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Highway 49 Closure Extended Due To More Damage Found

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Caltrans is extending the full highway closure of State Route 49 (SR-49) from Bear Valley Road to just south of SR-132 in Coulterville. The closure – which began on Monday, April 29 and was initially scheduled to last 12 days through Friday, May 10 – has now been extended through 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. Crews ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through Apr. 28

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Apr. 22 to Sunday, Apr. 28, 2019. Raymond coroner’s report On Monday, April 22 at 4:23 p.m. a deputy was dispatched to the 33000 block of Road 613 in regards to a welfare check. Upon arrival, the subject in question was located ...

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Permits Required For Burning In Mariposa County

MARIPOSA – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has announced that effective at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, all hazard reduction burning will require a permit in Mariposa County. Permits can be obtained at the nearest Cal Fire station: Cal Fire Catheys Valley – 2203 Highway 140, Catheys Valley Cal Fire Usona ...

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Madera Sheriff Warns Of The Latest Phone Scams

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of several phone and email scams circulating throughout Madera County. Though specific details may vary, these scams typically contain one or more of the following characteristics: Requesting people provide or confirm their Social Security number Informing people they are eligible to receive a financial grant/payment, but must pay ...

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Deputy Jack Williamson Retires After 21 Years Of Service

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff’s Deputy Jack Williamson is retiring after 21 years of outstanding service to the citizens of Madera County. Deputy Williamson reported for his final shift on Monday, April 22, though his last official day is May 1 and he will continue to serve as a reserve deputy. Jack was born in Fallbrook, Calif., in 1964, and shortly ...

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New North Fork Water Treatment Plant Plan Moving Forward

NORTH FORK — A plan to build a new water treatment facility to service the North Fork area continues to flow forward. “We’ve been making pretty good progress,” says Ray Gutierrez, an engineer in Madera County’s Public Works Department, which is overseeing the project known as the North Fork Consolidation Plan. A joint venture between the Chawanakee Unified School District ...

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Boating At Bass Lake? Here’s What You Need To Know

BASS LAKE – It’s that time of year again – the Madera County Sheriff’s Office Boat Patrol is back on the water at beautiful Bass Lake. As the weather warms up and lake activity increases, deputies will be providing proactive enforcement to all boating and safety violations, including boating under the influence. The Sheriff’s Office warns that any and all ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through Apr. 21

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Apr. 15 to Sunday, Apr. 21, 2019. Oakhurst report of fraud On Tuesday, Apr. 16 at 10:22 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the Oakhurst substation in regards of a theft of funds from a bank account. A report was taken by ...

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Crews Respond To Vegetation Fire In O’Neals

O’NEALS — Crews were called out at 1:30 p.m. today for reports of a vegetation fire on Sierra Oaks Lane off Road 211 in the O’Neals area. The first unit at scene reported the fire at two-to-three acres, burning in light, flashy fuel with roads on two sides. The incident commander reported that crews would be able to handle the ...

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Detective Pulls Credit Card Skimmers From Oakhurst Gas Stations

OAKHURST – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation into credit card fraud related to skimmers found at two gas stations in Oakhurst. On April 16, deputies were called out to reports of fraudulent credit card activity in the Oakhurst area and through the course of their investigation discovered four skimmers installed at gas pumps at Vons Gas ...

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