Overturned big rig
WESTMORLAND – A call came into the sheriff’s dispatch of an overturned 18-wheeler on the shoulder of Highway 86, on April 17, at 9:14 a.m. The sheriff’s office sent three units to Highway 86 and Bannister where the truck blocked the northbound lanes. The driver managed to escape the vehicle without injuries. According to the sheriff’s logs, the truck caught fire and units assisted with traffic control. Westmorland Fire Department were called for assistance, the burning truck shut down both north and south bound lanes, however the officers were able to open one southbound lane within 30 minutes .

Suspicious persons
OCOTILLO – The sheriff’s office responded to a call concerning a suspicious black sedan on West Evan Hewes, near old Miller’s Garage, in Ocotillo, on April 17, around 5:37 p.m. The reporting person requested a deputy to check the area for a possible dog abandonment. The caller said she suspected the vehicle had dumped a large black canine that was seen running after the car. The deputy failed to find the car or the canine.

Slot machine punched
WINTERHAVEN – Quechan Casino & Resort near Winterhaven, CA reported early morning on April 18 around 2:52 a.m., two customers broke a slot machine and were being detained at the Quechan security office. The sheriff’s officer arrived at 5:13 a.m. The two subjects admitted to punching the screen and were willing to pay for the damages which totaled more than $1200. The subjects were booked into the Imperial County Jail.

Cyclist vs. vehicle
HOLTVILLE – An anonymous male called the sheriff’s office on April 15 at 8:35 a.m., concerning a pedestrian hit by a car on the west bound side of Evan Hewes and Meloland by Holtville. Three units and an ambulance arrived to find a male subject breathing, but bleeding from the nose, the vehicle was a black Camaro. The victim was a cyclist and he was able to stand and walk around. The patient was transported to a local hospital.


Body found
IMPERIAL COUNTY –  A person walking in the area of Coachella Canal and Hot Mineral Spa Road called the sheriff’s office on April 15 when he found a badly decomposed subject. The body appeared to be to be face down and stuck in the drop. Border Patrol reported they had two units in the area and would meet the reporting person at the road. The Border Patrol officers confirmed the status of the person as dead with decomposition setting in. The Coroner sent for an ambulance to transport the body.