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Rental Scam in GJ–Know Before You Sign #GVCopBeat

False Home

picture from Realtor.com of home advertised in the scam

A recent rental scam has been reported in Grand Junction for a house located at 2908 1/2 Walnut Ave Grand Junction, CO 81504.

A man advised that the home was being listed for rent at cheaper prices than comparable houses. He said he called the phone number (248) 491-3826 and that the party wanted him to sign a contract on Google. The man contacted Google and they advised that it was a scam. The email they contacted him from was “allowed to be the best.”

The man found the listing on a housing website– Realtor.com.The listing is still active under this website, and the number has since been changed: (614) 835-6702. The man claiming to be the landlord of the property is named Williams Lindah Alexander. The contract he wanted the man to sign over Google can be found here: False Tenancy Agreement

Some things to keep in mind before signing ANYTHING online or when searching for a property to rent/buy:

– If it sounds too good to be true, IT IS.
– Be aware of geographical distance. If you are dealing with someone in another city or country, be aware that it might be a scam.
– Know who you’re dealing with online, including by email and websites. It is best to buy/rent from a local property management service or individual.
– Avoid buying or renting without seeing the property first. There have been instances where people have signed contracts for properties and find that people already live there.
– Avoid unusual forms of payment or being rushed. NEVER sign a contract or lease over the internet.

March 30, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

5th Grader Appointed Chief of Police for a Day because of Kind Letter

“Why do police support us? Do you know why? Well I will tell you right now.

Untitled design(1)Police support us since they help us be safe. They make sure we are wearing our seat belts and for us to turn on our blinkers and NOT get in car wrecks.

We support police by not littering and following the rules. For example, not getting in car wrecks by texting and driving or driving through a red light. So those are some ways we support cops and they support us.

If police weren’t here for us, we would get into a lot of trouble. Like if we were in a store and someone stole something, and nobody would found out that that person stole something.
Those are the ways we respect police and they respect us.”

Annabelle Lively
5th Grade
Dos Rios Elementary 

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Chief for the day–Annabelle Lively, a fifth grader from Dos Rios Elementary was chosen out of hundreds of letters and drawings to be chief of the Grand Junction Police Department for a day.

As chief, she got to ride in Chief of Police John Camper’s vehicle from her home to the police department. From there, she was “officially” sworn in as Chief of Police and began her duties. Such duties included meeting with officers during their briefing, touring the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center and the Grand Junction Police Department, and being awarded a letter of thanks, signed by Chief Camper.

This past February, Big-O-Tires created a law enforcement appreciation campaign that involved having school children from all area schools draw pictures and write letters to law enforcement showing their appreciation. These letters and drawings were proudly displayed in the front lobby of the police department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Big-O-Tire stores and in areas where all officers could appreciate them.

Ms. Lively says she doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up, but she can officially cross being “Chief of Police” off of her bucket list.

March 27, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Update #3 to Hwy 6&50 and 25 Rd Crash #GVCopBeat

The Grand Junction Police Department has identified the woman who was riding the motorcycle involved in the crash at Hwy 6&50 and 25 Rd last evening.  25-year-old Brenna Martinez of Grand Junction remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

The driver of the Jeep has been identified as 29-year-old Robert Johnson of Grand Junction.

We are continuing our investigation.  If you witnessed this crash please call 970-242-6707 to provide your information.

Previously released information can be found here.

March 26, 2015 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

Update #2 to Hwy 6&50 and 25 Rd Crash #GVCopBeat

The intersection of Hwy 6&50 and 25 Rd. is now open in all directions.

We are still asking for any witnesses to the crash to call 970-242-6707.

Previously released information can be found here.

March 25, 2015 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

Update to Crash at Hwy 6&50 and 25 Rd #GVCopBeat

imageThe westbound lanes at the intersection of Hwy 6&50 and 25 Rd. remain closed at this time while Grand Junction Police officers investigate a two vehicle crash that sent a woman to the hospital with what appeared to be very serious injuries.

Investigators are asking for anyone who witnessed this crash to call the non-emergency dispatch number (970-242-6707) and provide information about what they saw.

At this point we believe the driver of a Jeep Cherokee was traveling northbound on 25 Rd trying to turn left onto westbound Hwy 6&50. We believe the motorcycle rider was southbound on 25 Rd and was entering the intersection when the two vehicles collided.  Officers observed what appeared to be very serious injuries to the motorcycle rider.  She was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital.  Neither the driver of the Jeep nor the two passengers were injured.

The westbound lanes will likely remain closed for another couple hours while investigators map the crash site.  We will update this blog when the lanes reopen.

March 25, 2015 Posted by | GJPD News | 2 Comments

Crash at Hwy 6&50 and 25Rd #gvcopbeat

Grand Junction Police and Fire units are on scene of a crash at Hwy 6&50 and 25Rd. Westbound lanes are closed. Please avoid the area for now. We will provide more information when it becomes available.

March 25, 2015 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

Crash at 4th St and Ute Ave. #GVCopBeat

Update at 1:30pm

After further investigation, officers have not been able to determine which vehicle ran the red light.  There will be no charges at this point.

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Update at 11:00am

At this point in the investigation we believe two people inside a van were traveling westbound on Ute Ave when they were struck by a driver of a pickup truck that was heading southbound. Witnesses say the collision caused the van to roll.  It landed on its wheels.  The two people inside the van were taken to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

We are looking into the possibility that the driver of the pickup ran a red light, causing the collision.  Charges are pending further investigation.

The intersection has reopened.

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Previously released at 10:40am

The intersection of 4th and Ute Ave is closed due to a car crash. Detours are set up at 5th and Ute and 4th and Colorado.

We’ll release more information as it becomes available.  Please avoid the area for now.image

March 23, 2015 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week for March 19, 2015

031915The Grand Junction Police Department is looking to identify a man who is suspected of stealing a victim’s purse and using her credit card at several locations in Grand Junction. On March 12th, 2015, at about 10:30 am, unknown person(s) entered a vehicle parked in the area of 105 West Main Street and removed a purse. A credit card from the purse was then used at businesses in the same area, causing the victim a loss of about $500. A white male using the credit card at one of the stores was caught on video.  His image is attached.  He is described as 5’ 11”, 150lbs.

If you have any information on this crime or any other crimes, please contact Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867. Information leading to an arrest can earn you up to $1000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information on how to report a crime see us at www.241STOP.com

GJPD Case Number: 15-00015063

March 19, 2015 Posted by | Crime of the Week | | Leave a comment

Update to Suspected Arson Fire at Home on Patterson Rd.; Woman Arrested #GVCopBeat

Laura Lee Sanders

Laura Lee Sanders

The Grand Junction Police Department has arrested 48-year-old Laura Lee Sanders and charged her with 4th degree arson and two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.  The charges stem from the early morning fire at her home at 2576 Patterson Rd.

When officers arrived the house was engulfed in flames.  Sanders was standing outside the house, but refused directions from officers to get away from the home.  Instead she attempted to run back towards the burning structure.  Fearing for her safety, officers pulled her away from the burning house and detained her.

Sanders later told officers she used a lighter to ignite the curtains inside the home, stating that the home was going to be torn down anyway.  Officers booked her into the Mesa County Jail.

After putting out the fire, Grand Junction fire fighters found one dog and one cat deceased inside.

Previously released information

March 18, 2015 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

Suspected Arson Forces Closure of Patterson Rd; One Person in Custody #GVCopBeat

arson

Update at 3:00 a.m.

All lanes of Patterson Rd are now open again. The investigation continues.

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The Grand Junction Police and Fire Departments are investigating a possible arson at 2576 Patterson Rd.  At this point in the investigation we believe a woman intentionally set her own home on fire.    She has been taken into custody and charges are pending.  We are still working to determine why she may have done this. No one was injured.

The home sustained significant damage, and Patterson Rd is closed between Meander Dr. and 25 1/2 Rd. because of the emergency crews working this fire and and the investigation.

We will send out an update when we have more information.

March 18, 2015 Posted by | GJPD News | , , | 3 Comments

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