The Grand Junction Police Department has received several reports today regarding an attempted scam involving a male calling and texting residents, claiming to be with law enforcement. The male is reported to be making aggressive threats, including arrest, if the victims don’t provide money or financial information. This is a scam. If you receive this call, or any call involving a similar premise, such as a claim that you’ve missed jury duty, you are advised to hang up immediately. Do not provide any personal or financial information.
Scams of this nature have become frustratingly common. The best defense against falling victim to this, or any other type of scam, is public awareness. If you are targeted with this scam, you are not required to contact law enforcement, as these fraudulent calls are often difficult, if not impossible, to trace. We ask that you share this information with your families, friends, and neighbors to protect them, as well.
We thank you for partnering with us to build a safe, proactive, and informed community.
Early Sunday morning, an officer with the Grand Junction Police Department observed a vehicle traveling northbound on N. 1st Street. The vehicle appeared to be attempting to turn, striking the median and changing direction of travel several times. A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver of the vehicle was identified as Donald Stahly, 38.
Stahly fumbled with his driver’s license and paperwork, initially providing officers with a credit card, rather than his identification. Stahly was asked how much he’d had to drink. Initially, he stated he’d had “one beer.” Asked a second time, he stated he’d had “two or three beers.” A third inquiry resulted in a response of “three to four beers.” When asked how big the beers were, Stahly stated they were “really big.” Ultimately, Stahly admitted to drinking “six beers.”
Roadside maneuvers gave further indication of intoxication and Stahly was placed into custody. A records check on Stahly revealed that he had a previous arrest for driving while ability impaired. Stahly was booked into the Mesa County Jail on charges of DUI and Careless Driving
Shortly before 10am on Sunday morning, officer were dispatched to a welfare check at Wal-Mart on North Avenue. An employee stated that a male was seemingly passed out in the restroom.
Officers located the male, later identified as Christopher Wright, 32, asleep in one of the bathroom stalls. Upon speaking to Wright, he stated that he had injected methamphetamine intravenously the previous night. A routine records check was completed on Wright, which revealed two warrants for his arrest.
After being placed into custody, Wright inquired about his backpack, which was at the customer service desk. The backpack was retrieved and searched, subsequent to Wright’s arrest. Inside the bag, were several needles, vials, and coin sized baggies, commonly used in the distribution of drugs. A substance inside one of the vials tested positive for methamphetamine.
Wright was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on charges of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, as well as the two warrants.
Just after 1:30pm on Sunday afternoon, officers were dispatched to Del Taco on North Avenue in response to a physical altercation between two females, one of which was reported to possibly have a broken wrist. When officers arrived on scene, one female was being loaded into an ambulance by paramedics.
Later that afternoon, officers responded to St Mary’s Hospital in regards to the same female damaging property in the emergency room. Upon arrival, officers spoke to hospital staff, who stated that the female, identified as Twila Lipari-Walters, 60, had been pushing the nurse call button repeatedly and was yelling for nurses to come to her room. By the time staff was able to respond, they discovered that Lipari-Walters had used the television remote in her room to smash the touch screen display of a vitals monitor. The cost to replace the monitor was estimated at over $1,000.
After being medically cleared by hospital staff, Lipari-Walters was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail for Criminal Mischief (F6).
Grand Junction, Colorado – On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Grand Junction Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six 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 Police Department 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 September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 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 30 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or call the GJPD at (970)549-5114.
The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help to locate the persons that used a stolen credit card.
In December 2015 a Wal-Mart MasterCard was stolen from a community mailbox located in the 400 block of Green Acres in Clifton. Unknown persons used that stolen credit card at Wal-Mart to make several purchases totaling over $300. A picture of the subjects can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.
If you know the person 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# 2016-2154
Brett Loeb, the administrative supervisor of the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center, has been selected as a recipient of the Public Safety Communications Line Supervisor of the Year award. This recognition is awarded by the Colorado Association of Public Safety Communications Officials.
Brett started with the GJRCC in 2008, and was quickly promoted to a supervisor in 2009. Brett is responsible for managing the incredibly complex schedule of 35 telecommunicators and seven supervisors in the center, as well as the recruiting, hiring, and oversight of the training program.
In 2015, Brett was an instrumental part of a team of Communication Training Officers that overhauled the training program for dispatchers. This collaborative effort resulted in an astounding 100% retention rate of trainees in the Communication Center last year. That’s incredibly difficult to accomplish in any line of work, but is especially significant in a profession for which so few are equipped.
Grand Junction Regional Communication Center Manager, Monica Million, pictured here with Brett at the award ceremony in Denver last week, states, “Brett’s methodical approach to researching, mining out root causes to issues, and implementation of his ideas has proven to be the catalyst to our greatest success. He is incredibly deserving of this statewide recognition, and we couldn’t be more proud, or more fortunate, to count him as a member of our team.”
Shortly before 8:00am, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to the City Market on Rood Avenue on a report of a robbery in progress. Initial reports indicated that a male entered the store, approached the service counter, requesting a paper and pen, and proceeded to write a note to the employee, stating that he was robbing the store, and demanded money.
Upon the arrival of officers, the suspect, identified as Terry Betts, 39, was still on scene, and was taken into custody without incident. In fact, Betts had been released from the Mesa County Jail just 15 minutes prior to committing the robbery, and stated that he wanted to go back to jail, where he feels “safe and stable.” Betts claimed that he never had any intention of robbing the store, and was only trying to get arrested again. At one point during his attempt, he asked the store clerk “what was taking the police so long.”
Although Betts told store employees that he was armed with a gun, a search incident to arrest revealed that he was not in possession of any type of weapon.
Betts was successful in getting himself arrested, and was remanded to the Mesa County Jail, on charges of Attempted Robbery (F4) and Felony Menacing (F5).
This April, national public safety organizations want to ensure the public is ready to access help during emergencies during National 9-1-1 Education Month.
The National 9-1-1 Education Coalition, an alliance of organizations committed to collecting and promoting 9-1-1 public education resources, has created a clearinghouse for free 9-1-1 public education materials, available now at www.know911.org. A variety of resources are available to support both the “911: The Number to Know” campaign and education themes including:
- Call If You Can, Text If You Can’t: Text-to-9-1-1 service is available in an increasing number of communities around the country, including the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center in Mesa County. However, a traditional voice call, if possible, is still the best way to reach emergency services.
- Know Your Location: Wireless calls to 9-1-1 provide location information, but 9-1-1 call takers may need more specific information. Be prepared to provide detailed information on where you are so that help can get to you as quickly as possible.
- Stay Calm and Don’t Hang Up: Until you are instructed to do otherwise, stay on the line so you can provide any necessary information or assistance to the 9-1-1 call taker. Even if you accidentally call 9-1-1, don’t hang up. Inform the call taker that you dialed accidentally and that there is no emergency.
For nearly five decades, 9-1-1 has served as the vital link between the American public and emergency services. Public education and awareness initiatives have contributed in large measure to this incredible success. The resources available at www.know911.org help educators, government officials, media representatives, and concerned citizens alike promote ongoing, age-appropriate 9-1-1 education that can save lives.
You don’t wake up in the morning thinking you are going to call 9-1-1. However, should you have to, it may be the most important call you ever make. That’s what makes 9-1-1 Education Month so very important. In an emergency, seconds matter; being knowledgeable and prepared can make all the difference.
The vision of the National 9-1-1 Education Coalition is to save lives and improve emergency response by creating a national 9-1-1 education and awareness effort to ensure the appropriate and responsible use of 9-1-1 resources and embraces contemporary communications opportunities. Its members include the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO); CTIA – The Wireless Association®; the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT), the NG9-1-1 Institute; the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED); the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA); the National Emergency Number Association (NENA); and 9-1-1 For Kids.