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Head on collision in Death Valley National Park injures 5

Sierra Wave Media received this from Bishop CHP: “On 12/30/19 at approximately 4:50 PM, Takumi Sagawa of Hokkaido, Japan, was driving a Kia Optima westbound on SR-190, east of Mesquite Dunes Parking Lot Entrance at approximately 50 MPH. At the same time, Xiaomin Deng of Sammamish, WA, was driving a Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on SR-190 […]

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Fatal Accident Near Slab City

From the Bishop Office of the CHP.  “On 12/20/19 at approximately 5:27 PM, a 29 year old male from Albuquerque, NM, was driving a 2018 Nissan Sentra eastbound on SR-190 near Slab City and was directly behind another vehicle that was also traveling eastbound on SR-190 at approximately 50 MPH. At the same time, a […]

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Jorge Espitia Sentenced

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE On December 10, 2019, Mammoth Lakes resident Jorge Espitia was sentenced to 25 years in the state prison after being convicted of 12 felonies. Most of convictions were for sexual abuse of children and providing methamphetamine to children. The Mono County District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, […]

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Traffic Accident In Big Pine

On 12/09/2019  officers of the Bishop Area CHP responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of US-395 and SR-168 East in Big Pine. A silver Nissan sedan was attempting a left turn from westbound SR-168 onto southbound US-395 when it was struck by a black Dodge SUV traveling northbound on US-395. A preliminary investigation […]

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Jorge Espitia of Mammoth Lakes accepted a plea deal from the Mono County District Attorney on 19 charges ranging from selling methamphetamines to minors and conducting sexual acts with minors. Under the agreement, Espitia will plead guilty to 12 felonies and one misdemeanor and serve 25 years in prison. Espitia was arrested last May by […]

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Missing Hiker Deceased

NORTH LAKE (INYO NATIONAL FOREST), CA. November 7, 2019 – On November 4 (evening), Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received notification of a missing hiker. The reporting party said that Alan Stringer, a 40-year old man from Huntington Beach, had planned on hiking somewhere out of the Bishop area on Sunday but failed to return home […]

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Child Passenger Restraints Is A Continued Priority

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2019 CHILD PASSENGER RESTRAINT IS A CONTINUED CHP PRIORITY SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is renewing its efforts to ensure children are safely secured while traveling California’s roadways. The CHP has partnered with the California Office of Traffic Safety to implement the California Restraint Safety Education and training  (CARSEAT) […]

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Fatal Accident

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2019 FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION SUMMARY: On Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 10:55 AM, CHP Bishop Communication Center received a call of a vehicle over an embankment. The reporting party had stopped at a view point on the south shoulder of SR 120W (Tioga Pass), approximately six miles west of US […]

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Donations Sought For Shop With A Cop

Donations sought for the Annual Eastern Sierra Shop with a Cop Law enforcement officers and public safety staff from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies throughout Mono and Inyo Counties are busy planning the Annual Shop-with-a-Cop event, which will be held Saturday, December 14, 2019. This is a very special day where our local law […]

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CHP Concentrates On Impaired Driving

Sven Miller, Commander Contact: Fran Clader Office of Community Outreach & Media Relations Director of Communications 601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 (916) 843-3310 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 28, 2019 19-36 CHP CONCENTRATES EFFORTS ON IMPAIRED DRIVING SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are […]

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Decades Old Human Remains discovered on Mount Williamson

On October 7, 2019, two hikers climbing  Mount Williamson, discovered human remains near the far side of the “Williamson Bowl”. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was contacted. Due to the remote location and difficult terrain , aerial support was required to transport a Sheriff’s Office Investigator. Several attempts were made, but high winds in the Eastern […]

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