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Ragsdale Sentencing Postponed Again

MADERA COUNTY – Family and friends of Gary and Laura Smalz were both frustrated and angry today when the sentencing of the man who took the life of the Ahwahnee couple back in 2012 was postponed once again. Gary Ragsdale, 43, of Madera, was arrested and charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI on May 19, 2012, when he ...

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Closing Arguments Begin In Arson Trial

MADERA – The trial of a Coarsegold couple charged with arson and conspiracy is entering its final phase in Department 2 in Madera Superior Court. Kenneth Jackson and Alice Waterman were back in court this morning as the judge gave jury instructions in advance of closing arguments set for later today.

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Inspector Accused Of Horse Stealing Turns Herself In

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson credits media coverage with the surrender this morning of a woman wanted for grand theft in the disappearance of two Quarter Horses. Summer Tex, 27, of Madera, is a Brand Inspector for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and after her story and photo were broadcast on KMJ, Fox 26, KSEE and CBS ...

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Wilderness Marijuana Grows Eradicated

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Over 16,000 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed on Friday, Apr. 25, as deputies from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office and one officer from the Mariposa County Probation Department eradicated two wilderness marijuana complexes located in the northern end of the county. Both complexes are believed to belong to a Mexican drug trafficking organization that has been ...

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Suspected Horse Thief Wanted By Sheriff

MADERA COUNTY – A month-long investigation into the theft of two horses has uncovered a case of horse stealing and the victim fears his horses may have been sold for slaughter. The suspect in this case, Summer Tex, 27, of Madera, a Brand Inspector for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is wanted for grand theft, and the Sheriff’s ...

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Sheriff Swears In His Last COP Graduating Class

COARSEGOLD – Sheriff John Anderson raised his right hand to swear in six new members of the department’s nationally recognized Citizens on Patrol (COP) Unit Tuesday evening at the Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse. These new volunteers join the ranks of the now 50-plus member strong unit of Madera County’s COPs, and give Sheriff Anderson six more reasons to be proud ...

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Single Vehicle Crash At Fine Gold Creek

NORTH FORK – The driver of a Ford Ranger pickup escaped without injury this evening after rolling his truck near the bridge at Fine Gold Creek. Alec Connor, 20, of Coarsegold, was headed south on Road 200 just after 8 p.m. on Sunday, Apr. 20. According to CHP, just after crossing the bridge, the driver said he slid in some ...

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Alert – Credit Card Skimmer Found In Mariposa

MARIPOSA – At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Apr. 18, Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies located a credit card skimming device on Pump #3 at the Woodland Market gas station. These types of devices are used by criminals to fraudulently acquire credit card information from cards inserted into the credit card slots on the outdoor gas pumps. Deputies believe the skimmer was ...

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Candidates Vie For Job of District Attorney

OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Community Center was standing room only last Thursday, Apr. 17, as citizens came out to learn more about the candidates vying for the Office of Madera County Sheriff and District Attorney. The event was hosted by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce and moderated by local attorney and past Chamber president Greg Chappel.

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