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To Catch A Thief: The Mariposa Gold Rush Robbery of 2012

MARIPOSA – The shocking robbery was over within minutes, and when it was done, more than a million dollars worth of historic gold and minerals had been stolen, destroying a collection dating back to the California Gold Rush. What had been taken could never be replaced, and in its absence there was only one thing left to do: catch the ...

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Convoluted Commute Tonight From Fresno To Foothills

FRESNO – Anyone traveling north out of Fresno this afternoon should be prepared for a complicated ride home with delays, for two reasons. A major gas explosion and a separate signal outage will be causing problems that may last well into the evening. People driving Highway 99 between Madera and Fresno will want to be aware of reports that workers ...

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Smith Manor Co-Owner Arrested For Fraud

MADERA COUNTY – On Thursday, Sheriff’s detectives arrested the co-owner of Smith Manor Grace Chapel in Madera, on numerous counts of fraud. The arrest of Sharlane Smith follows several weeks of investigation into allegations that Smith Manor was intentionally over-charging the County of Madera for Coroner’s Services.

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Coarsegold Man Dies In Head-On Collision

MADERA COUNTY – A three-vehicle collision on Highway 41 yesterday has claimed the life of a Coarsegold man, and caused injury to two others. Ronald Lee Wells, 73, was southbound on Highway 41 just north of the 22-Mile House just after 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 15, near an area known locally as the Rocky Cut. For unknown reasons, Wells ...

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Fatal Crash Closes Highway 41

MADERA COUNTY – A fatal crash near what is known locally as the “rocky cut” just north of the 22-Mile House on Highway 41 closed down traffic in both directions this afternoon. Just after 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 15, reports came in to 911 of a 3-vehicle accident blocking both lanes with several injured and one person pinned inside ...

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Deputies Capture Man Suspected Of Targeting Teens For Phone Sex

MADERA COUNTY – A man wanted by the Sheriff’s Office for allegedly trying to lure young girls via internet and cell phone has been captured. Brandon Johns, 29, was arrested on Sunday, Apr. 12, at a hotel in Madera. He was wanted for numerous felony charges in regard to contacting teenage girls online and by cell phone, trying to engage ...

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Stolen Property And Firearms Seized

MADERA COUNTY – On Thursday morning, Apr. 9, Madera County Sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant at a residence on Brookhill Road in southeastern Madera County. Detectives were following up on a report of a stolen boat motor and received information that the motor could be at the residence on Brookhill.

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Sheriff Searches For Missing Person

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Ron Todd, 74, who was reported missing after failing to arrive home from a road trip. A Silver Alert has been activated by the CHP on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office. Todd reportedly suffers from a medical condition and may become disoriented.

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Possible Kidnapping Attempt In Madera Ranchos

MADERA COUNTY – At about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 8, a possible kidnapping attempt occurred near Webster Elementary School in the Madera Ranchos, according to the Sheriff’s Office. An 11-year-old boy was walking along the street when a minivan pulled up behind him and the male driver asked the boy if he wanted a ride. The boy refused and ...

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