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Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

MARIPOSA – On Saturday night, Mar. 9, Californians will be turning their clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time. And when they do, The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) is reminding them to replace the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. This minimal effort could mean the difference between life and ...

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Morning Commute Turns To Short Pursuit

MADERA COUNTY – Two Madera men are facing grand theft and drug charges after a Madera County Sheriff’s Leiutenant catches the pair stealing roughly 125 feet of copper wire during rush hour near Highway 99. Lt. Patrick Majeski was driving to work in an unmarked sheriff’s vehicle, when he witnessed Jimmy Costa, 38, and Pablo Gutierrez, 28, snatch a spool ...

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Fatal Crash On Highway 49

Ahwahnee – Two vehicles were involved in a fatal accident today just north of the Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park on Highway 49. The name of the victim is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. A truck from Total Waste Systems of Mariposa and a small SUV collided head-on in a dangerous 25 mph corner, ...

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Local Middle Schools Participate In Math Tournament

MADERA COUNTY – Madera County’s middle school students will be putting their minds to the test at this year’s 2013 Math Tournament. Students will take three tests: Individual Endurance, Circuit Training and Relay Race on Friday, Mar. 8, at the Madera Center. During the Circuit Training teams will be given 20 questions and 2 ½ minutes per question moving through ...

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Help Identify These Smash & Grab Suspects

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is hoping someone can identify two men who broke into the La Vina Market, located on Avenue 9, shortly after 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 6. Video surveillance shows a dark colored truck pull up in front of the market. One of two passengers exits the truck and is seen trying to pry open ...

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'Chew On This' Tour Stops In Madera

MADERA – The “Chew on This Tour” is scheduled to make a stop at Madera’s Thompson Products Inc.(TPI), a Nutra Blend Producer, sponsor of the event. The nationwide tour is looking to raise awareness of world hunger and other food issues. The “Chew on This Tour” is part of “The Drive to Feed the World” campaign.

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Bass Lake Crash Sends Oakhurst Woman to Hospital

BASS LAKE – Wet road conditions and unsafe speed were factors in an accident near Bass Lake this afternoon, says the CHP. Elizabeth Olmeda, 27, of Oakhurst, was driving eastbound on Road 274 at what CHP Officer Dominici determined to be a high rate of speed, and unsafe for conditions.

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Transient Sentenced For Arson Fires

MADERA – Tad Patrick Moore, 48, was sentenced to state prison today on two felony counts of arson and one misdemeanor count of evading arrest. Moore, a transient, was convicted by a Madera Superior Court jury on Jan. 16. During his trial, Senior Deputy District Attorney Mary Thornton presented evidence that Moore was seen on the afternoon of July 5, ...

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