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If I Were A Thief, You Would Now Be A Victim

MADERA COUNTY – The biggest shopping days of the year are here, so Sheriff John Anderson is asking citizens, are you doing your part to protect yourself and your loved ones? Once again, Sheriff Anderson is releasing his annual list of safety tips, titled, “If I were a thief, you would now be a victim,” urging all citizens to take ...

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Top 20 Scams In Madera County In 2014

MADERA COUNTY – Phone scams, cyber scams, mail scams … they’re a nuisance and especially menacing during the holiday season. Since the beginning of this year, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office has received 150 fraud complaints. During the same time frame last year, Jan. 1 to Nov. 20, they received 216 fraud complaints. The decrease in the number of cases ...

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Sixth Suspect In Casino Takeover Turns Himself In

MADERA COUNTY – A sixth suspect wanted in connection with the Oct. 9 Chukchansi Casino takeover attempt has turned himself in to authorities, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Department. Ronald Jones, 53, of Pleasanton, voluntarily turned himself in to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 19, and was booked into Madera County Department of Corrections.

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Sheriff Investigates Apparent Suicide In Mariposa

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible suicide that occurred near the highway just north of town on Sunday. On Nov. 16, at approximately 9:06 a.m., deputies responded to the 5000 block of Highway 140 just north of the Highway 49 North intersection regarding a possible deceased person. Upon arrival, deputies met with the reporting party ...

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Crash On Highway 41 Ends In DUI Arrest

OAKHURST – A single vehicle rollover on Highway 41 near Oakhurst blocked traffic for about 40 minutes this evening just north of Cedar Valley. Just before 6:30 p.m., a 48-year-old Santa Cruz man was southbound on Highway 41 while apparently under the influence, and traveling at unsafe speeds, according to CHP.

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Olivera Arrested In Court During Bail Hearing

MADERA COUNTY – Department 9 was filled to overflowing this morning as five defendants in the Oct. 9 incident at the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino appeared before Judge Rigby for a review of their bail. Tex McDonald, Vernon King, Tyrone Bishop and Miguel Ramos remain behind bars after turning themselves in to authorities after charges were filed in connection ...

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Young Woman In Fatality Identified

MADERA COUNTY – A young woman whose life was lost in a three-car collision on Highway 41 on Monday, Nov. 10 has been identified by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office as Sophia Elise Ruiz, 18, of North Fork. Two young male passengers who were in the car with Ruiz are currently hospitalized for injuries suffered in the accident. The accident ...

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Fatal Accident On Highway 41

MADERA COUNTY – A three-car collision on Highway 41 last night has claimed the life of a young woman from North Fork. At 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, an 18-year-old North Fork resident was northbound on Highway 41 just south of the 22-Mile House in a 2007 Toyota at an estimated speed of about 60 mph, according to CHP. ...

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Mariposa Man Arrested For Attempted Murder

MARIPOSA – A Mariposa man is behind bars after reportedly firing a gun into his girlfriend’s vehicle. On Nov. 6, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a domestic violence assault that occurred on Halloween. Sheriff’s detectives then contacted the female victim, who reportedly received a gunshot injury to her back during an attack by her boyfriend during ...

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