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Marsh Pleads Guilty

Delores Marsh Pleads Guilty

By Arnie Palu

Bishop Resident Dolores Kay “Lola” Marsh plead guilty today (Thursday, November 19th) to two felony counts. Terms of the agreement require Marsh to pay $322,000 in restitution and spend 2 years in Jail.

Today’s Preliminary hearing in Independence was scheduled to begin at 10am but was delayed until nearly noon. Once the proceedings began, a proposed settlement was announced. Marsh admitted to a felony count of grand theft, and a felony count of forgery. Terms of the plea agreement require Marsh to pay $322,000 in restitution to Inyo Mono Body Shop. The agreement requires Marsh to pay $100,000 at sentencing and set up a schedule of payment for the remaining balance. While announcing the terms, Marsh’s attorney Victoria Campbell indicated that Marsh will list her home for sale. Marsh also agreed to two years in Inyo County Jail.

Sentencing is set for Wednesday, January 20th at 1:30 in Inyo County Court, Bishop. Judge Brian Lamb will preside. At today’s hearing Judge Lamb instructed Marsh to “Have your affairs in order” for sentencing on January 20th.

Marsh remains free on $50,000 bail.

The Case was prosecuted by the office of the Attorney General, with Edward Skelly speaking for the people today. The Bishop Police Department handled the investigation with Dave Jepson present at today’s hearing.

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Fair Board Meeting

Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair board meeting Thursday

A regular meeting of the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair board is set for Thursday, November 5th in the boardroom of the main office at the Bishop Fairgrounds.  The meeting of the 18th district agricultural association (fair board) will begin at 1pm.

Thursdays agenda includes the staff managers report from Suzanne Wolfsberger-Gruwell.  Suzanne will cover events that have been happening at the fairgrounds since the last board meeting and will provide the exhibit report.

Ben Barlow will deliver the maintenance report and an update on the main arena timing clock.

Thursdays agenda also includes a Fair wrap-up looking at attendance, finances and the fair survey.

A executive session is scheduled to look at personnel matters including litigation with former CEO Sally Symons.  As the 2015 Tri-County fair was starting up, then CEO Sally Symons was asked to step down.  Symons worked as CEO from March of 2014  until Sunday, September 6th.  According to a statement from the California highway patrol….”In July of 2015, the California Highway Patrol, Inland Division Investigative Services Unit, initiated an investigation into the possible embezzlement of funds from the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds.  During the extensive investigation, CHP investigators determined Bishop area resident Sally Ann Symons, 46, embezzled funds belonging to the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair.   On October 21, Symons was detained and transported to the Bishop Area CHP office for questioning.  The CHP report containing the embezzlement and other various charges will be submitted to the Inyo County District Attorney’s office for review.”
As of today (Tuesday, November 3rd) Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy confirms that his office is yet to receive the report.

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