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17 year old Jailed following pursuit

Sunday pursuit ends in crash, arrest

A 17-year old Bishop boy was taken to jail Sunday following a vehicle pursuit that ended with a crash near the Mt. Whitney fish hatchery.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the Bishop police department took a stolen vehicle report just prior to 3pm Sunday.  The vehicle, a 2004 Toyota Corolla was reportedly stolen from the Bishop Union High School parking lot.  Just after 3pm, the Inyo County Sheriffs department reported they had located the vehicle being driven in Big Pine.  The report notes that the vehicle traveled southbound on highway 395.  Near fish spring road the CHP and Inyo County deputies attempted to make an enforcement stop, however the vehicle failed to yield continuing southbound, “in a reckless manner.”

According to the highway patrols reports, “spike strips were deployed to end the pursuit and the driver made a sudden turn in an attempt to avoid driving over the spike strips.”  The vehicle overturned several times.  The 17-year old juvenile suffered minor injuries, and was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital.  The highway patrol indicates the driver was then arrested for Felony Auto Theft, Felony Eluding, Driving under the Influence, and driving without a valid drivers license.  The juvenile was taken to the Inyo County Juvenile Detention Center.

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Jury Trial ends with Conviction

Inyo Jury Convicts Christopher Ortiz in Felony Domestic Violence Case

Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy announced this morning that Bishop-area resident Christopher Ortiz was convicted this week after a short jury trial on a felony charge of Domestic Violence and a misdemeanor child abuse violation based on events occurring on December 6, 2014.  Following the jury’s verdicts, the court found to be “true” a special allegation that Mr. Ortiz had previously served a term in state prison.

Sentencing in the case is set for April 14, 2015 in Independence, and Mr. Ortiz is facing up to six years in state prison. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Michael Turner, following an investigation by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department. The District Attorney’s office would also like to thank the Bishop Paiute Tribe RAVE (Relief After Violent Encounters) staff for their support and assistance in this case.

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Missing Man found Dead

Inyo and Mono County Search and Rescue teams called into service

On March 14, 2015, shortly after midnight, the Inyo County Sheriff Department was dispatched to the Lower Gorge for a report of an overdue hiker.
The missing hiker, Scott Sederstorm age 44 of Bishop, was reported to be at the Lower Gorge earlier in the day doing some climbing. When Sederstorm did not return that evening, his fiancé drove to the lower gorge parking lot and located Sederstorm’s van and dog.
An Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy along with a Fish and Game Officer searched the area for Sederstorm but were unable to locate him.
At about 6:30AM the Inyo County Search and Rescue team was called.
About an hour after the Inyo SAR team began their search of the area, Sedestorm’s body was located by a family friend in the gorge. Once the body was identified, Deputy Degeorge of Mono County took over the investigation.
Several Inyo SAR members along with several Mono SAR members remained on scene to assist in the body recovery.

cover photo by Mono County Search and Rescue

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Brown Arrested, 3 officers injured

Saturday Morning incident leads to Arrest, 3 injured officers

The Bishop Police department is reporting the arrest of 36-year old Kevin Curtis Brown.  According to Bishop Police department public information officer Katie Coffman, units were called to the 400th block of East line street early Saturday morning.  Just after 1:00am officers were sent to the area for a welfare check.  According to Coffman, Brown fled the scene on foot resulting in a foot pursuit conducted by the bishop police department with assistance from the Inyo County Sheriffs department.  Brown was apprehended and taken to Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital for a standard evaluation before being transported to Inyo County Jail.

While at Northern Inyo, Coffman indicates that Brown attempted to escape.  That effort resulted in three officers being injured.  Brown is facing a list of charges that include a violation of probation, domestic battery, obstructing an officer, battery causing serious injury and possession of a controlled substance.

Kevin Curtis Brown was booked into Inyo County Jail in Independence just after 5am Saturday.

Kevin Curtis Brown. Inyo County SO photo
Kevin Curtis Brown. Inyo County SO photo
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Finney Evidence

Drug Arrest in Highlands

INET arrests Bishop man in Highlands

On Tuesday, February 17,  Agents with the Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), along with assistance from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, served a search warrant at a residence  in Bishop’s Highlands mobile home park. At the residence, Agents seized over half an ounce of methamphetamine, a scale, evidence of drug sales, and drug paraphernalia.
The primary suspect of the investigation, Eryk James Finney (age 35) of Bishop, was located inside the living room of the residence at the time of the search warrant service. Finney was arrested and booked at the Inyo County Jail on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held on bail pending arraignment.

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Butterbredt Dies in Custody

48 year old Bishop Man dies while in Custody

The Inyo County Sheriffs department is confirming the death of Harold Butterbredt.  The Sheriffs department released a statement Tuesday confirming Butterbredt’s passing:

“Harold Wayne Butterbredt, a 48-year old man and inmate at the Inyo County Jail, passed away suddenly Monday morning. Butterbredt requested to be seen by medical staff around 7:20 AM; he was in the process of being transported to Southern Inyo Hospital when he collapsed in the sally port area outside the jail facility. CPR was performed and every attempt to stabilize Butterbredt was maintained throughout the ambulance transport to Southern Inyo Hospital. Butterbredt was pronounced deceased at the hospital at approximately 8:00 AM.  An autopsy will be conducted this week to determine cause of death. The Inyo County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an investigation into the incident.”

foul play is not suspected

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Remains of Missing Man located in Death Valley

The Body of Graig Legatt found Monday in Death Valley

The Inyo County Sheriffs department is reporting the discovery of the remains of Graig Legatt.  A statement for the Inyo County Sheriffs department:

Graig Legatt’s remains were located on February 16, 2015 in Death Valley National Park approximately one mile up a ravine from where his vehicle was discovered by National Park Services rangers abandoned.
The vehicle was reported to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office on February 10th; since then both ground and aerial searches have been conducted in attempt to locate Legatt.
The Inyo County Coroner has notified Legatt’s family; the cause of death was determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Although this search had a tragic ending, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone for their assistance: CHP, National Park Services, New Richmond WI Police Department, as well as the outpouring of support and assistance received by the public. Our thoughts are with the Legatt family as they begin to heal.


photo courtesy of the Inyo county sheriffs department

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Graves evidence

Drug Arrest In Bishop

63 year old Bishop man arrested on Drug charges

Statement from the Inyo County Narcotics Enforcement Team:

On Thursday, February 12, 2015, Agents with the Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), along with assistance from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, served a search warrant at a residence on Elm Street in the City of Bishop.  At the residence, Agents seized just over an ounce of methamphetamine, scales, evidence of drug sales, and drug paraphernalia.
The primary suspect of the investigation was not present during the service of the search warrant but was notified by Agents via cellphone of the findings. The primary suspect, Russell Kent Graves (age 63) of Bishop, turned himself in to agents later in the day. He was placed under arrest without further incident.
Graves was booked at the Inyo County Jail on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held on bail pending arraignment.

Russell Graves.  Photo courtesy of INET
Russell Graves. Photo courtesy of INET
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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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25-Year-Old Booked, Faces Felony Charges After High Speed Chase – Inyo County

High Speed Pursuit Ends in the Arrest of 25-Year-Old Suspect


Sunday afternoon high speed pursuit ends in the arrest of a 25 year old suspect. The California Highway Patrol and Inyo County Sheriffs Department participated in the chase that began at approximately 3:30 Sunday afternoon.
The high speed pursuit began in Olancha, ending in the Poverty Hills area south of Big Pine.
The suspects vehicle crashed. The suspect was not injured.  The Inyo County Sheriffs Department’s web site lists the suspect as 25-year old Evan Robert Furubotten.
Furbotten faces charges of vehicle theft, evading, violating probation, and driving without a license.
According to the highway patrol, the suspect’s vehicle reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Stay tuned with KIBS/KBOV Radio and the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.
UPDATE: 8/12 Official Press Release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, below.

High Speed Pursuit Ends in the Arrest of 25-Year-Old Suspect


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August 12, 2014

Contact: Carma Roper, PIO

(760) 878-0395


On August 10th at about 3:20PM, Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Ranch House Cafe in Olancha, California on the report of a suspicious subject refusing to leave. The subject was later identified as Evan Robert Furubotten, a 25-year old man from Quartz Hill, California.

While Sheriff’s Deputies were in route, dispatch advised that the subject left and was heading northbound on U.S. Highway 395 in a white Toyota sedan, and that the vehicle had been reported stolen.

Deputies located the vehicle on northbound U.S. Highway 395 at Cottonwood Road and attempted to initiate an enforcement stop. Furubotten failed to yield and proceeded northbound at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued Furubotten to just south of Lone Pine, but due to the heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic the pursuit was terminated.

Furubotten was located just north of Lone Pine and Deputies resumed the pursuit. Furubotten continued to flee at high speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

The pursuit was turned over to the California Highway Patrol and Deputies continued to assist as secondary units. Spike Strips were positioned on Highway 395 near Fish Springs Road. As Furubotten approached the area of Fish Springs Road he swerved towards an Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy nearly colliding with the patrol unit; Furubotten collided with a concrete barrier and the vehicle went off the east side of Highway 395.

After exiting the vehicle he was taken into custody at gun point without further incident. Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Furubotten for 10851(a) VC vehicle theft, 2800.2(a) VC, evading without regard for public safety, 245(a)(1) PC assault with a deadly weapon, 3056 PC violation of parole, 496(a) PC possession of stolen property, 12500 VC driving without a license.

Furubotten was booked at the Inyo County Jail for the above listed charges.