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Second Motorcycle Fatality This Week #GVCopBeat

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Just before 6:00pm this evening, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the area of S. 14th Street and Ute Avenue on a report of a vehicle versus motorcycle crash. The adult male motorcycle driver, who was wearing a helmet, was reported to have serious injuries. He was transported to the hospital by medical personnel, but ultimately died from injuries sustained in the crash. The adult female driver of the SUV was not injured.

Initial investigation, which is subject to change as additional details unfold, indicates that the SUV was crossing Ute Avenue southbound when the motorcycle, which was traveling westbound on Ute Avenue, collided with the rear driver’s side of the SUV. The investigation into the circumstances of the crash is very active and ongoing. No arrests or citations have been issued.

Officers are now clear of the accident scene and traffic is open in all directions.

Motorcycle Crash Results in Fatality #GVCopBeat

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IMG_0390On Monday night, at approximately 8:00pm, personnel with the Grand Junction Police Department and the Grand Junction Fire Department were dispatched to a motorcycle versus vehicle crash near the intersection of 29 1/4 Road and D Road.  Witnesses stated that the motorcycle driver, an adult male who was not wearing a helmet, appeared to have serious injuries.  Upon arrival, medical personnel with the GJFD transported the male to the hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.  The identification of the deceased will be addressed by the Mesa County Coroner after appropriate notifications have been made.

The factors involved in the crash are still being actively investigated.  Early indicators, which are subject to change as the investigation continues, suggest that the passenger car, driven by an adult female who was uninjured in the crash, was traveling eastbound on D Road and was beginning a southbound turn onto 29 1/4 Road when the motorcycle approached on her right, striking the passenger side of her car.  No arrests or citations have been issued.

Register Your Neighborhood for National Night Out! #GVCopBeat

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IMG_4896A very popular summer event is returning to Grand Junction!

National Night Out will take place during the evening hours of Tuesday, August 7th, in neighborhoods across Grand Junction, and registration is currently underway.

National Night Out is an annual event that helps fight crime in our neighborhoods by building camaraderie and familiarity between neighbors, while also sending a message to criminals that their neighborhoods are willing to fight back against crime.  All Grand Junction neighborhoods who register their National Night Out events with the Grand Junction Police Department will be eligible to have an officer stop by and visit them during the event to provide safety information and answer questions.

What does a National Night Out event look like?

IMG_4856That’s completely up to you and your neighbors.  In years’ past, we’ve seen neighborhoods organize ice cream socials, host pizza parties, have all of the residents bring their BBQs into their driveways for a cookout, or just meet in someone’s yard for cookies and lemonade.  We’ve posted a whole list of possibilities here.  The idea is to customize your neighborhood event so it encourages and invites participation from those who live around you.

How do I register my neighborhood?

Simply visit our National Night Out website.  Please keep in mind that only neighborhoods within the city limits of Grand Junction can register their National Night Out events with this registration link.  Check with your local law enforcement jurisdiction to see if they are participating in NNO events in your area.  Not sure if you live in the city limits of Grand Junction?  You can check here.

How do I know if someone else in my neighborhood has already registered an event for us?

IMG_4832As people register their neighborhoods, the information will show up on our National Night Out website.  There’s a link to see which neighborhoods have registered and who is hosting the event.  You can also call our Community Resource Unit at (970)549-5331 for more information.

What kinds of things do neighborhoods do during National Night Out?

Are you thinking of hosting an event for your neighborhood?  Get some event ideas here.

Check out some photos from previous year’s events on our Facebook page.

Robbery Suspect Arrested #GVCopBeat

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GRIFFINAn arrest has been made in the robbery of the Rite Aid Store on the corner of 1st Street and Grand Avenue, which took place on Wednesday afternoon.

Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department have arrested 36-year-old Robert Griffin, for charges of Robbery (F3), Felony Menacing (F5), Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon (M2), Driving with a Restrained License, Displaying Fictitious License Plates, and Violation of Bail Bond Conditions (M3).

After photos of the suspect captured from the security cameras inside the business were released, an officer with the GJPD recognized Griffin from a recent DUI arrest. Officers contacted Griffin in the 1300 Block of E. Sherwood Avenue this afternoon and arrested him without incident.

#UPDATE: Do You Recognize This Robbery Suspect? #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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At approximately 12:40 on Wednesday afternoon, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of a suspect attempting to rob the Rite Aid on the corner of 1St Street and Grand Avenue. The male was reported to have displayed a knife, and fled the scene in a vehicle described as a white hatchback, possibly with a rack on top. No one was injured in this incident.

Shown here are images of the suspect, captured from security cameras at the business.  We have also included a picture of a vehicle similar the one the suspect is believed to have left the scene in.  The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’10” to 6’ tall, thin build, with facial hair, last seen wearing a plaid shirt, jeans, and a baseball cap.

Officers are continuing to investigate this incident. If you have any information that could assist in this investigation, please contact Crime Stoppers of Mesa County, and reference GJPD case number 18-29161.

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GJPD Seeking Robbery Suspect #GVCopBeat

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img_1464At approximately 12:40 this afternoon, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of a suspect attempting to rob the Rite Aid on the corner of 1St Street and Grand Avenue. The male was reported to have displayed a knife, and fled the scene in a vehicle described as a white hatchback, possibly with a rack on top. No one was injured in this incident.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’10” to 6’ tall, thin build, with facial hair, last seen wearing a plaid shirt, jeans, and a baseball cap.

Officers are continuing to investigate this incident. If you have any information that could assist in this investigation, please call non-emergency dispatch at (970)242-6707, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, please contact Crime Stoppers of Mesa County.

Fatal Crash at N 1st Street and North Avenue #GVCopBeat

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Shortly before 4:30 this afternoon, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department, as well as personnel with the Grand Junction Fire Department, responded to a vehicle versus bicyclist crash at the intersection of N. 1st Street and North Avenue. Initial investigation indicates that an adult male on a bicycle was traveling northbound in the east crosswalk of the intersection and collided with a vehicle driven by an adult female who was traveling westbound. Details are subject to change as the investigation continues. The male was pronounced deceased from his injuries at the scene.

Officers will remain on scene of this investigation for several hours. Eastbound North Avenue remains open. Traffic in all other directions will remain closed indefinitely. Please avoid this area and plan an alternate route of travel.