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Driver Arrested For DUI After Crash On Road 200

O’NEALS — A North Fork man was taken into custody for DUI after rolling his pickup on Road 200 this afternoon. At about 12:30 p.m., Fred Beatty, 55, was northbound on Road 200 just past the Circle J Ranch Road north of O’Neals in a Chevy Silverado pickup when he drifted off the right side of the road, skidded back ...

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La Cabana Restaurant In North Fork Burglarized

NORTH FORK – Once again a business in North Fork has been hit by burglars, this time popular Mexican Restaurant La Cabana. Early this morning just before 1 a.m., a neighbor of the restaurant happened to look out her window and see a pair of feet going in through one of the take-out windows. There was also someone standing by ...

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Oakhurst Search Yields Illegal Marijuana Grow And Stolen Property

OAKHURST — Earlier this morning Sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant in the 49000 block of Pierce Drive in Oakhurst regarding illegal marijuana cultivation and a series of theft cases. Detectives found an indoor marijuana growing operation with an illegal PG&E electrical bypass as well as property that had been stolen from a local nursery, according to the Sheriff’s Office. ...

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Newlywed Man Succumbs To Injuries

OAKHURST —  Family and friends today are mourning the loss of a loved one, as news is shared of his tragic death in the aftermath of an accident that occured last week. Fish Camp resident John Miller, 52, suffered grave injuries on Sunday, July 3 in a motorcycle wreck on Highway 41 north of Oakhurst near Sugar Pine. Miller passed ...

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Marijuana Grower Sentenced In Saginaw Creek Case

FRESNO — One defendant was sentenced and one pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to cultivate marijuana in the Sierra National Forest in Madera County with the intent to distribute, announced Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert. Francisco Javier Gomez-Rodriguez, 38, of Pihuamo, Jalisco, Mexico, was sentenced on Tuesday by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to three years ...

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Driver Airlifted After Motorcycle Crash Near Sugar Pine

FISH CAMP — A motorcyclist was airlifted after crashing into the back of a car on Highway 41 near Sugar Pine on Sunday. John Miller, 52, of Fish Camp, was southbound on a 2007 Yamaha R6, just north of Road 630 at 3:49 p.m. Though his speed is unknown, he was reportedly passing vehicles over the double yellow lines. Jessa ...

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Over 73,000 Marijuana Plants Eradicated In 3-Day Campaign

NORTH FORK — Law enforcement officials have just completed three days of marijuana eradication operations in the North Fork area, destroying over 73,000 plants being grown, for the most part, on public lands. A joint effort between the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife, BLM and the California National Guard started on Monday, wrapping up ...

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Search & Rescue Locates Missing Man

MARIPOSA — An at-risk man missing from Mariposa since Saturday has been located and taken to the hospital, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. Just after 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from the family of Mariposa resident Ronald Hughes, 74, stating that Mr. Hughes was missing. The family reported that he was ...

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Coarsegold Man Arrested for Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

COARSEGOLD — A Coarsegold man is behind bars, accused of sexually abusing a minor. Earlier this morning sheriff’s detectives arrested Travis Wright, 45. This arrest was the culmination of several months of investigation into crimes which occurred years earlier and were just recently reported, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Wright is employed by the California Department of Corrections ...

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