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Tecopa Search and Rescue ends with Recovery of Remains

Inyo Search and Rescue mission ends as a recovery

April 6, 2016
By Arnie Palu

A nearly month long search for a missing Carmel man ends with the discovery of remains near Tecopa.  83-year old James “Billy” Liles was know to frequent the southern Inyo County area.  Liles was first reported missing in early March.  On Monday, Inyo County officials verify that remains found near Tecopa have been identified as James Liles.  A full autopsy will be conducted as the Inyo County Sheriffs Department continues their investigation.

Inyo County Sheriffs Department Statement:

On Friday April 1st Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified that human remains had been located near Tecopa. Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies as well as the south-county coroner responded and transported the remains to Lone Pine. Tuesday morning, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the south-county coroner that the remains have been positively identified as missing person James “Billy” Liles (83-year old man from Carmel, CA).
Inyo County Sheriff’s Office launched a search for Mr. Liles following a report that was received on the evening of March 11th that a cellular phone was found in the desert east of Tecopa (the cellular phone was identified as belonging to James “Billy” Liles). Ground teams from Inyo County Search and Rescue and BLM combed the Tecopa area, and aerial reconnaissance was provided by CHP helicopter H-80. Mr. Liles was not located and the case remained opened.
A full autopsy will be performed out of county to determine cause of death. The Sheriff’s Office is still asking the public to please contact us at 760-878-0383 if anyone has any information that may assist us in this case
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Photo courtesy of the Inyo County Sheriffs Department.
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Big Pine woman arrested following Sunday Crash

CHP arrests Big Pine resident after Sunday Crash south of Bishop

By Arnie Palu
March 14, 2016

A 41 year old Big Pine woman, Sara Vance, was placed under arrest for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence following a Sunday traffic collision.  According to the California Highway Patrols Collision report, Big Pine resident Sara Vance was behind the wheel of a northbound 2013 Toyota when it collided with a traffic sign on Highway 395 at Collins Road.  The collision occurred at 12:30 Sunday afternoon.  Vance sustained what were described as minor injuries including cuts to her right arm.  The California Highway Patrols report indicates, “Upon arrival on scene the driver was evaluated, found to have minor injuries, and subsequently placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI.  The collision is still under investigation.”

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CHP Testing Dispatchers in Bishop

CHP is offering rare local dispatcher test

submitted by the California Highway Patrol

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will accept applications until February 19th, 2016, from individuals interested in a career as a CHP dispatcher in Bishop.  This is an opportunity to serve alongside and dispatch for some of California’s finest who provide the highest level of safety, service and security throughout the state.  A career with a law enforcement agency like the CHP offers unlimited opportunities and benefits for someone who is looking for a challenge.

The Bishop CHP Communications Center has vacant positions needing to be filled with qualified men and women from diverse backgrounds who are committed to carrying out the CHP’s mission and making a difference in their communities.

Those interested in applying, or seeking additional information, are invited to an informational meet and greet on Thursday, February 4th, 2016, at 6:00 PM at the Bishop CHP Office, 469 S. Main St.  Interested parties may contact Public Safety Dispatch Supervisor Nancy Lauber at 760-872-5909 Monday through Thursday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM, or at nancy.lauber@chp.ca.gov.  Additional information can be obtained by visiting www.chp.ca.gov/CHP-Careers/Public-Safety-Dispatcher

To be considered, candidates must be a US citizen or meet employment eligibility requirements, have no felony convictions, type no less than 40 words per minute, and meet the minimum work history requirements.  Each applicant will be required to complete a selection process including a written test, background investigation, medical evaluation and psychological evaluation. 

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CHP offering “Start Smart” program

New CHP “Start Smart” Program

submitted by the Bishop Office of the California Highway Patrol

California has the second highest fatality rate nationwide, involving drivers between the ages of 15-20.  To help combat this growing problem, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is conducting a Start Smart presentation for teens and their parents.  This program is specifically geared toward reducing collisions and injuries involving teen drivers.  This innovative program is called “Start Smart, Driving Smart to Stay Safe”.

Who: Officer Dennis Cleland, guest speakers and other members of the Bishop CHP.

What: Start Smart Campaign to raise awareness regarding senseless collisions involving newly licensed drivers.

When: Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 5:30 pm.

Where: Bishop Area CHP Office
469 S. Main St, Bishop, Ca 93514

This is a new and improved course that is offered free of charge to all drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 and their parents.  Please register at the Bishop CHP Office by January 12th.

This class includes graphic footage of real collision scenes.

If you have any questions please contact Officer Dennis Cleland at (760)872-5960.

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Arrest Made In Fairgrounds Embezzlement Case

Former CEO Sally Symons Arrested

Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy Released the following statement today:

Sally Ann Symons Arrested on Embezzlement Charges

District Attorney Investigators arrested former Tri-County Fair CEO Sally Ann Symons on embezzlement and misuse of government funds charges this morning (Monday, November 30th) after she voluntarily surrendered herself at the District Attorney’s office in Bishop. The District Attorney has filed a complaint alleging three felony counts: Misappropriation of Government Funds, Embezzlement of Government funds, and Grand Theft. The Complaint alleges that the acts took place between August, 2014 and September, 2015, while Ms. Symons served as the Chief Executive Officer for the fair. The complaint follows an extensive investigation conducted by the California Highway Patrol Inland Division Investigative Services Unit. Because the alleged crimes involve the theft of state property and were alleged to have occurred on the grounds of a state facility, the CHP handled the initial investigation.

Ms. Symons was booked at the Inyo County Jail and posted a $25,000.00 bail bond. She was ordered to appear in the Inyo County Superior Court in Bishop on January 6th,  2016 for formal arraignment on the charges.

On October 22nd the California Highway Patrol released the following statement:

In July of 2015, the California Highway Patrol, Inland Division Investigative Services Unit, initiated an investigation into the possible embezzlement of funds from the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds.  During the extensive investigation, CHP investigators determined Bishop area resident Sally Ann Symons, 46, embezzled funds belonging to the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair.   On October 21, 2015, Symons, who is a former employee of the Tri-County Fair, was detained and transported to the Bishop Area CHP office for questioning.  The CHP report containing the embezzlement and other various charges will be submitted to the Inyo County District Attorney’s office for review.

In 2013, the CHP investigated a similar embezzlement case involving the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds.  Both investigations are unrelated.

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Fair Board Meeting

Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair board meeting Thursday

A regular meeting of the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair board is set for Thursday, November 5th in the boardroom of the main office at the Bishop Fairgrounds.  The meeting of the 18th district agricultural association (fair board) will begin at 1pm.

Thursdays agenda includes the staff managers report from Suzanne Wolfsberger-Gruwell.  Suzanne will cover events that have been happening at the fairgrounds since the last board meeting and will provide the exhibit report.

Ben Barlow will deliver the maintenance report and an update on the main arena timing clock.

Thursdays agenda also includes a Fair wrap-up looking at attendance, finances and the fair survey.

A executive session is scheduled to look at personnel matters including litigation with former CEO Sally Symons.  As the 2015 Tri-County fair was starting up, then CEO Sally Symons was asked to step down.  Symons worked as CEO from March of 2014  until Sunday, September 6th.  According to a statement from the California highway patrol….”In July of 2015, the California Highway Patrol, Inland Division Investigative Services Unit, initiated an investigation into the possible embezzlement of funds from the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds.  During the extensive investigation, CHP investigators determined Bishop area resident Sally Ann Symons, 46, embezzled funds belonging to the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair.   On October 21, Symons was detained and transported to the Bishop Area CHP office for questioning.  The CHP report containing the embezzlement and other various charges will be submitted to the Inyo County District Attorney’s office for review.”
As of today (Tuesday, November 3rd) Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy confirms that his office is yet to receive the report.

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Thursday Arrest

Bishop Man arrested twice

20-year old Darrell Maddox Jr was arrested Thursday.  The Inyo County Sheriffs department and California Highway Patrol participated.  The Inyo County Sheriffs department released the following statement:

At approximately 1:00am Thursday morning Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received a report that Darrell Maddox Jr, a 20-year old man from Bishop, was intoxicated and behaving erratically. When Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the location where Maddox was reported to be, Maddox attempted to flee on foot. Deputies were able to detain Maddox; however Maddox was uncooperative, refused a field sobriety test, and was ultimately taken into custody for resisting/obstructing. While en route to the Inyo County Jail, Maddox began kicking the patrol vehicle ultimately damaging the inside of the door. Maddox was booked for obstruction, and vandalism.  After being detained in a sobering cell, Maddox was released with a notice to appear.

Later in the day Thursday, shortly after 10:00am the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received notification that Maddox had assaulted an elderly man outside of Carroll’s Market in Big Pine. The victim reportedly picked Maddox up as a hitchhiker directly north of Independence. Maddox asked to be dropped off in Big Pine; once the vehicle stopped the victim reported that Maddox punched him in the face then stole his wallet and phone.

Two California Highway Patrol officers located Maddox on the east side of Big Pine. Maddox got into a physical altercation with the officers, striking one of the CHP officers, which prompted the deployment of a Taser. CHP arrested Maddox, but then transferred custody to Inyo County Sheriff’s Office for booking. Maddox was booked into the Inyo County Jail under the following charges: felony robbery, felony cruelty to an elder, obstruction, resisting arrest, and battery on Peace Officer. Bail has been set at $100,000.

cover photo, Darrell Maddox Jr, photo provided by the Inyo County Sheriffs department

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Alleged Embezzlement at the Tri-County Fair

CHP Investigating Alleged Fairgrounds Embezzlement

The California Highway Patrol issued a statement today confirming an investigation into the alleged embezzlement of funds from the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds. Former CEO Sally Symons was detained Wednesday for questioning. Symons and the Tri-County Fairgrounds parted ways during this years fair.

The CHP statement:

In July of 2015, the California Highway Patrol, Inland Division Investigative Services Unit, initiated an investigation into the possible embezzlement of funds from the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds.  During the extensive investigation, CHP investigators determined Bishop area resident Sally Ann Symons, 46, embezzled funds belonging to the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair.   On October 21, 2015, Symons, who is a former employee of the Tri-County Fair, was detained and transported to the Bishop Area CHP office for questioning.  The CHP report containing the embezzlement and other various charges will be submitted to the Inyo County District Attorney’s office for review.

In 2013, the CHP investigated a similar embezzlement case involving the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds.  Both investigations are unrelated.

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Sobriety Checkpoint Friday

CHP and MLPD Conducting DUI Checkpoint

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area and the Mammoth Lakes Police Department (MLPD) have collectively scheduled a sobriety checkpoint for Friday, September 18, 2015, in Mono County.  Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The purpose of a sobriety checkpoint is to deter impaired driving, remove impaired drivers from the roadway and educate the public regarding the dangers of impaired driving.

Unfortunately, impaired driving remains a major traffic safety issue.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Website, in 2012 more than 10,000 people were killed nationally in alcohol-impaired traffic collisions.  NHTSA estimates alcohol-impaired traffic collisions cost an estimated “37 billion dollars annually”.

Unfortunately, what cannot be captured in the statistics is the lasting impact an impaired driving event has on those involved.  Lieutenant Jeff Holt, Commander of the CHP Bridgeport Area, wanted to remind residents, “Impaired drivers, either drunk and/or drugged, create a life threatening danger to our communities.  A sobriety checkpoint has a deterrent effect which ultimately makes Mono County safer.  This year alone, DUI related traffic collisions in Mono County are up 60 percent from 2014.  This is a trend that cannot continue. With cooperation from the public and a collaborative effort towards traffic safety from our law enforcement partners, we can reduce DUI related collisions.”

In an effort to reduce impaired driving, the CHP employs sobriety checkpoints to raise awareness and remove impaired drivers from the roadway.  Please, don’t become a statistic.  Always plan ahead and designate a sober driver.

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Recovery at Jigsaw Pass

Inyo County Search and Rescue recovers fall victim

information from the Inyo County Sheriffs Department

Jigsaw Pass recovery

On August 5th at about 5:20pm, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified through CalOES of a SPOT device activation near Jigsaw Pass. The activation was followed by a message asking for a helicopter for an immediate evacuation due to an injury. A short time later another message was sent saying, “fatality.” Two Inyo County SAR members responded to the coordinates of the SPOT activation.

On August 6th at about 7:00am, CHP H-80 arrived and with the assistance of the Inyo County SAR team, H-80 was able to recover the body of Stephanie Subak (58 years old from Seattle, WA) and transport her to the Sheriff’s Posse Hut near the Bishop airport, where she was then driven to Brune Mortuary.

Interviews conducted with her hiking friends who were with her at the time of the accident indicated that Subak was descending down Jigsaw Pass when a rock that she grabbed onto gave way, causing her to tumble about 40 feet down a chute. Once Subak’s partners got to her, she was unconscious but breathing; she passed away about an hour later. According to the coroner Subak sustained multiple traumatic injuries that caused her death.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office extends our sincere condolences to Subak’s family and friends during this very difficult time. We also would like to thank the Inyo County SAR team and H-80 for their response efforts

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Jigsaw Pass, photo by the Inyo County Sheriffs department
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