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Grand theft, drugs, illegal weapons among 10 arrests
At least 10 arrests ranging from illegal guns to a series of cocaine busts and even a grand theft involving fishing gear and drugs kept the Mono County Sheriff’s Department busy over last week and during Fishing Opener weekend.
Five more arrests on warrant charges brought the list of arrests to 15.
Deputies also rescued a man who fell overboard at Big Rock Marina and investigated a death in the Walker area that appeared at to be of natural causes.
According to Mono County Sheriff Ralph Obenberger, the sharp increase in arrests was due more to the large number of people in the area over the week for the Opener, along with an “all hands on board” staffing for the weekend.
The result was an impressive number of people hitting the Mono County jail.
According to a news release from the sheriff’s department, on Tuesday, April 23, patrol deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the town of Walker for speed. Upon contacting the subjects in the vehicle, and a subsequent investigation, one subject, Ricardo Galicia-Osuna, 19, of South Lake Tahoe, was placed under arrest for possession of cocaine and other various charges.
Also on Tuesday, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling inbound on S.R. 203 for several traffic violations. Upon contacting the subjects in the vehicle, and a subsequent investigation, one subject, Abigail Bateman, 23, of San Diego, was placed under arrest for possession of cocaine, possession of prescription narcotics without a prescription and other various charges.
On Thursday, April 25, patrol deputies, along with the California Highway Patrol, conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of U.S. 395 and S.R. 203 for illegal window tinting. Upon contacting the driver of the vehicle, and a subsequent investigation, the driver, Dillon Prieto, 20, of Murrieta, was placed under arrest for driving under the influence.
On Thursday, April 25, patrol deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of U.S 395 and S.R. 203 for non-functioning vehicle lighting. Upon contacting the occupants of the vehicle, and a subsequent investigation, both occupants, Andrea Francis, 34, and Demorio Williams, 40, both residents of Reno, were arrested for possession of a stolen firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property, and other various charges.
On Saturday, April 27, at approximately 6:15 a.m., patrol deputies responded to a capsized vessel in June Lake. James Boyd, 50, of Mount Baldy, had just rented a boat from the Big Rock Marina and inadvertently fell out of the boat into the lake, and then, overturned the boat completely trying to climb back into it. The boat was saved, all loose tackle and other items were lost to the bottom of the lake, and Boyd did not sustain any injuries.
On Saturday, April 27, patrol deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the McGee Creek Caltrans Station for speeding. Upon contacting the occupants of the vehicle, the driver Mario Salazar, 32, of Bishop, was arrested for driving under the influence, and the passenger, Alex Lujano, 32, of Bishop, was arrested for violating his parole terms.
On Saturday, April 27, at approximately 4:15 a.m., MONET and Mono County Sheriff’s deputies, along with the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and Mono County Paramedics, concluded a narcotics investigation at the Motel 6 in Mammoth Lakes. Two subjects, Jesse Lovell, 20, and Kirea Lovell, 22, both of Anaheim, were arrested for possession and sales of methamphetamine and heroin, and numerous other charges.
Then on Sunday, April 28, deputies responded to Bridgeport for a report of grand theft. Throughout an investigation, a possible suspect was identified as well as the vehicle. It was believed that the suspect was also possibly armed with a handgun. Shortly after gathering this information, the suspect’s vehicle was seen in Bridgeport and a high-risk traffic stop was conducted. The driver was identified as Mr. Paul Harlow, 37, of Fernley, Nev., and the victims positively identified him as the suspect they believed had committed the crime.
Through further investigation, the stolen items were recovered (fishing gear, cell phones, etc.) from the suspect’s vehicle. A loaded .357 handgun was also recovered from the vehicle.
During the investigation, a second victim contacted the Sheriff’s Office and ultimately identified his stolen property that was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. Harlow was arrested for grand theft, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of narcotics, and other charges.
Throughout the course of the past week, Mono County deputies also arrested five other individuals for various warrant charges. Three patrol boats on various county waters had numerous contacts with anglers, and, deputies also responded to a death that occurred in the Walker area of a local resident from apparently natural causes.