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Investigators Show Fire Patterns In Arson Hearing

MADERA COUNTY – Kenneth Jackson and Allison Waterman were back in Madera Superior Court today for Day 16 of testimony in their preliminary hearing on arson and conspiracy charges. The Coarsegold couple was arrested on June 25 after a rash of suspicious fires in the Yosemite Lakes Park area, and with the challenging court calendar early on, the hearing has ...

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Arson Hearing – The Last Fire & The Arrest

MADERA COUNTY – Last week, testimony in the prelimanry hearing of Kenneth Jackson and Allison Waterman turned to the evening of their arrest on charges of arson and conspiracy. Cal Fire investigators had been tracking the couple’s vehicles and monitoring video cameras installed throughout the Yosemite Lakes Park area for several weeks leading up to the husband and wife being ...

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Send A Holiday Care Package To A Soldier

Submitted by Nikki Van Velson MADERA COUNTY – The time is fast approaching for Soroptimist International of The Sierras to send free holiday gift packages to men and women who are in the armed services. Included in the packages are a Sierra Star newspaper, homemade goodies, gum, candies and a holiday card from members of the organization to remind our ...

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GPS Tracking And Video At Arson Hearing

MADERA – As week six got underway in Madera Superior Court in the preliminary hearing of Coarsegold residents Kenneth Jackson and Allison Waterman, the focus turned to a large map of the YLP/Coarsegold area offered into evidence by the prosecution. The map was dotted with little red stars showing the locations of the many fires listed in the 31 counts ...

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Fuel Burning Programs Get Underway Soon

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Bass Lake Ranger District, Sierra National Forest, is preparing to implement the fall/winter burning program. Projects will consist of three activities: pile burning, broadcast, and underburning. “The objective of underburning is to reintroduce low intensity fire to the ecosystem on a rotational basis,” says District Ranger Dave Martin. “Prior to European settlement, lightning and Native ...

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Crash On Highway 41 Ends In Arrest

COARSEGOLD – A Coarsegold woman was taken into custody after she rolled her vehicle on Highway 41 near Coyote Hollow, just south of John’s Storage. At about 1:20 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 17, CHP received a report of a possible DUI driver headed north on Highway 41.

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Sheriff's Office Mourns Passing Of K9 Zak

MADERA COUNTY — Sheriff John Anderson is saddened to announce the passing of Madera County’s top drug sniffing canine, K9 Zak. K9 Zak worked nearly a decade before his passing, earning the reputation as top drug sniffing canine among local, state and even federal officials. Bred in England, this highly trained Springer Spaniel came to the United States in 2003.

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Fresno Man Arrested At Mariposa Pot Grow

MARIPOSA – On Saturday, Oct. 12, Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant on Burl Drive during a marijuana investigation. According to the Sheriff’s Office, approximately 175 pounds of processed marijuana was located at the garden site.

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Tour Bus Waste Dump – What Were The Legal Options?

OAKHURST — Just over four weeks ago, Oakhurst Postmaster Holly Baker made a shocking observation involving a tour bus in Oakhurst, and followed it up with a phone call to the Sheriff. Shortly before 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, Baker witnessed a large tour bus park right in front of the post office, where the driver proceeded to empty ...

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"Spay-ghetti" Dinner Supports EMC SPCA

OAKHURST — The Eastern Madera County (EMC) SPCA invites the community to attend a special evening meal where you can fill feed your tummy and do some good at the same time. Set for the Oakhurst Community Center on Friday, Oct. 25, volunteers are putting together a “Spay-ghetti Dinner.” The fun goes from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and cost for ...

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