Mesa County Colorado

Orchard Mesa Homicide Update 2: Identities of Suspect and Victim #GVCopBeat

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imageThe Grand Junction Police Department has arrested 25-yeard-old Lee McDonald of Grand Junction on 1st degree murder charges in connection with this morning’s stabbing in Orchard Mesa.  He has been booked into the Mesa County jail. His booking photo is not being released at this time as the investigation continues.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office released the following information this afternoon as well:

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Nicholas Alan Potts, a 27 year-old male resident of North Miami, FL.  Mr. Potts was the gentleman involved in the incident on Santa Clara Ave. in Orchard Mesa early this morning.  The cause of death is multiple stab wounds and the manner of death is homicide.


Previously released information about this case can be found here.

Local Law Enforcement Assists FBI With Investigation of Suspected Human Trafficking #GVCopBeat

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IMG_5602The Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate massage parlors in the City of Grand Junction and surrounding Mesa County.  On Tuesday, June 17 the FBI, with assistance from the GJPD and MCSO, executed federal search and seizure warrants as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

The investigation centers on massage parlors where prostitution and possible human trafficking is suspected of taking place.  Part of the ongoing investigation will be to determine where the prostitutes are coming from, and whether these women are unwillingly being trafficked from city to city.

The four locations involved in today’s operation are:DSC03065

  • New Hong Kong Spa (333 North Ave. Unit #18)
  • Oriental Spa (2925 North Ave.)
  • Tokyo Spa (2912 North Ave. #2)
  • Balanced Healing Massage and Spa (3198 F Rd. Suite 106)



The investigation, which is led by the FBI, also includes the following agencies:

  • Grand Junction Police Department
  • Mesa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Western Colorado Drug Task Force
  • Colorado Trafficking and Organized Crime Coalition
  • Colorado State Patrol
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Internal Revenue Service

The investigation is continuing and we’ll provide more information as it becomes available.

Arrest Made in Case Involving the Marijuana Butane Hash Oil Explosion at the Monument Inn on March 9, 2014 #GVCopBeat

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MATTHEWTODDSIMMSBookingPhoto 051314The Grand Junction Police Department investigation of the marijuana butane hash oil explosion at the Monument Inn last March has led to an arrest warrant for 30-year-old Matthew Todd Simms.  The charges included in the warrant are manufacturing marijuana concentrate, 4th degree arson by placing property of another in danger of damage and other in danger of serious injury, and reckless endangerment.  A Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested Simms on that warrant and booked him into jail on May 11.

Simms is suspected of trying to manufacture marijuana concentrate (hash oil) in a hotel room at the Monument Inn using a process involving butane.  The butane ignited, causing an explosion that burned Simms.  Several other people were also in the room at the time.

Previously release information about this case.

GJ City Council Proclaims May 11-17 Police Week- Highlights Upcoming Community Events #GVCopBeat #gjco

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imageTonight Police Chief John Camper thanked the Grand Junction City Council for their support of local law enforcement after the Council declared May 11-17, 2014 as Police Week in the City of Grand Junction.  Councilmember Barbara Traylor Smith read the proclamation, which recognized the 111 men and women in law enforcement who were killed in the line of duty nationwide in 2013.

There are several community events planned during Police Week and we would love to see you there.  Get more information here.

Come Run, Walk, or Ride With Us As We Support Special Olympics Colorado #GVCopBeat @SpecOlympicsCO

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The Flame of Hope

This is a very busy time of year for community events in Mesa County that also involve your local law enforcement agencies.  One that has a long history in our community is the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which raises money and awareness for Special Olympics Colorado.

The name LETR is somewhat of a misnomer, because we do much more than running.  In fact, we are hoping you will join us on May 24 as we run, walk, and ride with the Special Olympics torch in the name of our fantastic local athletes.  Here’s a quick video of what those events looked like last year:

There are two separate events that day, and we encourage you to participate in any way you can.  The first is the Mesa County LETR Torch Run/Walk 5K.  This fun event takes of from the Botanical Gardens at 10am (registration starts the day of  the event at 8:30am).  The cost is $30 and all participants receive a T-shirt.  Contact Deputy Chad Williams for more information at 970-986-1187.  Download the flyer here.

Later that day is the annual Flame of Hope motorcycle escort, where Western Slope motorcycle riders meet Front Range riders in Glenwood Springs to escort the Special Olympics torch to Grand Junction.  This is in preparation for the Special Olympics Summer Games that take place here in Grand Junction at the end of the month.  Western Slope riders will gather at the Aspen Valley Harley Davidson store in Glenwood Springs to receive the torch, and depart for Grand Junction at 2pm.  The ride ends at the Grand Junction Harley Davidson store, where participants will be treated to a BBQ dinner and a chance to win prizes totaling $900.  Riders will also receive T-shirts.  The cost of this event is $30 per rider and $20 for each passenger.  Register online in advance at . For more information contact Capt. Don Hendricks at 970-244-3907.  Download the flyer here.

These events truly are fun for those who participate, both for law enforcement and the community in general.  The athletes we support have a way of finding a special spot in your heart.  We hope to see you on May 24.


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GJPD Sergeant Recognized by CMU for His Dedicated Service to the Campus Community #GVCopBeat

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IMG_4863Yesterday, CMU President Tim Foster presented Sgt. Pua Utu with a plaque, recognizing his outstanding service to the CMU campus community.  For the last five years, Sgt. Utu has led our CMU Campus Police Unit, which provides law enforcement services to the university and works tirelessly to keep the men and women there safe.  During his time in this assignment Sgt. Utu has worked hard to foster good working relationships with both the CMU students and the staff and faculty, which is essential when it comes to preventing crime as well as dealing with incidents when they happen.

We too are very proud of the service Sgt. Utu has provided, and thank CMU for its recognition of his dedicated service.




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Crime of the Week for May 1, 2014 #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

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Crime Stoppers Bulletin for May 1, 2014

This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County needs your help in locating the suspects involved in a theft and fraud.

Between Tuesday, January 28th and Monday February 3rd, unknown subjects used a lost credit card and made multiple unlawful transactions, in excess of $8,000. The subjects were last seen in a newer silver Dodge car, possibly an Avenger with partial license plate of 543-???  The surveillance photos of the male subjects can be viewed at

If you know the identity or location 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 # 14-7086

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