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Dedicated COPs Volunteer Retires From Duty

MADERA COUNTY – A banquet room filled with the sworn personnel and volunteers who make up Madera County Sheriff’s Office’s nationally recognized Citizens on Patrol (COP), paid tribute to a veteran volunteer on Wednesday, July 17. COP Everett Macy – radio ID V3 – was honored for more than a decade of service to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Macy’s ...

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Injury Accident Near El Cid

OAKHURST – A crash on Highway 41 this morning in Oakhurst was a rude disruption of a trip for a tourist from the United Kingdom. Steve Bomford, from the UK, was northbound in a rented 2013 Chevy Captiva just north of El Cid Restaurant at about 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, July 18.

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Nearly 10,000 Pot Plants Found At Fish Creek

MADERA COUNTY – Well before dawn on Wednesday, July 17, agents descended on a marijuana operation near Fish Creek, several miles above North Fork on Mammoth Pool Road. Agents with Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET), sworn personnel with Madera County Regional SWAT Team, US Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife and Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) personnel completed a several ...

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Update On Recent Fire Calls

MADERA COUNTY – Firefighters have responded to several calls in the past week, with the first on Road 400 at Lilley Mountain Road. On Thursday afternoon, July 11, crews responded to a fire on Road 400 that began burning up Lilley Mountain. Initially, several structures were threatened, but with two tanker drops delivered very quickly, none were lost.

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Is Your Family Reality-TV Funny? MTV Wants You

CALIFORNIA – Is your family the Mexican version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Are you of Mexican descent and come from a big family? Do you laugh a lot and think your family is crazy when everyone gets together? Do some of your older family members embarrass you with the things they say?

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Driver Arrested After Hit & Run And Rollover

BASS LAKE – A hit-and-run on Highway 49 on Tuesday evening ended with a roll-over near Bass Lake and a DUI arrest, according to the CHP. At 6:57 p.m. on July 9, CHP received a report of a silver 2002 Honda Accord being run off the road on Highway 49 near Marble Court. The suspect vehicle was later learned to ...

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Sierra Homestay Needs Room For 4 More

This is a note from Coarsegold resident Bruce Howard who together with his wife Lori Howard are promoting nonprofit organization Sierra Homestay. They’re looking to fill a few precious spots and want to hear from residents who are interested. Dear Friends: For the past 6 years, Lori and I have brought Chinese students to the Eastern Madera County region and ...

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Two-Vehicle Accident Blocks Road 274

NORTH FORK – Two North Fork residents found themselves tangled up on Road 274 this afternoon in an accident that apparently totaled both vehicles. Tony Beguez was southbound on Road 274 just before 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, in a maroon Chevy Z71 pickup. He was pulling a small utility trailer, and was preparing to turn left into a ...

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Fishing For Cash At Yosemite Bank

OAKHURST – Two bags with a string attached were discovered inside a bank’s deposit drop box in Oakhurst Monday morning. According to Yosemite Bank, sometime between July 5 and July 8, someone tried to steal money bags from the bank’s night deposit drop box using a string, says the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

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Fire Tax Scheduled For Court Hearing

CALIFORNIA – The class action lawsuit filed by Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) challenging the “fire prevention fee” as an illegal tax under Proposition 13, is scheduled for a hearing in Sacramento Superior Court on Friday, July 19. “This lawsuit is at a critical crossroad,” says HJTA in a message from their website http://firetaxprotest.org/.

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