Suspect Arrested for Threats to School #GVCopBeat

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img_1464Yesterday, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were made aware of potential threats to one of our schools.

On Thursday afternoon, school administrators became aware of alleged threats made by a student at Grand Junction High School, alluding to contemplating a mass shooting at the school.  The comments were made in the course of a conversation with another student.  The administrator promptly notified law enforcement, and officers acted immediately.  Investigation resulted in the arrest of the 15-year-old male suspect, for charges of Disorderly Conduct (M2), Interference with Staff, Faculty, or Students of Educational Institutions (M1), and Inciting Destruction of Life or Property (F6).  The student was remanded to the custody of the Department of Youth Corrections.  The Colorado Open Records Act prohibits the release of the suspect’s name or identifying information.

The Grand Junction Police Department takes these types of threats extremely seriously. The safety of our students and school staff is paramount.  We, along with Mesa County Valley School District 51, would not send kids to school if we believed that a threat to their safety existed.

We encourage parents to talk with their kids about the importance of speaking to a trusted adult about any threat of violence against them, fellow students, or their school. Another option is Safe2Tell, which is a way for students to report anonymously. One student brave enough to speak out has the power to prevent potential tragedy.

Crime of the Week #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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Crime Stoppers LogoThis week Crime Stoppers needs your help to locate the persons involved in criminal activity.

Sometime between January 11-13th, two personal checks were stolen from a residential mailbox in the 2700 block of F ½ Road. About 5 p.m. on Friday, January 13th , an unknown female entered Alpine National Bank and attempted to cash one of the personal checks which had been altered. A photo of the female can be viewed at http://www.241stop.com.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the persons involved in this crime, please contact 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.

GJPD# 2018-3761

Information Sought Regarding Shooting Incident #GVCopBeat

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Shortly after 11:00pm on Wednesday night, several people called 911 and reported hearing what they believed to be multiple gun shots in the area of 585 25 1/2 Road. A description of a vehicle seen leaving the area was provided to dispatch, and a car matching the description was observed by law enforcement in the 900 Block of Northern Way. Prior to being contacted by law enforcement, the occupants of the vehicle fled on foot. Due to reports of a similar vehicle possibly being related to the shots fired call, a shelter in place notification was sent to residents within a quarter mile radius.

Subsequently, two occupants of the vehicle were contacted by law enforcement and interviewed. Investigation thus far indicates that a residence in the mobile home park at 585 25 1/2 Road, which was occupied by four people at the time, was shot multiple times by unknown subjects in a dark SUV. No one was injured. The occupants of the residence fled in the vehicle that was later located on Northern Way.

No arrests have been made, and officers are seeking information from anyone who may know something about the suspects involved in this incident. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1000, all while remaining completely anonymous. To provide information, contact Crime Stoppers of Mesa County at (970)241-STOP, or http://www.241stop.com.

Crime of the Week #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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Crime Stoppers LogoThis week Crime Stoppers needs your help to locate those responsible for shooting a cow.

In the early morning hours on Sunday, February 4th , a dark colored two door car was seen speeding out of the area after three gun shots were fired near an open field located in the 2900 block of D Road. Later that morning, a Grand Junction Police Officer responded to a call of a dead cow. The total estimated property loss is over $2,000.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the suspects involved in this crime, please contact 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.

GJPD# 2018-6971

Thought Phone Scams Couldn’t Get More Desperate? Think Again. #GVCopBeat

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1140-scam-trends_imgcache_rev19878294a6386b48ffe80c0e404a5babScammers will go to great lengths to get your money.

Last week, we received a call regarding a local woman in her nineties who received a postcard in the mail stating she had won a prize sweepstakes.  Red flag number one.

All she had to do was mail in $5.00 and her phone number to claim her prize.  Red flag number two.

That’s when the phone calls began.  Now she was told she needed to pay $8,000 in taxes so she could receive this unexpected windfall.  Red flag number three.

So, this is where it gets scary.  The scammers went as far as to call a taxi for this woman, to pick her up at the nursing home where she lives and drive her to Wal-Mart, so she could purchase an $8,000 money order.  The cab responded to the nursing home to pick up the resident.  The driver stated that someone claiming to be the woman’s son called to make arrangements for the ride.  Fortunately, staff at the nursing home assured the driver that no one had called for a ride, and the driver left.  This happened not once, but twice.

Here’s the deal: we’d love nothing more than to find every last one of these grotesque thieves and charge them with anything and everything we can think of.  The reality of it is that the vast majority of these scams originate out of the country, and the numbers that they call from are nearly impossible to trace.  Often, they will clone phone numbers, perhaps showing up on your caller ID as a local number, when in reality, the calls are coming from overseas.  Some potential victims have even reported receiving calls from their own phone number.

With tax season upon us, these scams are bound to intensify, with threatening calls from people claiming to be with the IRS demanding payment or promising you’ll be arrested.  THESE ARE LIES.  The IRS will not call you and demand payment over the phone.  The IRS will also not request that you pay them in gift cards.  We all know this, but these predators use threats and intimidation to try to scare you into doing something against your better judgement.  Don’t be fooled.

We know this is repetitive.  We know you’ve likely heard it all before.  But no matter how many times we share these warnings, people are still falling victim to these scams everyday.  We simply can’t prevent it on our own.  Please help us share this message.  Think of three people you think could be vulnerable to scams like this, and talk to them today.  Click this link for a printable flyer that you can share with friends and family.  Hang it on their fridge or above their phone as a reminder to stop and think when they receive one of these calls.  Not if, but when.

Be smart.  Be safe.  Be informed.  #HangUp.


One Victim Deceased After Shooting on Orchard Mesa, Suspect in Custody #GVCopBeat

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BREAKINGNEWS (1)At 6:29pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 200 Block of E. Parkview Drive after receiving information that someone had possibly been shot at the address. At the scene, officers located a deceased adult female with an apparent gunshot wound. An adult male was taken into custody and transported to the Grand Junction Police Department for questioning. There are no outstanding suspects at this time, and there is not believed to be a continued threat to the community. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.