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Search for hiker ends with grim discovery

July 30, 2012

Search and rescue crews have located what they believe to be the body of missing San Rafael hiker Thomas Heng, 31.
Inyo County Deputy Coroner Jeff Mullenhour said he expected to positively identify the body and possibly establish a cause of death before the end of the day Friday, but that information was not available as of press time.
A multi-agency search effort was initiated Monday morning after Inyo County authorities were notified that Heng had not returned for a solo hike to Mt. Langley that afternoon.

Pair arrested for grand theft auto

July 30, 2012

A routine traffic stop Thursday morning resulted in the arrest of two Lancaster residents and the recovery of a stolen vehicle.
According to Bishop Police Department Public Information Officer Katie Coffman, an officer stopped Ryan William Dunham, 33 and Charity Leeann Swagler, 34, at about 11:13 a.m. for a “minor” infraction involving a defective windshield.
While running the driver, Swangler, and vehicle information, officers were advised by dispatch that the vehicle, a 2002 Mercedes, had been reported stolen out of the Lancaster area more than a month ago.

Council seeks balance on invocation issue

July 30, 2012

City leaders took a look at First Amendment rights Monday and decided to update Bishop’s policy on pre-meeting prayers to ensure the city is not at risk of being sued for its traditional invocations.
City Attorney Peter Tracy said that several cities in California have been threatened with lawsuits over invocations being given at the start of government meetings. The threats have come from a group that is attempting to ensure the First Amendment is being practiced in local government.


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