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A New Regional Dispatch Center Could be Built in Bishop

The Bishop City Council unanimously voted 5-0 to approve funding for a site-study of a new regional dispatch center that would be based in Bishop.

The idea is for the Bishop Police Department, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, and Mono County Sheriff’s Office to have all of their dispatchers working together in the same space.

Bishop Police Chief, Ted Stec argued in favor of the project saying, “A Regional Dispatch Center would save money because it would require less personnel from all agencies in the area in the long run.”

Mammoth Lakes PD and Mono and Inyo County Sheriff’s Offices are requesting that the City of Bishop pay $25,000 to help split the cost of the study of feasibility four ways with the total estimated at approximately $100,000 dollars.

Currently, Bishop has not budgeted for such a study, whereas other agencies have pooled together their resources and approved the funding for the investigation.

Council member Chris Costello of the City of Bishop seemed wary of the cost. “We already have a great dispatch center in place. I think if the system is not broken, then don’t fix it.” the council member stated.

However, Costello also said that he did not want to leave the town’s neighbors hanging out to dry, and brought forth the idea of providing $5,000 dollars of funding toward the study to in order to demonstrate good will.

Mayor Pro-Tempore Laura Smith expressed interest in the project saying, “Yes, we already have a good dispatch center set up, but we can make it even better by adding emergency medical dispatch services to the regional dispatch center.”

Police Chief Stec acknowledged the feasibility of adding medical services to the center but said the dispatchers would need further training in that realm to add it into the center’s repertoire.

During the meeting, it was apparent that most members of the city council were wary of being perceived as being bad neighbors. Karen Schwartz of the city council spoke on the issue saying, “I support the regional dispatch center because it supports the greater good and helps out our entire region.” Mayor Jim Ellis expressed similar feelings on the matter, and seconded Schwartz’s motion.

Rob Patterson, the Finance Director for the Town of Mammoth Lakes was in attendance and told the council he did not believe the project would be as expensive as the estimated price. “I don’t think the cost of the study will be $100,000.” Patterson said. “It may be around that amount, but we just want to ensure that there is enough money available to complete the study. There is also a chance that it could be something the California Office of Emergency Services covers, we have to explore that further.”

Shortly after, the council voted unanimously to approve funding not to exceed $25,000 dollars. Councilmen Costello and Muchovej reluctantly voted in favor of the study, whereas Smith, Schwartz, and Ellis supported the study.

The study is expected to take a few months, with no solid timetable available at the moment.

FATAL CRASH

Single vehicle rollover leaves one dead and two injured on Highway 6

Posted by Seth Conners

According to CHP in Bishop, on March 26, at approximately 5:30 am, CHP Bishop Communications Center was notified of a single vehicle rollover collision on US 6, south of the Nevada State Line. Personnel from White Mountain Fire/Rescue, Symon’s Ambulance, Mono County Deputies and the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene. Upon arrival, White Mountain Fire/Rescue personnel located the vehicle occupants in various levels of injury, including a juvenile passenger lying in the road unresponsive. These personnel rendered aid to the occupants until relieved by Symon’s Ambulance personnel. Despite a valiant attempt by all first responders to resuscitate the unresponsive passenger, He succumbed to his injuries as a result of the collision.

According to the report, a preliminary investigation of the evidence at the scene by CHP Officers indicated that the Ford and trailer were traveling southbound on US 6 at the stated 60 miles per hour. At approximately 0530 hours, for an unsubstantiated reason, the Ford and trailer crossed over the northbound lane of travel, onto the northbound dirt shoulder and struck a paddle marker. The driver turned the Ford and trailer to the right, onto the roadway and lost control of the vehicle. The Ford and trailer began to slide sideways until rolling over at least one time in the southbound lane and came to rest on their wheels facing east. None of the vehicle occupants were wearing their seat belts and three of them were ejected during the rollover sequence.

The cause of this collision is currently under investigation by the Bishop Area CHP.

 

High wind take-off fails at Mammoth

Plane crashes at Mammoth Yosemite Airport

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Plane Crash at Mammoth Yosemite Airport

 Mammoth Lakes, CA At approximately 12:35 PM on Thursday, December 3, 2015, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department received a call reporting an airplane down at the Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH). MLPD, along with Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, Long Valley Fire Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, and airport personnel responded to the scene.

 A Piper Mirage attempted to take-off from the runway with winds estimated at approximately 35 knots. On board was the pilot, Gerald Black, and his passenger, Lawrence Gallego – both of San Diego. The pilot sustained minor injuries when the aircraft hit the ground and plowed through the segmented circle at mid-field.

 The FAA and NTSB have been notified of this accident and will be conducting their investigations into the crash. The Mammoth Yosemite airport re-opened at 2:30 PM.

Cover Photo provided by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department

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Busy Day for Mammoth PD

Mammoth PD involved in Pursuit

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On Monday,  at about 3:40 p.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officer Doug Hornbeck while on routine patrol stopped to contact a white male adult who was panhandling near the Laurel Mountain Blvd entrance to the Gateway Mall. Beginning with a consensual encounter, the Officer Hornbeck conducted a ‘Field Interview’ or ‘F.I.’ in an effort to identify and learn more about the subject. The subject gave Officer Hornbeck different names and began acting suspiciously. Officer Hornbeck observed a knife on the subject’s belt and began to frisk the subject to secure that knife and to check for other weapons to protect both himself and the public. The subject suddenly pulled away and ran, with Officer Hornbeck giving chase and he immediately let other officers know he was in foot pursuit. MLPD Officers as well as MCSO Undersheriff Moriarty chased the subject for approximately 15 minutes, through the Shady Rest Tract forest, to Manzanita, around several apartment and condo buildings near Sierra Nevada and Chaparral, through backyards north of Sierra Nevada Rd eventually taking him into custody behind the Arrowhead Apartments at the Corner of Arrowhead and Sierra Nevada. Several citizens along the way pointed officers in the direction he had fled, which greatly assisted officers staying on the trail of the subject. The suspect, eventually identified as Cody Alan TERRELL, 22, from Irving Texas also got to meet the new police chief, Al Davis, as it was Chief Davis who ultimately caught and handcuffed him. Terrell was charged with 148(a) PC/Resisting, delaying or obstructing police officers and 148.9 PC/Giving false information to police officers. Terrell gave no explanation as to why he ran from Officer Hornbeck.

At the same time this incident was occurring, the Mono County dispatcher received a call regarding a subject who was deceased. Mammoth PD officers were still chasing Terrell, so Mammoth Fire and Mono County Paramedics responded to Sierra Manors Condos and confirmed that the subject was deceased. For some of the officers from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department and CHP who were responding from out of the area to back-up Mammoth PD, and for some listening on scanners, there was initial confusion that the two incidents were related, however they were not. The death appeared to be from natural causes, but is pending the Mono County Coroner’s report.

The Mammoth PD would like to remind the public that per the California Vehicle Code, you must pull to the right for Emergency Vehicles displaying red lights and siren. Responding officers encountered several cars that complied with this law, however there were several motorists that maintained driving in the number one lane and some actually pulled to the left. This is extremely unsafe and against the law. Emergency Personal responding with lights and sirens cannot legally pass a car on the right. The MLPD, MCSO and FIRE/EMS personnel ask for the public’s cooperation in this very important requirement. This will allow emergency personnel to respond quicker to emergency situations as well as keep motorists safe.

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New Undersheriff for Mono

Mono County Sheriff Names a new Number 2

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office has welcomed the newest member to their team. During the official Oath of Office, performed by Sheriff Ingrid Braun, Michael Moriarty was sworn-in as the new Undersheriff.

Undersheriff Moriarty was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and moved to Los Angeles to join the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in January 1981. He had a successful career at LAPD rising in the ranks from police officer to commander. He spent the majority of his career in the investigative function in assignments such as Gang Enforcement, Homicide, Street and Major Narcotics, Internal Affairs and Public Corruption. His final assignment with LAPD was the Assistant Commanding Officer of the Detective Bureau in charge of the Specialized Detective Divisions and Crime Lab.

Undersheriff Moriarty comes to Mono County after spending the past several years as the Chief of the Bureau of Investigation for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. He is a lifetime member of the California Narcotics Officers Association (CNOA); and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the California District Attorneys Association and the California Gangs Investigators Association.

“Undersheriff Moriarty brings over 33 years of law enforcement experience to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Braun. “He agrees with my vision of community policing and restoring the faith and trust of law enforcement back into our communities.”

Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

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