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Daytime Burglars Strike Lushmeadows And Ponderosa Basin

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has issued a statement today saying they’ve received six reports of daytime residential burglaries over the past few days, incidents which apparently have occured between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. In each case, according to the Sheriff’s Office, the burglars have moved quickly in and out of the residence ...

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DUI Crash Made Real At Minarets

O’NEALS – Two cars sit smashed and broken in the aftermath of what has been reported as a head-on collision at Minarets High School. In one car, the dazed teenage driver is moaning in pain; his 17-year-old passenger is lying across the hood, bloodied and broken, and another is severely injured, trapped in the back seat. In the other vehicle, ...

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Single Vehicle Crash Blocks Southbound 41

OAKHURST – A single vehicle accident blocked the southbound lane of Highway 41 for nearly an hour this evening just south of Oakhurst. At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 21, a 22-year-old female out of Fresno was southbound over Deadwood when she lost control of her 2003 Toyota Corolla.

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Distracted Driving Appears To Have Caused Road 200 Crash

NORTH FORK – A single vehicle rollover on Road 200 just south of Fine Gold Creek bridge that started a vegetation fire and closed the road, appears to have been caused by a distracted driver. Just after 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Apr. 19, Luis Cisneros, 19, of Fresno, was southbound on Road 200 with two male passengers in the vehicle.

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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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