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Sheriff's Office Recruiting Citizens On Patrol

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson announced today that the Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the department’s Citizen on Patrol (COP) unit. Next week the Madera County Sheriff’s Office will hold two introductory meetings for citizens interested in joining the nationally recognized volunteer organization.

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Pot Grower Accused Of Stealing Water In YLP

COARSEGOLD – A 19-year-old Winton man is facing stiff fines for not only growing marijuana illegally, but also stealing more than a million gallons of water to feed his plants. Late last week, Sheriff’s deputies discovered 100 mature plants, ready for harvest, growing on a hillside on a lot located on Ranger Circle Drive in Yosemite Lakes Park. Following the ...

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Child Molester Gets 145 Years

MADERA COUNTY – On Sept. 23, the Madera County Superior Court sentenced Salomon Montejano, 38, of Madera, to a lengthy prison term for eleven counts of felony molestation of a child under 14 years of age, according to Michael R. Keitz, District Attorney for Madera County. Evidence presented at trial established that Montejano began molesting his victim when the child ...

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Fire Engine Hit While Assisting At DUI Crash

BASS LAKE – A report of a single vehicle accident on Road 274 last night brought fire engines, CHP and Sierra Ambulance to the scene about a mile east of the Bass Lake Courthouse. At 9:22 p.m on Friday, Sept. 19, an Infinity QX56 with eight men on board, was westbound on Road 274, came around the corner at the ...

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Inmate Escapes From Madera County Jail

MADERA COUNTY – The Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for information on the whereabouts of an inmate who escaped from Madera County Department of Corrections sometime around 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19. Juan Lopez, 33, was in jail for armed robbery and attempted murder. The jail advised the Sheriff’s Office that the AB-109 inmate was last seen wearing ...

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Man Arrested After Threatening Woman With A Knife

OAKHURST – Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Courtney disaster came to the rescue of an Oakhurst woman who was nearly assaulted on Highway 41 in Oakhurst on Thursday. Joshua Wayne Elliott, 21, of Madera, who claimed he spent the night in Oakhurst Cemetery, approached the victim shortly after 8 a.m. yesterday, asking her for a cigarette. When she refused, he ...

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Suspects Identified In Oakhurst Fires

OAKHURST – Cal Fire Investigators, in cooperation with investigators from the United States Forest Service, have identified a juvenile suspect, in connection with a series of arson fires in Madera County. The fires all occurred in the Oakhurst area over the past several months. The case will be referred to the District Attorney in Madera County for appropriate action. The ...

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King Fire Arson Suspect Arrested

CAMINO, CALIF. – While the investigation continues into the cause of the Junction Fire in Oakhurst, Cal Fire and United States Forest Service law enforcement officers, in conjunction with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, have arrested a Pollock Pines man on suspicion of arson in connection with the King Fire.

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MCAlerts And Red Cross Resource Fair

OAKHURST – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office continues to host events through the rest of the week to help everyone sign up for MCAlert. Three more opportunities are available in Oakhurst for people to ask questions and get assistance in making sure they are registered to be alerted in the event of an emergency such as the Courtney Fire.

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Fire Engines In Major Crash On Highway 41

FRESNO – A strike team of Cal Fire engines reportedly heading home from the Courtney Fire today had their trip interrupted when two of the engines were involved in a major collision on Highway 41 near Shaw Avenue. The engines were southbound at about 12:40 p.m. when one engine slowed for heavy traffic.

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