Cox case has chickens, Henry VIII, more money for state



Jerry CoxPigs, chickens, privileged invoices, security concerns and even Henry the VIII were all part of a court hearing last week involving a high-profile case in which a local man had his property seized by the state. The case involves Jerry Cox, owner of JD Land Company, which operated Bison Creek Ranch before the Mariposa County Superior Court ordered the […]

Royal group



Homecoming is this week at Mariposa County High School. Shown in the back, from left, are homecoming royalty Colton Weidner, Diego Naranjo, Preston Scherf, Blake Atkins, Cameron Yancey and Seth Goodman; front, Emilee Peterson, Abbey Fillion, Haley Warmboe, Grace Flanagan, Yasmeena Sulaiman and Callie Butler. Not pictured are Daniel Gilger and Danielle Marquez. Each school day this week featured a […]

Supervisors make blunt pot decision



Any chance of commercial marijuana being legal in Mariposa County went up in smoke during a meeting last week. Through a recommendation from the Mariposa County Planning Department, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to outlaw any marijuana activity that would require a license from the state. The supervisors passed a resolution approving a general plan/ zoning amendment […]

‘I’ll take Mariposa for $1,000 please, Alex.’

MCHS graduate to appear on Jeopardy! this Thursday

Scarlet Pedersen Sims is shown with Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek during filming in Los Angeles.Answer: She’s a Mariposa County High School graduate who made it on the prestigious television show Jeopardy! Question: Who is Scarlett Pedersen Sims? “A lot of it is kind of a blur,” said Sims, a 2004 MCHS graduate whose appearance on Jeopardy! will be this Thursday. […]

Swank handed 17 years behind bars



Melissa SwankA Mariposa woman was sentenced to 17 years in prison for embezzling from a hardware store where she was employed. Melissa Swank, 45, earlier this year pleaded guilty to 29 felony counts. She was originally charged with 87 felony counts in connection with stealing nearly $1 million from Foster Ace Hardware in Mariposa. During that plea agreement, Swank agreed […]

Child molester is given 16 years in state prison




Ryan ParkerThe maximum penalty was issued to a Mariposa man guilty of molesting a young girl. Ryan Parker, 31, was sentenced Tuesday morning in Mariposa County Superior Court to 16 years in prison for continual sexual abuse of a child, a felony. Parker will be given credit for 178 days served and behavior credit. He will be required to register […]

Three officers promoted in rank




From left, Drake Long, Tim Rumfelt, Sean Land and Sheriff Doug Binnewies are shown at the swearing in ceremony, held at the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office.Three members of the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office advanced in rank at a ceremony held last week. Sean Land, Tim Rumfelt and Drake Long were each promoted and sworn in by Sheriff Doug Binnewies. Land […]

Transient arrested for starting recent wildfire



A transient was arrested last week after being accused of starting a fire. The fire ended up burning 25 to 30 acres near Ramblin Road in Mariposa County. Antonio Luis Macias, 28, was arrested by CAL FIRE officials following the incident. The fire was reported at around 11:45 a.m. on Oct. 3 in the 3600 block of Ramblin Road. Officials […]

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Daily Log



Oct. 3 – Vandalism was reported on Highway 140 • There was a suspicious vehicle on Stockton Street in Coulterville. • Suspicious circumstances were investigated on Narcisco Way. • A physical altercation was reported on Cotton Creek Road in Hornitos. Oct. 4 – There was an out of control juvenile on Coakley Circle. • Two aggressive pit bulls were reported […]

MCRCD plant sale set for two County locations



Shown is the Cercis occidentalis, or Western Redbud. Various types of plants will be offered at two upcoming sales in the County.The Mariposa County Resource Conservation District’s annual native plant and wildflower seed sale is just around the corner. This popular event will take place at two county sites in late October and early November. They will be on Saturday, […]