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GJPD Offering Free Class to Help Local Rental Properties Stay Crime Free #GVCopBeat #gjco #grandjunction

Crime_Free_Multihousing_LogoThe Grand Junction Police Department is inviting local rental property owners and managers to participate in the next Crime Free Multi-housing class that will take place on November 14, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grand Junction Police Department (555 Ute Ave.).

This FREE training class is the first of three steps to getting properties certified under the Crime Free program, which helps reduce the number of calls to police and the number of arrests at those properties.  At the training class we discuss background checks, lease agreements, current trends in narcotics activity, gang awareness, and crime prevention.

Once the class is completed, participants can move on to the second phase, which is a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) survey. During that survey, we look at locks, lighting, and landscaping of the property and make recommendations to make the property safer.

The third phase consists of a safety social where the owner invites the residents out to discuss crime prevention and the Crime Free program.

After the completion of the 3 phases, the property becomes certified and we provide signs to post at the entrance for all to see. The owner can also use the Crime Free logo when advertising for new tenants. The GJPD keeps a list of properties involved in the program and often times has residents come to the police department asking about Crime Free Properties.

This program is internationally recognized and was founded in Arizona in 1992.  Some insurance agencies that recognize the program have also offered a reduced cost on insurance. Locally, we give the property owner a listing of all calls for service at their property on a weekly basis. We also track any residents that live or visit the property for arrests. If anyone living or visiting the property is arrested, we will notify the owner and provide police reports.

To sign up for the class, contact Ofc. Cory Tomps at 970-549-5331 or by email at .

September 30, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GJPD Arrests Woman for Child Abuse Resulting in Death #GVCopBeat

Sydney Danielle White

Sydney Danielle White

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

Contact: 970-256-6462

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.

Thank you,

Dean M Havlik, MD, Mesa County Coroner

Victor Yahn, Chief Deputy Coroner

September 23, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , | 3 Comments

Vehicle Vs. Bicycle Crash Turns Into Robbery #GVCopBeat

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

September 22, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

Employee Says Man Pushed Past Her While Stealing Items- GJPD Investigating #GVCopBeat

Walgreens suspect 091914The 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

September 19, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | 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 | , | 1 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

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

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


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