Tuesday, July 29, 2014

FREE: Community Party

Clifton’s Kimwood Park site of National Night Out Party

Mesa County, Colo. -- Getting out to meet your neighbors and keep your community safer is the goal of National Night Out—America’s Night Out Against Crime, which is why Crime Stoppers of Mesa County and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office are hosting a free community party in Clifton on Tuesday, August 5, from 5p.m. to 8 p.m., at Kimwood Park.

National Night Out is an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. This is the third year Crime Stoppers of Mesa County and the Sheriff’s Office have partnered to host this free, family event.

The Kimwood Park community event will include information from Crime Stoppers, Clifton Fire Department truck/water demonstrations, a live DJ, free ice cream, bump 'n' jumps,

Sara the Safetysaurus and much more! In addition, Safe Teens America—The Neural Activity Drug Free Crew will be giving away free sports equipment, bicycles and will have anti-drug mini-classes for the kids.

The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Kimwood Park is located at 3240 White Avenue, Clifton, Colo.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Danny Stetzel Arrested By GJPD

GJPD Arrest Daniel Stetzel On Warrant(s)

Dec 2013 MCSO Photo
Mesa County, Colo. -- Officer with the Grand Junction Police Department arrested Daniel "Danny" Stetzel, 31, on a warrant or warrants previously issued by other agencies (not MCSO). Investigators are thus no longer actively trying to locate Danny.

He has been booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on the active warrant(s). Information about any inmate in our facility can be found through our Inmate Inquiry System, located on our agency website. Also, follow us on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #GVCopbeat and #MesaCounty.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Missing Woman Found, Deceased

Body Found In Desert, Missing Woman

DOC Photo
Update Posted July 28, 2014 -- Daniel Stetzel was arrested on outstanding warrants by officer with the Grand Junction Police Department. Read more, here.

Mesa County, Colo. -- The Mesa County Coroner has identified the body found in the desert north of Grand Junction, off 25 Road, as Kathleen Stetzel. Kathleen was reported missing by family members earlier this week and investigators had been trying to locate her and her son, Daniel Stetzel.

MCSO Dec 2013
Investigators are still trying to locate 31-year-old, Daniel Stetzel. They have labeled Daniel as a person of interest, and emphasize they want to speak with him about his mother. Anyone with information about Daniel or his whereabouts, should call 911 or non-emergency dispatch at: 242-6707.

The death investigation of Kathleen Stetzel remains active and on-going.

Friday, July 25, 2014

BLM Issues Fire Restrictions In Portion Of McInnis Canyons NCA

Fire Restrictions for McInnis Canyons NCA 

Colorado River Corridor

Released: July 24, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. —  Bureau of Land Management officials ordered fire restrictions in portions of McInnis Canyons NCA that will be in effect beginning Monday.

Fire restrictions will impact campers floating the Colorado River between the Loma boat ramp and the Utah border. Fires are currently restricted to fire pans for this stretch of river. Beginning Monday, the use of fires for campers along the Colorado River in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area will be unlawful. Cooking stoves equipped with an on-off switch remain legal.  

“We need to institute fire restrictions due to dry conditions specific to the river corridor,” said Collin Ewing, manager McInnis Canyons NCA. A recent fire destroyed sensitive resources in camping spots along the river.  According to Ewing, fires pose a serious threat to fragile cottonwood galleries along the river that are highly valued by campers for valuable shade in the hot dry NCA. “We’ve been working hard to get cottonwoods established and we don’t want to damage this sensitive resource or jeopardize future camping experiences.”

Camping in the area covered by the fire restrictions is by permit only. Use of fire beginning 1201 a.m. Monday is a violation to camping permit regulations and will result in penalties for violation of permit rules.  Individuals responsible for wildfire can be held responsible for damages that may extend into the $ millions. Violation of fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment of not more than 12 months or both.

This restriction does not apply to other public lands on the western slope. Conditions not impacted by this fire restriction remain dry and vulnerable to wildfire but are not affected by this restriction.  Federal fire officials still urge extreme caution with any burning.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Death Investigation In North Desert Area

BLM Ranger & Deputy at Highline Canal/25 Road

Investigators On-Scene Of Unattended Death In Desert

Mesa County, Colo. -- Deputies and investigators converged on the scene of a body found in the desert north of Grand Junction, in the area of 25 and J Roads. The call came into the Regional Communication Dispatch Center around 3:30 p.m., on a report of a body found by a passerby in the desert north of the Highline Canal. Law enforcement have blocked access to the desert from 25 Road while investigators conduct the on-scene investigation.

MCSO Crime Scene Van crossing Highline Canal
The Sheriff's Office is conducting an unattended death investigation, while the area where the body was found is on land managed by the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management. The agency's crime scene processing van and unmanned aerial systems are currently on-scene. Investigators will process the scene while also looking for any connection to the missing person investigation that continues to be active.

The Mesa County Coroner will assist in the investigation to determine cause and manner of death, as well as confirm identity of the deceased person. The Coroner will notify next of kin prior to releasing any personal information related to this case.

Further details will be released as they become available. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Woman Reported Missing

Grand Junction Woman Reported Missing

Kathleen Stetzel, 60, of Grand Jct.
Update on July 26, 2014 -- Kathleen has been identified by the Coroner, and is no longer a missing person. For more information, click here.

Update on July 24, 2014 -- Family members of Kathleen reported her missing and a report was taken by deputies in the early hours of Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Investigators continue to ask the public to be watching for Kathleen and/or her son, Daniel, and report either of them to dispatch or investigators (contact information below).

Mesa County, Colo. -- Investigators are working a report of a missing adult female, Kathleen Lynn Stetzel, 54-years-old (DOB: 02/23/1960), in the 700 block of 25 Road, Grand Junction. Investigators also need to speak with her son, Daniel John Stetzel, 31-years-old (DOB: 02/14/1983), of Mesa County.

Daniel Stetzel, Dec 2013
MCSO Booking Photo
Anyone who has seen her or sees her, should contact non-emergency dispatch at (970) 242-6707, or Investigators at (970) 244-3264/3252. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

For other information released from law enforcement in our area, follow us on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #GVCopBeat and #MesaCounty.
**Kathleen's age has been corrected from the original release. We apologize for any confusion.**

Agency Volunteer Raises Money For Hilltop's Latimer House

Sheriff's Volunteer Raises Money For Latimer House

Ted is in the green shirt, second from right
Mesa County, Colo. -- This morning, a group of people were standing on the sidewalk outside the main office of Latimer House, a crisis intervention and support program for domestic violence within Hilltop, a western slope non-profit. In the center of the group is shiny 1963 Ford Ranchero, owned by Ted, a Victim Advocate for the Sheriff's Office. 

With Ted and his beautifully restored antique car, were several people who participated in the first car show, that was held at the 2014 Mesa County Fair, along with Fair and Latimer staff, and Sheriff's Office folks, all in support of Ted and the money he raised.

Ted's idea was a car show at the County Fair. Jo Carole Haxel, Fairgrounds Manager, put Ted's idea into action and with a lot of success she said, today. The goal was a 100 cars, and while they didn't have that many cars in the car show, they did have a great turn out of locals who enjoyed the Fair and the car show! Through entry fees, minus a few housekeeping purchases, the car show through the local car club Wild West Falcon, donated $1,460.10, to the Latimer House. That's what the beautiful car was doing parked on Main Street and 10th Avenue with a small gathering of people around it. 

To view a short video of the check being handed off, view our YouTube video here.

Jennifer, a Latimer House employee, said the money will go into the Latimer House's general fund to be used for priority needs, which will likely be emergency housing. That is so expensive and currently where they are in the most need for funding, she said. Hilltop and Latimer House staff expressed their gratefulness to Ted for his idea, his willingness to make it happen and his generosity. We too salute Ted, Jo Carole and the Wild West Falcon car club, for their large donation to this outstanding local non-profit organization.

Look for the car show at the 2015 County Fair, if Ted has his way! And, Hilltop hosts their second annual car show at Canyonview Park August 30 and 31, 2014.