Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Good Work Or No Work?

Have You Had Business Dealings With Black Magic Asphalt?

Mesa County, Colo. -- In 2013, the Better Business Bureau in Southern Idaho issued a warning to residents about a business offering discount paving jobs. The business, Black Magic Asphalt, has recently been in the Mesa County area and investigators are asking the public to contact them if you have had either positive or negative interaction with them.

The business name may have been Black Magic Asphalt or a variation to including the name or parts of the name...Black Magic Paving, etc. If you have had any interaction with this "business" or a similar business, sales pitch and in the last 12 months, please call Investigator Craig Tyer, at: (970) 244-3919. 

When choosing a business to use, be cautious of: 
  • Solicitors at your front door
  • Pushy salesmen/sales pitch
  • Sales ends immediately/Limited time only sale (must buy now)
  • Little or no business identifiers (uniform, vehicle markings, business cards, etc.)
  • Don't encourage or support you doing your own research about them or contacting references

Resources to research a business, include:

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Man Arrested For Meth Possession

Clifton Man Arrested With More Than 9 Grams Of Meth

Billy Cooper, 48, of Clifton
Mesa County, Colo. -- Patrol deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near 32 and C 1/2 Roads, yesterday afternoon, for multiple defective vehicle violations. 

The passenger, a 19-year-old male, retrieved a marijuana pipe from the floorboard of the vehicle for deputies and an additional marijuana pipe and more than 9 grams of suspected marijuana were located in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Under Colorado law, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to possess and/or use marijuana.

Additionally, the driver, Billy Cooper, 48, of Clifton, was arrested after deputies located 9.1 grams of suspected methamphetamine under his feet, in the driver's compartment of the vehicle. Billy was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility one charge each of:
  • Possession of a Schedule I/II (meth)
  • Operating an Uninsured Vehicle on a Public Roadway
  • Driving Vehicle Where Glass Equipment is Obstructed
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Excessive Tinting on Windows
For information on any inmate currently in jail facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry webpage.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas & New Year Office Closures

Holiday Closures For MCSO

Mesa County, Colo. -- For the upcoming holidays, the non-emergency functions at the Sheriff's Office will be closed to the public on Christmas Day, December 25, 2014. Regular business will operate on Christmas Eve and December 26.

The non-emergency functions will again be closed on New Year's Day, January 1. However, regular business will be conducted on December 31 and January 2, 2015.

Emergency functions will not break for the holidays and anyone with a genuine need for deputies, should call 911 or (970) 242-6707, to connect with dispatch. For other Mesa County office closures, visit Mesa County News.

For those of you traveling over the holidays, be safe. Don't drink/drug and drive, and CHEERS TO 2015!

Keep in touch with us via Facebook, Twitter @SheriffMesaColo, Instagram @SheriffMesaColo and by enrolling your email in our agency's news blog,

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fourth Global Police Tweet-a-thon, Dec. 19th

Join Us For On-Line Dialogue, Tomorrow

Mesa County, Colo. -- Tomorrow starting at 8 a.m., locally, the fourth Global Police Tweet-a-thon will kick-off with our agency and the Grand Junction Police Department jumping into the on-line dialogue. 

According to a LaWsComm news release and the creator of the Global Police Tweet-a-thon, Lauri Stevens, "The main purpose of this tweet-a-thon is to connect officers from around the world and help build relationships between police and the citizens they serve because public safety is a shared responsibility for all members of a community."

Law enforcement agencies and individual officers/deputies are encouraged to tweet all calls, tweet about specific topics to educate citizens or simply tweet the beat. The only rule is that all tweets must include #PolTwt, the official hashtag for the Global Police Tweet-a-thon.

This isn't the first time both local agencies have participate in this global event and we look forward to continuing it in the future. It always provided ideas to better engage our citizens, to connect with our law enforcement partners around the world and brings global attention to the many positive interactions we have with citizens in #MesaCounty. 

If you are on Twitter or simply want to see the dialogue, follow along by searching #POLTwt and following us @SheriffMesaColo and @GrandJunctionPD.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

At-Risk Adult Man Missing **LOCATED SAFE**

Courtesy photo of
David Ramsey, JR.

At-Risk Adult Man Missing, Needs Meds

Mesa County, Colo. -- Deputies received a call from a medical facility in Nevada notifying our agency that David Ramsey, Jr., was in their care. He apparently checked himself into the facility with abdominal pain and was being treated accordingly.

He is considered located and safe, and is no longer classified as a missing/endangered person. Thank you to everyone who reported tips and sightings, shared his photo via social media, etc. This case has been closed as of December 16, 2014.

Previously Released on December 9, 2014...

Mesa County, Colo. -- David Ramsey Jr., 27-years-old, is a white male who walked away from his assisted living facility near 33 Road and Lombardy Lane, in Clifton.

David has brown hair and is approximately 6'1" tall and weighs about 135 pounds. He is most likely wearing a Bronco jacket or Bronco shirt with jeans. David is an at-risk adult and takes medication on a scheduled basis. He has a gait disturbance and walks on the tips of his toes. His teeth are noticeably discolored and decayed. Also, he may be with an older gentleman in a wheelchair.

Since David is an at-risk adult and needs his medications, there is an immediate health and safety concern, according to the Mesa County Department of Human Services. Anyone with information about his location or sees him, should call 911 or non-emergency dispatch at (970) 242-6707.

David sports facial hair in this photo but, he may be clean shaven.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Pennsylvania Parolee Wanted & Other Arrests

Parolee Arrested & Woman Booked For Meth Possession

Stephen Hoffman, 43
Mesa County, Colo. -- Late last week, deputies were notified of a Pennsylvania parole absconder who had known associates in Mesa County, Deputies checked the address(es) of possible locations for Stephen Brian Hoffman, and he was located in the 2900 block of Orchard Avenue, Grand Junction.

Stephen was serving a Pennsylvania prison sentence for receiving stolen property, and had been placed on parole November 14, 2014, according to the Pennsylvania Parole Authorities. A no bond warrant was issued for Stephen on December 4 (by PA authorities), and deputies arrested him on the same day in Mesa County.

Dawn Murphy, 41, of Clifton
On December 5, deputies conducted a traffic stop in the area of 32 Road and Hall Avenue, Clifton. The driver was unable to produce proof of insurance, and was sited for following too closely. The driver, Dawn Murphy, 41, of Clifton, was also arrested and booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on one count of possession of a controlled substance for less than one ounce of methamphetamine. Deputies located the meth in her purse after a drug sniffing K-9 was used around the outside and inside of the vehicle.

For bond information or any information on a current inmate in our jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Scam Season, Mystery Shopper Scam In Area

Looking For Extra Work This Holiday Season? Choose Wisely

If they send you a check and ask for
money back--it's a scam. Also, if
it sounds too good to be true--it's
a scam.
Mesa County, Colo. -- In as many days, two County residents have become victims of the commonly known mystery shopper scam. The local victims were scammed by accepting mystery shopper employment positions, posted on Craigslist.

In both cases, the victims have deposited a phony cashier's check (per the instructions of the scammer) and in return, have MoneyPaked/Green Dot their own (good) money away before learning the cashier's check fake, returned to sender and charged against their personal bank accounts.

Both victims stated they took jobs to earn extra money for Christmas. Click here to read more details about this scam.

Man Arrested On Multiple Sex Assault Charges

Man Serving Time For Drugs, Charges With Sex Assaults

Eric Kenneth Lynn, 23
Mesa County, Colo. -- The victim recalls sexual incidents dating back to 2004, with the suspect, Eric Kenneth Lynn, 23, of Grand Junction. In 2004, the victim was 6-years-old. Investigators first learned of the victim's allegation when Eric was jailed on drug related charges.

Since the arrest for drugs, Eric has been convicted and was serving his sentence in Community Corrections when he was arrested on two warrants related to the sex assault of the female victim outlined above. Eric was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on the following charges:
  • 7 Counts -- Sexual Assault on a Child as part of a pattern of abuse, Class 3 Felony
  • 5 Counts -- Sexual Assault, Class 4 Felony
  • 7 Counts -- Unlawful Sexual Contact, Class 4 Felony

He is currently being held on a Community Correction hold and can not post bond. For information about any inmate currently in our jail facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Search & Rescue Recruiting New Members

Search & Rescue currently accepting applications

Mesa County, Colorado—The Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team is currently accepting applications for new members. All prospective members must first complete an application. Applications can be picked up at the front counter of the Sheriff’s Office during business hours or printed off our website.

Please note, anyone interested in becoming a new member must pass a background check and will have to go through an interview process. The deadline for turning in applications is Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

Completed applications can be returned to--

Email Bernice at: (subject line: SARC Application);

or, dropped off at the front counter of the Sheriff's Office, Attention: Bernice
The front counter at the Sheriff's Office is open Monday through Friday (holidays excluded), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., located at 215 Rice Street, Grand Junction;

or, snail mail your completed application to:
Mesa County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Bernice
215 Rice Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
(Make sure we receive it by Dec. 31st)

Prospective members should be outdoor enthusiasts with a high level of physical fitness and have the ability and willingness to walk many miles through rugged terrain while carrying a heavy pack.

The training class is a 5 week course, beginning Tuesday, February 03, 2015. Training topics include search methods, land navigation skills, personal survival and rescue techniques. The classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings and every other Saturday morning. Prospective members are required to attend all classes to become a new member and ongoing trainings are mandatory to attend.

For more information, questions or inquiries, please contact Doug Sieckert by calling (970) 234-0763 or email

Friday, November 21, 2014

Arrest Made In 2007 Paige Birgfeld Homicide Investigation

Lester Ralph Jones Arrested

Paige Birgfeld's Drivers License, 2007 

Mesa County, Colo. -- The suspect named in the disappearance and later the death of Paige Birgfeld, has been arrested and charged in connection with her death. Lester Ralph Jones, 63, of Grand Junction, was arrested by deputies and investigators with our agency this morning, after a warrant was signed for his arrest.

Lester R. Jones is being charged with:
  • Murder in the 1st degree, a class 1 felony
  • Murder in the 2nd degree, a class 2 felony
  • 2nd degree kidnapping, a class 4 felony
  • 2nd degree arson, a class 4 felony
  • Lester Ralph Jones, 2007

Upon completion of the booking process, an updated booking photo of Lester R. Jones will be provided. Our booking process typically takes several hours. Bond information can be accessed through our agency's Inmate Inquiry System webpage, however the warrant was signed with no bond until first appearance (at least).

To follow this case on social media, please connect with us Facebook and Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #Birgfeld for this case. We also use #GVCopBeat, #MesaCounty and #Colorado.

Previously released information on this case (listed in chronological order)...

July 1, 2007 -- Local Woman Missing
July 2, 2007 -- Car On Fire
July 12, 2007 -- Ground Search Coordination
July 16, 2007 -- Personal Items Found 
March 7, 2012 --  Skeletal Remains Identified

IMPORTANT: The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is releasing this video regarding the biggest question regarding the arrest of Lester Jones, who was arrested earlier this morning on the murder of #Paige #Birgfeld-- "Why has it taken so long to make an arrest?" All media and public are allowed to use, show and share this video with credit going to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

UPDATE: MCSO booking photo of Lester Ralph Jones, taken earlier this afternoon on 11/21/2014.
Lester Ralph Jones, MCSO booking Photo 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Woman Driving Vehicle With Stolen Plates, Arrested On Drug Charges

Woman Arrested With Multiple Rx Pills, Etc.

Megan Shives, 23
MCSO February 2014 Booking Photo
Mesa County, Colo. -- A warrant had already been issued for Megan Shives, 27, for failure to comply related to a 2010 case. Deputies contacted her while she was driving a vehicle with license plates reported as stolen.

Megan was initially combative with deputies, who described "carrying her to the patrol vehicle," for transporting her to the jail. Multiple prescription pills were located by deputies, to include antipsychotic medications, pain killers and muscle relaxers. Megan was booked into the jail on charges related to both possession of a controlled substance schedule II and IV, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and multiple traffic infractions, in addition the outstanding warrant.

Megan has a $5,000 cash or surety bond, and her next court appearance is scheduled for November 21, 2014, at 8 a.m. For updated bond information, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

47 Counts of Theft, Forgery, Criminal Impersonation, Etc.

Suspect Charged With 47 Counts

Samual Noah Elias Mayer, 23, of GJ
Mesa County, Colo. -- Samual Mayer, 23, of Grand Junction, was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on November 13, 2014, for a warrant issued by the Fruita Police Department for the charges of Theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance (meth) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Today, 47 additional counts were added to Samual's booking. Those charges include theft, first degree criminal trespass, criminal mischief, identity theft, forgery, unauthorized use of a financial transaction device, criminal impersonation and criminal possession of a financial device.

The newest charges against Samual are connected to multiple vehicle break-ins and damaged caused to vehicles that occurred over the summer at the Whitewater Boat Ramp. Fifteen victims are listed from these multiple cases.

On November 14, Samual received two cash or surety bond amounts totalling, $5,500.00. However, his new warrant is a no bond until first appearance. Updated bond information can be obtained through the Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Teen Dies In Clifton Shooting Incident

Deputies Respond to Reported Shooting

Street view of residence where 15-year-old teen died
from a gun shot.
Updated Information/November 19, 2014 -- Yesterday, investigators arrested and booked Landon C. Sarti, 15, into the Grand Mesa Youth Detention Facility on one charge of manslaughter, a class 4 felony, and two additional misdemeanor charges. This arrest is related to the shooting death of 15-year-old Brandon Crawford, that occurred on Sunday, November 16, in Clifton.

Previously released information about this case can be found below. Under Colorado Open Records Act (CORA), a juvenile charged with a class 4 felony or greater shall be identified, however a booking photo will not be released based on the current charges and in compliance with CORA.

Media requesting the arrest affidavit should contact the agency's public information officer by email.

Previously Release...

Updated Information/November 17, 2014 -- Today, the Mesa County Coroner identified the victim in the shooting incident from yesterday, as Brandon Crawford, 15-years-old. For more information from the Coroner, click here.
Witnesses to this shooting have been identified, including the suspected shooter. The person believed to be responsible for the shooting continues to be cooperative with investigators. There appears to be no malicious intent that investigators are aware of at this time and this shooting appears to be an isolated incident.
The investigation remains active and on-going and updates will be provided as they become available.
Previously Release...

Investigation Underway Following Shooting in Clifton, Colo.

Mesa County, Colo. -- Today at 3:13 p.m. deputies responded to a residence in the 3200 block of E Rood Circle, Clifton, after a 911 call was received by dispatch from a person reporting a shooting had just occurred.  When deputies arrived, a deceased male was found inside the residence. No one else was injured. This appears to have been an isolated incident with no reason to believe there is any risk to the public. 
This incident remains under active investigation and no arrests have been made at this time.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Stolen Purse, Forged Checks & Cocaine Arrest

Facebook Tip Gives Investigators Lead, Separate Cocaine Arrest

Matthew Gering, 25
Grand Junction, CO
Mesa County, Colo. -- Yesterday afternoon, patrol deputies arrested Matthew Gering, 25, of Grand Junction in the 100 block of Edlun Road, on charges of possession of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and first degree introduction of contraband into a detention facility. Deputies were called to a home where Matthew was residing, because of unusual behavior Matthew was exhibiting.

Deputies located a loaded syringe needle, empty needles and a container with white crystal rocks in it, consistent with cocaine. He was arrested without incident, however during the booking process a container of suspected marijuana was found in his possession. Matthew received a $5,000 PR bond today and is next scheduled to appear in court on November 20, 2014, at 8 a.m.

Surveillance images originally released on Nov. 6, 2014
Also charge yesterday was Danielle Sylvia, first arrested in Grand Junction on multiple charges, including possession of methamphetamine, by officers with the Grand Junction Police Department. While Danielle was still working her way through the booking process at the Mesa County Detention Facility, she was was charged additionally with forgery, theft and identity theft by investigators with our agency. 

Danielle Sylvia, 30
The forgery charges stem from her suspected of forging and cashing multiple checks at various locations in Mesa and Garfield Counties. The forged checks belonged to a victim who just days before had her purse stolen. Surveillance images had been released on our agency's Facebook page asking the public to assist us in identifying the woman. Multiple tips came forward about the woman's identity in the images. Investigators also matched the car Danielle was driving to the vehicle associated with the woman in the images, along with a noticeable tattoo that the woman has in some of the surveillance images (also matching Danielle).

Danielle is currently being held on a $2,750 cash or surety bond, with upcoming court dates on November 14, 2014, at 1 p.m. and on November 20, at 8:15 a.m.

For information on any inmate currently in our jail facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage. And, follow us on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #GVCopBeat and #MesaCounty.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Dog Attacks Deputy

Disabled car of DUI suspect,
29 Road just south of Patterson Road.

DUI Suspect Arrested, Dog Attacks Deputy

Updated Information, Released at 2:30 p.m. on November 11, 2014...

The original call for deputies to the area of 29 and Patterson Roads, late last night, was for a possibly restraining order violation. That ultimately was unfounded, but deputies were able to contact an adult male fleeing from a crashed car that matched a reckless driver reported to dispatch to be in the same area. The suspect is identified as 24-year-old, Joseph McMillan.

Joseph was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and other traffic related infractions. He was ultimately released to a sober adult on a summons to appear in court and was not formally booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility, although the summons to appear in court is considered a non-custodial arrest (as the formal action).

The deputy, bitten by the dog last night is Deputy Ben Lawrence, who was seen and treated overnight for a non-life threatening dog bite at an area hospital. He was scheduled to work a patrol shift tonight, but will be off for continued assessment of the injury.

Mesa County Animal Control has taken possession of the dog and will get testing done on it for disease(s) such as rabies, etc. Animal Control reports they have had no previous interaction with the dog's owner or the dog, associated with the overnight incident.

The dog has been described as an intact male, 3 to 5 year old shepherd mix (not a pitbull or pure breed dog). As for vicious or uncontrolled dog related charges against the dog's owner, at this time, Animal Control will conduct a thorough investigation and assessment. Upon that investigation, they will/can determine charges as appropriate.

Previously Released Information...

Mesa County, Colo. -- A complaint of a vehicle driving erratically in the parking lot of Safeway, at 29 and Patterson Roads, as well as behind the business and possibly south onto Dawn Drive, brought deputies to the area around 9:20 p.m. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle made an attempt to run from deputies when they contacted him behind the Safeway store a few minutes before 10 p.m., tonight. 

When the driver exited the disabled car (his erratic driving had blown a front tire and the engine was smoking), a medium size dog immediately rushed a deputy in an aggressive and threatening manner, biting him in the upper thigh. The deputy was forced to discharged his duty weapon, neutralizing the immediate threat of danger to the deputy, which resulted in the death of the dog. 

The driver of the car was arrested on charges related to drunk driving and is expected to complete the booking process overnight. The deputy is currently being treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries sustained from the dog biting him. The DUI suspect and the dog's owner, told deputies on-scene the dog was not current on vaccinations. The dog will be taken to a local veterinarian facility for disease testing.

The DUI suspect will be identified after he is booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility and further updates on the deputy's condition will be provided as appropriate.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SWAT Team Negotiating With Parole Absconder, Fruita

Multiple Law Enforcement Agenies Respond To Fruita Home For Wanted Man

Update at 6:45 p.m. -- The suspect from tonight's incident is Gary Lee Swenson, 37, of Fruita. He is currently a Colorado Department of Corrections parolee, wanted for absconding (warrant).

Gary Lee Swenson, 37, of Fruita
MCSO Booking Photo: July 2014
Update at 4:50 p.m. -- Parole Absconder is in custody, without incident in Fruita. 

Originally/Previously Released
Mesa County, Colo. -- Officers and deputies from local law enforcement descended on a Fruita neighborhood this afternoon in an attempt to apprehend a wanted fugitive. SWAT members from the Grand Junction Police Department and the Sheriff's Office used the rescue vehicle, also known as the Bearcat, to get negotiators close to the home where the fugitive is known to be inside.

Fruita PD & MCSO Deputy placing Gary Swenson in a patrol car.
This was near the corner of Doug and St. Peppin Drives, Fruita.

Homes immediately in the area of St. Peppin Drive, off K 6/10 Road, in Fruita were notified to shelter in place, as needed. Residents should remain sheltered in place or away from the area until this incident is resolved.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

UPDATED: Were you a witness? Arrest Made In Case

Sal Bustos, 40, of Grand Junction

Arrest Made In Assault Incident

Mesa County, Colo. -- Investigators obtained a warrant for the arrest of Salminieo "Sal" M. Bustos, 40, of Grand Junction, for his suspected role in the stabbing of Lester McCall, 40, of Mesa County. A passerby on E Road, just west of 31 Road, found Lester unconscious on the side of the road shortly before 3 p.m., on November 3, 2014. 

Lester was transported to an area hospital where he was in critical condition, in the intensive care unit. Today, Lester regained consciousness and was able to provide investigators more information about how he obtained serious injuries to his chest and neck. In addition, investigators were able to obtain statements from known associates of both men about a confrontation between the suspect and victim at the time Lester's injuries occurred.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by Sal tonight and arrested him without incident. He was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility at 7:53 p.m., on one count of first degree assault (class 3 felony). 

The information about this incident that was previously released is below.

Previously Released on November 4, 2014...

Did You Witness Anything Suspicious?

Mesa County, Colo. -- An adult male was transported to an area hospital with life threatening injuries after being found on the side of the road by a passerby who knew immediately it wasn't a post Halloween prank, but a serious incident. Investigators do believe the victim had contact with someone, possibly in a vehicle, along E Road between East Valley Drive and 31 Road. Although a hit and run is not suspected nor consistent with the injuries sustained by the victim. 

Anyone who was in the area of E Road, between East Valley Drive and 31 Road, yesterday from 2:40 p.m. to 2:50 p.m., or anyone who was in the area and saw anything suspicious around that time frame should contact Investigator Pete Burg at, 244-3263.

Were you in the area of the purple line, on Nov 3, 2014, between 2:40 p.m. and 2:50 p.m.? Did you see anything suspicious in that area, in that time frame? If so, please call Inv. Burg at, 244-3263.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekend Arrests Include Meth, Child Abuse & More

Weekend Arrest Summary: Meth, Child Abuse, Etc.

Mesa County, Colo. -- Deputies arrested Trent Scarbrough, 35, of Grand Junction, in the 400 block of Morning Dove Court, Grand Junction in the early morning hours of October 31. Trent was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on one felony charge of possession of a schedule II substance, for suspected methamphetamine.

Trent received a $5,000 PR bond and is scheduled to appear in court next on November 6, 2014, at 8 a.m.

Also on the morning of October 31, deputies arrested Chandler Salazar, 38, of Grand Junction, on three counts of child abuse, and one count each of false imprisonment, third degree assault second degree criminal trespass, violation of a protection order, reckless endangerment and obstructing a peace officer. Chandler was arrested in the 2900 block of Globe Willow Avenue, in Grand Junction. During an altercation with an adult female, a nearly 2-year-old child received a bite mark on his leg, that is believed to have been done by Chandler.

Chandler received a $20,000 cash only bond, and is next scheduled to appear in court on November 18, at 8 a.m.

During the evening of October 31, deputies were called to a residence in the 3100 block of Kay Street, Grand Junction, on an initial report of stolen car keys. Through the course of contact with the suspect, deputies located an illegal amount of marijuana and suspected methamphetamine. The drugs and drug paraphernalia were in the same bedroom and immediate area as three children, ranging in age from 8-years-old to 10-months-old. 

Amber Wyatt, 29, of Grand Junction, was arrested and booked into the jail on three counts of child abuse, tampering with evidence, possession of a schedule II substance, for suspected methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. When Amber arrived at the jail for booking, deputies believe she attempted to swallow a package of suspected meth. She admitted to deputies that she was choking and eventually pulled the baggie out of her mouth. 

Amber received a $5,000 PR bond and is scheduled to appear in court next on November 13, at 8 a.m.

On November 1, deputies arrested Clint Hatch, 28, of Mack, on one count each of criminal mischief, felony menacing and third degree assault. Clint is suspected of breaking a cell phone that belonged to an adult female, and slamming her arm in a door along with pointing a handgun at her during an argument.

Clint received a $10,000 PR bond and is next scheduled to appear in court on November 10, at 8 a.m.

For information about any inmate currently in our Detention Facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage. Also, for emergency information follow us on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #MesaCounty and #GVCopBeat.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Meth & Marijuana Arrests

Spooky Surprise: Meth And Marijuana Arrests Overnight

Lance Koch, 28, of Grand Jct.
2010 MCSO Booking Photo
Mesa County, Colo. -- Patrol deputies overnight made two separate drug related arrests. The first occurred about 10:30 a.m., when  an abandoned vehicle was found in the roadway on 29 1/2 Road, with the driver's door left open, impeding traffic and the vehicle was running. Upon closer inspection of the vehicle and surrounding area, the deputy located Lance A. Koch in the front yard of the house where the vehicle was parked.

Lance currently has his driving status revoked for six restraint violations. An inventory of the vehicle produced just over 3 pounds of suspected marijuana, which far exceeds legal personal use amounts for an adult in Colorado. Lance Koch, 28, of Grand Junction, was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on one charge of Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Driving Under Revocation and a Traffic Violation.
Joshua Johnson, 21, of Clifton
Oct. 2014 MCSO Booking Photo
Yesterday evening, patrol deputies responded to a report of something suspicious in the area of 33 Road and Price Ditch Road, Clifton. Deputies contacted two adult males towing a vehicle with license plates on the tow vehicle that connect to a separate case of a possible stolen vehicle. 

Deputies contacted Joshua Johnson, 21, of Clifton, in association with the towed vehicle and arrested him on a no bond warrant. In his personal item, deputies located just over 8 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Street value of meth is valued at approximately $100 per gram.

Joshua was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on one charge each of Possessing of Meth, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of an Illegal Weapon. 

To obtain information on any inmate currently in our jail facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry webpage.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Duo Arrested On Meth Charges

Desert Party Lands Two In Jail

Mesa County, Colo. -- Suspicious vehicles in the desert, reported to be just off C Road, lead deputies to contact Charlotte Zoobi, 34, of Whitewater and Michael Baker, 33, of Grand Junction, last Friday. Both were arrested on charges related to possession of methamphetamine, along with additional outstanding warrants for the arrest of Michael (out of Garfield County). 

It was noted in the arrest report that Michael was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility without incident. Charlotte received an additional felony charge of introducing contraband into the jail after a small baggie of suspected meth was brought into the facility, likely in her undergarments, found during the booking process. 

Michael posted a bond of $50 cash and $6,000 cash/surety, and is no longer in our facility. Charlotte received a $1,000 PR bond and is no longer in our facility. For information on any inmate currently in our jail, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Recent Arrests For Meth & Assault

Patrols Arrests For Assault, Meth

Mesa County, Colo. -- A party brawl left one man with a broken jaw and Antonio Rizzuto, 21, of Clifton, arrested on one charge of 2nd degree assault. The party occurred five or so days before Antonio was arrested, as it took deputies time to identify him and locate him.

After being mirandized, Antonio admitted to deputies he punched the victim at the party, which took place in the area of Cameo. Antonio is currently being held on a $25,000 cash or surety bond. His booking photo is not yet available.

Fabian Castillo, 20, of GJ
In the early morning hours of yesterday, a patrol deputy observed a bicycle rider in the area of I-70 Business Loop and Main Street, Grand Junction. The bike rider was wearing dark/black clothing and had no reflecting gear on the bike or himself. The deputy made contact with the bike rider, learning he had an active warrant for his arrest, issued in connection to an original case of harassment through the Grand Junction Police Department.

The suspect tried to flee from the scene but complied with deputies orders a short distance later. Prior to being booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility, deputies searched Fabian Castillo, 20, of Grand Junction, locating what initially appeared to be a revolver handgun attached to his front waistband--it was later determined to be a CO2 powered BB gun. A small container with suspected methamphetamine was also located in Fabian's pocket. In addition to the warrant, he was charged and booked into the jail on possession of a schedule I/II drug (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of a protection order, violation of bail bond conditions, obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest, unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon/unlawful possession of weapons, contempt of court and bicycle not equipped with reflector.

Fabian is being held on an $8,500 cash or surety bond. For information on any inmate currently in our jail facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry webpage. Also, for information on breaking emergency related news from our area, follow us on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #MesaCounty and #GVCopBeat.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Warrant Arrest Of Man Who Crashed ATV With Kids On Board

Child Injured In ATV Crash, Father Driving

Nicholas T. Hampton, 20, of Fruita
Mesa County, Colo. -- A Traffic Safety deputy located Nicholas T. Hampton, 20, of Fruita this morning and arrested him on a warrant for 4 counts of child abuse and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol. These charges stem from an ATV crash that Nicholas was suspected of driving on August 17, 2014. 

Four children were on the ATV when it crashed into a creek after going off a ledge and landing approximately 20 feet below. Three of the four children were reported to not have medical issues from the crash, but the son of the suspected driver, was treated for injuries, spending multiple days in a local hospital.

Nicholas was also treated for injuries sustained in the ATV crash. He is currently being held without bond, however that is expected to be updated later today. To view current inmate information, including charges and bond amount(s), visit our Inmate Inquiry webpage.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Father Charged With Child Abuse

Infant Son, Suspected Victim Of Child Abuse

Zachary McLaughlin, 21, of Fruita
Mesa County, Colo. -- Yesterday, Fruita resident, Zachary McLaughlin, 21, was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility for the second time this year. He was booked yesterday on three felony charges of child abuse, one misdemeanor charge of child abuse, two felony counts of violation of bail bond conditions, and one misdemeanor charge of violation of a protection order.

Investigators were originally called to a local hospital on October 13, after an infant was brought into the emergency facility with possible broken bones. Through the course of the investigation, the arrest warrant notes Zachary admitted to having a temper and knowing that he may have injured the child. He is currently being held in the jail on a $10,000 cash only bond. He is scheduled to appear in court next on October 22, at 8:30 a.m.

For information about any inmate currently in the Mesa County Detention Facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry website. And, for up-to-date notifications on emergency situations in our area, follow us on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #GVCopBeat and #MesaCounty.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Join Local LE At Red Robin, Oct 25

Tip-A-Cop Event, Coming Up

2013 Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games, GJ
Mesa County, Colo. -- Join local law enforcement on Saturday, October 25, as they partner with Special Olympics Colorado to raise money for Special Olympic athletes. From noon to 8 p.m., at the local Red Robin restaurant, law enforcement from across the valley will be clearing tables, welcoming customers and refilling drinks, all in an effort to raise a few extra bucks for a cause near and dear to us.

To view a very short view on why we support Special Olympics Colorado, and why Tip-A-Cop is such an enjoyable event for everyone...check out this view:

See you at Red Robin, Saturday, October 25, from noon to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Recent Arrest Summaries

#MesaCounty Recent Arrests, Include...

Debra Moreno, 42, of Clifton
  • Deputies with the agency's Street Crimes Unit conducted a traffic stop yesterday evening, in the area of Orchard Avenue and Melody Lane, Grand Junction. The driver was identified as an 18-year-old, who was driving while her licenses is suspended. She also admitted to possessing a marijuana pipe. The passenger identified herself to deputies as Debbie Chacon with a 1974 date of birth. Ultimately, deputies identified her as Debra Moreno, 42, of Clifton, who had an outstanding felony warrant for dangerous drugs, issued by another local law enforcement agency. Debra was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on a felony charge of criminal impersonation and a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia ( a digital scale and glass pipe were found in Debra's purse). Debra received a $2,000 cash only bond. She is scheduled back in court on October 20, at 8 a.m.
Timothy Swenson, 36, of GJ
  • Timothy Swenson, 36, of Grand Junction was arrested by patrol deputies yesterday afternoon near 28 3/4 Road and Orchard Avenue, Grand Junction, for an outstanding warrant. In addition to the warrant, deputies booked him into the Mesa County Detention Facility on three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one felony count of possession of a schedule II drug (suspected methamphetamine). Deputies located two small bags of suspected meth, a hypodermic needle and a digital in his possessions. Timothy received a $5,750 PR bond. 
    Oliver Vanderlinden, 23, of Clifton
  • Yesterday evening, deputies arrested Oliver Vanderlinden, 23, of Clifton, after an adult woman contacted patrol deputies at our agency's Long's Park substation. The woman described the destruction she witnessed by Oliver in her home and how she got out of the home, making her way to the substation, to report the incident. Deputies made entry into her home, with her permission, and photographed what reports described as extensive destruction to the majority of the house and property inside. Oliver was booked into the jail on a felony charge of criminal mischief, obstructing a telephone service and harassment. He is being held on a $3,000 cash only bond. 
  • On September 26, 2014, a school resource deputy responded to a local middle school on a report of a 12-year-old student acting unusual. The deputy who responded to this incident is extensively trained in drug recognition, and through the course of observations and certain instructed maneuvers, the deputy determined the 12-year-old was under the influence of suspected marijuana. The child also self admitted to using marijuana in an ongoing capacity. The child received a summons to court and additional disciplinary actions from school officials. The deputy also addressed this incident with the child's parent. 
For information on any inmate currently in our Detention Facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry website. Also, for a daily list of incidents that deputies respond to and a daily booking/release log, visit our agency's Blotter webpage. And finally, are you on Twitter? Follow us @SheriffMesaColo using #GVCopBeat and #MesaCounty.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Clifton Man Linked To Child Pornography

Ronald Kolpin, 63, of Clifton

Clifton Man Arrested, Charged With 64 Counts Child Porn Possession

Mesa County, Colo. -- Ronald Kolpin, 63, of Clifton, was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility by patrol deputies who arrested him at his residence on the morning of Friday, October 10, 2014. Ronald has a $50,000 PR bond set as of the afternoon of October 14, for the 64 counts of possessing child pornography that are outlined in the warrant issued for his arrest.

Investigators with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office obtained the case after Larimer County and Grand Junction Police Department officials traced the transfer of child pornography back to the same IP address, which was assigned to the residence of Ronald.

Investigators don't believe nor have any indication or evidence that any of the images found through the course of this investigation are of local children. However, anyone who suspects child abuse should report it to local law enforcement by calling (970) 242-6707 or (970) 242-1211.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Recent Agency Arrests

Recent Agency Arrests Include Meth, Sex Assault

Lydia Campbell, 21
2013 MCSO Photo
Mesa County, Colo. -- A traffic stop just after 6 p.m. yesterday, resulted in two adults being arrests on charges related to possession and distribution of methamphetamine. Lydia Campbell, who is a parolee, 21, of Colorado, and Vernon Watson, 54, of Clifton, were booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Vernon Watson, 54, of Clifton
Over 7 grams of meth was located during this incident. The street value for meth is approximately $100 per gram. 

Vernon was issued a $50,000.00 PR bond and released from jail. He is scheduled back in court on October 17, at 8 a.m. Lydia is being held without bond on a parole hold. For information about her as a Department of Corrections client, click here.

Donald Study, 42, of GJ
Sept. 2014 MCSO Photo
Arrested this afternoon on a warrant for 23 counts of sexual assault on a child related charges, was Donald George Study, Jr., 42, of Grand Junction. He was booked into the jail without incident. He was previously booked into the jail on September 23, 2014, for charges related to domestic violence.

For information on any inmate currently in our detention facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Monday, October 6, 2014

FOUND: Missing Redlands Man Found Safe

FOUND: Man Walks Away From Group Home On Redlands Today

Joseph Casarce, 30, of Grand Junction

UPDATE: Joseph Casarce was located at the Rimrock Walmart this evening, byGrand  Junction Police Department officers. He was found safe. Thank you to everyone who kept an eye out and assisted with locating him. 

Mesa County, Colo. -- Joseph Casarce (pro-nounced KA-Sars), a 30-year-old, Hispanic male walked away from his group home residence of two years earlier today. He was last seen in the area of Broadway and Mesa Vista Roads, near Albertson's grocery store in the Redlands. 

He has brown eyes and brown hair, and is approximately 5'10" tall. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with yellow writing on it and blue jeans. Joseph experiences seizures and takes anti-seizure medication, scheduled for a dose this evening at 8 p.m. His right hand is paralyzed and he has a distinctive walking motion. 

Joseph does not have a history of walking away from his home and due to his medication requirements, we have an immediate health and safety concern. Anyone with information about his location or sees him should call 911 or (970) 242-6707, immediately.

Patrol Arrested Wanted Man, Passenger Arrested With Meth

Amber Guerrero, 30, of GJ

Two Arrested On Traffic Stop

Mesa County, Colo. -- Saturday afternoon, deputies conducted a traffic stop in the area of 31 1/2 Road and Perkins Drive, Grand Junction. Steven Cordova, 49, of Grand Junction was found to be driving without a valid license and had multiple warrants issued for his arrest. 

Steven Cordova, 49, of GJ
The passenger, Amber Guerrero, 30, of Grand Junction, was arrested on 5 counts of possession of meth, and one count each of possession/distribution with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility. Amber received a $25,000 cash or surety bond, and Steven is being held on $125,000 cash only bond along with a $10,000 cash or surety bond. This is Steven's sixth booking into our jail in 2014 and her third for this year.

For information on any inmate currently in our jail facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage. Also, for other updates about emergency scenes in #MesaCounty, follow us on Twitter @SheriffMesaColo using #GVCopBeat.

Car Found In Canal Connected To Missing Person Case

Missing Person Case Closed

Mesa County, Colo. -- Deputies took a report of a missing person on the night of Saturday, October 4. Kolten Ducy, 21, of Palisade, was reported missing by family members over the weekend. He was last heard from by cell phone in the early morning hours of October 4. 

Just before noon today, dispatch received a call about a vehicle submerged in the Highline Canal. The submerged vehicle was located near Visitor's Way and I-70, (just off Horizon Drive) in Grand Junction. 

The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating the fatal car crash. The vehicle found in the canal was occupied by one person and was registered to the missing person, Kolten Ducy. The body was recovered by the Mesa County Coroner, who will perform an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death, as well as positive identification. At this time, our agency anticipates closing the missing person investigation.

Future inquireis should be directed to the Grand Junction Police Department, regarding the crash.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

(Ultralight) Helicopter Crashes In Mesa County, Colorado

Mesa County, Colo. -- Deputies have confirmed two adults on board the crashed helicopter died at the scene. The Mesa County Coroner has recovered their bodies tonight and will be working with their families to confirm positive identification. The Coroner will release cause, manner and identification directly, when it becomes available.

Early reports had duck hunters and fisherman wtinessing the crash. At this time, we believe only fisherman were near the crash site. No one on the ground was injured.

Grand Valley Power has released a statement about the affected areas of Mesa County experiencing power outages. Please refer to them for proper information.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED AT 8 P.M. -- The Sheriff's Office has responded with three PIOs to work this incident. The primary media line will be: 970-986-0950, and follow #MCHeloCrash on Twitter. Media in the Grand Junction area can stage at the James M. Robb (Fruita) State Park, in Fruita.

Multiple parties reported to local dispatch about 6:18 p.m., of a report of a downed aircraft. We are working to determine if the aircraft is an ultralight helicopter, which initial witnesses described it as. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded immediately, along with Lower Valley Fire Department and Mesa County Search and Rescue personnel.

Early reports indicate two passangers were on-board the aircraft at the time of the crash. The helicopter reportedly took off from the Grand Junction Regional Airport, earlier today. Their condition and identities are being with held at this time. We will update with this information as soon as possible. 
Follow: #MCHeloCrash

Power is reported to be out in the Kingview Estates subdivision, located in Fruita. Other areas reportedly experienced short outages, according to information we have as of 9 p.m.

There is a seperate search and rescue mission in Bangs Canyon (Mesa County), occuring simotaniously. That incident is being managed by the Grand Junction Fire Department. All media inquiries should be directed to their PIO.

A third incident occured in southern Mesa County (or possibly northern Montrose County). Early reports indicate a dirt bike or off road motorcycle crashed on the Uncompaghre with one patient enroute to an area hospital, in Mesa County. Mesa County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to this crash, as first responders. It is unclear at this time if the crash will be handled by Colorado State Patrol, Monstrose County officials or remain with our agency.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Man Fires Off Round From Glock & Woman Drives Stolen Car To Visit Jail Inmate

Beverly Lock, 43, of Montrose

Overnight Arrests Include Charges For Stolen Car & Firing Gun

Mesa County, Colo. -- On Thursday night, patrol deputies were notified by Montrose law enforcement that a stolen vehicle was possibly in the area of the Mesa County Detention Facility. A deputy located a vehicle matching the description and license plate of a vehicle showing as stolen, out of Montrose County, parked in the front parking lot of the jail.

The deputy contacted Beverly Lock, 43, of Montrose, in the driver's seat of the suspected stolen car. She was ultimately arrested and charged with one count of Motor Vehicle Theft. She was released today on a $5,000 PR bond, scheduled to appear in court next on October 2, at 8:15 a.m.

And, early this morning, patrol deputies responded to a report of a shot fired in the area of 32 Road and I-70 Business Loop, Clifton. Through interviews of people contacted in that immediate area by deputies, Stuart McFarland, is suspected of firing off a single round from a Glock 21 .45 caliber pistol located in his possession. Stuart is 28-years-old and from Clifton.

Deputies arrested and booked Stuart into the jail on three counts of Felony Menacing, and one count each of Prohibited Use of a Weapon and Reckless Endangerment. He received a $10,000 bond. There is currently no booking photo available of Stuart.

For information on any inmate currently in our detention facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wanted Man Arrested With Meth

Deputies Recognize Wanted Man, Meth Found In Pocket

Shaye Pierce, 23, of Grand Junction
March 2014 Photo
Mesa County, Colo. -- A deputy on routine patrol recognized a wanted man walking on Unaweep Avenue, in Grand Junction in the early morning hours of September 23. The patrol deputy contacted Shaye Pierce, 23, of Grand Junction and arrested him on the multiple outstanding warrants.

In Shaye's pocket the deputy located two packages of suspected methamphetamine, with a combined weight of about 22 grams (included packaging). Shaye was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on one felony charge of possession of a schedule I/II (meth) and the warrants. Shaye received two cash only bonds, totaling  $3,350 and a $5,000 PR bond. He is next scheduled to appear in court on September 29, at 8 a.m.

For information about any inmate in our jail facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

ARRESTED: ASU Walk Away, Escape Warrant Issued

Tommi Justine Toler, 26, of GJ

DUI Sentenced Inmate Walks Away From Alternative Sentencing Unit

UPDATE Posted October 2, 2014 -- Patrol deputies arrested Tommi Justine Toler in Mesa County on the night of October 1. She was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on a warrant for escape.

Originally Posted September 24, 2014
Mesa County, Colo. -- Tommi Justine Toler, 26, of Grand Junction was sentenced this past spring to one year in jail, with probation. The Alternative Sentencing Unit (ASU), is our local jail alternative providing work release. Tommi's convictions stem from driving under the influence of alcohol (misdemeanor) and vehicular assault while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (felony). For the felony charge, she was given a 4 year deferred sentence.

Tommi started her sentence with ASU on June 4, 2014, to serve one year. She was job searching and did not return to the facility at the scheduled time. On September 22, a misdemeanor escape warrant plus a probation violation warrant was issued for her arrest. If you know her whereabouts or see her in the community, contact 911 or non-emergency dispatch at 242-6707, to report her location. 

GJ Man Arrested On Charge Of Child Abuse

Mother's Boyfriend Suspect In Child Abuse

Andrew Herne, 23, of Grand Junction
Mesa County, Colo. -- On Monday, Andrew Herne, 23, of Grand Junction, was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on one charge of child abuse, a class 3 felony. He remains in jail as of this posting, being held on a $60,000 cash or surety bond. He is next scheduled to appear in court on September 30, at 8 a.m.

Andrew is the boyfriend of the baby's mother, Brianna. The baby boy was nearly 3 months old when injuries were found by an emergency room physician at a local hospital in August 2014. A review of the various injuries to the baby by multiple medical professionals resulted in broken ribs and legs were not accidental trauma.

To report suspect child abuse in Mesa County, call 911 or the Child Protection Hotline at 242-1211. And, for information on any inmate in our jail facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.