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Suspects In Casino Violence Turn Themselves In

MADERA COUNTY – Two suspects wanted in connection with the Oct. 9 Chukchansi Casino takeover attempt have turned themselves in to authorities, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Tex McDonald, 64, of Madera, and Vernon James King, 59, both agreed to turn themselves in at 1 p.m today. They arrived at the Sheriff’s main office in Madera at approximately ...

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One Arrest Made In Chukchansi Takeover

MADERA COUNTY – One of the 15 individuals wanted in connection with the Oct. 9 armed takeover attempt at the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino has been taken into custody. Eric Domingo Flores Suniga, 30, of Cutler, Calif., was arrested by Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, and turned over to Madera County Sheriff’s ...

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Sheriff's Office Breaks Ground On New Facility

MADERA – For the first time in the history of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, they will have a dedicated Emergency Operations Center, and all departments will be housed under one roof. On Thursday, Oct. 31, the Sheriff’s Office broke ground on retrofitting a new 27,500 sq. ft. facility on Falcon Drive near the airport in Madera.

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River Of Light On Day Of The Dead

HORNITOS – At once exciting and nearly ethereal, a candle-lighting and procession in the old Mexican town of Hornitos winds its way from plaza to cemetery each year on November 2, to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Hornitos in Spanish means “little ovens,” as the town in Mariposa County is named after Mexican tombs shaped ...

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Home Invasion Suspects Impersonate SWAT

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson has launched an investigation into a drug related home invasion where the suspects, wearing black military-type uniforms with a SWAT patch, raided a residence in search of money and dope. According to the victims, they were still asleep at around 7 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 30, when three armed subjects stormed ...

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Fifteen Charged In Chukchansi Takeover

MADERA COUNTY – Fifteen people involved in the Oct. 9 armed takeover of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold have been charged with multiple felonies. The incident caused the shut down of the casino after the U.S. District Court granted an injunction closing the facility due to activities that were judged to pose a danger to the public ...

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Ballot Error In Bass Lake School District Vote

AHWAHNEE – Voters in Bass Lake School District (BLSD) Area 4 should take special note at the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4. What appears to be a clerical error has resulted in an important race being left off some ballots, requiring constituents to request a provisional ballot at their polling place if they want their vote to count in the ...

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NWS Issues Winter Storm Warning

MADERA COUNTY – The first significant weather system of the season will impact the region Friday afternoon, Oct. 31, through Saturday afternoon, Nov. 1. A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect for the southern Sierra Nevada above 6,000 feet. The National Weather Service says snow accumulations from this storm will range from just a few inches in the higher ...

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Madera County EDC Offers Free App

MADERA COUNTY – Good news for civic-minded techies on the go: you can now download the Madera County Economic Development Council (EDC) App for free on iTunes, Google Play and the Windows Phone store. Designed to make it easy for business and travelers to find accessible information about Madera County, the new product is said to be the first app ...

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Fraud Alert For Online Banking Scam

MADERA COUNTY – Anyone who does their banking online should be aware of a bogus email containing a potentially dangerous attachment. “If you receive an email with a warning, and request to open an attachment from what, at first glance, might appear to come from a reputable financial institution, do NOT open it,” says Sheriff John Anderson. Just this morning ...

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