Saturday, August 8, 2020

Inmate death at the Mesa County Jail

 MESA COUNTY, Colo: On the morning of 08/08/20, a 33-year-old male, who was being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility on felony charges relating to domestic violence, was found unresponsive by his cellmates.  Deputies and medical staff immediately attempted life-saving measures while the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to the Detention Facility.  The inmate was declared deceased at the scene. The inmate was not on a suicide watch. The case is being investigated by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and the Mesa County Coroner.  Next of kin has been notified.  The Coroner’s Office will release the inmate’s name as well as the cause and manner of death.

One dead in Fruitvale shooting

 MESA COUNTY, Colo: On 08/08/20 at approximately 2:45 am, deputies were dispatch to a residence in the 600 block of Grand Valley Drive for a shooting. 

A male was found deceased inside of the home and had suffered a gunshot wound. Initial investigation has shown the deceased male does not live at the home, forced entry was present into the home and the deceased male is not known to the people whom reside there. 

Investigators are interviewing the residents, speaking with neighbors, processing the scene and will work closely with the Mesa County Coroner’s Office to identify the deceased.  The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death. 

If anyone has any information about the case, please call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 970-244-3526. 

This case remains under investigation. 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Deputies involved in Fruita officer-involved shooting identified

Deputy Mitchell Meens
Deputy Ryan Reasoner
MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is identifying the two MCSO deputies involved in the officer-involved shooting that occurred on the morning of July 17, 2020.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies who discharged their duty firearm during this incident are Deputy Ryan Reasoner and Deputy Mitchell Meens.

Deputy Ryan Reasoner is a 3-year veteran of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. He is a Field Training Officer and is a recipient of the Medal of Merit Award. Deputy Reasoner is currently assigned to patrol.

Deputy Mitchell Meens is a 2-year veteran of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. He is a recipient of the Medal of Merit Award and is currently assigned to patrol.

As per standard protocol, Deputy Ryan Reasoner, and Deputy Mitchell Meens will remain 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 information about the CIRT investigation click here.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Adult male found deceased on a remote hiking trail



7/27/30 UPDATE: The Mesa County Coroner's Office has released the following

"The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Conrad Earnest, a 62-year-old male resident of Grand Junction, Colorado. Mr. Earnest was the male that was reported missing and later found in Glade Park, Colorado on July 24, 2020. The cause of death is ischemic heart disease and the manner of death is natural. "

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5:00 p.m. UPDATE: The Mesa County Coroner's Office has released the following statement:

"Conrad Earnest was the male found near Glade Park today. We will release a formal media release once the autopsy is complete."

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MESA COUNTY, Colo – Thursday, July 23, 2020, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Mesa County Search and Rescue were called to assist locating a missing person in the Glade Park area.

Deputies searched late into the night and again this morning along with the missing person’s friends. At approximately 10:30 Friday morning, the person’s car was found in the Miracle Rock campground. A short time later an adult male was found deceased on the Miracle Rock hiking trail.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will release the person’s identity once next-of-kin has been notified. They are also responsible for determining the cause and manner of death.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this as an unattended death. Nothing suspicious is suspected at this time.


Monday, July 6, 2020

Palisade man arrested after overnight stabbing

Wesley Odneal, 27
MCSO Photo 7-6-20
MESA COUNTY, Colo – At approximately 10 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2020, Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a stabbing near Davis Circle and G 7/10th Road in Palisade. 

The 34-year-old male victim was transported to the hospital with multiple stab wounds. He is expected to survive.

Investigators determined the injuries occurred as a result of an argument that occurred between two individuals on G 7/10th Road.

Wesley Odneal, 27, of Palisade was arrested and is facing the charge of Assault in the First Degree with Intent to Cause Serious Bodily Injury with a Deadly Weapon.

Odneal is currently being held at the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts, visit our website.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

30th Annual Independence Monument Climb on 4th of July

Climbers at the top of  Independence Monument
Climbers at the top of 
Independence Monument
MESA COUNTY, Colo –  The Mesa County Search and Rescue Technical Rescue Team is gearing up for their 30th annual climb up Independence Monument to raise the American Flag. This continues a tradition started by Colorado National Monument founder John Otto in 1911. There are 12 climbers participating in this year’s event: 6 Search and Rescue volunteers will be accompanied by 6 guest climbers. Four of the guest climbers this year are members of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Once the American Flag is placed, it will remain atop Independence Monument for about a week for people to view.

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


How to watch

Flag and climbers on Independence Monument
View of climbers from 
Independence Monument View
The team hikes to the base of Independence Monument and begins climbing early in the morning. Once everyone reaches the top, they will raise the American flag. Depending on how fast they climb, the flag-raising will take place on top of Independence Monument approximately between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on July 4th.

The best viewing opportunities to see this traditional July 4th event in the Colorado National Monument are:
  • Independence Monument View
  • The end of Otto’s Trail 
  • Grand View
Independence Monument
If these parking areas are full, come back later. Often people only view the portion of the climb. The entire climb lasts most of the day, and the flag will be available to view about a week after it is placed. 

There is very little shade. It's recommended to bring lots of water, sunscreen and binoculars to view the event.

Please keep in mind the entry fee for the Colorado National Monument is $25 per vehicle. Colorado National Monument annual passes and America the Beautiful Passes are also honored. 

Please be mindful of social distancing and wear cloth masks where appropriate.

 


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions begin June 26th, 2020

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff, the Bureau of Land Management and the Fire Chiefs representing municipalities and fire protection districts of Mesa County are implementing Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 26th, 2020. This applies to all of Mesa County including BLM land with the EXCEPTION of land managed by the U.S. Forest Service. 

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions prohibit:
  • Personal use of fireworks
  • Campfires outside of designated fire pits or fire rings
  • Agricultural open burning without a Sheriff’s issued burn permit
  • Use of explosive targets
  • Smoking outside near combustible materials.
“We don’t make this decision without thoughtful consideration. We look at the data, the potential for significant wildfires and balance it with the impacts to our community,” said Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis. “I’m concerned with the level of fire danger we are seeing, one spark could quickly spread into a dangerous wildfire threatening lives, property and natural resources.”

Fire restrictions are implemented based on specific criteria to include moisture content of vegetation, weather outlooks, human risk factors and firefighting resource availability. It’s been hot, dry, and unseasonably windy. So far this year, we’ve had 15 Red Flag Warnings which is more than what we typically see over an entire year. The National Weather Service is forecasting above average temperatures and dry conditions with no relief from rain anytime soon.

“It’s important to recognize the inherent fire danger associated with the current weather conditions within our city and do everything that we can as a community to reduce the human causes of brush and wildland fires," said Grand Junction Fire Chief Ken Watkins.

With increasingly dry vegetation, severe drought conditions, and Fourth of July celebrations approaching, the danger for human caused wildfires increases even more.

"We are starting to see more human caused fires. The recent hot and dry conditions and no forecast for significant moisture in the next few weeks pose greater fire risk. We want everyone to be cautious on the upcoming holiday weekend while enjoying their public lands." stated Grand Junction Field Manager Greg Wolfgang.

What Stage I Fire Restrictions Mean

Fireworks are not allowed under Stage I Fire Restrictions. Professional fireworks shows may be allowed through the permitting process.

Campfires are ONLY allowed in designated fire pits or fire rings.

Smoking in open areas is not allowed EXCEPT within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least six feet diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material.

While the restrictions do not impact most shooting sports, explosive targets are prohibited.

Open Burning

The open burning of yard waste or fields is prohibited EXCEPT for agricultural burns with a Sheriff Issued Burn Permit. The Sheriff’s Fire Marshal will conduct an onsite inspection of each planned burn BEFORE a Permit is issued to ensure all safety precautions are met. If they are not met, and conditions do not allow for a safe burn a permit will NOT be issued and any agricultural burn will be in violation of the fire restrictions in place. Applications for a Sheriff issued burn permit can be found here.

Penalties

Causing a fire during fire restrictions can be a class 6 felony and can be punishable by fines up to $100,000 and/or imprisonment up to 18 months. Other possible charges include Fourth Degree Arson (M2) and Intentionally Setting a Wildfire (F3). You may also be held financially responsible for damage caused.

Federal Lands

The use of fireworks, flares, or other incendiary devices, including exploding targets, are always prohibited on federal lands. Wood fires are never permitted anywhere on the Colorado National Monument.

View Interactive Fire Restrictions Map at bit.ly/Fire_Restrictions


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Public comment sought on Mesa County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Mesa County Office of Emergency Management is inviting the public to review and comment on the 2020 revision of Mesa County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The public is encouraged to review, comment, and provide input as part of the planning process for this important plan update.

The purpose of Mesa County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards. Having a current plan makes participating agencies eligible for Federal Disaster Mitigation grant funds. The Mesa County Hazard Mitigation Plan is reviewed and updated every five years. This public comment period is to update the 2015 plan.

The public comment period is now underway. The public is invited to participate in the planning process in two ways:
  • Review and comment on Mesa County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Participate in the Public Hazard Perception Survey
    • Available online at bit.ly/Hazard_Survey
    • The public hazard perception survey helps emergency planners understand how hazards are perceived in our community. The information gathered from this survey will be included in the 2020 revision of Mesa County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Comments may be submitted electronically through the Public Hazard Perception Survey available at bit.ly/Hazard_Survey or by mail be submitted by mail 215 Rice Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502.

Questions and requests for hard copies may be directed to the Emergency Manager at (970) 244-1763.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Body found in a canal

MESA COUNTY, Colo – This morning at approximately 8:00, an employee with the Orchard Mesa Irrigation District discovered a body in the canal near 38 road in Palisade.

The body is of an adult male. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office is working to identify the person and determine cause and manner of death. They are responsible for releasing the person’s name once next of kin is notified.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Wanted: Grand Junction man for recent crime spree


Dylan McDorman, 20
MCSO Photo 7-4-19
MESA COUNTY, Colo The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a individual believed to be responsible for numerous property crimes in our community.

Dylan McDorman, 20, of Grand Junction currently has a total of 5 warrants for his arrest from multiple law enforcement agencies.

McDorman is believed to be involved in recent auto thefts and theft from autos spanning multiple jurisdictions on the Western Slope.

McDorman is described as a 20-year-old white male, 6’2”, weighing 175 pounds with blue eyes and blonde hair. He is believed to be armed and dangerous and has run from law enforcement in the past.

If seen, please call 911 immediately. If you have information about his whereabouts or about these crimes please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Clifton man arrested in connection with May stabbing

Jacob Box, 35
MCSO Photo 5-27-20
MESA COUNTY, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff’s Office investigators have obtained an arrest warrant for Jacob Box, 35, of Clifton related to a stabbing that occurred last month.

On May 27, 2020 at approximately 2:45 in the afternoon, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of an assault in front of a residence on F ½ Road near 32 Road.

An adult male was found on the side of the road injured with several stab wounds. The 47-year-old was transported to the hospital via ambulance and later flown to University Hospital in Utah for advanced medical care. He has since been released from the hospital.

Box is facing the following charges:
  • Criminal Attempt of Murder in the Second Degree (Class 3 Felony)
  • Assault in the First Degree (Class 3 Felony)

Box was already in custody on unrelated charges. He is currently being held at the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts visit our website.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Grand Junction man arrested after standoff

Zach Jayne, 37
MCSO Photo 5-30-17
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - At approximately 5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2020 Mesa County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of an intoxicated man threatening a woman with a gun at a residence on the 500 block of Meadow Road.

When deputies arrived, they were able to safely evacuate the woman. The man, identified as Zach Jayne, 37, of Grand Junction, refused to come out.

As a precaution, an emergency notification to shelter in place was sent to residents in the immediate area.

After several minutes, a single gunshot was fired from inside the residence and out toward the street where deputies were located. No one was injured.

Jayne then surrendered and was arrested without further incident. Jayne is currently facing the following charges:
  • 3 counts of Felony Menacing (F5)
  • 2 counts of Criminal Attempt of Assault in the First Degree on a Peace Officer, Threaten with Deadly Weapon (F3)
  • Domestic violence
  • Prohibited Use of Weapons (M2)
  • Resisting Arrest (M2)
  • Attempt to Escape (F4)
  • Obstructing Government Operations (M3)
Jayne was transported to the hospital via ambulance for a medical evaluation. While en route, he attempted to escape. Jayne was medically cleared at the hospital and then transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts visit our website. 

Friday, May 29, 2020

De Beque High School student awarded scholarship

Kaylie Fuller receiving her CSOC scholarship
 from Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis
MESA COUNTY, Colo - We are very proud to announce the recipient of this year’s County Sheriffs of Colorado (CSOC) scholarship award.

Kaylie Fuller just graduated from De Beque Undivided High School and will be attending the University of Northern Colorado in the fall to study criminal justice. She is the first person in her family to graduate high school and is determined to be the first to graduate college. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is honored to be able to help her obtain that goal.

CSOC offered more than 30 awards of $500 each this year to deserving high school and college students in Colorado to fund higher education expenses for the 2020-2021 academic year. This is the 39th year for the CSOC scholarship program.

Please join us in congratulating Kaylie on all of your accomplishments! We look forward to hearing about all of your future successes! To learn more about the CSOC scholarship award click here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

DA Review of CIRT Investigation Complete



MESA COUNTY, Colo – The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) has completed its investigation of the May 9th, 2020 officer involved shooting and turned it over to the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Dan Rubinstein has completed his review of the investigation, and his findings can be reviewed here.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 9th, 2020 a Colorado State Patrol Trooper responded to a report of a person exhibiting odd behavior in the area Hwy 50 and 29 Road. The initial report to 911 indicated the person was standing in the same position for a couple of hours, not moving and was possibly a mannequin. When a citizen approached and asked the person if they needed help, they did not answer or acknowledge their presence.

The Trooper attempted to speak with the person near the side of Highway 50. The person began to act aggressively and brandished an approximately 10-inch knife. Ultimately, an officer involved shooting occurred. The involved person, identified as Jayson Thompson of Arizona, is deceased and the Trooper is not injured.

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

For previous releases about this incident click here.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Remains found in February confirmed to be missing Grand Junction man

Franklin “Frank” Taylor
Remains found
MESA COUNTY – Mesa County Sheriff’s Office investigators have confirmed remains found in February in Utah belong to missing Grand Junction man, Frank Taylor.

On February 29, 2020, dirt bikers found remains in the desert in Grand County, Utah. Mesa County Sheriff’s Office investigators have received DNA confirmation the remains belong to Mr. Taylor.

Franklin “Frank” Taylor, 53, was reported missing in March 2019 by friends under suspicious circumstances. In October 2019, Matthew Logan, 33, of Fruita, was arrested and is currently facing charges related to Mr. Taylor’s disappearance.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank our partners at Grand County Sheriff's Office (UT), State of Utah Medical Examiner's Office, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations Laboratory for their assistance with this case. We also want to thank the public for all of their leads and continued vigilance in seeking justice for Mr. Taylor.

This cases remains under investigation.

For previous press releases about this case click here.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Suspect in custody after shots fired

MESA COUNTY, Colorado- Deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office have two in custody after a call of shots fired near 34 1/2 and F Roads resulted in a short pursuit Friday night. The call came in just after 6 pm and deputies located the involved vehicle. The vehicle failed to yield and a short pursuit began. The driver crashed his vehicle at San Juan and D 1/2 Roads. Both subjects were apprehended and transported for medical assessment and treatment. The investigation is ongoing.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

One person arrested after hours-long standoff

Daniel Rosales, 31
MCSO Photo 5-1-20
CLIFTON, Colo – At approximately 5:30 this morning, deputies received a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on the 400 block of Forelle Ct in Clifton. Deputies learned a woman and her children were hiding in their bedroom, while a male, identified as Daniel Rosales, 31, of Grand Junction, was refusing to leave.

Deputies safely evacuated the woman and children, but Rosales refused to come outside.

A Community Notification to shelter in place was sent to about 70 residents in the area. Homes immediately surrounding the subject’s home were evacuated as a precaution.

The combined Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Junction Police Department SWAT Team was called out to assist. A search warrant was obtained to enter the residence and arrest Rosales. The SWAT team entered the home and at approximately 11:40 a.m. Rosales was arrested without further incident.

Rosales is facing the following charges:
  • 2nd Degree Burglary (Class 3 Felony)
  • Harassment (Class 1 Misdemeanor)
  • Criminal Mischief, Less Than $300 (Class 3 Misdemeanor)
  • Obstructing Government Operations (Class 3 Misdemeanor)
  • Violation of Bail Bond Conditions (Class 6 Felony)
  • Resisting Arrest (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
  • Barricades and Refused Police Entry Upon Request
  • Domestic Violence
Rosales was transported to the hospital to be evaluated. Once medically cleared, he was transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts visit our website.

Monday, May 11, 2020

CIRT Investigation Update



MESA COUNTY, Colo -  On the morning of Saturday, May 9th, 2020 a Colorado State Patrol Trooper responded to a report of a person exhibiting odd behavior in the area Hwy 50 and 29 Road. The initial report to 911 indicated the person was standing in the same position for a couple of hours, not moving. When a citizen approached and asked the person if they needed help, they did not answer or acknowledge their presence.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. the Trooper attempted to speak with the 33-year-old male near the side of Highway 50. The man began to act aggressively and brandished an approximately 10-inch knife. Ultimately an officer involved shooting occurred. The involved male is deceased and the Trooper is not injured.

The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) are continuing to interview multiple witnesses of the odd behavior first reported as well as witnesses to the subsequent officer involved shooting. Investigators are reviewing several sources of video that captured various aspects of the incident. Work continues to process and analyze evidence in this case to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Investigators are seeking the identities of several potential witnesses believed to be in the area during the time of the incident. Please take a look at the attached photos of vehicles and people seen in the area of the Orchard Mesa Market gas station. Investigators are looking to speak with these individuals to determine if they are potential witnesses to this incident.

If you know who these potential witnesses may be, or have information about this case please call the MCSO Witness Tip Line at (970) 244-3526.

The Critical Incident Response Team would like to thank the public for providing information about this incident.

To view the previous press release about this incident click here. To view the Mesa County Coroner's press release click here.

Motorcycle driver getting gas
Woman in green, dark hair
Dodge, Temporary Tags, Female Driver





Silver Dodge Ram  

Male driver of Saturn
Black sedan, Male passenger
Red older F150, bike in bed.

Deputies honored: Police Week May 10-16, 2020

Mesa County Board of Commissioners
proclaim this week Police Week
MESA COUNTY, Colo – Today the Mesa County Board of Commissioners officially dedicated this week, May 10-16, 2020, to law enforcement officers in Mesa County.

Sheriff Matt Lewis and Operations Captain Todd Sorenson joined area law enforcement agencies and the Mesa County Board of Commissioners in recognizing not only fallen law enforcement officers, but also those who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect the community in which they serve.

MCSO Honor Guard
“We are citizens first. We are your neighbors, coaches, pastors, and volunteers who choose to serve our community by putting on a uniform,” said MCSO Operations Captain Todd Sorenson. “I couldn’t be more proud of the men and women of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and our federal, state and local law enforcement partnerships. Together we have been able to address crime, provide mental health services and make our schools safer like never before.”

American Flag flies at half-staff
to honor fallen officers
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard began Police Week with a ceremony raising the American flag to half-staff to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The flag will remain at half-staff for the duration of Police Week.

A wreath is displayed in the
 Records Lobby to honor
Deputy Derek Geer
Since 1791, more than 21,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty, including three from local law enforcement agencies. Deputy Edward Innes was killed on September 27, 1906, during an inmate jail escape. Fruita Police Department lost Acting Chief Dan Dalley in June 2001. Most recently, Deputy Derek Geer, of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, died after being shot by an armed suspect in February of 2016.

A wreath, first displayed in the Mesa County Sheriff's Office lobby, will be placed on Deputy Geer’s grave in a private ceremony this week to honor and remember his sacrifice. Learn more about Deputy Derek Geer here.

While traditional Police Week events like the Memorial Vigil and Glow N Games will not take place this year, due to COVID-19, it’s still important to mark the occasion. Please join us in thanking the men and women in our community who wear the badge for not only what they do, but more importantly, the personal sacrifices they make to ensure our safety.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

CIRT activated for an officer involved shooting


MESA COUNTY– On May 9th, 2020 shortly after 09:00 a.m., a Colorado State Trooper was involved in an officer involved shooting on Highway 50 and 29 Road in Mesa County. The Trooper was not injured in the incident and a single suspect is deceased.

The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is investigating the shooting. Traffic in the area is being diverted for the investigation. Expect delays for an extended period, so please avoid area.

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 Mesa County Coroner’s Office will be responsible for releasing the identity of the deceased, as well as the cause and manner of death, after appropriate notifications have been made.

The Colorado State Patrol will be responsible for releasing the names of their involved personnel. The Trooper will be placed on administrative leave, as is standard protocol.

The CIRT is seeking information about this incident. Anyone who witnessed or has video of this incident is asked to call the MCSO Witness Tip Line at (970) 244-3526.

The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is comprised of the following agencies: Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Fruita Police Department, Palisade Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. It is generally activated when a law enforcement agency is involved in a critical incident to ensure a complete and accurate investigation.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Detention Deputies Honored: Correctional Officers' Week May 3-10, 2020

Mesa County Board of Commissioners
proclaim this week Correctional Officers' Week
MESA COUNTY, Colo. — Today the Mesa County Board of Commissioners officially dedicated this week to Correctional Officers in Mesa County. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan created National Correctional Officers’ Week to honor the work of correctional officers and correctional personnel nationwide. In Mesa County, this group of professionals are known as detention deputies.

Sheriff Matt Lewis and Detentions Captain Art Smith joined the Mesa County Board of Commissioners in recognizing the professionalism and dedication of our detention deputies and staff especially during these unique times.

Detentions deputies and staff are on the front line and are an integral part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Local jails, like the Mesa County Detention Facility, are complex organizations. On a basic level, a jail must provide its inmate population a number of services, including three meals a day, medical and mental health care, clothing and linens, visitation, recreation, religious programs, as well as access to courts and attorneys while maintaining the safety and security of the 24-hour facility. Complicating this task is the risk of illness to both inmates and staff from a global pandemic.

“Our detention deputies and staff have been courageously performing this critically important service for our community,” said Capt. Art Smith. “Every day they work with people who’ve been medically isolated or quarantined with the utmost professionalism. Then, they still have families to go home to, and children to help with online learning. Our detentions deputies and staff are handling all of these new challenges admirably.”

Early on, the Mesa County Detention Facility implemented safety measures recommended by public health to protect inmates, staff and volunteers from the spread of COVID-19. To date, the Mesa County Detention Facility has zero positive cases of COVID-19. For more information about operational changes visit our website.

A wreath is on display honoring
Deputy Edward Innes
National Correctional Officers’ Week is also a time to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their community. The names of 720 correctional officers are engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. One of those names is Deputy Edward Innes, who was killed by an inmate escaping the jail in 1906. A wreath, first displayed in the Mesa County Sheriff's Office lobby, will be placed on Deputy Innes' grave this week to honor and remember his sacrifice. Learn more about Deputy Edward Innes here.

Please join us in thanking all detentions professionals for not only what they do, but more importantly, the personal sacrifices they make to ensure our community remains a safe place to live, work and play.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Saturday Morning Stabbing

MESA COUNTY, Colo. - On Saturday morning, April 25, 2020, just before 10:00 a.m., Mesa County Deputies responded to the 600 block of Cottage Meadow Court for a reported stabbing. The victim, an adult male, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with injuries sustained from the assault.

At this time investigators do not have any suspect information due to the victim being uncooperative. The investigation thus far indicates this was an isolated incident.

If you have any information regarding this crime please call 970-242-6707.

The case remains under investigation.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Wanted man in custody after crash


MESA COUNTY, Colo - At approximately 2:00 this afternoon, Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies observed a wanted subject driving westbound on I70B near warrior way. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect fled at a high rate of speed and deputies pursued. The suspect eventually crashed on I-70 Frontage Road near Helton Drive. The suspect fled on foot and was arrested by deputies in the area. 

There were no injuries in this incident. A Mesa County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle was damaged in the pursuit.
The driver is identified as Paul Saunders, 22 of Clifton. Saunders has two active felony warrants: one out of MCSO and one out of GJPD.

Saunders is facing new charges related to today’s incident:
  • Vehicular Eluding (F5)
  • Reckless Driving
  • Obstruction a Peace Officer (M2)
  • Reckless Endangerment (M3)
  • 2 Counts of Hit and Run, Failed to Remain at the Scene of an Accident, Damage to Vehicle
  • Drove Vehicle when License under Restraint
  • Obedience to Official Traffic Control Device
  • 2 Counts of Speeding 40MPH or more over
Saunders was medically cleared on scene and transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility.

SVP Community Notification - Privette

Sexually Violent Predator Moves Back into County

Willie Privette Jr, 39,
MCSO Photo 4-10-19
MESA COUNTY, Colo. -- This public notice is intended to make our community aware that a registered sex offender, classified as a sexually violent predator, is moving back into Mesa County after recently completing a sentence for an unrelated crime. Further details about this offender and his new location can be found on our website. Click here and choose the Willie Privette Community Bulletin

A 'sexually violent predator' is a term used by the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board, who classifies a convicted sex offender with this additional descriptor. Willie Privette Jr., 39, of Grand Junction, has served his convicted sentence as ordered by a Judge. Willie Privette registered with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and listed his new residence with our agency, per compliance with registration laws. 

All community notification bulletins for all current SVPs registered with our agency are on our agency website, to view them, click here. In addition, we highly recommend you watch a 12 minute video that talks about SVPs and all registered sex offenders, resources and other useful information specific to Mesa County. For current information on all registered sex offenders in Mesa County, visit our website.

If you have information regarding current criminal activity of this or any other offender, please call 911 for an emergency.  If you observe this offender engaging in any high risk or inappropriate behavior, please contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, patrol units, by calling 911 or (970) 242-6707. If you have questions or need education handouts, please contact Mesa County Sex Offender Registrar LeeAnn Camp at (970) 244-3206, or her direct supervisor Sgt. Justin Bynum (970) 244-3973.

Most sex crimes are never reported and most offenders are never detected. The greatest risk of sex offense is from people you know. The information provided herein (on the embedded community bulletin) is current and accurate as of the date, but is subject to change.

The purpose of this notification is to enhance public safety and protection. Vigilantism, or use of this information to harass, threaten or intimidate anyone associated with this notification will not be tolerated. 

This law enforcement agency has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live (however, we make it public information so citizens can be aware and educate themselves). Unless court restrictions exist, they are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose. Sex offenders have always lived in our community, but they were not required to notify law enforcement of their residence until registration laws were implemented pursuant to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act. Law enforcement may now share that information with members of the community, and in the case of sexually violent predators, law enforcement must actively notify citizens. This blog posting is only one of the means we are getting this information out to citizens of Mesa County.


Monday, April 13, 2020

Grand Junction man arrested after early morning robbery

Terrance Chatman, 27
MCSO Photo
MESA COUNTY, Colo – On April 13, 2020 at approximately 12:50 a.m. Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Circle K Gas station at 3202 E Rd for a robbery in progress.

A passerby noticed a masked person in the store with a rifle appearing to rob the store and called 911.

A deputy quickly arrived in the area and observed the masked person described get into a black Jeep Wrangler and drive off heading south on 32 1/8th Road from E Road. Deputies pursued, observing the vehicle run through a red light and driving recklessly.

The Grand Junction Police Department and Colorado State Patrol assisted in locating the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle ultimately crashed on the 400 block of Appaloosa Lane. The driver fled on foot and was located hiding next to a nearby canal. The subject resisted arrest before being placed into custody.

Terrance Chatman, 27, of Grand Junction is facing the following charges:
  • Aggravated Robbery (F3)
  • Felony Menacing (F5)
  • Possession of a Defaced Firearm (M1)
  • Vehicular Eluding (F5)
  • Resisting arrest (M2)
  • Violation of a Restraining Order. (M3)
  • Obstruction of Telephone Service (M1)
  • Reckless Driving
  • Possession of Weapons by Previous Offenders (F5)
  • 1st Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft (F4)
Evidence related to the robbery was recovered.

Chatman was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital and was medically cleared before being transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts visit our website.

Hiker rescued after four days lost, one person found dead


MESA COUNTY, Colo – Smoke from a fire helped rescue a hiker and two dogs who spent several days lost in the canyons between Glade Park and Rabbit Valley looking for help for his friend, who died after falling into a canyon.

On Friday, April 10, 2020, at approximately 1:30 p.m., a group of four hikers saw smoke and heard a person yelling in Mee Canyon. The group had no way to reach the hiker who needed help, so they immediately called 911.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Mesa County Search and Rescue, and Bureau of Land Management quickly responded and began looking for the lost hiker using the GSP coordinates from the 911 call.

Centurylink’s helicopter flew Mesa County Search and Rescue crews into the canyon due to the remote location and rough terrain. As they neared where the group of hikers had called 911, the helicopter crew spotted a smoke column across the canyon and the hiker waving his arms. Medical personnel treated the individual. He was physically exhausted and dehydrated, but otherwise in good health.

Mesa County Search and Rescue
 at Mee Canyon Trailhead
The 31-year-old hiker told deputies he and a friend are from out of state and had spent the last several weeks visiting national parks. Earlier this week, they decided to go on a short hike in Knowles Canyon with their two dogs when they became lost. They had day packs with water and snacks but didn’t have a cell phone signal to call for help.

After two and a half days of hiking, the hiker told rescuers his 32-year-old friend fell into a canyon with his two dogs. Unable to check on his companion and not knowing the extent of injuries, he continued hiking for another day and a half to seek help. After running out of food and water, he used a lighter to start a fire to signal for help. A decision rescue crews determined ultimately saved his life.

The Mee Canyon Trailhead had been closed up until that morning. It’s scheduled to be open the Friday before Easter, the morning a group of four hikers decided to use the trail. Had the gate not been opened for day hikers, the individual may not have been found.

He was found approximately four miles from the Knowles Canyon trailhead where their hike began four days earlier. However, because of the topography and rugged terrain, rescue crews estimate he had hiked at least ten to fifteen miles before he was rescued.

View of Mee Canyon
from Centurylink's helicopter
Based on the information the he provided, rescue crews found where his friend and two dog had fallen roughly one mile from the initial rescue site in Mee Canyon. Unfortunately, the 32-year-old man was found deceased. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office reports he died instantly when he fell approximately 60 to 80 feet down a slickrock formation. The cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries and the manner of death is accident.

Search and rescue crews also located the two dogs, which had minor injuries. Mesa County Animal Services, with the help of the Grand Valley Veterinary Emergency Center and CenturyLink’s helicopter, assisted in rescuing the dogs.

The two-day rescue and recovery mission involved more than 30 search and rescue volunteers, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Land Management, Centurylink, Mesa County Animal Services, veterinarians from Grand Valley Veterinary Emergency Center, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocate program, and the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.

Mesa County Search and Rescue
 at Mee Canyon Trailhead
Our thoughts are with the family and those affected by this tragic incident. Please remember when recreating to tell someone where you plan to hike, when you plan to return, and always take supplies such as food, water, and a navigational instrument such as a map, compass or GPS device.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

#Update and Correction: Early morning burglary ends in serious crash

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The investigation into the events that led up to the fatal crash the morning of April 5, 2020, remain under investigation.

This is an active and complex investigation involving multiple jurisdictions.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office released initial information on the morning of the crash in a press release. As the investigation has developed, we have learned the initial release of information wasn’t correct. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office wants to correct that information now and apologize for the incorrect information being released.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office initially reported the fatal crash happened before deputies had a chance to return to their patrol vehicles to follow. Based on the accident investigation being conducted by the Grand Junction Police Department, we now know the deputies had returned to their vehicles and had begun to pursue the stolen vehicle.

We continue to investigate the events that ended with this crash and deeply regret this tragic loss of life.




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Previous: 4/5/20

Update from the Grand Junction Police Department


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Previous: ** Please note information in the below press release is not correct, for the most current and accurate information please view the updated release**

4/5/20
MESA COUNTY, Colo – At approximately 5:55 a.m. Sunday, Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies received a report of a burglary at a home on the 600 block of 30 Road. The homeowner reported someone stole their car keys from inside their home and was driving away with their 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

A short time later, two deputies spotted the SUV parked at the Alta gas station at 30 Road and I-70B. As the deputies approached the stolen vehicle on foot, it took off westbound on Frontage Road at a high rate of speed. Before deputies could return to their patrol cars to follow the stolen SUV, it rolled and the driver was ejected at I-70B and North Ave.

The male driver was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

This case remains under investigation. The Grand Junction Police Department is assisting with the crash investigation.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Arrest made in I Road Homicide

Mark Anthony Foster, 61
MCSO Photo
MESA COUNTY, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff's Office Investigators have obtained an arrest warrant for Mark Anthony Foster, 61, in connection with the October 23rd, 2019 homicide of 59-year-old Roxine Foster.

Foster is facing the following charges:
  • Murder in the First Degree (Class 1 Felony)
  • Attempt to Influence a Public Servant (Class 4 Felony)
  • Domestic Violence
The afternoon of October 23rd, 2019 deputies responded to a 911 call from Foster advising his wife had been shot by an unknown person. Roxine Foster was found deceased when deputies arrived at the couple’s property on the 2200 block of I Road.

Foster was arrested and taken into custody Tuesday evening. He is currently being held at the Mesa County Detention Facility on a No Bond Hold.

For previous press releases about this case click here.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Woman rescued from the Colorado River

MESA COUNTY, Colo – At approximately 12:30 Sunday morning Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a woman in crisis who jumped into the Colorado River near 32 ½ Road.

Deputies found the 28-year-old female stuck on the far side of the riverbank about a half between the 29 Road Bridge and Corn Lake.

The Clifton Fire Department immediately worked to launch a boat in the river to reach her. In the meantime, fearing she would slip further down river, one deputy put on a life jacket and swam across the river with a rope.

The deputy was able to reach the woman and help keep her safe until the rescue boat arrived.

Both the woman and deputy were uninjured, however they were transported to the hospital to be treated for exposure. Overnight temperatures were in the upper 30s.

The Grand Junction Fire Department and Grand Junction Police Department also assisted with the rescue.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public there are free confidential and immediate support available 24/7 for anyone who needs it.
Colorado Crisis Services: Text “Talk” to 38255, call 844-493-8255, or visit coloradocrisisservices.org

Crisis Text Line: Text “Start” to 741741 or visit crisistextline.org

Friday, March 27, 2020

Rumor Control: NO documents need for Essential Travel in Mesa County


Local law enforcement wants to be very clear; NO documents are needed to go to work or do essential travel under Stay at Home order in Mesa County.

We have received questions from the community asking if critical employees traveling to and from work need an official document to prove they do in fact work for a critical service.

1. No, you do not need a document of any kind. Neither law enforcement nor Mesa County Public are issuing such documents.

2. If you are a critical employer, thank you for working during this time. You do not need to issue a document to your employees.
3. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Grand Junction Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Fruita Police Department and Palisade Police Department are NOT stopping people driving out in the community specifically in regards to the Stay at Home order.

4. Law enforcement is operating under the presumption people who are out in the community are doing activities that are necessary and permissible under the Governor's Stay at Home order.

This also applies to people who are doing essential travel such as but not limited to going to the grocery store, picking up children from childcare, taking care of a loved one, getting medical care, etc.

For the full list of what is considered a critical business and essential travel under the Governor's Stay at Home order, click here.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Additional COVID-19 Operational Impacts


The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office priority remains focused on the health and safety of our community, staff and those in our care.  As a result of the Governor’s order to stay at home and public health recommendations, additional enhanced safety measures have been implemented.

If you have an emergency call 911.

Records Lobby and Services

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Records Lobby will be closed effective March 26, 2020.  All services performed by Sheriff’s Office Records through person-to-person contact are temporarily suspended.

Request for records in accordance with the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act, C.R.S. 24-72-301 and the Colorado Open Records Act, C.R.S. 24-72-201 can be submitted electronically. You can download the request form online and email requests to so-records@mesacounty.us.  

Individuals with Concealed Handgun Permits (CHPs) that are recently expired or nearing their expiration date will receive a letter from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office extending the expiration date of their permit at no additional cost. 

Records staff will also be available by phone (970) 244-3500 during normal business hours.

The Civil Unit will remain open for emergency orders following direction from 21st Judicial District Court.  This includes temporary protection orders. The Civil Unit can be accessed through the Detentions Lobby during normal business hours.

Detention Lobby

The Detention Lobby will remain open to facilitate the release of inmates and attorney-client video visits.  The public is encouraged to stay at home and alternatively use online services for inmate fund deposits.

All of the current operational modifications at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office are listed for your convenience online at https://sheriff.mesacounty.us/covid19/

Thank you for your cooperation while we work together to prevent unnecessary possible exposure to COVID-19 or any other illnesses.

Deputies involved in OM officer-involved shooting identified

Deputy Shaver Hansen
Deputy Jason Bailey

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is identifying the two MCSO deputies involved in the officer-involved shooting that occurred in the evening of March 17, 2020.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies who discharged their duty firearm during this incident are Deputy Jason Bailey, and Deputy Shaver Hansen.

Deputy Jason Bailey is a 4-year veteran of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. He is a member of the MCSO SWAT team, a Firearms Instructor and is a patrol liaison to the Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s on Patrol volunteer program. Deputy Bailey is currently assigned to patrol.

Deputy Shaver Hansen is a 3-year veteran of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. He is a member of the MCSO SWAT team, a Firearms Instructor and is a recipient of the Life Saving Award. Deputy Hansen is currently assigned to patrol.

As per standard protocol, Deputy Jason Bailey, and Deputy Shaver Hansen will remain on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation that takes place independently of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) investigation.

Two Grand Junction Police Department officers were also involved in the incident. To view the Grand Junction Police Department release click here.
The officer-involved shooting remains under investigation by the Critical Incident Response Team. For the information about the CIRT investigation click here.

Update:
The 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office released its review of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) investigation of the officer-involved shooting on March 17, 2020. District Attorney Dan Rubinstein’s findings can be reviewed here:

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Web Page Launched for Operational Impacts of COVID-19

MESA COUNTY, Colo - In order to provide timely accurate information to the community about operational impacts to the Mesa County Sheriffs Office due to COVID-19, a new web page was launched.

The new web page is sheriff.mesacounty.us/Covid19/.  It is part of the main Sheriff's Office website.

This new resource will have updated information about any Mesa County Sheriff's Office operations, including suspensions of non-essential services and links to services available online. We recognize this is an evolving situation and hope this resource will be a valuable tool for people who need to conduct business with the Sheriff's office.

911 emergency services are not impacted. Please, call 911 for emergencies.

We are taking steps to ensure the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will remain open and operational to the fullest extent possible.

Continue to stay up to date on Mesa County Sheriff's Office Operations here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Operational Impacts of COVID-19

As a precaution to help stop the spread and prevent unnecessary possible exposure to COVID-19, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has implemented enhanced safety measures.

If you have an emergency call 911.

Our public access lobbies remain open, however we are encouraging people to use our website. Please visit Sheriff.MesaCounty.us for online services such as reporting a non-emergency crime, and scheduling an off-site video visitations.

The following services have been suspended to protect our employees and the community we serve.
  • Fingerprinting services
  • New Concealed Handgun Permit Applications (due to required fingerprinting)
  • Evictions
  • VIN Verifications 
These changes do not impact Concealed Handgun Permits renewal applications.

Our Civil Unit will remain open for emergency protection orders following direction from 21st Judicial District Court.

Mesa County Detention Facility

In order to maintain social distancing recommendations, in-person video visitation will be suspended for the general public starting tomorrow. Attorneys will now use the service to meet with clients instead of entering the facility for in-person visits.  Off-site video visitation remains available. Inmates can also be contacted by phone, mail, and email.

We understand the hardship this creates for families wishing to stay in contact with their loved-ones in jail.  As a result, we are working to waive any fees associated with off-site video visitation. To set up an off-site video visitation go to ICSolutions, or call (888) 646-9437. More Instructions can be viewed here.

The Detention Lobby will remain Open. People can still come in-person to use the Kiosk to add funds to an inmate’s account. You can also do this online. Resources are available on our website at Sheriff.MesaCounty.us and below:
Commissary:  Access Corrections https://www.accesscorrections.com/  1-866-345-1884
Phone: Inmate Calling Solutions  (ICS) https://www.icsolutions.com/  1-888-506-8407
Tablet: Telmate https://www.telmate.com/   1-866-516-0115
Mail:
The Inmate's Full Name and booking number
c/o Mesa County Detention Facility
P.O. Box 20000-5017
Grand Junction, CO 81502

We are continuing to coordinate with Mesa County Public Health to monitor this rapidly changing situation and will make public safety changes as necessary.

For information specific to COVID-19 please visit Mesa County Public Health’s website at https://health.mesacounty.us/covid19/ You can also call the information hotline at (970) 683-2300.

Previous Press Releases about MCSO's efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 can be viewed here.