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Sheriff’s Office Searching For Suspect In Sullivan Tire Break-In

OAKHURST – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect (or suspects) in connection with a break-in at Sullivan’s Tire Pros on Christmas Day. At about 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 25, deputies responded to an alarm call on the north end of the Enterprise Center on Highway 49 in Oakhurst. Upon arrival, deputies discovered that the front door ...

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Visitor Services Limited In Yosemite Due To Gov’t Shutdown

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park is open, however visitor services are limited due to the lapse in federal appropriations. During the government shutdown, national parks are working to remain as open and accessible to the American people as possible, say park officials. Unfortunately, Wawona Campground and Hodgdon Meadow Campground are closed due to impacts from human waste and public safety ...

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Oakhurst Man Accused Of Embezzlement Considers Plea Deal

MADERA – An Oakhurst man accused of embezzlement, grand theft, and contracting without a license was back in Madera Superior Court today to consider a deal from prosecutors. Marc Demasters, 38, was arrested on Nov. 29, following a months-long investigation by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives received several reports of fraud as far back as August 2018 regarding well ...

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What Happens In Yosemite During The Government Shutdown?

YOSEMITE – With the federal government shut down, you will still be able to visit Yosemite National Park, but there will be some areas and services that are not available. Visitor services in the park may be diminished or areas may be closed due to environmental, public safety, or other unknown factors. Also, road and weather information will not be ...

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Winter Weather Advisory For Christmas Eve

MOUNTAIN AREA — We’ll have some rain in the foothills and snow in the higher country around Christmastime, as a storm moves into the area by Monday afternoon and grows stronger into the night. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from Yosemite National Park to Kings Canyon from 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24 to 10 a.m. ...

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Closures Of Hiking And OHV Trails In Ferguson Fire Burn Area

NORTH FORK – Sierra National Forest (SNF) officials have announced the temporary closure of several trails in the Ferguson Fire burn area due to safety concerns with changing weather conditions. The closures include Hite’s Cove Trail, Savage Lundy Trail, and Hite’s Cove OHV Trail on the Bass Lake Ranger District (see map below). “The purpose of this Order is to ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through Dec. 16

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Dec. 10, to Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Oakhurst assault On Monday, Dec. 10 at 12:41 a.m. deputies were dispatched to Victoria Lane regarding a possible verbal domestic. Upon arrival it was determined a male and female engaged in a verbal argument when ...

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Two-Vehicle Crash At Tight Corner On Road 426

OAKHURST – An Oakhurst woman was transported to a Valley hospital after her SUV was struck by another vehicle on Road 426 this morning. At 11:45 a.m., just as officers were clearing the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on Deadwood (Highway 41 south of Oakhurst), reports came in of another accident, this one on Road 426. According to CHP at ...

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Bass Lake Home Destroyed In Early Morning Fire

BASS LAKE – Three people were forced out into the cold in the early morning hours today as a fire destroyed their home at Bass Lake. Just after 2:30 a.m., firefighters were called out to a structure fire in the 39000 block of Duck just off Road 432 on the north shore of the lake. Cal Fire Engines 4255, 4275, ...

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