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Missing Person: UCLA student Michael Meyers

UCLA grad student Michael Meyers is missing

by Arnie Palu

Michael Meyers is a graduate student at UCLA.  His mother Catherine contacted KIBS/KBOV radio in an effort to located her son.  According to Catherine, Michael went hiking in the Mt. Russell/Mt Whitney area on Friday, November 6th.  Meyers was expected back at UCLA on Monday, November 9th.  Meyers and his 2002 gray Dodge Durango remain missing.  Catherine is assuming Michael left for his hike from Whitney Portal.  The gray Dodge Durango has California license plates, 7DIB540.  If you have any information on Meyers or the vehicle, please contact local law enforcement.

Michael Meyers, photo provided by Catherine Meyers.

Inyo County Sheriff Bill Lutze indicates that local officers checked the Whitney Portal and Onion Valley trail heads and Meyers’ vehicle was not found.

Meyers is a native of St. Cloud Minnesota.

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4 arrested Friday

Local Compliance check executed Friday

A circling helicopter Friday in the Bishop and Big Pine area was part of a multi-agency effort.  Several local law enforcement agencies teamed up to conduct probation and parole compliance checks.

Inyo County Sheriff’s Department Statement:

On Friday, September 4, 2015 at approximately 7am a multi-agency operation was conducted in the Big Pine and Bishop area.  Approximately 34 locations were checked for compliance to ensure that the person or persons who are living there are adhering to the terms and conditions of probation or parole.

Four arrests were made during the operation:
Brian Dehaven 34-years old: Violation of Probation (3-day incarceration)

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Brian Dehaven

Rachel Chandler 39-years old: Violation of Probation ($50,000 bail)

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Rachel Chandler

Felis Landa 27-years old: Outstanding Warrant, Violation of Probation, Possession of Controlled Substance, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Brandishing a Weapon, and Vandalism ($50,000 out of Inyo County, and no-bail out of Mono County)

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Felis Landa

Justin Wilcott 53-years old: Outstanding Warrant ($5,000 bail)
*All arrest were made without incident

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Justin Wilcott

This operation is an ongoing effort to ensure the safety of the citizens and to maintain compliance with those individuals who have been placed on supervision after the conviction of a crime.  “We want to ensure that the persons placed on supervision continue to meet the obligations they agreed to, and at the same time ensure the public’s safety,” stated Inyo County Sheriff Bill Lutze.

The following agencies participated in today’s operation: Bishop Police Department, Mono County Sheriff, Inyo County Sheriff, Inyo County Probation, California Highway Patrol H80, and Olancha Fire Department’s Tactical Medic Team.

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Authorities Investigating Dog Death

incident sparks outrage

The Inyo County Sheriffs department is investigating the death of a dog in Mustang Mesa. A dog was struck and killed by a vehicle Sunday, July 26th.  According to Inyo County Sheriff Bill Lutze, the Inyo Sheriffs Department received the call just minutes after noon Sunday. Sheriffs deputies and Animal Control responded to Mustang Mesa to investigate. According to Sheriff Bill Lutze, witnesses reported that a suspect allegedly intentionally struck the dog with a vehicle causing fatal injuries. A suspect has been identified. The suspect was not arrested. Lutze indicates the Inyo County Sheriffs Department will be forwarding their report to the Inyo County District Attorneys office.

Inyo District Attorney Tom Hardy confirms that he has been briefed on the incident by the Sheriffs Department and his office is awaiting the investigation report. While not able to comment on a ongoing investigation, Hardy did note that this is a serious situation that will get his office’s full attention.

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