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Evans Named State's Law Enforcement Volunteer Coordinator of the Year

LODI – Joann Evans was honored Tuesday as California’s Volunteer Coordinator of the Year during the 13th annual Law Enforcement Volunteer & Coordinator Conference held in Lodi. Evans, Madera County Sheriff’s Department’s Community Service Officer, “was chosen to receive this prestigious award for her exemplary service to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement volunteers, and the citizens of Madera ...

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A Girl And Her Horse And The Rule Of Law

NORTH FORK — When Nikki Johnson brought home her new best friend, retired race horse Indiana Jones, she had no idea that it would spark such controversy in the neighborhood. The community of Cascadel Woods has been embroiled in a bit of an upset since “Indy” came to live at the home of Russ and Sandy Johnson. Their 11-year old ...

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Authentic Yokuts Lodge At Fossil Discovery Center

CHOWCHILLA – The Fossil Discovery Center has a new exhibit that shows what life was like in California’s San Joaquin Valley thousands of years ago. At the center of the installation is a model lodge, a permanent dwelling known to have been used by the Yokuts tribe of first people, said to be the largest tribe with the largest territory ...

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Town Hall Meeting In Coarsegold Thursday

COARSEGOLD — Madera County Supervisor Tom Wheeler will host the latest in his series of town hall meetings on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coarsegold Community Center. This is your opportunity to talk to your representative on the Madera County Board of Supervisors and let him know what matters to you. Discussion topics include:

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Madera County Is Looking For COPs

MADERA COUNTY — Madera County’s hugely popular Citizens On Patrol (COPs) is looking for volunteers to join the county’s team of citizens in law enforcement. JoAnn Evans, community service officer for the Madera County Sheriff’s Department, addressed the North Fork Chamber of Commerce at a recent meeting, on just what these volunteers do. COPs have a variety of duties, and ...

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Deputies Capture 3 Suspected Fuel Thieves

MADERA – A trio of suspected thieves from Fresno are now behind bars in Madera County. Bail has been set at $10,000 for each suspect, according to a Madera County Sheriff’s Department press release. Sheriff John Anderson believes the two men and a woman are connected to a fuel theft ring.

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Drowning Victim at Hensley Lake Identified

HENSLEY LAKE – The body of a man found submerged under eight feet of water at Hensley Lake Monday afternoon has been identified as 61-year old Tommy Katsuji Uyemaruko of Fresno, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Uyemaruko drowned in Hensley Lake on Monday, Oct. 8. The body was recovered by Madera County sheriff’s deputies around 6 p.m., in ...

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Make A Family Plan – Have 2 Ways Out!

Written by Karen Guillemin National Fire Prevention Week is the perfect time to plan your escape It’s 3 a.m. You and your family are sound asleep and awake to the beeping smoke alarm. You are tired and confused from the effects of the smoke. You know you need to get to safety, but when you head for the front door, ...

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