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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

Mammoth Lakes Police Department:

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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Remembering Lloyd F. “Digger” Wilson

Lloyd Wilson, 1936-2015

Retired Mono County Sheriff and longtime resident of Mammoth Lakes, Lloyd F. “Digger” Wilson, passed away August 1, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.  Born in Redlands, CA on September 7th, 1936, Lloyd lived in Redlands, Victorville, and San Fernando, CA before making his home in Mammoth Lakes in 1957.  At this time Digger started Mono County’s first ambulance service and was co-owner of “Wilson’s This N That” souvenir store.  He was one of the original fire commissioners of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, a volunteer fireman, and serviced as the Fire Chief in 1966.  He was active in the Mammoth Lakes, Crowley Lake and Mono County Chambers of Commerce in the 1960’s and 1970’s, serving as president of all three.  In 1962, Lloyd joined the Mono County Sheriff’s Department as Deputy Sheriff, badge #5.  He was elected Sheriff/Coroner in June of 1982 and retired in 1987, having served the people of Mono County for 25 years.  While in office he served as the Director of Emergency Services and was instrumental in the introduction of the Incident Command System to California Law Enforcement Agencies.  Lloyd also served on the State Committee on Domestic Violence which helped to facilitate changes in law enforcement policies and procedures in matters of domestic violence.

Lloyd was a lifetime member of the California State Sheriff’s Association, the Eastern Sierra Peace Officer’s Association, a member of the Elks Lodge #1603, and belonged to the Bodie Chapter of E Clampus Vitus.

Lloyd’s happiest times were spent with family and friends deep sea fishing and traveling.

Lloyd is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lynda; his son and daughter in law, Steve and Amy Wilson of Bishop; his daughter and son in law, Shelly and Bob Bowman of Independence; grandchildren Lindsay Timpano, Jamie Lambert, and David Lambert, and two great granddaughters, Rylan and Gianna Threlkeld; brother and sister in law, Earl and Lois Wilson, of Big Pine; sister “Easy” McGinnis of Victorville and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was proceeded in death by his sister, Grace Durling.

Per Lloyd’s request, there will be no services.

In Lloyd’s honor, a donation can be made to the charity of your choice or donate blood to continue the gift of life.

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Busy Day for Mammoth PD

Mammoth PD involved in Pursuit

submitted by the Mammoth Police Department

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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