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Comment Period Open For SNF Off-Highway Vehicle Program

CLOVIS — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is requesting public input for the California 2019 Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program application cycle. Part of the grant process is gathering input or project ideas that individuals and organizations would like to have included in the 2018 submission. This feedback will be considered in development of the preliminary grant ...

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Judge Rules On Competency Of North Fork Murder Suspect

BASS LAKE — Family members of Bonnie Hale, who was killed in North Fork on Dec. 17, 2016, fought to control their emotions as Judge Charles Wieland handed down his ruling in Bass Lake Superior Court this afternoon, as to whether the woman accused in her death is competent to stand trial for murder. Mary O’Keefe, now 64, was arrested ...

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Driver Causes Major Accident On Deadwood, Leaves The Scene

OAKHURST — An accident on Highway 41 just south of Oakhurst this morning sent one vehicle crashing off the steep embankment, as the car that reportedly caused the accident drove away. Just before 10:30 a.m., a 64-year-old Coarsegold man was northbound on Deadwood in a Jeep Cherokee when, according to several witnesses, was forced off the road near the 40 ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Dec. 17

MADERA COUNTY– Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Dec. 11 to Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. Bass Lake found wallet On Monday, Dec. 11 at 7:42 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the 39000 block of Cedar Vista Drive regarding a found wallet. Report written, property obtained and case closed. North Fork ...

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Missing Bass Lake Heights Man Found Safe

BASS LAKE — A man missing from the Bass Lake area has been located and is safe, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s office. Roger Franke left home in Bass Lake Heights early Friday morning, Dec. 15. He was seen around the Bass Lake area later that day, and his bank confirmed a few local transactions. The last time his ...

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Construction Project Begins On Minarets Road

NORTH FORK – A construction project on Minarets Road, originally scheduled to start a week ago, is now underway. Officials have extended the times during which locals only may travel the affected road. Minarets Road is closed beginning Monday, Dec. 18, when repair work will begin. The construction effort will take place seven days per week until the project is ...

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Second Suspect Arrested In Tackle Box Robbery And Murder

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Sheriff’s has announced that deputies arrested the second suspect in the Tackle Box robbery and murder shortly before 5 p.m. this afternoon. Tackle Box employee Dharampreet Singh Jassar, 20, of Caruthers, was killed when two men entered the store on Road 26 at about 10:50 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, stole cash and two ...

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Man Faces 12 Years For Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs

MADERA – A guilty verdict in Madera Superior Court this week is a reminder that driving under the influence is not limited to alcohol. After a three-week trial, Donald Edward Anderson, 62, of Fresno, was found guilty on Dec. 11 of a felony charge of Vehicle Code Section 23153(f), driving while under the influence of a drug and causing injury. ...

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Deputies Now Carry Life-Saving Drug For Overdoses And Exposure

MADERA COUNTY –The Madera County Public Health Department and the Sheriff’s Office have been working together to address the growing opioid epidemic and save lives. Though residents of the mountain area may think this is a problem reserved for cities, Coarsegold actually tops the list of deaths county-wide from opiate overdoses, with 13 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by Chowchilla ...

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Mariposa Man Killed In Highway 140 Crash Identified

MARIPOSA —  The man who was killed when his vehicle crashed off Highway 140 near Briceburg Road yesterday has been identified by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. Barry Price, 72, lost his life when his pickup lost traction on the icy road and rolled into the Merced River yesterday morning. For the original story on the accident, click here.

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