Rx Drug Take Back Day is Coming Up Sept. 27- It’s Time to Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinets #GVCopBeat #DrugTakeBack
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 drugs
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.
Sometime between 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9th, two unknown male subjects forced entry into two change machines at the Crystal Clear Car Wash located at 3202 E Road, Clifton. The first subject was described as a white male, 35-45 year old, 6’3”-6’5” tall, about 300-325 lbs. The second subject was described as a white male, 35-45 years old, 5’6-5’10” tall, about 125-150 lbs. The subjects caused over $1,200 in damage and stole over $1,285 in change. The surveillance photo of the suspects are included with this blog posting.
If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subject 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 .
The Grand Junction Police Department has arrested 20-year-old Sydney Danielle White of Grand Junction on a charge of child abuse resulting in death.
The arrest comes after a social worker at Denver Children’s Hospital in Aurora notified our investigators on September 16 that an 11-month-old girl named Angel Lane Place had arrived at their hospital from St. Mary’s Hospital with head trauma. The child was not expected to survive.
During the investigation detectives learned Angel was in White’s care who was serving as a foster mom. White told investigators that on September 12 she accidentally dropped Angel on the floor which resulted in a minor cut to Angel’s lip and a bloody nose. White also said that on the morning of September 15 Angel was screaming and she couldn’t get her to stop. She described shaking the baby. White said the baby initially became lethargic and wouldn’t wake up, but that later she appeared to be doing better. Later that night White took Angel to St. Mary’s Hospital when Angel’s right side became stiff and she was unresponsive. Angel went to Children’s Hospital that same night, where she later died on September 17. During examination the coroner found additional head injuries.
Detectives booked White into the Mesa County Jail. For information on inmates in that facility, including bond updates, visit the MCSO Inmate Inquiry System.
Below is the news release sent out from the Mesa County Coroner’s Office:
Mesa County Coroner’s Office
Dean M. Havlik, MD, Coroner
Victor Yahn, Chief Deputy Coroner
Date: September 19, 2014
For Immediate Release
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Angel Lenee Place, an 11 month-old female resident of Grand Junction, CO. Passed away after she was transported to Children’s Hospital in Aurora, CO on September 17, 2014. The cause of death is blunt force head injuries and the manner of death is homicide.
The law enforcement agency overseeing this investigation is the Grand Junction Police Department. Please contact them for any further details regarding this case.
Dean M Havlik, MD, Mesa County Coroner
Victor Yahn, Chief Deputy Coroner
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating an incident in which a woman riding a bicycle was hit by a car at Gunnison Ave. and North 25th St.
At approximately 11:00 p.m. the woman was struck by a white Subaru, which subsequently fled the area. The female victim was then approached by a male who removed personal items from the woman and fled on foot. It is believed the male was associated with the involved vehicle.
The male was described as approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build, brown hair, and wearing dark clothing.
If anyone has information about this case please call 970-242-6707. You can also report it through Crime Stoppers by calling 970-241-7867 or online at www.241STOP.com.
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating an incident that happened just before 10:00 p.m. last night at the Walgreens store at 29 Rd. and North Ave. An employee told officers she saw the man was trying to leave the store with items concealed under his shirt. She said she stepped in front of the door to block him, and told him that he needed to pay for the items. The man pushed past her and left the store with the items. He was last seen heading eastbound on foot into the Rose Park mobile home community on North Ave.
The man is described as being black or Hispanic, approximately six feet tall, and weighing about 170 pounds. We’ve included a photo of the suspect from surveillance video in this blog post.
If you have any information about the identity of this suspect or where he is, please contact Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867 or report your information online at www.241STOP.com.
The Grand Junction Police Department arrested 29-year-old Roberta Chacon on multiple theft and burglary charges stemming from a string of home break-ins and thefts from community mailboxes.
Montrose police officers caught up with Chacon after On-Star located a vehicle that was stolen during one of the burglaries in Grand Junction. Montrose officers took her into custody. GJPD detectives searched the truck and found 33 grams of methamphetamine as well as evidence from a residential burglary that happened in Grand Junction on September 11, including a handgun, documents, mail, and other items. They also found evidence from a residential burglary that happened on August 24 in Grand Junction, including a blue prybar and other tools.
GJPD detectives interviewed Chacon who indicated she had taken part in several community mailbox thefts in Grand Junction and Mesa County. She showed detectives four different locations, both in the city and county, where the mail box thefts occurred, including one that had blue pry marks on the back of the mail box. Investigators believe she is connected to a fifth mailbox that was broken into.
The incidents involving the mail theft activity have been an ongoing investigation involving several agencies in Mesa County, including the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigators have also been working closely with our local agencies in this investigation, as mail theft incidents are a priority for that agency.
Chacon is currently in the Mesa County Jail on various theft, burglary, criminal mischief charges, as well as possession of a firearm by a previous offender, possession of 33 grams of methamphetamine, and special offender.
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 www.241stop.com.
GJPD Asking For Public’s Help After Man Found Severely Injured On Main St. Early Saturday Morning #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers
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 www.241STOP.com.
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
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.