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Fugitive returned to Mono

International Fugitive Brought Back to Mono County after 11 Years on the Run

On January 6, 2014, an Investigator from the Mono County District Attorney’s Office, assisted by the Sacramento branch of the FBI traveled to Mexico City to transport a fugitive back to Mono County to face charges for repeatedly and forcibly raping a child while she was between the ages of five and twelve.
Jacinto Flores Xochimitl, a citizen of Mexico, was sought for questioning in 2004 by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department after being accused of forcible rape of a child. On the same day, Mr. Xochimitl fled Mammoth Lakes and boarded a flight to Mexico where he has been in hiding ever since.
The Mono County District Attorney’s Office has been working with the FBI, the US Attorney General’s Office, Department of Homeland Security and Interpol over the last decade to locate and extradite Mr. Xochimitl. During the later part of 2011 and early 2012, the FBI and FBI Legal Attache office in Mexico confirmed the location of the suspect and in July of 2012, the Mono County District Attorney formally requested the extradition of Mr. Xochimitl from Mexico.
Mr. Xochimitl was arrested in Puebla, Mexico by Interpol on January 14, 2014. After unsuccessfully appealing extradition to the United States, the Government of Mexico affirmed the extradition on September 19, 2014. Mr. Xochimitl was transported to the United States on January 6, 2015 and booked into the Mono County Jail in the early hours of January 7.
Mr. Xochimitl is scheduled to be arraigned in Bridgeport on January 13, 2015. He faces 30 years to life in state prison if convicted.

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Burning set for Inyo

Prescribed Burns begin this Week

The LADWP and CAL Fire to Conduct Series of Prescribed Burns for Range and Habitat Improvement.  The burns to occur this week through March 13, 2015.   The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and CAL Fire crews will be conducting a series of prescribed burns for range and habitat improvement purposes in the Bishop and Independence areas from January 12- March 13, 2015.  The first prescribed burn will occur northeast of Independence this week. Burning will take place throughout the morning, and smoke will be visible in and around the Blackrock area.
The public is asked not to report the smoke and fire in the controlled burn areas.  Crews will monitor the fire throughout the burn, and will take precautions to keep smoke away from area communities.

Photo Courtesy of Gary Young Photography

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Fatal Traffic Accident in Mono

Crash in Mono County claims Bridgeport Resident

The California Highway Patrol is passing along details from a single vehicle crash that has claimed the life of a Bridgeport resident.   Press Release from the Bridgeport office of the Highway Patrol:

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, at approximately 5:27 P.M., Mrs. Stephanie Migliore, age 51 of Bridgeport, California, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Savannah, westbound on Twin Lakes Road at an unknown speed. Mrs. Migliore, for unknown reasons allowed her vehicle to drift off of the roadway and onto the dirt shoulder. Once on the shoulder her vehicle overturned and landed on its left side. Mrs. Migliore sustained fatal injuries due to the collision. Rescue personnel from Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Mono County Paramedic Fire/Rescue (Medic 7) and personnel from California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Area responded to the scene. The California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Area are currently investigating the cause of this collision.

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Bishop Warren Street Update

Next Phase of Work set for Warren Street

Public Works News Release
Construction of Warren Street Improvements Starts Soon.  As work on the water and sewer improvements along Warren Street draws to a close, construction of street improvements on Warren Street
is about to begin. Construction of the first phase of the Warren Street Improvements project is expected to begin 20 January and to
continue into May. The first phase of the Warren Street project will improve Warren Street from Line Street to Pine Street with new pavement, curb, sidewalk, street trees, street lights, and other improvements.
The blocks of Church Street, Academy Avenue, and most of Pine Street between Warren and Main are also included in the first phase of the project.  The project includes pocket parks, seating areas, colored concrete with designs, large boulders, and shade trees. Other items such as sculpture, banners, archways, flower baskets hanging from street lights, bike racks, landscaping, and a public restrooms will be added to the project later with separate funding.
Construction of the Warren Street Improvements project is expected to start with storm drain and concrete sidewalk construction. Storm drain will be constructed along the east side of
Warren Street between Lagoon Street and Pine Street. Storm drain construction is expected to take about one month. Concrete construction is expected to continue through March.
Continuing construction in downtown Bishop impacts traffic on city streets west of Main Street and will cause inconvenience and delays. Closures required for the construction include full street and intersection closures during the dayti
me. Equipment, workers, excavations in the street, uneven pavement, and other hidden hazards will require attention, even when work is not underway. Businesses will still be open to serve you during construction. All efforts will be made to maintain access to businesses and to minimize project impacts and restrictions, but drivers, riders, and pedestrians should be cautious, take alternate routes, and be patient.
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Jeff Hollowell promoted to Undersheriff

Jeff Hollowell sworn in as Inyo’s Undersheriff

Today long time employee of the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Jeff Hollowell, was sworn in by Sheriff Bill Lutze as Undersheriff.   Hollowell replaces Keith Hardcastle who retired at the end of 2014.

Jeff began with the Sheriff’s Office in 1987 as a Reserve Deputy; prior to that he served in the United States Army as a member of the Military Police. In 1988 Jeff was hired as a full time Sheriff’s Deputy, since then he has held the following positions: Resident Deputy in Big Pine, Patrol Deputy, Drug Task Force Agent and Commander, Detective, Support Services Lieutenant, and Operations Lieutenant.

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Lower Owens River Project Draft Report

LORP 2014 Draft Report Available

This years annual report is now available for review and can be downloaded from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Powers website.  The report can be found at www.ladwp.com/LORP.  The report represents the completion of the eighth year of monitoring and contains the Memorandum of Understanding Consultant’s Adaptive management recommendations.  A hard copy of the report may be reviewed by the public at the LADWP office at 300 Mandich Street, Bishop.  Inyo County and the LADWP will be conducing a public meeting on the draft report at a meeting set for 9am on Wednesday, January 14th at the Inyo County Board of Supervisors Chambers at 224 North Edwards Street, Independence.  The meeting will provide the public the opportunity to offer comments on the draft report and any other LORP-related issues they would like to discuss with staff from the LADWP, Inyo County, and the MOU consultants.

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Warren Street Update

Warren Street Utilities Construction Update

From the City of Bishop Public Works department.
Work on the City of Bishop water and sewer construction project in the Warren Street area will continue through the holidays and into early January.  The contractor has completed most of the waterline work on the project except for fire hydrant work on South Warren Street. Work on two hydrants on South Warren is expected to be
completed over the next week including the days before and after Christmas and New Years.
Once all water work is complete, the contractor plans to construct sewer improvements on Academy Avenue near Main Street and in the intersection of Warren and Lagoon streets. This sewer work is expected to take 1 to 2 weeks to complete. After the sewer work is complete, the contractor will have up to a week of patching and final
cleanup before the entire water and sewer project is complete. Construction of street improvements along Warren Street is expected to start as early as January and last into May 2015.
Road closures are required while work is underway. Temporary water and sewer shutoffs are necessary for some construction operations. Notices of the water shutoffs will normally be
distributed two days in advance. Patience with these closures and shutoffs is appreciated. This construction in downtown Bishop impacts traffic on city streets west of Main Street and will
cause inconvenience and delays. Closures include full intersection closures. Equipment, workers, excavations in the street, uneven pavement, and other hidden hazards will require attention, even when work is not underway. All efforts will be made to maintain access to businesses and to minimize the impacts and restrictions, but drivers, riders, and pedestrians should be cautious, take alternate routes, and be patient.
For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at
publicworks@ca-bishop.us or cal 760-873-8458.
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