2020-07-30 E-Edition

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Covid-19 raises many local issues

From testing to dining, health officer gives a detailed update

Lucas Lynch, left, and Don Stein, grab some lunch at 1850 Restaurant in Mariposa on Tuesday afternoon. Local restaurants can now only offer outdoor dining following an order by the governor last week. County officials are making plans to help other local restaurants who currently can’t offer outdoor dining. Photo by Matt JohnsonThe issues surrounding the Covid-19 virus in Mariposa […]

Remote learning chosen by school board

In unanimous vote, members say there are too many unanswered questions


Members of the Mariposa County Unified School District board of trustees deliberated for hours over the past few weeks. They closely watched the ever-changing guidance from the governor relating to holding school in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. They listened carefully to Mariposa County Health Officer Dr. Eric Sergienko. They listened to feedback from teachers, parents and others. They […]

Local man jailed after arson, child endangerment incident

Charles LeslieA Mariposa County man is in jail under $500,000 bail following an arson and child endangerment incident last week. Charles Leslie, 52, is in the Mariposa County Jail charged with felony arson on a structure, felony child endangerment, felony violation of arson code during a state of emergency, felony arson on land and misdemeanor fighting. According to the Mariposa […]

Cox case moves ahead but delays are almost certain


Even with the tragic death of his lawyer, the matter involving former Mariposa County landowner Jerry Cox is still moving forward. Slowly. The case against Cox has been winding its way through Mariposa County Superior Court for more than two years. An end, of sorts, was supposed to happen last week. However, all of that changed when Cox’s attorney, Marc […]

Cameras with AI to help warn about fires



From left, Tero Heinonen (CEO of AI4), Paul Marundee (project partner for M.A.A.R.O.), and Eric Woodyard (Director of Wildfire Solutions, AI4) get a look at the tower where the AI4 wildfire detection system will be installed. Submitted photoWhen it comes to stopping wildfires in their tracks, every second counts. That’s why new technology, set to be put to use soon […]

Two jailed for murder after incident in Eastern Madera



 An early-morning report of a man lying in the roadway turned into a murder investigation with two suspects in custody and bail set at $1 million each. At 3:10 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, a witness called 911 to report the situation on Road 224, also known as Bonnie B, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). “CHP initially […]

News and notes from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office

Jail Booking Report Here are some of the highlights from the recent booking reports at the Mariposa County Jail. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. July 20 – Kurt Steven Thiner, 49, Mariposa, was arrested on two counts of driving with a suspended license after a DUI violation. July 21 – Hailey Daniele […]

Mariposa County Fire Response Log

July 20-26

• EMS – 2 • Fires – 1 • Public Assists – 0 • Auto Collisions – 4 Mariposa County Fire Department supports the county with 13 volunteer stations located throughout the county. If you are 18 years of age and possess a valid CA driver’s license, we would love to hear from you! Positions are available for fire/medical and […]

Parents of missing Madera boy now facing charges of murder



  The parents of a missing Madera toddler are now in custody facing murder charges, according to the City of Madera chief of police. Two-year-old Thaddeus Sran, a child with special needs, was reported missing from a residence on the 800 block of South C Street in Madera on the morning of Wednesday, July 15, according to the police department. […]