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PG&E, National Weather Service Monitoring Storm Conditions for Sierra

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OAKHURST – Winter weather is making its way toward California and Eastern Madera County. Mountain community residents are urged to prepare for possible power outages and travel delays. In a press release dated November 17th, PG&E announced they are “monitoring a mid-week potentially strong offshore wind event” that “could prompt a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) for customers in Sierra ...

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Tribe Seeking $1.2M Grant to Expand Rancheria Fire Station

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NORTH FORK — The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians is applying for a $1.2 million federal grant to construct a 4,050-square-foot emergency services building adjacent to the North Fork Fire Station. The new facility, which could be operational by 2022, would provide living barracks for the fire station — and dedicated space for the Madera County Sheriff’s Office and ...

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North Fork Murder Suspect Ordered to Undergo Mental Evaluation

MADERA — Criminal proceedings were temporarily suspended Friday in the case of the North Fork man accused of murder in the July 2019 death of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee. Robert Eugene Moye, 47, made another appearance in Madera Superior Court Friday morning for a hearing that was expected to be another preliminary step on the way to scheduling ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log for January 7-13, 2020

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MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office reports taken locally from January 7-13,  2020. Coarsegold – Vandalism On Tuesday, January 7, at 7:25 a.m., a corporal was dispatched to Oonay Nation Road regarding vandalism. Some kind of substance was poured onto the porch of an apartment several days ago. No monetary damage. Documentation only at ...

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Winter Storm Blankets Mountain Area with Snow

OAKHURST — A powerful winter storm moved into the mountain area Thursday, with heavy rain turning to snow by mid-afternoon. Snowfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches were forecast for areas above 4,000 feet. Caltrans had multiple snow plows operating between Coarsegold and Yosemite National Park. CHP reported a handful of accidents as cars slid into each other and off ...

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Two Cases of Norovirus Confirmed at Yosemite

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Yosemite National Park officials reported Thursday at least 170 cases of gastrointestinal illness among both employees and recent park visitors. Most of the affected individuals spent time in Yosemite Valley during the first week of January 2020. As of Thursday afternoon, there have been two confirmed cases of norovirus, according to a press release issued today by ...

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MCSO Deputy, Corporal Help Save Heroin-Swallowing Suspect

O’NEALS — Quick thinking — and expert action — on the part of two Madera County Sheriff’s Office personnel resulted in an arrest rather than a trip to the morgue for a crime suspect who swallowed a bag of heroin. The incident started last week (Jan. 8) around 2:45 p.m. when MCSO Deputy Jose Villegas and Corporal Amy Roussell responded ...

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Local Boy Participates in Pioneering Muscular Dystrophy Study

AHWAHNEE — When Ahwahnee resident Rick Hamilton’s 6-year-old son, Kalel, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) just over a year ago, the family’s world was turned upside down. “DMD is a fatal genetic muscle-wasting disease,” Hamilton said. “Currently there is not a cure, but we have been pursuing therapies over the last year that we think will preserve our ...

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Authorities Identify Man Killed While Walking on Highway 41

COARSEGOLD — A man who was struck by a vehicle and killed Monday night (Jan. 13) while walking along Highway 41 has been identified. Cory Wade, 32, a Coarsegold resident, died after he was hit by a car about a mile north of the Black Hawk Lodge, according to an update issued Tuesday by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. The ...

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MCSO POP Team Makes Felony Arrest in O’Neals

O’NEALS — When the Madera County Sheriff’s Office received information late last week regarding a prohibited person reportedly being in possession of a firearm, the Madera County Sheriff’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) team initiated an investigation. After MCSO Deputy Mike Chambers discovered the subject, 45-year-old Pasquale Desantis, is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms, the POP team, with assistance from ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log — Dec. 31 to Jan. 6

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from Madera County Sheriff’s Office reports taken locally from Dec. 31, 2019 to Jan. 6, 2020. Oakhurst – Burglary On Dec. 31 at 8:43 a.m., deputy dispatched to the 40000 block of Winding Way regarding a burglary to storage units. Report written, evidence obtained. Case to be suspended. Bass Lake – General incident On ...

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