Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Eight Grams Of Meth Found In Woman's Possession

Deputy Checks Vehicle, Find Woman Without Pants On

Mesa County, Colo. -- A deputy checking a vehicle parked in a lot associated with a closed business, at 10 p.m., on April 14, found more than he was expecting. Initially, the woman in the vehicle identified herself multiple times with the wrong spelling of her supposed last name. She was parking at 3210 I-70 Business Loop and claimed her car had ran out of gas. She was not wearing pants and appeared to be trying to be less than honest about her true identity.
Wendy Butcher, 34, of Arkansas

Ultimately, the deputy located multiple identifying documents with different names, social security numbers and more. Drug paraphernalia was found in the car, along with approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine. She was identified as Wendy Butcher, 34, of Arkansas, and eventually told the deputy she has spent some time in Utah and thought she had a warrant out of Utah. She claimed to be trying to make her way back to Arkansas.

Wendy was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on charges related to the meth possession, drug paraphernalia, criminal impersonation, criminal possession of two or more financial devices, criminal possession of identification documents and driving under restraint/denied license. She remains in custody at this time on a $5,000 cash or surety bond, with her next court date scheduled for April 21, at 8:30 a.m.

To obtain updated information about inmates currently in our custody, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Drugged Driving & Child Porn Possession Arrests

Patrol Makes Separate, Recent Arrests

Micah Hopkins, 29, of GJ
Mesa County, Colo. -- On Saturday, patrol deputies responded to a parent's call of her teen receiving nude photos of a local 29-year-old man, through social media. Deputies contacted the suspect, identified as Micah Hopkins, of Grand Junction, and ultimately booked him into the Mesa County Detention Facility on one count of sexual exploitation of a child--possession.

Micah was issued a $3,000 PR bond on Monday, and was released from the jail. His next court date is scheduled for April 21, 2015, at 8 a.m.

Yesterday morning, a patrol deputy in training was in the area of a possible drunk driver called into dispatch. The deputy and his training officer, witnessed driving behavior that coincide with the report to dispatch and ultimately conducted a traffic stop. Ryah Hollandsworth, 21, of Grand Junction was the driver and only occupant of the vehicle. She did not complete roadside maneuvers successfully and was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

Ryah Hollandsworth, 21, of GJ
While being transported to a local hospital for a mandatory blood test, she attempted to hide several prescription pills in the backseat of the patrol car. In addition, a loaded handgun was located in her vehicle within reach of the driver's seat and an AR-15 style rifle was located hidden in the backseat.

Ryah was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on multiple driving charges, possession of controlled substance, prohibited use of a weapon and tampering with evidence. 

To access updated bond information or charges about any inmate currently in our jail facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry website.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Follow-Up On Battle Of The Heroes Blood Drive

Team Fire Took The Win, But Team Police Put Up A Fight

Mesa County, Colo. -- The first Heroes Behind the Badges Blood Drive was in full swing this spring. It was friendly competition between local law enforcement and local fire departments, encouraging participation with citizens, to choose sides. In total, 380 blood donations were made to either #TeamPolice or #TeamFire. In the end, #TeamFire came out on top and won the competition. The Fire Team gathered 214 donations and law enforcement gathered 166.

The result of this blood drive, garnered more blood for the Regional Blood Center than they typically have on hand during a local spring break, Sherri Burns, Donor Recruiter, said during a news conference today on the St. Mary's Hospital campus.

Poster With Community Comments
The Fire Team decided to award their winning prize, a $250 check to a charity of choice, to Delaney Donates. Delaney was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma– a solid tissue tumor cancer that effects the sympathetic nervous system. According to her website, “Delaney has been through several years of treatment and still continues to fight her battle however her desire to help other families fighting cancer is very strong. She takes everyday and makes it her best. She believes that each person fighting needs to be recognized because it lets them know they do have someone cheering for them, especially when times are the hardest.”

In addition to donating blood, community members wrote kind messages of thanks and appreciation to all local law enforcement agencies and fire departments. St. Mary’s created posters with the comments left by citizens who donated blood during this campaign, on behalf of either #TeamPolice or #TeamFire. GJPD Chief, John Camper, accepted a certificate of appreciation for participating in the blood drive on behalf of all local law enforcement.