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Mono County Search and Rescue

Orange man Lost, now he is found

Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer, Mono County Sheriffs Department

On the evening of Monday, July 13, 2015, at approximately 8:40PM, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding an overdue day hiker near the Sherwin Creek campground.

A male day hiker, age 44, from Orange, California, set out on a day hike around 2:30PM. The hiker wasn’t expected to be out for long, and when he didn’t return when he said he would, the family became concerned. The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was dispatched to help in the search for the overdue day hiker near the Sherwin Creek campground. After securing the overdue hikers campsite for tracks, two SAR teams started searching nearby dirt roads and spoke with nearby campers to see if anyone had seen the overdue hiker.

The hiker had walked to a familiar place but had found himself turned around when he tried to return to his campsite. Realizing he was lost, he tried to hale down some motorists and knocked on an RV’s door but no one would help. Eventually he walked towards a light which put him at the closed-up YWCA Camp. The caretaker of the camp had previously spoken with one of the SAR teams, so when she found the overdue hiker, she gave him food and water, as he was very dehydrated and shivering, and called 911. The SAR team returned to the YWCA Camp and safely returned the overdue hiker to his family.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team uses this successful rescue as a reminder to always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return, even if it is just for a small day hike or walk.

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Highway 395 Head on crash

Crash Sends four to the Hospital

The list of serious traffic collisions continues to grow.  The most recent accident occurred Wednesday morning on highway 395 in Mono County just south of Walker.  Two Ford pickup trucks collided head on sending all four occupants to Reno’s Renown Medical Center.

The California Highway Patrol Bridgeport office released the accident report:

On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at approximately 8:35 A. M., Richard Alent ( age 40, of Reno) was driving a 2013 Ford pickup truck southbound on US-395, approximately 2.5 miles south of East Side Lane.  At the same time, Henry Trammell ( age 73, of Bakersfield)  was driving a 2015 Ford pickup northbound on US-395.  Mr. Alent allowed the Ford pickup he was driving to cross-over the painted solid double yellow lines into the northbound lane directly into the path of Mr. Trammell’s vehicle.  The preliminary investigation indicates neither driver was able to take evasive action, and the vehicles collided head on.   The vehicles came to rest blocking both lanes of US-395.  As a result, US-395 was closed for approximately two hours to allow for the removal of occupants, vehicles and the cleanup of the roadway.

All four individuals involved in the collision were transported by helicopter to Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada for treatment of moderate to major injuries.  Alent suffered major injuries, passenger Jessica Pedro, age 41 of Santa Rosa suffered moderate injuries.  Henry Trammell received moderate injuries with his passenger 76-year old Bakersfield resident Marcia Trammell suffering moderate injuries.  Officers from the California Highway Patrol Bridgeport Area office responded to the scene and are conducting the collision investigation.  Mono County Paramedics, Mono County Sheriff’s Office personnel, Mono County Animal Control personnel, Antelope Valley Volunteer Fire Department personnel, and California Department of Transportation personnel responded to the collision scene to assist.

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Man arrested after June Lake Incident

Mission Viejo Man arrested Sunday

Mono County Sheriffs department statement:

On the morning of Sunday, July 5, 2015, at approximately 8:35am, the Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received a call regarding a possible assault with a firearm that occurred the previous night in the June Lake area.

On the evening of Saturday, July 4, 2015, at approximately 10:00pm, Mr. Julian Wendell, age 30, of Mission Viejo, California, and a male and a female, both of June Lake, were involved in an altercation at their campsite in the June Lake area.  Mr. Wendell drove the male and the female to the campsite after spending some time in the Town of June Lake. During the drive to the campsite, Mr. Wendell was driving in an aggressive manner and was confronted by both the male and the female. When they arrived at the campsite, Mr. Wendell became aggressive and pushed the female as they both exited the vehicle. The male met Mr. Wendell at the front of the vehicle where the two began to argue and got into a physical altercation. Mr. Wendell then went into his trailer and brought out a handgun. He hit the male in the head with the butt of the handgun. Mr. Wendell then fired several rounds into the air. The male and the female were able to leave the campsite where the male was taken to Mammoth Hospital for treatment of his injuries and released. The Mono County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate the incident.

On the morning of Sunday, July 5, 2015, Mono County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, located Mr. Wendell and he was arrested without incident. Three firearms were recovered from Mr. Wendell’s trailer.

Julian Wendell, age 30, of Mission Viejo, California, was arrested for suspicion of assault with a firearm on a person, willful infliction of corporal injury, discharging a firearm in grossly negligent manner, and drawing, exhibiting, or using firearm. He is currently in custody at the Mono County Jail. All charges for Mr. Wendell are pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.

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

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FBI investigating June Lake letter

Suspicious letter delivered to resident in June Lake

Mono County Sheriffs Department statement:

On Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, at approximately 5:00pm, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call from a resident of June Lake regarding a suspicious letter that was received.

A resident of the community of June Lake received a suspicious letter containing a white powdery substance. The resident contacted the Mono County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance. Deputies and Mono County EMS were dispatched to the residence in June Lake. Several people, including a first responder, were potentially exposed to the white powder and were transported via ambulance to Mammoth Hospital for observation.

A Unified Command was established with Mono County EMS, June Lake Fire Department, Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, Mono County Health Department and Mono County Sheriff’s Office. Decontamination and proper Hazmat procedures were followed and all clothing and materials were secured for further analysis. The Mono County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) regional laboratory to assist in the testing of the white powder. Preliminary test results from the FBI laboratory show the white powder is not a hazardous substance. Final test results are still pending.

We would like to remind the public that any suspicious letter or package could be a serious threat. If you receive anything out of the ordinary or suspicious, contact law enforcement immediately and leave the letter or package alone until authorities arrive.

We will continue to provide updates on this case as they become available. – Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

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Sparks Woman killed in Saturday Crash

Accident on highway 395 near Crowley Lake leaves one dead, two with serious injuries

CHP Accident report:

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, at approximately 8:42 am, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area officers were dispatched to a solo vehicle rollover collision on US-395 southbound, north of Crowley Lake Drive.  Personnel from the CHP Bishop Area Office, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Emergency Medical Services, and Long Valley Fire Department also responded to the scene to assist.

The preliminary investigation indicates Sherry Johnson, age 53 of Sparks Nevada,  was driving a 2005 Ford F-250 southbound on US-395, north of Crowley Lake Drive.  For unknown reasons, the driver allowed the vehicle to drift onto the right shoulder of the roadway where it collided with two metal paddle markers and a highway sign.  The vehicle then veered across all southbound lanes and into the center divide, where it overturned and came to rest on its wheels.  The driver of the vehicle (Sherry Johnson) was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Two passengers in the vehicle were transported by ambulance to Mammoth Hospital, and airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.  Passengers include 46-year old Sparks resident Donald Karwoski and a 12-year old male from Reno.  The preliminary investigation suggests fatigue may have been a factor in the collision.  Officers from the CHP Bridgeport Area are handling the collision investigation.  The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the death investigation.

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Fatal Crash near Bridgeport

Tuesday Head On collision kills one

Highway 395 north of Bridgeport was closed in both directions Tuesday after a fatal crash.  While the investigation continues, the California Highway Patrols initial report is showing the head on collision was the result of a southbound 2015 Nissan Versa crossing the center line into the northbound lane.  The crash remains under investigation.

The CHP accident report.

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at approximately 10:13 P.M., California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bishop Communication Center received a report  of a head on traffic collision on US-395, north of Bridgeport. Upon Arrival, CHP officers located a Nissan Versa, Ford Fusion, and Freightliner box truck blocking both northbound and southbound traffic lanes of US-395.

The driver of the Nissan (Wesley Chen, 26, of Monterey Park) sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. The two passengers in the Nissan(both age 26 of San Diego, and Fremont CA) received major injuries, and were transported via Care Flight to Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.

The driver of the Freightliner box truck (46 year old Ronnie Varela of Carson City) sustained minor injuries and will seek his own medical care. The driver and passenger of the Ford Fusion (85 year old Kenneth Bryant, 77 year old Esther Bryant of Gardnerville) were uninjured.

Bridgeport Fire Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Paramedics and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) all responded to the scene to provide assistance. Preliminary information indicates the Nissan Versa crossed the center line of the roadway into the northbound lane, colliding with the Freightliner box truck. The exact sequence of the events and the cause of the collision remain under investigation by the CHP. The Mono County Sheriff-Corner Office is conducting the death investigation.

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Sunday Fatal Crash

Fatal Crash on Laurel Canyon Road

The Mono County Sheriffs department is confirming the identity of the man killed Sunday in a single vehicle accident.  The Crash occurred on Sunday just minutes after 6pm claiming the life of Mark Jacoby, of Fresno.

According to the California Highway Patrol Bridgeport office, on Sunday, June 7th,  at approximately 6:03 pm, a 2007 Toyota 4Runner was traveling eastbound from Laurel Lakes on an unimproved U.S. Forest Service dirt road.  The road at this location is steep, narrow, and has multiple sharp turns.  For an unknown reason, the Toyota traveled off of the road and down a steep, rocky mountain side, where it overturned several times.  The driver was not wearing his seatbelt and as a result, he was ejected from the vehicle. The driver sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Two dogs were in the vehicle.  One dog survived and was transported by Mono County Animal Control for treatment. Personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Mono County Medic 3 , Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Search and Rescue, and Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to the scene.  Officers from the California Highway Patrol Bridgeport Area office are handling the collision investigation.  The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the death investigation.

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Search And Rescue aids backpacker

Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue helps injured man

Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer, Mono County Sheriffs Department

On Sunday, May 31, 2015, at approximately 11:15am, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call regarding an injured backpacker near Fern Lake, in Madera County, about 5 miles southwest of Devil’s Postpile.

A couple from Woodside, CA, in the Bay Area, was backpacking from Devil’s Postpile to Fern Lake. While at the creek crossing, at Fern Lake, the husband fell sustaining an injury to his right knee. He was unable to put weight on his knee without a great deal of pain. He called 911 and requested a medical evacuation. The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was dispatched to assist the injured backpacker.

SAR Team members staged at Minaret Vista and ground teams hiked to Fern Lake with a litter and equipment to assist the injured backpacker. The ground teams put in 10 miles round trip in difficult terrain, with downed trees blocking the trail, and a night time stream crossing. The SAR Team located the injured backpacker. An EMT patient assessment determined the backpacker would not be able to walk and was evacuated by litter, arriving at Devil’s Postpile around 11:00pm. The backpacker signed a medical waiver to seek his own medical treatment.

Recently, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) Team held their annual recruitment. New candidate members were in the field for the first time on this long and difficult evacuation.

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Mono Sheriff warns of phone scam

Mono County Phone Scam

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

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive reports from residents throughout Mono County of recent phone scams from the Internal Revenue Service. We want to make everyone aware of the current phone scams you may continue to experience.

The current phone scams that Mono County residents are experiencing include callers representing themselves as IRS agents. This is an aggressive and sophisticated phone scam. The callers claim to be representatives of the IRS. They are very convincing when they call. They will use a fake name and a bogus IRS identification badge number. The caller does know a lot of information about their target; thus, making you feel it is a legit call. The caller will also alter caller ID to make it look as if the IRS is actually calling.

These callers will tell you that money is owed to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If you refuse to cooperate with the caller, they then threaten you with arrest, deportation and/or suspension of your business or driver’s license. If you don’t answer your phone, the caller will leave a message with an “urgent” call back request or threaten that you will be sued if you don’t return their call. One of the numbers that has been reported on messages is (206) 462-5330 out of the Seattle area.

Please remember the following: the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment or call you regarding taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; require you to use a specific payment method for your tax payment; ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or, threaten to bring in the local police or other law enforcement agency to have you arrested for non-payment.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office wants you to be aware of these phone scams. They continue to happen and the callers are starting to become more aggressive in their demeanor to obtain your personal information. Never give personal information and credit card information over the phone. You should monitor your credit reports and your credit card and bank statements on a regular basis! Keep your identity and information protected! If you further question the validity of the call, contact your local IRS Office before providing any personal or payment information. For more information on all current IRS scams, please visit www.irs.gov.

If you would like to report any suspicious phone scams or verify that you have been a victim of a phone scam, please contact us at (760) 932-7549.

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Bridgeport Christian Fellowship Honors top Cops

Bridgeport group honors Law Enforcement

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

Thursday, May 21, 2015, the community of Bridgeport, and specifically, the Bridgeport Christian Fellowship, recognized, honored and awarded two local law enforcement officers with the award of “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.”

The recipients of this prestigious award went to Deputy Wes Hoskin, of the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, and Officer Merrill Sept, of the California Highway Patrol.

“It is a pleasure to serve a community that appreciates the hard work and partnership with the Mono County Sheriff’s Office,” stated Undersheriff Michael Moriarty during today’s ceremony. “I would like to thank the Bridgeport Christian Fellowship for honoring the very best of law enforcement within Mono County,” said CHP Lieutenant Jeff Holt.

Both the Mono County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol truly appreciate the Bridgeport Christian Fellowship, and all those that participated in today’s ceremony, for recognizing our local law enforcement officers for their dedication to protecting and serving our residents and visitors of Mono County.

Please join us in congratulating Deputy Hoskin and Officer Sept as our Law Enforcement Officers of the Year; an award truly deserved! We thank you for your continued dedication and service!

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Mono County Sheriff’s Office (left to right) Sheriff Ingrid Braun, Deputy Wes Hoskin and Undersheriff Michael Moriarty
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California Highway Patrol (left to right) Officer Merrill Sept and Lieutenant Jeff Holt

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