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String Of Burglaries Tied To One Truck

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson credits a keen-eyed witness for helping the Sheriff’s Office make three arrests — ultimately clearing half a dozen burglaries and even a robbery. All the crimes are believed to be tied to a single truck.

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Single Vehicle Accident On Icy Road Near Bass Lake

BASS LAKE – The icy roads made driving treacherous this morning all around the mountain area, and appear to have contributed to a crash near Bass Lake. Juan Zavala, 23, of North Fork, was westbound on Road 274, just east of Cedar Vista Drive, at about 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, when he apparently lost control of his pickup ...

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Accident On Highway 49 Near Harmony Lane

OAKHURST – The afternoon commute was slowed a bit this afternoon on Highway 49 near Harmony lane when the glare of the setting sun caused a chain reaction, according to those involved. At about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan 8, an unidentified vehicle almost came to a dead stop in the northbound lane when the sun apparently blinded the driver ...

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Sheriff's Office Searches For Next Of Kin

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is seeking family members of a man who recently died. 67-year old Roberto Mancilla Melendez (DOB 11-30-1945) was admitted to Madera Community Hospital on Dec. 31, 2012. He passed away on January 6, 2013.

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Huell Charmed Everyone At The Sugar Pine Railroad

Submitted by Dale Clugston FISH CAMP – His interviewing style has many descriptions. Traditional and unflashy, awestruck curiosity and a relentless enthusiasm. I agree with all of that and maybe a couple of more. He was genuine and a true gentleman. I met Huell Howser when he visited the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad several years ago. Huell showed up ...

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DUI Drivers Will Face Tougher Prosecution

MADERA – Thousands of families are devasted every year through the actions of those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The District Attorney’s office now has more ammunition to fight back. The District Attorney for Madera County has been awarded a $136,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The grant is to be ...

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Driver Arrested After Deadwood Crash

OAKHURST – A collision on Deadwood yesterday resulted in the arrest of an Oakhurst woman for driving under the influence of narcotics. At 1:02 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, Jill Reich, 53, of Oakhurst, was pulling out from a driveway near the address of 38890 Highway 41, about a mile south of Oakhurst, when she failed to yield to oncoming ...

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Injury Accident On Deadwood Snarls Traffic

OAKHURST – A wreck on Deadwood this afternoon resulted in at least one injury, and backed traffic up for about an hour. Details of just how the crash happened are not yet available from the CHP, but at least two cars were towed from the scene and one victim was transported to a Madera hospital, according to an officer on ...

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Local Christmas Bird Counts Successful

Annual Christmas bird counts last month in Mariposa, Oakhurst and Yosemite yielded fewer birds than last year, yet organizers of the three local events nonetheless judged them successful–and, as always, fun! The counts were part of the National Audubon Society’s 113th Christmas Bird Count, an annual avian census held between Dec. 14, 2012 and Jan. 5, 2013. Begun on Christmas ...

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