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CHP To Be ‘Out in Force’ Over July 4th Holiday Weekend

MOUNTAIN AREA – The California Highway Patrol said it will be stepping up enforcement beginning later Friday afternoon — with increased patrol efforts continuing throughout the long July 4th holiday weekend.“Wherever people choose to observe Independence Day, they can expect the California Highway Patrol to be out in force for a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) from 6 p.m. on Friday, ...

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North Fork Man Charged with Hit-and-Run After Fatal Collision Saturday

Editor’s Note: This story was updated after the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the victim. FRIANT — A 25-year-old Madera County man was arrested on felony hit-and-run charges following a fatal traffic accident that happened Saturday afternoon on Friant Road in Fresno County.“At approximately 4:05 p.m. Saturday, a vehicle driven by an adult male was traveling northbound ...

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Madera Man Drowns at Hensley Lake

MADERA COUNTY — A 27-year-old developmentally disabled Madera man died in an apparent drowning accident Thursday afternoon at Hensley Lake.The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim as Carl Jefferson.“We received the call at 4:31 p.m. of a caregiver reporting a dependent adult missing near Hensley Lake,” said Deputy Sarah Jackson, MCSO public information officer. “We immediately sent deputies ...

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MCSO Identifies Man Who Died after Jumping into Bass Lake

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BASS LAKE — The man who died Saturday afternoon at Bass Lake after being pulled out of the water in a nonresponsive state has been identified as Logan Traver Meleskie, 63, of Sacramento.The incident occurred at 3:30 p.m., according to Deputy Sarah Jackson, MCSO’s public information officer.Meleskie and his family were at Bass Lake on a boating excursion. “Their boat ...

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MCSO Deputies Attend Santa Cruz County Deputy’s Funeral

APTOS — On Wednesday, a contingent of deputies from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Santa Cruz County to honor the memory of Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller — and support his grieving widow and law enforcement family in uniform. Sgt. Gutzwiller, 38, was shot and killed June 6 as he and other deputies investigated reports of a suspicious vehicle. A ...

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Tyson Pogue Sworn In as County’s New Sheriff

MADERA — Tyson Pogue is officially Madera County’s new top cop. “I am truly humbled and honored as I stand here today,” Pogue told the board of supervisors Tuesday morning after being sworn in as sheriff. “I am so appreciative of the support of my co-workers, fellow law enforcement professionals and of course the board.”“These are challenging times but I’m ...

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North Fork Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident Sunday

NORTH FORK – A fatal motorcycle accident claimed the life of a North Fork man Sunday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. Steven Walling, 70, was traveling southbound on Road 200 just north of Road 222 when he lost control of his 1992 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.  “While negotiating a curve in the road, [the victim] lost control, was ejected and ...

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4-Year-Old Boy Seriously Injured in Accidental Electrocution

OAKHURST — A four-year old boy was severely injured Monday night in Oakhurst after being electrocuted while playing with a power inverter.The accident happened about 5 p.m. at a home on the 40000 block of Road 425a, according to a report from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.Emergency responders were called to the residence after the child was injured.MCSO deputies, CAL ...

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Deputies Revive Oakhurst Overdose Victim

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OAKHURST — Friday night just after 6 p.m., MCSO Deputy Michael Lewis was flagged down near the Oakhurst Central Valley Community Bank by a man who reported a woman was overdosing on heroin under a nearby bridge.Deputy Lewis quickly made his way down a dirt path and found a 25-year-old woman under the bridge who was unresponsive.Corporal Chris Williams (also ...

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CHP: Pandemic Having Impact on State Roadways

MOUNTAIN AREA – CHP officers will be out in a “maximum enforcement” operation this three-day weekend. “Take a moment to reflect on those who gave all for our freedom,” said a post on the agency’s website. “Remembering the fallen military is what this weekend holiday is about.” Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this Memorial Day weekend will be like no ...

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