Managing Your Community Alerts #ShareGJ

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The Grand Junction Regional Communication Center Emergency and Community Notification System is a great tool to provide essential information quickly for a variety of situations. The GJRCC sends alerts about emergencies such as evacuations, floods, gas leaks or other critical public safety information. You may also choose to receive Community Alerts about accidents, road closures, wildfires and prescribed burns, school closures, and power outages.

Recently, we’ve received complaints from citizens who have signed up for these notifications about the weather alerts that may come to your phone or email at inconvenient times–like when you’re sound asleep!  Weather alerts are pushed out through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  We recognize the frustration of repeated late night messages, and want to make sure that the community knows that you can manage your alerts in a few, simple steps.  Although we don’t have any discretion as to when or how often those alerts are sent out, you do!

First, log into your emergency alert account here.  Once you log in, click the “edit” button on the “My Alert Subscriptions” box.Edit alert subscriptions

Next, navigate to the alerts you’d like to manage by expanding the menus, using the plus signs next to the menu option.  You don’t have stop receiving the alerts completely; you can simply manage the times during which you’d like to receive them, and eliminate the late night messages!  Once you’ve completed your changes, don’t forget to hit save.

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Community and emergency alerts are a simple and effective way to reach a large population of citizens with critical safety information.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please do.  You can learn more about how the process works by clicking here.  If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at (970)549-5118.

 

Second Arrest Made in Homicide of Child #GVCopBeat

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cuffsThe Grand Junction Police Department has made a second arrest in the homicide investigation of three year old Bethannie Johnson.

Shortly before 8:00am, on Thursday, March 17th, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the 3000 Block of North 14th Street on a report of a three year old female who was not conscious and not breathing.  Officers, along with paramedics with the Grand Junction Fire Department, arrived on scene and found the child to be deceased.  The victim in this case was identified as Bethannie Johnson.

Shanna Gossett, 29, was arrested in relation to this case on March 18. Gossett is charged with Child Abuse Resulting in Death (F2), Murder in the First Degree (F1), Second Degree Kidnapping (F2), and False Imprisonment (F5). Gossett is Bethannie’s aunt, and legal guardian.

Today, detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department served an arrest warrant for this case for Rebekah Joy Wallin, age 32. Wallin was remanded to the Mesa County Jail on charges of Child Abuse Resulting in Death (F2), Murder in the First Degree (F1), Second Degree Kidnapping (F2), and False Imprisonment (F5).

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week #GVCopBeat

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Crime Stoppers LogoThis week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the subjects involved in a burglary.

Sometime between 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 and 6 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, unknown subjects unlawfully entered the outdoor cooler at the Berna B’s Restaurant located at 2913 Patterson Road. Once inside, the subjects stole numerous food products and alcoholic beverages. The total estimated property loss is over $3,000.

If you know the identity 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 http://www.241stop.com.

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DUI Driver Crashes Into Police Vehicle #GVCopBeat

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IMG_0390On Monday night, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department, as well as deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, were in the area of the 2900 Block of D Road, attempting to contact a subject wanted in connection to a homicide in Utah.

During this incident, southbound traffic on 29 Road was blocked by a GJPD patrol car with its emergency lights activated.  Shortly after 11:00pm, the driver of a silver Ford F150 failed to stop for the traffic closure, and collided with the unoccupied patrol car in the intersection of 29 Road and D Road.   The suspect vehicle continued southbound on 29 Road before being stopped by law enforcement near C 1/2 Road.

The driver, identified as 26 year old Ricky Henderson, displayed multiple signs of intoxication.  Henderson was found to have a prior DUI from 2012.  Henderson declined voluntary roadside maneuvers and chemical testing, and was transported to the Mesa County Jail on charges of DUI, Hit and Run, and Careless Driving.

Months of Investigation Results in Over 30 Arrest Warrants #GVCopBeat

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cuffsMESA COUNTY, Colo –   Wednesday marked the end of a months-long, multi-agency narcotics investigation that resulted in charges for more than 30 suspects.

The investigation involved the Western Colorado Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Grand Junction Police and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Units.

In 2015, investigators began receiving information regarding the trafficking of illegal drugs in Mesa County.

After months of investigation, over 30 individuals were identified as suspects in this drug trafficking organization.

These individuals are believed to be directly involved in the distribution of illegal drugs throughout the county, including methamphetamine, prescription narcotics, marijuana, marijuana concentrate and heroin.

Investigators found many of these illegal activities were taking place in the presence of children and near local area schools.

During the course of the investigation, several guns were seized.

Several of the suspects have been arrested on their warrants, and are being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Grand Junction Police Department’s K9 Nero Has Received Body Armor #GVCopBeat

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005GRAND JUNCTION, CO (July 12, 2016) – Grand Junction Police Department’s K9 Nero has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Nero’s vest is sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by the Colorado Police Canine Association and embroidered with the sentiment “In loving memory of K9 Gero, EOW 5/6/04”.  Gero was a police K9 killed in the line of duty in Grand Junction in 2004.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,900 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

“We’re incredibly grateful to have a vest for Nero,” says Officer Trevor Hawkins, Nero’s handler.  “Not only is he an invaluable tool for the Grand Junction Police Department, but he’s also a member of our family.  We know first hand how important this protective gear is.”

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

 

 

Will You Volunteer to Stand with Victims? #ShareGJ

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VAP LogoFINALThe Grand Junction Police Department is recruiting volunteer Victim Advocates who have the heart and compassion to stand with those who are experiencing some of the worst times in their lives. Victim Advocates fill an integral role in providing exceptional service to victims of crime, an important value of the Grand Junction Police Department.  Our advocates provide support, comfort, and resources to individuals who have experienced traumatic incidents. Volunteers in this role are provided with comprehensive training to equip them with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to serve our community.

Mary Harmeling, the Victim Advocate Coordinator at the Grand Junction Police Department since 2008, says, “This is a very challenging but fulfilling volunteer role. Advocates certainly can’t fix anyone’s chaos or tragedy, but they can be one of the first ones to help victims in the long journey to healing.”

Our next session of victim advocate training will begin in September. If you would be well-suited to this call for service, please contact Mary Harmeling at (970)549-5290, or email her at maryh@gjcity.org.