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Another Delay In Murder Trial Of North Fork Woman

BASS LAKE — The woman accused in the death of North Fork resident Bonnie Hale was back in Bass Lake Superior Court today; her attorney asking for yet another continuance. Mary O’Keefe, 63, of North Fork, was arrested on Dec. 18, 2016, and charged with first degree murder after Hale was found deceased on the patio of her own home. ...

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Sentence Handed Down In Oakhurst Murder Case

BASS LAKE — The man found guilty of murder and attempted murder in the stabbing of two people in Oakhurst last year was sentenced today in Bass Lake Superior Court. George Taylor-Windsor was sentenced to 25 years to life for first degree murder, and 14 years for attempted murder, to be served consecutively. Taylor-Windsor, 26, was found guilty on May ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through July 9

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, July 3, to Sunday, July 9, 2017: North Fork warrant arrest On Monday, July 3, at 1:27 a.m., a deputy was conducting a followup investigation in an attempt to locate a subject who recently committed a felony crime. During the investigation deputies ...

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Crash Blocks Highway 41 North Of 22 Mile House

MADERA COUNTY — CHP is on scene of a two-vehicle crash north of the 22 Mile House on Highway 41. The accident was called in at 12:43 p.m., with lane blockage reported. CHP says they won’t need Caltrans for a road closure, but will have the scene cleared as soon as tow trucks arrive. According to reports from the scene, ...

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Sheriff Seeks Public’s Help In Locating Stabbing Suspect

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for Clifton “Poncho” Barnhard, 61, of Mariposa. Barnhard is wanted in connection with a stabbing that occurred at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds on the afternoon of July 7, 2017. Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call of a man stabbing people at the fairgrounds at approximately 5:15 p.m. ...

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Roll-Over Crash Blocks Highway 41 North Of Rocky Cut

O’NEALS — A two-vehicle accident is blocking Highway 41 south of Road 200, north of the Rocky Cut. At 10:12 a.m., reports came in of an accident, with one vehicle off the roadway, and another overturned blocking both lanes of the road. An occupant of the vehicle off the embankment will need to be extracted with the Jaws Of Life. ...

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Searchers Find Body Of Mariposa Man Swept Away In Merced River

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The search for a Mariposa man who went missing on Friday, June 23, has ended tragically with the discovery of his body. Ronnie Cole, 19, was located by searchers approximately three miles upriver from the Bagby Campground area. Cole had gone to the Briceburg area of the Merced River known as “Cable Beach,” to swim with two ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through July 2

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, June 26 to Sunday, July 2, 2017: Coarsegold Coroner’s report On Monday, June 26, a deputy responded to a delayed Coroner’s case with the primary physician stipulating to the decedent’s cause of death. This is a natural death case involving only a ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through June 25

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, June 19 to Sunday, June 25, 2017: Ahwahnee Coroner’s case On Monday, June 19 at 10:15 a.m. a deputy responded to a delayed Coroner’s case with the primary physician stipulating to the decedent’s cause of death. This was a natural death case ...

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Search For Mariposa Man Missing In Merced River

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The search continues for a man missing for more than two days after being swept away in the Merced River near Briceburg. The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team along with the California Highway Patrol Air Support Division and Bureau of Land Management Rangers have been working all weekend to locate a missing swimmer. The ...

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