Monday, August 22, 2016

SVP Community Notification - Watson


Daniel Glen Watson, 45
MCSO Photo 
Sexually Violent Predator Moves Into County

MESA COUNTY, Colo - This public notice is intended to make our community aware that a registered sex offender, classified as a sexually violent predator, is moving to a county location. Further details about this offender and his new location, Click here and choose the Daniel Glen Watson Community Bulletin from our County web page about sexually violent predators in Mesa County.

A 'sexually violent predator' is a term branded by the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board, who classifies a convicted sex offender with this additional descriptor. Daniel Glen Watson, 45, of Mesa County, has served his convicted sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections prison facilities as ordered by a Judge. Watson registered with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and listed his new residence with our agency, per compliance with registration laws. Watson remains current with all his registration requirements.

All community notification bulletins for all current SVPs registered with our agency are on our agency website, to view them, click here. In addition, we highly recommend you watch a 12 minute video that talks about SVPs and all registered sex offenders, resources and other useful information specific to Mesa County. For current information on all registered sex offenders in Mesa County, visit our countywide joint website, and be sure to choose the link to enroll up to five physical addresses and be notified if a registered sex offender or new registered sex offender moves into a designated area around the addresses you input. This is an extremely useful tool.

If you have information regarding current criminal activity of this or any other offender, please call 911 for an emergency. If you observe this offender engaging in any high risk or inappropriate behavior, please contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, patrol units, by calling 911 or (970) 242-6707. If you have questions or need education handouts, please contact Mesa County Sex Offender Registrar Jennifer Jenkel at (970) 244-3206, or her direct supervisor Sgt. Henry Stoffel (970) 244-3973.

Most sex crimes are never reported and most offenders are never detected. The greatest risk of sex offense is from people you know. The information provided herein (on the embedded community bulletin) is current and accurate as of the date, but is subject to change.

The purpose of this notification is to enhance public safety and protection. Vigilantism, or use of this information to harass, threaten or intimidate anyone associated with this notification will not be tolerated.

This law enforcement agency has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live (however, we make it public information so citizens can be aware and educate themselves). Unless court restrictions exist, they are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose. Sex offenders have always lived in our community, but they were not required to notify law enforcement of their residence until registration laws were implemented pursuant to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act. Law enforcement may now share that information with members of the community, and in the case of sexually violent predators, law enforcement must actively notify citizens. This blog posting is only one of the means we are getting this information out to citizens of Mesa County.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Spring Creek 2 fire expected to be 100 percent contained tomorrow night

BATTLEMENT MESA, Colo. - The Spring Creek 2 wildfire remains at 90 percent containment. The wildfire is expected to be 100 percent contained by 8:00 p.m. Thursday.

The lightning caused wildfire southeast of Parachute burned 621 acres, 4 out buildings, 3 trailers and 3 vehicles, but no primary residences.

Fire crews worked hard over the past six days to secure fire lines and primary structures in the area.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Garfield County Sheriff's Office, Grand Valley Fire Protection District and the Bureau of Land Management will continue working on hot spots and patrolling the perimeter of the fire.

The public may see smoke and ash rising from the fire area as fuels continue to consume and burnout within the fire perimeter.

For more information, contact Megan Terlecky at (970) 986-0950.

SCAM ALERT UPDATE: More people falling victim to latest phone scam

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is getting more reports of people falling victim to a phone scam where the caller is impersonating a deputy who says you will be arrested if you don't pay up.

A person is calling people in the county claiming to be Sergeant Matthew Lewis Jr. with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. There is no such person.

There are two versions, one the scammer tells the intended victim that they have a warrant for their arrest, the second they are told they missed jury duty and have a summons.

In both cases they are told if they don't take care of the citation over the phone they will come and arrested them.

He tells them they need to get a Green Dot prepaid cash card for $2,000 and then call (970) 433-4196 ext 3 and give them the number on the card.

When you call the number there is a voice recording saying,"You've reached the Mesa County Sheriff's Department..."

The scammer has a lot of details, like asking them to come down to the Sheriff's Office, judges' names, courtroom numbers, citation numbers, even background music to sound convincing, but it is all a FALSE.

THIS IS A SCAM.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office or the Mesa County court system would NEVER contact you by phone and demand money. Anyone who does have an actual warrant for their arrest would be contacted in person.

Anytime someone calls you and asked to be paid buy a prepaid card that is an indicator it is a SCAM.

Remember it's the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, NOT Department and the phone number is (970) 244-3500.

If ever you are contacted and not sure of the caller's legitimacy ask for their badge number or employee number and call the company or Sheriff's Office yourself. Not the phone number they give you, but the one you look up yourself. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office or any other company the scammer is posing as will be happy to verify the information for you.