Local Agencies Investigating Recent Dog Attacks

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 The Grand Junction Police Department, in association with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and Mesa County Animal Services, is investigating two recent dog attacks that have resulted in serious injuries to two people.

The first incident happened on the night of Sunday, December 4 near Whitman Park.  In that incident a man riding his bicycle through the park was attacked by two dogs, resulting in multiple bites.  The man was able to use his bicycle as a partial shield until someone eventually called the dogs off and the animals left the area.  The man was treated and released at the hospital.

The second incident happened on Monday, December 5 at about 8am in the area of 5th St. near Duck Pond Park.  In that incident a man walking on 5th St. was attacked by four dogs.  He received multiple severe bites before some people nearby scared off the animals.  It is unknown if those people were associated with the dogs.  The man then walked to a nearby business and called a taxi, which took him to the hospital.

Neither victim was able to provide a good description of the animals, however the victims believe they were pit bulls.

This information is being provided to the public for two reasons:

  1. To prevent future attacks.
  2. To help law enforcement identify and track down the animals, their owners, and potential witnesses.

“Because of the severity of these attacks, our department is aggressively investigating these cases in order to mitigate any potential danger, and to track down the responsible dogs and their owners,” said Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper.  “Animal Services advises us that these types of attacks are extremely rare.  While we don’t want to be alarmists, we do want people to be informed of the potential danger.”

Residents who see dogs exhibiting aggressive or pack-like behavior in the Downtown area or near the river should call 911 immediately so we can dispatch officers and Animal Services to that location for further investigation.  In the meantime, officers have increased patrols in the areas where these attacks have occurred and are jointly planning operations with the County to further identify and capture aggressive dogs.

If anyone has information about these incidents they can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at www.241stop.com, or text CRIMES to 241STOP and include your tip information. 


The City of Grand Junction and Mesa County require all dogs to be on leashes when they are not confined to a home or kennel.  They also require all dogs to be properly licensed.

Mesa County Animal Control has provided the following tips for how to prevent dog attacks:

  • Be aware of your surroundings to help avoid getting into a dangerous situation.
  • Never run.
  • Assume a non-threatening position and do not make eye contact.
  • Stay upright and move toward a safe location when possible.
  • More information can be found at http://animalservices.mesacounty.us/template.aspx?id=2358.

18 Businesses Fail Liquor Compliance Checks

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This weekend officers and deputies from the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and State Liquor Enforcement conducted compliance checks at 147 liquor establishments in the Grand Valley.  The checks included sending an underage person into the business to see if that person could purchase alcohol.  Of the 147 businesses checked, 18 sold alcohol to the underage person.

The businesses that are out of compliance must go before the City of Grand Junction’s Liquor Hearing Officer or State Liquor Hearing Board, which will determine how the business will be sanctioned.  Penalties could range from a fine to a suspension.  A liquor license revocation would only happen if a business was determined to be a chronic violator.

The businesses that were not in compliance are:

Rib City Grill (Fruita) 

Pablo’s Pizza (Fruita)

Reeder Mesa Vineyard (Whitewater)

Asia Garden Chinese (GJ)

Fairground Liquors (GJ)

Junct’n Square Pizza (GJ)

Planet Wines (GJ)

Loco Food Store #12 (GJ)

Garfield’s Off Broadway (GJ)

Rocky Mountain Pub (GJ) 

Kuniko’s Teriyaki Grill (GJ)

Johny’s Beer & Liquor (GJ)

Palisade Super Stop (Palisade)

The Packing Shed (Palisade)

Mt Garfield Liquors (GJ)

The Livery (Palisade)

Leon’s Taqueria (Clifton)

Rockslide (GJ)


This joint agency operation was funded by the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws grant that was given to the Grand Junction Police Department.

The City of Grand Junction is offering FREE training for liquor license owners, their managers and employees. 

The training will cover:
• Server responsibility
• ID checking and enforcement
• Recognizing signs of intoxication
• Guarding against over service of patrons
 Thursday, December 8, 2011
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

More information about the training can be found at http://www.gjcity.org/Administration.aspx?id=2147527212

Don’t Let Your Guard Down

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Don’t Be Tempted

Scammers Are Shopping For Potential Victims

 Between tough economic conditions and people trying to afford everything on their holiday shopping lists, scammers are looking for people who might let their guard down and fall victim to the promise of easy money.  We’ve seen a slight uptick in the number of people reporting potential scams they’ve received in their mailboxes or computer inboxes.  All of the scams make exciting promises that will never come true, and could end up costing the victim thousands of dollars in losses.

 The types scams we are seeing lately aren’t new, however the scammers are coming up with new names and official sounding writing that try to make them look and sound legitimate.  It’s common for scammers to mail realistic looking checks to you, complete with your name and address.  The scammers usually say the checks are sent to cover the costs of claiming prizes, and that all that you need to do is cash the checks and send the money back, and millions of dollars will be sent to you.  The problem, however, is the checks are from fake accounts, and when you cash them and send the money, you end up having to cover the cost once your bank is eventually notified that the accounts don’t exist.

 If you receive any of these scams in your mailbox or you email inbox, do not respond to them- simply throw them away.  You do not need to notify the police department, as we are already aware they exist.

 Check out the examples of scams area residents have received by mail and email below.

Mailed Scam example

Emailed Scam example

Are You Watching for Icy Roads?

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It’s Time For Drivers To Be On Alert For Icy Roads

With the start of cold weather in the Grand Valley, drivers need to remember that icy road conditions may exist, even if it’s not snowing.  In just a couple of hours this morning Grand Junction Police Officers and Grand Junction Fire Fighters responded to more than a half dozen crashes throughout the city.  Four of those crashes happened on the 5th St. bridge, and drivers going too fast for the icy conditions and sliding into each other played a big role in causing those accidents.  Luckily, there were no major injuries in any of the crashes.

 Drivers need to remember that bridges often become icy even when the rest of the roads around town are clear and dry.  Shady areas are also places where we frequently see crashes due to ice.  Remember to slow down and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicles in front of you, so that you can avoid sliding into other cars or objects.  Drivers also need to make sure to scrape ice and frost from their vehicle windows before they begin driving.  Drivers can be ticketed for having their view obstructed by windows that they can’t see out of.


Bradley Sinclair Robbery

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Bradley Sinclair Armed Robbery

Case # 11-55091


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo –  The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that took place just after midnight this morning.  Officers were dispatched to the Bradley Sinclair at 201 North Avenue after an employee at the store called 911 to report she had been robbed at gunpoint. The suspect was gone before they arrived.

An employee of the store told officers a man walked into the store, pointed a gun at her, and demanded money.  The suspect description is a white man, 5 feet- 8inches tall, between 18 and 25 years old, wearing a light colored plaid hoodie, a dark beanie style hat, and an orange bandana over his face.  The man then took off on foot with some cash and cigarettes.

 Officers immediately set up a perimeter and brought out a K9 to attempt to track the suspect, but they were not able to find him.

 If anyone has information about this incident they can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at www.241stop.com, or text CRIMES to 241STOP and include your tip information. 

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Trying to ID Victims

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GJPD Trying to Identify Theft from Auto Victims

Case # 11-53604

  GRAND JUNCTION, Colo –  The Grand Junction Police Department is trying to identify all of the victims in a theft from autos investigation.  On Friday, November 4 from about 10pm to 4am, a 17-year-old boy is suspected of breaking into several cars and stealing items that were inside.  That teenage has since been arrested.  At this point in our investigation we have identified a couple of victims of this crime, however we believe there are possibly at least a dozen more people who have not come forward, or who are not aware they are victims.  The suspect did not damage any of the vehicles during his thefts, and instead only targeted unlocked cars.  Because there was no damage, we believe victims may not have realized yet that they are missing items that were in their cars.

 We believe the area where these thefts took place is approximately between 15th St. and 28th St., and between Belford Ave. and Grand Ave.  Vehicle owners in that area should check for items missing from their glove boxes and storage compartments, as well as any purses or bags they keep stored in their vehicles.  We have recovered several items we believe were stolen during this crime and would like to return them to their owners.  Victims can stop by the police department at 625 Ute Ave. to make a report, or call 242-6707.

Auto Theft Task Force Update

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Auto Theft Task Force Trophy

Less than two years since it was first put into operation in Mesa County, the Western Colorado Auto Theft Task Force (WCATT) is receiving statewide recognition for its efforts.  In October the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority awarded WCATT the Team Achievement Award, choosing it above all other task forces in the state.

 During the first six months of 2011 WCATT has recovered 17 stolen vehicles with a total estimated value of those recoveries at about $159,000.  The task force is also credited with 12 felony arrests through June of this year related to auto theft.

 “We are very grateful for this recognition,” said Sgt. Stan Ancell, WCATT Supervisor.  “We’ve been working very proactively to combat auto theft in our area before it becomes a larger problem”

Four local law enforcement agencies and the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office make up the WCATT to combat auto theft in Mesa County.  This effort is thanks to a 2010 grant from the Colorado Department of Public Safety.  The agencies include the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Fruita Police Department, and Mesa County District Attorney’s Office.  A total of 6 people, with representatives from each agency, make up the task force.

Mesa County has the 10th highest number of auto thefts in the state.  From 2000 to 2008 the theft rate in the 21st Judicial District, which represents Mesa County, has increased from 1.18% to 2.39% of all auto thefts in Colorado.

Cooperation across jurisdictions is the key to combating today’s highly mobile auto theft suspects.  The combined efforts that lead to the formation of the WCATT is part of an overwhelming consensus that a cooperative effort among all the agencies in Mesa County is needed to make a substantial impact and make the most of limited resources. 

For more information about auto theft prevention visit www.lockdownyourcar.org.