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Community Grant Program Open For Applications

MADERA COUNTY – Applications for the 2013 Community Grant Program of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians and Madera County are now available and due on or before Mar. 1, 2013. “I cannot begin to explain how beneficial the Community Grant Program has been to Madera County,” said Max Rodriguez, Chairman of the Madera County Board of Supervisors. “These ...

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Head-On Crash Near Ahwahnee Results In Major Injuries

AHWAHNEE – A head-on collision on Highway 49 yesterday sent one area resident to the hospital, and closed down one lane of traffic for over an hour. Shastalei Nelson, 20, of Ahwahnee was driving a 1997 Dodge pickup southbound on Highway 49 just north of Lauri Lane on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at about 6:43 p.m. Nelson stated to officers that ...

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Heart Of Drug Operation Discovered in Madera County

Agents Clamp Down on a Drug Trafficking Ring with Ties to the Bay Area CALIFORNIA – Three brothers with Bay Area connections are behind bars following a coordinated, tri-county drug raid in Madera, Santa Clara and Stanislaus Counties, launched in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Feb. 5, and ending at nearly midnight. Ten agents assigned to SCCSET (Santa Clara ...

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If You're Missing A Bull, Call The Sheriff's Office!

MADERA COUNTY – A bizarre case of found property, and perhaps a bit of cattle rustling, is causing a bit of confusion in Coarsegold. The Sheriff’s Office is reporting that someone barreled through a cattleman’s barbed wire fence, and instead of stealing anything, they apparently left behind a bull, that has yet to be identified.

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Trio Caught In Coarsegold With Meth And Stolen Car

COARSEGOLD — A traffic enforcement stop in Coarsegold ends with three suspects in custody, a stolen car recovered and nearly $1,000 of crystal meth seized, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Three people were arrested Friday, Feb. 8, in the area of Skyline Ridge Road and Skyline Ridge Court. Melissa Mae Johnson, 32 of Ahwahnee, Summer Marie Addington, 23, ...

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Caltrans Widens Highway 99

New Highway Widening Project Will Deliver More Traffic Congestion Relief to State Route 99 FRESNO – Caltrans has begun work on a $68 million highway widening project that will reduce congestion and improve the movement of agricultural goods on Highway 99 in Fresno and Madera counties. “This is good for Fresno and Madera residents and will serve farmers for decades,” ...

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New Jail Addition Helps Curb Early Release Of Inmates

MADERA –Officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections, Probation Department, Board of Supervisors and a host of others were on hand Friday, Feb. 8, for the dedication of the new Madera County Jail expansion. This was the first project completed in the state using special funds made available by ...

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Madera Meth Lab Raided, 6-Year Old Found In The Home

MADERA COUNTY –When agents raided a house on Road 29 near Madera on Thursday, they found a methamphetamine conversion lab inside, along with a six-year-old boy. Hector Mendoza Medina, 30, aka Javier Mendoza Medina, was taken into custody shortly before noon on Feb. 7, when Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET) agents, following a tip phoned into the MADNET hotline, ...

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Court Denies Injunction Against North Fork Casino Project

MADERA COUNTY – The U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. has denied the petition filed by Stand Up For California!* for a preliminary injunction to stop the transfer of 305 acres near Madera into trust for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, for the purpose of building a casino/hotel.   The Court also concluded that the plaintiffs – Stand ...

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Six Teenagers Captured Following 3-Day Crime Spree

MADERA – Half-a-dozen Madera teenagers have been arrested, accused of participating in a 3-day crime spree throughout in the city and county of Madera. Nicholas Javier Castrejon, 19, Angel Barrios, 19, along with four juveniles – two 17-year-olds, a 15-year-old, and a sixth suspect, just 14 years old – are all behind bars.

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