Second Degree Assault – Stabbing

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On 12/22/14 at about 1536 hours, the Grand Junction Police Department responded to the area of Riverside Park regarding a reported stabbing. The caller advised the adult male victim had just been stabbed in the abdomen by another adult male.

Upon arrival GJPD officers found a conscious and talking male victim seated in the north alley of W. Colorado Ave. The male was observed bleeding from his abdomen. EMS arrived quickly. The male was treated on scene by paramedics and transported to ST. Mary’s Hospital. The victim’s injuries involved a substantial risk of death.

Witnesses directed officers to a small camper in the same alley where the stabbing reportedly took place. The suspect in this case, Arnold Louis Medina (DOB 08/03/53) was contacted by officers in the camper. Witness statements indicated the men were shoving each other when the victim was stabbed one time. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is a factor being investigated in this incident.

GJPD Detectives obtained a search warrant for the small camper for the collection of evidence. Arnold Louis Medina was arrested and charged with Second Degree Assault (class 4 Felony) and was transported to the Mesa County Jail.

Current condition of the involved victim at ST. Mary’s Hospital is listed as “Good”.

This incident is currently under investigation.

Crime of the Week for February 13, 2014 #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

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Crime Stoppers Bulletin for February 13, 2014

This week Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the subject(s) involved in a burglary.

Sometime between 5 pm on Friday, January 24th and 9 pm on Sunday, January 26th, unknown suspects forced entry into Sanitary Supply Corporation located at 787 22 Road. Once inside, the suspects removed a Tennant Model 1200 Carpet Cleaning Extractor and Model V WD 15S Wet/Dry Vacuum, Clarke brand BOS 18 Floor Machine, Boost 20 Floor Machine, TFC 400 All Purpose Cleaner, Ultra Speed 2000DC Burnisher and two Super Coach Pro 6 Backpack Vacuums. The total estimated damage and property loss is over $13,000.

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 www.241stop.com.

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2014 Colorado Public Safety Volunteer Coordinator Conference #GVCopBeat

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September 19, 2014

Grand Junction, Colorado

The 2014 Colorado Public Safety Volunteer Coordinator Conference is open to all public safety agencies in the state that currently have volunteer programs, are thinking of starting a volunteer program, or are making additions to their programs.  This conference will address topics including utilizing volunteers of all ages, motivating your volunteers, and incorporating volunteers in critical incident management.  It is open to all volunteer coordinators and key volunteers within Colorado public safety agencies.

Please make your $70 registration fee payable to City of Grand Junction and mail it to:

Terri Gird
Grand Junction Police Department
555 Ute Ave.
Grand Junction, CO  81501

Download a copy of the registration form

Download a copy of the conference flyer

The following hotels are offering special rates for attendees of this conference:

  • Grand Vista Hotel ($79 per night) Register by calling 970-241-8411.  You must reserve your room by September 4.
  • Clarion Inn ($89 per night)  Register by calling 970-243-6790.  You must reserve your room by September 4.
  • Residence Inn by Marriott ($84 per night)  Register online here.  You must reserve your room by August 19.
  • The Courtyard Grand Junction ($84 per night)  Register online here.  You must reserve your room by August 19.

Learn more about the Grand Junction area

New Date for the Yard Sale

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GJPD-MCSO-UnitedWayYardSale08-13Because of the rain today, we are postponing our Yard Sale for United Way.  It will now be held on Saturday, September 21 at the corner of 7th St. and Pitkin Ave.  We will still have breakfast burritos and hot dog lunch combos for sale, as well as our baked goodies, so make sure you stop by.  We’ll have lots of great deals for you to take advantage of.

See you next Saturday!


Download the updated flyer here.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day Is Coming September 29th

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It’s one of our most popular events- National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  We are again partnering with other area law enforcement agencies to collect unused, unwanted, or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications on September 29 from 10am-2pm.  The attached flyer has more details.

Top Notch Dispatcher Training

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Have you ever thought about how much training it takes to be able to simultaneously monitor 7 different computer monitors and multiple phone lines and communication radios, all while taking emergency information from residents and dispatching out emergency responders?  It isn’t easy, but it’s critical to the safety of our community.

911 dispatchers inside the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center do this every day, and it takes a lot of training not only to get them to the point where they can do the job, but to keep their training up to date throughout their careers.  It’s something we take very seriously, and our efforts to provide top notch dispatcher training is paying off.

Our 911 dispatch center is one of only 18 centers in the entire country who are certified by the Association of Public Safety Communication Officers in their “Project 33 Training Program Certification.”  There are only two others in Colorado that are certified.  A news release from APCO has the details, but essentially it means our dispatchers, both the brand new folks and those who’ve worked here for a while, are learning the most current techniques and meeting strict standards for handling 911 calls.  We’re proud of the work they do, and proud of the service we are able to offer our community.

Do Your Part to Help Curb an Epidemic

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On Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement agencies will be working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to safely and legally get rid of your unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs. The Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Palisade Police Department, and the Fruita Police Department all will be participating in the fourth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

One of the main reasons local law enforcement is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is because of the major rise in prescription drug abuse. By participating in this event you can save lives by helping decrease the amount of prescription drugs that fall into the wrong hands.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2008 more than 36,000 people died from drug overdoses, and 20,044 of those deaths were due to prescription medications. Of those, 14,800 were from narcotic painkillers. That amount is nearly four times higher than it was a decade ago.   In fact, more people die in America a year from prescription drug abuse than cocaine and heroin combined. And, it’s sometimes harder to find prescription drugs being used illegally because it can be harder to determine if they are in fact being abused.

“Prescription overdoses are an epidemic in the U.S.,” says Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC. Most people who die from prescription drug overdose are taking someone else’s medicines, he says. “Medicines that were left in the medicine cabinet. Medicines that were given to a friend or a relative. Maybe innocently, maybe maliciously.”

Grand Junction isn’t immune to these problems.  The Western Colorado Drug Task Force, which the Grand Junction Police Department is a part of, comes across people abusing prescription drugs just as often as they do illegal drugs.  And, although prescription drug abuse is most often seen in younger generations, we do come across older people abusing them too.   

Common Prescription Drugs Abused include:

  • Pain Killers ( Examples: OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin)
  • Anti Depressants (Examples: Xanax, Klonopen)
  • Muscle Relaxers

Recently area school resource officers have also seen a spike in the number of cases of younger people abusing over-the-counter cold medications, commonly called Triple C’s and Robo-ing, too.

Perhaps what’s even more alarming is that the Drug Task Force has been noticing poly-drug use, which means using more than one drug at a time.  Prescription drugs, illegal drugs, even alcohol and caffeine, are often used together in various combinations.  Poly-drug use can be extremely dangerous because people do it to counteract the different effects of the drugs they are taking, or to enhance the high they get from them.  However, the combinations can be extremely destructive to your body and sometimes even make your heart stop beating.

People often think that prescription medication can’t be bad for you because a doctor has prescribed it, but when people are abusing the drugs they aren’t being used as prescribed, and that’s where the danger is. If you are someone who has been prescribed medication, you need to do your best to prevent abusers from getting their hands on it. Abusers are willing to steal from family and friends, even go through the trash to find medicine. Kids will go through their parents’ medicine cabinets, or go to friends houses and go through their medicine cabinets. You need to do everything possible deny access to your medication.

How to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse:

  • Lock your medicine cabinets
  • Sit down and talk to your kids about the dangers of prescription drug abuse
  • Get involved in the lives of your loved ones
  • Properly get rid of unused or expired medications by taking advantage of Prescription Drug Take Back Days

For the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28, there will be four locations for the public to drop off their unused and unwanted prescription drugs in Mesa County. Those locations are:

• Grand Junction Police Department (625 Ute Ave.)
• Mesa County Sheriff’s Office (215 Rice St.)
• Fruita Community Center (324 N Coulson St.)
• Palisade Police Department (175 E 3rd St.)

Help make our wonderful community a safer place.

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