Mammoth Lakes Town Council breaks ground on Wednesday for new Police Headquarters.
by Seth Conners
The Mammoth Lakes Town Council scheduled a special meeting for July 27th at 9am. That meeting commenced at 280 Thompsons Way, adjacent to the courthouse. The purpose of that meeting was for The Town Council of Mammoth Lakes to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Police Department Headquarters.
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Mammoth PD Safe Trade Station Initiative
Submitted by Mammoth Police Department
Mammoth Lakes, CA – The Mammoth Lakes Police Department announced today that it has joined the SafeTrade initiative for safer completion of online transactions. SafeTrade is a simple program for police departments to encourage transactions at their facilities, for classified sites to strengthen their safety and security initiatives, and for users to insist on “SafeTrade” by conducting their transactions at a local police office.
Citizens may use the Mammoth Lakes Police Department’s lobby during business hours (Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM) and the parking lot directly in front of the building to conduct transactions under camera surveillance. Mammoth Lakes Police Department officers and personnel do not get involved in, enforce, guarantee, or become a party in any way to the transactions of the individuals trading. Under no circumstances may someone conduct a transaction involving the sale of any weapon, medications, or any illegal items at the police department.
There are a few ways you can ensure your transaction is a positive one:
– Ask for and accept cash only. Never accept checks, money orders or money wires as these are commonly associated with fraud.
– Be cautious when buying or selling high value items.
– Ask questions. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
– Never give out your address or invite a buyer to your home.
– Meet in a well-lit public place and let someone know where you are going. Buyers or sellers should reconsider conducting business with anyone who refuses to meet near a police station.
A SafeTrade sign has been placed in the front window of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department to be a reminder of the emphasis on providing the station as a safe environment for citizens involved in online transactions.
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Search is on for former Mammoth resident
Mammoth Police officers are among those looking for Alan Kierkegaard who is the suspect of a Grass Valley attempted homicide and carjacking. According to law enforcement the alleged incident occurred on Sunday July 5th. The victim is a 78 year old woman.
According to a Mammoth Police department press release, Alan Kierkegaard is a suspect in the assault and carjacking of a 78 year old woman outside of a Catholic Church in Grass Valley, CA. Prior to moving to the Grass Valley area, Kierkegaard was living in Mammoth Lakes. While in Mammoth Lakes, MLPD officers contacted Kierkegaard several times, as a transient living near Mammoth Creek and at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Although there is no specific intelligence that Kierkegaard is back in the Mammoth area or has plans to return, often times criminals will return to areas in which they feel comfortable.
The victim’s vehicle, which Kierkegaard may still be driving is described as a 2013 Honda Accord, Gray, with California license plate 6ZHX462.
Do not approach the suspect or the stolen vehicle. Call 911.
Contact: Sergeant Marc Moscowitz Office (760) 934-2011 Cell (760) 914-1880
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Mammoth Police investigating burglaries
This past weekend, Mammoth Lakes Police Officers took reports of two residential burglaries and one attempted burglary in the Snowcreek area. Heavy Equipment, parked behind Fire Station 2 was also vandalized and may be related.
The suspect broke out glass windows to gain access to the deadbolts at the front door of the residences. No injuries were reported and the residences were not occupied during the crimes.
A possible suspect description is as follows:
White or Hispanic male adult, 20 years old +, short hair, black pants, black t-shirt, black hat and a large black backpack. The suspect has a skateboard and has been seen skateboarding on Club Dr. from Old Mammoth Road to the Snowcreek Condos.
This morning, when MLPD officers came on duty, they became aware of another break-in that occurred in the same area. Upon arrival, officers made entry and cleared the condo of any potential suspects. MLPD officers and property managers then discovered a total of 8 units that had been broken into during the night or early morning hours. A witness described seeing a possible suspect leaving the area on foot early this morning.
MLPD officers, assisted by deputies from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department and Mono County D.A. Investigators sealed a perimeter and searched the area on foot for several hours. The suspect is still at large. The numerous crime scenes are being processed for evidence.
Please be on the lookout for anything or anyone who appears suspicious. Report suspicious activity to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department or call 911.
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TOWN MANAGER SELECTS NEW POLICE CHIEF FOR MAMMOTH LAKES
Mammoth Lakes, CA – Town Manager Dan Holler is in the process of hiring a new Police Chief for Mammoth Lakes. Holler is finalizing employment negotiations and background checks with Allen L. Davis (Al) to fill the Chief position. Mr. Davis is currently a Commander with the City of Ventura Police Department, where he started his career in 1982. Al has been engaged in a number of community-based programs, including grant writing and management, oversight of special units, and worked at all levels as he advanced through ranks of the department. He brings a diversity of skills, abilities and experiences that will greatly benefit the Town of Mammoth Lakes. He is an avid outdoors man, and enjoys hiking, fishing, biking and skiing. Al is not new to the Eastern Sierra’s as he has often recreated in the area.
The selection process went very well with 14 applications being received and five individuals interviewed by a panel of law enforcement professionals and a community/agency panel. Both panels identified the same top two candidates who were each invited to a second round interview process with the Town Manager, meeting with two Council members and a meeting with Police Department employees. “I was very impressed with the process, the candidates and believe we have a great person in Mr. Davis to serve as Mammoth Lakes new Police Chief” stated Holler. “The Police Chief is a key management position in the Town’s organization and in our work within the community.” Retiring Chief Dan Watson has served the Town well and is handing over an effective and committed group of sworn and non-sworn personnel that continue to focus on meeting the needs of the public. Having a new Chief in place this December was a Council Priority noted Mayor Jo Bacon and “I am pleased to see that this will be achieved and that we had two very qualified top individuals to select from. I also want to say thank you to those who assisted in the interview process.”
Holler is looking to bring Mr. Davis on by the end of December to allow some time with Chief Watson as part of the transition and to experience the busy holiday season. Final employment terms are not yet complete and the Town will finalize a formal background check along with the required medical and psychological evaluation, prior to Mr. Davis’ start date.
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