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GJPD Investigating Stabbing: Man Arrested for Cutting His Father #GVCopBeat

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Victor Green
Victor Green

The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a stabbing that took place in front of a home in the 400 block of Melody Ln today.

Witnesses told police they saw 29-year-old Victor Green attack his father with a knife and heard him threaten to kill his father. Officers observed several wounds to the father’s hands and a cut on his side that went through the clothing.

The father said Green confronted him in the driveway and started yelling at him. He told Green to leave at which point Green pulled out a large knife and cut him.  The father tackled Green and held him on the ground until officers arrived.  The father said Green had threatened to kill him on the previous night for not giving him money.

Both men were taken to the hospital.  Victor was later released and officers booked him into jail, charged with criminal attempt to commit first degree murder, first degree assault with injury, and violation of a protection order.  The protection order prohibited Victor from possessing a weapon.

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week for January 8, 2015 #GVCopBeat

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2014-61151Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspect that stole a set of iHome portable speakers from Kohl’s Department Store located at 636 Market Street on Sunday, November 2nd around 4 p.m.

Video surveillance captured a male subject about 5’10” tall, weighing approximately 240 lbs. with a goatee. He wore a black hoodie, camo colored shorts, a head wrap and sunglasses. The suspect was last seen leaving in a white Nissan Maxima. The surveillance photo of the suspect is included with this blog post.

If you know the identity or whereabouts 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

GJPD# 14-61151

12 People Arrested In Drug and Money Laundering Case; Investigators Looking For 4 More #GVCopBeat #PolTwt

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The Western Colorado Drug Task Force (DTF), with assistance from the Grand Junction Police and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Units, has arrested 12 of the 16 people believed to be involved in a drug trafficking organization in Mesa County.

DTF Investigators began making the arrests Thursday night, with additional arrests taking place throughout the day on Friday, after they obtained arrest warrants following an investigation that began in June 2014.  Utilizing wire intercepts, confidential informants, and surveillance, investigators identified the people who were the primary supply sources for methamphetamine coming from the Denver area and being distributed in the Grand Junction area.  Diligent police work led to the identification of Stephen Blake (date of birth 02/15/1973) as the person in charge of the distribution in Mesa County.  They also identified multiple lower level drug dealers who worked for the drug trafficking organization or who obtained drugs from the organization.  Investigators also seized methamphetamine, heroine, firearms, and counterfeit money while working this case.

Those who have been arrested at this time include:

  • Stephen Blake (02/15/1973)
  • Aaron Vigil (09/29/1983)
  • Donna Lillie (04/11/1959)
  • Dawn Murphy (01/20/1973)
  • Justin Adair (08/18/1972)
  • Kevin Smith (12/08/1976)
  • Laura Smith (06/05/1960)
  • Michelle Ricks (07/01/1979)
  • Pearl Higgs (06/24/1956)
  • Sharde Galindo (08/19/1990)
  • Tomi Jo Highline (04/24/1965)
  • Virginia Higgs (05/29/1975)

Those who have arrest warrants but have not yet been arrested are:

  • Fabian Ortiz (12/05/1984)
  • Matthew Finley (05/21/1986)
  • Matthew Stauter (11/14/1984)
  • Taeler Oropeza (12/10/1988)


Dawn Murphy
Dawn Murphy
Justin Adair
Kevin Smith
Laura Smith
Michelle Ricks
Pearl Higgs
Sharde Galindo
Stephen Blake
Tomi Jo Highline
Virginia Higgs


Aaron Vigil


Donna Lillie
Matthew Stauter
Fabian Ortiz
Matthew Finley
Taeler Oropeza


Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week for December 18, 2014 #GVCopBeat #POLTwt

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2014-59866The Grand Junction Police Department is requesting information that will lead to the identification of two subjects involved in a burglary.

At approximately 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday, October 28th, an unknown male and an unknown female forced entry into a Coca Cola machine at the Orchard Mesa Laundromat located at 757 1/2 Hwy. 50.  The first subject was a white male that wore dark jeans and a dark hoodie with yellow gloves.  The second subject was a white female that wore dark jeans and a gray hood with red gloves.  The subjects caused more than $3000 damage and stole more than $300 in cash.  A photo of the suspects is included with this blog post.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subjects involved in this crime please contact Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867 or by visiting Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to a $1000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous.

Serious Injury Crash at 25 1/2 Rd and Patterson Rd #GVCopBeat

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The intersection at 25 1/2 Rd and Patterson Rd reopened at approximately 9:45 p.m.



The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a serious injury crash that happened in the intersection of 25 1/2 Rd and Patterson Rd at about 6 p.m. this evening. At this point in the investigation we believe the driver of a van turned left in front of oncoming traffic on Patterson and was hit broadside by a driver in a pickup truck. The van then hit a second pickup truck that was on 25 1/2 Rd.

The driver of the van went to the hospital by ambulance with what appear to be serious injuries. The driver of the pickup that stuck him has what appear to be minor injuries.

The intersection is closed with the exception of one westbound lane of Patterson. It will likely remain closed for about another hour.

We are still investigating this crash. At this time we do not suspect alcohol had a role in the crash.

What was today in Grand Junction? Happy and Sad, Heartwarming and Humbling #GVCopBeat #gjco

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People are good. People in Grand Junction are good. And days like today are what make us honored and proud to serve this wonderful community.

This day was highlighted by two events that on the surface may seem completely opposite, but that truly highlight the spirit of this community: Shop with a Cop at Mesa Mall followed by a solemn salute to a fallen hero.

IMG_0383This morning we had the privilege of taking 11 kids on a shopping spree to buy gifts for their families, all thanks to the generous support of Mesa Mall, its merchants, and the Grand Junction Peace Officers Association. While the shopping itself is fun and full of laughter, it’s what the kids say that grabs our hearts. Take Alyssa, for example, who asked the cops she was shopping with if they could go to Boot Barn because there was a purse there that she really wanted. When she picked up the purse, she grinned from ear to ear. Then she spotted something else on the shelf; a watch. “I know my mom would LOVE this!” she said. She looked at the watch, looked at the purse, and looked at the watch again before saying, “I’m going to put the purse back. I really want my mom to have this watch.” Another little guy filled his cart with gifts for his four sisters. A TV news reporter interviewed him about what he thought of this event. His response? “If any kids happen to see this on TV I want them to know that if they don’t get any presents this Christmas they can have some of mine.” Yes, that made some of us tear up. These kids get it. They know what Christmas is all about.

IMG_0390As Shop With a Cop was wrapping up, a new emotional event was just beginning in our city. Air Force Capt. William Dubois was returning to home to his heartbroken family in Colorado after being killed in a plane crash while serving in the Middle East. Our department had the honor of coordinating and leading the procession to the funeral home. What happened in the streets of Grand Junction didn’t surprise us, but it is something we won’t soon forget. Nearly every inch of sidewalk, and in some parts of the route, the street itself, from the airport to Grand Ave. was lined with people holding flags, covering their hearts, and paying quiet respect for the young man who died serving our country. No words were needed, and in fact, no words could express the gratitude we and the people lining the streets have for Capt. Dubois and his family. We’ve included some short video clips from the procession, as this is the best way to understand what took place today.

Thank you Grand Junction. Thank you for showing this world what we are all about in this community. We are truly honored and humbled to be part of it.

Additional photos from both events can be found on our Facebook page.

Important Information About 911 Service in Mesa County #GVCopBeat #gjco #mesacounty

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GJRCC-105Why You Need to Sign Up for Emergency Notifications

Do you use a smartphone or tablet?

Would you want to know if there was an emergency affecting your neighborhood right now, even if you weren’t at home?

Disasters and emergencies can happen anywhere, and we in Mesa County are not immune.  During these incidents, a crucial tool in keeping people safe is the ability to instantly provide the public with critical information, regardless if they are at home or not. The problem is, emergency responders can’t effectively and efficiently provide you with this critical information unless you take a couple minutes to sign up to receive alerts from the Mesa County Emergency Notification System.  This is especially true for people who no longer have traditional, landline phones in their homes.

The Emergency Notification System allows 911 dispatchers to send critical alerts to the mobile devices you register.  You can receive the messages as text, voicemail, and email, and you have complete power over which of your devices gets the messages and in what format.  What’s more, you can link your contact information to multiple addresses in Mesa County.  That way if there’s an incident near your child’s school, you can know about it while you are at work.  Or perhaps you have an elderly parent who lives alone.  You can receive alerts involving that address as well.  You are able to use this system in a way that best works for you and the people you care about.

It only takes a couple of minutes to get signed up.  Use this link.



If You Ever Have to Call 911

Hopefully you will never need to call 911, but if you do, there are some important things you need to know.

The first is your address or location. The 911 dispatchers need to know where to send the help.  Try to be as specific as possible.

You also need to make sure the scene around you is safe. Car crashes, for example, can pose safety risks to the people trying to help those involved.  Look for any hazards, such as downed power lines, leaking fluids from the vehicle, or other vehicle traffic.  If you are calling about a fire or flood, make sure you are in a safe location before you call to report them. And law enforcement incidents may require you to shelter in place or to evacuate.

When you call 911, try to remain calm, and don’t hang up the phone until the 911 dispatch tells you to hang up.  Remember that it may take several minutes for the emergency responders to arrive, but know that help is on the way.

In some situations, the person you are trying to help may need medical attention immediately, even before the paramedics can get there.  The 911 dispatchers are trained to help you through that process, even if you don’t have any medical training or experience.

For more information about 911 services in Mesa County visit our Grand Junction Regional Communication Center webpage.

Why 911 Dispatchers May Not Automatically Know Your Location When You Call

Here’s a pop quiz for you…

True or false?

When you call 911 from a mobile phone the dispatcher automatically knows where you are located.

The answer?……. False

A lot of people think that their mobile phones can pinpoint their location when they call 911.  The reality is they can give the 911 dispatcher a general idea of where you are, but not an exact location.

So how close do they come to your exact location?  That depends on your wireless carrier and their cell towers and technology.  Some can get you within a few hundred feet, others within a few blocks.  And, if you’re in a building with more than one floor, the location will not show which floor you are on.

That’s why during emergencies it is critical to know where you are, or at least be able to describe what is around you in good detail.  Pay attention to street names and mile markers, for example.  Know the exact addresses of places you visit often.  When visiting someplace new, look for identifiable features or landmarks.  And when you do call 911 tell the dispatcher your mobile phone number, so that if you get disconnected the dispatcher can call you back.

For more information about 911 services in Mesa County visit our Grand Junction Regional Communication Center webpage.

What You Should Teach Your Kids About 911

Frequently we hear stories in the news about young kids who saved lives because they knew how to call 911.

Would your child know what to do in an emergency?

While it’s important to teach kids that dialing 911 is not a game, they also need to feel comfortable calling 911 during true emergencies.

And start early, as soon as they are able to grasp the concept of what an emergency is.

Role play with your kids and give them examples of what are or are not emergencies.

“If someone falls off a ladder, is that an emergency?”  Or  “If you have a really bad dream, is that an emergency?”

Once they have a firm grasp of what an emergency is, show them the phone and how to use it if they did need to call 911.

And tell them to never hang up until the 911 dispatcher says it’s ok to hang up the phone.

That’s also important if you or your child accidentally calls 911.  Don’t immediately hang up.  Instead, wait for the dispatcher to answer and explain what happened.  If you don’t talk to them, they will send a law enforcement officer to you to check on you.

911 is a great tool for keeping people safe or getting them help when they need it.  Make sure your kids know what to do and how to call for help.

For more information about 911 services in Mesa County visit our Grand Junction Regional Communication Center webpage.