incident sparks outrage
The Inyo County Sheriffs department is investigating the death of a dog in Mustang Mesa. A dog was struck and killed by a vehicle Sunday, July 26th. According to Inyo County Sheriff Bill Lutze, the Inyo Sheriffs Department received the call just minutes after noon Sunday. Sheriffs deputies and Animal Control responded to Mustang Mesa to investigate. According to Sheriff Bill Lutze, witnesses reported that a suspect allegedly intentionally struck the dog with a vehicle causing fatal injuries. A suspect has been identified. The suspect was not arrested. Lutze indicates the Inyo County Sheriffs Department will be forwarding their report to the Inyo County District Attorneys office.
Inyo District Attorney Tom Hardy confirms that he has been briefed on the incident by the Sheriffs Department and his office is awaiting the investigation report. While not able to comment on a ongoing investigation, Hardy did note that this is a serious situation that will get his office’s full attention.
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Debra Didisee Arrested on Embezzlement Charges
District Attorney Investigators arrested former Correctional Officer Debra Didisee on embezzlement charges Thursday morning after she voluntarily surrendered herself at the DA’s office. The District Attorney has filed a complaint alleging six felony counts and one misdemeanor count of embezzlement which are alleged to have occurred over a four year period while she was employed as a Correctional Officer for the Inyo County Sheriff. The Sheriff had referred the matter to the District Attorney’s office for investigation in December when the Sheriff’s Department became aware of potential missing funds in the Inmate Welfare Account and the Inmate Commissary Account at the Inyo County Jail. Ms. Didisee is no longer employed by the Sheriff’s Department.
Ms. Didisee was booked at the Inyo County Jail and posted a $35,000.00 bail bond. She was ordered to appear in the Inyo County Superior Court on April 20, 2015.
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