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Yosemite National Park Identifies Remains of Alexander Sevier

YOSEMITE — Sad news out of Yosemite National Park, as Park Rangers have positively identified the remains of Alexander Joseph Sevier, a visitor who was last seen in Yosemite Valley on May 3, this year. Sevier, a member of the U.S. Navy, was staying in Housekeeping Camp and was witnessed going out on day hikes each day during his visit. ...

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Case Continued Again For North Fork Murder Defendant

BASS LAKE — More than 10 months after being charged with first degree murder with an elder abuse enhancement, the woman accused of killing Bonnie Hale was back in Bass Lake Superior Court today for a competency hearing. This is the third hearing on competency, to date, and the case has been continued again. Mary O’Keefe, 64, has been in ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Oct. 15

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Oct. 9  to Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. Coarsegold danger to self On Monday, Oct. 9 at 5:19 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to regarding a person possibly in need of a mental health evaluation hold. Upon contact the subject was determined to ...

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Deceased Man Found At Eastman Lake

MADERA COUNTY — Authorities were called to Eastman Lake today when reports came into the Madera County Sheriff’s Office that a body had been found. “Shortly before noon today MSO received a report of a deceased person at Eastman Lake,” says Lt. Bill Ward. “Deputies responded and confirmed there was a deceased male near the shore.” At this time, there ...

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Vehicle Rear-Ends School Bus On Highway 41

COARSEGOLD — An accident on Highway 41 involving a school bus slowed traffic for well over an hour this afternoon. Today at about 1:50 p.m., a Yosemite School District bus was southbound on Highway 41 and was stopped, waiting for traffic to clear to make a left turn onto Mecca Lane. According to CHP, traffic on northbound Highway 41 was ...

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Motorcycle Crashes After Short Pursuit In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — A motorcyclist was airlifted to the hospital after attempting to elude police on Highway 41 in Oakhurst last night. Just after 11 p.m., a CHP officer was headed southbound into Oakhurst near Suburban Propane when a Honda GL1100 motorcycle passed him in the opposite direction at a high rate of speed. The officer made a U-turn and turned ...

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Cause Of Death Released For Man Who Died After Detwiler Fire Arrest

MARIPOSA — The cause of death of Mariposa resident Daniel Thomas, who died on July 27, has been determined following the receipt of the toxicology reports. According the coroner’s report, Thomas died of “methamphetamine intoxication” after being transported to the hospital following his release from the Mariposa County Jail. On July 22, Thomas was arrested along with another man, for “trespassing ...

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Deputies Respond To Reports Of 75 Gunshots Near Oakhurst

OAKHURST — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is asking for information about dozens of gunshots heard by residents in the area of Road 426 and Road 423 last night. On Thursday night, several people called in and reported hearing about 75 gunshots in the area, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and one person said it sounded like a “gun fight.” ...

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Head-On Crash Blocks Highway 41, Injures Coarsegold Man

COARSEGOLD — A head-on collision sent one man to the hospital this evening, and blocked Highway 41 for over an hour. Just after 8 p.m., a 16-year-old male from Coarsegold was southbound on Highway 41 in a green 2000 Subaru Outback, traveling at an unknown rate of speed, approaching Van Teri Lane south of Coarsegold. An 18-year-old male, also from ...

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Parole Denied For Second Yosemite Lakes Park Arsonist

MADERA COUNTY — The Coarsegold woman convicted in 2014 of arson and conspiracy for a string of fires in the Yosemite Lakes Park area has been denied parole. On Sept. 1, the Madera County District Attorney’s Office filed an opposition to the pending parole release of Alice Waterman, age 50, from the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla. Waterman was ...

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