Friday, September 22, 2017

Two people no longer sought in weekend hit-and-run

David Arellano Jr., 19,
MCSO Photo 9-22-17
CLIFTON, Colo –The two people Mesa Count Sheriff’s investigators were looking to speak with in connection to a vehicular assault early Saturday morning were arrested overnight on unrelated charges.

David Arellano Jr., 19, was arrested for a Failure to Appear Warrant and Obstructing a Peace Officer. 

Cheyenne Dean, 25, was arrested for a Parole Violation and Obstructing a Peace Officer. 

Mesa County Sheriff’s investigators are still investigating the hit and run that occurred in the early morning hours of September 16th.

At 4:16 a.m. a 22-year-old female was hit by a vehicle in a parking lot located at 422 32 Road.

The suspect’s vehicle was identified as a silver colored 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It left the scene after hitting the victim.

Cheyenne Dean, 25
MCSO Photo 8-18-17
The victim was taken to St. Mary’s hospital where she remains hospitalized with life threatening injuries.

Investigators are still determining what roles Arellano and Dean played in the incident. No charges related to this incident have been filed at this time. 

All documents related to this case are under seal by the court. 

Arellano and Dean are currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts on any inmate currently in our jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage










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Previous Release September 16, 2017: 

Cheyenne Dean, 25
MCSO Photo 8-18-17
CLIFTON, Colo -  Investigators are looking for the public's help concerning the vehicular assault which occurred at 422 32 Road in the early morning hours of September 16, 2017.

Investigators are looking for silver colored 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with North Carolina temporary license plate TJ46689. The vehicle may have driver's side damage. 

Investigators are also needing to speak with David Arellano Jr. and Cheyenne Dean.

If you have any information regarding the vehicle Mr. Arellano or Ms. Dean please contact the MCSO at 970-242-6707 or Crime Stoppers at 970-241-STOP (7867).

David Arellano Jr., 19
MCSO Photo 9-14-17
The victim in this incident remains hospitalized with life threatening injuries and the incident remains under investigation.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Crime Stoppers: Crime of the Week



GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help to identify and locate the subject involved in fraudulent activity.

On Sunday, September 3rd, the victim noticed her wallet was missing. A credit card from the missing wallet was used that same day by a subject at several local businesses on North Avenue including, Walgreens, Payless and Dollar Tree. Security cameras captured a subject that appeared to be a male dressed as a female in a black dress with a pink polka dot scarf and high heels. Photos of male subject can also be viewed at www.241stop.com.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of this subject, please call 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.

GJPD Case# 2017-56658

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

UPDATE: Bucket Fire burns 5-7 acres near Gateway

Bucket Fire Monday
BLM Photo
UPDATE: Firefighters have made progress on the Bucket Fire on Sky Mesa Ranch near Gateway.

Fire crews have stopped the forward progression of the wildfire. The cabin near the fire is no longer threatened.

MCSO crews fighting the Bucket Fire
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Full containment is anticipated by tomorrow, however strong winds are expected later this afternoon.

Engines and firefighters from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are still actively fighting the fire. BLM Smoke Jumpers are also on their way to help contain the wildfire.

Lightning is suspected as the cause of this wildfire.
Bucket Fire Monday night
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Previous release 9/18/2017:

MESA COUNTY, Colo - Firefighters are working to contain the Bucket Fire burning near Gateway.

Smoke was first reported around 1:30 p.m. Monday in the area of Sky Mesa off John Brown Road.

The fire is about 5-7 acres in size and is currently threatening one cabin.

Several single engine air tankers (SEAT), and a mutual aid helicopter are dropping water and fire retardant on the wildfire. Fire crews from BLM, Gateway Fire Department, Lands Ends Fire Protection District and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office are also working to build a containment line around the fire.

It is burning on private land in a mix of ponderosa pine, sage, oakbrush and manzanita fuels.

If you have plans to recreate in the area, please stay away until the wildfire is fully contained.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

MCSO investigates suspicious incident Tuesday morning

MESA COUNTY, Colo – Deputies are continuing to investigating what occurred Tuesday morning in a neighborhood near 29 ½ and Patterson.

At 9:02 am deputies responded to reports of a shooting on the 500 block of 29 1/2 Road.

When deputies arrived they found no one hurt, and no evidence of a shooting.

Witnesses described an older model white passenger car was stopped in front of a home. An unknown male with his face covered by a bandana got out, and pointed a gun north along 29 ½ Road. He then chased another male before returning to the vehicle. It drove off southbound on 29 ½ Road.

There are conflicting witness reports as to whether any shots were fired and the vehicle’s description.

The man with the gun was described as having short hair and wearing dark clothing with a bandana on his face.

If anyone has any information about this crime contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Mesa County Warns of Dangerous Fire Conditions

MESA COUNTY, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis, Bureau of Land Management, and Grand Junction Fire Department are alerting the public to the high fire danger in Mesa County and the need for people to make informed decisions in regards to burning.

Hot and dry weather recently renewed concerns for fire danger in Mesa County. Usually this time of year it’s monsoon season. But, this year, those seasonal afternoon rain showers have been few and far between. As a result, local vegetation on the valley floor and in higher elevations are drying out.

It is hunting season, and fall colors will be starting soon. With more people headed into our forests and public lands to recreate, camp and hunt, the danger for wildfire increases. There is also high fire risk for target shooters. It is very critical people are aware of the high fire danger.

All of this is a recipe for dangerous wildfires. We are very concerned for the enormous potential for wildfires.

We recognize campfires are an important part of the camping and hunting experience. Right now there are no fire restrictions in place, but people still need understand the fire risk.

If you light a campfire it is YOUR responsibility to make sure it is out BEFORE you leave it unattended. A campfire is COMPLETELY out when the embers are cool to the touch. Even a small amount of heat can reignite and start a dangerous wildfire.

If you are planning on camping or hunting during these high fire danger conditions, please be fire aware at all times. A wildfire can start at any time, if you see smoke CALL 911 and LEAVE the area immediately. Hunters should check for active fires BEFORE leaving. Access to hunting areas may be cut off due to fire activity. Visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s website for more information on Hunting safety.

This warning is being issued in the hopes of avoiding any loss of life or property due to a failure to heed fire warnings during this time of high fire danger.

  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Crime Stoppers: Crime of the Week


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - This week Crime Stoppers needs your help to identify and locate a male subject involved in a theft. 

Shortly after 2:50 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23rd a black and gray “Specialized Rockhopper Comp” bicycle with 29” tires was stolen from the east bike rack of Pinon Hall at Colorado Mesa University. 

The total estimated property loss is over $800. The male subject was captured on surveillance video. 

If you know the subject involved in this crime, please call 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, visit www.241stop.com.

GJPD# 2017-53710

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Grand Junction man arrested after making threats

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo- Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at 10:02 a.m.Tuesday morning of a man making threats against a family. The person accused of making threats was identified as Kyle White, 21, of Grand Junction.

White also has an outstanding warrant out of the Grand Junction Police Department from an unrelated case. The warrant is for the following charges:
  • Assault Second Degree with intent to cause by strangulation (Class 4 Felony) 
  • Felony Menacing (Class 5 Felony) 
  • False Imprisonment (Class 5 Felony) 
  • Assault in the Third Degree (Class 1 Misdemeanor) 
  • Obstruction of a Telephone Service (Class 1 Misdemeanor) 
  • Domestic Violence 
Members of the Mesa County Sheriff Office Street Crimes Unit located White in a residence on the 600 block of Copper Canyon Drive Tuesday evening. Grand Junction Police and Mesa County Sheriff SWAT teams responded. White was taken into custody.

A emergency notification did go out to the surrounding homes advising residences to shelter-in-place. It was lifted after White was arrested.

White is being charged with three counts of Intimidating a Witness or Victim (Class 3 Felony) and Domestic Violence related to Tuesday's events.

White is being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts on any inmate currently in our jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage. For mugshots visit Vinelink.com 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Fire destroys cabin near Vega Reservoir

MCSO Photo
MESA COUNTY, Colo - An unattended campfire is the cause of a fire that destroyed one cabin and evacuated a neighborhood near Vega Reservoir Saturday afternoon.

The fire was reported at 3:23 p.m. at 67625 Vega Vista Drive. Everyone inside the cabin was able to get out safely. No one was hurt.

At 4:01 p.m. an emergency notification informed residents of 45 seasonal cabins and homes in the area to evacuate to Vega Lodge.  Residents were allowed to return home less than an hour later.
MCSO Photo

The Plateau Valley Fire Department credits nearby residents and vacationers for helping stop the rapid spread of the fire. Instead of running from the fire many people ran towards it with buckets of water, until fire crews arrived.

The Plateau Valley Fire Department, De Beque Fire, Vega State Park, Mesa County Sheriff's Office, and Collbran Marshal all responded.

The fire was contained to one property. A cabin, outbuilding, half acre of land and a power line were burned.

Remember campfires are not truly out unless the embers are cold to the touch. Seriously, put your hand on the embers!!! Campfires may look out, but even a small amount of heat can reignite and cause a destructive fire.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Grand Junction man arrested for sex crimes against children

Brian Matthew Tate, 30
MCSO Photo
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputies took Brian Matthew Tate, 30, into custody last night after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Tate faces the following charges:
  • 2 counts Sexual Assault on a Child Position of Trust (Class 3 Felony)
  • 1 count Sexual Assault (Class 3 Felony) 
  • 3 counts Sexual Assault on a Child Position of Trust (Class 4 Felony)
  • 3 counts Sexual Assault on a Child Pattern of Abuse (Class 3 Felony) 
  • 1 count Criminal Attempt of Unlawful Sexual Contact (Class 5 Felony) 
  • 6 counts of First Degree Official Misconduct (Class 2 Misdemeanor) 
Tate is accused of having unlawful sexual contact with 2 girls while a working as a youth services specialist at the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center in Grand Junction. All of the victims were incarcerated at the time of the alleged incidents.

Colorado Division of Youth Services is cooperating with the investigation.

Tate is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility on a No Bond Hold until first appearance. For updated bond amounts on any inmate currently in our jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

The case is still under investigation.

If anyone has information about this case or potential victims please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Witness Tip Line at (970) 244-3526.



Friday, August 25, 2017

Sexually Violent Preditor Community Notification

Sexually Violent Predator Changes addresses in County

Willie Privette Jr, 37,

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 his residency. Further details about this offender and his new location, Click here and choose the Willie Privette Bulletin from our County web page about sexually violent predators in Mesa County. 

A 'sexually violent predator' is a term used by the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board, who classifies a convicted sex offender with this additional descriptor. Willie Privette Jr., 37 of Grand Junction, has served his convicted sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections prison facilities as ordered by a Judge. He transitioned into Community Corrections while under the supervision of a local Parole Agent, and then completed his time supervised as a parolee. Willie Privette registered with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and listed his new residence with our agency, per compliance with registration laws. Because Privette registered his address as homeless, he is required to check in with the Sheriff's Office every month. He has been and 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 LeeAnn Camp 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.





Thursday, August 24, 2017

25 pounds of meth seized

German Michel-Arreola, 22
MCSO Photo

MESA COUNTY, Colo – Members of the Western Colorado Drug Task Force seized 25 pounds of meth and arrested three people after a traffic stop on I-70 Tuesday morning.

A Mesa County Sheriff deputy with the Drug Task Force stopped the Dodge Avenger on I-70 at mile post 16 in Fruita. The three people were in the car. The driver was identified as 13-year-old Israel Arreola, with two passengers German Michel-Arreola, 22, and Irene Michel-Arreola, 19, all from Los Angeles.

After consenting to a search of a the vehicle, 23 packages containing a crystalline substance 
Irene Michel-Arreola, 19
MCSO Photo
consistent with methamphetamine where removed.

All three are facing drugs charges of Distribution/Manufacturing/Possession with Intent >225g of Schedule I/II or >112g Meth. Heroin, Ketamine, Cathinone or > 50mg of Flunitraz├ępam (Class 1 Drug Felony) and Special Circumstances Import of >14g Schedule I/II 7g Meth. Heroin, Ketamine, Cathinone or > 10mg of Flunitraz├ępam (Class 1 Drug Felony).

Israel Arreola is facing additional charges of Failed to Drive in a Designated Lane, and Drove without a Valid Driver’s License. Arreola is being held at the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center in Grand Junction.

German Michel-Arreola, and Irene Michel-Arreola are being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts on any inmate, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Crime Stoppers: Crime of the Week

FRUITA, Colo - The Fruita Police Department is requesting your help to identify one of the two male subjects involved in a robbery.

About 7 p.m. on Monday, August 14th two males entered the Fruita Co-Op located at 1650 Hwy 6 & 50 and attempted to leave the business without paying for items concealed in their clothing. When store employees approached them, a struggle began and two employees were injured.

The first subject, wearing a gray t-shirt, was located and arrested later that night. The second subject is described as a white male about 5’10” tall, 150 to 170 pounds, with earrings in both ears and multiple tattoos on both arms. He was last seen wearing a #33 blue and white jersey, white shorts and a blue baseball cap. He was walking eastbound on the sidewalk in front of the Fruita True Value on August 15th. Photos of suspects can be viewed at www.241stop.com.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subject 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# 2017-5702

Monday, August 21, 2017

UPDATE:Family of home destroyed thanks community

UPDATE: The Family says they are truly blessed from all of the community support they have received. Donations have poured in from the community.  At this time, they have more clothing than they could've imagined. Thank you doesn't even begin to express their gratitude.

Any left over items will be donated to local charities. 

Thank you for continuing to respect their privacy at this time.


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Previous:
8/19/2017

The Family of the home that was destroyed overnight by a suspected gas leak on 30 Road has asked us to thank the public on their behalf. They have been overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of support by the community.  Many people are asking what they can do to help.

Calvary Chapel Church is accepting donations on the Family's behalf. They are located at:
492 Morning Glory Ln # 4
Grand Junction, CO 81504
(970) 243-2579

Donations can be made: 
Sunday 11:00 am- 1:00pm 
Monday- Thursday 10:00 am-5:00pm

No specific donations are being requested at this time.

The Family is asking the public and media to respect their privacy at this time. Thank you.  

Friday, August 18, 2017

UPDATE: Two charged with weapons violations in Orchard Mesa Incident

UPDATE: The two people involved in Friday morning's incident in Orchard Mesa were arrested on weapons related charges this afternoon.

Jaben Lawson, 27, and Christopher Lashbrook, 38, were arrested on the same charges: Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender (Class 6 Felony) and Tampering with Physical Evidence (Class 6 Felony). They are currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Mesa County Sheriff's investigators are still collecting evidence and interviewing witness related to this morning's report of a shooting on the 2800 block of Quincy Lane. Investigators are working to determine the events that led up to the incident and if there are any outstanding suspects or victims involved.

The case is still under investigation. All documents related to this case are under seal by the court.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Witness Tip Line at (970) 244-3526.

For the previous Press Release click here.

Deputies respond to a report of a shooting in Orchard Mesa

ORCHARD MESA, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff deputies responded to reports of a shooting at a home on the 2800 block of Quincy Lane in Orchard Mesa at 4:08 Friday morning.

The MCSO SWAT Team also responded. Two male subjects in the house came out, one of which was the person who had called 911 initially. The other subject did have a minor injury to his leg. He was treated by paramedics at the scene.

At 4:26 a.m. a Community Notification went out to homes within a ½ mile radius advising residents to shelter in place. It was lifted at 6:10 a.m. for most homes, and at 6:48 a.m. for the residents living next to the home where the incident occurred.

District 51 was notified as a precaution, however bus routes and the start of school were not affected.

The MCSO SWAT team did go through the home methodically to make sure a shooter was not still inside. No one was found inside.

Both of the subjects initially inside the home at the time of the 911 call are currently being interviewed by Mesa County Sheriff’s investigators. Investigators are working to determine the events that led up to this morning's incident and if there are any outstanding suspects or victims involved.

The case is still under investigation.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Witness Tip Line at (970) 244-3526.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Grand Junction man arrested for sex crimes against children

 
Collin Jensen, 41
MCSO Photo 
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputies took Collin James Jensen, 41, into custody after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Jensen is accused of committing unlawful sexual acts with at least three separate children and recording some of those acts between May 7, 2014 and July 28, 2017.

Jensen is facing the following charges: 

  • 5 counts of Sexual Assault on a Child in a Pattern of Abuse (Class 3 Felony)
  • 5 counts of Sexual Assault on a Child in a Position of Trust Pattern of Abuse (Class 3 Felony)
  • 2 counts of Sexual Assault on a Child (Class 4 Felony)
  • 2 counts of Sexual Assault on a Child in a Position of Trust (Class 3 Felony) 
  • Crime of Violence Sentence Enhancer 
  • Jessica’s Law Sentence Enhancer

The case is still actively being investigated. Mesa County Sheriff’s investigators are still analyzing evidence and determining if there are any more victims in this case.

If anyone has information about this case please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Witness Tip Line at (970) 244-3526.

Jensen is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility on a No Bond Hold until his first appearance in court. For updated bond amounts on any inmate, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Crime Stoppers: Crime of the Week


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating the suspects that stole a SUV parked in the 1600 block of North 18th Street. 

Sometime between 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 21st and 7 a.m. on Monday, May 22nd, the suspects unlawfully gained entry and stole the SUV parked in a residential driveway. 

The stolen SUV is described as a white 2010 GMC Acadia with tinted windows and bearing Colorado license plate number A575406. 

The photo of a possible suspect was caught on camera. 

The total estimated property loss is over $16,000. 

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subjects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP (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, visit www.241stop.com. 

GJPD# 2017-31380

Monday, August 7, 2017

UPDATE: Wanted subject taken into custody

Ashley Jaime, 24
MCSO Photo 8-7-17
MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff Office has taken Ashley Jaime, 24, into custody after a warrant was issued for her arrest last week in connection with Travis Carothers' death on June 17, 2017.

Jaime is facing charges of Attempt to Influence a Public Servant (Class 4 Felony), Tampering with Physical Evidence (Class 6 Felony), Criminal Impersonation (Class 6 Felony) and two counts of False Reporting to Authorities (Class 3 Misdemeanor).

When Jaime was arrested just after midnight, drugs were found in her possession. She is now facing additional charges of Unlawful Possession of Schedule I/II Substance (Class 4 Felony) and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Jaime is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility on a No Bond Hold until her first appearance in Court.

For previous press releases on this case click here. 

The case is still under investigation.

Friday, August 4, 2017

UPDATE: 3 hikers found SAFE on the Grand Mesa

Mesa County Search and Rescue Teams
Command Post at Mesa Top Trailhead
MESA COUNTY, Colo - UPDATE: Everyone has been found safe.

Marshia, Signe, and Zophie were found safe and in good health just before 2:00 Friday afternoon about 8 miles as the crow flies from the Mesa Top Trailhead where they began their hike about 24 hours earlier.

The three hikers found a cabin on the 18000 block of George Creek Road in Delta County this afternoon. They were able to get assistance and call 911. They were picked up and taken to the command post and reunited with their family members working with the search effort.
Found SAFE
Marshia Peterson, 40

The cabin is located outside of the 10 square mile search area that highly trained search and rescue volunteers from Mesa County and Delta County began searching yesterday.

Found SAFE
Signe Peterson, 10
Several agencies and volunteer groups were involved in the search including the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Land Management, Delta County Search and Rescue, Delta County Sheriff's Office, Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team, Mesa County Search and Rescue ATV Team, Mesa County Search and Rescue Communications Team, Rescue Dogs, West Elk Search and Rescue, and a state multi-mission plane.

The Mesa Top Trailhead is located on the Grand Mesa at about 10,000 feet in elevation.

Found SAFE
Zophie Peterson, 8
When going into the wilderness make sure you are prepared for the conditions. That includes carrying a CORSAR card. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue card costs only $3 for 1 year or $12 for 5 years and it helps reimburse for the costs of Search and Rescues. Mesa County does not charge people for rescues. To get your CORSAR card and learn more about the program
click here.

Mesa County Search and Rescue Teams are 100% volunteer and relay on donations for training and equipment. To support our local volunteers and learn more about their programs click here and here.
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Previous Release:

MESA COUNTY, Colo -  The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for 3 lost hikers from Fruita on the Grand Mesa.

Marshia (Marsha) Peterson, 40, and her two daughters, Signe (Sig-nee), 10, and Zophie (Zoe), 8, were last seen around 1:30 p.m. yesterday at the Flowing Park Overlook. The three hikers were believed to be hiking at the Mesa Top Trailhead.

When they didn’t return to their campsite family members called 911. The initial report came into Delta County last night. The trail runs along the Delta County/Mesa County line. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is now leading the search efforts.

Several agencies and volunteer groups are involved in the search including the the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Land Management, Delta County Search and Rescue, Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team, Mesa County Search and Rescue ATV Team, Mesa County Search and Rescue Communications Team, Rescue Dogs, West Elk Search and Rescue, and a state multi-mission plane.

Marshia goes by Marsha and was last seen wearing capri jeans with a white and black or white and gray zip up hoodie. She is described as a 40-year-old female 5'4" weighing 147 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Signe is 10 years old and was last seen wearing a white short-sleeved shirt with gold tassels and shorts.

Zophie goes by Zoe and is 8 years old. She was last seen wearing capri pants and a darker-colored shirt with tennis shoes.

If you see these hikers or have information as to their whereabouts please call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707 or call 911.

*Note a previous version incorrectly stated Civil Air Patrol was involved in the search 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

One arrested, another wanted in deadly shooting

Alejandra Torres, 26
MCSO Photo 8/3/2017
MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff Office has made another arrest and is actively looking for wanted person in connection with Travis Carothers' death on June 17, 2017.

Alejandra Torres, 26, was taken into custody after a warrant was issued for her arrest. She is facing charges of Attempt to Influence a Public Servant (Class 4 Felony) and False Reporting to Authorities (Class 3 Misdemeanor).

Torres is currently being held at the Mesa County Detention Facility on a No Bond Hold until her first appearance in Court. 

Wanted
Ashley Jaime, 24
MCSO Photo 7/9/017
Investigators have also obtained a No Bond Warrant for the arrest of Ashley Jaime, 24, for Attempt to Influence a Public Servant (Class 4 Felony), Tampering with Physical Evidence (Class 6 Felony), Criminal Impersonation (Class 6 Felony) and two counts of False Reporting to Authorities (Class 3 Misdemeanor).

Deputies are actively looking for Jaime and are asking for the public's assistance in locating her. Jaime is described as a 24-year-old white female, 5'4" and weighing 104 pounds.  

If you have information on Jaime's whereabouts please contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office at (970) 242-6707.

The case is still under investigation.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Information sought in vandalism case

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for vandalizing a water tank facility belonging to the Clifton Water District.

Sometime between May 11th and May 19th fencing was damaged and a FAA required obstruction warning light was stolen at the Clifton Water Facility located on the 3100 block of N I-70 Frontage Road. A total of $3,200 in damage was done.

If you have any information about this crime please contact the Mesa County Sheriff's office at (970) 242-6707 or call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP (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.

MCSO Case #17-173311

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Lift Friday

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff, and Bureau of Land Management in coordination with the Mesa County Fire Chief’s Association are lifting the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective at 12:01 am Friday, August 4th, 2017.

Recent rains have helped ease the fire danger caused by this year’s extreme hot and dry summer. The National Weather Service is also forecasting cooler temperatures and more rain, moisture that will continue to help conditions improve.

Despite this encouraging news, wildfires this summer are still a possibly in Mesa County. The public is asked to remain cautious with activities that could ignite a wildfire. People should continue to be vigilant and use caution when burning or using fire outdoors, especially in heavily forested and grassy areas.

Conditions will continue to be monitored and restrictions will be adjusted accordingly if conditions change.

In addition, many surrounding counties are also changing or lifting their current fire bans. If you are visiting another county, please contact them directly to know their fire restrictions before building a campfire or grilling outdoors. Also, visit the State Office of Emergency Management to see a statewide map on fire bans at: http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html.

A reminder, fireworks are never permitted on federal land. Wood fires are never permitted anywhere on the Colorado National Monument.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Help sought in investigation of Grand Junction man's death

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in piecing together the final hours of 27-year-old Coye Harper's life.

Harper was found dead in front of a driveway on Apple Blossom Road in Grand Junction the night of Saturday, July 22nd. 

The Grand Junction resident is believed to have gotten a ride home that night. The Mesa County Sheriff's investigators are asking for anyone who has information about Harper's whereabouts Saturday, July 22nd to call the Witness Tip Line (970) 244-3526. 

This case is still under investigation. 




UPDATE: Gateway shooting investigation

GATEWAY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the shooting that occurred in Gateway Sunday evening.

Rick Whited, 54, of Arizona is being charged with 5 counts of Attempted First Degree Murder (Class 2 Felony), 6 counts of Felony Menacing (Class 5 Felony).

All documents related to this case have been sealed by the courts.

This case is still under investigation. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is still interviewing witnesses and working to identify victims of this incident.

If you have information about this incident please call the Witness Tip Line at (970) 244-3526.

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

For the previous press release on this incident click here. 


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Man arrested after shooting in Gateway

GATEWAY, Colo -  Rick Whited, 54, was arrested Sunday evening after reports of an active shooter in Gateway.

At 4:16 several law enforcement agencies responded to reports of a male shooting at cars passing by on Highway 141 from a truck parked a half mile north of the Gateway Canyons General Store.

Gateway Canyons Security Guards were the first on the scene. They engaged in gunfire with Whited and were able to pin him down until reinforcements arrived. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Grand Junction Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Bureau of Land Management, and Montrose County Sheriff's Office all responded.

Whited was detained and arrested. He sustained minor injuries from the incident. No one was shot.

No civilian injuries were reported. At least one car was damaged.

An emergency notification went out to 106 homes in the area to advise them to shelter in place with windows and doors locked during the incident. The shelter in place has been lifted.

Highway 141 was closed for a couple of hours while the Mesa County Sheriff's Office investigated. It has since opened to traffic.

Whited will be transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility.






Thursday, July 13, 2017

Are you on Nextdoor?

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is encouraging you to get to know your neighbors! The social media network Nextdoor is making it easier than ever before.

Nextdoor is like Facebook, but it's private and you sign up via your address. Also all of your "friends" are your neighbors!

Residents use Nextdoor to discuss community issues, crime and safety, ask for recommendations, advertise events, or to sell those items collecting dust you've been meaning to get rid of.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office has found the safest neighborhoods are the ones where you know and engage with your neighbors. In this digital age, Nextdoor allows you to do that from the convenience of your phone or home computer.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is on Nextdoor as well. As a law enforcement agency we are not a part of your private neighborhood group instead, we use the social media network like a virtual bulletin board. We can let specific neighborhoods know what is happening in their community. For example, if there are several car break-ins overnight on a street. We can alert people who live in the surrounding neighborhood to the recent criminal activity and offer preventive tips all through Nextdoor.  

We will not be able to "see" your conversations within your community, that is just for you and your neighbors. We will "see" what you comment on our posts or if you directly message us.

Nextdoor is a tool for MCSO to effectively share information on crime prevention and safety, public events, and emergency notifications specifically happening where you live! (Sign up your cell phones for alerts here!)

Nextdoor has really become the new virtual neighborhood watch. Residents are already organizing virtual crime watch through this social media platform and now the Mesa County Sheriff's Office can join the conversation and support residents with information and resources.
Nextdoor is not a replacement for 911, or a place to request emergency services, police services, report criminal or suspicious activity, file a report, etc. If you require emergency services, please call 911.


Learn more about Nextdoor and how to sign up for free here.




Friday, July 7, 2017

Trailheads and boat ramps target for thieves

MESA COUNTY, Colo. - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office wants to remind hikers to not keep valuables in the car while out on the trails. Thieves are once again targeting trailheads and boat ramps in the Valley.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating two different reports of smash and grabs reported from the parking lots of outdoor recreation areas. The unknown suspect(s) are breaking car windows and stealing items from the cars.

One incident occurred on July 3rd in the morning hours  at the Spanish Trailhead and another on July 6th in the evening hours in the parking lot on D road by the Clifton Sewer Facility.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office wants to remind everyone to not leave valuables inside your car while hiking, mountain biking or boating. Any time you leave your car unattended make sure anything inside your car is secure and is not within sight of a would-be thief. 

Two teens found safe after all night search

MESA COUNTY, Colo - Two teens were found safe this morning after spending the night lost on the Grand Mesa.

The two teens were reported missing around 8:30 p.m. Thursday by one of the boys' parents after they didn't return to their campsite from a planned hike around Big Meadows Reservoir.

Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team, ATV Team, Communications Team, and Mesa County Rural Area Deputies immediately began searching for the two friends. Resources remained on the Grand Mesa all night.

The teens were located safe and sound early this morning.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office wants to remind the public to always carry plenty of water when going out into the wilderness especially in the summer heat. Also always make a plan of where you are going to hike, bike or recreate and when you plan on returning. Cell phone maps and GPS do not always work on Colorado trails.

When going into the wilderness to recreate make sure you are prepared for the conditions. That includes carrying a CORSAR card. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue card costs only $3 for 1 year or $12 for 5 years and it helps reimburse for the costs of Search and Rescues. Mesa County does not charge people for rescues. To get your CORSAR card and learn more about the program click here.

Mesa County Search and Rescue Teams are 100% volunteer and relay on donations for training and equipment. To support our local volunteers and learn more about their program click here and here. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

SCAM ALERT: Three people lost hundreds on Jury Duty Warrant 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.

This week, three people have lost anywhere from $500-$1,500 each in this SCAM. 

A person is calling people in the county claiming to be a deputy with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. They are using several names, some made up, some of actual deputies. A REAL deputy would NEVER call you to inform you of a warrant out for your arrest. We would just come and arrest you. 

There are two versions of this phone scam hitting the Valley, 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 by paying money over the phone they will come and arrested them.

The scammer tells them they need to get a Green Dot prepaid cash card for a large sum of money and then call a (970) phone number and give them the number on the card.When you call the number back there is a voice recording saying,"You've reached the Mesa County Sheriff's Department..."

Why people fall victim

It sounds convincing to people because the scammers ask the victims to go to the Sheriff's Office to pay the warrant. Sounds real right? However, BEFORE you go, they ask for the numbers on the PREPAID CARD, to verify you actually did what they said. Well, the TRUTH is all they need are those number to STEAL your money. They don't need the cards, or you to come down the Sheriff's Office. So when you show up to the Sheriff's Office ready to pay.....the scammers already emptied the money from the cards from the far off country they are located in.

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.

If someone calls you and asked to be paid buy a PREPAID CARD they are LYING to you. No REAL business or government agency asked people to go to a store to buy something to get paid. We all use good old cash or check.

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

If ever you are contacted and not sure of the caller's legitimacy 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 pretending to be will be happy to verify the information for you.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Crime Stoppers: Crime of the Week

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating the subjects involved in a theft and burglary. 

Sometime between 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 14th and 6 a.m. on Monday, May 15th, unknown subjects unlawfully entered the Bookcliff Country Club Equipment Shop located at 2730 G Road.

 Once inside, the suspects removed numerous Craftsman and DeWalt hand and power tools, ½” and 3/8” Drive Air Ratchets and a Digital Tachometer. Also, three Motorola radios along with their chargers were removed from a desk. The total estimated property loss is over $4,900. 

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. 

GJPD# 2017-29594

Monday, July 3, 2017

Man arrested after road rage incident

MESA COUNTY, Colo - One person is in custody after a road rage incident on I-70 near mile marker 65 early this morning.

Mesa County Sheriff deputies received reports of a vehicle shooting at another car in an apparent road rage incident on I-70 near mile marker 65 around 6:30 this morning.

The circumstances as to how the road rage incident began are still being investigated. The victim's car did sustain one bullet hole during the incident. No one was hurt.

Based on witnesses description deputies where able to identity the suspect's vehicle. Rifle police located it in Rifle and arrested Jared Erdmann, 36, a short time later.

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


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fourth of July Independence Monument Climb

Climbing Independence Monument
MESA COUNTY, Colo - Mesa County Sheriff's Office Technical Rescue Team is getting ready for their annual climb up Independence Monument with the American Flag. The all-volunteer search and rescue group will be taking up four guest climbers this year, including two active duty Marines.
Independence Monument

Besides celebrating our nation's independence, this will also raise money for the technical rescue team. The event is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates.

The July 4th flag raising can be viewed at the Book Cliffs View point near the Visitor’s Center or the Independence Monument View Point. It will occur around 11:00 am, but plan on being in place by 10:00 am. Last year, they were early. They are fast climbers!!!!

2016 Fourth of July Climb
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Two mailboxes vandalized

What's left of mailbox and grass fire
 on 30 Road
MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect(s) involved in destroying two mailboxes and causing two fires in the process early morning Monday.

Damaged mailbox on 31 Road
Around 1:00 a.m. Monday a mailbox on the 100 block of 31 Road was destroyed by what appeared to be someone setting off fireworks inside it.

A second mailbox was also reported vandalized on the 200 block of 30 Road during the early morning hours Monday. The damage also appeared to be caused by fireworks.

Grass fire on 31 Road
In both incidents, small grass fires were started around the mailboxes, but were quickly put out.

Mesa County is currently under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. The use of person fireworks is a violation of the restrictions. Starting a fire intentionally during Stage 1 Restrictions can result in felony arson charges and fines up to a $100,000.

If anyone has information about these crimes contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office at (970) 242-6707 or 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.

UPDATE: In custody


UPDATE: Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Rodion Hightower, 21, on theft related charges after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Hightower is facing two counts of First Degree Criminal Trespass of an Auto (Class 6 Felony), one count of Identity Theft Fraud (Class 4 Felony), Theft $300-750 from a Motor Vehicle (Class 2 Misdemeanor), Unauthorized use of a Financial Transaction Device (Class 2 Misdemeanor), Criminal Possession of two or more Financial Transaction Devices (Class 6 Felony), Theft $50-$300 from Motor Vehicle (Class 3 Misdemeanor), Theft less than $50 from Motor Vehicle.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office thanks the public for their help identifying this suspect.

Hightower is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts on any inmate currently in our jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.
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Previous release:


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect believed to have stolen credit cards from a car in Orchard Mesa.

Credit cards and an undisclosed amount of cash were stolen out of a SUV near the 2800 block of Monroe Lane sometime during between Friday night and Saturday morning.

The suspect is believed to have used the credit cards at Walmart on North Ave. His imagine was captured on video.

The suspect is described as male last seen wearing a black sweater with the lettering "Dazed."

If you recognize this suspect or have any information about this case please call the Mesa County Sheriff's Office at  (970) 242-6707 or Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-STOP. Crime Stoppers also allows you to submit tips online at www.241stop.com as well as through text. Text your tip to CRIMES (274637) and start your message with “241STOP.” Crime Stoppers tips remain anonymous and you could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.