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Mariposa Resident Gets Life In Prison

MADERA – Christopher Norris, 25, of Mariposa, was sentenced to life in prison for murder on Friday, July 19. In September, 2011, a Madera County Superior Court jury found Norris guilty of the first degree murder of Alonso Herrera.

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DUI Arrest After Crash On Road 426

OAKHURST – A two vehicle accident on Road 426 today sent both drivers to the hospital, and resulted in one being arrested for DUI. At 9:55 a.m. on Friday, July 19, Barbara Yates, 42, of Oakhurst, was westbound on Road 426 near Mountain View in a 2001 Porche. According to CHP, Yates allowed her vehicle to cross over the solid ...

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Judge Doubles Bail For Arson Suspect

MADERA COUNTY – Two Yosemite Lakes Park residents were back in court on Friday for bail review and to have a date set for their preliminary hearing. Their attorneys also argued to have their case heard in Sierra Superior Court in Bass Lake rather than in Madera. Kenneth Jackson and Alice Waterman were both arrested after a fire behind their ...

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Pot Grows Eradicated Near Mariposa

MARIPOSA – Several agencies working together were able to locate and eradicate two huge pot grows in Mariposa County this week. On Thursday, July 18, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by law enforcement officers from the Mariposa County Probation Department, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) with ...

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Dedicated COPs Volunteer Retires From Duty

MADERA COUNTY – A banquet room filled with the sworn personnel and volunteers who make up Madera County Sheriff’s Office’s nationally recognized Citizens on Patrol (COP), paid tribute to a veteran volunteer on Wednesday, July 17. COP Everett Macy – radio ID V3 – was honored for more than a decade of service to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Macy’s ...

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Injury Accident Near El Cid

OAKHURST – A crash on Highway 41 this morning in Oakhurst was a rude disruption of a trip for a tourist from the United Kingdom. Steve Bomford, from the UK, was northbound in a rented 2013 Chevy Captiva just north of El Cid Restaurant at about 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, July 18.

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Nearly 10,000 Pot Plants Found At Fish Creek

MADERA COUNTY – Well before dawn on Wednesday, July 17, agents descended on a marijuana operation near Fish Creek, several miles above North Fork on Mammoth Pool Road. Agents with Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET), sworn personnel with Madera County Regional SWAT Team, US Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife and Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) personnel completed a several ...

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Driver Arrested After Hit & Run And Rollover

BASS LAKE – A hit-and-run on Highway 49 on Tuesday evening ended with a roll-over near Bass Lake and a DUI arrest, according to the CHP. At 6:57 p.m. on July 9, CHP received a report of a silver 2002 Honda Accord being run off the road on Highway 49 near Marble Court. The suspect vehicle was later learned to ...

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Two-Vehicle Accident Blocks Road 274

NORTH FORK – Two North Fork residents found themselves tangled up on Road 274 this afternoon in an accident that apparently totaled both vehicles. Tony Beguez was southbound on Road 274 just before 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, in a maroon Chevy Z71 pickup. He was pulling a small utility trailer, and was preparing to turn left into a ...

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Fishing For Cash At Yosemite Bank

OAKHURST – Two bags with a string attached were discovered inside a bank’s deposit drop box in Oakhurst Monday morning. According to Yosemite Bank, sometime between July 5 and July 8, someone tried to steal money bags from the bank’s night deposit drop box using a string, says the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

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