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Hoax Email Threat To Schools-Mono County Sheriff’s Office

On the evening of Monday, May 7, 2018, officials at the Eastern Sierra Unified School District received an email which stated:

Subject: Staff Notice (APS) Reply-To: APS Media <alex@marz.media> I will make this simple. 3 PVC pipe bombs placed under school transport will explode. I will then set off the main pipe bomb hidden in the school. Pay us $5,000 USD Via paypal to cbrady350@gmail.com and we will tell you how to remove our devices.

The threat was immediately reported to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office. It was not specific as to date, time or location. The language used in this email was nearly identical to that described in an official alert regarding hoax emails that was distributed to law enforcement earlier that day. An internet search revealed that a group called the “Apophis Squad” was claiming responsibility for the emails, which were sent to many schools. This group conducted a similar hoax in April of this year. Their goal is to disrupt schools and create havoc for law enforcement throughout the United States and United Kingdom.

Even though it was clear that this was not a credible threat, as a precaution, Sheriff’s deputies went out immediately on Monday night to check every school bus. All of the buses were found to be safe, and there was no evidence of a threat at any of the schools. Sheriff and school personnel checked school facilities again on Tuesday morning and determined the schools to be safe.

At no time were any students, staff or school visitors in any danger. In this circumstance, we were certain there was no threat. To prevent unnecessary panic or spreading of rumors, Sheriff Braun requested that the hoax be kept confidential, and Superintendent Don Clark abided by that request. Once school was in session, the existence of the hoax was disclosed by Sheriff Braun.

Both the Eastern Sierra Unified School District and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office will take every measure possible to protect the safety of students, faculty and school facilities.

360 Degrees of Adventure Featured at 3rd Annual Brand Film Festival-Mammoth Lakes

360 Degrees of Adventure, Mammoth Lakes Tourism’s Virtual Reality video was officially honored for 360, AR, VR and Emerging Tech at the 3rd annual Brand Film Festival at The Paley Center for Media on May 3, 2018.

The festival showcased the marketing industry’s most artistic, creative, and effective branded content films, selected by a high-profile jury comprising top creatives from advertising, PR, digital, production, film, and media.

“We are truly honored to be included in this year’s list of honorees,” said Whitney Lennon, Director of Marketing for Mammoth Lakes Tourism. “This award is a true testament to what can be accomplished by a small, but passionate group of dreamers who thrive on creating a true human connection.”

This year’s jury chair was Jae Goodman, CEO of Observatory (formerly CAA Marketing), a long-term advocate of brand filmmaking as the natural evolution of interruptive advertising whose watershed moment came when he found himself fast-forwarding through one of his own ads while watching TV at home.

“Cinematic storytelling is now fundamental to brand marketing, and the Brand Film Festival celebrates the most creative films in that context,” said PRWeek VP, editorial director, Steve Barrett. “Video of all types, from short-form executions of just a few seconds to long-form documentaries of 60 minutes or more, is now a central part of the marketing playbook.”

The Brand Film Festival honors a new generation of marketing storytellers, while rewarding the brands, agencies, and craftspeople leading the way in their fields.

“The caliber of films this year was remarkably high, and competition to be selected for the festival intense,” said Barrett. “To be chosen for this year’s festival, brands really needed to show the jurors something they hadn’t seen before. This year’s honorees really do represent the best of today’s branded films.”

For more information about the 2018 Brand Film Festival and to view the films, please visit http://www.brandfilmfestival.com

Bronco Varsity Baseball End Regular Season With Win/8-2 in League-Playoffs Next

The Bishop Bronco Baseball and Softball Teams ended their regular season play on Thursday. The Boys Varsity Baseball and Girls Varsity Softball Team traveled to Frazier Mountain for their final game.
 
In the Boys game, the Broncos would end the regular season with a victory over Frazier Mountain 14-3 and improve their league record to 8-2.
 
The Broncos wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, first, in the top of the first inning. Justin Yates would start by hitting a single to center. Mike Kubiak would step up to the plate and was hit by a pitch. Yates would score from second base, on a wild throw, getting the Broncos on the score board. Brodie Maloney was next up for the Broncos and would pound out a triple that would allow Kubiak to come around and score.
 
Going to the bottom of the inning, leading 2-0, Frazier Mountain would get one run back to cut the Bronco lead to one run.
 
In the top of the second inning, Lukas Di Angelo would score and the Broncos would go to the bottom of the second inning with a 3-1 lead.
 
In the bottom of the second inning, the game became really interesting and Frazier Mountain would score two runs and we would go to the top of the third tied at 3.
 
The Broncos and Ravens would both be held scoreless in the third. Then, in the fourth, the Broncos would wake up the bats. With one out, Matthew Rosga would get on base on an error. Di Angelo would get a base hit. Yates stepped into the batters box and with a 2-1 count would get a triple and bring home Di Angelo. Kubiak would follow that up with double to center scoring Yates. The Broncos weren’t finished as Maloney would hit a double to left and Kubiak came around to score. Parra was next at the plate and hit a triple that allowed Maloney to visit home plate. Hunter Beal followed Parra with a single and bring Parra around. When the top of the fourth inning was finished the Broncos would score six runs and take the lead 9-3.
 
The Ravens would be retired, in order, in the bottom of the fourth. And, the Broncos would continue where they left off going to the fifth inning adding five more runs. The Ravens were unable to score anymore runs and Broncos would win on the ten run rule.
 
On the mound for the Broncos was Yates, who would go the distance to get the win. In doing so, Yates would strike out 8 batters, walk 2 and allow 5 hits.
 
The Broncos now wait to see who they will face in the first round of the playoffs. Preliminary Play-off rankings have the Broncos ranked #1 in the Central Section Division 6.

BRONCO GOLF TEAM WINS CIF!!

The Bishop Bronco Golf Team travelled to Lemoore, on May 7th, and came away with winning CIF!
Leading the way for the Broncos was Team Capt. Nic Orrill with 78.
Carter Silva 78 to take third in a card off with Nic
Senior Ryan Kiddoo fires off an 84. Contributing to the win were:
Sophomore Will Stange
Freshman Ryker Eropkin
Sophomore Ethan Brown
 
The Broncos are now awaiting scores from other tournaments to determine who moves on to next level.
 
Congratulations to the Bishop Bronco Golf Team!

Broncos Rebound from Loss to Rosamond

It took a few innings for the Bishop boys to realize they needed to bring it. A slow start turned into a 5 inning win VS the Desert Scorpions on Thursday afternoon at Bishop High.

Maloney finishing a double play to end the top of the first inning.

The first two innings were a continuation of the Rosamond game where the Broncos were embarrassed on their own field.

Lukas can dance after all… Who knew?

In the middle of the 3rd inning, Coach Omohondro pulled the team to the side and let them know exactly how he felt. It was memorable for me as I get the luxury of hanging out in the dugout during the games.

Molina belting a triple!
Safe !!

The Broncos decided to wake up after that pep talk and dropped 4 runs on the Scorpions in the bottom of the 3rd inning.

Jalen Watterson with his home run swing.
Coach Omohundro giving congrats to Watterson.
And now the teams turn to show some love.

That coach “O” love carried over in the 4th inning with the Bronco bats finally living up to their potential, pounded out 10 runs against the Desert Scorpions.

Justin Yates saving his face from a fastball.
Bronco Shortstop Michael Kubiak doing what he does best.
Looked painful at the time.

Bronco Jr Jalen Watterson got the start on Thursday and pitched 4 innings giving up just 5 hits against the Scorpions. Jalen helped his own cause with his bat hitting a RBI double and a Home Run over the right field fence in that 10 run 4th inning.

Jr Pitcher Jalen Watterson.
Jalen rounding third scoring for the Broncos
And Jalen again with his double.

Up next for the Bishop Varsity team in the Cal City Ravens coming to town next Tuesday for Senior Day at Bishop High School.

Maloney stealing 2nd
Justin Yates getting some love for scoring in the 4th inning.
Kubiak ripping the ball !

Cal City is a tough match up and this should be a great game for you all to get the “Bronco Flu” and come out and support the final regular season home game for our Bishop seniors.

Yates hitting his double down the third base line.
Kubiak starting a double play for the Broncos
Bronco slugger Lukas DeAngelo
Matt Rosga getting the bat on the ball.
Hunter Beall getting in on the hitting in the 4th.
Three Amigo’s since T-Ball… Kubiak,Maloney and De Angelo left to right.

 

Cal Omohundro hitting for the Broncos
Michael Kubiak stealing second.

 

Final score VS Desert

Bishop 15 Desert 4

 

Photos by Gary Young

 

 

Threat of School Violence Leads To Felony Arrest-Mono County District Attorney

On April 23, 2018, law enforcement was made aware of a troubling pattern of conduct and statements by student, Devin White, age 18, a senior at Mammoth Lakes High School. Mr. White’s conduct and statements led law enforcement to take immediate action to prevent the possibility of violence to school staff and students.

Starting late last year in the month of November, several statements of concern were made by Mr. White. In November, Mr. White made a statement to school staff that he wanted to make a bomb. Then during class, in February of this year, he made a gesture with his hands depicting shooting guns at his classmates. The following day, Mr. White made a direct threat to staff that he was going to “shoot up the school.” Finally, in April, right before the school’s spring break, staff overheard Mr. White being asked by another student when he was going to do it? During this time, Mr. White had also indicated to several students that he was going to bring an AR-15 to school.

On April 23, upon returning from the spring break, school officials shared the entirety of this information with law enforcement. Investigators with the Office of the District Attorney, working with the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, confirmed that Mr. White did in fact have access to numerous firearms including an AR-15 style, semi-automatic rifle. Law enforcement was also aware of Mr. White due to several other investigations over the last six months including an alleged vandalism and possession of a Shuriken, a sharp metal throwing device which is illegal in California.

An arrest warrant and search warrant were obtained for the arrest of Mr. White and a search of his parent’s residence where he lives. Mammoth Lakes Police Department, in a joint operation with the California Highway Patrol and the Mono County District Attorney’s Office, executed the arrest warrant on Mr. White the next morning of April 24, and he was placed into custody without incident on his way to school. At the same time the search warrant was executed by law enforcement at the residence where numerous shotguns, handguns and an AR-15 style rifle were located and seized.

At this time, it is believed that Mr. White was acting on his own and no other individuals are suspected to be involved. Mr. White was arraigned on April 26, 2018 and pled not guilty to felony charges of criminal threats and possession of a shuriken. He is currently being held at the Mono County jail without bail. Mr. White’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 30, 2018 for a bail hearing.

7th Annual Event Raises Over $6000 For BUHS Volleyball/Softball Programs

The BUHS Volleyball and Baseball programs had their 7th annual Wine Tasting event last week and it was a smashing success, raising over $6000! Over 120 people attended, consisting of a great blend of repeat attendees and new faces alike!
 
The funds raised to benefit both programs would not be possible without the support and generosity of so many of our community members. Special thanks to the following business and individuals who donated prizes to our live auctions:
 
BUHS Welding and Auto shops
Joni Riggs of RugznJones
Rustys Saloon
Raegens
Body and soul
Phillips Aesthetic
Grandma Jinny
Kruse Kreations
Wave Rave
Waste Connections
A&L Auto Shop
Whiskey Creek
Mule Days-Tri County Fairgrounds
Looney Bean
Mahogany Smoked Meat
Carpenter Construction
Eastern Sierra Wholesales
 
And Most importantly, thank you so much to the student-athletes and their families for all of their volunteer time and work to continued success for our high school programs! Go Broncos!

Bishop Varsity Baseball VS Frazier Mountain

BATS STAY HOT AT HOME

Bronco bats were alive and kicking again on home turf against the Frazier Mountain Falcons.

The Falcons only had 8 players at game time so the Bronco’s loaned a body. Junior Hunter Beall was the first Bronco to head over to the Falcon dugout and play right field for the opponents. It was weird, but Hunter being the team player that he is handled it. What was really weird, Hunter came up to bat FOR the opposing team in the 3rd inning off Bronco starting pitcher Austin Thomas and  blasted a long line drive over Mike Molina’s head in center field  for a ground rule double that gave the Falcons their first RBI of the game ! Ya….weird right ? At this time the Bronco’s were already up by 18 runs, scoring 8 in the first and 10 in the second. But when Hunter crushed that baseball, both teams were cheering. This was a cool moment.

Bishop travels to Kern Valley this Friday for another league game against the Broncs.

Junior Bronco pitcher Austin Thomas pitched a great game giving up just one earned run in 4 innings.

BRONCO BATTING STATS

# Athlete Name Avg PA AB R H RBI
Team Totals .625 41 32 24 20 21
1 Michael Molina (Sr) .667 4 3 3 2 1
2 Michael Kubiak (Jr) .750 5 4 2 3 4
8 Justin Yates (Sr) .667 4 3 2 2 2
10 Lorenzo Parra (Sr) .667 5 3 3 2 1
11 Trevor Murphy (Sr) 1.000 1 1 1 1 2
12 Brady Womack (Jr) 1 0 1 0 0
22 Lukas Di Angelo (Sr) .667 4 3 3 2 2
23 Jalen Watterson (Jr) .667 3 3 2 2 2
24 Cal Omohundro (Jr) .500 5 4 3 2 1
25 Hunter Beall (Jr) .000 1 1 0 0 0
27 Matt Rosga (Jr) 1.000 3 2 2 2 2
55 Brodie Maloney (Sr) .400 5 5 2 2 4

Search Warrant Executed/Felony Arrest Firearms Charges-Inyo County Sheriff’s Office

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, personnel from Inyo County Sheriff’s Investigations and Inyo County District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence on Olivia Lane in Big Pine after receiving information from the Bishop Police Department that 54 year old Loren Krytzer (a convicted Felon) was in possession of firearms.

After Investigators conducted follow up, a search warrant was obtained. Investigators recovered a total of nine firearms, high capacity magazines, and several rounds of ammunition.

Krytzer was arrested for felon in possession of firearms, possession of prohibited firearms, felon in possession of ammunition, and possession of high capacity magazines.

Krytzer was transported and booked at the Inyo County Jail and held on a $10,000.00; as of the morning of April 19th, Krytzer had posted bail and was released from custody.

(Photo Credit: Inyo County Jail Booking Photo)

(Photo Credit: Inyo County Sheriff’s Office)

MOFFAT FIRE NORTH OF LONE PINE 300 ACRES/395 OPEN/CAL-FIRE-CALTRANS

Cal-Fire continues working the Moffat Fire (originally referred to as the spillway Fire) that broke out around 11 this morning, 7 mi. North of Lone Pine near Highway 395 and Moffat Ranch Road. As of 3:45 this afternoon the fire had burned 300 acres, fueled by winds out of the North 15-20 mph, moving towards the South.

Full wildland response including local government and & Federal response continue to work the fire. The fire is burning in the Owens River bottom and no structures are currently threatened. However, there are concerns about the High Tension Power Lines in the area.

There is no containment at this time.

The California Department of Transportation had conducted a full closure of U.S. Highway 395 from Manzanar to Lone Pine due to the Moffat Fire in both directions, but, Highway 395 was reopened just after 5pm.

For the latest highway information please visit the Caltrans Quickmap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call the Road Conditions Hotline at 800-427-7623.