Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Beginning in Montrose County

Montrose, COLO.—The unincorporated area of Montrose County will be in stage 1 fire restrictions beginning Monday, June 21. Seasonal high temperatures, worsening dry conditions, and the heightening planning level of wildfire resources were the deciding factors to take this precautionary measure. Additionally, there have been a handful of unattended campfires reported this year.

“We are in a severe drought and measures need to be taken to keep our public lands and community safe,” said Sheriff Lillard. “This is the smart and responsible thing to do for our community. We are continuing to meet with federal land and regional partners to monitor conditions. We appreciate the public’s help in taking measures to prevent wildfires in our area.”

The restrictions apply to the unincorporated county area and do not include the City of Montrose, Town of Olathe, Town of Naturita, and Town of Nucla. The stage 1 fire restrictions do not allow open burning of any kind to include agricultural burning, open campfires, and fireworks. Smoking cigarettes outdoors is not allowed, unless in an enclosed vehicle or building or in a developed recreation site. Campfires in a pre-approved campground, State Park/KOA, or enclosed fire pits are permitted. As a reminder, fireworks on publicly managed lands are prohibited.

Please be advised that penalties for violating the fire ban include: Class-2 petty offense with fines ranging from $100 to $500 depending on the number of offenses. If a fire causes damage to another individual’s property, additional criminal charges may apply. These fire restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

FBI, MCSO, and MPD Teamwork Leads to Attempted Murderer Arrest

Montrose, COLO.—Today the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Federal Bureau of Investigation, Montrose Police Department, MCSO High Impact Target Team, and Seventh Judicial Task Force executed an operation that led to the arrest of an individual wanted for attempted murder out of Las Vegas, Nev. Late yesterday, the FBI contacted local authorities with information that Gilfredo Morga-Mendoza was in Montrose County in the 53000 block of Falcon Road. Morga-Mendoza was wanted on a warrant out of Las Vegas for attempted murder charges.

“This is the perfect example of federal and local collaboration to apprehend a potentially armed and dangerous suspect who is wanted for two counts of attempted murder in another area,” said Undersheriff George Jackson. “The suspect was taken into custody without incident. This inter-agency operation highlighted teamwork, high-paced preparation, and good communication. Sheriff Lillard and Chief Hall have worked hard to create synergy between the MCSO and MPD, and today’s operation showcased how seamless these agencies work together to help protect our community.”

Morga-Mendoza is being held in the Montrose County Detention Center on a no bond warrant and is awaiting a hearing for extradition to Nevada.

 

Information Release

Montrose, COLO.–During the late evening hours of Saturday April 10, 2021, Christopher Impson, a 43-year-old male from Montrose, Colorado was killed in a vehicle / pedestrian accident at the 16400 Block of South Townsend Avenue. The case is currently under investigation by the Montrose Police Department and the Montrose County Coroner’s Office of Medical Investigation. The cause and manner of death are pending the results of an autopsy and toxicology analysis.

Rick Fellabaum, Chief Medical Investigator
Montrose County Coroner’s Office

This concludes this press release in its entirety. No additional information is available at this time.

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Montrose County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Jocko has Received Donation of Body Armor

Montrose, COLO.— Montrose County Sheriff’s Office K9 Jocko has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Jocko’s vest was sponsored by Darby Kelly of Heroes with Paws in Parker, Colorado and embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Heroes with Paws”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity 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. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,210 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. 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 donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

Montrose County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Jocko to get Donation of Body Armor

Montrose County Sheriff’s Office K9 Jocko will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Jocko’s vest is sponsored by Darby Kelly of Heroes with Paws in Parker, Colorado and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Heroes with Paws”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

K-9 Jocko is the second K-9 in the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office K-9 program to receive a vest from Vested Interest in K-9s. “We are very grateful to Vested Interest in K-9s for their support of our four-legged heroes,” said Undersheriff George Jackson. “These vests are critical in helping provide an extra layer of safety for both K-9 Jocko and K-9 Tigo.” K-9 Jocko works towards keeping the community safe with handler Deputy Mimi Savage on the west end of Montrose County.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity 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. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,101 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. 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 donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

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