On Thursday evening, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were made aware of potential threats of violence at Orchard Mesa Middle School.
A student at the school told their parent that they were aware of a plan by a fellow student to carry out a school shooting in the coming days. The suspect had made claims of a plan to “do a re-creation of the Columbine shooting.”
Officers began working with school officials to ensure they were aware of the situation. The suspect, a twelve year old male, was contacted at his home, and was interviewed by officers in the presence of his legal guardian. Ultimately, the juvenile was taken into custody, and is currently facing charges of felony menacing (a class 5 felony) and interference with staff, faculty, or students of an education institution (a class 1 misdemeanor).
The investigation into this incident is still very active and ongoing, with interviews of potential witnesses continuing in the coming days. School was held on a normal schedule today, with additional officers on campus out of an abundance of caution.
The student who came forward with this information is to be commended. We’re grateful for this student’s courage and willingness to speak up and be an advocate for the safety of students and staff. We encourage all parents and guardians to work towards an open, honest dialog with their kids, so students feel safe disclosing information that needs the intervention of an adult.
Each year, the second week of April is recognized as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. In Mesa County, we honor the employees of the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center for the exceptional work that they do, day in and day out, to support first responder agencies across the Grand Valley. These are the unseen faces, the first first responders, that voice in the chaos that creates a lifeline to those that need it most.
This week, we held our annual awards ceremony, to recognize the important accomplishments of these dedicated employees. We celebrated the three dispatchers who assisted in the deliveries of three healthy babies, who simply couldn’t wait to get to the hospital to be born. We honored the four dispatchers who successfully provided CPR instructions over the phone, saving the lives of six people in the process. Do the math; two of those dispatchers had the opportunity to do it twice.
We also took the opportunity to present three awards, the recipients of which were chosen by their peers, for categories of esteemed service to the call center. Jeff Burkhalter was named Communications Training Officer of the Year, Sarah Arrants was named Supervisor of the Year, and Amanda Fuoco was named Telecommunicator of the Year. Congratulations to these three employees, who are very deserving of recognition for their dedication to the agencies they serve, as well as the community as a whole.
If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the new website that we launched this week, www.911CaresForMesaCounty.org. Here, we’ve shared some of the incredible stories of our dispatchers, told in their own words, as well as the challenges and rewards of the work they do. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the critical role of dispatchers in providing public safety to the citizens we serve.
This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating the suspects involved in a theft from auto.
Sometime between 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21st and 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22nd, unknown subjects unlawfully entered a parked vehicle in the 600 block of 29 ¼ Road. While inside the vehicle, the suspects removed “Beats by Dre” gold headphones with auxiliary cord and a black wallet containing personal identification cards, cash and credit cards. The total estimated property loss is over $300.
If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subjects 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.
This week, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office needs your help to identify and locate the subjects involved in a burglary.
Around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 21st , two unknown male subjects unlawfully entered the laundry room of the RV Ranch located at 3238 I-70 Business Loop. Once inside, the suspects removed the coin exchange machine from the counter. The total estimated damage and property loss is over $1,000. To view the surveillance photo of the suspects and the vehicle they fled the scene in, please visit http://www.241stop.com.
If you know the identity of the subjects 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.
MCSO Case# 2017-2188
As parents, there are few things that we value above the health and safety of our children. Any parent of a high school or college bound son or daughter knows the concern that the influence of peers often outweighs mom’s or dad’s input.
The Grand Junction Police Department would like to invite parents, as well as high school and college age young adults, to join us for a frank discussion about how we can equip our young people to make safe, smart choices that can help protect them and their friends. Sergeant Suzette Freidenberger, a 15 year veteran of the Grand Junction Police Department, offers a candid presentation about how to navigate the many choices with which young people are confronted. In settings where alcohol and/or drugs are present, an ill-considered choice can have long term consequences. We will be joined by a panel of guests, including health care professionals, school resource officers, and other invested community members.
It is important to empower our sons and daughters to recognize these serious circumstances and be ready to make sound decisions that can protect them and their peers. Parents, please know that this will be a candid discussion, with graphic language and content. It is strongly recommended that parents plan to attend with their high school and college age children, and be part of the conversation.
When: Monday, April 10, 6:30pm
Where: Grand Junction Police Department, 555 Ute Avenue
Please contact Heidi Davidson at (970)549-5114, or at email@example.com, to RSVP or with questions.
Suspect Identified: Nicholas Lee Guzman, 07 05 1990, 5′ 07″, 205 lbs, Brown Hair, Brown Eyes. Guzman is currently wanted on three warrants, one stemming from yesterday’s incident of domestic violence which is for Felony Menacing, one from March 19th, which is Harassment Domestic Violence and a Parole Violation which was a result of the March 19th incident. If you have information on Guzman’s whereabouts please contact the G.J.P.D. or Mesa County Crime Stoppers.
On 23rd March 2017 at 1350 hrs, officers responded to the 1900 block of Chipeta Court on the report of a male holding a female at gunpoint in a residence. Officers surrounded the house and a ‘Shelter in Place’ notification was sent out to surrounding residents.
The female victim managed to get out of the residence and was contacted by officers, giving details about the male inside. Attempts to contact the male were not successful.
The male is known to police, he has two warrants for his arrest. There are domestic violence related charges for the male as a result of this incident. An arrest warrant has been requested for the male.
On Sunday, March 19th, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the Holiday Inn Express on removal of a subject. Officer arrived on scene and contacted hotel staff who reported a male was wondering around inside the address and acting strange. The male suspect, who was later identified as Jeremiah Tomaske age 36, was gone when police arrived.
While investigating a vehicle break-in at the hotel, officers were alerted to a trespass in progress in the 2300 block of Leland Avenue. Once officers arrived at this scene, it was determined Tomaske jumped a fence to a business and was currently inside a fenced yard. Tomaske gained entry into a vehicle and was able to take physical control of the vehicle. Tomaske drove the vehicle through a fence causing more than $1000 in damage. Tomaske drove the vehicle to another address on Leland Avenue, parked the vehicle, and fled on foot.
At approximately 1123 hours, officers responded to the area of 25 Road and Waite Avenue on a report of another trespass in progress. When officers arrived, they located Tomaske and determined he matched the description of the other incidents. He was arrested, transported to the Mesa County Jail, and booked in on multiple charges.