Arrests made in probation/parole sweep

Inyo County Sheriff’s Office press release

On Friday, September 4, 2015 at approximately 7am a multiagency 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.

Inyo Sheriff

Four arrests were made during the operation:

  • Brian Dehaven 34-years old: Violation of Probation (3-day incarceration)
  • Rachel Chandler 39-years old: Violation of Probation ($50,000 bail)
  • 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)
  • Justin Wilcott 53-years old: Outstanding Warrant ($5,000 bail)

*All arrest were made without incident

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 the 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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17 Responses to Arrests made in probation/parole sweep

  1. Eliot Mess September 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    6 law enforcement agencies, 34 locations, only 4 arrests, 3 of which are minor.

    Not much bang for the public buck.

    • Justin Case September 9, 2015 at 3:56 am #

      3 may have been minor, however 1 was pretty major. This shows the rest of the criminals that they can’t expect to get out on probation and just do as they please. People complain when the “man”doesn’t do their job, and now you’re complaning it wasn’the good enough!Thank you to those law enforcement agencies for showing them whose boss.

      • Eliot Mess September 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

        By the Sheriff’s own numbers – set forth in the press release HE chose to issue – nearly 90% of the probationers checked were NOT in violation of probation

        (It could be a higher %, because the Sheriff refers to the “person or persons” living at the residence checked).

        This fact caused me to question the need for this extravagant use of public money (thanks Trouble for pointing out the CHP helicopter).

        All this to find out that 9 in 10 probationers were in compliance?

    • John September 9, 2015 at 6:04 am #

      It’s a business. Probation almost guarantees returning customers.


      • Low-Inyo September 9, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

        …or maybe after someone commits a felony with jail or prison time,after he’s released,just let him go on his merry-way to do it all over again and again without some type of supervision….or penalties if he does….right,John ?

    • John September 9, 2015 at 6:04 am #

      It’s a business. Probation almost guarantees returning customers.


  2. Trouble September 8, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

    Eliot, they didn’t exactly mention the helicopters?

  3. Jim September 8, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

    Yeah this is ridiculous. Did anyone notice the probation folks guarding the fair in full gear? Really? This has to stop. What a waste of money. Hey BOS, are you listening…we are tired of hearing how broke this County is when the law enforcement budget seems to have so much extra. Also, it might save a few bucks on fuel if sheriff deputies quit speeding just to commute to work everyday.

    • Tinner September 9, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

      Well then, maybe we should do away with all law enforcement.

  4. Rick O'Brien September 9, 2015 at 12:38 am #

    When do the embezzling suspects (a million +) get put on probation ?

    • John September 9, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

      yeah that’s the biggest bunch of bs. probably gave them a payment plan better that someone with excellent credit could get at a bank.

      What a joke

    • High Water September 9, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

      Usually after
      1. Plea Bargain

      2. Trial

  5. Trouble September 9, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

    If they really legalize pot, half these parole violations would go away? And stop trying to tell hard core drug addicts they can’t even have a beer.

    • John September 10, 2015 at 11:58 am #

      The only reason pot is not legal is law enforcement likes the money. My kid who’s 27 was accused by USFS personal of drinking and driving. They called CHP to administer a sobriety test. The sobriety test proved there was no alcohol in his system. While they waited for the CHP to arrive to give him a sobriety test they illegally searched his vehicle. The found his medical pot, he told them he had a pot card, and they took the pot without citing him.

      Wish that happen to me I’d own their arse. I would demand they cite me if they’re taking the pot. If they didn’t I would call the Sheriff and report a strong arm robbery.

  6. earl duran September 10, 2015 at 11:00 am #

    What a waste of tax payer money. maybe they should move to San Fransisco, where they would not have to worry. what is the status of the Embezzlers in Inyo county? could we get an update?

  7. Jeremiah Joseph September 11, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    if this isn’t slavery what is it? it definitely isn’t justice carried out by the law!
    This is pathetic… you know when you are convicted you do time and your debt to society has been served… here in this county once you are on probation you are absolutely a slave to the law and its system… When you live in a police state… never mind… this is pathethic ICSO!
    When all they hear are atta-boys it enables this to continue, wheres the true patriots/warriors at? Our Brothers and Sisters need our help, since the entity meant to serve and protect has dropped the ball…..!

  8. Low-Inyo September 13, 2015 at 6:29 am #

    Jeremiah Joseph…..Got to disagree with you on this one…when someone spends time in jail or prison,in most cases,not all,but most,it’s a good idea to keep an eye on them….and punishment if they either go back to the same ole’ crowd and continue to do stupid things or re-offend.When many do their time,they most always get out early,but part of their sentence is probation or parole….re-offend,back you go to do the rest of your time….many learn their lesson sitting behind bars,but let’s face it,many don’t…..check out the ICSO “CITIZEN RIMS” page and see what I mean…..I see the same faces there so much it’s almost like I know some of them…and actually recognize a few when I see them on the streets….and for many of them,it’s not violation of parole or probation getting them back into the Independence Hilton…’s doing the same thing over and over again that put them there in the first place.


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