Friday, November 17, 2017

UPDATE: Investigation underway after reports of empty school bus shot at


UPDATE The Mesa County Sheriff's Office with the help of area law enforcement agencies have completed the search of the area. Reeder Mesa Road is back open. The shelter-in-place has been lifted. We will have deputies in the area for when students are dropped off this afternoon as a precaution.

The incident is still under investigation. Investigators are still determining the cause of the damage to the bus. 

At this time it is unknown if the bus was intentionally targeted or if this was an accident. No students were on the bus when the damage occurred. The bus driver was not hurt.

If anyone has information about this incident please call (970) 242-6707. 

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Previous 11/17/2017 9:18 am

WHITEWATER, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Whitewater involving an empty school bus.

At 6:22 am deputies responded to a report of a school bus being shot at while driving on Reeder Mesa Road near Desert Vista Road. No children where on the bus at the time. The bus driver was not hurt. A single bullet is believed to have broken two windows on the bus.

A community notification was sent out to homes in the area alerting residents to stay inside and shelter-in-place. Deputies are going door-to-door to check on residences and release the shelter-in-place. They are also methodically searching the area.

Reeder Mesa Road is closed at Highway 50 while law enforcement investigates.

At this time it is unknown if the bus was intentionally targeted. The origin of the bullet is still under investigation.

Student Transportation of America contacted all District 51 parents with students who take the bus and advised them on the situation. The bus will be out of service until further notice.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Junction Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, District 51, Colorado Department of Public Safety and Colorado Bureau of Investigation are involved in the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call law enforcement at (970)-242-6707.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Crime Stoppers: Crime of the Week



GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County needs your help to identify and locate the suspects involved in a theft from Walmart located at 2881 North Avenue.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 17th, a female suspect selected an American Classic air soft gun and exited the store without paying for gun. The suspect is a white female in her 30’s, approximately 5’7” and last seen wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. The suspect was last seen leaving in a silver Toyota four door sedan.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect 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 Case# 2017-59321

Friday, November 10, 2017

UPDATE: Missing endangered teen found safe

Ciara Bugay, 17
Missing 
UPDATE: Mesa County Sheriff's investigators located Ciara Bugay, 17, this afternoon at a residence in Mesa County. She was found in good health. Bugay is now back with her family safe.

Thank you to the public for helping spread the word about this case.



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Previous:

MESA COUNTY, Colo -The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating an endangered runaway teen with medical needs.

Ciara Bugay, 17, of Fruita was reported as a runaway on Wednesday night. Bugay is a Type 1 Diabetic and receives insulin every day through an insulin pump. She is believed to have enough insulin to last her through Saturday night.

Family have been corresponding with Bugay through social media since running away, but she has not returned home yet.

Ciara Bugay, 17
Missing 
Investigators are now asking for the public's help in locating the teen. 

Bugay is from Craig, but currently lives in Fruita. She does have ties to Parker, CO.

Bugay was last seen wearing jeans, tall brown boots, a red shirt and had a tan and ivory colored cloth backpack in her possession. Bugay is described as 5'2" tall, 147 pounds with brown hair, green eyes and tattoo on left forearm (Take These Broken Wings).

If you have any information on where Bugay is located or if you see her, please contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office at 970-242-6707 immediately.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Robbery suspected wanted, information sought

Michael Marin, 35
Wanted
Image from Arby's Robbery

UPDATE:
 Michael Marin became a suspect in a motor vehicle theft from Clifton yesterday afternoon in addition to the recent fast food robberies in and around Mesa County. 
Parker Police Department came in contact with Marin last evening and located the stolen vehicle. For details on the Parker PD case, you can access their Facebook page. 
We are still seeking Jessica Rojas in connection to her unrelated warrants. 
As always, we thank the public for their help in locating Marin.




MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect believed responsible for three recent fast food robberies.

Michael Marin, 35, has warrants for his arrested from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Grand Junction Police Department and the Delta Police Department.

The robberies occurred just before closing at the following restaurants:

  • October 14th, at Arby’s at 107 Gunnison River Drive, Delta 
  • October 22nd, at Sonic Drive-In at 3203 Highway 6 & 24, Clifton 
  • October 29th at Jimmy Johns sandwich shop at 1230 N. 12th Street, Grand Junction
Jessica Rojas, 26
Wanted, believed to have information
Investigators are seeking information about Marin's whereabouts, known associates, the car he maybe driving in and where he is staying. 

Image from Sonic Robbery
Investigators would also like to speak with Jessica Rojas, 26, of Montrose, who is believed to have information about Marin's whereabouts. Rojas also has outstanding warrants unrelated to the robberies. 

Marin is believed to be armed and dangerous. 

If you have information about Marin or Rojas whereabouts call 911 or non-emergency dispatch at (970) 242-6707.

You can also call Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-STOP.  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.


Image from Jimmy John's Robbery



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Crime Stoppers: Crime of the Week


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help in locating the suspects involved in a burglary. 

Shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4th, unknown suspects unlawfully entered Pearle Vision located at 611 24 Road by prying open the front glass door. 

Once inside the business, the suspects removed numerous pairs of Ray-Ban, Versace and Coach designer eye glasses and sunglasses, along with a Surface Pro computer. 

The total estimated damage and property loss is over $34,000. 

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the suspects 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 at www.241stop.com

GJPD Case# 2017-62923

Thursday, October 26, 2017

SCAM Alert! Law enforcement will NOT call you about missing jury duty

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office has received several reports of a phone SCAM where the caller is pretending to be a sheriff's deputy and threatening arrest if the intended victim doesn't pay. So far, no one has reported they have lost any money as a result of this SCAM and we would like to keep it that way!

Here's how the SCAM works. The caller identifies himself as an officer or deputy. Some versions of the scam they use fake names, sometimes they use real deputy's names. In this latest version, they are using the name Lt. Sorenson from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. Sometimes he says he’s from the “Civic” Department which does not exist.

The scammer tells their intended victim they missed a federal jury summons appearance or have missed jury duty and have a warrant for their arrest. To fix this, of course they need to pay money!! That's the first Red Flag. No law enforcement agency will ever call you and threaten to arrest you if you don't pay money. If you have a warrant for your arrest, we won't call you, we will just come and arrest you.

The scammer tells them the money needs to be paid in person to the Sheriff's Office, which sounds legitimate to a person who never has had a been in trouble before.

Here is another Red Flag: The scammer, then conveniences them that the Sheriff's Office only accepts a form a payment that has to be purchased at another location like a grocery store. The scammer gets his victims to buy a prepaid card worth thousands of dollars, then take it the police station. But before they go to the police station or Sheriff's Office, they must call and give them the numbers on the card to make sure they got the right form of payment. Then once they go to the police station or sheriff's office, guess what....the scammer has already taken the money off of the cards and the victim has lost the money.

The Sheriff's Office doesn't take prepaid cards as payment, only scammers do! We accept cash or check.

Why people fall for this type of SCAM
Scammers are getting smart. They are using all of the tools at their disposal to make the story they are telling their victims sound real. They will even get details about their intended victim from Facebook and other social media sites to make it seem like they are who they say they are. But they are lying!

Be careful of what you post online
Have you googled yourself lately? Looked at your public Facebook profile? Scammers have. If there is information there you don't want them to have, like your phone number, where you work, if you are gone on vacation...take it down, or increase your privacy settings.

What to do if you get a call like this
Hang up! If you are unsure if the call is real or a scam, ask what agency or company the person is from and call them yourself! Don't use the phone number they give you, look up the phone number yourself and call. Often scammers will set up fake phone numbers for this vary reason. You won't get into trouble for verifying information.

Please DO NOT fall victim to this scam. Call the Mesa County Sheriff's Office at (970) 244-3500 if you have a question.

Plan safe Trick-or-Treating routes BEFORE Halloween

MESA COUNTY, Colo -- Before you hit the streets to trick-or-treat this Halloween, map out a safe route!

Plan out the most convenient and safe route now, so you and your family can just enjoy the delights and frights of Halloween safely.

Start with an area you are familiar with and create a route. Only go to homes you know, incorporate crosswalks when you need to cross the street and try to avoid major intersections if possible. Also stay in well lit areas on sidewalks and out of the streets.

This is a great time to talk to kids about the importance of looking both ways before you cross the street. Most of us will be trick-or-treating at dust or a night, when it is hard for drivers to spot kids especially ones in dark-colored costumes.

For drivers, be mindful of kids crossing streets and possibly darting out into roadways. Halloween is Tuesday, however trick-or-treating events may be happening in the valley throughout the weekend.

Also, make sure an older child or adult accompanies kids trick-or-treating, check the candy before your kids eat any of it and take a picture of your children in their costume before heading out. In case your kids lose you while out trick-or-treating, it is very helpful for law enforcement to know exactly what your child looks like in their costume. 

The free neighborhood social media network Nextdoor can also help. It's Treat Map tool gives you the inside scoop on who will be giving out candy Halloween night!

Nextdoor users participating in trick-or-treating this year can put a candy corn icon on their house under the neighborhood map section.

When you go to plan your route, you can see exactly who in your neighborhood is handing out candy! To access the Treat Map click on your neighborhood's map and zoom out from your home to see who in your community is participating. Don't forget to mark your own home if your are going to be giving our candy!




Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Do you recognize this person?

CLIFTON, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office needs your help in identifying the suspect who robbed the Clifton Sonic Sunday night.

Deputies responded just before 11:00 p.m. to a report of a robbery that occurred at the restaurant located at 3200 block of I-70 B.

An employee reported a male walked up to the business and demanded cash. The suspect then left in a 4-door passenger car.

The suspect's image was captured on surveillance camera. He is described as a white male, medium build with blue eyes wearing a navy blue hoodie and jeans.

If you have information about the identity of this suspect or this crime call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707 or call Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-STOP. 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.

MCSO Case #17-35714

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Update: Arrest made in vandalism case

Kodi Wright, 21
MCSO Photo 10-16-17
UPDATE: Kodi Wright, 21, was taken into custody after a warrant for issued for his arrest.

Wright is facing charges related to the vandalism that occurred in May at a water tank facility belonging to the Clifton Water District.

Those charges are Criminal Mischief (Class 6 Felony), Theft $750 - $2000 (Class 1 Misdemeanor), and Second Degree Criminal Trespass (Class 3 Misdemeanor).

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


The Mesa County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for their help in solving this case.


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Previous: 8/2/2017

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

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Two arrested on drug charges

Junhui Liu, 38
MCSO Photo 10-12-17
Hai Wan, 38
MCSO Photo 10-12-17
MESA COUNTY, Colo - Two people were arrested after the Western Colorado Drug Task Force executed a search warrant overnight at a residence on the 300 block of 29 Road in Grand Junction.

Junhui Liu, 38, and Hai Wan, 38, are facing charges of Distribution/Manufacture/Possession with intent to distribute Marijuana > 50 pounds or > 25 pounds Concentrate (Class 1 Drug Felony) and Cultivation of more than 30 Plants (Class 3 Drug Felony).

This is an ongoing and active investigation. Documents related to this case are under seal by the court.

Liu and Wan were booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond information on any inmate currently in our jail facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Look for the sticker before you use a credit card at the pump!

Security Seal, if broken
don't use gas pump
MESA COUNTY, Colo – The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of a credit card fraud scheme at the pump after credit card skimmers were recently found at a local gas station.
Security Seal located on
the left of gas pump

A manager at the C & F on the 400 block of 32 Road discovered devices known as a credit card skimmer at two pumps on September 28th. The device is designed to steal customers credit card numbers which then are used to make fraudulent purchases before the card holder is even aware it was compromised.

Sheriff’s investigators say credit card skimmers are becoming a significant issue in Mesa County.

Security Seal, if broken 
don't use gas pump
These devices themselves are not visible from the outside, however all gas stations have a safety feature built in to help spot if a gas pump has been compromised.
Security Seals located on
center of gas pumps

Before you swipe your credit card, look for the Security Seal Sticker. If it is broken DO NOT use that pump and immediately report it to the gas station cashier!!!

Also regularly check your credit card statements for any unusual activity.

If you have information about this crime call Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707 or call Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-STOP.  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.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Crime Stoppers: Crime of the Week


MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in locating the suspects that vandalized the bathrooms at the Grand Mesa Shelter at the south end of Longs Park located at 3118 E ½ Road.

Sometime between 7 p.m. on Monday, September 25th and 7 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26th, unknown suspects entered the bathrooms and broke all sinks, urinals, sanitary, soap and toilet paper dispensers and the diaper changing station. Fires were set on a toilet inside the women’s bathroom and on the floor of the men’s bathroom. The total estimated damage is over $8,000.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the suspects 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, see us at www.241stop.com.

MCSO Cases# 2017-32630

Monday, October 2, 2017

California woman arrested on felony drug charges

Drugs seized 
MCSO Photo
MESA COUNTY, Colo – A California woman is facing felony drug charges after a Western Colorado Drug Task Force deputy found over 26 pounds of meth and 6 pounds of heroin during a traffic stop Friday.

Julia Cantero, 32, of Cudahy, CA was arrested on 2 counts of Distribution/ manufacture/possession with intent to distribute > than 225g of Schedule I/II or > 112g of meth, heroin, ketamine, cathinone or > 50mg of Flunitrazipam, (Class 1 Dug Felony), and 2 counts of Special Circumstances import > 14g of Schedule I/II or 7g of meth, heroin, ketamine, cathinone, or > 10mg of Flunitrazepam, (Class 1 Drug Felony), and Failed to Drive in a Single Lane (weaving).

Just after 1:30 Friday afternoon a Mesa County Sheriff's Office member of the Western Colorado Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on Cantero’s Nissan Altima on I-70 at the Loma off ramp after noticing it was weaving.
Julia Cantero, 32
MCSO Photo

A State Patrol K9 trained in drug detection alerted to the presence of drugs in a duffel bag located in the trunk of the car.

13 packages of a crystalline substance consistent with meth was found. The total gross weight was 26.6 pounds. Three additional packages were also found containing a substance consistent with heroin. It weighed 6.4 pounds.

The amount of meth and heroin found in Cantero’s car bag is far more than personal use, but is consistent with distribution, according to the deputy's documentations in his arrest report.

Cantero was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility. 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, 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
MCSO Photo
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
MCSO Photo












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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.

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.