Abduction report unfounded

Reports of a possible child abduction at St. Mary’s Medical Center on Friday were unfounded.

Around 10 a.m. Friday, someone who stated they were part of the security staff at St. Mary’s called 911 saying that there was a possible child abduction in progress, describing a possible suspect as a white female carrying a gray backpack, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

More than a dozen officers and detectives with the Police Department responded to the area and secured the entrances to the hospital property and made contact with vehicles and people leaving the area.

Officers and detectives worked with hospital staff to review video and talk to employees to ascertain where the report originated from.

Ultimately, it was determined that the person who was described as possibly being involved in the abduction was actually a staff member, and no abduction occurred, according to the Police Department.

DUI alleged for man

with 3 prior convictions

Joe Clark, 41, is accused of driving under the influence and careless driving and received a $5,000 personal-recognizance bond in Mesa County Court on Friday.

According to the arrest affidavit, Clark was arrested for DUI and careless driving in November and he has three prior DUI convictions in Colorado on his record.

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