Archive - News Article
February 9th, 2012
A Bishop man is being held in county jail this week for allegedly committing sex crimes against a child â 17 years after being convicted on similar charges.
Deputies with the Inyo County Sheriffâs Department arrested Richard Ferrell Andreas, Sr. on Friday, Feb. 3 for allegedly committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14.
The 51-year-old Andreas, a resident of the Bishop Paiute Reservation, was transported to Inyo County Jail, where he is being held on $100,000 bail.
Bishop City Councilman Jim Ellis is recovering in a Nevada hospital from a serious head injury suffered over the weekend on an annual fishing trip.
Ellis was airlifted to Las Vegas for emergency medical treatment Friday evening after falling from a moving vehicle, striking his head on the ground and losing consciousness.
According to family and Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter, who was with Ellis at the time of the accident, the City Council member and married father of six is expected to make a full â if slow â recovery.
A conservation project in the west Chalfant area on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Managementâs Bishop Field Office is nearing completion.
The project involves converting BLM motorized routes to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use and constructing a new motorized route to maintain recreational access.
BLM Recreation Planner Richard Williams said the agency is eliminating some redundant motorized routes to create other recreational opportunities without preventing OHV users from accessing the area.
Families at the Marine Warfare Training Center outside of Coleville are recovering after a deadly explosion late last week that claimed the life of one resident and sent two others to the hospital.
On Friday, Feb. 3, at approximately 8:53 p.m., the Mono County Sheriffâs Dispatch received numerous 911 calls regarding an explosion and a residential structure that was on fire at the MWTC off-base housing.
It was later reported that the fire started after an explosion caused by a propane leak in the residential area of the MWTC.
County leaders will be returning to business today after a two-week hiatus in late January.
The Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. in the County Administrative Center in Independence to discuss three requests from department heads to hire new employees, a waste tire amnesty event and a new planning ordinance.
The board is also scheduled to discuss potential uses for funding that is available through the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control Districtâs Clean Air Projects program.
The stateâs finances are in trouble, again, or, more accurately, in constant trouble. Local representative, Republican State Assemblywoman Connie Conway, has expressed her contempt for some proposals by Democratic legislators to fix the problem with another prison shift.
There are plenty of empty store fronts on Main Street and around the city with just memories left of many now-former entrepreneurial ventures in the Bishop area. There are also plenty of staples in the Bishop business community that are investing hard- earned cash into their establishments for the future.
There were several businesses that moved locations and some that have changed products and some that are being delayed by circumstances beyond any control.
Bureau of Land Managementâs Bishop Field Office officials are increasing its efforts to educate climbers and campers on how to enjoy, but not abuse, the natural resources as the number of visitors grows.
Over the past decade, the Bishop Field Office said it has experienced an increase in climbing and dispersed (car) camping activity in the Volcanic Tableland north of Bishop. Damage to cultural and natural resources also has increased as more climbers and other public land users visit the tableland and camp in the area.
The numbers have been tallied and crime statistics from 2011 are now available from the three local law enforcement agencies – the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, the Bishop Police Department and the California Highway Patrol.
Overall, crime is and has been relatively low in the city and county. In fact, the BPD figures from 2010 and 2011 are nearly identical. However, violations committed on local roads and highways have risen, with the standout being seat belt violations, up 46 percent from 2010, equalling an additional 232 citations.
In a rare communication with the media, the Inyo County District Attorneyâs Office has announced that James Roy Catron will remain committed to Patton State Hospital.
Catron was involved in a shooting outside Inyo County Jail in 1984 which resulted in the severe wounding and hospitalization of two Inyo County Sheriffâs deputies. Catron was found ânot guilty by reason of insanityâ on three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and committed to Patton where he has remained since, a press release from the D.A.âs Office states.