City of Grand Junction

Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol: Student Safety #GVCopBeat

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Cropped Badge-Transparent BackgroundAs parents, there are few things that we value above the health and safety of our children. Any parent of a high school or college bound son or daughter knows the concern that the influence of peers often outweighs mom’s or dad’s input.

The Grand Junction Police Department would like to invite parents, as well as high school and college aged young adults, to join us for a frank discussion about how we can equip our young people to make safe, smart choices that can help protect them and their friends. Officer Suzette Freidenberger, a 13 year veteran of the Grand Junction Police Department, offers a candid presentation about how to navigate the many choices with which young people are confronted. In settings where alcohol and/or drugs are present, an ill-considered choice can have long term consequences. We will be joined by a panel of guests, including health care professionals, school resource officers, and other invested community members.

It is important to empower our sons and daughters to recognize these serious circumstances and be ready to make sound decisions that can protect them and their peers. Parents, please know that this will be a candid discussion, with frank language and content. We would strongly encourage parents to attend with their high school and college age children, and be part of the conversation.

When: Tuesday, September 8, 6:30pm

Where: Grand Junction Police Department, 555 Ute Avenue

Please contact Heidi Davidson at (970)549-5114, or at heidid@gjcity.org, to RSVP or with questions.

Failed Attempt to “Hide from Police” #GVCopBeat

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GORDONAt approximately 5:00am on Tuesday, August 11, an on-duty officer with the Grand Junction Police Department contacted two people in the 1000 Block of Grand Avenue.  After striking up a consensual conversation with the two individuals, the uniformed officer asked them where they were headed  The female, later identified as Danielle Gordon, 29, told him they were going “somewhere to hide from police.”

The officer was able to observe that Gordon had a rolled up cloth sticking out of her clothing, and he could see two plungers for hypodermic needles visible at the top of the cloth.  The officer asked Gordon to remove the needles and hand them to him. Gordon asked, “What needles?”  The officer assured her that the items were clearly visible.  At that point, Gordon reached up and started to depress the plungers of both needles into her clothing.  The officer was able to quickly remove the needles from Gordon’s possession.  Both needles contained a clear liquid that tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.  A probable cause search of Gordon’s property revealed additional suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Danielle Gordon was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Arrest Made in Riverside Shooting #GVCopBeat

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ROMEROOn Saturday, August 8, in a joint effort between the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Anthony James Romero, 23, was arrested for the shooting on July 31 in the Riverside neighborhood, in which the victim was shot in the face.

The Grand Junction Police Department received information that Romero was in the area of Riverside shortly after 8:00pm on Saturday night.  The Street Crimes Unit of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle Romero was reported to be driving, and the vehicle fled.  After a short pursuit, Romero was taken into custody by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office on charges of vehicular eluding, possession of an illegal weapon, driving under restraint, and reckless driving.

Further investigation was conducted by the Grand Junction Police Department after Romero was in custody, which resulted in additional charges of assault in the first degree and attempted second degree murder, in relation to the shooting in the Riverside neighborhood on July 31.

It’s Yard Sale Time!

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GJPD-MCSO-UnitedWayYardSale08-13 Join us this Saturday, September 14, for our Yard Sale for United Way.  All of the items have been donated by Grand Junction Police Department, City of Grand Junction, and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office employees and volunteers.  The money we raise goes directly to United Way of Mesa County, which in turn supports local programs that help better our community and those who live here.

We’ll be set up in the dirt parking lot at 7th St. and Pitkin Ave.

Come in the morning for breakfast burritos or swing by in the afternoon for hot dogs, chips and soda pop!

Download the flyer here: GJPD-MCSO-UnitedWayYardSale