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D.A. Speaks Out About Sign Vandalism

MADERA COUNTY – District Attorney Michael Keitz has issued a statement after learning about what he says is a series of acts of vandalism to his campaign signs in the mountain area. Keitz, who is running for re-election in the upcoming primary in June says several of his campaign signs, specifically in the Coarsegold area, have been defaced with swastikas.

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Alleged Squatter Arrested After House Fire

MADERA COUNTY – A wanted fugitive was captured this morning following a fire that broke out inside a repossessed residence in the Madera Ranchos, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. On Wednesday, Apr. 2, firefighters responded to a blaze reported at a home on Loren Way, between Cloverleaf Avenue and Berkshire Drive. Shortly after arriving on scene, crews called ...

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Cal Fire Begins Inspections Of Defensible Space

SACRAMENTO – Cal Fire inspectors have begun conducting Defensible Space inspections throughout the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area (SRA) in California. “Creating and maintaining Defensible Space is critical for the protection of homes,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director. “It has never been more critical to strengthen our fire prevention efforts in light of the elevated fire ...

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Thieves Raid Vacant House In Ranchos

MADERA COUNTY – The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a brazen residential burglary in the Madera Ranchos. A home on Avenue 15 near Road 36 was recently placed on the market, and at some point was virtually cleaned out by thieves. The owner thinks the heist happened sometime on Friday, Mar. 28 when the residence was unoccupied.

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Alleged Metal Thief Behind Bars

COARSEGOLD – A burglary interrupted on Saturday, Mar. 29, is said to have exposed a career criminal whose penchant for stealing metal dates back at least three years. According to the Madera County Sheriffs Office, Coarsegold resident Sean Michael Driscoll was caught pilfering metal from private property located off Highway 41 in Coarsegold. Driscoll, 37, was taken into custody Saturday ...

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Cal Fire Staffs Up As Fire Threat Expands

SACRAMENTO – Despite recent rainfall, Cal Fire continues to respond to a significant increase in wildfires across much of California. While March rain totals were higher than this winter, the rain has done little to combat drought conditions. Starting Monday, Mar. 31, Cal Fire will begin hiring additional seasonal firefighters in Central California, the Bay Area region and the Sacramento ...

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Golf Course Vandalized By Joyrider

MADERA COUNTY – Riverbend Golf Course is noted for its scenic views along the San Joaquin River, but some of its beauty was marred over the weekend when a Madera man went on a tear in his vehicle across two greens. Tyler Nathaniel Thornton, 24, is behind bars after being arrested the next day for vandalizing the 8th and 11th ...

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Supervisors Extend Permit Fee Reduction

MADERA – The Madera County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday, Mar. 25, to extend the two-thirds reduction in County permit fees until Dec. 31. The fees were reduced by 66.7 percent in September 2011 as part of an effort to boost the economy in Madera County by reducing more than two dozen fees associated with construction and development, ...

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Master Gardeners Glorious Garden Tour

Submitted by Madera County Master Gardeners MADERA COUNTY – Madera County Master Gardeners announce their 8th annual Glorious Garden Tour, Saturday April 19, 2014, featuring four beautiful Madera, Madera Ranchos and Rolling Hills home gardens for the public to visit and enjoy. In addition, during the tour the public will be able to shop for plants and garden accessories at ...

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