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Sunday, September 20, 2009

[CO] Police Officer Crook's wife: “I never wanted this to happen and my husband does not deserve this.”

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[CO] Officer Crooks admits and arrested for "physical harassment" of his wife after excellent investigating by Mesa Co. Sheriff's Department - "...Courtney said his wife bruises easily... It was apparent this hole (in the wall) could not have been caused by the doorknob. I also noted how far away the door to the bedroom was from the bathroom where Courtney was said to have pushed [his wife] from. I estimated the distance to be about ten feet..."

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
By Paul Shockley
Friday, September 18, 2009
[Excerpts] A Grand Junction Police Department officer accused in a domestic violence arrest earlier this month is no longer employed, while city officials on Friday refused to say if he was fired or resigned. Courtney Crooks, 24, who had been on unpaid leave from the police department, was out of a job as of Thursday, Grand Junction City Attorney John Shaver confirmed. Shaver claimed to have no knowledge or involvement on the question of whether Crooks was fired or resigned, referring comment to the Police Department. Police spokeswoman Kate Porras said only that Crooks’ employment “ended this week.” As a result, she said the department has closed two separate internal investigations focused on Crooks... In a letter recently sent to the District Attorney’s Office, Crooks’ wife asked prosecutors to drop the case and expressed fears her husband would lose his job. “It has gotten blown way out of proportion,” she wrote in the letter. “I never wanted this to happen and my husband does not deserve this.” Crooks is free on bond and scheduled to return to court next month. [Full article here]
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    The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
    Friday, October 02, 2009
    [Excerpts] John Camper probably didn’t anticipate anything like the past week when he signed on as Grand Junction’s interim police chief in August. Camper was dealing with the fallout from one internal investigation of a Grand Junction police officer — fallout that included a highly critical editorial from this newspaper — when an even bigger allegation of police misconduct hit... Our beef with the interim chief stemmed from his decision not to release documents from the internal investigation of another former police officer, Courtney Crooks. He resigned Sept. 16 after he was charged with misdemeanor physical harassment for an incident involving his wife. We still disagree with Camper and the decision he made with City Attorney John Shaver regarding the Crooks case... [Full article here]

    The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
    By Paul Shockley
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009
    [Excerpts] A former Grand Junction Police Department officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. Courtney Crooks, 24, who appeared in court free on bond and represented by private attorney Martha Kent, is scheduled for a jury trial starting Feb. 25, 2010, in County Court Judge Craig Henderson’s courtroom... Crooks resigned Sept. 16. [Full article here]

    Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
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    By Amy Hamilton
    Monday, December 14, 2009
    A former Grand Junction police officer was sitting at his computer in his Clifton apartment Sunday night when a bullet blew through a shared wall and whizzed about 2 feet over his head, according to an arrest affidavit. Courtney Crooks, 24, who was fired by the department for a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence, reported the 8 p.m. incident. Crooks pleaded not guilty to the domestic violence charge and is headed to trial in February. From Crooks’ report, a SWAT team surrounded his neighbor’s Coronado Court apartment and eventually carried out the alleged shooter, Derek Eugene Sheley, 46, who is paraplegic. Law enforcement originally reported that Sheley was quadriplegic... [Full article here]


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