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GJPD to Host Free Safe Housing Training on October 29 #ShareGJ

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Safe Community LogoCalling all property managers!

The Grand Junction Police Department will be hosting a Safe Housing training on Thursday, October 29, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.  The training will be held at the Police Department at 555 Ute Ave, and is provided at no cost!

We would encourage anyone who manages rental properties to show up; no matter if it’s a large, multi-unit apartment complex, or a single house, this training provides useful information for everyone.  We’ll address how to attract and maintain good quality renters, and how to handle problem tenants, all the way through the eviction process.  We’ll also talk about logistical concerns, such as how to make your property safer by following some simple landscaping tips.

Even if you’ve attended a training like this before, we would encourage you to plan to join us.  We are always seeking ways to partner with our community to clamp down on crime, and are excited to share this program with anyone who owns or manages rental properties and tenants.  Please contact Officer David Keech with questions, or to register; (970)549-5336, or davidke@gjcity.org

Local Law Enforcement Makes Arrests in Recent National Child Exploitation Investigation #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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Last week, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Grand Junction Police Department, as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in 135 cities across the country, took part in the ninth annual Operation Cross County.  This initiative, spearheaded by the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, targets the criminals responsible for the sex trafficking of children.

“We’re not playing around. If you’re caught hurting and trafficking our children, we’ll do everything we can with prosecutors to put you behind bars forever and take away your freedom,” says Thomas P. Ravenelle, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Denver Division.  “Thanks to prosecutors, the public gets the message loudly and clearly that trafficking our children won’t be tolerated. The law is going to throw the book at you. Our prosecutors have ensured that traffickers are getting life sentences for their abuse of children.  There is nothing more important to us than protecting children.”

Operation Cross Country is part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost national initiative, which began in 2003. Since the program’s inception, more than 4,800 children have been recovered from underage prostitution and prosecutors have obtained more than 2,000 convictions, including at least 15 that have resulted in life sentences. For additional information on Operation Cross Country IX, and the Innocence Lost initiative, please visit www.fbi.gov.

The nationwide operation was conducted locally through the partnership of the Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, Fruita Police Department, Colorado State Patrol and the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, with noteworthy appreciation going to the Western Colorado Drug Task Force and both GJPD and MCSO Street Crimes Units.

Local law enforcement efforts accounted for: 1 recovered runaway juvenile, 5 predator johns arrested on felony charges and one adult arrested on drug related charges.

  • Christopher Fromm, 33, of Grand JunctionCHRISTOPHER FROMM DTF PHOTO 101315
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Patronizing a Prostitute Child (F3)
    • Enticement of a Child (F4)
    • Internet Luring of a Child/Intent of Sexual Contact (F4)
    • Sexual Assault (F4)
      • Released on a $35,000 Cash or Surety Bond
  • Scott Meyers, 25, of FruitaSCOTT MEYERS DTF PHOTO 101315
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Patronizing a Prostitute Child (F3)
    • Enticement of a Child (F4)
    • Internet Luring of a Child/Intent of Sexual Contact (F4)
    • Sexual Assault (F4)
      • Released on a $10,000 Cash or Surety Bond
  • Richard Medina, 54, of Grand JunctionRICHARD MEDINA DTF PHOTO 101315
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Patronizing a Prostitute Child (F3)
    • Enticement of a Child (F3)
    • Internet Luring of a Child/Intent of Sexual Contact (F4)
    • Sexual Assault (F4)
    • Human Trafficking (F2)
    • Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (F4)
    • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I/II (Meth) (DF3)
    • Possession of Schedule I/II (Meth) (DF4)
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DPO)
    • Multiple Active Warrants
      • Remains in custody on a $50,500 Cash Only Bond
  • Everett Pollock, 32, of CliftonEVERETT POLLOCK DTF PHOTO 101315
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Patronizing a Prostitute Child (F3)
    • Enticement of a Child–Previous Conviction (F3)
    • Internet Luring of a Child/Intent of Sexual Contact (F4)
    • Sexual Assault (F4)
      • Remains in custody on a $15,000 Cash or Surety Bond
  • Rene Johnson, 18, of FruitaRENE JOHNSON DTF PHOTO 101315
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Patronizing a Prostitute Child (F3)
    • Enticement of a Child (F4)
    • Internet Luring of a Child/Intent of Sexual Contact (F4)
    • Sexual Assault (F4)
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DPO)
      • Released on a $10,000 PR Bond
  • Bradley Slaughenhoupt, 52, of Grand JunctionBRADLEY SLAUGHENHOUPT MCSO PHOTO 101315
    • Possession of Schedule I/II (Meth) (DF4)
      • Released on a $5,000 PR Bond

Suspects in Purse Theft Caught After Facebook Post Generates Leads from Community #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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LIVELY ORTIZOn Tuesday, October 6, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the Wal-Mart on North Avenue to contact a 79 year old female victim, reporting her purse was stolen from her cart while she was shopping.

Loss prevention employees were able to provide the officer with surveillance footage, showing a male and female walk past the victim’s shopping cart.  The female is seen taking the purse, and immediately proceeds to the exit of the store.  The male appears to observe the victim until the female takes the purse, and then he, too, exits the store.

On October 8, the Grand Junction Police Department posted pictures of the suspects on our social media page, hoping to generate some tips that would lead to identification of the individuals involved.

On October 10, a reporting party called dispatch and informed them that she saw the photos posted on Facebook, seeking information on the suspects, and she recognized both of them.  She was able to provide names of both subjects, and stated she was “100% sure” of their identities.

On October 11, officers were dispatched to a verbal disturbance in the 2800 Block of Elm Avenue.  One of the involved parties was reported to be Eric Lively, DOB 04/29/80, who was the male identified as the suspect in the theft of the purse.  Officers responded to the area and initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle described in the verbal disturbance call.  The two occupants of the vehicle were Lively and Kassandra Ortiz, DOB 01/27/92, who was the female identified as a suspect in the theft.

Officers were able to positively ID both Lively and Ortiz as the suspects in the theft by comparing their appearance to the subjects caught on the surveillance video.  They also located the purse the female suspect was carrying at the time of the theft in the vehicle at the time they were stopped.

Both Lively and Ortiz were arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on charges of Theft (M2) and Crimes Against an At-Risk Adult (F4).

Great job, Grand Junction!  What a great example of clamping down on crime by partnering with our community!  Thank you!

Online Sales Exchange Safe Zone Now Available at GJPD #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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Craigslist2In today’s economy, it’s especially valuable to have options available for citizens to buy, sell, or trade goods.  Craigslist, Facebook, and other online platforms are a great way to sell that car you’ve never gotten around to fixing, or buy a gently used lawnmower for a reasonable price.  However, some people are understandably skeptical about inviting a stranger to their home to make that exchange, or to venture into an area with which they’re unfamiliar, with a pocket full of cash.

All over the country, ecommerce safe zones are popping up.  Numerous law enforcement agencies are providing a safe place to make those exchanges.  The Grand Junction Police Department is happy to start providing that service to our community, as well.

The process itself is really simple.  Our lobby is open from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week.  We also have two well-lit spots in our parking lot that we’ve designated for before or after hours trades.  Feel free to arrange to meet here to buy, sell, or trade your items.  Both our lobby and parking lot are under recorded video surveillance, 24 hours per day.  No appointment is needed, no advance notification necessary.  There won’t be an officer monitoring the transaction.  Our intention is to provide a location where citizens can feel safe and comfortable in these types of situations, knowing that police are only feet away.  If someone is unwilling to meet you at the police department to make your exchange, you may have just avoided a scam, or worse.

The Grand Junction Police Department is always looking for proactive ways to clamp down on crime and partner with our community.  We hope our citizens will find this service useful.  Questions?  Concerns?  Let us know!  Call (970)549-5114, or email heidid@gjcity.org.

Missing Person Found #Missing #GJPD #ShareGJ #GVCopBeat

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Missing

Heather Fullerton has been found and is safe.  There is no longer a need to report Heather’s whereabouts.

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Registered Sex Offender Arrested for Enticement of a Child #GVCopBeat

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 On Saturday, September 12, at approximately 2:30pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a call of a suspicious male watching children at a playground in the southwest quadrant of the City.

Upon arrival, witnesses reported to the officers that a male, later identified as Michael Raymond Graham, DOB 4/27/70, was watching children play at a neighborhood playground.  The male followed some of the children into an apartment, after requesting they give him some water.  Once inside the apartment, the male was confronted by an adult and left the apartment.  The victim then contacted law enforcement.  Based on information gathered from the witnesses on scene, Graham was located and taken into custody on charges of 1st degree trespass and harassment.

Once at the jail, Graham admitted to watching the children and having thoughts about touching the children in a sexual manner.  Graham, who is a registered sex offender, also admitted to fantasizing about one of the juveniles, specifically.

Graham’s charges were amended to 2nd degree burglary and three counts of enticement of a child.

With Sincere Respect: An Open Letter to the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center #ShareGJ

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Recently, one of our employees took the time to compose this lovely, articulate letter, in appreciation of his co-workers.  It would be a shame not to share it with all of you.  Thank you, Mr. Pearson, for sharing your thoughts.  Your words mean so much.

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