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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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Message From Supervisor Tom Wheeler

Public Transit to Yosemite National Park – A potential economic boost for our local tourism industry By Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler. There has been a lot of talk about the Fresno Council of Governments’ (COG) potential plan to implement a bus service from Fresno to Yosemite National Park through Madera County. I understand that there are concerns, ...

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Out Of Compliance Sex Offender Arrested

Sex offender living in Madera home where kids play; Fresno County probationer also jailed MADERA COUNTY – A citizen’s tip concerning a registered sex offender led deputies to Danny Bryant, 65, of Madera, who was found living in a home with easy access to kids.

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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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