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Area Students Prepare For Academic Decathlon

MADERA – More than 500 Academic Decathletes from throughout California attended the seventh annual Madera County Office of Education Academic Decathlon Lecture on Oct. 24. Students attended sessions on economics, literature, music, science, social science, and speech to help them prepare for this year’s Academic Decathlon. The 2014 Decathlon topic is World War I. Students from Riverside to Tuolumne Counties ...

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Attacker Sentenced For A Punch That Killed

MADERA – The Madera County Superior Court has imposed sentence on Johnathan Warren for his assault causing the death of Paul Carranza, according to Michael R. Keitz, District Attorney for Madera County. On a July evening last year, Carranza, 57, was at Courthouse Park with friends when a fight broke out between Warren, 41, and Theodore Hernandez, 40, all of ...

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Scam Artists Making Cold Calls In Madera County

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is warning residents about a crew of con artists impersonating United States Drug Enforcement Agents. “These people are making cold calls to our citizens, telling them that they are subject to arrest for purchasing prescription medications on-line,” says Anderson.

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K9's Nose Leads To Major Marijuana Stash

MADERA COUNTY – Agents with the Madera County Narcotic Task Force are celebrating a major find, all thanks to one CHP drug sniffing canine named “Aaron.” Close to 130 pounds of processed marijuana was taken off the streets last week as a result of a single CHP enforcement stop Thursday night, Oct 24.

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Town Hall Meeting On Emergency Access

OAKHURST – Emergency access issues are a major concern in Eastern Madera County as numerous areas only provide one way in and one way out. Supervisor Tom Wheeler plans to help communities address these issues beginning with a town hall meeting at the Oakhurst Community Center on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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MTV Wants Your Real-Life Modern Family

MADERA COUNTY – MTV is now casting! Do you live in a real-life Modern Family? Are your parents and siblings the anti-1950s nuclear family? Do you have same-sex parents? An internationally adopted cousin? A hot, young, new step-mom or dad? Is your clan multigenerational, multicultural, and multiplying? Perhaps your brood is made up of a recently blended family or an ...

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Arson Hearing – The Prosecution Rests

MADERA COUNTY – After 17 days of testimony in the preliminary hearing of Kenneth Jackson and Allison Waterman on 31 counts of arson and conspiracy, the prosecution called its last witness on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The Coarsegold couple has been in custody since their arrests on June 25 after dozens of suspicious fires in the Yosemite Lakes Park area. Waterman ...

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Travel Trailer In The Ditch Blocks Hwy 41

COARSEGOLD – Highway 41 was slowed to standstill today due to a single vehicle accident at Serpa Canyon Road. CHP were called to the scene at approximately 2:16 p.m., after a northbound Ford F-250 pulling a 5th wheel trailer swerved to avoid a vehicle that was stopped in the roadway waiting to turn left onto Serpa Canyon.

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North Fork Rancheria Gaming Compact In Effect

MADERA COUNTY –The North Fork Rancheria has announced that on Oct. 22, the Bureau of Indian Affairs published notice in the Federal Register that the Class III Gaming Compact between the State of California and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California is now in effect. “Publication of the notice in the Federal Register completes the final step ...

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Investigators Show Fire Patterns In Arson Hearing

MADERA COUNTY – Kenneth Jackson and Allison Waterman were back in Madera Superior Court today for Day 16 of testimony in their preliminary hearing on arson and conspiracy charges. The Coarsegold couple was arrested on June 25 after a rash of suspicious fires in the Yosemite Lakes Park area, and with the challenging court calendar early on, the hearing has ...

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