Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Two arrested on drug distribution charges

Kathryn Kohlenberg, 40
MCSO Photo 11-20-19
Richard Gallegos, 42
MCSO Photo 11-20-19
MESA COUNTY, Colo - Two people were arrested Tuesday evening in an ongoing investigating into the sale and distribution of methamphetamine in Mesa County.

Deputies with Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes and Crime Reduction Unit, worked in partnership with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), US Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Deputies observed multiple short-term traffic consistent with the distribution of controlled substances at a residence on the 400 block of Fox Run Street.

Kathryn Kohlenberg, 40, of Grand Junction was arrested for an active unrelated warrant. Kohlenberg was found in possession of a crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine.

Richard Gallegos, 42, of Grand Junction was arrested and was found in possession of a black tar substance consistent with heroin and a crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence on Fox Run Street. During the search, 2.5 pounds of a crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine was found and 3 firearms were recovered, two of which were defaced.

Kohlenberg is facing the following charges:
  • Distribution/ Manufacture/Possession with Intent to Distribute > than 225g of Schedule I/II or > 112g of meth, heroin, ketamine, cathinone or > 50mg of Flunitrazipam, (DF1)
  • 2 counts of Possession of Schedule I/II (DF4)
  • 3 counts of Possession of Weapons by Previous Offenders (F6)
  • 2 counts of Possession of a Defaced Firearm (M1)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DPO)
  • Special Circumstances defendant or confederate possessed a firearm (DF1)
  • Fugitive Other Jurisdiction Warrant (Colorado Department of Corrections)

Gallegos is facing the following charges:
  • Distribution/ Manufacture/Possession with Intent to Distribute > than 225g of Schedule I/II or > 112g of meth, heroin, ketamine, cathinone or > 50mg of Flunitrazipam, (DF1)
  • Special Circumstances defendant or confederate possessed a firearm (DF1)
  • 3 counts of Possession of Schedule I/II (DF4)
  • 3 counts of Possession of Weapons by Previous Offenders (F6)
  • 2 counts of Possession of a Defaced Firearm (M1)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DPO)

This remains an ongoing investigation.

Gallegos and Kohlenberg are currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Male Arrested after Early Morning Pursuit

Theodore Coca, 7/20/94
MESA COUNTY, Colorado- November 16, 2019- Deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office are working with Colorado State Patrol Troopers after a welfare check turned into a traffic pursuit ending in an accident early this morning.
  Deputies were dispatched to a vehicle parked in the middle of D 1/2 Road just west of 32 road. The vehicle was reportedly running and there was an individual sitting in the driver's seat. They attempted to contact the driver, identified as 25 year old Theodore Coca, who awoke and fled from officers in the vehicle. A short pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed into a Clifton residence and Coca attempted to flee on foot. Deputies deployed department issued Tasers which assisted in safely detaining him.
  Coca was checked for injuries by medical providers and taken to the Mesa County Jail  to be booked on an open warrant and charges related to this incident.

Friday, November 15, 2019

One person detained after standoff

MESA COUNTY, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Andrew Arms, 19, of Grand Junction this afternoon following an hours-long standoff at a home on the 900 block of 24 Road.

This morning deputies investigated multiple reports of car break-ins and home burglaries in the area of 24 Road and I ½ Road. Several items including two guns were reported stolen. Through the course of the investigation deputies identified a person of interest at a nearby residence.

When deputies attempted to contact the subject, he barricaded himself inside the residence and refused to come out. Given guns were stolen, the subject was believed to be armed. Out of an abundance of caution, the joint Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Junction Police Department SWAT Team was called in to assist.

After several hours, Arms gave up and was arrested without further incident. Charges related to this incident and the recent thefts are still under review pending further investigation.

A community notification to shelter in place was sent to 61 residences in the area. It has since been lifted. Appleton Elementary School delayed a bus for about ten minutes to keep students away from the area. Middle and High School buses were not affected.

The case is still under investigation.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Bookcliffs Death Investigation

MESA COUNTY, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man found on the Bookcliffs east of Mt. Garfield Wednesday.

People searching for a missing Palisade man located a car that appears to have gone over the cliff in the Coal Canyon area. Due to the remote location, Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputies, Mesa County Search and Rescue volunteers and Centurylink’s helicopter helped recover the body found.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has identified the deceased as Harry Oxford, 47, of Palisade. Oxford was reported missing to the Palisade Police Department on November 8. He was last heard from on the morning of October 31.

The case is still under investigation, however nothing suspicious is suspected at this time.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Arrests made in recent trailhead thefts and burglary

Misty Winston, 38
MCSO Photo 11-9-2019
Jared Balderston, 29
MCSO Photo 11-9-2019
MESA COUNTY, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies make two arrests linked to a home burglary and several car break-ins at local trailheads where car windows were broken out and items stolen. Deputies and investigators tracked stolen credit card purchases, used surveillance video, and pawn records to identify the suspects.

Jared Balderston, 29, and Misty Winston, 38, were arrested after a warrant for their arrest was obtained.

Both are facing the following charges:
  • Theft $5,000-$20,000 (F5)
  • 2 counts of 1st Degree Criminal Trespass of Auto (F5)
  • Criminal Mischief $750 or more, less than $1,000 (M1)
  • 1st Degree Burglary (F3)
  • False Information Pawn Slip (F6)
  • Unauthorized Use Of Financial Transaction Device (M2)
  • Possession Of A Weapon By a Previous Offender (F6)
Balderston, and Winston are currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Update: Found safe

Update: Rusty was found safe. Thank you for sharing.


Russell “Rusty” Reader
No longer wearing jacket or hat
seen in this photo
Russell “Rusty” Reader
Missing
MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate 60-year-old Russell “Rusty” Reader of Grand Junction. He was last seen on Saturday at about 12:30 pm in the area of 30 Road and D Road. He was seen on surveillance video going to Kokopelli Liquor (2996 D Rd). Investigators have determined Rusty made it home nearby, but left sometime between 12:30 pm and 7:30pm. He left behind his phone, coat and changed his hat.

Rusty is believed to be wearing blue jeans, a tie dye shirt (seen in the surveillance video photo) and a blue Bronco’s hat. Rusty is a white male, 6’3”, weighs 156 pounds and has green eye and gray hair.

Russell “Rusty” Reader
No longer wearing jacket or hat 
seen in this photo
Rusty is dependent on medications and could possibly be suffering from dementia. Investigators believe he may have wondered off on foot. Rusty is known to frequent fishing spots along the river and at Corn Lake.

If seen, please call 911 or non-emergency dispatch at (970) 242-6707.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Grand Junction man arrested for multiple sex crimes on a child

Gregory Trout, 60
MCSO Photo 11-6-2019

MESA COUNTY, Colo – Gregory Trout, 60 of Grand Junction turned himself into the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday after investigators obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Trout is facing the following charges:
  • 7 counts of Sexual Assault on a Child, Pattern of Abuse (F3)
  • One count of Indecent Exposure (M1)
The charges are stemming from alleged incidents with three separate child victims that allegedly occurred between 1988 -2019. Additional victims were identified and interviewed by investigators, however the alleged crimes were beyond the statute of limitations.

Trout was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on a No Bond Hold until first appearance in court. For updated bond amounts visit our website.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Vicious Dog Shot

MESA COUNTY, Colo- Saturday, November 2, 2019, Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies are working with Mesa County Animal Control and the owners of a dog that was shot this afternoon.
 MCSO deputies were dispatched to the 3100 block of West Merganser Lane to a report of a vicious dog that was keeping a citizen from leaving their house. While waiting for Animal Control to arrive, Deputies attempted to locate the owner of the dog. The dog acted aggressively toward deputies when approached so they stayed back until the animal attacked a nearby child.  In order to protect the child and other neighbors, deputies shot the dog. The owners were located shortly thereafter and have opted to have the dog put down noting that the safety of their neighbors is most important.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

MCSO make an arrest in weekend crime spree

Derrick Randall, 33
MCSO Photo 10/31/19
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - Mesa County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Derrick Randall, 33, of Grand Junction related to a recent crime spree.

On Saturday, October 26, just after midnight Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a two cars with windows broken out on the 500 block of Garfield Dr. The total estimated cost of the damage is $1400.

About ten minutes later. deputies responded to a burglary in process at the Alta gas station at 2999 North Ave, about a 12 minute walk from Garfield Dr. During this incident three businesses, the Alta Gas Station (2998 North Ave), the Domino's (510 30 Rd) and the La Milpa Tortilla Factory (514 30 Rd), all had glass windows and doors broken. Items were also stolen from the Alta gas station. A vehicle north of the Alta Gas Station was found with multiple windows shattered. Two fires were started in the same area and time of this incident and are believed to be related.

Later the same day (October 26), at about 4:30 pm a person called in to report their car had been damaged on Texas Ave near 30 Road sometime during the night.

On Tuesday, October 29, the Alta gas station was burglarized a second time at about 12:30 am. A window pane was broken and items stolen were from the store. The cost of the damage was estimated to be about $2700.

Through the course of the investigation, Randall was identified as the suspect in these four recent cases. Total cost of the damage from these cases is estimated to be about $53,100.

A sword believed to be an object used to break windows during these incidents was recovered at Randall’s residence as were items believed to been stolen during the burglaries.

Randall is facing the following charges:
  • 2 counts of 2nd Degree Burglary (Class 4 Felony)
  • Criminal Mischief $20,000 or more, less than $100,000 (Class 4 Felony)
  • Criminal Mischief $5,000 or more, less than $20,000 (Class 5 Felony)
  • 5 counts of Criminal Mischief $1000 or more, less than $5,000 (Class 6 Felony) 
  • Obstructing Peace Officer (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
  • 2 counts of 2nd Degree Arson, less than $100 (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
  • Theft $50-$300 (Class 3 Misdemeanor)
  • Theft Less than $50 Shoplifting (PO1)
Randall is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts visit our website.

To view the previous press release click here.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Have a safe and fun Halloween with these useful tips

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - Halloween is this Thursday, and the Grand Junction Fire Department, Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and Mesa County Valley School District 51 want you to have a safe, fun holiday! Stay safe with these Halloween tips.

Have an adult come with you to trick-or-treat, and go in a group.

Avoid wearing costumes to school that are gory, scary, violent, or include full-face makeup or a full-face mask.

Light colored costumes and reflective clothing or tape help drivers see trick-or-treaters.

Light the way by carrying flashlights or glow sticks.

Outfits should allow freedom of movement and be fire retardant or fire resistant.

Watch for cars, use crosswalks, and plan a safe route and stick to it.

Eyes should be able to see up, down, forward, and from the sides if you’re wearing a mask.

Eat treats only after your parents have inspected them for signs of tampering.

Never go inside a stranger’s home or vehicle while trick-or-treating, and don’t eat homemade treats unless you know the person who made them.

Monday, October 28, 2019

MCSO investigates weekend burglary and vandalism

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - On October 26, 2019 at approximately 12:14 am, Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputies and Grand Junction Police Officers responded to the area of 30 Rd and I 70 Business Loop for a Burglary in progress.

Witnesses reported a male in a dark colored hooded sweatshirt was breaking windows at multiple businesses.

The Alta Gas Station (2998 North Ave), The Domino's (510 30 Rd) and the La Milpa Tortilla Factory (514 30 Rd) were all damaged. There was also a vehicle north of the Alta Gas Station with multiple windows shattered. Two fires were started in the same area of this incident and are believed to be related. One in the alleyway North of the Gas station, flames were put out by a deputy using a fire extinguisher and the homeowner using a garden hose. A second fire was started in the field just Northeast of North Ave Storage  (516 30 Rd). Deputies worked to contain the fire, until the fire department arrived.

Deputies observed what appeared to be the suspect running north bound in the alley behind the North Ave Storage. With the assistance of the Grand Junction Police Department as well as the Colorado State Patrol, deputies searched for the suspect. Ultimately, a suspect was not located.

List of damage (preliminary estimate):

Alta Gas Station (2998 North Ave)
  • Three double pane windows and two glass doors were broken
  • Inside store: items throw around, display box knocked over, items stolen 
  • Estimated damage $5,000
Domino's (510 30 Rd)
  • All double pane windows on West side of business and glass entrance doors were broken
  • Estimated damage $40,000
La Milpa Tortilla Factory (514 30 Rd)
  • Two double pane windows and a glass door were broken
  • Estimated damage $3,000
Car
  • Several windows broken
  • Estimated damage $1,000
Deputies are currently reviewing surveillance footage and processing evidence. This case is still under investigation.

If anyone has information about this crime, please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707. You can also contact Mesa County Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-STOP. 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 Volunteers honored and recognized for work in the community

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office partners with several volunteer groups that are vital to providing services to Mesa County. Over 300 dedicated volunteers give their time selflessly to help our agency and our community.

Recently, they were recognized and thanked for their efforts during a volunteer appreciation lunch. This year, five individuals were awarded Volunteer of the Year for their contributions to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, respective volunteer organization and the community.

Ovella Fick Victim Advocate Program
 Volunteer of the Year
Ovella Fick, a volunteer for the Victim Advocate Program since 2015, was recognized for her dedication and compassion with helping victims of crime and trauma. So far this year, Victim Advocates responded to over 200 callouts, serving over 400 individual victims. Advocates respond 24/7 to assist victims and families of not only crimes, but also assist victims and families on search and rescue missions as well as fires.

Ken Dorman
Support Services Volunteer of the Year
Ken Dorman has been a volunteer of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years. Ken was recognized as Support Services Volunteer of the Year for his outstanding dedication and professionalism. He is a mentor, a leader, and an excellent example for his fellow volunteers in the Civil Unit. Over 700 hours donated yearly by volunteers like Ken accounts for at least 15% of civil processes served from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office!

Mike Verbit and Sarah Eller
 SARC Volunteer of the Year
Volunteer of the Year for Mesa County Search and Rescue was awarded to a couple involved in several teams and subcommittees with the volunteer organization. Mike Verbit and Sarah Eller are both volunteers for Mesa County Search and Rescue’s Ground Team. Sarah is also the team leader for the Swift Water Rescue Team and Mike is also a member of the Technical Rescue Team. The pair have repeatedly donated their personal time to enhance the capabilities of the search and rescue in Mesa County. So far this, Mesa County Search and Rescue volunteers were called out 82 times for missions which included rescuing lost or injured hikers and hunters, evidence recovery, and river rescues.

Danny Daniels accepting 
Detentions Volunteer of the Year Award
Danny Daniels, a religious volunteer for the Mesa County Detention Facility since 2008, was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award. Daniels ministers and visits with the inmates; always with a smile on his face and kind words for each person he encounters. Affectionately known as, the “Book Guy.” Danny visits each housing unit in the facility monthly and exchanges the books available to the inmates for leisure reading. For many inmates these books fill their hours with something on which to focus and they look forward to Danny’s arrival and delivery of new reading material.

The volunteers that work in the Detentions Facility include representatives from Mind Springs, the Jail Ministry, numerous other religious volunteers, and various other educational groups. So far this year volunteers for all of these groups totaled 1,142 hours.

Jan Moss Volunteer of the Year
Citizens on Patrol program
Jan Moss, a volunteer since 2005, was recognized as Volunteer of the Year for the Citizens on Patrol (COP) program. Jan is a Field Training Officer for the COP Program and assists with the administrative work associated with unattended deaths, as well as, abandoned and red-tagged vehicles. Jan’s primary task is providing support with towed vehicles. She contacts more than 25 tow companies each week to check for towed vehicles and determines if the last known registered owner needs to be contacted.

In 2019, Citizen on Patrol volunteers volunteered over 3350 hours. Volunteer tasks include performing school checks, VIN Inspections, Red Tags of vehicles, serve Civil Papers, vacation home checks, providing scene security and assisting in special events. Their work helps allow patrol deputies to focus and respond to more 911 calls.

Gene Admire "Victor 1"
Citizen on Patrol volunteer (retired)
And finally, long-time volunteer Gene Admire was thanked for his dedication to our community. Gene recently retired from the Citizens On Patrol (COP) program with 26 years of service. He was one of the original volunteers when the program first began. Gene was known on the radio as “Victor 1” and carried his radio number with distinction. In Gene’s honor the radio number “Victor 1” is now retired.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is incredibly fortunate to have such hard working and dedicated volunteers. The hundreds of hours donated in service to our community truly make a difference. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office could not possibly provide the high level of service to our community we do without the amazing work our volunteers perform each and every day.

Thank you.

If you would like to become a volunteer for the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, you can learn how on our website.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

MCSO investigating a shooting

9:30 am Update:

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Investigators are asking for the public’s help with regards to yesterday’s incident. Anyone in the area of 2200 block of I Road between the hours 8 am -1 pm yesterday (Wednesday, October 23, 2019) are asked to please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators wish to speak to potential witnesses of yesterday’s incident. People they wish to speak with include drivers who pass the area as part of their daily commute.

Please call our Witness Tip Line at (970) 244-3526. Please note, this phone line is not manned 24/7, please leave a message with your name and contact information and an investigator will get back to you as soon as possible.

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10/23/19 4:00 pm

MESA COUNTY, Colo - At 12:19 this afternoon Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a shooting on the 2200 block of I Road.

When deputies arrived an adult female was found deceased. Deputies immediately began searching the area as well as going door to door to speak with any potential witnesses. During this same time an Emergency Notification to shelter in place was sent out to 39 residents in the area. It has since been lifted. I Road remains closed between 22 Road to 22 1/2 Road and I 1/4 Road.

At this time no suspect is in custody. This is still an active and ongoing investigation.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will determine cause and manner of death, as well as release the identity of the deceased once next of kin is notified.

If anyone has information about this crime please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707 or you can call Mesa County Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-STOP.

To sign up for Emergency Notifications visit this website. 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Fruita man facing murder charge


Matthew Logan, 33
MCSO Photo 10-5-19
MESA COUNTY, Colo – Friday night, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained a warrant for the arrest of Matthew Logan, 33, of Fruita related to the disappearance of Frank Taylor.

Logan was arrested earlier in the evening for two unrelated warrants. He now faces charges of Murder in the First Degree (Class 1 Felony) and Tampering with a Deceased Human Body (Class 3 Felony).

53-year-old Franklin “Frank” Taylor, was reported missing in March by friends under suspicious circumstances.

This case remains an active investigation. All documents related to this case have been sealed by the court.

Logan is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility on a No Bond Hold. 

For previous press releases about this case click here.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

One arrested after late night shooting in the desert

MESA COUNTY, Colo – At approximately 12:30 Saturday morning members of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Junction Police Department and Colorado State Patrol responded to a report of a shooting at a party in the desert near 27 ¼ Road in an area commonly known as “the dam.”

Law enforcement began contacting everyone leaving the area. Several witnesses and multiple victims were quickly identified. It was determined no one was injured and there weren’t any outstanding injured victims remaining in the desert.

One victim told deputies a male was shooting at them as they were escaping from the area in a truck. No one inside the truck was injured. The truck did sustained damage from a bullet hole through the driver’s side mirror.

In all, approximately 25-30 vehicles were contacted, and about 60-80 individuals were identified and spoken to. Firearms were recovered at the scene and collected for evidence.

Angel Rodriguez-Archuleta, 20, of Grand Junction was arrested and is facing charges related to this incident including Attempted Second Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Assault, Felony Menacing and Illegal Discharge of a Weapon.

Rodriguez-Archuleta is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts visit our website. A booking photo of Rodriguez-Archuleta was not immediately available.

This remains an active investigation.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707. You can also contact Mesa County Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-STOP. 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 investigates escape attempt from Mesa County Detention Facility

Malcolm Martin, 25
MCSO Photo 10-2-19
MESA COUNTY, Colo – At approximately 9 Saturday morning, an inmate in the Mesa County Detention Facility attempted to escape.

The inmate, identified as Malcolm Martin, 25, of Grand Junction, climbed up into a crawl space above the ceiling tiles and proceeded to move to another part of the jail. Martin was heard in the ceiling by detention deputies and booking staff. Detention deputies helped Martin down. He was secured and is now being housed in another part of the facility.

Martin never left the secured facility. The Mesa County Detention Facility remains secure.

The damage to the ceiling is being assessed and repairs are being scheduled.

Martin is facing new charges as a result of the incident.

This remains an active investigation.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Two arrested after late night armed robbery

MESA COUNTY, Colo – At approximately 11:15 Thursday night, Mesa County Sheriff deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at a gas station at 3218 F Road.

The reporting party told deputies two people entered the store, one wearing a black sweatshirt and black pants, the other a red sweatshirt and a red bandana over their face. One of the suspects pointed a gun at the victim, and then both of them took the cash register drawer and ran away from the area on foot.

Through the course of the investigation, one of the suspects was quickly identified. Deputies and Colorado State Patrol troopers quickly surrounded and secured the suspect’s known address on the 600 block of Leah Ct. An emergency notification to shelter in place was sent to 518 phone numbers registered in the area.

All of the occupants came outside of the house. Two suspects were arrested, they are identified as juveniles.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence. Investigators recovered a replica weapon, and other evidence related to the robbery.

The two juveniles were transported to the Department of Youth Services. Charges stemming from this incident are pending. The District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case to determine the appropriate charges.

This case is still under investigation.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Clifton man arrested after motor vehicle theft


MESA COUNTY, Colo – Thursday at 9:40 p.m., Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a male walking down the street with a gun in the area of the 500 block of 32 1/2 Rd. 

As deputies arrived in the area, a 911 call came in reporting the male stole a car at gunpoint. Deputies observed the stolen car in the area of 32 1/2 Rd and Lucile Ave and pursued it. The vehicle traveled north bound on 32 1/2 road at a high rate of speed with no headlamps on. The car hit a mailbox and parked trailer before eventually coming to a stop near 32 ½ Road and E ½ Road.

Nicolas Millican. 20, of Clifton was arrested at gunpoint. He is facing the following charges:
  • 2 Counts of Aggravated Robbery (Class 3 Felony)
  • 2 Counts of Menacing (Class 5 Felony)
  • Vehicular Eluding (Class 3 Felony)
  • 1st Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft (Class 4 Felony)
  • Drove Vehicle Without a Driver's License
  • 2 Counts of Failed to Remain At the Scene of a Crash (Class 1 Misdemeanor)
  • Speeding 40 MPH or More Over
  • Drove Without Headlamps On
  • Reckless Driving
  • Violation of a Protection Order (Class 1 Misdemeanor)
The victims were known to the suspect.

Millican was taken to the hospital to be medically cleared, then transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts visit our website.

Homicide Investigation

Sabrina Stevens, 36
MCSO Photo
Friday 11:20 a.m. UPDATE:  36-year-old Sabrina Stevens of Clifton was arrested for the following charges:
  • 1st degree Assault (Class 3 Felony)
  • Manslaughter (Class 4 Felony)
  • Domestic Violence (Sentence Enhancer)
Stevens is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts visit our website.



Previous:

CLIFTON, Colo - At approximately 9:05 p.m. Thursday Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a stabbing at a residence on the 3400 block of F 3/4 Road.

A 39-year-old male was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

One person is in custody. There are no outstanding suspects. 

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will determine cause and manner of death, as well as release the identity of the deceased once next of kin is notified.

All documents have been sealed. This is an active and ongoing investigation.



Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Juvenile charged after armed robbery


MESA COUNTY, Colo - At approximately 8:00 p.m. Sunday, September 22, Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of stolen SUV at Long Family Memorial Park.

The victim told deputies four individuals, stole his SUV at gun point. The owner of the SUV was assaulted during the encounter and sustained minor injuries. Two other occupants of the SUV were not injured. The suspects drove the SUV through landscaping at the park, then continued on the street.

A short time later, deputies spotted the stolen gray 2000 GMC Yukon driving recklessly at a high rate of speed on North Ave near 29 Road. The SUV crashed into a car at the intersection of F Road and I-70 B. Two passengers in the car were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The SUV came to a stop in bushes on the 3200 block of F Road. The sole occupant of the vehicle got out and ran. Deputies located and arrested the suspect, identified as a juvenile.

Deputies did recover weapons that fell out of the SUV during the pursuit. Three suspects are still outstanding.

The juvenile was taken to the hospital via ambulance to be medically cleared, then was transported to the Department of Youth Services.

The District Attorney’s Office has filed the following charges:
  • 3 counts of Aggravated Robbery (Class 3 Felony)
  • Crime of Violence (Sentence Enhancer)
  • Violent Juvenile Offender (Sentence Enhancer)
  • Vehicular Eluding (Class 4 Felony)
  • First Degree Criminal Trespass (Class 5 Felony)
  • 3 counts of Menacing (Class 5 felony)
  • First Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft (Class 4 Felony)
  • Second Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft (Class 6 Felony)
  • Possession of I/II Substance (Class 4 Drug Felony)
  • Special Offender Charge 18-18-407 (Class 1 Drug Felony)
  • Possession of a Hand Gun by a Juvenile (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
  • Reckless Driving (Class 2 Traffic Offense)
  • Reckless Endangerment (Class 3 Misdemeanor)
  • Obstructing a Peace Officer (Class 2 Misdemeanor)

The juvenile has been charged with a crime of violence which permits further public disclosure pursuant to CRS 19-1-304(5) and CRS 24-72-302(1). As such, the juvenile is identified as Andre Carothers, 16, of Grand Junction.

Carothers is currently being held without bond.

The case is still under investigation.

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

Friday, September 20, 2019

Have you seen this car?

image of car driving


#HelpSolve:  Mesa County Sheriff’s investigators are asking for the public’s help to identify the company that owns this vehicle. It was seen driving in the Fruitvale area early morning Friday, September 13.

Approximate area car was driving in
The vehicle has a blinking light on the top and was driving between the hours of 2 a.m and 4 a.m. in the neighborhoods near 31 Road, Bookcliff Ave and E ½ Road.

image of car driving
Investigators are looking to identify the car and the company who owns it. If you have any information, please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707. You can also send your tips into Mesa County Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-STOP.

image of car driving



Friday, September 13, 2019

Early morning home invasion robbery

FRUITVALE, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a home invasion robbery on the 500 Block of Eastbrook Street about 3:40 this morning.

The homeowner, who is in his 80s, ran to a neighbor’s house who called 911 for help. It was reported to deputies a man entered his home and assaulted him.

The homeowner’s silver 2017 Ford Mustang was stolen. It was recovered a short distance away on Bookcliff Ave and Ashbury Ct. abandoned.

A Community Notification went out to homes in a one-mile radius asking people to shelter-in-place. It has since been lifted.

The homeowner was taken to St. Mary’s hospital and treated for a minor injury.

The suspect is described as an adult male wearing all dark clothing, a mask, possibly white shoes, and is about 5’8”.

If you have information about this crime or suspect please call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707 or call Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-STOP. 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.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Three juveniles arrested in connection with theft from autos

MESA COUNTY, Colo – As part of an effort to prevent crimes such as theft from vehicles, Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies deployed bait operation equipment on Friday in the area of 32 ½ Road and D 7/8 Road.

On Saturday, at approximately 3:20 am deputies were alerted an item was stolen from a vehicle used in the bait operation. Deputies tracked the item to three juveniles, ages 11-14, on the 500 block of 32 ½ Road. One juvenile was observed by a deputy entering a vehicle not belonging to them, another was in possession of the item stolen from the bait operation.

Two juveniles were arrested and transported to the Department of Youth Services on the following charges:
  • 2 counts of First Degree Criminal Trespass of Auto (Class 5 Felony)
  • Theft $50-$300 from Motor Vehicle (Class 3 Misdemeanor)
  • Violation of Bail Bond Conditions (Class 3 Misdemeanor)
A third juvenile was issued a Promise to Appear for 2 counts of First Degree Criminal Trespass of Auto (Class 5 Felony) and Theft $50-$300 from Motor Vehicle (Class 3 Misdemeanor).

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office utilizes bait operations as a proactive investigative tool to reduce property crime. Operations are conducted in areas where on-going criminal activity has been reported to specially target auto thieves and persons breaking and entering into cars with the intent to steal property. Bait operations give deputies a proactive way to identify suspects without a citizen becoming a victim of a crime.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

MCSO Warns of Increasing Fire Danger


MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office wants to alert the public to increasing fire danger in Mesa County.

While there are currently no fire restrictions in place, the potential for wildfire is still a concern. Our seasonably hot and dry weather and recent lack of measurable rain are causing local vegetation to dry out. In these conditions, a small spark has the potential to turn into a dangerous wildfire quickly.

To reduce the risk of wildfire, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is urging the public to recreate responsibility this Labor Day holiday weekend and into hunting season. Please be extra cautious with campfires, smoking outdoors and avoid dragging chains on trailers near dry brush.

Remember, if you light a campfire it is your responsibility to make sure it is completely out before you leave. A campfire is considered completely out when the embers are cool to the touch. Even a small amount of heat can reignite and start a wildfire.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with federal and local partners weekly to monitor current fire conditions. When considering putting fire restrictions into place, fuel moisture levels, weather forecasts, and human factors such as holidays and anticipated fire related recreation activities are all analyzed.

Right now, no fire restrictions are in place in Mesa County, but people should still be aware of the fire risk.

For more information about current fire danger visit our website. 

Craig man arrested following a foot pursuit



MESA COUNTY, Colo - At 11:32 am Tuesday, a Mesa County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a male possibly breaking into a car in a parking lot at 441 29 Road.

While the deputy was talking with the male, he took off running, and the deputy pursued on foot.

The male refused to stop and jumped over a fence. A taser was deployed. It was ineffective and the male kept running, onto the railroad tracks. He was located by other responding deputies and arrested near I-70B and the railroad tracks under the 29 Road Bridge.

The man was identified as Brandon Ray, 26, of Craig. Ray is facing the following charges.
Brandon Ray, 26
MCSO Photo 8-27-19
  • 1st Degree Criminal Trespass of Auto (Class 5 Felony)
  • Possession of Schedule I/II (Class 4 Drug Felony)
  • Criminal Impersonation (Class 6 Felony)
  • Resisting arrest (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Drug Petty Offense)
Ray also has an outstanding warrant out of Moffat County.

Once medically cleared by EMS on scene, Ray was transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts visit our website.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Grand Junction Man arrested on Sex Assault Charges

MESA COUNTY, Colo.- Tuesday, August 20, at approximately 4 pm, Richard Bingham, 38, of Grand Junction was booked into the Mesa County jail on charges of Felony Sex Assault on a Child.

A joint investigation between the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Grand Junction Police Department beginning in June 2019 concluded this week with the arrest. The alleged acts occurred between 2013 and 2017 and Bingham was known to the families of the juveniles victims.

In court Wednesday afternoon, Bingham was advised of the following charges:
  • Second Degree Kidnapping, a class 2 felony, in violation of CRS 18-3-302(3)(a)
  • 2 Counts of Sexual Assault on a Child (Pattern), a class 3 felony, in violation of CRS 18-3-405(2)(d) 
  • 2 Counts of Sexual Assault on a Child, a class 4 felony, in violation of CRS 18-3-405(2) 
  • Crime of Violence, a sentence enhancer, as defined by CRS 18-1.3-406(2)(b)
  • Jessica's Law, a sentence enhancer, as defined by CRS 18-1.3-1004(1)(e)
Bingham remains in the Mesa County Detention Facility with a $100,000 cash only bond. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Update: District Attorney Clears Grand Junction Police Department Officers Involved in June OIS

Spencer Shanley, 29
MCSO Photo 7-13-19


MESA COUNTY, Colo - At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a report of a suicidal male with a gun outside a residence in the 2400 block of Jack Creek Road. When officers arrived, the 29-year-old male was found walking eastbound on Jack Creek Road with a handgun. A confrontation occurred between the male and officers on scene and an officer-involved shooting occurred. The male was transported to St. Mary’s hospital via ambulance to be treated for his injuries. Once he was medically cleared and released, he was arrested for charges including two counts of Criminal Attempt of Second Degree Murder, a class 3 felony.

As with all officer-involved shootings in Mesa County, the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team, comprised of representatives of the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Fruita Police Department, Palisade Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Colorado State Parole, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation, was responsible for the investigation of this incident.

The CIRT investigation was completed and turned over to the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office. The officers involved in this incident have returned to work. District Attorney Dan Rubinstein has completed his review of the investigation, and his findings can be reviewed here.



Previous Release
07/15/19
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MESA COUNTY, Colo – The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team made an arrest related to the incident that occurred on June 14, 2019.

Spencer Shanley, 29, of Grand Junction was released from the hospital over the weekend and was taken into custody.

Shanley was arrested on the following charges:
  • 2 Counts of Criminal Attempt of Second Degree Murder (Class 3 Felony)
  • 2 Counts of First Degree Assault (Class 3 Felony)
  • 2 Counts of Felony Menacing (Class 5 Felony)
  • 1 Count of Prohibited Use of a Weapon (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
Shanley is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility on a No Bond Hold until First Appearance. For updated bond amounts visit our website.

This investigation is ongoing.


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6/14/19
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CIRT activated to investigate officer-involved shooting 

At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a report of a suicidal male with a gun outside a residence in the 2400 block of Jack Creek Road.

When officers arrived, the 29-year-old male was found walking eastbound on Jack Creek Road with a handgun. A confrontation occurred between the male and officers on scene and an officer-involved shooting occurred.

The male was transported to St. Mary’s hospital via ambulance and is currently being treated for his injuries. No officers were injured.

As with all officer involved shootings in Mesa County, the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team, comprised of representatives of the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Fruita Police Department, Palisade Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Colorado State Parole, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation, is responsible for the investigation of this incident.

Law enforcement continues to process the scene of this incident for additional evidence. Residents in the area may see an increased presence of law enforcement personnel over the next several hours.

Members of the Critical Incident Response Team will conduct interviews of all witnesses and involved persons in this case over the coming days. Additional details will be released as appropriate, with sensitivity to the ongoing investigation.

The Grand Junction Police Department will be responsible for releasing the names of the involved officers. As per their agency’s policy, the officers will be placed on administrative leave.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Clifton Woman Arrested After Overnight Stabbing



Samantha Reed, 24
MCSO Photo 07/20/2019
MESA COUNTY, Colo. - On Friday night, July 19, 2019, at approximately 9:17 pm, Mesa County Deputies responded to 424 32 Rd #272 for a reported stabbing. The investigation revealed a 24-year-old Clifton man, had been stabbed in the torso by Samantha Reed, age 24 of Clifton.

Samantha Reed was taken into custody by Mesa County Sheriff's Office Investigatigator on July 20, 2019, for 2nd Degree Assault with a Deadly Weapon and is being held without bond at the Mesa County Detention Facility. 

The case remains under investigation.  

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Two arrested on kidnapping and extortion charges

Seth Carter, 35
MCSO Photo 3-1-19
MESA COUNTY, Colo – Wednesday, July 17th, at approximately 2:30 pm deputies responded to a report of a possible kidnapping situation.

The person who called 911 said an 18-year-old friend, showed up at their residence on the 2800 block of Orchard Avenue and said he was being held at gunpoint by two people waiting in a car outside. He said they were forcing him to retrieve property believed to be inside the home. The property sought was not there. The victim was forced to leave with the two people waiting outside. His friend, then called 911.

Deputies tracked down the car the three were traveling in to a residence nearby on the 500 block of N Sparn Court.  Seth Carter, 35, of Grand Junction and Thomas Barnes, 33, of Grand Junction were arrested and the victim was rescued.

Both are facing the following charges:
Thomas Barnes, 33
MCSO Photo 6-12-19
  • Second Degree Kidnapping (Class 2 Felony)
  • Aggravated Robbery (Class 3 Felony)
  • Criminal Extortion (Class 4 Felony)
  • Felony Menacing (Class 5 Felony)
  • 1st Degree Criminal Trespass of Auto (Class 5 Felony)
  • Theft $300-$750 from a Motor Vehicle (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
All of the parties involved were known to each other.

This case is still under investigation.

Carter and Barnes are currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts visit the Inmate Locator system on our website.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Update: Found Safe


Shiann Moore, 27
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:30 am UPDATE: Shiann Moore and her three children were found safe. They were found in Evans, CO after a citizen recognized them from the statewide Endangered Missing Person Alert and news coverage.
Officers with the Evans Police Department made contact with Shiann Moore, 27, Lillie Faries, 10, Timothy Pearce, 7, and Sabrina Pearce, 10 months. They are safe and in good health.

Thank you to CBI, Frutia Police Department, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (AZ), Evans Police Department and Mesa County Department of Human Services for their assistance with this case.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank everyone who shared the missing person’s alert on social media and those who called in tips.

No more information is expected to be released.


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6:00 pm UPDATE: An Endangered Missing Person Alert has been issued through CBI for Shiann Moore, 27, Lillie Faries, 10, Timothy Pearce, 7, and Sabrina Pearce, 10 months. The children are believed to be traveling with their mother, Shiann Moore, of Clifton in a 2001 silver Pontiac Grand Prix with a Colorado license plate GOA169.  They were last seen Saturday evening at a residence on E. Carolina Ave, in Fruita. Investigators with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office would like to make sure they are safe. If seen, please call (970) 242-6707 or call 911.
Lillie Faries, 10
Timothy Pearce, 7

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MESA COUNTY, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies are trying to determine the whereabouts of a Clifton woman and her three children to determine their well-being.

Shiann Moore, 27, of Clifton is believed to be with her three children, Lillie Faries,10, Timothy Pearce, 7, and Sabrina Pearce 10 months.

They were reported missing last night by family who have not heard from them in several days. They were last seen Saturday evening at a residence on E. Carolina Ave, in Fruita. They are believed to be traveling in a 2001 silver Pontiac Grand Prix with a Colorado license plate GOA169.
Shiann holding Sabrina

Investigators do not have anything to indicate the family is in immediate danger, but would like to verify Moore and her children are safe.

Sabrina Pearce, 10 months 
Shiann Moore is described as a white female, 27 years old, 4’11, 125 pounds, with blonde hair and brown eyes. It is possible she could have a different hair color.

Lillie Faries, 10, is described as a white female, 4’0, 60 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Timothy Pearce is a 7-year-old boy, Sabrina Pearce is a 10-month-old girl.

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

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Man rescued from fall at Potholes




MESA COUNTY, Colo - A 36-year-old male was rescued from Potholes near Glade Park yesterday. At approximately 5:30 pm Friday, July 5th, we received reports of a male had fallen 25-30 feet into a rock crevice.

Glade Park Fire Department, Grand Junction Fire Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Mesa County Search and Rescue, Technical Rescue Team, and CareFlight responded to the remote area.

The Mesa County Technical Rescue Team and Grand Junction Fire Department Rescue Team used ropes to reach the injured man, then hoisted him back up the cliffside. It took several hours to complete the very technical rescue.

The man was transported to the hospital via CareFlight with major injuries, but was conscious and breathing.

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor to the accident. We want to remind everyone choosing to recreate outdoors to do so sober.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

29th Annual Independence Monument Climb on 4th of July

Climber reaching the summit of
Independence Monument
MESA COUNTY, Colo – Mesa County Search and Rescue Technical Rescue Team is gearing up for their 29th annual climb up Independence Monument to raise the American Flag. There are a total of 15 climbers at this year’s event. Nine Search and Rescue members will be accompanied by six guest climbers. Four of the guest climbers this year are military veterans, two Army and two Marines.

Along with the celebration of our nation’s freedom, all proceeds from this event will go towards the purchasing of equipment and training for Mesa County Search and Rescue Team.

How to watch

Independence Monument
This year’s flag-raising ceremony will take place on top of Independence Monument around 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM on July 4th. Plan on being in place around 10:00 AM. They are very experienced climbers and climb fast!

The viewing opportunities to see this event will be Independence Monument View and at the end of Otto’s Trail. If both of these parking areas are full, you will also have a view of Independence Monument from Book Cliff Shelter and Grand View.

Please keep in mind the entry fee for the Colorado National Monument is $20 per vehicle. Colorado National Monument annual passes and America the Beautiful Passes are also honored.

No fire restrictions for July 4th, fire danger still a concern



MESA COUNTY, Colo – The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit have determined current conditions do not warrant implementing fire restrictions, but advise people to celebrate the Fourth of July responsibly. 

Spring rains created an abundance of rarely seen green around the valley, but that lush growth is now dormant, dried and ready to burn. Right now in Mesa County fine fuels, such as grass, have already dried and cured for the season and could easily catch and spread wildfire quickly.

“We wish everyone a safe Independence Day. Please be responsible and respectful if you choose to use legal fireworks. There is a concern for human caused fires during the holiday weekend, especially in lower elevations,” said Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis. “Be mindful of your surroundings and respectful of others as you enjoy this holiday weekend.”

On July 4th more fires are reported than any other day of the year and fireworks are the cause for more than half of them, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

“As we head into the busy holiday weekend remember to exercise caution and common sense when setting off LEGAL fireworks,” said Grand Junction Fire Chief Ken Watkins.

When using fireworks it is extremely important to stay away from dry grass and wooded areas. It just takes one spark to start a wildfire that can put lives and property at risk.

"Recreational users on public lands should keep a few things in mind that can help prevent an unintentional wildfire,” said Bureau of Land Management Acting Field Manager Wayne Werkmeister. “Practicing proper vehicle maintenance; ensuring that tow chains are secured and a vehicle has no dragging parts, and properly maintaining your breaks. Park your vehicles/trailers and off-highway vehicles away from dry grass or brush. When target shooting taking a few simple precautions can prevent devastating results: place your target on dirt or gravel, switch to paper targets, bring a shovel and fire extinguisher, and report any fires by calling 911."

The use of fireworks, flares, or other incendiary devices, including exploding targets, are always prohibited on federal lands.

FIREWORKS FACTS
  • The use of fireworks on federal land is always ILLEGAL. 
  • It is ILLEGAL to knowingly sell or provide fireworks to anyone under 16 years of ages. No one under the age of 16 can purchase fireworks. Colorado law requires adult supervision for persons under 16 years of age to possess or discharge fireworks. 
  • Permissible LEGAL fireworks include: Cylindrical or cone fountains, wheels and ground spinners, illuminating torches and colored fire, dipped sticks and sparklers, toy propellant or toy smoke devices, trick noise makers and snake or glow worms are all permissible. 
  • ILLEGAL Fireworks: Fireworks not meeting the definition of permissible fireworks including but not limited to cherry bombs, roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets, shells and rockets, M-80s and M-100s, and helicopters are all examples of illegal fireworks. 
  • A good rule of thumb: anything that explodes or leaves the ground is most likely ILLEGAL in Colorado.

 If you see a fire start, call 911 immediately.
DISPLAYS

Wednesday, July 3rd
  • 9:30pm at Snooks Bottom in Fruita: The Fruita Parks and Recreation department will be hosting a fireworks display at dusk. The fireworks will be launched from Snooks Bottom. There is no designated viewing area.
Thursday, July 4th
  • 10:30-11:00am Independence Monument: Mesa County Search and Rescue Technical Team will climb Independence Monument and raise the American Flag. Viewing locations at several view points on the Colorado Monument.
  • Fireworks after the GJ Rockies Game at Lincoln Park: Game attendees are invited to stay in the stadium to enjoy the fireworks show, and community members are invited to bring their families and watch the display from Lincoln Park.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Inmate facing attempted murder charge for attacking another inmate

David Castro, 32
MCSO Photo 4-22-18
MESA COUNTY, Colo – An inmate is facing new charges today stemming from an incident that occurred in the Mesa County Detention Facility.

David Castro, 32, of Clifton is accused of stabbing another inmate with an improvised weapon on June 13, 2019 at approximately 4:00 in the afternoon.

The victim was transported to the hospital and treated for his injuries. He has since been released and is back in the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Castro is facing the following charges:
  • Criminal Attempt of 1st Degree Murder (Class 2 Felony)
  • 1st Degree Assault (Class 3 Felony)
  • Felony Menacing (Class 5 Felony)
The case is still under investigation.

Castro is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility on a No Bond Hold until First Appearance in Court. For updated bond amounts visits our website.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Overall stats for Country Jam 2019


MESA COUNTY, Colo - The following statistics are from all four days of  Country Jam 2019

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Colorado State Liquor Enforcement Officers patrolled the four-day festival and made 157 arrests: 157 summons were issued for alcohol violations.

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

 Country Jam Stats                                    
2019
2018
 2017
Total                     
157
158
186
                                                              

Minor in Possession/Alcohol Offenses                          
139
149
 179
Procuring Alcohol to a Minor      
7
6
8
Fake ID                                           
29
8
4
False reporting        
5
2
4
Possession of another’s ID                               
1
1
1
Criminal Impersonation
1
0
0
Possession of Marijuana
0
0
1
Obstruction of a peace officer                                 
1
1
0
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
0
0
1
Resisting Arrest           
0
0
1
Warrant             
0
1
0

Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies also made seven arrests during the four-day festival. Charges included Domestic Violence, Harassment Strikes Shoves Kicks (Class 3 Misdemeanor), Restraining Order Violation, Possession of a Schedule I/II Substance (Cocaine) (Class 4 Drug Felony, Second Degree Assault on a Peace Officer (Class 4 Felony), Criminal Impersonation (Class 6 Felony), Resisting Arrest (Class 2 Misdemeanor), Obstructing Peace Officer (Class 2 Misdemeanor), Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and Possessed Fictitious Driver’s License as well as Child Abuse (Class 2 Misdemeanor).

Deputies also responded to several calls of intoxicated subjects, fights, and a reports of people selling counterfeiting merchandise resulting in several people being removed from Country Jam grounds. 
During the 4-day festival Lower Valley Fire Protection District treated 213 total patients on site with 9 transports to the hospital. Treatments included allergic reactions, alcohol intoxications, cardiac, dehydration, respiratory, and trauma. Traumas include care for injuries, burns, lacerations, wound care, and orthopedic injuries.

Colorado State Patrol made two DUI arrests and issued 6 tickets for failure to yield to emergency vehicles.  During the 4-day festival there were zero DUI related crashes, a first in recent memory!

Remember, MOVE OVER into the left lane and slow down for emergency vehicles stopped on the roadside, it’s the law.