STAT Partners to Offer Community Presentation on Salem-Keizer Threat Assessment Model

Montrose, COLO.—Montrose County School District RE1-J, Montrose County Sheriff’s Office, The Center for Mental Health, and the Montrose Police Department have partnered to bring the Salem-Keizer System of Assessing Student Threats to the region. The goal of the program is to provide regional school, law enforcement, and mental health providers a standardized process for threat assessment. The kick-off of this program creates a team of professionals—the Student Threat Assessment Team (STAT)—dedicated to creating a path of success for students at-risk. The community is invited to attend a presentation on the Salem-Keizer Threat Assessment System on Thursday from 9-11am at the Montrose County Event Center.

“This program places an emphasis on whole family health,” said Laura Byard, Regional Director for The Center for Mental Health. “Ongoing assessments will help families and students engage with services, break down barriers, and foster a collaborative effort for success.”

This week, professionals from across the region are receiving both Level I and Level II threat assessment training to learn how to complete a threat assessment. In the advanced training, team members will learn how to conduct an investigation and present the findings to the Student Threat Assessment Team. At a district level, trained professionals will be the eyes and ears for the program. In the event of a behavioral issue or indication of self-harm, case information will be gathered and look at the entire picture. Various indicators and questions will help determine the level of threat and work to establish supervision strategies and resources to help mitigate the threat and support the student. At that point, the team will meet to discuss the issues and determine a plan to help get the student back on a path to success.

“The threat assessments are critical to helping our youth and the community understand that the system is there to help support them. This is a community-oriented solution to a community problem. If students do not have the resources or a path for success in school, it is likely that law enforcement will eventually have contact with them as adults. The STAT wants to help work with these children when problems are first emerging to mitigate future issues. This threat assessment model is designed to help protect youth and the challenges many of them face today,” said Montrose County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Ted Valerio.

School District Director of Safety and Security, James Pavlich, echoed the sentiments regarding the importance of communication as he said, “In the past, a student at-risk either with behavior issues or suicidal indicators had the possibility to have several contacts with different agencies—school, mental health, and law enforcement. Each contact is often a cry for help and may not have been communicated to the other agencies, especially during summer months or in the years following graduation. This new system creates a team that meets to assess the student’s individual situation and factors that may be contributing to behavior issues, and creates a path back to success for the student.

Commander Matt Smith from the Montrose Police Department emphasized, “This system and training is a prevention-based model. It seeks to foster collaboration between community stakeholders, which is often a lacking component when addressing threats in our community. The most exciting aspects of this model for law enforcement are the front-end management of potential risks, and the supervision of those cases subsequent to their discovery.”

The program is presented by John Van Dreal, a school psychologist and director of security, safety, and risk management for the Salem-Keizer School District in Oregon. Mr. Van Dreal is an internationally recognized expert in threat assessment and a pioneer of multidisciplinary threat assessment. He has instructed and presented to education staff, mental health staff, and law enforcement officers from more than 300 educational institutions.

The community presentation will be held at the Montrose County Event Center (1036 7th Street) on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 9-11am. The presentation is free to the public and community leaders and organizers are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided by the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office. The event will also be live-streamed on the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page (

Missing Man Found Alive

The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office is proud to report that missing individual Mr. Robert McLeroy has been found alive off of Highway 141. He was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction for medical evaluation. Over the past three days, the MCSO has been extensively searching the area of Highway 141, the Uncompahgre Plateau, and any routes leading to Grand Junction following Mr. McLeroy’s disappearance on Monday. Search efforts have included a Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) fixed-wing aircraft, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office assisted by Centurylink helicopter, and several flights by Classic Air Medical helicopters. Today, a large search party containing volunteers and Montrose County Sheriff’s Posse members began searching the area of Highway 141 on foot, kayak, and by vehicle.

Mr. McLeroy’s grandson, Ethan Archer was searching from the San Miguel River in a kayak, while his father Ivan was following above him on Highway 141 in a vehicle. Ethan spotted Mr. McLeroy laying inverted on the river bank and the red Ford Taurus that Mr. McLeroy was driving was with its nose in the river. He immediately notified his father, who then alerted authorities. San Miguel Undersheriff Eric Berg was also a part of the search party and was the first law enforcement officer to arrive on the scene. Undersheriff Berg is a certified paramedic and has extensive experience in search and rescue. Lieutenant McClellan, search party members, and Undersheriff Berg first cut several trees to clear a path and then used ropes and pulleys to access and safely extract Mr. McLeroy from the scene. It is believed that Mr. McLeroy had attempted to get out of the vehicle by climbing the steep cliff to the highway, but fell and was found inverted on the bank. Once rescued, he was transported by a Classic Air Medical helicopter for medical evaluation.

“This is a true miracle,” said Lieutenant William McClellan, who organized today’s search efforts. “Mr. McLeroy is a beloved member of the west end community, and on behalf of the MCSO, I am proud to be able to safely reunite him with his family. I want to recognize the volunteers, deputies, Nucla Naturita Fire & EMS, Montrose County Road and Bridge, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado State Patrol, San Miguel County Undersheriff Berg, Classic Air Medical, and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.”

“Deputies and search parties have been working around the clock trying to find Mr. McLeroy and I am so thankful our efforts were successful,” said Investigator Travis Thompson, who is the lead investigator on the case. “This is the best case scenario–this 82-year-old man persevered and survived 72-hours in hot temperatures–and we could not have accomplished this without the assistance of our partners.”

The MCSO wishes Mr. McLeroy a speedy recovery. Thank you again to agency and law enforcement partners, community members, and the public for assisting with search efforts.

Missing Person Reported in West End

UPDATE: Mr. Robert McLeroy has been found off of Highway 141. He is ALIVE and is being transported for medical evaluation. We will post further updates as we learn more. Thank you to our volunteers and Montrose County Sheriff’s Posse for their search efforts!!

Montrose, COLO.— The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is looking for the public’s assistance in locating Mr. Robert McLeroy of Nucla. Mr. McLeroy was reported as a missing person Monday evening. He was last seen leaving Nucla and driving to Grand Junction at 10:30 am on Sept. 2. He is 82 years old, 5’10” and 175 pounds with grey hair and brown eyes. Mr. McLeroy was driving a 2015 red Ford Taurus with Colorado plates 430-GPA. It is believed that he would have taken Highway 141 into Grand Junction, but Divide Road is also an option. At this time, the MCSO is searching routes that Mr. McLeroy could have taken on his trip. Anyone with information on Mr. McLeroy’s whereabouts should call Western Colorado Regional Dispatch Center at 970-249-9110.




MCSO Accepting Citizens’ Academy Applications

Montrose, COLO.— The application period is now open for the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy under the leadership of Sheriff Gene Lillard. The academy is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Oct. 2, and will continue for 12 weeks with a graduation ceremony on Dec. 18.

“The academy is an in-depth course that provides an overview of the hard work that deputies and MCSO staff perform every day while serving and protecting our community,” said Lieutenant Ty Cox. “You will walk away with general knowledge of the MCSO policies and procedures as well as information on supporting agencies to include the posse and dispatch.”

The classes will be held for 12 weeks, every Wednesday, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Training will take place at the MCSO—1200 North Grand Avenue—in the conference room.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to attend. The comprehensive instruction will cover a wide variety of law enforcement issues each week including the following: Sheriff’s Posse, Traffic Stops, DUI Investigation, Response to Resistance, Investigations, Crime Scene and Evidence Collection, Less Lethal, Records & Civil Process, Reception, Victim Services, Procurement, Peer Support, Drug Investigations, Recruitment and Hiring, Field Training Program, K9, SWAT, WestCo Dispatch, and Detentions.

Class size is limited and applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early. Applications are available online at or in person at the MCSO (1200 North Grand Ave.) during regular business hours. For more information, please contact Lieutenant Cox at 970-252-4023 or

MCSO K-9 Tigo to Receive Donation of Body Armor

The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputy K-9 Tigo will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K-9 Tigo’s vest is sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by James Crouch of Bixbi Pet and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Bixbi Pet”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

“Deputy K-9 Tigo is an asset to the entire Seventh Judicial District, and this vest goes a long way to providing for K-9 Tigo’s safety on the job,” said Sergeant and K-9 Handler Searcy. “K-9 Tigo is excited to work for his community and will soon be able to do so wearing the same protective body armor as deputies. Thank you to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and Bixbi Pet for the generous donation.”

K-9 Tigo is a 22-month-old Dutch Shepard that was purchased from Right Hand K-9 LLC in Utah earlier this spring. In just a few months of service, K-9 Tigo has successfully tracked several at-risk individuals, assisted multiple agencies with open-air sniffs, and helped seize illegal drugs.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Mass., whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,500 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

8/9/19 MCSO Blotter

Montrose County Sheriff’s Office
Activity Blotter


0717 Hours Deputy assisted the ambulance in the 17600 Block Starlight Court.

0811 Hours Deputy was dispatched to a littering in the 22000 Block Highway 550.

0827 Hours Deputy assisted the ambulance in the 18700 Block Highway 550.

1003 Hours Deputy took a report of a stolen vehicle in the 14400 Block Marine Road.

1030 Hours Deputy arrested Omar Martinez, 19, on a warrant at the courthouse.

1126 Hours Deputy responded to a civil matter in the 60700 Block Highway 50.

1327 Hours Deputy was dispatched to a civil matter in the 13300 Block Marine Road.

1404 Hours Deputy assisted the ambulance in the 14500 Block Marine Road.

1405 Hours Deputy performed a welfare check in the 17600 Block Starlight Court.

1417 Hours Deputy was contacted at the sheriff’s office about a criminal mischief in the 8800 Block 6075 Road.

1459 Hours Deputy assisted a citizen in the 1500 Block 5600 Road.

1524 Hours Jared McKinnon, 18, was arrested on a warrant in the 900 Block North Selig Avenue.
1530 Hours Ronnie Washington, 39, was arrested on multiple warrants and protection order violations in the 900 Block North Selig Avenue.

1609 Hours Deputy took an informational report in the 53000 Block Easter Road.

1733 Hours Deputy investigated a private property accident in the 22000 Block Highway 550.

1736 Hours Deputy performed an animal welfare check in the 800 Block Spring Creek Road.

1810 Hours Deputy responded to a burglary in the 58900 Block Grandpas Trail.

1957 Hours Deputy assisted the fire department in the 67200 Block East Borough Drive.

2123 Hours Deputy was dispatched to a trespass in the 17600 Block Starlight Court.

2305 Hours Deputy performed an animal welfare check in the 60800 Block Oak Grove Road.

2339 Hours Deputy conducted a field interview in the 1600 Block North Townsend Avenue. He cited John Hrabak, 26, Shaylene Schneider, 24, and Kallie Morrison, 37, for second degree criminal trespass.

Deputies Performed
4 Civil Processes
5 Directed Patrols
6 VIN Inspections


Martinez, Omar 10/04/99
Montrose, CO
By Montrose SO
Failure to Appear
Bond $2000.00

Roster, Carrie A 10/22/78
Montrose, CO
By Montrose PD
Driving Under Restraint
Identity Theft
False Information to an Officer
Bond $5000.00

McKinnon, Jared W 06/30/01
Montrose, CO
By Montrose SO
Warrant Arrest X 2
Bond $5750.00

Washington, Ronnie J 08/30/79
Montrose, CO
By Montrose SO
Protection Order Violation X 2
Failure to Appear X 2
Bond $289,000.00

Tracy, Anna M 12/07/90
Montrose, CO
By Montrose PD
Domestic Violence
Third Degree Assault
No Bond