Thursday, March 23, 2017

Click it or Ticket starts Today!

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is stepping up seat belt enforcement next week as part of a nationwide campaign to save lives.

Beginning Monday, extra deputies will be patrolling the streets looking for people not wearing their seat belts. If you are caught not buckled up you will get a ticket! The minimum fine is $65 per violation.

In 2014, 156 people who weren’t wearing a seat belt died in traffic crashes in Colorado. If everyone had buckled up, nearly half of those people would be alive today.

Right now Colorado is behind the national average of the number of people who wear seat belts. Across the country 90.1% of Americans buckle up, but only 85.2% of Coloradans wear their seat belt!!! Even less, 77.6%, buckle up when riding in a truck!! We can do better!!

Not only is buckling up the law, it saves lives. Having an unbuckled passenger increases your risk of being hurt or killed by 40%. Do you want to take that chance? 

Click It or Ticket is a nationwide campaign from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Since Click It or Ticket started in Colorado in 2002 seat belt use in Colorado has increased from 72% to 85.2%.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Crime Stoppers: Crime of the Week

FRUITA, Colo - This week the Fruita Police Department needs your help to identify and locate the suspects involved in a case of arson at Snook’s Bottom located at 1051 King’s View Road. 

Sometime around 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 16th, unknown suspects started a fire inside an old hollowed out tree. 

The fire flared up around 4:00 p.m. and spread from the lake to the south bank of the Colorado River. 

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subjects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at www.241stop.com. 

Fruita PD# 2017-1635

Monday, March 20, 2017

Road rage incident leads to one arrest

Rodney Ball, 37
MCSO Photo
MESA COUNTY, Colo - A road rage incident Sunday night has lead to one arrest.

At approximately 8:50 Sunday night, Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a disturbance in the area of TZ Trail and B Road by occupants of a car who said they were being chased and possibly shot at by men on motorcycles.

They reported to deputies the incident escalated while stopped at the intersection of TZ Trail and B Road. People on the bikes started hitting the vehicle with chains, shattering a window.  When they fled southbound on TZ Trail, they heard what was described as possible gun shots. 

Investigators believe the incident began when the motorcycle riders perceived the reporting party's car cut them off. 

After conducting multiple interviews with the parties involved, Rodney Ball, 37, of Austin, Colorado was arrested and taken into custody. 

Ball faces two counts of Criminal Attempt of Assault in the First Degree (Class 4 Felony), two counts Menacing (Class 5 felony), and one count of Criminal Attempt of Illegal Discharge of a Firearm (Class 6 Felony).  This incident also fits the definition of “Crime of Violence” and is subject to a sentence enhancement. 

Ball is currently being held at the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond information on any inmate currently in our jail facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.