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District Attorney’s Office Awarded DUI Prosecution Grant

MADERA COUNTY – Those arrested for DUI in Madera County, especially repeat offenders and those involved in fatal or injury crashes, can expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutors, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, says District Attorney David Linn. The $131,585 grant to the Madera County District Attorney’s Office will fund a Vertical Prosecution ...

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Hearing Set For Final Chukchansi Defendant

MADERA – The only defendant to reject a plea deal from the District Attorney’s office in connection with the October 2014 attempted take-over at the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, is headed toward trial. District Attorney David Linn announced yesterday, following a hearing in Department 22 of the Madera Superior Court, that his office will be proceeding to a preliminary ...

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Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapper Asks For Parole

MADERA COUNTY – The last in a trio of men convicted of kidnapping 26 school children and their bus driver near Chowchilla in 1976 will appear before the California Parole Board on Nov. 19. Frederick Woods, along with his two conspirators Richard and James Schoenfield, pleaded guilty to the crime in Alameda County Superior Court in 1977, and were all ...

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Yosemite National Park Lifts Fire Restrictions

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park has lifted the fire restrictions in the park. The onset of cooler temperatures and the recent rainfall have reduced fire danger. Campfires are once again permitted in the Yosemite Wilderness below 6,000 feet in elevation. The fire restrictions were implemented in July after continued hot and dry weather conditions resulted in very high fire danger. ...

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One-Way Traffic Control Starts Tuesday On SR-41

COUNTY – Caltrans says maintenance crews will conduct one-way traffic reversing control operations beginning Tuesday, Oct. 27 along State Route (SR) 41 just north of Yosemite Lakes Park at Ruby Creek located south of Coarsegold, starting at 8:30 a.m. and going until 2:30 p.m. The operations are necessary, according to Caltrans, in order to conduct shoulder and drainage repairs along ...

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Madera County Public Works Director Resigns

MADERA COUNTY – Madera County Public Works Director Johannes J. Hoevertsz announced Thursday, Oct. 22, that he will be leaving Madera County to pursue a new professional opportunity in Sonoma County. “This decision was not easy as I love my job and the work that we have accomplished as a team in Madera County,” Hoevertsz said. “However, this job opportunity ...

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Residents Can Face Fines For Illegal Burns

O’NEALS – For anyone considering lighting off a debris pile while a burn ban remains in effect across the state, be on notice that the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) takes these violations very seriously. They also see them as a good opportunity to educate the public. After a full wildland fire dispatch was called up to ...

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Expect Delays On Highway 41 South Of Oakhurst

OAKHURST – Motorists are experiencing delays just south of Oakhurst over Deadwood as Cal Trans conducts repair work on Highway 41. According to Cal Trans, after several years of much needed road work, they will be conducting repair operations today (Thursday, Oct. 15), tomorrow, Monday and possibly Tuesday, if needed, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  One-way ...

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Changes At The Madera County Sheriff’s Office

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff Varney today announced a reorganization of administrative duties within the Madera County Sheriff’s Office command staff. The formation of a Professional Standards Division is one of the significant changes in the reorganization. This unit will be overseen by Lieutenant Darin McMechan and will be responsible for departmental training, the personnel selection process, and Internal Affairs investigations. ...

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Public Meeting On Italian Bar Road Bridge Replacement

NORTH FORK  – Fresno County is hosting a public workshop to discuss the Italian Bar Road Bridge Replacement Project. The bridge connects Madera and Fresno Counties over the San Joaquin River just north of Redinger Lake. An Open House is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, at the North Fork Elementary School cafeteria, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be ...

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