Friday, October 19, 2018

Deputy involved in officer involved shooting identified

Deputy Troy Jones
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is identifying the deputy involved in the officer involved shooting that occurred in the early morning hours of October 18, 2018.

The deputy involved in the shooting is Deputy Troy Jones. Deputy Jones is a five-year veteran of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, who has worked as a detentions and patrol deputy. During the incident, Deputy Jones sustained injuries to his hand, for which he was treated at the hospital, and released.

As per standard protocol for these type of incidents, Deputy Jones remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation that takes place independently of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) investigation.

The officer involved shooting remains under investigation by the Critical Incident Response Team. For the latest information about the CIRT investigation click here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Join Mesa County Search and Rescue!!

MESA COUNTY, Colo -  The Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team is looking for new members and is currently accepting applications.

The highly trained nonprofit professional rescue organization is looking for outdoor enthusiasts available to volunteer during the workweek. Members must be able to carry a 40lb pack over mountainous terrain and be willing to learn. All required skills will be taught during a 5 week course.

On average the Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team receives anywhere from 55 to 60 search and rescue missions a year throughout the Western Slope. From safely carrying out injured mountain bikers to finding lost individuals in the mountains, members are on call 24/7 to support the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office with any and all search and rescue efforts free of charge.  

If you love the outdoors and want to make a difference in people's lives and the community, this could be the organization for you!

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 downloaded 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 Friday, December 29, 2017.

Completed applications can be emailed to Bernice.Stogsdill@MesaCounty.us (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, 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)

For more information, questions or inquiries, please contact Doug Sieckert by calling (970) 234-0763 or email dls63@yahoo.com

Learn more about the Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team's website and Facebook page.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Crime Stoppers: Crime of the Week


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - This week the Grand Junction Police Department needs your help in locating the suspects involved in a theft from auto.

At 10:50 p.m. on Monday, August 6th an Officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Myrrh Street where the victim reported that his black sports bag and blue sports bag had been removed from the bed of his truck. These bags contained 8 Rawlings baseball bats, 6 Rawlings baseball gloves, 2 sets of shin guards, a chest protector and a few softballs. This equipment was used to coach Special Olympic teens. The total estimated property loss is over $700.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the suspects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, visit www.241stop.com.

GJPD# 2018-45952

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Missing 61-year-old man

Missing
Darrell Pottratz, 61
Missing
Darrell Pottratz, 61
CLIFTON, Colo – The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating Darrell Pottratz, 61, of Grand Junction.

He was last seen yesterday morning at 10:30 leaving his home on the 3200 block of Lorene Drive wearing blue pants and a green zip-up sweater. He typically leaves his home to visit a nearby friend but has not been seen at the friend’s home.

Pottratz is described as a white male, 5’11, 205lbs with blonde hair and blue eyes. He suffers from dementia and Parkinson’s. Pottratz also cannot speak due to a previous stroke.

He was reporting missing by family members.

If seen please call 911 or the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707.

Friday, September 21, 2018

No Fire Restrictions, but fire danger still high


MESA COUNTY, Colo – In light of changing fire restrictions in surrounding counties, the Mesa County Sheriff, Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction Field Office, and Grand Junction Fire Department want to remind the public while there are no fire restrictions in place, fire danger remains high. Mesa County continues to experience extreme and exceptional drought conditions and fuels that support rapid fire growth remain very dry.

The public is asked to remain cautious with activities that could ignite a wildfire. A small spark has the potential to spread very quickly in current conditions. People should continue to use caution when burning or using fire outdoors, especially in heavily forested and grassy areas. Remember to discard cigarette butts safely and not throw them on the ground or outside of your car. If you choose to have a campfire, always have a way to quickly extinguish it and never leave an open flame unattended.

At this time, there are no fire restrictions in place for Mesa County, and land managed by the BLM Grand Junction Field Office.

“We continue to closely monitor fire and weather conditions across the area and want to ensure everyone understands that although we are not currently in fire restrictions, fire danger remains very high. As cooler fall temperatures begin, we will continue to work with other fire agencies to evaluate local conditions and the need to re-enter restrictions” said Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis.

While fuels are continuing to dry out, the shorter days and longer cooler nights are likely to bring some relief. The longer nights are also allowing relative humidity to better recover. This trend is expected to continue as the season changes.

If you are planning to travel outside of Mea County to enjoy the outdoors, it is your responsibility to know what the local fire restrictions are. Several areas on the Western Slope are under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. You can find the latest information about fire restrictions at http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html or by viewing the interactive Fire Restrictions map.

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

The Mesa County Sheriff, BLM, and other agencies in Mesa County would like to thank the public for their cooperation in doing their part to prevent wildfires during a very long and active fire season.

Monday, September 17, 2018

One arrested in Sunday morning shooting

MESA COUNTY, Colo – A man believed to be involved in the Sunday morning incident where a person was shot and killed was arrested in Garfield County this afternoon.

Eric Julian Martinez, 30, was arrested for Assault in the First Degree (Class 3 Felony), and Criminal Extortion (Class 4 Felony).

Investigators believe Martinez entered a residence on the 3100 block of Chipeta Ave with a 26-year-old male Sunday morning. Martinez is believed to have assaulted a 27-year-old male living at the address. The 27-year-old male was taken to an area hospital for his injuries.

A 34-year-old female was present for the assault and grabbed a gun from the residence. Investigators believe a confrontation happened and the gun fired. The circumstances around this confrontation are still being investigated. The 26-year-old male suffered a gunshot wound, and died of his injuries. His identity will be released by the Mesa County Coroner’s office once an autopsy is completed and next of kin is notified.

Investigators continue to conduct interviews and evaluate evidence collected regarding the incident. The case remains under investigation.

Martinez is currently being held in the Garfield County Detention Facility on a No Bond Hold until first appearance.

To view the previous press release click here.

Whitewater man wanted after running from deputies

Ryan Sanchez, 27
MCSO Photo 3-5-18
UPDATE: 1:30 p.m.

Ryan Sanchez, 27, was arrested and taken into custody after deputies spotted him near 32 Road and Patterson.

Previous:

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted person.

Ryan Sanchez, 27, has three active warrants for his arrest:
  1. No Bond Felony warrant out of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Comply 
  2. $3,000 Bond warrant out of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Appear 
  3. $1,000 Bond warrant out of Colorado State Patrol for Failure to Appear 
He was last seen Monday morning running from deputies in the area of F ¼ Road and Irwin St.

Sanchez was last seen wearing a white t-shirt with black stripes on the back, a gray baseball hat, and washed out jeans or gray pants.

If seen, do not approach, call 911 or the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

MCSO investigating a deadly shooting

3:30 pm Update:

A 27-year-old male sustained serious bodily injuries as a result of an assault associated with this incident. They were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The case is still under investigation.

Previous:

MESA COUNTY, Colo – At 8:59 am Sunday deputies responded to reports of a shooting on 3100 block of Chipeta Ave.

When deputies arrived, they found a 26-year-old male with a gunshot wound. He did not survive.

Investigators are interviewing witnesses to determine what occurred. This is believed to be an isolated incident.

The case is still under investigation.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Grand Junction man arrested in connection with 2-month-old's death

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Shaun Obyrne, 31, of Grand Junction, in relation to the death of his 2-month-old child.

Obyrne is facing one count of Child Abuse Resulting in Death (Class 2 Felony), and three counts of Child Abuse causing Serious Bodily Injury (Class 3 Felony).

On 8/27/18 at 5:17 a.m. deputies responded to a home on the 100 block of 29 ¾ road for a report of a 2-month-old boy who was not conscious and not breathing.

The infant was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital and later transferred to Children’s Hospital Colorado. The baby succumbed to his injuries two days later.

Multiple medical professionals reviewed the baby’s injuries and determined they were the not the result of accidental trauma. Older partially healed injuries on the child were also discovered and believed to have occurred on three separate occasions between 6/25/18 and 8/29/18. At the time of death, the infant had at least 17 broken ribs at three various stages of healing.

The Mesa County Coroner’s office has ruled the cause of the baby’s death as blunt force chest injuries and the manner of death as homicide.

As a result of the baby’s death, the Coroner's Office will be re-reviewing the death of a 2-year-old child that was also in Obyrne’s care. The manner of child’s death on May 6, 2018 was ruled as natural.

Both cases are still under investigation.

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

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Lifted

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Lifted

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff and City of Grand Junction, in coordination with the Mesa County Fire Chief's Association, are lifting Stage 1 fire restrictions effective at 12:01 AM Friday, August 31, 2018.  The Bureau of Land Management, Grand Junction, Field Office, has also announced that Stage 1 and Stage 2 fire restrictions will be lifted on public lands in Mesa and parts of Garfield Counties.

Recent rains, shorter days and cooler overnight temperatures have helped ease the fire danger caused by this year's extremely hot and dry summer.  The moisture level in vegetation that supports rapid fire growth has recovered to seasonally appropriate levels.  

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

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

Please visit https://mcgis.mesacounty.us/fireban for the latest fire restriction information for surrounding counties and public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and National Park Service.  

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

Representatives from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Land Management and the Grand Junction Fire Department will be available for comment at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 30th at the Grand Junction Air Center.  The Air Center is located at 2774 Landing View Land, Grand Junction, CO  81506.

The Mesa County Sheriff, BLM, and other agencies in Mesa County would like to thank the public for their cooperation in doing their part to prevent wildfires the last few months during fire restrictions.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Man arrested after domestic violence incident

MESA COUNTY, Colo -  At about 11:30 Saturday night, deputies responded to a report of an injured woman outside of the Bradley Sinclair Gas Station at 3218 F Road.

Deputies quickly learned the 32-year-old female had been assaulted with a knife during a domestic violence incident that occurred earlier in the evening in a vehicle. The female, along with other family members including two children, exited the vehicle at the gas station. The suspect drove away.

The female was transported to the hospital, was treated and released.

The suspect’s car was located at a residence on the 3200 block of Columba Drive. A warrant for his arrest was obtained. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team assisted in checking the residence for the suspect. He was not found.

A few hours later the suspect, 34-year-old Estaban "Steven" Olivas, turned himself into the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Olivas is being charged with one count of Assault in the First Degree with intent to cause serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon, one count of Assault in the Third Degree, two counts of Child Abuse Injury non-serious bodily injury prior convictions acts knowingly and reckless, and one count of Domestic Violence.

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

The case is still under investigation.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Arrest made in Orchard Mesa Shooting

MESA COUNTY, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a juvenile Friday for charges relating to the drive-by shooting in Orchard Mesa.

Around 3:00 the morning of July 30th, residents reported hearing gunshots in the area of Unaweep and 28 1/2 Road. Deputies found a home on Dartmouth Lane with bullet holes. No injuries were reported.

Deputies arrested a juvenile for the following charges:
  • 3 counts of Felony Menacing (Class 5 Felony)
  • 4 counts of Illegal Discharge of a Firearm (Class 5 Felony)
  • 3 counts of Reckless Endangerment (Class 3 Misdemeanor) 
  • 1 count of Criminal Mischief (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
  • 1 count of Possession of a Handgun by a Juvenile
The juvenile was booked into the Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) facility in Grand Junction.

The case remains under investigation.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

MCSO Investigates shooting

MESA COUNTY, Colo – The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred Saturday morning.

Around 5:00 am, deputies responded to a report of a shooting on the 450 block of Countryside Lane.

Deputies located a house with multiple gunshots to the garage area. An 18-year-old male inside of the home was injured. He was taken to a local hospital by private vehicle prior to the arrival of deputies. The male sustained a gunshot wound to the upper body, and while a serious injury, not considered life threatening at this time.

Investigators continue to collect evidence related to this crime and interview witnesses. Countryside Lane at D ½ Road remains closed while deputies investigate.

At this point of the investigation, authorities believe this to be an isolated incident.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Crime Stoppers: Crime of the Week

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help to identify and locate a theft suspect.

Just after 5: 30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10th, the victim left her black leather wallet at the customer service counter at Walmart located at 2881 North Avenue. A credit card from the stolen wallet was used by a male subject at Maverik gas station on Patterson Rd.

Security cameras captured a White or possibly Hispanic male with dark hair wearing a plaid black and white long sleeve shirt with jeans. The suspect was last seen leaving in a silver Dodge Ram truck.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the suspects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at www.241stop.com.

GJPD# 2018-26775

Monday, July 30, 2018

Inmate Found Unresponsive

Update: The Mesa County Coroner's Office has identified the inmate found unresponsive in his jail cell in the Mesa County Detention Facility Friday as 39-year-old Carlos Lopez-Martinez. According to the Coroner's Office his cause of death was hanging and the manner of death was suicide.

7/27/2018 Previous:

MESA COUNTY, Colo – At approximately 11:40 this morning a male inmate in the Mesa County Detention Facility was found unresponsive in his cell by staff during routine security checks. Deputies and nursing staff immediately rendered aid and performed CPR. Emergency medical services (EMS) were also dispatched.

Multiple attempts at resuscitation by jail staff and EMS personnel were unsuccessful. He was later pronounced deceased.

At this time, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Mesa County Coroner’s Office are investigating.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death. The Coroner’s Office will also release the inmate’s identity after next of kin has been notified.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Do you know who this is?

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo -  The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is looking for a suspect believed to have stolen American Flags from residences in Orchard Mesa overnight Thursday. 

This morning deputies took a report of USA flags stolen from three different homes on the 2800 block of Newport Cir. The flags had been mounted on the side of the homes on a flag pole. 

One home's surveillance video captured an image of a male carrying a flag down the street at 1:45 a.m. Friday morning. He is described as a white male, about twenty years of age, average height (5’5’ to 6’), and thin build. The male was last seen wearing shorts and a cutoff shirt.

If you have information about this case or know who the person in the photo is, please contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office at (970) 242-6707 or Mesa County 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.

#MCSO 18-24160

Crime Stoppers: Crime of the week




GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help to identify and locate a theft suspect.

About 9:50 p.m. on Sunday, June 24th at the Self-Checkout register in City Market, located at 630 24 Road, an unidentified male suspect took the victim’s wallet that was left on top of the register. Security cameras captured a white male in his mid-20’s with brown hair wearing plaid Bermuda shorts and a printed black t-shirt. The surveillance photo of the suspect and the white female with green hair he was traveling with can be viewed at www.241stop.com.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the suspects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at www.241stop.com.

GJPD# 2018-36368

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Technical Rescue Team to Climb Independence Monument

Technical Rescue Team to Climb Independence Monument

Mesa County, Colo: For the 28th consecutive year, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Technical Rescue Team will climb Independence Monument, on July 4th, to raise an American flag in recognition of the birth of our nation. 

This year a total of 15 climbers, ten team members and five guest climbers (four of which are military veterans) will scale the monument. The climbers will begin their hike at 6:00 am, are expected to begin their ascent of the Monument at 7:00 am and will be raising the flag between 10:30 and 11:00 am. 

The climb is sponsored by Summit Ridge Guides, LLC and Rocky Mt. Orthopaedics, who will provide the equipment and logistics. All donated proceeds will go Search and Rescue Control, Inc. for the purchase of equipment and future training. 

 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Scam Targeting Sex Offenders


Scam Targeting Sex Offenders

MESA COUNTY, COLO:   A new scam that is targeting registered sex offenders has been reported to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. The scam involves individuals calling the sex offender and informing them they have a warrant for their arrest. Although similar to previous scams, this particular scam goes on to tell the offender that if they pay a specific amount of money, they can be removed from the county and state registry.

Be aware of the scam and know law enforcement agencies will not call to inform you of an active warrant, law enforcement will not request you pay a fine or for a warrant over the telephone, and the only entity that can legally remove someone from the sex offender registry is the courts.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Overall stats for Country Jam 2018

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The following statistics are from all four days of Country Jam 2018

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Colorado State Liquor Enforcement Officers patrolled the four-day festival and made 158 arrests: 158 summons were issued for alcohol violations.

A full breakdown of the underage liquor infractions are listed below.

 Country Jam Stats                                    
2018
2017
 2016
Total                     
 158
186
182
                                                              

Minor in Possession/Alcohol Offenses                          
 149
179
155  
Procuring Alcohol to a Minor      
 6
8
14
Fake ID                                           
 8
4
10
False reporting        
 2
4
1
Possession of another’s ID                               
 1
1
0
Possession of Marijuana
 0
1
0
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
 0
1
0
Resisting Arrest           
 0
1
0
Obstruction                   
 1
0
1
Assault on a peace officer                                 
 0
0
1
Attempt to purchase Alcohol                         
 0
0
2
Disorderly conduct           
 0
0
1
Warrant
 1
0
0

Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies also made several arrests during the four-day festival and responded to reports of involving intoxicated subjects, two reports of sexual assault, a golf cart crash (no injuries), a fight, vandalism, hit and run (staff parking lot, no injuries), domestic violence, a report of a stolen gun (from a vehicle at the public parking lot), and a stolen car (keys left in vehicle).

Deputies also responded to a report of a 37-year-old male with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was transported to St. Mary's Hospital and is expected to be OK. The case is still under investigation. Click here for more information. (Note, in previous press releases his age was reported incorrectly. He is 37, not 30.)

Country Jam Stats Day 4 June 17, 2018

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The following statistics are from Day 4 of Country Jam 2018.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Colorado State Liquor Enforcement Officers were out patrolling the festival Sunday and made 31 arrests: 31 summons were issued.

A full breakdown of the underage liquor infractions are listed below.

Country Jam Day 4 Stats
2018
2017
2016
Total
31
34
37

At Festival:                                        

Minor in Possession/Alcohol Offenses      
14
15
16
Procuring Alcohol to a Minor        
0
3
4
Fake ID                     
5
1
1
Disorderly Conduct
0
0
1
Attempt to purchase Alcohol                          
0
0
1

At Campground:

Minor in Possession/Alcohol Offenses                
16
17
18
Procuring Alcohol to a Minor                               
0
0
1
Fake ID                                      
0
0
1
False Reporting
1
0
1
Obstructing a peace officer                            
0
0
1




At Parking Lot:



Minor in Possession/Alcohol Offenses      
1
0
0


Mesa County Sheriff Deputies also responded to a several calls at the festival involving intoxicated subjects, a report of a stolen gun (stolen from a vehicle at public parking), and a stolen car (keys left in vehicle).