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Mono County Arrest

Standoff ends with Arrest

Submitted by the Mono County Sheriffs Department
February 26, 2016
In the early afternoon of Thursday, February 25, 2016, Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Adobe Ranch Road, south of Highway 120 East, to investigate a report of a squatter in a vacant cabin. The suspect, later identified as William Ward, broke into the property and illegally took up residence.
A deputy spotted Mr. Ward driving an older sport utility vehicle toward him on a narrow dirt road. As the truck approached, the deputy blocked the road with his patrol vehicle and turned on his light bar. Mr. Ward accelerated his truck and rammed the patrol vehicle. Fortunately, the deputy was able to get out of his truck
prior to the impact. Mr. Ward reversed his truck and retreated toward the cabin.  Two deputies and a sergeant gave chase, eventually returning to the cabin.
Mr. Ward took refuge in the cabin, and the pursuing deputies took positions of cover and ordered him to surrender. A request was made for additional resources, and law enforcement officers from throughout Mono and Inyo Counties, along with support from medics and CalTrans, immediately deployed to the scene.
Meanwhile, Mono County Dispatch researched Mr. Ward’s criminal history. Mr. Ward had felony convictions for weapons-related offenses and had been incarcerated in state prison twice for those offenses.
As the afternoon grew into evening, Mr. Ward exited the cabin, armed with a rifle, and fired in the direction of law enforcement, shouting that they would have to kill him. Mr. Ward barricaded himself in the cabin, and it was clear he had no intention of ending the stand-off peacefully.  A coordinated plan was put into place to
diminish Mr. Ward’s capabilities, while allowing responding personnel to safely take him into custody. Tear gas was deployed into the cabin, and team entered the cabin. Although Mr. Ward was still armed and fought being arrested, the team successfully disarmed him and took him down without significant injury.
Medics were standing by and treated Mr. Ward for exposure to tear gas.  No responding personnel suffered injury during this incident. Many thanks to the responding personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Bishop Police Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, United States Forest Service, California State Parks, California Department of Transportation, Mono County Paramedics, and, of course, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office.
Booking Charges for William Ward:
69 Penal Code:Felony Resisting / Obstructing a Peace Officer
245 Penal Code: Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon
417.8 Penal Code: Felony Exhibit a Firearm to Resist Arrest
459 Penal Code: Felony Burglary
2800.2(a) Vehicle Code: Felony Evading a Peace Officer
photo courtesy Mono County Sheriffs Department
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Bishop Youth Wrestling Program

City of Bishop launching Youth Wrestling Program

submitted by the City of Bishop
February 25, 2016

The City of Bishop is excited to team up with Coach Ken Dutton for a Co-ed Youth Wrestling Program. This program is geared for children in Kindergarten through the 8th grades. Classes will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the High School Wrestling room from 5:30 – 6:30 beginning on March 8th until May 5th.   The High School Wrestling room is located in the southwestern corner of John Schwab football field.

Cost for each child for this 16 class program is $50. A mandatory parent meeting is scheduled for March 7th, registration by this date is highly suggested as space is limited. Registration forms are available now at City Hall.

For more information or questions you can contact Karey at City of Bishop Community Services at 760-873-5863.

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Early Morning Crash on Main Street Bishop

Bishop PD Details Single Vehicle Crash Wednesday

note: The Bishop Police Department is providing additional details and photos from a Wednesday Morning crash.  Photos provided by the Bishop Police Department.
Submitted by The Bishop Police Department
February 25, 2016
On Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at approximately 0046 hours, the Bishop Police Department received a report of vehicle on its side near the 500 block of North Main Street in front of the Bishop McDonald’s. Bishop Police Officers and medics from Symons Ambulance arrived a short time later and located a passenger vehicle on its driver’s side and partially blocking North Main Street.
The driver of the vehicle, a 61 year old male from Reno, Nevada told officers that he became distracted by the vehicle’s navigation system which caused him to veer off the roadway and strike a light pole, in turn causing his vehicle to lose control and land on its side.
The driver appeared uninjured and was not under the influence. He was treated and released by medics from the scene. With the assistance of Bishop Police Officers, the vehicle was returned to its wheels and driven away from the scene.
The investigation is continuing, and any one with additional information is encouraged to contact the Bishop Police Department (760) 873-5866.   Jessica Scida, Public Information Officer.
Photo provided by the Bishop Police Department
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LADWP Controlled Burn Today

LA DWP Conducting Burning

By Arnie Palu
February 25, 2016

The Los Angeles Department of water and power is conducting a controlled burn today between Independence and Big Pine.  Approximately 100 acres are targeted for treatment.  The burn is designed to improve range habitat.   DWP spokesperson Amanda Parsons indicates there was a burn conducted on Wednesday in Bishop near Saunders pond.

Next week a burn is planned in the Blackrock Waterfowl Management Area for habitat improvement.

Smoke from Wednesday’s burn south of Bishop. Photo by Arnie Palu
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Bishop Sunrise Rotary holding International Feast

Bishop Sunrise Rotary planning International Feast

February 24, 2016
Submitted by the Bishop Sunrise Rotary Club

BISHOP, CA — EAT, DRINK & DANCE at the International Feast, Saturday March 19 at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.

The Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise invites you to attend their first annual community dinner—INTERNATIONAL FEAST—on Saturday, March 19. Festivities begin at 5:30pm at the Home Economics Building at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop, CA.

$25 includes a full dinner including delicious homemade specialties featuring the flavors of Argentina, Sicily, Chile, Thailand and Austria. Bishop Sunrise members will be cooking up and serving 200 delicious dinners!

Enjoy dancing to great music by Inyo County’s favorite local band SANDY AND THE HIGH COUNTRY.

Win big at the Silent Auction—a night at Benton Hot Springs, a soak at Keough’s Hot Springs, or one of many gift baskets.

Tickets are available at the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Blogging Bishop on Pine Street at 162 E Pine Street or online at (and follow the link) or from any Sunrise Rotary Club member.

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Crash on 395 injures 4

Monday Crash on 395 south of Bishop injures 4

by Arnie Palu
February 23, 2016

A two vehicle traffic collision sent four to Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital Monday.  The collision occurred just prior to 12 noon Monday on highway 395 at Keough’s Hot Springs road.

The California Highway Patrol collision report indicates that 35-year old Big Pine resident Lauren Burek was driving a 1998 Lexus ES300 northbound on highway 395 at Keough’s Hot Springs road.  The second vehicle involved was driven by 30-year old Jennifer Berglund of Portola.  Two boys, age seven and two were passengers in Berglund’s 2001 Toyota.  According to the CHP collision report, “Berglund stated that she observed an animal run onto the roadway in front of her vehicle. She began to slow her vehicle to avoid the animal.  Burek failed to see Berglund slowing ahead of her and the fount of her Lexus struck the rear of the Toyota.”

Berglund and the two passengers were transported to Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital with minor to moderate injuries.

Lauren Burek, according to the report, “Was placed under arrest for violation of section 23152 of the vehicle code, driving under the influence of alcohol.  Burek was treated for her injuries (moderate) at Northern Inyo Hospital.”

The California Highway Patrol notes that anyone who witnessed the collision or observed either of the two involved vehicles just prior to the collision please call the Bishop CHP office.

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Red Cross CPR/First Aid Course

American Red Cross First Aid/CPR course set

The American Red Cross will be offering classes to the community in Adult CPR/First Aid.  Take this opportunity to learn or renew these important lifesaving skills.

Friday, March 4, 2016 9am-1pm.

Cost: $5

 Location: Mammoth Lakes Fire Department Training Room

3150 Main Street

Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

To register contact Mono County Social Services 760-924-1770

Mammoth, Know your Limit

Mammoth PD continues the “Know your Limit” program

submitted by Mammoth Lakes Police Department

Know Your Limit Before Driving Impaired

Mammoth Lakes, CAThe Mammoth Lakes Police Department is continuing its Know Your Limit impaired driving prevention program. On Friday, February 26, 2016, from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, in partnership with Mono County Behavioral Health and Mammoth Taxi, will be conducting another Know Your Limit event in the Village at Mammoth.

Know Your Limit is designed to help potentially impaired drivers make informed decisions as to whether or not they are capable of operating a motor vehicle safely. Officers will be present in front of Lakanuki (6201 Minaret Road) with several PAS devices and educational material. Citizens will be offered the opportunity to submit to a voluntary PAS test, also known as a breath test. The results will be provided to the citizen, along with information on driving under the influence and a token for a free taxi ride provided by Mammoth Taxi. The tokens have been paid for by Mono County Behavioral Health and can be used the night of this event or any other night for a ride home provided that the ride is within the town limits. If the taxi ride is outside town limits (i.e., Main Lodge, the Bluffs, or Crowley Lake), the token is only good for its face value of $5.

This educational program offers citizens the opportunity to learn more about alcohol consumption and its effect on their breath alcohol content. MLPD hopes that by providing citizens with a better understanding of their own limits on alcohol consumption that they will choose not to drive if they are above the legal limit.

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Trees Damage Mammoth Homes

Trees Damage Mammoth Lakes Residences

submitted by Mammoth Fire Protection District
February 19, 2016

On Thursday, February 18, 2016 there were two incidents of falling trees that damaged structures as a result of the strong winds that were associated with the storm that left in excess of a foot of snow in town. The Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Mono County Paramedics all responded to each of the incidents and fortunately there were no injuries as both residences were occupied.

At 8:56AM a report came into the Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch Office of a tree that struck a home on at 230 Hillside Drive. Upon arrival, responding units found a Jeffrey Pine had broken off very close to the ground and struck both a single family home and condominium building. The tree significantly damaged the home and resulted sufficient damage to one condo unit such as to render it un-occupiable. There was also the smell of propane in the area of the damage and tanks serving both structures were turned off. In both cases there were occupants in the affected structures and one adult received a minor cut to their nose and cheek which did not require medical treatment. The home and the unit were evaluated by Town of Mammoth Lakes Building Staff and determined that the residences could not be occupied. All of the affected occupants were able to find housing.

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Photo provided by the Mammoth Fire Protection District

At 11:26am Mammoth Lakes Fire/Police along with Mono County Paramedics responded to the report of a fallen tree at 248 Mammoth Slopes Drive. On arrival one tree, approximately 60’ tall was down on the roadway between buildings J and L; a second tree, approximately 120’ tall, was directly adjacent to the tree that had gone down, and was now leaning heavily toward building L. Responding crews immediately started evacuations of buildings L, K, and M, all of which were potentially in the fall path of the tree given the strong and erratic winds. Additionally, crews established an exclusion zone and shut off propane to the evacuated buildings.

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Photo provided by the Mammoth lakes fire protection district.

The Incident Commander worked with the property manager to relocate occupants, and to have an assessment of the tree by tree service specialists. At approximately 1327 the tree fell into building L at low speed, coming to rest on the peak of the structure. At the time of this release MLFPD had released the scene to property managers. There were no reported injuries. Two engines, two command vehicles, and one ambulance responded to the call with 13 personnel.

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NIH removing “Interim” tag, naming Flanigan CEO

Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, named Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s CEO

submitted by Northern Inyo Hospital
February 19, 2016

After serving five months as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Northern Inyo Healthcare District, Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, has a shorter title.

Dr. Flanigan will be dropping the word “interim” after accepting a two-year contract offer from the district board.

The announcement came at the NIHD Board of Directors meeting Wednesday evening following a closed session performance evaluation for Dr. Flanigan. Upon return to open session, Board President Denise Hayden announced the directors unanimously voted 5-0 to make Dr. Flanigan’s role as CEO a long-term, ongoing relationship.

The Board is so pleased to announce this decision,” Mrs. Hayden said Thursday morning. “Dr. Flanigan led us through a difficult transition as Interim CEO and re-established the confidence of our staff and our community. He has many new and exciting ideas in store for the hospital, and we look forward to seeing him build a strong healthcare team for this community.”

I am flattered and humbled by the Board’s actions Wednesday night,” Dr. Flanigan said Thursday. “It is a true honor to have the opportunity to lead this wonderful organization and to be able to partner with others in the Eastern Sierra region to ensure that tomorrow’s healthcare is better than that of yesterday. We truly are one team with one goal.”

Originally intended to serve as the healthcare district’s Chief Medical, Chief Operations and Chief Information Officer, Dr. Flanigan was named Acting CEO last September following the departure of former administrator Victoria Alexander-Lane. Dr. Flanigan was subsequently appointed Interim CEO in October.

Since that time, Dr. Flanigan worked closely with the NIHD board and employees to develop and establish long-term strategic goals and to position the district to realize those objectives.

Together, the Board, Dr. Flanigan and the district employees placed a renewed focus on continuous improvement and ensuring the best health outcomes for everyone in the district. The district’s new mission statement, unveiled in December, encompasses that focus: Improving our communities, one life at a time. One Team. One Goal. Your Health.

Dr. Flanigan is a graduate of the University of Richmond where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Latin and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He subsequently received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1993. He completed his internship and residency training at University of Louisville after which he became Board Certified in Internal Medicine (the medical care of adults) and Pediatrics.

After nearly 15 years of medical practice, Dr. Flanigan began a new career path in medical administration serving for almost five years as the Medical Director for the State of Maine Medicaid program known as MaineCare. During that time, he earned his Masters of Business Administration from UMASS at Amherst Isenberg School of Management.

Dr. Flanigan and his wife, Kelly, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, are the parents of three children. The couple looks forward to making their home in Inyo County.

About Northern Inyo Healthcare District: Founded in 1946, Northern Inyo Healthcare District features a 25-bed critical access hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, a primary care rural health clinic, a diagnostic imaging center, and clinics specializing in women’s health, orthopedics and neurology, pediatrics and allergies and general surgery. Continually striving to improve the health outcomes of those who rely on its services, Northern Inyo Healthcare District aims to improve our communities one life at a time. One Team. One Goal. Your Health.

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