Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Adult Step-Son Charged With Attempted Murder Of Father

Joseph McCaleb, 33, of Collbran

Deputies Responded To Crash, Charged Step-Son With Attempted Murder

Mesa County, Colo. -- Just before noon yesterday, deputies responded to a reported vehicle crash south of Collbran, on the Grand Mesa. The vehicle had traveled off 59 Road, down a steep embankment, being stopped by an irrigation ditch. The driver, John McKitrick, 50, was contacted on scene by deputies and transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries consistent with the crash.

In the town of Collbran, deputies also contacted, Joseph McCaleb, 33, who is suspected of having been in the crash and leaving the crash scene prior to deputies arriving. Deputies arrested Joseph on suspicion of intentionally jerking the steering wheel causing the vehicle to crash. Joseph was medically cleared at an area hospital and booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on felony charges of attempted second degree murder, criminal attempt and criminal mischief, along with an additional misdemeanor criminal mischief charge.

For bond information, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Mesa County criminal justice leaders win $150,000 grant



MacArthur’s $75M Safety and Justice Challenge supports innovation in criminal justice systems

Mesa County, Colo. – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced that Mesa County is one of 20 jurisdictions nationwide to receive a $150,000 grant to create a more effective local justice system. The grant is part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, the Foundation’s $75 million initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way jails are used. Mesa County criminal justice entities, law enforcement, judges and others will use the financial support to work toward expanding municipal sentencing options and providing more mental health options.

Mesa County criminal justice partners were chosen following a highly competitive selection process that drew applications from nearly 200 jurisdictions from 45 states. The Safety and Justice Challenge competition supports jurisdictions across the country seeking to create local justice systems that improve public safety, save taxpayer money and yield more effective outcomes for those in the criminal justice system. The 20 jurisdictions selected will work with expert consultants to develop a plan for local justice system improvements. In 2016, as many as 10 of these jurisdictions will receive a second round of funding – between $500,000 to $2 million annually – to implement their plans over two years.

“Nearly 200 diverse jurisdictions responded to our challenge, reflecting nationwide interest in reducing over-incarceration,” said Julia Stasch, MacArthur Foundation president. “Each of the sites selected has demonstrated the motivation, collaboration and commitment needed to make real change in their local justice systems. We hope their local efforts will model effective and safe alternatives to the incarceration status quo for the rest of the country.”

Despite growing national attention to the large number of Americans confined in state and federal prisons, significantly less attention has been paid to local detention and justice systems, where the criminal justice system primarily operates and functions. Jail populations have more than tripled since the 1980s, as have cumulative expenditures related to the building and operation of jails.

"Mesa County is very excited and deeply honored to be chosen by the MacArthur Foundation to participate in the Safety and Justice Challenge," Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis, said. "We are fortunate in Mesa County to enjoy quality working relationships across our local justice system and to have members who are committed to affecting positive change.

"We believe that commitment, our collaboration and the support provided by the grant present a real opportunity to make lasting, positive changes. We hope to ensure our local justice system is using our jail in the most just and efficient way possible, while still ensuring the safety of our community."

About 70 percent of Mesa County's jail population is awaiting trial. Municipal judges also are limited in sentencing options. Through the grant, local partners will focus on expanding sentencing options to better fit the nature of the offense. That should allow officials to focus on addressing substance abuse and mental health issues. Jail inmates who have access to quality mental health care following a jail sentence are more likely to remain stable, ultimately reducing recidivism and long-term jail population.

For more information on the Safety and Justice Challenge, visit

About the MacArthur Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology affects children and society. More information about the Foundation’s work, including in the justice field, is available at

Media Contact: Heather Benjamin, Mesa County Sheriff's Office, PH: (970) 244-3929

Friday, May 22, 2015

Recent Meth Arrests In Mesa County

Interstate Interdiction & Citizen Report Of Drunk Driver Net Meth Off The Streets

William Gannon, 44
2014 MCSO Photo
Mesa County, Colo. -- William Gannon, 44, of Grand Junction, was arrest just before 11 p.m., last night on suspicion of drunk driving, driving under restraint/suspended license, open container of alcohol in the vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container of marijuana in the vehicle and possession of methamphetamine. Dispatch received a call about a possible drunk driver in the area of 29 1/2 Road and Parkway Drive, described to be William Gannon. Followed by another call to dispatch reporting a male suspect causing problems at a residence in the 500 block of Beverly Lane.

Deputies contacted William inside his vehicle on Beverly Lane, where they observed him with multiple conditions to support him being intoxicated. In addition, deputies located 14 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a glass pipe commonly used to smoke meth, two hypodermic needles, commonly used for illegal narcotic consumption and more. William was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility. Updated bond information can be obtained on the Inmate Inquiry System website after he makes first appearance, today.
Lloyd Cordova, 32

Interdiction deputies on Interstate 70, conducted a traffic stop at 4 p.m. yesterday, at mile marker 15, eastbound. The driver was identified as Lloyd Cordova, 32, of California, who was found to have a criminal drug history, to include burglary and financial crimes. He also does not possess a valid driver's license and was operating the vehicle at the time deputies stopped it. 

The passenger was identified as Shahram Malakooti, 31, of California. A trained drug detection dog was used around the outside of the vehicle the men were in, and the dog indicated positively to the odor of drugs. Ultimately, 663 grams of methamphetamine was located in the vehicle. That amount of meth is consistent with distribution and far more than personal use, the deputy noted in the arrest affidavit.

Shahram Malakooti, 31
In addition, financial scanning devices, financial card making devices and credit cards with different names were located inside the vehicle. Both men were booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on charges related to criminal possession of forgery devices, counterfeiting criminal forgery devices, unlawfully manufacturing financial devices, possession of drug paraphernalia and distribution of methamphetamine. Lloyd was additionally charged with identity theft, a signaling violation and driving under restraint.

Bond information can be obtained through the Inmate Inquiry System website following first appearance in court schedule for later today.