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Fishing For Cash At Yosemite Bank

OAKHURST – Two bags with a string attached were discovered inside a bank’s deposit drop box in Oakhurst Monday morning. According to Yosemite Bank, sometime between July 5 and July 8, someone tried to steal money bags from the bank’s night deposit drop box using a string, says the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

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Fire Tax Scheduled For Court Hearing

CALIFORNIA – The class action lawsuit filed by Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) challenging the “fire prevention fee” as an illegal tax under Proposition 13, is scheduled for a hearing in Sacramento Superior Court on Friday, July 19. “This lawsuit is at a critical crossroad,” says HJTA in a message from their website http://firetaxprotest.org/.

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Single Vehicle Accident Blocks Highway 41

MADERA COUNTY – A pickup truck overturned on Highway 41 early Sunday morning blocking both lanes and tying up traffic for about two hours. Cal Fire, Madera EMS and CHP responded to the accident. The driver sustained only minor injuries and no other vehicles were involved.

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One Killed, Four Injured When Tree Falls At Camp

TUOLUMNE COUNTY – A counselor at Camp Tawonga, located just outside Yosemite National Park near Hetch Hetchy, was killed on Wednesday, July 3, when a tree fell at the campfire circle outside the dining hall. The Executive Director of Camp Tawonga, Ken Kramarz, confirms that Annais Rittenberg, was killed and four other adult staff were injured and taken to local ...

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Court Battle Over Venue For Arson Trial

MADERA – Accused arson suspects Kenneth Jackson and Alice Waterman appeared in Madera Superior Court this morning, facing charges in connection with a string of suspicious fires in the Yosemite Lakes Park area. Waterman was being arraigned on new charges, and Jackson was in court for a pre-preliminary hearing and bail review.

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Arson Suspect Out On Bail Re-Arrested

MADERA COUNTY – Allison Waterman, who was arrested on June 26 on arson charges, was taken into custody once again on June 29. Waterman, 46, was arrested along with her husband Ken Jackson, 40, in connection with a string of suspicious fires in the Yosemite Lakes Park area over the past several weeks.

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Single Car Accident on Highway 41

FISH CAMP – An single-vehicle accident on Highway 41 on Monday, July 1, caused brief closures just north of Road 630. Didier Gerbi, 47, of Oakhurst, was driving his 2006 Chevy HHR southbound on Highway 41 when he apparently entered a corner at too high a rate of speed.

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Arson Suspect To Appear In Court

MADERA COUNTY – Kenneth Jackson, who was taken into custody on June 25 in connection with a series of fires in the Yosemite Lakes Park area, remains in custody on $500,000 bond, awaiting his next hearing, set for Tuesday, July 2. Jackson, 40, and his wife, Allison Waterman, 46, both of East Revis Circle in YLP, were arrested after an ...

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Free Event For Home Gardeners

MADERA – Madera County Master Gardeners will host a free event for home gardeners this month. On Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, attend the “Lavender and Herbs – So Easy to Grow and Use” workshop, presented by Master Gardeners Carol Kennedy, Nadine King, and Anna Wattenbarger.

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