Vehicle vs Pedestrian Crash Results in One Fatality #GVCopBeat

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IMG_0390Shortly after 4:00pm this afternoon, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on the 5th Street bridge.  A passenger car, driven by an 18 year old male, was headed northbound over the bridge and struck an adult male pedestrian who had stepped off the curb and into oncoming traffic.  The pedestrian was transported to the hospital by medical personnel, but died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the vehicle has been fully cooperative with law enforcement, and neither speed nor drugs or alcohol appear to be a factor.  There are no charges resulting from this incident at this time, and the investigation into the circumstances involved in the crash is ongoing.  The coroner will be responsible for making necessary notifications and releasing the identity of the victim.  Traffic has been reopened in all directions on 5th Street.

Two Separate Incidents Result in School Security Measures #GVCopBeat

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Cropped Badge-Transparent BackgroundYesterday, the Grand Junction Police Department responded to two incidents which resulted in two local schools being put into shelter in place and lockdown.

At approximately 1:30pm, officers attempted to contact Austin Cook, 19, who was known to have outstanding warrants for his arrest, in the 500 Block of N 2nd Street. Cook fled from officers, who pursued on foot. Cook was observed in the area of the shopping center on the northwest corner of 1st Street and Grand Avenue. Due to the proximity to Dual Immersion Academy, the school was advised to institute shelter in place until the situation was under control. Cook was placed into custody within minutes of the incident beginning. He was found to have a loaded handgun in the backpack he was carrying. Ultimately, Cook was remanded to the Mesa County Jail for multiple warrants, as well as charges of Obstructing a Peace Officer (M2), 2nd Degree Criminal Trespass, Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon (M2), Possession of Handguns by Juveniles (M2), and Illegal Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia.   Cook was also charged with a robbery that occurred on November 8 in the 200 Block of Chipeta Avenue, and booked on those related charges, as well.

Shortly after that incident, at about 2:15pm, dispatch received a 911 call from a staff member at Landmark Baptist Church, located at 1600 Ute Avenue. The staff member stated that two young students of the private school there witnessed an armed male attempt to enter a locked door at the school. Officers responded immediately and the school was placed in lockdown. Multiple officers searched the surrounding area for the suspect, based on the description provided by the students, as well as additional officers who stayed inside the school with staff and students. Approximately an hour later, a male was arrested for felony menacing in the 2800 Block of North Avenue for threatening a victim with a machete. The suspect somewhat matched the description provided by the students at Landmark, but he has not been associated to that incident at this time.

Please remember that you can sign up for security alerts through Mesa County Valley School District 51 through their website here.  If your child attends a school that is not associated to the School District, we recommend that you reach out to their administrators to find out how emergency communications are shared with parents. The protection of children in our community is paramount to the Grand Junction Police Department. We appreciate the cooperation and support of school staff, students, and parents in partnering with us to keep them safe.

Assault, Domestic Violence Investigation Leads to Arrest #GVCopBeat

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cuffsThis morning at 8:22am, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2800 Block of Hall Avenue on a report of an unconscious adult female. Upon arrival, personnel with the Grand Junction Fire Department transported the female to the hospital. Additional information on the condition of the victim is not available at this time, but she is believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

Detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department interviewed the reporting party, who is also the female’s boyfriend, identified as Oscar Rodriguez, 24, and based on their investigation, Rodriguez was taken into custody for 2nd degree assault and domestic violence. He is being held at the Mesa County Jail with no bond, pending his first appearance before a judge. A booking photo for Rodriguez is not available at this time.

Local Agencies Participate in Nationwide Initiative Targeting Child Sex Traffickers #GVCopBeat

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Last week, several local law enforcement agencies took part in the eleventh annual Operation Cross Country.  This initiative, spearheaded by the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, targets the criminals responsible for the sex trafficking of children.

“We at the FBI have no greater mission than to protect our nation’s children from harm,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “Unfortunately, the number of traffickers arrested—and the number of children recovered—reinforces why we need to continue to do this important work.”

Operation Cross Country is part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, which began in 2003. Since its creation, the program has resulted in the identification and recovery of more than 6,500 children from child sex trafficking, and prosecutors have obtained more than 30 life sentences in cases against traffickers and their associates.

Over 500 law enforcement agencies across the country participated in this year’s operation.  Locally, the Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the Western Colorado Drug Task Force, the Fruita Police Department, the Palisade Police Department, the Colorado State Patrol, the US Marshall’s Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation worked together to make three arrests:

  • William Stephenson, 49, of Grand Junction
    • Attempted Sex Assault (M2)
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Internet Luring of a Child (F4)
      • Remains in custody on a $25,000 bond
  • Steele Stevens, 28, of Grand Junction
    • Internet Luring of a Child (F4)
    • Attempted Sexual Assault on a Child (F4)
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (F4)
      • Released on a $25,000 bond
  • Charles Verquer, 32, of Delta
    • Internet Luring of a Child (F4)
    • Sexual Assault on a Child (F4)
    • Patronizing a Prostituted Child (F3)
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (F4)
    • Resisting Arrest (M2)
      • Released on a $25,000 Cash Bond

 

 

Fatal Crash Causes Power Outage and Alternate Routing for Redlands and Broadway #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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BREAKINGNEWS (1)At approximately midnight, the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a single car crash on Broadway just west of Redlands Parkway. A passenger car struck several utility poles, taking them to the ground. The car started on fire, and the driver and sole occupant died in the vehicle. The GJPD is the lead investigating agency for this incident, and the Mesa County Coroner will be responsible for releasing the identity of the deceased.

Broadway will be closed for the majority of the day between Redlands Parkway and Reed Mesa Drive to facilitate the replacement of the downed utility poles. Per the Xcel Energy website, numerous homes are without power at this time.

Broadway Elementary School and Redlands Middle School have power and will remain open today. Alternate routing for buses and parent drop off will be required:

For Redlands Middle School: Take Redlands Parkway to South Camp, South Camp to 20 ½ Road, and 20 ½ Road to Broadway.

For Broadway Elementary School: Take Redlands Parkway to Greenbelt and Greenbelt to 22 ½ Road. Buses and vehicles will be allowed to exit eastbound onto Broadway to get back to Redlands Parkway.

Traffic control personnel will be in place, but please be patient and plan for delays if you travel anywhere in this area during your morning commute.

All traffic information is subject to change, based on the process and progress of restoring the utility poles.

 

Help Solve a Burglary in Fruita #GVCopBeat

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Crime Stoppers LogoThe Fruita Police Department needs your help in locating the suspects involved in a burglary.

Sometime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday, September 18th, unknown suspects unlawfully entered a residence in the 800 block of Mission Court by removing a window screen. Once inside the residence, the suspects removed a large sum of cash, several pieces of Indian gold jewelry and coins from locked containers. The victims’ business checkbook and passports were also taken. The total estimated damage and property loss is over $30,000.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the suspects involved in this crime, please call 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 http://www.241stop.com.

FPD 17-6576

Fruita PD Case# 2017-6576

Arrest Made in Thursday Night Shooting #GVCopBeat

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cuffsLast night, shortly before 9:30pm, a reporting party called 911, stating that he had shot his friend accidentally, claiming he believed the gun was unloaded.  Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department arrived at the residence in the 2100 Block of N 17th Circle and found a deceased adult male inside the residence with the reporting party. We believe that the victim and the reporting party were the only two people inside the residence at the time of the incident.

Ultimately, Robert Pickford, age 24, was arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail for Manslaughter, a class 4 felony.  The investigation into the details of this incident is still very active and ongoing.

The identity of the victim will be released by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office, pending notification of family members.