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Breaking News – HJTA Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Fire Tax

October 4, 2012 Class Action could qualify 825,000 property owners for a Fire Tax refund SACRAMENTO – Today the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association filed a class action lawsuit to provide relief to nearly one million California property owners who received bills from the State for a new “fire prevention fee” which the lawsuit claims is illegal.

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Sibling Behind Bars After Family Feud

AHWAHNEE – Nathaniel Follette, 27, of Ahwahnee, is behind bars on felony charges following an alleged fight with his brother at a residence on Road 600. A 911 call to the Sheriff’s Office sent deputies to the home just before 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1.

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Disturbance Call Lands 2 Mountain Area Men Behind Bars

OAKHURST – A call for service to handle a disturbance inside a building in Oakhurst ended with the arrest of two mountain area men – one wanted on a felony no bail warrant, the other later arrested by California Highway Patrol officers for DUI. Shane Jacob Casey, 19, of Oakhurst, and Adrian James Parker, 23, of Coarsegold were taken into ...

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Being Reckless With Fire Can Cost You

The “Acorn Fire,” that burned 7 acres near North Fork on Saturday, Sept 29., was caused by a faulty carburetor and an unfortunate series of events. When the driver of a pickup pulled over off Road 200 into Golden Acorn Court to deal with some car trouble, he found that his carburetor had caught fire.

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Big Rig Crashes Through Crossing Gate – Dozens Injured

HANFORD – Nearly 50 people were injured on Monday, Oct. 1, near Hanford when a tractor-trailer rig failed to stop at a railroad crossing and struck a south-bound Amtrak train, derailing two passenger cars and a locomotive. Amtrak’s San Joaquin, consisting of four passenger cars and a locomotive, had just left the Hanford Amtrak station, headed for Bakersfield on the ...

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Mountain Sergeant Retires After 27 Years Of Service

Having served almost three decades, Madera County Sheriff’s Detective Sergeant Dirk Kinkel is now adjusting his schedule from serving the citizens of Madera County to meeting the challenges that await him in retirement. Sergeant Kinkel joined the Sheriff’s Office on October 1, 1985, sworn in as Deputy Sheriff. In his 27 years of the Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Kinkel worked well ...

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Thieves Strike Used Car Lot In Madera

MADERA – Thieves broke into Skinner’s Auto Wholesale in Madera sometime between Saturday night and early Sunday morning, stealing office equipment, vandalizing a Motor home, and making off with the owners Expedition. The auto dealership is situated in the highly visible strip mall off Highway 41, located north of Children’s Boulevard, between Avenue 10 ½ and Avenue 11. The Madera ...

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2 Men Killed In Madera Over The Weekend

MADERA — Two men were killed in the Madera area on Sunday, Sept. 30, in two separate accidents. Sabino Cardenas, 32, of Madera, was struck by a train as he tried to cross the tracks near the intersection of Cleveland and Gateway Avenues. The Madera Police Department is investigating. Miguel Ramirez, 24, of Fresno, died in a single-vehicle wreck near ...

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Thieves Grab $2 Million Of Precious Minerals In Mariposa Robbery

CHP requests public’s assistance in catching the suspects – Thieves made off with approximately $2 million worth of precious minerals during a daring daytime robbery on Friday, Sept. 28, at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum at the Mariposa Fairgrounds. At about 4 p.m., at least two individuals entered the museum and made verbal threats to employees, according to ...

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Burglary Suspect Turns Himself In

Anthony Garcia is in custody, female accomplice still on the loose. MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson announced this afternoon that 34-year old Anthony Garcia (aka avid Garcia), wanted in connection with a residential burglary in the Madera Ranchos, has turned himself in. The second suspect, an unidentified female, remains at large.

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