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North Fork Couple Sentenced In Brother’s Killing

MADERA COUNTY – A North Fork couple who pleaded guilty in January to killing the husband’s brother back in 2013 have been sentenced to a combined 30 years in prison. On Feb. 22 in Madera Superior Court, Judge Rigby sentenced Marc McMurrain, age 37, to 22 years behind bars for voluntary manslaughter. His wife Jennifer McMurrain, 35, was sentenced to ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Local Crime Log

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Sunday, Mar. 13 to Sunday, Mar. 20, 2016: North Fork assault On Sunday, Mar. 13 at approximately 12:49 a.m. deputies were dispatched to the 57000 block of Road 225 for a report of an assault. A case was generated and charges were filed ...

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Arrest In Coarsegold, Stabbing In North Fork

MOUNTAIN AREA — It was a busy night for Madera County Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday, starting with a chase on Highway 41, and ending with a stabbing in North Fork. Yesterday afternoon, employees at two different businesses in Oakhurst called in reports of a man making threats to people inside their establishments. The first report came in at about 2:30 ...

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Sierra National Forest Marijuana Grower Pleads Guilty

FRESNO — The second of four defendants charged with growing marijuana on public lands in Madera County pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court. Francisco Javier Gomez-Rodriguez, 38, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana grown in the Sierra National Forest in Madera County. According to court documents, co-defendant Humberto Ceballos-Rangel, ...

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Sheriff Varney Announces Two Commander Promotions

MADERA COUNTY — Sheriff Jay Varney is proud to announce the promotion of two Sheriff’s Commanders. Lieutenants Tyson Pogue and Bill Ward were selected to fill the newly formed positions effective Mar. 1. Commander Tyson Pogue will oversee the Field Operations Division, which includes Patrol, Emergency Services, and Specialized Services. Commander Bill Ward will oversee the Investigations and Administration Division, ...

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Help Sheriff’s Office Redeploy K9 Patrol Dogs

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Madera County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to boost the number of K9 teams available to assist patrol deputies in their work. “The existence of a patrol K9 Unit at the Madera County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division greatly enhances our agency’s capability to track down, ...

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Domestic Dispute Leads To Arrest Near Raymond

RAYMOND — A call out to a domestic disturbance in Raymond last night involved law enforcement from three different agencies, a K9 Unit and a helicopter, and finally ended in the arrest of the ex-boyfriend. At about 9:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 38000 block of Road 415. The 911 caller said that her ex-boyfriend ...

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Driver Rolls SUV On Road 415 Before DUI Arrest

COARSEGOLD — An accident on Road 415 today ended with the driver leaving the scene in search of a cell signal, his dog left alone in the vehicle, and a charge of DUI. At about 4 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 7, Warren Michael Smith, 25, of Oakhurst, was westbound on Road 415 in a Chevy SUV, headed through the tight ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Mar. 5

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Sunday, Feb. 28 to Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016: Coarsegold vandalism On Sunday, Feb. 28 at 12:46 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to a residence located within the 29900 block of Horseshoe Drive regarding a report of an attempted vandalism. This case has been suspended, pending ...

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Car Fire Stops Traffic On Deadwood

OAKHURST — An Oakhurst couple on their way to Fresno for his scheduled stress test got a little more than they bargained for today, when their car caught fire on Deadwood. “I didn’t have to wait long for the stress part of the day,” joked driver Peter Cavanaugh as he stood beside the road near his burned out car. Cavanaugh, ...

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