We Have to Say About That #GVCopBeat

Although we’re probably as tired of the Ralphie May story as you are, we want to clear up some inaccurate information that has been put out there in the form of letters to the editor, news broadcasts, and in some cases by May himself.

You may have read some of that inaccurate information in today’s letter to the editor, in which the writer leaps to the assumption that we gave Mr. May a “pass” because he was a “celebrity.”  Or maybe you saw on some of the local TV news how, according to Mr. May, we searched everyone and everything that night because we had a tip there was powder all over him…and then let him go. 

Here’s the truth about what happened last Thursday evening:

Officers responded to the theater at the request of staff who had a few dozen angry people on their hands, demanding they get their money back because of May’s poor performance.  In the course of their investigation, and in keeping with Mr. May’s rights under the 4th Amendment, the officers asked for and received consent from the Avalon staff and Mr. May’s manager to search the dressing room for any signs of drug use or illegal activity taking place at the theater.  After a search, the officers didn’t find any evidence that there were drugs on the property, e.g. no marijuana smell, no burned marijuana, no edibles, no paraphernalia, nothing indicating public consumption by Mr. May.

Not finding anything at the theater, the officers then asked for consent to search the tour bus.  Mr. May did not consent to allowing us to search the bus, as is his right.  Absent consent, and without any further cause to search, we did not search the bus, or Mr. May, or any of his entourage.  The officers sent him on his way, free to provide top-notch entertainment to other unsuspecting venues to the East.

Whatever our personal views on the legalization of marijuana, the voters have spoken and it is no longer illegal to be high on marijuana in Colorado unless you are consuming it in a public place or operating a motor vehicle.  Mr. May didn’t get a “pass,” and we certainly weren’t “star-struck”… we simply didn’t have any evidence that would allow us to arrest him for a crime.

Although in most cases the media had been alerted that they were about to print or broadcast inaccurate information to the public, some chose to do it anyway.

If you’re like us, you’re probably done with the Ralphie May story.  To paraphrase Forrest Gump, “that’s all we’re going to say about that.”

January 22, 2015 Posted by | GJPD News | 3 Comments

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week for January 22, 2015 #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

2014-64831This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County needs your help in locating the suspects involved in an attempted fraud.

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, four unknown black male subjects attempted to use a fraudulent coupon to purchase a PS4 Bundle Pack at both of the local Wal-Mart stores. The subjects were seen driving away in a gold Lexus sedan bearing Colorado license plate 930-WKH. The surveillance photo of the black male subjects is included with this blog post.

If you know the identity or location of the subjects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867. 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 # 14-64831

January 22, 2015 Posted by | Crime of the Week | | Leave a comment

Scammers Have Been Busy This Morning! Another Round of Scam Phone Calls Hitting Area Residents #GVCopBeat

Scam alertWe are getting multiple reports this morning of another round of scam phone calls hitting the area.  The caller claims to be from the U.S. Treasury and tells the would-be victims they must appear in front of a magistrate for charges against them.  The scammer then gives a phone number to call for more details.  The calls are coming from a 607 area code.

Protect yourself! Never give out any personal or bank information to anyone unless you are 100% sure who they are what they will be doing with the information.

If you received one of these calls, you DO NOT need to call us UNLESS you have provided the caller with your personal information or have lost money due to the scam. You can get more information about protecting yourself and what to do when you receive one of these calls at stopfraudcolorado.gov .

January 22, 2015 Posted by | GJPD News | , | Leave a comment

Update to Tuesday Night’s Stolen Car and Crash #GVCopBeat #puffercars

Overnight the Grand Junction Police Department arrested a 16-year-old male and charged him with first degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and criminal impersonation.  The teen is believed to have stolen a pickup truck that was left running unattended in the driveway of a home in the 2800 block of Texas Ave.  Officers later found the truck crashed and abandoned in the 500 block of Normandy Dr. (Read previously released information here.)

In this case the witness was able to provide a suspect description. An officer responding to the crash spotted the teen who matched the description of the suspect and was running in the 2800 block of Orchard Ave., which is about 900 feet from the crash site.  When the officer initially asked the teen what his name was he provided a false name and date of birth.  The officer was able to obtain his true name and learned the teen had two outstanding arrest warrants.  Officers also learned the teen was inside the stolen truck and that he knew it was a stolen vehicle.

We are still investigating to determine if this theft is related to other recent car thefts, and to identify any other people who might be involved in these crimes.  If you have information about recent car thefts in our area or the identities of the suspects please call 970-242-6707 or report the information anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 970-241-7867 or online at 241STOP.com.

In just the last week there have been 7 stolen vehicles in Grand Junction and Mesa County.  Each of those were “puffing”, meaning they were left running unattended.  This makes them easy targets for car thieves.  Remember- if you have to warm your car up before driving it, warm up with it, even if you only plan to leave it running for a minute.  For more information on preventing auto theft visit lockdownyourcar.org.

January 21, 2015 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

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