The GJPD Patrol

Rx Drug Take Back Day is Coming Up Sept. 27- It’s Time to Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinets #GVCopBeat #DrugTakeBack

Some of the drugs collected  on previous Drug Take Back days.

Some of the drugs collected on previous Drug Take Back days.

The bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coming up on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  As with past events, you have four locations in Mesa County to drop off your unused, expired, or otherwise unwanted medication with no questions asked.  The locations are:

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.)

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue and seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft.  According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), many Americans are not aware that medicines in their home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is 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.





Items that will not be accepted at this event include:

  • Needles & Sharps
  • Mercury  (thermometers)
  • Oxygen containers
  • Chemotherapy/ Radioactive substances
  • Pressurized canisters
  • Illicit drugsrx_sideoff

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:



September 12, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | Leave a comment

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week for September 18, 2014 #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County needs your help to identify the suspect(s) involved in a vandalism and theft from The Commons located at 625 27 ½ Road.

Sometime between 12 a.m. on Saturday, August 23rd and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3rd, unknown subjects entered the parking garage area and cut the fuel lines from several vehicles and siphoned the gas. The total estimated damage and property loss is over $600.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subjects involved in this crime, please contact 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

GJPD# 2014-48429

September 18, 2014 Posted by | Crime of the Week | Leave a comment

GJPD Asking For Public’s Help After Man Found Severely Injured On Main St. Early Saturday Morning #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

Zachery Lane

Zachery Lane

On Saturday, September 13 at approximately 2:00 a.m., a man called 911 to report a male lying on the sidewalk in the Downtown portion of Main St.  The male, 33-year-old Zachery Lane of Grand Junction, was unconscious and bleeding.  Mr. Lane is currently at St. Mary’s Hospital in critical condition.

The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating, but unfortunately there is very little information to go on at this point.  We do not know at this time if a crime was committed or if his injuries are accidental, and are asking for the public’s help with this case.  If you have any information about Mr. Lane’s whereabouts on Friday night leading into Saturday  morning, or if you have any information about how he may have been injured, please contact Detective Michael Struwe at 970-549-5250.  You can also provide information anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 970-241-7867 or going online at

September 17, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , | Leave a comment

Update to This Morning’s Juvenile Auto Theft Suspect Arrest and Officer Injured #GVCopBeat

The officer involved in this morning’s incident, Sgt. Derek Rosales, has been released from the hospital.  He suffered injuries to his left ankle when the juvenile suspect, 13-year-old Cale Schaefer of Grand Junction, reversed the car and struck Sgt. Rosales while he was attempting to get Schaefer out of the car.

Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper said of this incident, “The officers exercised great restraint in dealing with this very dangerous situation, and we are grateful not only that Sgt. Rosales is expected to recover from his injuries but that no one else was hurt.”

The juvenile suspect Schaefer has been screened into the Division of Youth Services.  The most serious charges are:

  • 2nd degree assault on a peace officer
  • 1st degree aggravated motor vehicle theft
  • vehicular eluding
  • vehicular assault

Previously released information about this incident can be found here.


September 16, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | 1 Comment

Juvenile Car Theft Suspect In Custody- Officer Injured During Arrest

imageA 13-year-old car theft suspect is in custody following an incident that sent a Grand Junction Police officer to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

At approximately 9:10 a.m. the parents of the juvenile male called 911 to report their son had stolen their car in the 2400 block of Bunting Ave.  Responding officers spotted the boy driving the car in the neighborhood but he refused to stop for them.

Eventually the boy returned to his parents’ home, parking in front of the house. He began revving the engine at one of the officers who was trying to contact him.  Other officers punctured the tires on the vehicle and a school resource officer began talking with him through the window.  The boy then took off again at a high rate of speed, hitting a police car in the process.  He drove for less than a block before the vehicle stopped.

Additional officers surrounded his car and began telling him to come out. He again refused and hit two more police cars and drove over an officer’s leg while trying to maneuver out of the area. An officer deployed his taser through a window, and officers took the boy into custody.

The officer went to the hospital by ambulance for the injuries to his leg.  The boy also went to the hospital for evaluation.

Charges against the boy are pending the outcome of the continuing investigation.

September 16, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | | 1 Comment

Drug Task Force Arrests Suspected Drug Dealer #GVCopBeat

Raymond Troy Cordova

Raymond Troy Cordova

Western Colorado Drug Task Force investigators arrested a man Wednesday night, who is suspected of selling methamphetamine.  DTF investigators had information 47-year-old Raymond Troy Cordova was attempting to sell meth to a person in a parking lot in the 2400 block of North Ave.  Surveillance units in the area saw Cordova get into a vehicle, contacted him, and searched his vehicle.  They found a baggy containing suspected meth near the driver’s seat as well as a baggy of suspected meth in Cordova’s pocket.  In total, the suspected meth weighed approximately 15 grams.

DTF investigators booked Cordova into the Mesa County Jail on charges of possession of a schedule II substance and distribution/possession with intent to distribute a schedule II substance.

September 11, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , | Leave a comment

GJPD Makes Quick Arrest After Man Gets In Struggle With Store Owner Over Stolen Merchandise #GVCopBeat

Joseph Hill

Joseph Hill

The Grand Junction Police Department has arrested 22-year-old Joseph Daniel Hill on charges of robbery, obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest and theft. The arrest came after a GJPD motor officer was riding past the Canyon Convenience Store at 1134 N 12th St. at approximately 9:45 p.m. last night.  The officer saw a struggle in the parking lot and then saw a man flee the area on a bicycle.  Officers learned one of the men involved in the struggle was the store owner who said he was trying to stop Hill from leaving because Hill had concealed several energy drinks in his pants and tried to leave without paying for them.

Other officers in the area spotted Hill, who matched the description of the suspect, and ordered him to stop.  Hill continued to ride his bicycle away from them and was found a short time later hiding in the backyard of a home in the 1000 block of Hill Ave.  Officers brought the store owner to the area, and he identified Hill as the suspect in the robbery.  Hill was under arrest at 10:15 p.m.

Officers booked Hill into the Mesa County Jail.

September 11, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | | Leave a comment

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week for September 11, 2014 #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

Graco Line StriperThe Fruita Police Department needs your help to identify and locate the suspect(s) involved in a burglary and theft from the City of Fruita’s equipment yard located at 911 Raptor Road in Fruita, CO.

Sometime between April 1st and August 27th, 2014, unknown subjects unlawfully entered the property by cutting the chain to a secured gate. Within the past three weeks the subjects cut the lock off one of the trailers and removed a LineLazer IV 3900 Graco Line Striper and a bag full of miscellaneous electric tools. Within the past five months, the subjects removed 335 pieces of steel plates including some that were stainless steel. The total estimated value of the stolen construction equipment is over $10,550.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subjects involved in this crime, please contact 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

FRUITA PD# 2014-5875 & 2014-6093

September 11, 2014 Posted by | Crime of the Week | , , | Leave a comment

Update to Shot Fired in the 2800 Block of Mesa Ave. #GVCopBeat

Update on Tuesday, September 9 at 4:30 p.m.

Based on our investigation at this point we are able to release the following additional information:

On Monday, September 8 at approximately 6:00 p.m. a juvenile male was walking in the 2800 block of Mesa Ave. when 15-year-old Dalton Castleberry of Grand Junction began walking toward him from across a field.  The victim and Castleberry knew each other.  Castleberry raised a semi-automatic handgun in the victim’s direction and fired a single round.  The bullet did not hit the victim, but officers found a round from a handgun embedded in a nearby home on Mesa Ave.  No one was injured.

Castleberry fled the scene on his bicycle.  Grand Junction Police Department officers and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies immediately began searching for Castleberry, and eventually took him into custody at his home in the 600 block of Orchard Run.  We have not recovered the gun used in this incident.

Castleberry was screened into the Division of Youth Corrections on charges of attempted first degree murder, juvenile in possession of a handgun, reckless endangerment, and illegal discharge of a firearm.


Previously released information can be found here.

September 9, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | | Leave a comment

GJPD Investigating a Shot Fired in the 2800 Block of Mesa Ave. This Evening #GVCopBeat

The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a shot that was fired in the 2800 block of Mesa Ave. at approximately 6:00pm this evening.

One male juvenile is in custody. We have recovered what appears to be a bullet from a nearby  house. No one was injured.

The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending. We have not recovered a gun at this point.

September 8, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | 2 Comments


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