Unforgettable police work


Police Work- MLPD Style

Here is a story about police work that one San Diego couple will never forget.

During the last storm cycle, Mammoth Lakes Police officers were very busy with the usual weather related calls.  One call however stuck with them.  A tourist failed to negotiate a steep curve, and drove his truck off the roadway and down a steep snow bank.  Although the occupants were uninjured, it would prove to be a disastrous incident.  As the driver negotiated the deep snow to walk back up to the roadway, his wedding band slipped from his finger and disappeared into the freshly fallen snow.

Although plans were made to return the area when the snow melted, Sergeant Marc Moscowitz, Detective Doug Hornbeck and Officer Tim Smalley took advantage of a warm, spring like day on Wednesday.  During a lull in calls for service, the three MLPD officers drove back to the location of the accident.  Officer Smalley directed the officers to the location he believed the ring had landed.  Detective Hornbeck, using a metal detector he recently inherited from his father (but hadn’t yet used), began searching for the ring.  After several minutes of searching and shoveling snow, they heard IT; the telltale sound that something was under the snow.  Bottle cap? Beer can?  They then saw the beautiful glint of someone’s lost treasure sparkling in the sunlight.  They had found it!  After a quick phone call to the owner of the ring, plans were made to return it to him.  The owner was very grateful that the officers made the effort to look for his ring, and even more grateful that they found it.

Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson commented on his men’s thoughtful work.  He said, “I’d like to add that this is the type of service that small town policing provides.  I have encouraged our personnel to do whatever they can to solve a problem and not be satisfied with simply doing what is required.  This is a good example of MLPD personnel realizing that this gentleman’s problem was not solved by conducting a collision investigation and getting the truck pulled out of the snow bank.  I commend Sgt. Moscowitz, Detective Hornbeck and Officer Smalley for going the extra steps to locate this person’s ring.  The owner lives in San Diego and he will get his ring back next week when Sgt. Moscowitz will be in Irvine.   And,” said the Chief,  “I’m guessing the owner is no longer in hot water with his wife.”


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29 Responses to Unforgettable police work

  1. Big Rick O'BRIEN March 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    I bet the officers were just as happy finding it , as the owner was. BRAVO, guys.

    • Crazy Feds March 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

      I hope that ring was not over 50 years old. If so, the cops are in big trouble with the crazy red head USFS LEO. Using a metal detector on Federal Lands? More trouble.

  2. Trouble March 14, 2013 at 5:05 am #

    Did they find any CHP’s in the bushes?

    • Desert Tortoise March 15, 2013 at 4:34 am #

      I know you will get some grief for the comment, but thanks for the laugh this morning?

  3. Charles O. Jones March 14, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Great customer service.
    Thank you MLPD.

  4. Cindy March 14, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Can’t we have ONE nice story without someone getting negative.
    Come on people.
    Good Job and Thank You !

    • Way to go,l Cindy! March 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

      Bravo, Cindy!
      Good to see there are others growing very tired of the non-stop public-servant bashing.

    • Trouble March 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      Sorry Cindy, I’m not able.

  5. Destructive emotions running amok March 14, 2013 at 11:07 am #


    Your thought is a lovely one.

    However, we live in times where destructive emotions amongst some people are running amok. And sadly, these people, primarily government-haters (they love to obsess about “taxeaters” and such) find their way to blogs such as these (when they don’t have their ears glued to talk-radio pundits) not having the slightest idea how they can overcome their destructive emotions that have originated for them as early as one year old.

    I don’t believe some of them will ever discover the root causes of their hatred, greed and delusion and will sooner or later … just disappear into nothingness.

    But that shouldn’t stop the rest of us from giving assistance and service where we can.

    • Benett Kessler March 14, 2013 at 11:11 am #

      Dear Destructive,
      Enough already with the judgments. We do get your very valid points and got them several posts ago.

      • fighting fire with fire March 14, 2013 at 11:22 am #

        Dear Benett Kessler,

        Perhaps the day will come when the judgmental negativity directed towards everyone involved in public the sector: Police, Administrators, Presidents et. al, …will finally cease in our society – then it will no longer be necessary to counter the negative judgements with other points of view.


  6. salblaster March 14, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    uh oh, was he metaldetecting on federal land. if the ring is over fifty years old he’s going to get in trouble.

  7. ferdinandlopez March 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    wow,perhaps oneday ill tap my ruby slippers together and all will be joyous,come on,with sooooo much corruption in our government ,from the little to the big,how can you expect anything but sarcasm directed at all state and government employees

    • Stereotyping of bureaucrats March 15, 2013 at 9:01 am #

      Ferdinand –

      stereotyping – an oversimplified standardized image of a person or group

      Stereotyping leads to prejudice when people emotionally react to the name of a group, ascribe characteristics to members of that group, and then evaluate those characteristics.

      Possible prejudicial effects of stereotypes are:

      Justification of ill-founded prejudices or ignorance

      Unwillingness to rethink one’s attitudes and behavior towards stereotyped group

      Preventing some people of stereotyped groups from entering or succeeding in activities or fields

      Stereotyping is much easier than actually thinking through the person or group to come to a logical and fair conclusion about them.

      Early studies believed that stereotypes were only used by rigid, repressed, and authoritarian people. This idea has been overturned by more recent studies that suggested that stereotypes are commonplace. Now, stereotypes are said to be collective group beliefs, meaning that people who belong to the same social group share the same set of stereotypes.

      • Big AL March 16, 2013 at 12:29 am #

        Proof is in the pudding .. stereotyping is just so easy to do now days, it seems everyone is doing it. It seems to be almost expected. and a fair amount of the time, it is unconsciously expressed, I think? You just have to try to be cognizant of it and make conscious efforts to do away with them. Sometimes, easier said than done. Human learned nature.

  8. ferdinandlopez March 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    looks like m.l.p.d. does have enough officers to handle all the crime

  9. Big AL March 14, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    It is a good story

    • Don March 15, 2013 at 12:15 am #

      Good job, to the officers of the MLPD!!! Damn Good job,… Don…

  10. ferdinandlopez March 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    blah blah blah,freedom of speech ,freedom of thought and freeedom to be an individual,have an independent idea for once and put down your websters

    • Thanks, but no thanks, Ferd March 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

      With all due respect Ferd,
      I think I’ll stick to the presentation of substance rather than mindless argumentative conjecture. There is way too much of that angry nonsense going around today trying to pass as meaningful dialogue. If I want to spend my time sounding nasty and argumentative, I’ll simply tune in to a talk-radio program.

    • and the source of info is ...? March 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      “Put down your websters” … and listen to me instead.
      You are a hoot, Ferdindandlopez!

  11. BobK March 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    It’s amazing what people will say when the don’t have to post their real name and can use numerous names in their posts..

    • Nuttier and nuttier March 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

      It’s amazing what some people will believe as long as it comes from the mouth of a person that calls itself a member of the Tea Party movement.

      PS- I’m sure “BobK” is somebody’s REAL name. : >

    • Trouble March 17, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      Bob K-Doesn’t freedom of speech and freedom of the press make for some AMAZING comments here?

    • Big AL March 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      I hear ya Bob …

  12. ferdinandlopez March 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    how can anyone give a thumbs down to frredom of speech

    • Trouble March 18, 2013 at 7:20 am #

      It’s easy ferdinand. Click!

  13. ferdinandlopez March 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    oops freedom

  14. Jeremiah's stance March 18, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    Hey look everybody! Proof they do serve us, so is this a PR stunt or will they do that for everybody?
    I believe it people will always say the darn-est things when they don’t have to own it! just like nowadays there is always something people can blame rather then own there own actions. Yeah boo hoo try being taken from your family at age 7 and put in boarding schools!


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