DUI Driver Crashes Into Police Vehicle #GVCopBeat

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IMG_0390On Monday night, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department, as well as deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, were in the area of the 2900 Block of D Road, attempting to contact a subject wanted in connection to a homicide in Utah.

During this incident, southbound traffic on 29 Road was blocked by a GJPD patrol car with its emergency lights activated.  Shortly after 11:00pm, the driver of a silver Ford F150 failed to stop for the traffic closure, and collided with the unoccupied patrol car in the intersection of 29 Road and D Road.   The suspect vehicle continued southbound on 29 Road before being stopped by law enforcement near C 1/2 Road.

The driver, identified as 26 year old Ricky Henderson, displayed multiple signs of intoxication.  Henderson was found to have a prior DUI from 2012.  Henderson declined voluntary roadside maneuvers and chemical testing, and was transported to the Mesa County Jail on charges of DUI, Hit and Run, and Careless Driving.

Months of Investigation Results in Over 30 Arrest Warrants #GVCopBeat

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cuffsMESA COUNTY, Colo –   Wednesday marked the end of a months-long, multi-agency narcotics investigation that resulted in charges for more than 30 suspects.

The investigation involved the Western Colorado Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Grand Junction Police and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Units.

In 2015, investigators began receiving information regarding the trafficking of illegal drugs in Mesa County.

After months of investigation, over 30 individuals were identified as suspects in this drug trafficking organization.

These individuals are believed to be directly involved in the distribution of illegal drugs throughout the county, including methamphetamine, prescription narcotics, marijuana, marijuana concentrate and heroin.

Investigators found many of these illegal activities were taking place in the presence of children and near local area schools.

During the course of the investigation, several guns were seized.

Several of the suspects have been arrested on their warrants, and are being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Grand Junction Police Department’s K9 Nero Has Received Body Armor #GVCopBeat

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005GRAND JUNCTION, CO (July 12, 2016) – Grand Junction Police Department’s K9 Nero has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Nero’s vest is sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by the Colorado Police Canine Association and embroidered with the sentiment “In loving memory of K9 Gero, EOW 5/6/04”.  Gero was a police K9 killed in the line of duty in Grand Junction in 2004.

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. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,900 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

“We’re incredibly grateful to have a vest for Nero,” says Officer Trevor Hawkins, Nero’s handler.  “Not only is he an invaluable tool for the Grand Junction Police Department, but he’s also a member of our family.  We know first hand how important this protective gear is.”

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

 

 

Will You Volunteer to Stand with Victims? #ShareGJ

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VAP LogoFINALThe Grand Junction Police Department is recruiting volunteer Victim Advocates who have the heart and compassion to stand with those who are experiencing some of the worst times in their lives. Victim Advocates fill an integral role in providing exceptional service to victims of crime, an important value of the Grand Junction Police Department.  Our advocates provide support, comfort, and resources to individuals who have experienced traumatic incidents. Volunteers in this role are provided with comprehensive training to equip them with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to serve our community.

Mary Harmeling, the Victim Advocate Coordinator at the Grand Junction Police Department since 2008, says, “This is a very challenging but fulfilling volunteer role. Advocates certainly can’t fix anyone’s chaos or tragedy, but they can be one of the first ones to help victims in the long journey to healing.”

Our next session of victim advocate training will begin in September. If you would be well-suited to this call for service, please contact Mary Harmeling at (970)549-5290, or email her at maryh@gjcity.org.

Update to Reported Shooting Incident #GVCopBeat

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UPDATE 07/2/16 8:57pm: An arrest has been made in the reported shooting at the St Mary’s parking garage from early this morning. 

Adam Burke, 23, voluntarily contacted officers with the Grand Junction Police Department regarding this morning’s incident. After being interviewed by detectives, Burke was arrested and transported to the Mesa County Jail on charges of Assault in the Second Degree and Felony Menacing. 
It has further been determined that the male victim originally reported to have been shot in the face was, in fact, not shot, but rather his injuries were sustained by being struck in the face by Burke. A shot was fired in the parking garage as reported by witnesses; however, the only injury sustained from the shot was a female who was struck in the ankle by some shrapnel. Her injuries were minor. 
This investigation remains active and ongoing. 

07/2/16 7:00am: Multiple incidents that occurred overnight are being investigated by the Grand Junction Police Department.
At approximately 2:00am, officers with the GJPD were dispatched to the alley south of Main Street, between 6th St and 7th St. Multiple reporting parties stated a male had been “run over” by a passenger car that then left the scene. Upon investigation, officers were able to identify and contact the female driver of the vehicle, who was cooperative. The extent of injuries to the male victim is unknown, but not expected to be life-threatening. There have been no arrests, and the incident is under investigation at this time.
Approximately one hour later, just before 3:00am, a call came in regarding a victim with a gunshot wound to the face in the St. Mary’s Hospital parking garage. Officers arrived and contacted multiple people on scene. Again, the extent of injuries to the adult male victim is unknown, but not anticipated to be fatal. No arrests have been made in association with the shooting, and no one is in custody at this time. Follow up on potential leads is being developed, and more information will be released as it becomes available.
Officers and detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department are interviewing numerous individuals that were on scene of both incidents. Anyone with information about either of these incidents is encouraged to contact the Grand Junction Police Department at (970)242-6707, or if you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at (970)241-STOP, to be eligible for a cash reward.

Overnight Incidents, Including a Shooting, Under Investigation #GVCopBeat

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IMG_0390Multiple incidents that occurred overnight are being investigated by the Grand Junction Police Department.

At approximately 2:00am, officers with the GJPD were dispatched to the alley south of Main Street, between 6th St and 7th St.  Multiple reporting parties stated a male had been “run over” by a passenger car that then left the scene.  Upon investigation, officers were able to identify and contact the female driver of the vehicle, who was cooperative.  The extent of injuries to the male victim is unknown, but not expected to be life-threatening.  There have been no arrests, and the incident is under investigation at this time.

Approximately one hour later, just before 3:00am, a call came in regarding a victim with a gunshot wound to the face in the St. Mary’s Hospital parking garage. Officers arrived and contacted multiple people on scene.  Again, the extent of injuries to the adult male victim is unknown, but not anticipated to be fatal.  No arrests have been made in association with the shooting, and no one is in custody at this time.  Follow up on potential leads is being developed, and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Officers and detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department are interviewing numerous individuals that were on scene of both incidents. Anyone with information about either of these incidents is encouraged to contact the Grand Junction Police Department at (970)242-6707, or if you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at (970)241-STOP, to be eligible for a cash reward.

Mesa County Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is requesting your help to identify the two male subjects involved in a theft.

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 7th two white males entered Western Implement located at 2919 North Avenue and selected a Toro TimeMaster 30” lawn mower and exited the store without paying for the lawn mower. The first subject had brown hair tied back in a ponytail and was last seen wearing a light colored baseball cap with a Denver Bronco emblem and a green shirt underneath a dark colored jacket and pants. The second subject had short dark hair and was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and jeans. The total estimated property loss is over $990. Photos of the male subjects and the black Dodge truck they were traveling in can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.

If you know the persons involved in this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. When you call Crime Stoppers and give them information on someone that gets arrested they will pay you a cash reward up to $1,000 without asking your name. If you want more information, go to the website at http://www.241STOP.com

MCSO Case # 2016-14294