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Sheriff Seeks Public Help Locating Knife-Wielding Subject

OAKHURST — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a subject who reportedly brandished a knife at CVS employees in Oakhurst tonight. The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. at the CVS in the Old Mill Shopping Center near Vons, located at 40044 CA-49. The subject is described as a heavy-set, adult male Caucasian wearing ...

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Mariposa County Sees Increase In Crime For 2017

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has released their annual crime statistics for 2017. The numbers show an increase in almost all areas, including a 38 percent rise in the number of burglaries (see chart below). “We have felt the increase during the past year and this has been somewhat expected,” says Sheriff Doug Binnewies. “However, post-reform crime ...

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Stand-Off Closes Highway 41 North Of Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Highway 41 in the vicinity of Road 630/Sugar Pine is currently closed due to law enforcement activity. Just after 8 p.m. tonight, CHP was in pursuit of a vehicle that was speeding and swerving erratically when the driver refused to yield. The driver crashed off the west side of the road at approximately 8:20 p.m. near Road 630/Sugar ...

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Crash On Road 426 Leads To Investigation Into Two More

OAKHURST — CHP is investigating an accident that took place on Road 426, but it may lead to two more incidents that happened earlier, just a few miles away. At about 9 p.m., reports came in of a vehicle off the road and upside down just below the top of the grade on Road 426 near Woodcrest Drive. When first ...

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Deadwood Crash Sends Pregnant Woman To Hospital

OAKHURST — A two-vehicle crash on Highway 41 south of Oakhurst this morning sent a pregnant woman to the hospital and shut down both lanes for over 30 minutes. Just before 10 a.m., a southbound tour bus was about halfway up Deadwood approaching the old building on the east side of the road, when it stalled in the southbound lane. ...

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Two Arrested On Charges Of Attempted Vehicle Theft At Gunpoint

NORTH FORK — On Sunday, Nov. 26, Madera County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home in the 31000 block of Wyle Ranch Road in North Fork for a report of an assault with a firearm. During the investigation, it was determined that Kenneth Anthony Couch, 37, and Robert James Puls, 34, had attempted to steal a vehicle from the ...

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Hearing Delayed In Bass Lake Home Invasion And Assault Case

BASS LAKE — Two North Fork men arrested following a violent home invasion robbery in Bass Lake Annex on Nov. 18 appeared in Bass Lake Superior Court on Thursday, Dec. 7, for a scheduled preliminary hearing. Ray Coleman, who turned 24 on the day of his court appearance, and Alvin McDonald III, 18, are charged with attempted murder, strong-arm robbery, ...

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Coarsegold Woman Dies After Head-On Crash On Highway 41

COARSEGOLD — A two-vehicle crash on Highway 41 near Morava Road has claimed the life of one woman, and injured another. At 3 p.m., reports came in of an accident in front of Mountain Aire on the north end of Coarsegold. According to CHP at scene, a 70-year-old Coarsegold woman was northbound in a Lexus ES330 approaching Morava Road, and ...

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Preliminary Hearing Set In Violent Bass Lake Home Invasion

NORTH FORK — The two men arrested following a violent home invasion robbery in Bass Lake Annex on Nov. 18 appeared in Bass Lake Superior Court today. Ray Coleman, 23, and Alvin McDonald, 18, both of North Fork, have pleaded not guilty to the charges. They were both arrested last week on charges of attempted murder, strong-arm robbery, burglary, assault ...

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Sheriff Searching For Ray Coleman In Bass Lake Home Invasion

BASS LAKE — Madera County Sheriff’s Office investigators are searching for one of the two men suspected in the home invasion robbery and assault in Bass Lake Annex on Saturday, Nov. 18. One arrest has been made, but deputies are still looking for Ray Coleman, 23, of North Fork. Coleman has been arrested five times since 2011 on charges of ...

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