Crime of the Week: January 27, 2011

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Can You Help Solve This Case?

CRIME STOPPERS

Felipe Carrasco-Corral

Law Enforcement Agencies in Mesa County are requesting assistance from the public in locating a wanted subject who has an arrest warrant. The wanted subject is FELIPE CARRASCO-CORRAL also known as ANDRES GARCIA-CORRAL a 30 year old, Hispanic male, 5’8”, 145 pounds, black hair and brown eyes. FELIPE CARRASCO-CORRAL is wanted for failing to appear on multiple charges which include unlawful use of a controlled substance, use/sell/distribution/ manufacture/possession of marijuana, DUI, reckless driving, lane use violation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

If you have information regarding the location of this individual or any crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP (7867). Information leading to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information on how to report a crime see us at http://241stop.com/

Missing Children

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From time to time we receive “Missing Children” posters from other Colorado law enforement agencies.  Today we received some information from our fellow law enforcement officers at the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office in Cortez about a case their investigators are working involving 4 missing children.  Although the GJPD has no involvement with this investigation we thought we would help them by spreading the word and the photos in hopes that someone may have seen this family.  Montezuma County does not have any information that they are in the Grand Junction area, but they would be grateful for any leads or tips they can get on the whereabouts of these kids.

Here are the details Montezuma County is sharing with the public:

Details: Brooke, Kaylee, Makena, and Tanner were allegedly abducted by their mother Carina Bieber. A felony warrant for kidnapping was issued for Carina on December 30, 2010. Tanner was last seen on January 1, 2010. He may have his nickname “TJ” shaved into his hair or he may have a mohawk. Brooke’s nickname is Brookie. Kaylee has a scar under her eye. Her nickname is Kay Kay. Makena’s nickname is Kena. Carina is biracial. She is Hispanic and White. Carina has multiple scars on her face. She has a tattoo on her neck and the tattoos “Love” and “Hope” on her wrists. Carina may use the alias last name Shippy, blair, or Rael.

All images of all of the children can be viewed at missingkids.com.  If you have any information about this case contact the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office at 970-565-8454.  

 

We’re Glad You Asked!

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A motor officer watches for speeders in a school zone.

Here at the Police Department, and throughout all of the departments in the City of Grand Junction, we frequently field questions from the public regarding a whole host of issues.  To help let you know what is going on in your local government, the City of Grand Junction regularly prints articles titled “We’re Glad You Asked” in the Daily Sentinel and posts those same articles on the City’s website.

The most recent “We’re Glad You Asked” article answers questions from the public regarding traffic enforcement. Here’s how we answered those questions:

Why do City police officers spend time on traffic enforcement? Don’t they have better things to do?

 For all of the great proactive and community-oriented policing programs that we conduct, the fact remains that the fundamental duty of a police department is to enforce the law. That contrasts sharply with a fundamental trait of all of us as human beings…none of us appreciates being told what we can and can’t do and none of us wants to suffer the equivalent of a ‘scolding’ from the very government that we support with our tax dollars.

Therein lies the crux of the frustration, and perhaps the conflicted opinions, that many of us feel about the topic of Traffic Enforcement. When someone speeds by us in what we consider to be an irresponsible and dangerous manner, we wish there was a police officer nearby to enforce the law. When we have just received a traffic ticket however, it is not uncommon to think that the police were petty in their enforcement, or to wonder why they “don’t have something better to do.”

We are often asked why we do traffic enforcement, and the simple answer is that it works. Our streets are safer and lives are protected when we conduct such enforcement. Traffic Enforcement has increased in 2010, and during that same time period traffic accidents are down over 11%, with injury accidents down nearly 17%.

Despite a common misperception, traffic enforcement activities are not conducted to increase tax revenue. Obviously traffic enforcement does generate some revenue for the City, in fact nearly $750,000 each year. Although that may sound like a large number, it represents less than one percent of the City’s general fund revenues.

Speeding and illegal left turns prompted traffic enforcement last fall near the mall

We base our traffic enforcement efforts on two main factors. First, we respond to complaints from citizens regarding areas of the city that they feel are in need of additional attention. We get many complaints, for example, of speeding through school zones or ‘running’ red turn arrows at various spots in the city. When we receive such complaints, we conduct enforcement activity not only to assess for ourselves the extent of the problem, but also to have a visible presence that we know through experience has the effect of improving compliance in those areas.

Second, we regularly analyze the streets and intersections that generate the most traffic accidents, and therefore present the most danger to our citizens. We ‘dig down’ to determine what violations most frequently resulted in those accidents, and then pattern our enforcement efforts to address those violations.

None of us likes the experience of seeing red and blue lights in our rearview mirror, especially when followed by the sinking realization that a summons is about to be issued. We immediately worry about the cost of the ticket, what our family is going to think, or what the inevitable effect is going to be on our insurance rates. Unfortunately though, traffic enforcement is about the only tool available to us that has a deterrent effect on future unlawful driving behavior, and it clearly has an impact on reducing accidents and injuries in our community.

What Does A Kid Want For Christmas: Part 2

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Last week I wrote about our annual Shop With a Cop at Mesa Mall.  We actually do another, similar event each year as well, and today we teamed up with the Grand Junction Fire Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and Hilltop’s Latimer House to take 12 very deserving kids shopping at the Rimrock Wal-Mart.  You probably won’t see quite as much coverage in the media of this one simply because many of the kids involved can’t have their faces or identities shown on TV or in the paper.  The fact that they are staying at Latimer House means they are dealing with some very difficult situations, which make it very easy to understand why they are so deserving of a day to go shopping for Christmas presents for their family members.

For people who can’t understand why a bunch of cops and fire fighters would take time out of their busy days to do this for these kids, a statement from one of the youngsters involved in today’s event may help.  A little girl told the officer she was shopping with, “Yeah, the cops come to my house a lot.  They arrested my mommy.”  For far too many kids in our community, the only image they have of a police officer is what they saw when the cops came to take mommy or daddy to jail.  Those images don’t go away easily, and can have long-term impacts on future interactions that child has with law enforcement.  A few hours out of one day each year showing these kids that the cops are not the bad guys and that they are someone the kid can trust and rely on for help can go a long way in creating positive relationships that last a lifetime.  That is truly priceless.

A big thanks goes out to the folks at the Rimrock Wal-Mart for helping to make today’s shopping possible.

Additional photos are posted on Facebook.

Back In The Days Of Typewriters

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Blast back to the past with us!  See what was happening with the Grand Junction Police Department way back when…….

Back in 1998 we were still using typewriters and file folders in our records section. Both of those have since been replaced with computers. Every police report and traffic ticket is now stored electronically.

Bowl With a Cop

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Round up the kiddos!  We are hosting our annual Bowl With a Cop, and this year you have two dates to choose from: December 24 and 27 from 9am-noon on both days.  The event is free for kids of all ages and no registration is needed- just bring the kids for a few hours of fun.

Bowl With a Cop gives local kids a chance to meet and hang out with some of the police officers that protect our fine city.  Being a cop isn’t just about arresting people and giving tickets.  We’re a part of our community too, and the relationships we build with our fellow residents, especially our youth, prove crucial in serving and protecting our city.

Thanks to the folks at Orchard Mesa Lanes for donating the use of their bowling alley for this event!

For more information about Bowl With a Cop and other events involving the Grand Junction Police Department visit our news releases page.

What Does A Kid Want For Christmas?

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Shop With a Cop 2010

Many of us probably have an idea of what a kid would say if you asked him or her “What do you want for Christmas?”  I have an image of a long list being rattled off of every cool, new toy that flashes by in TV commercials or is nicely displayed on store shelves.  Kids are kids, after all.  But just like every other stereotype, there are always exceptions, and in the case of this year’s annual Shop With a Cop, our officers witnessed about a dozen of those exceptions.

Shop With a Cop is an annual outreach we organize that gives deserving kids from our community a chance to go shopping for a day and spend money and gift cards that have been donated for the event.  This year in particular the stores at Mesa Mall really stepped up to give the kids some nice gifts and quite a bit of spending money.  So, you might think the kids went hog-wild picking out anything they wanted for themselves.  Nope.  They went hog-wild all right, but it was shopping for my brother, or my mom, or papa, or mammy.  Our youngest shopper, a six-year-old, even came ready with a list of every

PST Sheridan O'Leary and Bernice got something for everyone on Bernice's list!

person in her family she wanted to cover, including the family dog.  Most of the kids had to be reminded that it was ok to pick out a couple of things for themselves too.

The local TV stations did a great job covering this event, as they do every year.  Both KKCO and KREX posted their coverage on their websites.  When you listen to the kids you can hear a combination of excitement and gratitude mixed with a dash of awe over what they experienced.  They truly were an amazing group, one that embodied the true spirit of Christmas, and all of us from the GJPD feel lucky we had the chance to be part of it.

Here’s the complete list of sponsors for this year’s Shop With a Cop.  Thanks for your generosity!

  • Grand Junction Peace Officers Association
  • Mesa Mall
  • Hot Topic
  • No Fear
  • JC Penney
  • Target
  • Select Comfort
  • Sports Authority
  • FYE
  • Lids
  • JB Robinson Jewelers
  • Snack Shack
  • Pretzel Maker/ TCBY
  • Kay Jewelers
  • Enstrom’s Candies
  • Regis
  • Cost Cutters
  • Cabela’s
  • McDonalds
  • Chuck E. Cheese
  • McClane Canyon Mine
  • School District 51 employees

For more pictures of Shop With a Cop 2010, visit us on Facebook.