Inyo County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Inyo County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 550 S. Clay Street, Independence, 93526 CA
  • Chief:
Phone: 760-878-0383
Fax: 760-878-0389

Inyo County Sheriff's Office is located at 550 S. Clay Street, Independence, 93526 CA. The Inyo County Sheriff's Office phone number is 760-878-0383.

Inyo County Sheriff's Office News

The US National Weather Service Las Vegas Nevada is forecasting another triple-digit day throughout the Owens Valley. Be prepared- extreme heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards.

Incredible satellite imagery of the various wildfires -

Good Monday morning. Check out the InciWeb link below to stay up to date on current fire information. For those who are wondering why our air in the Owens Valley is smokey - it's due to the Lions Fire.

$10 adoption special for all cats and kittens at the Inyo County Animal Shelter

PREPAREDNESS UPDATE: HIGH WATER FLOW The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be performing emergency repair work on the Control Gorge Power Plant beginning June 26th, with a projected completion date of September 5th. Water being released from the Crowley Reservoir will enter the Owens River at the Middle Gorge Power Plant and flow downstream through the Owens Gorge and into the Pleasant Valley Reservoir. Inyo County residents and visitors can expect extremely high water flow in the Owens River below Middle Gorge Power Plant. “Normal water flow rates are at 55 cubic feet per second, cfs. During this time period, the flows could be as high as 500cfs. Once the higher flow rates have started they will remain at these elevated levels until the Control Gorge Power Plant is returned to operation in September,” stated Jon Crook, LADWP. Last summer, due to the historic Sierra snowpack runoff, Inyo County officials cautioned residents and visitors not to float the Owens River because of extreme debris and fast-moving water. Inyo County Office of Emergency Services reminds residents and visitors that although Inyo County is not experiencing runoff conditions that are on par with last summer, with the planned water flow increase calmer waterways such as Diaz Lake, Klondike Lake, and Millpond are safer alternatives to river-floating. If you will be recreating near the Owens River officials recommend these safety tips: DO NOT let children or pets in moving water and keep a close watch on children and pets - even if they are far from water; River banks can be compromised by extreme erosion - keep a safe distance from these areas; Wear properly fitting personal flotation for all river activities; Be aware and respectful of posted warning signs – these signs are there for your safety; Stay on established trails or developed areas when you are near waterways; Keep updated on the conditions of your favorite waterways - river and stream condition information may be found at visitor centers and ranger stations; and fish with a partner. Additional waterway safety tips include the following: Never enter waterways that are upstream from a waterfall; Avoid slippery rocks and logs near rivers and streams; Stay up to date on Inyo County weather conditions through US National Weather Service Las Vegas Nevada

An excessive heat warning is in effect. Happy first day of summer! Stay safe and stay hydrated. Never leave pets or kids unattended in vehicles.

The Inyo County Animal Shelter has around 50 kittens currently, so if you're ready to be a cat owner, stop by! Open: Tuesday- Friday 10am to 3pm and Saturday- Sunday 11am to 4pm. Closed Mondays

Wow! This is an excellent reminder for the many campers, backpackers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts never to leave food, drinks, or anything else that a bear might want to feast on in your vehicle. Some of the more obscure items that can attract bears include: toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, soap, empty cans, cooking utensils, wrappers, coolers, pet food, bird seed, garbage and petroleum products (including fuel). More information on being Bear Aware can be found at:

Yesterday was National Go Fishing Day, but we think you can celebrate all summer here in Inyo County. Observed annually on June 18, National Go Fishing Day is a great day to take time from your daily routine and fish!

EBT System Will Be Down June 23 and June 24. Please Plan Ahead! Please be aware that you WILL NOT be able to use your EBT card from 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, until 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018. During this period, you will not be able to use any EBT benefits (food or cash). Plan ahead for your shopping needs and for getting cash. Unfortunately, the EBT Customer Services telephone number won’t be available from 11:00 p.m. Saturday June 23, 2018 until 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018. During this period you will not be able to speak to EBT Customer Service. You WILL NOT be able to use the EBT client website at from 10:00 p.m. Friday June 22, 2018 until 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018. During this period, you will not be able to log in to the EBT website. After 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, you will be able to use your EBT card again. For more info, contact Customer Service and access EBT client website at – in English and Spanish.

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, deputies responded to Bishop Golf Course regarding a burglary. A safe containing checks, cash and credit cards was taken. The suspects attempted to use the credit cards the same day at 4:15am. One female suspect and one male suspect were captured on video surveillance at Fort Independence Travel Plaza, and again at the Mobile Fuel Station in Lone Pine. Inyo Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the two suspects in the video surveillance. If you have any information please call 760-878-0383- you can remain anonymous.

Four members of Team Eastern Sierra Baker2Vegas participated in the Mammoth Half Marathon this weekend. Participants included: Mark Gutierrez (Inyo SO), Kendra Stone (Inyo SO), Mike Durbin (Inyo SO) and Steve Thompson (CDCR). Awesome job runners!

Happy Monday! Here's what you can expect - potential triple digits by Wednesday!

Thank you, once again, CHP - Inland Division Air Operations!

Our kitchen, like yours, is the heart of the operation, and we are incredibly fortunate to have an amazing staff of hardworking cooks. Yesterday we welcomed our newest cook to the Inyo SO team, Melissa Nelms.

*While we are happy this hiking/backpacking story has no life-threatening injuries, this is an important reminder for folks: please please do not activate your emergency satellite messaging device unless you absolutely need to.

Today Inyo County Sheriff Bill Lutze held a swearing-in ceremony for our newly hired Deputy, Douglas Cheshire. Prior to being hired by the Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Cheshire was employed by the San Diego Probation Dept. Welcome Deputy Cheshire! We’re excited to have you as part of the Inyo SO team!

Do you know the history of #FlagDay?

June 10th SAR At approximately 9:30am on Sunday, June 10th Inyo County Search and Rescue was notified of an accident involving three victims above Mt. Whitney’s Trail Camp. One hiker had slipped while ascending the snow-filled ‘Chute’, a hazardous short-cut often used in the spring when the normal trail is under snow, tumbling an estimated 500’, hitting the second and third victims during her fall. Eleven team members responded and were moving towards Lone Pine by 10:30am. The team was met by CHP helicopter H-82, which had flown by the accident scene and located the patients. Due to flying conditions and the high elevation of the site the helicopter could only fly one SAR member at a time. The first team member reached the scene shortly after noon with the second and third following shortly after. The remaining team members stayed down in Lone Pine to provide incident command, communication management, and a ground team if necessary. One victim was able to get out on his own. The other two had moderate to major injuries including major head and facial trauma and pelvic and spine injuries; they were roughly 150’ apart, on a 30º snow slope. Other hikers, whose aid was essential to the operation, had stabilized the patient’s positions, preventing further sliding down the slope. SAR members, with the aid of the other hikers, were able to treat both patients and package them for transport. CHP H-82 was able to effect a hoist evacuation of each patient in extremely challenging flying conditions. Both patients were flown to Lone Pine and eventually other medical centers for further treatment. Inyo SAR would like to thank the hikers who gave up or changed their hiking plans to assist these seriously injured patients, as well as the crew of CHP - Inland Division Air Operations. For those considering an early season Mt. Whitney hike: plenty of snow remains on the trail and snow travel should not be considered without carrying an ice axe, crampons, and formal training in their proper use. If you slip you likely will not have a chance to stop your fall. *All photos courtesy of Inyo SAR

Happy Monday! It’s going to get hot! Make sure and take extra precautions if you plan on being outside: wear sunscreen, drink water, and take breaks. And never leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles.

The Inyo County Animal Shelter has lots of cats and dogs available to adopt right now. Open: Tuesday- Friday 10am – 3pm and Saturday & Sunday 11am -4pm, closed Mondays

Two of our Inyo County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officers and one Corporal competed in the Uspfc Fitness Throwdown in San Marcos, CA. They competed in three team workouts and finished in 4th place! Awesome job Cpl. Joe Kapturkiewicz, CO Chad Rager, and CO Jazmin Valenzuela!

As you gear up for the weekend be prepared for a very windy Saturday. Stay safe and stay informed!