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Caltrans Working on 4-Lane Project in Olancha

INYO COUNTY — Caltrans is in the final stages of design and right-of-way acquisition for the Olancha-Cartago 4-Lane project. The project will upgrade 12.6 miles of the current two-lane highway to a four-lane access-controlled expressway. The new alignment will begin four miles south of Olancha to four miles north of Cartago and will close the gap between the existing four-lane sections to the north and the south.

 

This project will increase roadway safety, accommodate present and future traffic demands for goods movement and motorists and bring the highway up to current design standards. The new expressway will feature wider shoulders, a class-III bike route, a non-motorized multi-use undercrossing, and intersection improvements that will benefit pedestrian and bicycle mobility.

 

Some preconstruction activities beginning soon include utility verification and relocation, vegetation removal and/or relocation, staking the new alignment, installing desert tortoise exclusion fence, and other various preliminary items.

 

This $83 million-dollar project is jointly funded by Inyo and Mono Counties’ Local Transportation Commissions, Kern Council of Governments, and Caltrans with State Transportation Improvement Program funds. Project completion is tentatively scheduled for late 2023.

 

INYO SHERIFFS REQUEST ASSISTANCE

Burglary in Olancha

Posted by Seth Conners

 Early this morning at approximately 2:45am, the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a burglary at the Ranch Motel in Olancha and attempted theft of a vehicle from the Mobil Gas Station in Olancha.

 The suspect broke into one of the rooms at the motel by kicking the door in, ransacking the room and stealing bedding. The suspect then attempted to steal a vehicle that was parked at the Olancha Mobil; however the vehicle was only able to be driven about 200 yards before it stopping running. The suspect then fled on foot northbound on Highway 395.

The Mobil was able to capture three photos on the security camera of the suspect. Based on the images we believe the suspect is a white male, around 5’8” with short dark hair with a potential bald spot on the back of his head. He is believed to be wearing a long sleeve green shirt and tan pants. If you have any information that may assist in the location of this suspect please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 760 878 0383.

25-Year-Old Booked, Faces Felony Charges After High Speed Chase – Inyo County

High Speed Pursuit Ends in the Arrest of 25-Year-Old Suspect

8/11/2014

Sunday afternoon high speed pursuit ends in the arrest of a 25 year old suspect. The California Highway Patrol and Inyo County Sheriffs Department participated in the chase that began at approximately 3:30 Sunday afternoon.
The high speed pursuit began in Olancha, ending in the Poverty Hills area south of Big Pine.
The suspects vehicle crashed. The suspect was not injured.  The Inyo County Sheriffs Department’s web site lists the suspect as 25-year old Evan Robert Furubotten.
Furbotten faces charges of vehicle theft, evading, violating probation, and driving without a license.
According to the highway patrol, the suspect’s vehicle reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Stay tuned with KIBS/KBOV Radio and the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.
UPDATE: 8/12 Official Press Release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, below.

High Speed Pursuit Ends in the Arrest of 25-Year-Old Suspect

http://www.kibskbov.com/high-speed-chase-arrest/

high speed chase / arrest / Inyo County / Inyo County Sheriff’s Department/ CHP / Olancha / Big Pine / Eastern Sierra

 

PRESS RELEASE

August 12, 2014

Contact: Carma Roper, PIO

(760) 878-0395

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On August 10th at about 3:20PM, Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Ranch House Cafe in Olancha, California on the report of a suspicious subject refusing to leave. The subject was later identified as Evan Robert Furubotten, a 25-year old man from Quartz Hill, California.

While Sheriff’s Deputies were in route, dispatch advised that the subject left and was heading northbound on U.S. Highway 395 in a white Toyota sedan, and that the vehicle had been reported stolen.

Deputies located the vehicle on northbound U.S. Highway 395 at Cottonwood Road and attempted to initiate an enforcement stop. Furubotten failed to yield and proceeded northbound at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued Furubotten to just south of Lone Pine, but due to the heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic the pursuit was terminated.

Furubotten was located just north of Lone Pine and Deputies resumed the pursuit. Furubotten continued to flee at high speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

The pursuit was turned over to the California Highway Patrol and Deputies continued to assist as secondary units. Spike Strips were positioned on Highway 395 near Fish Springs Road. As Furubotten approached the area of Fish Springs Road he swerved towards an Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy nearly colliding with the patrol unit; Furubotten collided with a concrete barrier and the vehicle went off the east side of Highway 395.

After exiting the vehicle he was taken into custody at gun point without further incident. Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Furubotten for 10851(a) VC vehicle theft, 2800.2(a) VC, evading without regard for public safety, 245(a)(1) PC assault with a deadly weapon, 3056 PC violation of parole, 496(a) PC possession of stolen property, 12500 VC driving without a license.

Furubotten was booked at the Inyo County Jail for the above listed charges.

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