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Growers Continue To Ignore County Marijuana Ordinance

MADERA COUNTY – The discovery of 200 marijuana plants growing near the Berenda Slough in Chowchilla gave new meaning to the phrase “weed abatement” early yesterday morning. On Tuesday, Sept. 30, Water District employees, clearing bamboo from the banks of the slough, discovered two separate marijuana plots, and alerted the Sheriff’s Office. Due to the enormity of the crop, deputies ...

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North Fork Man Jailed For Attempted Murder

NORTH FORK – A North Fork man sits behinds bars today, accused of attempted murder and burglary, after storming his ex-girlfriend’s house last night, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Charles Ray Shipp, age 62, reportedly walked into his ex-girlfriend’s home, armed with a shotgun, and said, “This is how it’s gonna end.” The woman was able to fend ...

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Home Invasion Targets Marijuana Crop

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Sheriff’s office is asking for assistance in locating as many as five men who broke into a home in rural Madera County this afternoon. A marijuana crop was their intended target. At approximately 1:28 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, the Sheriff’s office received word of a home invasion on Avenue 6 near Road 20. ...

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Mariposa Drug Take Back Event A Success

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office collected 302 pounds of unneeded and unwanted prescription medications during their Drug Take Back event on Sept. 27. The Sheriff’s Office staffed three locations around the county to collect any unwanted prescription drugs from citizens.

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Coarsegold Man Arrested For Child Molestation

COARSEGOLD – A Coarsegold man accused of repeatedly abusing a child is now behind bars. Madera County sheriff’s deputies arrested James Martin Salsgiver, 58, late this afternoon at a gas station in Coarsegold. The Sheriff’s Office says they are not releasing details about this case in order to protect the victim.

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Cashier Not Fooled By Fictitious Check

MADERA COUNTY – An alleged identity thief caught trying to pass a doctored check is due in court tomorrow in Bass Lake. Sheriff deputies arrested Matthew Howard Barker, 38, of Fresno, last week after he presented an altered driver’s license in an attempt to pass a phony check in Coarsegold, according to the Sheriff’s Office. A sharp-eyed cashier, who was ...

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Dog Causes FedEx Truck Crash In YLP

YOSEMITE LAKES PARK – A golden retriever who apparently does not like big trucks, showed its distaste for them by attacking a FedEx driver in YLP last week. On Sept. 23, just after 2 p.m., a FedEx truck was headed west on Holiday Drive. As is often the case, the doors on the truck were open as it made its ...

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Single Vehicle Accident On Road 426

OAKHURST – A single vehicle roll-over on wet roads near Oakhurst this afternoon sent one man to the hospital and slowed traffic as first responders rendered aid to the elderly driver. Paul Lutz, 87, of Oakhurst, was westbound on Road 426 at about 5 p.m., just past Sierra Lakes, when he lost control of his pickup and went off the ...

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Coarsegold Man Suffers Multiple Stab Wounds

MADERA COUNTY – A fight between two men in Raymond this afternoon has landed one in the hospital and the other behind bars. Terry Glenn Jones, Jr., 39, aka Glen Jones and “Spaz,” sits behind bars facing charges of attempted murder. Just after 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, deputies responded to a report of a stabbing victim who had ...

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