Nonprofit’s turnout for golf tourney is in the hole

Perhaps it’s the allure of a reward or the safety of tipster anonymity, but Crime Stoppers of Mesa County has helped local law enforcement solve crimes on an average of one per week since the nonprofit formed in 1983, a spokeswoman for the organization said this month.

Although it’s not a part of the Grand Junction Police Department or the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Crime Stoppers works with both agencies, as well as local media, to share information about unsolved crimes when public assistance is needed.

For example, a burglary was reported in August 2013 at Roberts Plumbing & Heating, and Crime Stoppers solicited information from the public that could help lead to an arrest. An anonymous tipster told authorities a person had been talking about the crime on Facebook, said Leigh Fitch, spokeswoman for Crime Stoppers.

That type of collaboration between community and law enforcement is what Crime Stoppers is about, but that collaboration relies on fundraising events since no tax dollars support it.

Crime Stoppers’ largest annual fundraiser is a golf tournament, and this year’s event is 8 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 7 at Adobe Creek Golf Course. The organization needs to raise thousands of dollars to fund its anonymous tipsters rewards program and pay for the software that keeps tips anonymous.

Participation at this year’s tournament, however, is down compared to previous years, so Crime Stoppers is once again asking for public help to support the continued efforts of the program.

“A lot of times people know something and don’t want to get involved or know something and are scared to tell someone,” Fitch said. “That anonymity piece is what we provide. We communicate with them and we don’t know who they are.”

Crime Stoppers also hosts community events as National Night Out.

To register for the golf tournament, visit or call board member Brian Langfitt at 241-2274 by Sunday, Aug. 31. Cost for a team of four is $400. Individuals are $100. The price includes 18 holes at Adobe Creek Golf Course and two golf carts per team. There’s an additional $10 charge per person after the August 31 deadline through tournament day.

Crime Stoppers also needs hole sponsors. Call Langfitt by today to sponsor a hole.

The shotgun start tournament features breakfast and lunch, more than $2,500 in prizes, team awards and a $10,000 hole-in-one contest honoring late Police Department Cmdr. Greg Assenmacher.

Crime Stoppers can be reached via phone at 241-STOP (7867), via web at 241.stop, via text at CRIMES (274637) with “241STOP” and the tip in the text field, or via “TipSoft” or “TipSubmit” apps at Apple App Store or Android Market.

Utah police search for stolen guns, gear

HEBER CITY, Utah — Authorities in Heber City have found a stolen car they believe may be connected to the theft of police guns, uniforms and gear stolen from an undercover officer Friday night.

Heber City Police Officer Xela Thomas says the stolen Toyota Corolla was found Sunday morning near 900 West and 1700 South in Salt Lake City.

The Corolla was stolen from a home several houses away from the undercover officer’s home.

The police guns and gear were inside a locked, unmarked vehicle parked outside the officer’s home.

Thomas says the missing police items have not yet been recovered.

Police suspect the burglary of the officer’s car may be linked to the break in of another nearby car and the theft of the Corolla.

Body found in vehicle ruled a homicide


DENVER — Police are investigating a homicide after a body was found in a vehicle in Denver.

Officers responded to a report of suspicious vehicle in the northeastern part of the city at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday and found the body inside. The Denver Post reports the name of the victim has not been released, and police have not identified any suspects.

Investigators did not say how the victim was killed.

Deputies recover body in Utah reservoir


PRICE, Utah — Park officials and Carbon County Sheriff’s deputies have recovered the body of a 33-year-old Herriman man who went missing Saturday evening while boating on eastern Utah’s Scofield Reservoir.

Deputies say Jaran Cruz’s body was pulled from the water early Sunday after it was found about 100 feet from the shore.

The state medical examiner is expected to conduct an autopsy.

Cruz was fishing with two men Saturday evening when their 14-foot canoe overturned on the reservoir’s north end.

One man stayed with the boat as another man made it safely to shore.

Several nearby boaters tried to assist Cruz but could not find him.

Deputies say the men were not wearing life jackets.

Platte County woman contracts West Nile


GILLETTE, Wyo. — Health officials say an older woman from Platte County has tested positive for West Nile virus — the first confirmed human case in Wyoming this year.

The Wyoming Department of Health says that around this time last year, the state had 13 cases, which included the death of a Park County man. The Gillette News Record reports that since the virus first arrived in Wyoming in 2002, the highest number of cases reported in a single year was 393.

Initial human symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, weakness and rash. More severe symptoms can include stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, vision loss, paralysis and even death.

The virus is carried by mosquitoes and spread through their bites.


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