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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Crash at Hwy 6&50 and 25Rd #gvcopbeat

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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.

Crash at 4th St and Ute Ave. #GVCopBeat

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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.


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.


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

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week for March 19, 2015

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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

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

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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