As part of the Police Week festivities taking place in the coming days, the Grand Junction Police Department would like to welcome our community to join us for a Coffee with a Cop event on Tuesday, May 16, from 8:00am to 10:00am, at the Artful Cup, located in the Hospice complex at 3090 N. 12th Street.
The Coffee with a Cop initiative began in Hawthorne, CA, in 2011, and has been adopted by law enforcement agencies in all 50 states, as well as around the world. The program is intended to provide a way to interact with our community members and to build trust with the citizens we serve. As Chief Camper often says, “We can’t wait for a crisis to introduce ourselves.”
There is no agenda for our Coffee with a Cop event. We just encourage people to drop by the Artful Cup, say hello, ask questions, share concerns, or simply talk about mutual goals we have for our community. We look forward to meeting you!
The missing person reported on May 9, 2017, was found safely the same day at 10:38 pm at Walker Field Regional Airport. Ben Abbott was returned back to his residence at 181 Elm Avenue. Thank you to everyone who called in with information about Mr. Abbott.
Today, officers with the Grand Junction Police Dept responded to a crash in the area of 3260 N 12th Street, between a motorcycle and a car. An adult male was riding a motorcycle northbound on N 12th Street, an adult female was driving a passenger car southbound on the same road. The female appears to have turned in front of the motorcycle resulting in a collision. The male was transported to hospital with serious injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.
Grand Junction Police Officers are currently investigating a crash that occurred at the intersection of N 5th Street and Kennedy Ave. At this point we know that an adult male was northbound on a bicycle and collided with a adult female that was eastbound in a passenger car. The male did sustain injuries but at this point the exact details of these injuries are unknown. (GJPD # 17-00027314)
On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Grand Junction Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the lobby of the GJPD at 555 Ute Avenue. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Locally, we collected almost 300 pounds of unwanted medication for safe disposal! Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or call (970)549-5114.
The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help to identify and locate the male subject in the security photos located at http://www.241STOP.com.
Sometime between 12:30-1:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 29th, unknown persons stole a black and gray Michael Kors wallet from a vehicle parked at Pueblo Magico Authentic Restaurant at 2839 North Avenue. Shortly thereafter, a credit card from the stolen wallet was used by a male subject at the North Avenue Walmart.
If you know the subjects in this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. When you call Crime Stoppers and give them information on someone that gets arrested they will pay you a cash reward up to $1,000 without asking your name. If you want more information, go to the website at http://www.241STOP.com .
GJPD Case# 2017-6063
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.