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Hi-Tech Device Calls Out Search & Rescue

MADERA COUNTY – A Search & Rescue Mission was launched about two hours ago by Sheriff John Anderson to locate a 5-man kayaking crew in the vicinity of Balloon Dome, roughly 17.4 miles northeast of Old Mammoth and 17 miles southwest of Whiskey Falls. The area is extremely rugged terrain and difficult to reach by foot, and there are no ...

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Community Rallies To Replace Stolen Gear

AHWAHNEE – It was just another Tuesday during finals week when full time students Chris and Jessica decided to take a break for lunch. Leaving Fresno State in their 2002 Cadillac Escalade, the married couple drove a few blocks to Manchester Center and then pulled into a lot, parking under a posted sign that warned of surveillance, just to be ...

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Motorcycle Crash Claims Life Of Coarsegold Man

MADERA COUNTY – A Coarsegold man lost his life yesterday when he crashed his motorcycle on Highway 41 just north of the 22 Mile House. Michael Rhett Lari, 56, was northbound on Highway 41 on a 2007 Harley Davidson at about 7:28 p.m. at an estimated speed of 60 mph when, for unknown reasons, he allowed the bike to veer ...

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Rollover Results In Airlift And DUI Arrest

NORTH FORK – Road 200 was closed for nearly 90 minutes on Monday, June 2, after a truck rolled over in front of the St. Joseph the Worker Church, about a mile outside of North Fork. At 8:39 p.m., Austin Kerns, 42, of North Fork was westbound in a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 flatbed pickup when he lost control due ...

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Dual Crashes At Serpa Canyon Road

COARSEGOLD – A single vehicle accident on Highway 41 at Serpa Canyon Road this evening led to traffic backups and then, as the accident was being cleared, to another crash. Tyler York, 26, of Fresno, was on his way down the mountain from his job at the Tenaya Lodge just after 6 p.m. on Friday, May 30, when he failed ...

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Local Business Scammed With Green Dot Card

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is alerting both business and property owners about a group of scam artists posing as PG&E personnel who are threatening customers, telling them to pay up or lose power. The Sheriff’s Office has already received two complaints, one from a filling station in Eastern Madera County and one from a restaurant in Madera. Both ...

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Sheriff Warns Of Craigslist Rental Scam

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson has issued a scam warning to sellers and perspective renters about a landlord impersonation scam targeting both Madera and Fresno Counties. Homes placed on the market for sale are now appearing on Craigslist as property for rent.

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Mariposa Sheriff Continues Campaign Against Illegal Pot Grows

MARIPOSA COUNTY – On Thursday morning, May 29, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Yosemite National Park law enforcement SRT members, served search warrants at two residences located in the 5000 block of Allred Road. Yong Chen & Nenghui Zhang of Oakland, Calif., were arrested on site. The search warrants were connected to the ongoing illegal marijuana cultivation and ...

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MADNET Hits Drug House In Oakhurst

OAKHURST – A month and a half long investigation into drug trafficking and sales in the mountains came to a successful conclusion Thursday afternoon, May 29, with the arrest of two Oakhurst residents and the recovering of heroin, meth, marijuana, ammunition and a gun, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

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