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. 
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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.