Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Fire Restrictions move from Stage 2 to Stage 1 September 18th

MESA COUNTY, Colo – The Mesa County Sheriff, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Junction Field Office, and the Colorado National Monument are reducing fire restrictions from Stage 2 to Stage 1 effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, September 18th, 2020. This applies to all of Mesa County, including the Colorado National Monument and BLM administered public lands. Land managed by the U.S. Forest Service, including the Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre National Forests, remains in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. 

Recent rain combined with shorter days and longer cooler nights have improved the extreme fire danger enough to support moving from Stage 2 Fire Restrictions to Stage 1. Agencies implement fire restrictions based on specific criteria to include the moisture content of vegetation, weather outlooks, human risk factors, and firefighting resource availability. Mesa County recently received 1.0 to 1.25 inches of precipitation. As we move into fall, the longer nights provide a better opportunity for vegetation moisture levels to recover.

Allowed under Stage 1 not previously allowed under Stage 2:
  • The use of charcoal grills
  • Campfires inside designated and developed fire pits or fire rings
  • Smoking outside in an area free of combustible materials
While last week’s storms have helped ease fire danger, it was not a fire-season ending event. Mesa County is experiencing extreme drought conditions with no forecasted relief anytime soon. The potential still exists for dangerous wildfires this fall. Community members are asked to continue to be vigilant and remain cautious when using fire outdoors, especially in heavily grassy areas. The public can help significantly reduce human-caused fires by being proactive with activities that could ignite a wildfire.

Preventing wildfires:
  • Never leave a fire unattended
  • Extinguish fire pits and campfires in designated fire rings and ensure they are completely out and cold to the touch
  • Properly dispose of cigarettes
  • When pulling a trailer, make sure the chains and other metal parts aren’t dragging
  • Check your tire pressure and brakes. An exposed wheel rim or too thin brake pads can cause sparks.
A reminder, fireworks are never permitted on public land. Wood fires are never permitted anywhere on the Colorado National Monument.

Conditions will continue to be monitored, and restrictions will be adjusted accordingly should it change.

What Stage I Fire Restrictions Mean

Fireworks are not allowed under Stage I Fire Restrictions. Professional fireworks shows may be allowed through the permitting process.

Campfires are ONLY allowed in designated and developed fire pits or fire rings.

Smoking
in open areas is not allowed EXCEPT within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least six feet diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material.

While the restrictions do not impact most shooting sports, explosive targets are prohibited.


Open Burning

The open burning of yard waste or fields is prohibited EXCEPT for agricultural burns with a Sheriff Issued Burn Permit. The Sheriff’s Fire Marshal will conduct an onsite inspection of each planned burn BEFORE a Permit is issued to ensure all safety precautions are met. If they are not met, and conditions do not allow for a safe burn a permit will NOT be issued and any agricultural burn will be in violation of the fire restrictions in place. Applications for a Sheriff issued burn permit can be found here.


Federal Lands

The use of fireworks, flares, or other incendiary devices, including exploding targets, are always prohibited on federal lands. Wood fires are never permitted anywhere on the Colorado National Monument.


Penalties

Causing a fire during fire restrictions can be a class 6 felony and can be punishable by fines up to $100,000 and/or imprisonment up to 18 months. Other possible charges include Fourth Degree Arson (M2) and Intentionally Setting a Wildfire (F3). You may also be held financially responsible for damage caused.

 View Interactive Fire Restrictions Map at bit.ly/Fire_Restrictions



Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Deputies involved in Loma officer-involved shooting identified

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is identifying the two MCSO deputies involved in the officer-involved shooting that occurred on the morning of August 29, 2020.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies who discharged their duty firearm during this incident are Deputy Brandon Barry and Deputy Justin Rolbiecki.

Deputy Brandon Barry is a 5-year veteran of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office currently assigned to patrol. Deputy Justin Rolbiecki is a 4-year veteran of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office currently assigned to patrol.

As per standard protocol, Deputy Brandon Barry and Deputy Justin Rolbiecki will remain on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation that takes place independently of the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) investigation.

The officer-involved shooting remains under investigation by the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team. For the information about the CIRT investigation, click here.

Two Hunters rescued from snowstorm on the Uncompahgre

MESA COUNTY, Colo - At approximately 12:30 Tuesday afternoon, the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center received an SOS message from a satellite emergency notification device.

Dispatchers determined a 50-year-old hunter and his 27-year-old son were lost in the snowstorm on the Uncompahgre.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Mesa County Search and Rescue Team immediately responded to their GPS coordinates in the area of Kelso Point. Due to the remote location, an outfitter in the area was also called to help reach the two hunters quickly.

Both were found very cold but safe. With rapidly changing weather conditions, rescue crews attribute their safe return to the GPS emergency notification device they were carrying.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind anyone recreating or hunting in the wilderness to prepare for extreme temperature conditions, especially this time of year. Even if you are only going out for a short time, always be prepared with extra water, food, and clothes. GPS devices are an excellent tool to help navigate. Make sure you are familiar with the technology and using it before going out.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Man arrested after overnight crime spree

Jorge Robledo-Aispuro, 25 MCSO Photo 9-3-20
MESA COUNTY, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jorge Robledo-Aispuro, 25, Thursday after an overnight crime spree involving stolen cars and theft.

At approximately 6:15 a.m., deputies were notified a red 1999 Chevy Tahoe was stolen from a residence on the 2800 block of Lexington Lane.

About two hours later, deputies located the stolen Tahoe along with a stolen trailer and other stolen property near where a second vehicle was reported stolen.  Witnesses reported seeing a man push the broken down Tahoe from Highway 50 to the area of the 700 block of Siminoe Road, then proceed to steal a blue Ford F150 at a nearby residence.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputies alerted the Delta County Sheriff’s Office about the stolen Ford F150, possibly headed in their direction. A short time later, the F150 was spotted by Delta County Sheriff’s Deputies driving on Highway 50. When they attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver fled at a high rate of speed. The vehicle came to a stop at the parking area of Escalante Canyon, in Delta County. Delta Sheriff’s Deputies were able to take the male, identified as Jorge Robledo-Aispuro, into custody.

Upon further investigation, deputies discovered additional crimes, including vandalism at a residence on the 200 block of Snyder Creek Road.

Robledo-Aispuro is facing the following charges:

  • 2 counts of 1st Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft F4

  • Vehicular Eluding F5

  • 1st Degree Criminal Trespass F5

  • Theft $5000-$20000 F5

  • Criminal Mischief $750-$1000 M1

  • Theft $750-$2000 M1

  • Obstructing a Peace Officer M2

  • Criminal Mischief $300-$750 M2

  • 2nd Degree Criminal Trespass M3

  • Criminal Mischief less than $300 M3

  • 2 counts of 3rd Degree Criminal Trespass

  • Driving Under Restraint

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank community members who shared their home surveillance video on the Neighbors App. This information was able to help deputies identify additional crimes related to this crime spree. This is a perfect example as to why residents are encouraged to report all crime, no matter how small. It could be a key piece to solving a much larger crime.   

Robledo-Aispuro is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For the latest bond amounts, visit our website.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Early morning shooting in the desert

8/31/20 Update: Upon further investigation, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office investigators have identified a second shooting victim related to Saturday's incident. Both shooting victims have sought medical attention and are expected to recover.

Investigators continue to interview witnesses to determine the circumstances around the shooting. It is believed the incident happened during a late-night party in the desert area of 27 1/4 Rd near the dam.

The case is still under investigation.

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




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MESA COUNTY, Colo – At approximately 3:15 a.m. Saturday, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to St. Mary’s Hospital to investigate a possible shooting.

The adult male arrived at the emergency room conscious and breathing with a gunshot wound. Upon investigation, it was determined the man was shot in the desert area of 27 1/4 Rd near the dam.

Investigators are interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation.

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