Emery County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Emery County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 1850 North 550 West, Castle Dale, 84513 UT
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Emery County Sheriff's Office is located at 1850 North 550 West, Castle Dale, 84513 UT. The Emery County Sheriff's Office phone number is 435-381-2404.

Emery County Sheriff's Office News

Operation Spartan was held in Emery County May 14-17, 2018. The first two days of the exercise consisted of HazMat training at the PacifiCorp Hunter Power Plant. Members of the UTARNG 85th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (85th CST) trained with Region 6 HazMat Team members from Carbon and Emery counties, as well as employees/emergency responders from the power plant. The 85th CST is a 22-member team available 24/7/365 at no cost to the requesting authority. They are all HazMat Technician qualified and trained in confined space rescue, rope rescue and trench rescue. They have specialized capabilities and a mobile analytical lab to provide onsite analysis. They also have capabilities to provide decontamination of first responders. With their knowledge and expertise, the 85th CST created scenarios based on chemicals that are commonly on site at the power plant. A tabletop discussion was held with plant personnel and Region 6 HazMat Team members. ECSO/Emergency Management expresses thanks to the Hunter Plant for allowing this technical training in their facility, and to the 85th CST and Carbon County HazMat for participation in the exercise. These partnerships and joint training will be very beneficial in times of actual emergency or disaster.

On May 11, 2018, ECSO/Emergency Management and the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) hosted a media day to celebrate the completion of flood protection projects in Emery County. An important part of the Department of Public Safety is the Division of Emergency Management, and Emery County's Emergency Manager is Captain Kyle Ekker, ECSO. Captain Ekker stated, "In Emery County, we have enjoyed a great working relationship with the NRCS for many years. Since the Seeley Fire of 2012, we have continuously been involved with the NRCS on various flood protection projects. This most recently completed project, the Cottonwood Creek Project, involved flood protection measures at five different sites along Cottonwood Creek beginning at the Water Treatment Plant west of Orangeville and ending southeast of Castle Dale. Each project was important to protecting critical infrastructure in Emery County. We appreciate the NRCS and their willingness to put funding on the ground in Emery County. We have developed an effective working relationship with the NRCS and look forward to future projects with them." The multi-million dollar project took 18 months to complete. Utah NRCS and Emery County restored functions for irrigation, municipal and industrial water infrastructure and provided flood mitigation for homes and other critical infrastructure. Johansen and Tuttle Engineering designed the protection projects, NRCS specialists obtained the necessary NEPA clearances, and Utah contractors performed the work. Captain Ekker was the Project Manager and Project Partners were USDA-NRCS, Emery County, Emery Water Conservancy District, Cottonwood Creek Canal and Irrigation Company, Castle Valley Special Service District, Orangeville and Castle Dale cities, PacifiCorp Hunter Power Plant and UDOT. This project would not have been possible without the funding from the NRCS and the cooperation of all Project Partners.

***IMPORTANT*** Recently we have had citizens sending information to the Emery County Sheriff's Office using Facebook Messenger. While Facebook is one valuable tool that we use in getting information out to the public, it is not monitored 24/7. If you need to report something to the Sheriff's Office, please call our Dispatch Center at 435-381-2404. We have Dispatchers on duty at all times. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

ECSO Deputy Matthew Salas graduated from the Department of Public Safety Utah Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Law Enforcement Academy on May 4, 2018. Deputy Salas was hired as a civilian dispatcher in June of 2016, graduated from Corrections Academy in December of 2016 and has been working as a jailer since that time. He is also a veteran of the US Marine Corps. His years in the US Marine Corps included a 7-month tour in Afghanistan shortly after his first child was born. POST Academy is a 9-week course held in Sandy, Utah. With a wife and 3 young children at home, Deputy Salas realizes the burden this puts on family. He expresses his appreciation to his wife and those that supported her in his absence. Deputy Salas looks forward to serving the citizens of Emery County as a law enforcement officer. CONGRATULATIONS DEPUTY SALAS!

UPDATE: HUNTINGTON, Utah, April 24 — Fire crews were able to build a containment line on the northeast side of the Crandall Fire Tuesday. The line held despite gusty winds Tuesday afternoon and evening. The northeast side of the fire leads down Crandall Canyon toward the closed Crandall Canyon Mine. The containment line leads from the point of origin to the snowline. The wildfire has grown to 110 acres, gaining only 7 acres Tuesday.

NEWS RELEASE BY MANTI-LA SAL NATIONAL FOREST: HUNTINGTON, Utah, April 22 — Fire crews are working to suppress a 90-acre blaze burning in steep terrain about 1 mile southwest of the Crandall Canyon Mine and about 15 miles northwest of Huntington, Utah. The fire is believed to have started over a week ago by a warming fire used by recreationists in the area. It was not reported until 2 p.m. Friday, April 20, when crews responded immediately. There are two crews working on the fire and a helicopter making water drops. The fire is burning in last year’s dry grass, understory litter and mixed conifer forest. There is no new green vegetation on the Forest to slow the fire, so dry grass is carrying the flames. The blaze is edging to the northeast and slowly up the slope. Duty Officer Troy Suwyn, of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, said the goal is to contain the fire in the next 48 hours and have it fully controlled by the end of the week. There are no active workings at the Crandall Canyon Mine and no personnel at the mine. It is owned by Utah American Energy. Good weather and various hunting seasons are bringing people to the Forest early this year. The Forest Service cautions Forest visitors to build fires in a fire ring, or clear away all vegetation down to mineral earth before starting a fire. Before leaving the fire, be sure it is dead out, and never leave a fire unattended. Dry conditions make these warnings even more urgent this spring when there is so much dry vegetation from last year’s growth and new green vegetation has not yet emerged.

TRAINING EXERCISE: Great morning at Ferron Elementary as four personnel from ECSO and one from Emery Medical Center responded for training. Principal Brian Dawes placed a 9-1-1 call reporting an unwelcome person in the school, and personnel quickly responded. The school was placed on lockdown, the building searched, and the classrooms evacuated. ECSO Detective Division visited each classroom yesterday to explain to the students what to expect and to stress the importance of following directions. It was impressive how well-trained the staff and students are in this type of scenario. THANK YOU Ferron Elementary for allowing us to train in your school.

GRADUATION: Congratulations to Jeremy Lake who graduated from Utah Corrections Pre-Service Academy today. Jeremy began working at ECSO in June 2016 as a Civilian Dispatcher. From the beginning, Jeremy has proven to be highly-motivated, reliable, and willing to step up and cover shifts when ECSO Dispatch Center has been shorthanded. Deputy Lake will now work as a Corrections Officer in the Emery County Jail. Outside of work, Jeremy is a skilled craftsman/artisan, avid outdoorsman, and dedicated husband and father. Deputy Lake will be a great addition to law enforcement in Emery County. CONGRATULATIONS!

EMERY COUNTY SURPLUS AUCTION! See flyer for details.

ELI WINTER FUNDRAISER - FRIDAY, APRIL 13 @ 5:00 P.M. - EMERY COUNTY REC CENTER - PRIZES, PRIZES AND MORE PRIZES: There are several ways to win the amazing items that have been donated to Eli's fundraiser. First, you can purchase PRE-SALE RAFFLE tickets for the items listed on the PRE-SALE flyer. You do not have to be present to win those prizes. Then, the night of the fundraiser dinner, you can purchase GENERAL RAFFLE tickets for a chance to win prizes listed on the GENERAL RAFFLE flyer. There will also be a SILENT AUCTION where you can bid on items listed on the SILENT AUCTION flyer. Finally, auctioneer Wade Anderson will conduct a LIVE AUCTION for bidding on the items listed on the LIVE AUCTION flyer. There are thousands of dollars worth of amazing prizes available! Added bonus - - - there will be 4 games available that you can pay to participate in. The prizes for these games are a compound bow, a pair of Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binoculars, a Marlin .22 Magnum Bolt Action Rifle, and a shotgun. SEE YOU ON APRIL 13th! (PLEASE SHARE)

ELI WINTER FUNDRAISER - UPDATED PRIZE LIST!! - Last chance to purchase raffle tickets for these PRE-SALE raffle prizes is THURSDAY, APRIL 12. Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00, available by contacting any Search and Rescue Team member or by contacting the Sheriff's Office. These prizes are available by PRE-SALE ONLY and you do not have to be present to win the PRE-SALE raffle prizes. Check out our other posts for MANY MORE fabulous prizes available the night of the fundraiser dinner!

Sgt. Dusty Butler retired on March 30, 2018 after 22 years of dedicated service to the Emery County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Emery County. He was hired by ECSO in 1996 when he was only 18 years old. He worked for a short time in Dispatch before attending Corrections Academy and has worked in the jail since that time. Dusty served as Corrections Corporal and was later promoted to Jail Sergeant. He has been in charge of the jail since late 2010. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes for the safety and welfare of inmates, and Dusty has fulfilled his responsibilities well with very limited staff through the years. He has been first to step up on special projects, transports and extraditions. He was also in charge of court security and security for the Sheriff’s Office facility. Dusty was a Taser Instructor and Glock Armorer, and spent countless hours at the gun range helping prepare for qualification shoots. Since 2007, Dusty has served as photo journalist for ECSO, taking thousands of photos and producing amazing slideshows that have been presented at conferences throughout the state. Dusty is the true definition of public servant. He has been a volunteer firefighter with the Orangeville Fire Department for many years. You can also see him at local dance recitals, pageants, plays and sporting events taking photos and videos that he shares with the public. Many parents in our communities have come to rely on him to provide a photo journal of their children’s events. Dusty was recognized by local newspapers and by the program Beyond the Badge for his efforts in obtaining and restoring a camp trailer and stocking it with food for an Emery County man who was living in a car and facing a miserable winter. In his personal and professional life, Dusty’s hard work and dedication go beyond what is expected. His knowledge, experience and dedication are irreplaceable at ECSO and he will be missed. THANK YOU Sgt. Dusty Butler and good luck with your future endeavors. If you see Dusty in the community, please take a moment to thank him for his service.

Sgt. Dusty Butler retired on March 30, 2018 after 22 years of dedicated service to the Emery County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Emery County. He was hired by ECSO in 1996 when he was only 18 years old. He worked for a short time in Dispatch before attending Corrections Academy and has worked in the jail since that time. Dusty served as Corrections Corporal and was later promoted to Jail Sergeant. He has been in charge of the jail since late 2010. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes for the safety and welfare of inmates, and Dusty has fulfilled his responsibilities well with very limited staff through the years. He has been first to step up on special projects, transports and extraditions. He was also in charge of court security and security for the Sheriff’s Office facility. Dusty was a Taser Instructor and Glock Armorer, and spent countless hours at the gun range helping prepare for qualification shoots. Since 2007, Dusty has served as photo journalist for ECSO, taking thousands of photos and producing amazing slideshows that have been presented at conferences throughout the state. Dusty is the true definition of public servant. He has been a volunteer firefighter with the Orangeville Fire Department for many years. You can also see him at local dance recitals, pageants, plays and sporting events taking photos and videos that he shares with the public. Many parents in our communities have come to rely on him to provide a photo journal of their children’s events. Dusty was recognized by local newspapers and by the program Beyond the Badge for his efforts in obtaining and restoring a camp trailer and stocking it with food for an Emery County man who was living in a car and facing a miserable winter. In his personal and professional life, Dusty’s hard work and dedication go beyond what is expected. His knowledge, experience and dedication are irreplaceable at ECSO and he will be missed. THANK YOU Sgt. Dusty Butler and good luck with your future endeavors. If you see Dusty in the community, please take a moment to thank him for his service.

Training was held at Cottonwood Elementary in Orangeville this morning as law enforcement responded to a training call of an intruder. The school was immediately placed on lockdown while waiting for law enforcement to respond. During a lockdown, teachers lock their classroom doors and turn off their lights, and students remain silent. As law enforcement searched the remainder of the building and took the intruder into custody, the students and teachers were so silent that it seemed as if the school were abandoned.Great job students and teachers! Law enforcement then contacted each classroom and evacuated everyone to the playground. THANK YOU Cottonwood Elementary for allowing us to train with your students.

Nearly 80 law enforcement, EMS and fire personnel responded to Emery High School the morning of March 22, 2018, to participate in an active shooter drill orchestrated by the students in Deputy Shaun Bell's Criminal Justice classes. The Criminal Justice students and softball team were the nearly 75 actors/participants in the exercise, with the rest of the campus being on lockdown. Law enforcement agencies participating or observing were ECSO, UHP, AP&P, DNR/DWR, Carbon County Sheriff's Office and Price City Police Department. Emery County EMS responded with ambulances, treating injuries on scene and transporting patients to Emery Medical Center. Local fire department members responded to block traffic, aid in securing the perimeter and to help move the injured. The exercise moved along quickly because of a time limit and was high stress due to multiple shooters, a blaring fire alarm, and moulage wounds on the victims. Skills practiced and lessons learned are vital to our first responders, and the best way to test performance is to practice. A big thanks to Emery School District for recognizing the importance of this type of training and allowing first responders to practice in their schools for the past 12 years. Also a big thanks to Emery Medical Center and ambulance personnel who took time to visit the Criminal Justice classes to talk to the students prior to the exercise and who responded in force. ECSO appreciates the willingness of other law enforcement agencies to participate in these exercises as we train to protect our most valuable assets - - - our children.

FUNDRAISER FOR ELI WINTER: Emery County Search and Rescue is hosting a fundraiser dinner and auction for 7-year-old Eli Winter who was recently diagnosed with a rare cancerous tumor. The list of items available for raffle and auction is growing daily. Even if you are unable to attend the event, you can still purchase raffle tickets exclusively for the items listed on the pre-sale flyer. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. You can purchase tickets from any Search and Rescue member. Tickets are also available at the Sheriff's Office. PLEASE NOTE: Some flyers say 6:00 p.m. and some say 5:00 p.m. Due to expected turnout, doors will now open at 5:00 for people to start eating dinner. No games or auctions will begin until after 6:00 p.m. PLEASE SHARE!!!

TASK FORCE INVESTIGATIONS LEAD TO ARRESTS: Emery County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant in the early morning hours of March 21 after several weeks of surveillance on a house in Huntington. This was part of a joint investigation with Carbon Metro Drug Task Force. Task Force agents in both counties had been watching two men for a couple of months. Based on activity observed, one of the men was arrested in Price, which led to search warrants being issued and executed in both counties. The warrant in Huntington resulted in the seizure of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, evidence of controlled substance distribution and sophisticated surveillance equipment. A total of five arrests were made in this case. Investigation is ongoing in both counties.

RESCUE NEAR DING & DANG TRAILHEAD EARLY THIS MORNING: A 26-year-old Nephi man was rescued early this morning after spending the night stranded in a slot canyon in Emery County, having broken his leg in a fall around 7:30 Tuesday evening. At a few minutes after midnight, the missing man’s father called ECSO Dispatch and reported that his last contact with his son was about 2:30 on Tuesday afternoon, at which time he said he was headed to Ding & Dang Canyons. ECSO personnel located the man’s vehicle at the trailhead just after 2:00 a.m. Four personnel from Goblin Valley State Park responded with two searching up each canyon. Emery County Search and Rescue was dispatched, as well as Green River Ambulance and the State DPS Helicopter Star 9. The missing man was located about two miles from the trailhead. He was secured in a rescue basket and carried to a location in the canyon where the helicopter was able to lower a cable 160 feet. The helicopter then hoisted the injured man and rescue attendant out of the canyon and delivered them to the Green River Ambulance which was staged at the entrance to Goblin Valley State Park. The injured man was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Sheriff Funk stated, “Not only did rescue personnel respond during the middle of the night, but they also waded through very cold water in the slot canyon, which was chest deep at times. The skills of the helicopter crew were incredible as they hovered in a very tight section of the canyon to hoist the injured man out. Another successful rescue in Emery County thanks to these highly-skilled, selfless responders and multiple agencies working together.” This type of wilderness rescue is very technical and takes a lot of time due to the remoteness of Emery County and the ruggedness of the terrain. All-in-all, it was 9 hours of dedicated effort from the time the call came in until the injured man was loaded on the ambulance for transport. WELL DONE to all involved.

Another great school lockdown/evacuation this morning as we trained with our youngest group of students to date - - this time at RUCD Head Start Preschool in Huntington. ECSO personnel visited the school prior to the training to get acquainted with the teachers and students, and to become familiar with the facility. The little kids were FANTASTIC to work with as they calmly followed directions and quickly evacuated to a waiting school bus. ECSO has an aggressive emergency response training program that encompasses schools, churches, businesses and large private industry. We appreciate these partnerships as they help us train to better serve and protect the citizens of Emery County.

EMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ROSTER GREEN RIVER PATROL NOTICE OF EXAMINATION The Emery County Sheriff’s Office will be compiling a roster from which qualified individuals may be selected when openings for a Green River Patrol Deputy occur. The applicant must live in Green River or be willing to relocate to Green River. The examination will be designed to fairly test the mental ability and knowledge of the applicants. The Police Officer Selections Test (POST) will be administered and the cost to take the exam will be $20.00. You will be notified of more details when the date for the testing has been set. Interested applicants will also be required to pass a physical agility test when the written test is administered. Applicants for the examination process must be a minimum of 21 years of age and citizen of the United States. Applicants will be disqualified if they have been convicted, as defined under Utah law, of (a) any felony; (b) any Class A Misdemeanor; (c) domestic violence; (d) Class B Misdemeanor DUI within the last five years; or (e) any criminal offense involving moral turpitude. Applicants for employment may be required to undergo a drug test and/or background check as a condition of employment. Deadline for submitting a resume and employment application is March 26, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. The employment application can be obtained online at www.emerycounty.com or by calling the number below to request one be emailed to you. Send, fax, or email resume to: Mary Huntington, Emery County Personnel, Box 907, Castle Dale, UT 84513. Fax: 435-381-2308 Email: maryh@emery.utah.gov Emery County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

BURN PERMITS: Last week's fire along the creek bottom between Bott Lane and Ghost Road (Orangeville/Castle Dale area) is a reminder of how quickly a controlled burn can get out of control. A landowner was burning when winds picked up and the fire spread. Now is a good time to remind the public of the proper way to obtain a burn permit. BURN PERMITS are now controlled by the State. Anyone wanting to burn needs to go to the State website and fill out a permit application. The website is: http://air.utah.gov/OpenBurning/form/index.php. You can also view the information and access the link that will take you to the permit at http://air.utah.gov/OpenBurning/index.htm. Once you have received confirmation via the website it is automatically sent to the fire chief for your city. ON THE DAY OF THE CONTROLLED BURN, you need to contact ECSO Dispatch at 435-381-2404 to report the location of your burn and the give the permit number that was issued to you. If you are going to be burning for more than one day, you need to call ECSO dispatch each day. If you live OUTSIDE city limits, you need to contact Carbon/Emery Fire Warden Jeramy Jorgensen at (435)630-4789. He will issue a permit number and you then follow the instructions above by notifying ECSO on the day of your controlled burn. This is an extremely dry year, so please exercise EXTREME CAUTION when burning.

ANOTHER PHONE SCAM: Please be aware of another phone scam that is going around. An Emery County woman has received 29 calls from the same number in the past week. The number is (385)375-3180. The call is a recording claiming to be the Utah County Sheriff's Office. The first time the woman received this call, the recording asked that she accept a collect call from "NAME". In this case, the recording paused and then a female voice said the actual name of the woman's daughter. Although the call was very upsetting, the woman did not fall for the scam. She verified the whereabouts and safety of her daughter and reported the call. She has since received 28 more calls from this number but does not answer. Please be cautious as phone scams are increasing. PLEASE SHARE.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Florida impacted by yesterday's school shooting. News reports quote teachers crediting recent active shooter training with saving lives. Still, many lives were lost, and that is difficult for first responders who did all they were trained to do. As the investigation continues, officials are quoting "very disturbing social media activity" posted by the gunman. ECSO supports a nationwide program called, "IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING." Investigators are now saying that adults close to the gunman's life did not see his social media activity because they did not have accounts, but many of his peers did see his threatening posts prior to the shooting. ECSO would like to remind our citizens to REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. All reports will be taken seriously and investigated properly. Call (435)381-2404 to report suspicious activity.

ECSO recently held a lockdown/evacuation exercise at Huntington Elementary. Each school year, the ECSO Detective Division organizes a series of exercises that reaches every campus in the Emery School District. ECSO personnel visit each school prior to the exercise to meet with students and faculty. They explain what will be happening, show how they will be dressed, and stress the importance of the students taking the exercise seriously. Law enforcement personnel from various agencies are invited to participate. With the nationwide trend of school violence, these exercises are vital to the safety of our children. ECSO expresses thanks to the Utah Highway Patrol and State for their continued support, and to the Emery School District for allowing law enforcement to train with the students and faculty.

RETIREMENT: Sgt. Leslie Wilberg has retired from the Emery County Sheriff’s Office after 33 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Emery County. Wilberg began his career at ECSO in 1985 as a dispatcher. After graduation from the Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Academy, he worked as a patrol deputy for 5 years and then worked in investigations for 10 years. Wilberg was then promoted to Sergeant over a patrol crew and has worked the road since that time. He also served as the ECSO Liaison to the Emery County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team for “more years than he can remember” and was a member of the Rope Rescue Team. He is currently serving on the Planning and Zoning Council, is a guest on the Trails Council, and desires to be involved with the Public Lands Council. He recently certified as a trail CAT operator for the BLM and will start grooming trails for them as a volunteer later this week. He also hopes to be instrumental in establishing motorless routes throughout Emery County. At Sgt. Wilberg’s retirement luncheon today, Emery County Sheriff Greg Funk stated, “I will miss Les’ experience and his willingness to come to me with suggestions and advice. Les was always spot on with his ideas, and I learned early on to listen to him.” When asked about his immediate plans after retirement, Wilberg stated that after being a law enforcement officer for 33 years, he was going to “take some time to find out who Les Wilberg is again……and go from there.” He and his wife Linda are the parents of 4 children and have 3 grandchildren. He looks forward to spending more time with his family, but also plans on staying involved in the betterment of Emery County. THANK YOU SGT. WILBERG FOR YOUR DEDICATED SERVICE. Enjoy retirement.