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 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.