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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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Have A Voice In How Federal Dollars Are Spent

CLOVIS – The Fresno County and Madera County Resource Advisory Committees (RAC) are seeking applications from interested citizens who would like to join a committee to provide guidance for federal dollars to be used in each of the two counties. President Clinton signed into law the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000. This Act was designed ...

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County Permits In Place For Three New Oakhurst Hotels

OAKHURST – After much excitement and activity last year surrounding the building of three new hotels on Highway 41 in Oakhurst, things ground to a halt. On Friday, Sept. 26, developer Paul Patel pulled permits at the County and will able to proceed with the project, according to Madera County Building Official Harry Hinton. “Mr. Patel has the permits he ...

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Hundreds Turn Out To Honor Frank Verduzco

NORTH FORK – Fire engines, squads, water tenders, ambulances and patrol units lined Road 222 yesterday as Battalion Chiefs, CHP officers, Sheriff’s deputies, Citizens of Patrol, Auxiliary members and firefighters from as far away as Chowchilla turned out to pay their respects to 43-year veteran of Madera County Fire Department Station 11, Frank Verduzco. The main street of North Fork ...

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Arson Suspect Has Bail Raised to $550,000

MADERA COUNTY – At 1:30 p.m today in Department 21 of the Madera County Superior Court, Michael Lee Lapschies was arraigned on eight felony counts of arson and one felony count of making criminal threats. Lapschies was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 30, after a series of eight fires in the Bass Lake area. The first was reported just before 3 ...

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Did The Board Of Supervisors Vote Themselves A Raise?

MADERA COUNTY – With a lot of misinformation being bandied about concerning whether or not the Madera County Board of Supervisors voted to give themselves a raise, we contacted Chief Administrative Officer Eric Fleming and Director of Human Resources Adrienne Calip for clarification. On Jan. 13 of this year, CAO Fleming appeared before the Board to address the fact that ...

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Madera County Fire Tax? Cast Your Vote

Reposted from District 3 Supervisor Rick Farinelli’s website – As Madera County enters its fourth year of drought, fire danger is at an all time high, particularly in our rural mountain communities. The county contracts its fire services with CAL FIRE. Currently, there are 16 fire stations across the county staffed by 30 paid personnel, 8 seasonal paid personnel, and ...

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Sundance Fire Suspects Under House Arrest Pending Trial

MADERA COUNTY – The two Coarsegold teens charged with starting the Sundance Fire, that burned 13 acres along Road 420 on Sept. 13, appeared in court on Wednesday for a detention hearing. Both boys, ages 13 and 14, were ordered to be placed under strict house arrest with electronic monitoring, are only allowed to go to and from school under ...

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D.A. Forms Unit To Investigate Corruption In Madera County

MADERA COUNTY – District Attorney David A. Linn has announced the formation of a Political Corruption Unit (PCU) within the District Attorney’s Office. The purpose of the unit will be to investigate and prosecute corruption within all of Madera County’s governmental agencies, says Linn. The unit will be headed by Captain Paul Hornick, formerly of the Judge Advocate General Corps ...

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