Big Pine resident arrested; pipe bombs found

Inyo County Sheriff’s Office news release

On 05/28/2018, at about 6:30am, members of the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department Major Investigations and Narcotics Taskforce (MINT) served a search warrant at a residence on Dewey Street in Big Pine,  for the illegal sale of firearms.

The resident, Mark Osterman was arrested on a Ramey warrant without incident.  During the execution of the Search Warrant, Investigators located homemade explosive devices, also known as “pipe bombs”.

Osterman is currently being held at the Inyo County Jail on $100,000 bail.

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10 Responses to Big Pine resident arrested; pipe bombs found

  1. Jules June 3, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    This was all going on behind my house!!!!!!!?? Unbelievable!!!!! I just moved out May 11th from the property!! Thank God nothing happened while I was there! I knew this man was a nut case from the start of my stay!!

  2. Desco June 1, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

    David, You said it before I had a chance to.

  3. David Dennison June 1, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

    Almost Native…The guns DO bother me,when they’re illegal or maybe stolen weapons and in the hands of guys like this and trying to sell them to whoever has the $$$ to buy,and also has pipe bombs,probably selling them to the highest bidder..

  4. Almost Native June 1, 2018 at 6:15 am #

    The guns don’t bother me, pipe bombs do.

    • Charles O. Jones June 1, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

      According to ATF statistics, in the year 2015 there were a total of 8 fatalities from “explosive incidents”. This would be all types of explosives, not just pipe bombs.

      During that same year, according to the CDC, there were 36,252 fatalities from firearms.

  5. OLD YELLER May 31, 2018 at 9:54 am #

    In very simple terms, a Ramey Warrant is an arrest warrant that is obtained by a police agency by going directly to a judge and bypassing the district attorney.

    Typically, in order for a police agency to get a warrant, they must submit a report to the District Attorney and, if the District Attorney feels there is enough evidence to file the case, the police agency can request that the case be filed and at the same time, an arrest warrant issued. This is referred to as a “Walk-through Warrant.” However, with a Ramey Warrant, the officer may skip the district attorney and go directly to a judge. The police agency must submit a declaration, along with a report, to the judge setting out their reasons for requesting that the judge issue the warrant. If the Judge believes that there is probable cause, and sufficient evidence that this person has committed a crime, then the judge will issue the warrant. These types of warrants are often requested and processed after regular business hours.

    So why would a police agency choose to get a Ramey Warrant instead of just the traditional arrest warrant? Well for one reason, it is faster. The police agency may not want to wait for the District Attorney’s Office to review the paperwork, which they have submitted. So, they bypass this and go straight to the source. However, most commonly, this is done when a police officer feels that he may not have enough evidence for the district attorney to actually file the charges. He doesn’t want to take the chance that the district attorney will reject the case. So, if he can get a judge to issue a Ramey Warrant, he can then arrest the person and question them with the hope of obtaining enough information and sufficient evidence to present it to the District Attorney for filing. Basically, the officer’s hope is that, once they have the individual in their possession, they will get what they need to make their case and end up with the sufficient evidence needed to get the case filed.

    These types of warrants are of course legal but are fairly rare. One situation that may cause an officer to choose to go with a Ramey Warrant might be that they have previously tried to file cases against an individual but the district attorney keeps rejecting it for lack of sufficient evidence. The strategy then becomes to arrest the person, and obtain as much sufficient evidence as possible through questioning, lineups, and other investigatory techniques. However, if the individual refuses to talk, and provides them with nothing, then the officer must either file the case as is, or release the individual.

    For someone who has been arrested via a Ramey Warrant, having this knowledge may make the difference in a case being filed and the agency being forced to release the individual, provided the arresting agency was unsuccessful in obtaining the information they needed.

  6. Roy May 30, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

    Tinner, A Ramey warrant is a warrant issued by a judge directly..In most criminal cases a warrant is obtained via the District Attorney..Many Ramey warrants are issued after hours when its not feasible to go thru the DA’S office.

  7. Roy May 30, 2018 at 11:07 am #

    Ramey warrants have been around for over 30 years,,,they are the result of a supreme court decision…They are not something new.

    • Tinner May 30, 2018 at 7:37 pm #

      Well, like I said, your Honor, “that’s a new one FOR ME.”

  8. Tinner May 29, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

    “Ramey warrant”, that’s a new one for me. Learn something new everyday.
    Sounds like maybe members of the public made law enforcement aware of this guys illegal dealings and goings on, if this is the case I sure am glad our law enforcement act when the public says something.
    It also looks like law enforcement woke his butt up earlier than he normally wakes up.


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