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Juveniles Arrested For Assault After Dine And Dash

OAKHURST — Two juveniles were taken into custody after allegedly hitting an employee with a car in an Oakhurst restaurant parking lot while attempting to get away without paying their bill. Just before 3 a.m., on Monday, Sept. 5, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office received a call that three male subjects were refusing to pay their check at Denny’s. The ...

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Sheriff Varney Welcomes New Citizens On Patrol Volunteers

MADERA COUNTY — Sheriff Jay Varney and the Madera County Sheriffs Office welcomed seven new Citizens on Patrol (COP) volunteers to the force on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Sheriff Varney administered the Oath of Office to Janice Guthrie, Lloyd Green, Jarrett Dean, Hal Parks, Chris Reese and John Arredondo during a graduation ceremony held at the Sheriff’s Office in Madera. Jon ...

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Child Rescued After 30-Foot Fall At Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — A Labor Day vacation for a Southern California family turned into a dangerous rescue at Angel Falls in Bass Lake on Saturday. Angel Falls is a well-known destination along Willow Creek where many locals and visitors go to hike and play in the water. The Madera Sheriff’s Office was notified about 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, ...

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Madera Sheriff’s Office Mourns Loss Of Chuck Reiring

MADERA COUNTY — It’s with a heavy heart that Sheriff Jay Varney announces the passing of Retired Sergeant Chuck Reiring. Sgt. Reiring started as a reserve deputy with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office in 1971 before being hired as full time Deputy Sheriff in 1975. During his 32 years with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Reiring worked as a ...

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Coarsegold Crash Ends In DUI Arrest

COARSEGOLD — A single-vehicle roll-over crash yesterday afternoon ended with one man being taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence. At 7:46 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 2, Justin Potter, 40, of Coarsegold, was westbound on Road 415 in a 2004 Chevy Tahoe just west of the Coarsegold Elementary School near Wildwood Lane, when he failed to negotiate ...

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Driver Airlifted After Single-Vehicle Crash On Deadwood

OAKHURST — An elderly North Fork man was airlifted after he crashed his vehicle on Deadwood just south of Oakhurst this evening. Just after 10:30 p.m., a woman called 911 to report having seen a car drive off the roadway about two miles south of Victoria Lane on Highway 41, but was unsure of the location. It took about 20 ...

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Two Newest Additions To Madera County Sheriff’s Office

MADERA COUNTY — Sheriff Jay Varney is very pleased to welcome the two newest additions to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. “Nacho” is a one-and-a-half year old Belgian Malinois and “Gastone” is a two-year-old Belgian Malinois. Both dogs were imported from France. Deputy Logan Majeski will be Nacho’s handler and Deputy Eric Jackson will be Gastone’s handler. All four just ...

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Two In Custody After North Fork Pot Bust

NORTH FORK — Over 18,000 marijuana plants were eradicated during a major bust in the North Fork area last Friday, and two suspects were taken into custody. Sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement descended on a property east of North Fork along Road 225, just after 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 26, to eradicate a large grow. Mary Grillett, ...

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Senior Center Director Must Repay Stolen Money

MADERA COUNTY — An Oakhurst woman charged with stealing tens-of-thousands of dollars from an elderly man has pleaded no contest to one felony charge of financial elder abuse. Kathryn (Katie) Davis, 54, who serves as Director at the Sierra Senior Center in Oakhurst, was arrested on Aug. 10 for taking what could be as much as $50,000 from 90-year-old Bill ...

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Woman Trapped Overnight After Crash Near Yosemite Has Died

TUOLUMNE COUNTY — A woman involved in an accident that left her and two injured companions alone overnight down an embankment off Highway 120 on Monday evening has passed away, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office. “We are sad to report that Maria Fissman — the woman extricated from the vehicle — did pass away from her injuries last ...

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