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Hit & Run Suspect Suffers Major Injuries in Escape Attempt

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FRESNO — Shortly before 2 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022, officers from the Fresno Police Department Northwest District were dispatched to the La Quinta Inn at 5077 North Cornelia Avenue regarding a deceased person in the parking lot. Officers arrived and discovered the partial remains of a female. It was quickly determined that the female, later identified as 29-year-old ...

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$2,000 Reward: Information Wanted by the Madera Area CHP

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MADERA — On May 10, 2022, at 11:35 a.m., there was a hit and run traffic crash resulting in one fatality on Avenue 9, just west of State Route 99 in Madera County. The California Highway Patrol Madera Area is seeking public assistance with the ongoing investigation into the identity of the driver of the 2005 – 2010 Volkswagen Jetta ...

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CHP Officers Honored at White House for Heroic Actions

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SACRAMENTO — Three California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers received the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor during a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice earlier today in Washington, D.C. The award presented to CHP Officers Ryan Smith, Vince Mendoza and retired CHP Officer Robert Paul is considered the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. ...

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Madera County to Receive 9/11 Firefighter Memorial Beam

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MADERA COUNTY — Madera County is pleased to announce the receipt of a 14-foot steel beam salvaged from the Twin Tower attacks on September 11th, 2001. Sim’s Metal Inc. was contracted to remove the steel remnants from the attacks, bringing less than a dozen beams to their Richmond, California, location. Madera County successfully took part in a vigorous competitive selection ...

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Ponderosa Welcomes Chad Rupe as New General Manager

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Ponderosa Communications, Inc. is proud to announce that it has selected Chad Rupe as its new General Manager effective June 15, 2022. Mr. Rupe is ideally suited to lead Ponderosa’s team in the fast-evolving telecommunications space with his strong business and governmental background in rural broadband/telecom and regulatory affairs. Mr. Rupe succeeds Matthew J. Boos, the Company’s ...

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CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits in Multiple Counties

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MARIPOSA — California has already experienced an unusually early start to fire season amidst an ongoing drought and historically low rainfall and reservoir levels. While wildfires are a natural part of California’s landscape, the fire season in California and across the west is starting earlier and ending later each year. Warmer spring and summer temperatures, reduced snowpack, and earlier spring ...

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Prepare Now for Coming Increase in Summer Energy Use

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Summer’s warm weather is coming, and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) customers can benefit by participating in a variety of programs to prepare for the inevitable increase in air conditioning usage associated with hotter weather that typically drives up summer energy costs. To prepare eligible customers are encouraged to take advantage of income-qualified assistance programs including: ...

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Candlelight Vigil Held for Teen Couple at Site of Crash

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OAKHURST — A crowd of more than 100 family members and friends of Jeramy Smith Jr. and Danika Lee Ibbotson gathered at a candlelight vigil in Oakhurst last night to commemorate the teens’ passing. The vigil was held near the accident location, which occurred on Road 426 west of Road 427.   The young couple was riding in Jeramy’s BMW — ...

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CHP Commissioner Ray Issues Statement

SACRAMENTO, CA – California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Amanda Ray today issued the following statement on the arrest of three suspects charged with murder in a freeway shooting in Bakersfield: “I offer my condolences to the victim’s family and all those impacted by this senseless act of freeway violence. The CHP remains steadfast in its commitment to reducing violent crimes ...

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Breaking News – CAL FIRE Responds To Fire Near Tollhouse

TOLLHOUSE , CA. – On May 11th, 2022 around 12:30 pm, the fire, located in the area of Tollhouse and Pittman Hill Roads near Humphreys Station, is being fueled by wind and dry grass, according to Cal Fire officials. The Sheriff’s Office, Cal Fire and Forest Service are on scene and more resources are on the way. Evacuation Warnings are ...

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