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Text Party Teen Latest Homicide Victim

MADERA COUNTY – During a news conference Monday, Apr. 22, Sheriff John Anderson announced a disturbing local trend among teenagers and young adults who continue to organize huge underground parties that are turning deadly. In the past two months, two young men have died while attending “Fusion Parties,” a title coined by teenagers for underground parties, organized through social media ...

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Car Hits Fence On Road 426

OAKHURST – The 25-mph corner near the Llama Ranch on Road 426 was the site of yet another accident this afternoon. Kaitlin Phillips, 20, of Oakhurst, was westbound on Road 426 near Oak Ridge Drive at about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Apr. 21, when, for unknown reasons, she lost control of her 1991 Mustang as she approached a sharp curve.

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Motorcyclist Airlifted After Crash Near O'Neals

O’NEALS – A motorcycle ride with friends and family on a beautiful spring day in the mountains ended with one rider being airlifted to the hospital. Dennis Wayne Bristow, 63, of Tulare, was cruising the back roads from Chukchansi to Table Mountain with his two brothers and a group of friends, when his front wheel caught the dirt on the ...

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Passengers Injured As Shuttle Veers Off Highway 41

SUGAR PINE – A southbound shuttle bus transporting 16 passengers from Yosemite National Park veered off the roadway and over the embankment just north of the Sugar Pine turnoff on Highway 41. The driver, Changefeng Liu, of Freemont, was traveling at speeds too fast for the mountain road, and lost control as he came around a tight corner, says CHP ...

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Coarsegold Teen Suspected In Breakins Arrested

Madera County – Sheriff John Anderson announced Friday afternoon the arrest of a Coarsegold boy – believed to be involved in numerous YLP (Yosemite Lakes Park) break-ins. Recovered so far, a handgun, two iPods, and a computer. Sheriff Anderson says the young man’s arrest is the result of collaborative efforts by California Highway Patrol Sergeant Chris Finnegan and Deputy Sheriff ...

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Arrest For Attempted Murder Of Raymond Man

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson announced this afternoon the arrest of an Eastern Madera County woman wanted for a shooting in Raymond. Rachel Diane Silva, 29, wanted since Apr. 6 for assault with a firearm, was captured by sheriff’s deputies this afternoon at Hensley Lake.

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No Injuries In Fender Bender At Royal Oaks

OAKHURST – An ill-advised left turn onto Royal Oaks Drive this afternoon caused damage to two vehicles on Highway 41. Adrienne LaFarge, 64, of San Mateo, was southbound on Highway 41 in a 2013 Hyundai when, according to CHP Officer Tomazian, she “violated the right of way” of a vehicle headed northbound.

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