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Can You Help Us Locate a Wanted Fugitive Who Has Failed to Register as a Sex Offender? #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

Lance Dylan Worrall

Lance Dylan Worrall

The Grand Junction Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Lance Dylan Worrall.  Worrall is a convicted sex offender who has failed to register and has a warrant for his arrest.

He is a white male, 30-years-old, 5′ 11′ tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

If you know where Mr. Worrall is, you can provide an anonymous tip by contacting Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867 or by visiting www.241STOP.com.

 

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March 20, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Upcoming Sexual Assault Prevention Presentation Being Offered to Local Young Men & Women and Their Parents #GVCopBeat

The statistics may shock you, but the tools you’ll receive will empower you.

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In this photo taken during a Sexual Assault Prevention presentation, Ofc. Suzette Freidenberger discusses some of the eye-opening statistics related to sexual assault and young adults.

Each year, local law enforcement investigates sexual assault incidents involving young men and women in our community.  In an effort to reduce or even eliminate those incidents, the Grand Junction Police Department is inviting all area high school juniors, seniors and their parents, as well as college freshman to attend a two-hour presentation on preventing sexual assault.

This very powerful presentation for both young men and women, will help you learn how to spot potentially dangerous situations, what to do if you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, what happens during a criminal investigation, and resources that are available.  Experts from several different fields will be on hand to answer your questions and provide you with important information.

Due to the graphic nature of some of the content, students under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian with them.

The presentation will be held on Thursday, April 10 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Grand Junction Police Department (555 Ute Ave.).

If you have any questions please call 970-549-5114.

Please download and share this flyer with anyone you think might be interested in attending.

Sexual Assault Prevention class flyer 04-10-14

March 18, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Can You Identify This Person? He May Know About An Auto Theft #GVCopBeat

Auto theft at CMUWe are trying to identify the person in this surveillance photo.  We believe he may have information about an auto theft that happened in the parking garage at the CMU Recreation Center on February 26, 2014.

We realize it’s not a great shot of the person, but it’s the best we have right now.  Hopefully someone will recognize his clothing or other features that may help us figure out who he is and locate him.

If you have any information you can contact the Grand Junction Police Department at 970-242-6707.  If you wish to remain anonymous you  can call Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867 or submit a tip online at www.241STOP.com.

March 14, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | Leave a comment

Explosion At Monument Inn Likely Caused by Marijuana Butane Hash Oil Extraction #GVCopBeat

The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating an explosion that happened Sunday, March 9 at the Monument Inn on North Ave.  At this point in the investigation we believe people attempting to make marijuana butane hash oil sparked the explosion which sent two people to the hospital.  One of those people appeared to have burns on his body.

The explosion created a small fire that was extinguished before emergency personnel arrived on scene.  Officers also found marijuana inside the room.  The scene did not present any hazardous materials concerns.

Marijuana butane hash oil is created by using butane to extract THC from marijuana to produce THC concentrate.  THC is the chemical that creates the high for the user.  Because of the flammable materials used there is a high risk of an explosion, especially when there’s an ignition source nearby.  Lit cigarettes, static electricity, and even light switches are a few examples of potential ignition sources, but there are a variety of others.  We are aware from news reports of similar explosions happening recently in several cities across the country, including incidents on the Front Range of Colorado.

We are investigating the Monument Inn incident as a possible arson, along with other possible charges.

March 11, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Grand Junction Police Officers Arrest “America’s Most Wanted” Fugitive #GVCopBeat

Luke Artinger

Luke Artinger

This week the Grand Junction Police Department was notified that a man arrested by two of our officers had been featured on the television show “America’s Most Wanted”.  The man had been on the run from California authorities since 2010.  Here is the news release from the Huntington Beach Police Department in California:

PRESS RELEASE
Release Date: March 6, 2014   Prepared by: Captain W. Stuart (Huntington Beach PD)
Type of Incident: Capture of Most Wanted Fugitive
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado
Date/Time of Occurrence: July 3, 2010 Case Number: 2010-011111
Details:
Luke Austin Artinger, who has been a fugitive since July 3, 2010 and was wanted in connection with Parole Violations and Attempted Murder has been arrested in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Artinger was featured in several previous newspaper articles and was featured on the television show “America’s Most Wanted”.
Artinger is accused of violating his parole from a previous conviction on vandalism and battery charges involving the stabbing of a retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy who attempted to detain him after catching him tagging in February, 2007.
Artinger pleaded guilty to those charges in January, 2009 and was sentenced to five years in state prison but was released on parole in February, 2010. He is accused of stabbing a former friend in the head and neck on July 3, 2010. He fled the scene and has not been located since.
Artinger was arrested by Grand Junction, Colorado police officers responding to a complaint of a man possibly attempting to sell drugs. After being contacted by two uniformed officers and some conversation occurring, Artinger fled on foot but was eventually detained by officers. Artinger provided an assumed name and other identifying information and was subsequently booked on drug trafficking charges. His true identity was later discovered and confirmed through finger prints. His Parole Warrant and the warrant for Attempted Murder from Huntington Beach have been added to his charges. He is currently awaiting prosecution on the drug trafficking charges in the Mesa County, Colorado County Jail. His ultimate extradition to California will be determined at some later date.
The Huntington Beach Police Department would like to thank the many organizations and individuals who contributed to the capture of a dangerous, violent offender.

The two GJPD officers who arrested Artinger responded to a tip they received that a man was trying to sell drugs to students on the CMU campus.  The officers found the man, who said he was not a student, and began talking with him.  One of the officers spotted a backpack near the man, however the man said it did not belong to him.  When the officer opened it to try to find out who it belonged to he found what he believed to be illegal drugs inside.  The officers began to arrest the man, however he took off running.  The officers chased him on foot, and a CMU student who saw the chase tackled the man.  The officers then took him into custody without further incident.  The man was booked into jail under the name he had provided to officers and that was also found on items inside the backpack.

As noted in the news release above, the man’s fingerprints later came back as a positive match with the suspect wanted out of California.

March 8, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Crime Stoppers Assisting GJPD and Department of Corrections With Search For Wanted Fugitives #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

Update on March 10, 2014

Angel Pinela was arrested in Garfield County over the weekend.  The other four parole absconders are still at large.

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March 7, 2014

Here is information put out by Crime Stoppers of Mesa County this afternoon:

WANTED FUGITIVES

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo – The Grand Junction Police Department in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Corrections is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the following wanted fugitives, who are believed to be in the Grand Junction area.
If you know the whereabouts of these individuals, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information leading to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information on how to report a crime see us at www.241stop.com.

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March 7, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

GJPD Awarded Grant for New K9 Vest #GVCopBeat

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Ofc. Geraldine Earthman with K9 Joker.

The Grand Junction Police Department has learned that the group Vested Interest in K9s will be awarding our agency a new ballistic vest for our K9 Joker.  Joker has been helping us fight crime since 2011.

The grant is part of a nationwide Groupon Event that raised more than $300,000 to outfit K9s in agencies across the country with bullet and stab protective vests.

Here’s more information provided by the folks at Vested Interest In K9s, Inc:

Vested Interest in K9’s, Inc, is the nation wide non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate. The online $10 donation suggested interested persons purchase a GROUPON (a tax deductible donation) through the secure website where all funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for our four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for the community and their partner.

In 2013 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as one of “The Best of 2013” campaigns. The non profit raised $155, 537.33 in just one week, which provide ballistic vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in 30 states.  There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the United States.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided 585 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.

New K9 graduates as well as K9’s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the website: www.vik9s.org.

 

March 7, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

Sexually Violent Predator Community Notification #GVCopBeat

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Christopher Stubblefield, a sexually violent predator as classified by the State of Colorado, has moved to Community Corrections at 650 South Ave in Grand Junction.  Mr. Stubblefield has registered his move appropriately with the Grand Junction Police Department.

Mr. Stubblefield has been the subject of a previous sexually violent predator notification in Grand Junction, but unregistered with the Grand Junction Police Department when he moved to another town outside of Mesa County.  He has since moved back into Grand Junction, which is why we are again notifying the community of his residence here.

In accordance with state law, the Grand Junction Police Department is in the process of notifying the community of his residency within the City. In addition to the information being provided to the media for dissemination and bulletins that have been mailed to the addresses surrounding 650 South Ave., the GJPD is televising an informational presentation on Mesa County Cable Channel 12 on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7am, 12:30pm, and 7pm. The presentation is approximately 20 minutes long.

Community members can also see the informational presentation and the SVP bulletin regarding Christopher Stubblefield on the police department webpage at:
http://gjcity.org/SexuallyViolentPredatorInformation

A list of registered sex offenders living in Mesa County, including a map of their locations, can be viewed on the websites of all of the police and sheriff agencies in Mesa County, or by visiting www.mesacountyunifiedsexoffenderregistry.org.

For statewide information about sex offenders living in Colorado visit www.sor.state.co.us.

March 7, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sexually Violent Predator Community Notification #GVCopBeat

Stubblefield, Christopher 20140228

Christopher Stubblefield, a sexually violent predator as classified by the State of Colorado, has moved to Community Corrections at 650 South Ave in Grand Junction.  Mr. Stubblefield has registered his move appropriately with the Grand Junction Police Department.

Mr. Stubblefield has been the subject of a previous sexually violent predator notification in Grand Junction, but unregistered with the Grand Junction Police Department when he moved to another town outside of Mesa County.  He has since moved back into Grand Junction, which is why we are again notifying the community of his residence here.

In accordance with state law, the Grand Junction Police Department is in the process of notifying the community of his residency within the City. In addition to the information being provided to the media for dissemination and bulletins that have been mailed to the addresses surrounding 650 South Ave., the GJPD is televising an informational presentation on Mesa County Cable Channel 12 on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7am, 12:30pm, and 7pm. The presentation is approximately 20 minutes long.

Community members can also see the informational presentation and the SVP bulletin regarding Christopher Stubblefield on the police department webpage at:
http://gjcity.org/SexuallyViolentPredatorInformation

A list of registered sex offenders living in Mesa County, including a map of their locations, can be viewed on the websites of all of the police and sheriff agencies in Mesa County, or by visiting www.mesacountyunifiedsexoffenderregistry.org.

For statewide information about sex offenders living in Colorado visit www.sor.state.co.us.

March 7, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Upcoming Sexually Violent Predator Community Notification #GVCopBeat #gjco #mesacounty

In accordance with state law, the Grand Junction Police Department will be conducting a Community Notification regarding a state classified sexually violent predator (SVP) that is moving into our city.  On Friday, March 7  we will be using Mesa County Cable Channel 12 to present the information to the public.  The approximately 20 minute program will air at7:00am, 12:30pm, and 7:00pm, and will include educational information about sex offenders and those classified as sexually violent predators, as well as specific information about the SVP that is moving to our area.

Local media will also receive information about the SVP on Friday, and we will update this blog with his information as well.  We will also be mailing information to those living near the SVP’s address.

A list of registered sex offenders currently living in Mesa County, including a map of their locations, can be viewed by visiting www.mesacountyunifiedsexoffenderregistry.org.

More information about SVPs can be found here.

March 5, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

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