January 28th, 2013
Police Chief Chris Carter has identified âa person of interestâ in the investigation into the theft of public funds from the Bishop welfare office.
According to Carter, his officers and the Inyo County District Attorneyâs Office executed a search warrant at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning at the home of Dondee Rossy, 46.
He said Rossy was not arrested as a result of the search warrantâs execution, nor have any charges been filed against her at this time.
Janice E. Groff (Sweger)
Janice Groff, 75, passed away peacefully following a long illness on Jan. 15, 2013 in Brea.
Janice was born May 15, 1937 to Lewis E. Sweger and Eunice (Dixie) Bright in Mojave. Three years later her brother, Larry Paul Sweger followed. Janiceâs childhood years were spent in and around the Lone Pine/Big Pine area with countless hours spent at the familyâs silver mines. This began her lifelong love of rocks, minerals, geodes, science and nature and her collection of antique purple glass.
Mary Ann âSunshineâ Billingsley-Moore
Mary Ann âSunshineâ Billingsley-Moore passed Jan. 14, 2013 at the age of 56 at the Hospice of Kitsap from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). She loved all who came to visit her in her last days and hours.
Mary Ann was born on July 3, 1956 to Colonel (Cricket) and Martha Billingsley of Chico. The family later moved to Chalfant.
As the Bishop Police Department continues investigating allegations that a county employee embezzled taxpayer money from the local Health and Human Services welfare office, county officials refuse to comment on the employeeâs current employment status with the county.
County Counsel Randy Keller said Friday that he will not discuss if any action has been taken at the county level, citing Section 3.12 of the county personnel rules and regulations, which he says prohibits him from disclosing personnel information.
Local law enforcement launched dual investigations early Friday morning into the burglaries of Holy Smoke Texas Barbecue on Main Street in Bishop and the Chevron Station in Big Pine.
As of press time yesterday, it was unclear if the two incidents were related, but Bishop Police officials say they have promising information in regards to the Holy Smoke break-in. The Big Pine Chevron burglary is being investigated by the Inyo County Sheriffâs Department.
In a continued effort to unite the communities of Inyo County, bridge cultural differences and promote reading, the Inyo County Office of Education is launching its Fifth Annual Community Reads Program.
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer announced this week that the 2013 program will revolve around the book âInto the Beautiful North,â by best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Urrea.
Despite an ambitious time line demanding completion by this summer, Digital 395 project proponents say everything is on schedule and looking good for the proposed July 31 âlight-upâ date.
In a presentation to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Mike Ort, CEO of Praxis, the contractor handling construction of the California Broadband Cooperative project, said major construction to bring a fiber-optic backbone and high-speed Internet capability to the Eastern Sierra is set to begin in Inyo County.
Bishop police officers are investigating the alleged embezzlement of welfare funds in the Bishop Office of Health and Human Services.
According to Police Chief Chris Carter, the investigation is ongoing and authorities âare playing this close to the vestâ until the investigation is concluded.
Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley said Tuesday that he is hoping to re-open discussions at the boardâs next meeting about the contract for the position of Inyo County Film Commissioner.
Kingsley said he felt he had misunderstood the countyâs rules for ratifying contracts while discussing the contract last week â and ultimately voting against giving Film Commissioner Chris Langley seven monthsâ back pay even though he was initially in favor of doing so.
Northern Inyo Hospital is in the midst of executing a succession plan, using national and international recruiting agencies, to find suitable replacement for its chief executive officer.
NIH Chief Executive Officer/Chief Financial Officer John Halfen plans to retire and it is incumbent on the hospitalâs Board of Directors to find his replacement â or replacements.