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Search For Missing Woman Ends In Tragedy

NORTH FORK – When North Fork resident Carolinda Bybee left home on Saturday, Jan. 11, she said she was going to visit friends. No one had seen her since, and the search for the 35-year-old spread across mountain roads and social media. This afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Freda Bybee contacted SierraNewsOnline with very sad news. “Thank you all ...

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K9 Program A Success In Mariposa County

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A new K9 program, deployed by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office in mid-2012, has proven itself to be an important and valuable addition to the department, says Sheriff Doug Binnewies. “Our community recognizes the value of Police K9, and the enhanced service it provides,” says Binnewies, who hopes to expand the program in the coming years. The ...

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National AMBER Alert Awareness Day

SACRAMENTO – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins the U.S. Department of Justice in observing National AMBER Alert Awareness Day on Monday, Jan. 13. This special day was created to raise public awareness of the AMBER Alert program. The goal of the program, which can be found in every state in the nation, is to instantly spur the entire community ...

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Fresno Fugitive Considered Armed & Dangerous

Madera County – A 19-year-old Fresno man who managed to elude authorities during a pursuit through North Fork last night is wanted in both Fresno and Madera counties. Brandunn Wilson is wanted on a felony drug warrant out of Fresno County, and he is also wanted in Madera County for felony vandalism. He was last seen riding in a 1997 ...

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Growers Lose Pot Crop And Vehicles In Raid

MARIPOSA COUNTY – On Tuesday, Dec. 17, agents from the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), assisted by the Merced Multi Agency Narcotic Task Force and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, served search warrants at two separate residences located in Mariposa County. One warrant was served at a property and residence in the 4800 block of Bear Valley Road and ...

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Mariposa County Sheriff Hires New Deputies

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has released the 2013 annual statistics, and say they are fairly status quo to last year. Though they have noted an increase in DUI arrests and Animal Control responses, theft reports and crimes against children are down. “We are glad to see a decrease in both, especially reported child sex crimes,” says ...

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Two-Vehicle Crash Closes Highway 41

MADERA COUNTY – A head-on collision on Highway 41 just north of Road 207 near Blackhawk Lodge closed Highway 41 for nearly two hours during the evening commute on Monday, Jan. 6. Just after 6 p.m., Tuohan Yin, 26, of Fullerton, CA, was southbound on SR-41, when he drifted off the right shoulder of the road and struck a large ...

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New Laws For Motorists In 2014

SACRAMENTO – With the New Year just around the corner, the California Highway Patrol is reminding motorists of several new laws or changes to existing law that go into effect in 2014. The following are summaries of some transportation-related laws that, unless otherwise stated, go into effect on January 1, 2014.

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CHP Sergeant Moves On To Life's Next Chapter

MADERA COUNTY – After 30 years of service to the California Highway Patrol, Sergeant Ed Greene is retiring to do, as he puts it, “anything I feel like.” Dec. 30 will be the last day on duty for the 52-year-old veteran officer in the Oakhurst division, where he has served since transferring from Mariposa in 2009.

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Men Arrested For Death At Rock Creek In Court

MADERA COUNTY – Two young men who were arrested on Monday, Dec. 16, in connection with the death of a 17-year-old Simi Valley girl, were in Madera Superior Court this morning for a bail review and pre-preliminary hearing. Scott Jacob Mason, 20, of Simi Valley and Jacob Patrick Banaga, 18, of Visalia, were taken into custody after the body of ...

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