Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New Scam Using Bogus Law Enforcement Officer

 Bogus Law Enforcement Officer Attempting to Scam Community

Mesa County, Colo. -- A new scam has hit Mesa County where law enforcement is being used to manipulate the community.   Recently, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office has received several reports from the community about being contacted by an individual identifying themselves as a local law enforcement officer.  The individual, who is identifying himself as "Officer Johnson" (but may be using multiple different names and police rank designations) is telling people that a family member has been arrested and a bond must be posted for them to get out.  The male suspect has requested the bond money be wired to an out of state location. He may also tell you there is a "gag order" on the case or that you are not allowed to contact any other law enforcement officer but him.  "Officer Johnson" has also provided a contact number of 1-888-316-9496.  Investigators are currently working on the case. 

Be aware! Law enforcement agencies would NOT contact you and request money to be wired to an out of state location to post a bond.  If you  receive a similar type call please report it to your local law enforcement agency.  

Monday, January 25, 2016

Agency Collaboration Lead To Arrests

MCSO Deputies Make Arrests After GJPD K-9 Alert

Jason Selders, 39
Photo MCSO: Jan. 2016
Mesa County, Colo. -- The excellent working relationship between the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and the Grand Junction Police Department was on display again this weekend. Working together on several contacts lead to the arrest of two individuals on drug charges. 

On Friday, January 22, Jason Selders, 39, of  Clifton, was contacted by deputies on a traffic stop. During the contact a Grand Junction Police Department Officer arrived to assist. The GJPD Officer's K-9 Joker, alerted on the car, indicating the presence of drugs.  

During the search of the car deputies found methamphetamine and a glass pipe. Selders was arrested and charged with Possession Schedule II Drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and traffic violations.  

Michelle Kline, 47
Photo MCSO: Jan. 2016
Michelle Kline, 47, of Loma, was contacted by deputies on a traffic stop for failing to drive in a single lane (weaving). A Grand Junction Police Department Officer assisted on the stop and their K-9 Joker, alerted on the car. 

During a search of the car, suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found. Kline was arrested and transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility. Once at the facility additional methamphetamine was found in Kline's bra.     

Kline was booked on Possession of a Schedule II Drug, Introducing Contraband in the First Degree, Distribution 4 grams or less of a Schedule II Drug or 2 grams of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and additional traffic violations. 

 For updated bond amounts on any inmate currently in our jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Inmate Found Unresponsive

Unresponsive Male Found at Mesa County Detention Facility 

Mesa County, Colo -- This morning at 11 a.m., deputies working in the Detention Facility, found an unresponsive male hanging in his cell. Life saving measures were immediately initiated by deputies and medical staff while the Grand Junction Fire Department was dispatched to the facility. The male was transported to St. Mary's Hospital for treatment, where he is in critical condition.

As with any incident of this type, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Investigators are reviewing the circumstances of the event but no foul play is suspected.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office has reached out to the family of the male and our thoughts are with them during this tragic time.

Further information will be released when appropriate. Any media inquires can be directed to Sgt. Henry Stoffel at (970) 986-1472.        

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Four Prior DUI Arrests On Records Of Recent Arrestee

Deputy Nearly Ran Over By Suspected Intoxicated Driver

Jose Esparza-Treto, 38, of Grand Jct.
MCSO Photo: January 2016
Mesa County, Colo. -- A vehicle parked partially blocking the I-70 Business Loop near 32 Road, Clifton, yesterday around 5:20 p.m., caught the eye of a patrol deputy. Attempting to make contact with the driver of the vehicle, the deputy was nearly ran over, when the driver left the scene in a reckless manner. Moments later, deputies located the vehicle abandoned in a parking lot nearby and the driver was contacted walking in the area.

Jose Esparza-Treto, 38, of Grand Junction, was arrested for eluding and found to have 4 prior DUI convictions, while being suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol this evening. During the tow process of the vehicle he was driving, deputies located suspected methamphetamine.

Jose was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on DUI, eluding and possession of meth. Updated bond amounts for any inmate currently in our jail, can be found on our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Twenty Grams Meth Found, Two Arrested & Convicted Felon Arrested With Five Guns, Meth

Separate Arrests Get Meth, Guns From Convicted Felons

Leah Burrows, 30
MCSO Photo: Jan. 2016
Mesa County, Colo. -- Late last week, deputies located two wanted (with active warrants) adults in a camp trailer behind a residence in the 300 block of 30 Road, Grand Junction. They were arrested without incident and booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on their outstanding warrants and new charges related to the more than 20 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and schedule II prescription drug(s), located inside the trailer.

Cody Guerrero, 31
MCSO Photo: Jan. 2016
Cody Guerrero, 31, and Leah Burrows, 30, both of Grand Junction remain in the Mesa County Jail on bond. Cody is being held on a $17,000 cash only bond, and Leah is being held on a $17,000 cash only bond with an added $600 cash or surety bond. They both are scheduled to appear in court next on January 22, at 8 a.m.

On Sunday morning, deputies were sent to a domestic violence incident where the male suspect was witnessed chasing a female with a baseball bat, in the 3200 block of E Road, in Clifton. In Larry's bedroom, deputies located 5 firearms and multiple rounds, along with suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Larry was previously convicted of felonies in 2005 and 2006, making it illegal for him to possess weapons.

Larry Chambers, 33, of Clifton
MCSO Photo: Dec. 2015
Deputies also located an outstanding warrant for Larry Chambers, 33, of Clifton, who was also booked into jail on charges related to felony menacing, domestic violence, possession of weapons by a previous offender, possession of a dangerous or illegal weapon(s), third degree assault, failure to appear warrant and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Larry has a $250 cash only warrant, at this time. For updated bond amounts on any inmate currently in our jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

SWAT Called To Arrest Dangerous Wanted Man

Saturday Night Orchard Mesa, Wanted Fugitive Arrested By SWAT Team After Suspect Injured Deputy

Donald S. Quint, 43, of Grand Jct.
MCSO Photo: January 2016
Mesa County, Colo. -- Deputies attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by wanted fugitive, Donald Quint, around 5 p.m., in the area of 29 and Patterson Roads, Grand Junction. Donald, 43, was wanted on a Grand Junction Police Department warrant for second degree assault and domestic violence related charges--stemming from a previous incident.

He fled from deputies after appearing initially to be compliant with the traffic stop, dragging and nearly running over a deputy during his escape in a vehicle he wasn't legally licensed to operate. The deputy sustained non-life threatening injuries to his knees and both arms, which were reviewed and treated by medical professionals at St. Mary's Hospital that night.

Deputies tracked the vehicle Donald was driving, finding it abandoned on Dawn Drive, in Grand Junction. Later deputies determined (through information from a family member of Donald's) he was inside a home at 2910 Jon Hall Road, in Orchard Mesa. Deputies made multiple attempts to contact him inside that residence, to include trying to talk him out of the home peacefully. He in no uncertain terms, declined.

Through the windows of the residence, deputies witnessed Donald in the kitchen obtaining knives and then appearing to barricade himself in the bathroom. When GJPD SWAT officers made entry into the bathroom trying to arrest Donald, he swung a shower curtain at them trying to strike them and assault them, several times.

Around 10:50 p.m., agency SWAT Team members and a Fruita Police Department officer with a K-9, made entry into the home locating Donald. He continued to be heavily combative and resistant with all deputies. He was arrested on the outstanding GJPD warrant and the following additional charges:

  • 2 counts, 2nd degree assault on a peace officer
  • 2 counts, Resisting arrest
  • Reckless driving
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Vehicular eluding
  • Driving under revocation
  • Failure to drive in a single lane
Donald is currently being held without bond in the Mesa County Detention Facility. He has multiple previous jail bookings into our facility in 2014 and 2012. For updated bond amounts on any inmate currently in the Mesa County Jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Woman Charged With Providing Meth To Teen

Grand Junction On Bond For Previous Meth Charges, Booked Overnight

Justine L. Murphy, 35
MCSO Photo: March 2015
Mesa County, Colo. -- School resource deputies investigated a middle school student this week for methamphetamine use, which ended with one adult being arrested for the second time in less than a year on methamphetamine related charges. Through the course of the investigation, Justine L. Murphy, 35, of Grand Junction, is suspected of providing the drug(s) to a teenager. She was arrested yesterday evening in the 900 block of Northern Way, Grand Junction, and booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on charges of:

  • Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor 
  • Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance (meth)
  • Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (meth) 
  • Violation of Bail Bonds
  • Unlawful Use of a Controlled Substance 
  • Child Abuse 

In addition, the teen, 15-year-old, KC Hatley, was arrested today on charges of  unlawful possession of controlled substance (meth), a class 4 felony, and unlawful use of a controlled substance ( a misdemeanor). KC is being booked into the Grand Mesa Youth Detention Facility.

Special Note: Under C.R.S. 19-1-304(1)(b.5) the public has access to information of juvenile arrests when charged with a class 1-4 felony. A booking photo will not be released of KC unless or until he is advised by a judge he is being charged as an adult.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Early Reports Of Small Aircraft Down, Glade Park Area

No Injuries Reported, One Pilot On-Board

UPDATE: The pilot has requested Search and Rescue stand down, as he will self rescue through friend/family coming to pick him up. Our deputy will continue to the location but other resources have been shut down for this mission as of 4:10 p.m.

Mesa County, Colo. -- A rural area deputy and Mesa County Search and Rescue have been dispatched to a remote area of Glade Park, west of Grand Junction, on a report of Cessna 150 aircraft crashed in a remote canyon. A single pilot was reported on-board and uninjured. The pilot has been in contact with our rural area deputy, who is still en-route to the scene. The deputy said, the pilot climbed up on a ridge to get cell phone service and will remain in place until rescued.

Initial information appeared the crash was possibly in Grand County, Utah, but more recent information suggests it is in Mesa County, Colorado. Although resources are being coordinated between jurisdictions. Information about where the aircraft originated or was headed, as well as information about the pilot, is not currently available.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Deputies Respond To Domestic Violence Threat

MCSO Negotiators working on-scene tonight.

Welfare Check By Deputies Ends With Wanted Suspect Arrested, Following Standoff With SWAT

Mesa County, Colo. -- Patrol deputies responded to 2915 Orchard Avenue, Grand Junction, just before 3 p.m. today, on a welfare check to an adult female and child inside an apartment in the complex. Dispatch had been notified of a possible domestic dispute erupting in the residence, but when deputies arrived on scene no one would answer the door.

Multiple attempts were made to contact the adults inside the residence, to include deputies hearing angry voices inside, and having other family members attempt to make contact with the adult female and male. Information continued to come in to deputies that the adults and a child, under the age of two, was inside the apartment.

Grand Junction Fire Department was on standby, in case
an immediate and emergent response was needed.

Eventually, the agency's Negotiation Team and SWAT Team were called to respond to the situation. Multiple apartments in the immediate area of the suspect's residence were evacuated for safety.

The suspect was identified as Pablo A. Chairez, Jr., 22, of Grand Junction, who had three outstanding warrants for his arrest related to prior domestic violence incidents. Just before 8 p.m., members of the agency's SWAT Team, along with the Grand Junction Police Department's SWAT Team, entered the residence, detaining and then arresting Chairez, and ensuring the adult female and child were safe.

Pablo A. Chairez, Jr.
MCSO Photo: Jan. 2016

Pablo A. Chairez, Jr., 22
MCSO Photo: May 2015
Chairez will be booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on the outstanding warrants, and deputies will review the incident to determine if additional charges will be filed related to today's incident. For updated charges and bond information on any inmate currently in our jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage. Please note, the booking process takes several hours and updates on Chairez in our system won't be immediately available.

January 13, 2016, Update -- No additional charges were filed against Chairez in association with this incident. He was booked into jail on the outstanding warrants and his updated booking photo has been posted here.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Two Arrested after Two Month Crime Spree

Brandon Lofland, 27
MCSO Photo: 01/11/16

Two Arrested on Multiple Charges

Mesa County, Colo --  For two months, Brandon Lofland and Miranda Clinton, both of Grand Junction, are suspected of traveled around the Western Slope and neighboring states writing checks they obtained during a residential burglary.

In mid November, the residence at 544 Greenwood Drive, Grand Junction, was broken into and unbeknownst to the residents a book of checks were stolen. The residents did not realize the checks had been taken until their bank notified them of several suspicious checks being cashed.

The residents contacted law enforcement on December 22, 2015 and reported the stolen checks and the suspected forgery.

Miranda Clinton, 21
MCSO Photo: 01/11/16
The investigation showed that over the past two months, Lofland and Clinton had been travelling  throughout Mesa and Garfield Counties and in the state of Idaho forging multiple checks in excess of $3,000.00.

A no bond warrant was issued on January 8, 2016, for Lofland and Clinton for 2nd Degree Burglary, three counts of Theft, Conspiracy, Identity Theft, Criminal Possession of a Financial Transaction Device and Driving with License Cancelled/Denied.

Patrol Deputies contacted both on a traffic stop in Grand Junction and they were arrested without incident. Both remain in custody at the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond information on any inmate currently in our jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System, webpage.

Drug Task Force Arrests Two, Meth Distribution

Nicole Moraga, 33
MCSO Photo: Jan. 2016

Two Californian's Booked On Meth Distribution Charges By Drug Task Force

Mesa County, Colo. -- Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were called to a Horizon Drive hotel on Saturday morning, in Grand Junction, regarding possible drug use. Ultimately, the officers handed the two hotel rooms, two suspects and the room's contents over to investigators with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force.

Hector Ramirez-Avila, 35
MCSO Photo: Jan. 2016
Nicole Moraga, 33, and Hector Ramirez-Avila, 35, both of California, were arrested and booked into the Mesa County Detention Center on charges related to importing methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Investigators processed more than 3.5 ounces of suspected meth from the hotel rooms and a large amount of cash, as well, all consistent with distribution of drugs for profit.

Nicole and Hector are expected to appear before a judge this afternoon. For updated bond information on any inmate currently in our jail facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

The Western Colorado Drug Task Force is a partnership established in the early 1980’s between the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. The Task Force is designed to fight the battles of drugs on the front lines and other crimes that go with dealing and using drugs. Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper and Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis agree this Task Force is effective and nationally competitive in the law enforcement field when it comes to knowledge, experience and teamwork. The Drug Task Force provides a refined level of service to the law abiding citizens of Mesa County and across the Western Slope.

Friday, January 8, 2016

2015 MCSO DUI Stats

It's Dangerous: Drivers Continue Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs And/Or Alcohol

MCSO Photo: July 2015
Mesa County, Colo. -- It may be shocking to some people that law enforcement continues to regularly arrest people for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drug(s) -- DUI/DUID. The Colorado Department of Transportation reported crash statistics by County for 2015, from Colorado State Patrol crash investigations. Mesa County (CSP investigated) crashes attributed to alcohol in 2015, came in at 49. The same data reported crashes attributed to the driver being under the influence of drug(s), totaled 13.

For our agency, in 2015, we totaled 233 DUI/DUID arrests in Mesa County. Deputies located intoxicated drivers during regular patrol shifts and working increased DUI/DUID efforts, like holiday weekends (Heat Is On Campaign) in tangent with other local law enforcement agencies.

"DUI enforcement is one of the few proactive things you can do as a cop that truly saves lives," Captain Don Hendricks, said.

We laud all our deputies for their efforts to stop intoxicated drivers before they hurt innocent people or themselves. Our top deputies who took intoxicated drivers off the road in 2015 are: Deputy M. Roberts, Deputy B. Carnes, Deputy D. Strauch, Deputy J. Gray, Deputy B. Lawrence, Deputy D. Huisjen and Deputy D. Love.

Although several blood draws are still pending official results, here are our TOP 10 most notable blood alcohol content  (BAC) results for the year 2015, based on initial arrest information:

  1. .300% July 2015 arrest by Deputy M. Roberts
  2. .296% July 2015 arrest by Deputy B. Eldrige
  3. .277% May 2015 arrest by Deputy J. Gray
  4. .277% January 2015 arrest by Deputy D. Strauch
  5. .275% February 2015 arrest by Deputy A. Zwink
  6. .269% December 2015 arrest by Deputy C. Brammer
  7. .257% March 2015 arrest by Deputy D. Sandell
  8. .257% March 2015 arrest by Deputy J. Gray
  9. .247% July 2015 arrest by Deputy B. Carnes
  10. .247% October 2015 arrest by Deputy T. Stuckenschneider

MCSO Photo: July 2015
The Colorado legal limit for drunk driving is a BAC level of .08. A 120-pound female can reach this level of intoxication after only two drinks, and a 180-pound male can be at .08 after only four drinks. These numbers, however, are an average; Alcohol affects every person differently. One drink may be enough to push some people over the legal limit. A “drink” is considered to be either one 1.5-ounce shot of hard liquor, one 12-ounce glass of beer, or one 5-ounce glass of wine.

If you suspect an intoxicated driver on the roads in Colorado, you can call *277 from a cell phone or in Mesa County, call 911 or non-emergency dispatch at (970) 242-6707. And, some tips from Colorado State Patrol on spotting an intoxicated driver.

Reporting a suspected drunk driver to dispatch can and does save lives. 

Media Note: DUI/DUID arrests conducted by other law enforcement agencies in Mesa County will need to be obtained from those agencies directly. This is only a compilation of DUI/DUID arrests done by our deputies, only.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Grand Junction Family Surprised by Intruders

Two arrested after breaking into Grand Junction Home

Sergio Ramirez, 28
MCSO Photo: January 2016
Mesa County, Colo -- On January 4, a very frightened Grand Junction woman called 911, just before midnight, after two individuals entered her home unexpectedly. The caller, who was home, in the 2900 block of Cedar Place, Grand Junction, was with her young son watching television waiting for her husband to return home.

The caller heard the front door open and unexpectedly heard the family dog begin to growl. The caller looked toward the front door and saw an unknown man standing in her living room. The male stated he wanted "shelter or food."

The caller retreated to her bedroom  with her son and immediately called 911. The caller said they were going to attempt to leave the residence through a window but when the caller looked outside they saw a female acting as a lookout. The caller then locked themselves and their son in the bedroom closet waiting for law enforcement to arrive.

Maricella Lozano,  29
MCSO Photo: January 2016
When law enforcement arrived they found Sergio Ramirez, 28, of Grand Junction, and Maricella Lozano, 29, of Grand Junction, in the residence. They were arrested and during a search, drug paraphernalia was found on Ramirez and drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine were found in Lozano's possession.

Ramirez was arrested on an outstanding warrant and charged with 2nd Degree Burglary and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Lozano was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Burglary,  Possession of a Schedule II Drug and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Both remain in custody at the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Shane Whittaker, 33
MCSO Photo: January 2016
Shortly after the previous incident, at 1 a.m. on January 5, deputies were dispatched to 540 29 Road, Grand Junction, after a 911 call was received from the residence stating an assault was occurring. When deputies arrived they contacted Shane Whittaker, 33, of Grand Junction, who refused to speak with them because he had an active Contempt of Court arrest warrant. Deputies then contacted the victim who said, Whittaker had choked her and had threatened her while holding a large butcher knife toward her.

Whittaker was arrested and charged with Felony Menacing, Second Degree Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Assault in the 3rd Degree and Contempt of Court. 

He remains in custody at the Mesa County Detention Facility. For bond and charge updates on any inmate currently in our jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.      

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Scholarship Available for Mesa County Student from County Sheriff's of Colorado, Inc

Scholarship Available 

Mesa County, Colo. — Sheriff Matt Lewis announced today that a $500.00 scholarship, sponsored by the County Sheriff's of Colorado Inc, will be awarded to a Mesa County student this spring.  This is the 37th year that County Sheriffs of Colorado has made such scholarships available.  A scholarship will be awarded in more than thirty Colorado counties this year.  Applications will be reviewed by a local citizens committee appointed by Sheriff Lewis, and a selection will be made on the basis of criteria established by CSOC.  This criterion includes leadership, merit, character, involvement and career purpose.

Scholarship announcements have been mailed to all high school offices in the eligible counties and to all Colorado higher education institutions.  The applications are due to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Attn: Sgt. Henry Stoffel by February 26, 2016. More information and applications are available online at www.csoc.org, online at https://sheriff.mesacounty.us/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=13489 or at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, located at 215 Rice Street.

Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year's Arrests Recapped

Cheyenne Dean, 23
MCSO Photo: January 2016
Mesa County, Colo. -- It is never a good idea to lie to law enforcement officers, it is even more regrettable when the person's name you do provide has several warrants for their arrest, and to make things even worse the officer you are speaking with knows you from a previous stay at the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Kenneth James, 45
MCSO Photo: January 2016 
On January 3, 2016,  Cheyenne Dean and Kenneth James, both of Grand Junction, were contacted by Mesa County Deputies on a traffic stop. James identified himself properly and was arrested for several active warrants. Dean, knowing she had active arrest warrants, decided she would be better off providing a family member's name.  Unfortunately for Dean, the family member had active arrest warrants and the Deputy she was speaking with knew her from a previous incarceration. When confronted Dean provided her true identification and was arrested for the active warrants and criminal impersonation.

During a search of the car that James was driving several items of drug paraphernalia and several grams of methamphetamine were found.  Both Dean and James were charged with Possession of a Schedule II Drug.

Methamphetamines continues to have a significant impact on Mesa County.  Over the Holiday weekend, three more individuals were arrested and booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility for Possession of Schedule II drug (methamphetamines).
Kelsey Andrews, 19 
MCSO Photo: January 2016
Robert Scarrow, 34
MCSO Photo: January 2016

Kelsey Andrews of Grand Junction, was arrested  on January 1, 2016 for Possession of a Schedule II drug along with multiple traffic violations to include DUI.

Robert Scarrow of Grand Junciton, was arrested on January 1, 2016 for Possession of a Schedule II drug and Violation of Bail Bond.  Scarrow was on bond for a previous drug arrest.

Rory Reynolds of Grand Junction, was arrested on January 2, 2016 for Possession of a Schedule II drug.

Rory Reynolds
MCSO Photo: January 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

Top Sheriff's Office Coverage Of 2015

From Instagram To The News Blog, Here's What Topped Our Charts In 2015, Thank You!

The top five MCSO News blog posts of 2015...

  1. January 19, 2015 | Eighteen-Year-Old Grand Junction Woman Missing | 22,208 page views
  2. July 31, 2015 | Man Arrested For Child's Death |13,027 page views
  3. March 30, 2015 | Recent Arrests Recapped | 9,523 page views
  4. May 11, 2015 | Found Body, Unidentified | 8,578 page views
  5. August 7, 2015 | Three Meth Arrests | 7,184 page views

The top five MCSO Instagram images of 2015...

  1. Local law enforcement honors fallen CSP Trooper Jursevics's family as they drive into Colorado, at the Rabbit Valley exit on I-70, in Mesa County.
  2. Fall on the Grand Mesa, captured by Deputy Seth Parker.
  3. Escorting US Army CWO Brandon Smith's body across Mesa County.
  4. Honoring fallen Colorado State Patrol Trooper, Jaimie Jursevics.
  5. Shrouded Colorado State Patrol badge for Taylor Thyfault.

The top five MCSO Facebook posts of 2015...

  1. Scam Alert
  2. Sheriff Matt Lewis has a heart
  3. We asked for help in identifying a deceased man
  4. Kelly Myers was missing
  5. A woman and her child were missing

The top five MCSO tweets of 2015...

1. February 2015 | @SheriffMesaColo
Suspect in #Molina incident, named http://ow.ly/IQYd2  Have you seen Matthew Ryan Stauter? #GVCopBeat #MesaCounty #GJCO #Colorado

2. December 2015 |  @SheriffMesaColo
Our thoughts are w/ @SanBernardinoPD & @DenverPolice tonight as they handle today's events. #ThinBlueLine #CopsGiveMoreThanTickets #gjco

3. January 2015 | @SheriffMesaColo
Update on gyroplane crash in #MesaCounty #Colorado http://ow.ly/GUA40  #GVCopBeat #GrandJunction #GJCO #Fruita

4. May 2015 | @SheriffMesaColo
1yr after #MCMudslide, here is what’s going on w/ it http://ow.ly/Ntkpx  #MesaCounty #COWX #GrandMesa #Gjco #GVCopBeat #westerncolorado

5. November 2015 | @SheriffMesaColo
Paying our respects to fallen #trooperJursevics family as they crossed #Utah #Colorado border. #GJCO @CSP_Fruita pic.twitter.com/Tf0pIhIoUA

The top five viewed MCSO videos of 2015...

  1. Successful negotiation/SWAT incident in Clifton, July 10, 2015.
  2. Mud and rocks covering I-70 near Utah border, July 7, 2015.
  3. Debris field in Colorado River, warning & b roll footage for media, July 24, 2015.
  4. What Memorial Day 2015 means to our deputies who are also Veterans, May 22, 2015.
  5. Deputies run the torch into the Special Olympics Colorado event, May 24, 2015.