Felony case increase in Mesa County not a cause for concern

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Mesa County saw a decreasing trend in felony cases for six years, but that record came to an end last year after the number of those cases went up. 2013 seems to be following that lead.

1,475 felony cases have been filed so far this year and officials say they expect that number to go up more before the end of the year.

Although it is slightly less than the jump to 1,506 cases filed in 2012, it is still about 20 cases higher than the notable low in 2011.

However, this increase is not something keeping officials up at night.

"If we start getting up near around 2,000 I'll be worried about it, but if we are talking a few cases increased around the 1500 level I'm fine with that," said Pete Hautzinger, District Attorney.

Felonies in Mesa County were reaching upwards of 2,200 in 2005, which was the same year authorities started a war on Methamphetamine.

The efforts proved to be successful after slowly knocking those felonies cases down by almost 700 from 2005 to 2011.

Although felony cases have seen a small boost, misdemeanor cases are actually down in Mesa County. In 2011, about 3,400 cases were filed and so far nearly 700 less cases have been filed this year.

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