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Thieves Steal Bronze Plaque Marking Exact Center Of California

NORTH FORK — A bronze plaque that marks the exact center of California was stolen by unknown suspects sometime between Nov. 20 and Nov. 28. The plaque was inlaid in a large piece of granite that sits just east of Italian Bar Road (Road 225) between North Fork and Redinger Lake. Unknown suspects used a prying tool to remove the ...

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Katie Davis Sentenced In Elder Abuse Case

MADERA COUNTY — The former Director of Sierra Senior Center in Oakhurst, accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a 90-year-old man afflicted with dementia, was sentenced in Madera Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 28. Pursuant to a plea agreement, wherein the original charge was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor count of financial elder abuse, Kathryn (Katie) Davis, 54, was was ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Local Crime Log Through Nov. 27

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016: Oakhurst burglary On Monday, Nov. 21 at 5:52 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the 40000 Block of SR-41 in Oakhurst regarding an alarm, that was determined to be a burglary. Report taken, evidence obtained and ...

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Agencies Respond To Campers Stranded In Snowstorm

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — What began as an exciting post-holiday trip to the mountains turned into quite an ordeal, and ultimately required the services of teams of rescuers this weekend. On Sunday, Nov. 27, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office received a call from some campers requesting assistance. According to the Sheriff’s Office, these campers had neglected to check the weather report ...

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DUI Arrest After Woman Hits Flagpole Then Flees

NORTH FORK – A woman was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence after she crashed into the flagpole in front of the North Fork Post Office, then crashed again while trying to leave the scene. Just after 4 p.m. this afternoon, a witness in the Pizza Factory says a woman later identified by CHP as Christa Cortez, 62, ...

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CHP Is Out In Force This Weekend

CALIFORNIA — While most folks are enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family, most of the officers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be out on the roadways, helping to ensure that everyone returns home safely from their travels. Millions of Californians will be on the road this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and while this time of year is ...

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Crash Blocks Highway 41 On South End Of Deadwood

COARSEGOLD — A two-vehicle collision brought traffic on Highway 41 to a standstill for a short time this afternoon when two pickups collided near Road 425C. At about 1 p.m. a Coarsegold woman was southbound in a 2005 Chevy pickup at a stated speed of 45 mph approaching Road 425C. A teen driver, also from Coarsegold, in a 2014 Toyota ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Local Crime Log Through Nov. 20

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016: Coarsegold arrest on firearms charges Om Monday, Nov. 14, at 12:03 a.m., a deputy conducted a traffic stop in the area of Road 415 and Road 416 for a vehicle that was driving to the ...

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What You Can’t See Can Kill You

FRESNO — With winter weather on the way, one reality of driving in California’s Central Valley returns to challenge motorists — fog. The California Highway Patrol encourages motorists to prepare for fog and winter driving conditions. The fog season in the Central Valley typically begins during the month of November and continues through February. “Many collisions result from driving too ...

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Oakhurst Murder Victim Identified, Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

MADERA COUNTY — The suspect in the stabbing of a woman in Oakhurst on Tuesday was arraigned yesterday in Madera County Superior court, and pleaded not guilty on charges of first degree murder and attempted murder with premeditation and special circumstances of using a deadly weapon. George Taylor-Windsor, 26, who moved to California recently from Wyoming, faces 30 years to ...

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