Shortly after 10:00am, emergency personnel were dispatched to the intersection of 30 Road and D 1/2 Road on a report of a traffic accident involving a 14 year old male pedestrian. Initial investigation indicates that a truck driven by an adult male was headed southbound on 30 Road and was preparing to turn left to head eastbound onto D 1/2 Road. The pedestrian was in the crosswalk on the east side of the intersection and was knocked to the ground by the truck. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. At this time, the investigation into the circumstances of the collision is ongoing, and no arrests have been made.
Tomorrow afternoon, the intersection of 30 Road and D 1/2 Road will be temporarily closed, so investigators can conduct further investigation and accident reconstruction. Further information regarding the exact timing of the closure will be shared on the Grand Junction Police Department Facebook and Twitter pages tomorrow.
This afternoon, the computer system that handles the phone lines into the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center was temporarily inoperable, impacting eight 911 and six non-emergency lines. The phone lines were out of service for 25 minutes. Typically, if a failure of the GJRCC telephone system occurs, the phone calls are routed to Garfield County. However, because this issue involved a system shared with Garfield County, calls were not rerouted to their facility. Communication center staff worked quickly to notify emergency responders that, while they would still be able to communicate via radio, phone lines were down and a cell phone number would be assigned for phone calls. Meanwhile, the process of transferring calls to the Montrose call center was initiated. Ultimately, telephone communication was restored prior to phones being rolled to Montrose. While the precise cause of the outage is being investigated, the initial indication is that a server failed, causing the 911 system to stop working.
The GJRCC is working with Centurylink to obtain information on any calls that were made to 911 during the outage. There were a total of 17 calls; 11 from cell phones and 6 from land lines. The information for the land lines was readily available and all of those callers have been contacted. The cell phone information is more difficult to obtain and has yet to be provided to the dispatch center. Once that information becomes available from the cell phone carriers, those callers will be contacted and any needs addressed. We are not aware of any medical or criminal emergencies occurring during this time frame. At this time, all phone lines and systems at the GJRCC are functioning properly. We appreciate the quick and levelheaded efforts of our communication center employees in working diligently to find answers and solutions during this outage.
The Grand Junction Regional Communication Center has budgeted for and is purchasing a new telephone system in 2018. The new system will be based on improved technology that will prevent this type of outage from occurring in the future.
On Wednesday afternoon, shortly before 4:00pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to an apartment in the 800 Block of Grand Avenue on a report of an assault. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the reporting party and victim, who had what appeared to be dried blood on him, a swollen eye, and small puncture wounds to his neck and chest.
The victim stated that, approximately 15 minutes prior to his call to 911, his son, identified as James Bardell, 29, came to the victim’s home and demanded money. When the victim refused, the suspect grabbed a butcher knife from the victim’s counter and began attempting to stab the victim. A struggle ensued, and ultimately the suspect took the victim’s wallet and a flashlight and left the residence.
At approximately 7:00pm yesterday evening, troopers with the Colorado State Patrol contacted the suspect in this case and he was remanded to the Mesa County Jail on several unrelated charges.
The charges relating to the incident reported to the Grand Junction Police Department are Criminal Attempt to Commit 2nd Degree Murder (F3), Aggravated Robbery (F3), 2nd Degree Assault (F4), Felony Menacing (F5), and Theft (M2).
There is no current booking photo available for Bardell at this time.
With the New Year’s Eve Celebrations almost upon us the Grand Junction Police Department wants to remind people to celebrate safely. If you’re going to be out celebrating, plan ahead and don’t drink, or smoke, and drive. The best way to ensure that you are sober is to not consume alcohol or marijuana. You don’t have to be drunk or baked to get a DUI, a little buzzed is enough. DUI drivers are often surprised at how little alcohol or marijuana it takes to become impaired. Plan ahead, get a taxi, driver service or a sober designated driver. Extra officers will be out looking for impaired drivers over the holiday.
The Grand Junction Police Department is asking the public to help them locate a juvenile who run away from his mother on 22nd December. The juvenile, Luke Coulter, and his mother were visiting Grand Junction from Maryland. Luke is 17 yrs old and described as a white male, 5’11” tall, 170 lbs, dark brown hair, brown eyes, and was wearing a white sweatshirt, black T-shirt, and tan khaki pants. Luke left with his backpack (gray Under Armor), which he put into a large black duffle bag that had the letters “US NAVY” written in gold on it. Luke as various medical conditions which require medication that he did not have with him when he left.
If you know the whereabouts of Luke please contact the Police Department on (970) 242-6707.
The Grand Junction Police Department wants everyone to enjoy the New Year’s Eve festivities, but to do so safely. If you intend to be drinking Alcohol or smoking Marijuana as part of your celebration, please don’t drive while you’re impaired. We don’t want to start 2018 by having to report a fatal car crash to your loved ones.
There are options available if you plan ahead; arrange for a sober designated driver, book a taxi or one of the other driver services we have locally. A short amount of time planning ahead may save you a lot of time and money later.
We will have additional Police Officers working over the New Year’s Holiday specifically looking for drivers who have decided to drive impaired, and put everyone else on the road at risk.
A DUI can cost you over $10,000 and disrupt your life by having no driving license.
On Tuesday evening, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a report of a fight in the 2300 Block of Logos drive. Dispatch received information that a male had entered the building with a knife taped to his arm, and had subsequently left the area in a red truck. Officers were able to locate the truck driving in the area, and conducted a traffic stop. The driver and sole occupant of the truck was identified as Hilario Maez, 38, of Parachute.
Investigation revealed that Maez allegedly drove through a bay door at the business where the incident took place, causing several thousand dollars in damage. It was reported that Maez threatened the victims with a “sickle” that was taped to his arm. A weapon matching that description was recovered in Maez’s truck.
Maez was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on numerous charges, including Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder (F2), Felony Menacing (F5), Criminal Mischief (F5), and DUI.