MCHS student arrested for on-campus sexual assault



Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 16-year-old male for two alleged sexual assaults. Both of the incidents occurred on the Mariposa County High School campus.According to Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies, a 17-year-old female was sexually assaulted following a concert on May 21. The victim verbally and forcibly resisted the attack. She reported the incident on May 28.The suspect […]

Services set for Kittie Pearson



There will be a celebration of life for Kittie Pearson on June 1.Kittie Ellen Pearson passed on, unexpectedly, to the next phase of her journey of life May 17 in Redding.  Kittie was born the third of six children to Bill and Bunny Hoppe in Indio on Sept. 29, 1955. At age 11 she moved with her family to San Diego. […]

RV plunges into river, collisions mar weekend




Rescuers from the Mariposa County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office, Mariposa Public Utility District Fire and Yosemite National Park worked together to pull an 88-year-old accident victim from rocks along the icy Merced River on Friday.An 88-year-old motorist was evacuated by helicopter on Friday afternoon after his RV rolled into the Merced River when he pulled over to let others […]

Feds push for new definition of ‘drunk’




There is nothing good about drunk driving. There is no disputing that fact. The federal government, however, now wants to expand its definition of just what drunk driving is, and that may change the way people drink entirely. Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board voted unanimously to encourage states to lower the blood alcohol content (BAC) level for drunk […]

Graduations, retirements set next week




Laura Lynn LaNotte Hays (left) and Wayne Forsythe were the guests of honor at the Mariposa County High School staff party last Friday. Both are retiring this year, along with math teacher Jane Moore.In Mariposa County schools, students are getting restless. The countdown is on until the end of the school year. There are also a number of people retiring, […]

Deputies nab wanted man



MARTIN GUERREROA short-lived manhunt for Martin Guerrero ended just about 24 hours after it began last week. Guerrero, 42, was wanted for the severe beating and sexual assault of his live-in girlfriend and had been hiding under a trailer at the Oasis Trailer Park. The incident began on Tuesday, May 21, when deputies responded to Cathey’s Valley on a domestic […]

Park has busy, but safe holiday weekend




It may not be the official start of summer, but is the official beginning of tourist season. Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, and Yosemite National Park experienced its typical congestion for the holiday. “Overall, it was incredibly busy memorial weekend,” said Yosemite spokesperson Scott Gediman. He noted, however, that Park officials did not have any search and rescue […]

New shops, eateries to greet summer tourists




From left, former Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce President Lester Bridges joined Miners Roadhouse 140 owners Ron and Lorelei Stapp at the bar’s ribbon cutting last week.Business folk greeted tourist season with a burst of optimism this past week—pointing with pride to a bevy of new shops, restaurants and watering holes. The Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce kicked the season […]

Fire fighters work to ‘fill the boot’



Mariposa Fire Fighters Local 2881 will hold their annual Fill-the- Boot event to raise funds for the Central Valley Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) on Saturday May 25. The fire fighters will be at the intersection of Highway 140 and Highway 49 North from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The firefighters will be asking passing motorists to donate […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



May 20: •Aggressive dogs were loose on Hernandez Drive. •Petty theft was reported on Elizabeth Lane. •There was a neighbor dispute on Triangle Road. •A domestic dispute on School Lane ended with an arrest. May 21: •Ducks were on Highway 140. •Reckless driving was reported on Highway 41. •There was a possible burglary on Bullion Street. •A car was burglarized […]