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Defense Moves For Mistrial In Arson Case

MADERA COUNTY – The jury was not in the courtroom on Monday, Mar. 23, as the court dealt with a motion for a mistrial in the arson trial of Kenneth Jackson and Alice Waterman. One of Jackson’s defense attorneys, Martin Jones, filed the motion after a Cal Fire investigator testified last week that it was his opinion that a cigarette ...

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New Fraud Alert From Sheriff

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is issuing a fraud alert about a telephone scam now targeting Madera County residents in the wake of credit data breaches at retail stores. In a most recent case, a citizen received a call from someone claiming to represent a retail store’s “Secure ID Services” unit, asking the victim to verify credit card information ...

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Oakhurst Man Arrested On Narcotics Charges

OAKHURST – An Oakhurst man on probation for vehicle theft is back behinds bars, now facing narcotic charges. Eddie Wayne Dolzadelli, 20, was taken into custody Friday afternoon, Mar. 21, while walking along Highway 41 in Oakhurst. He was found to be in possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Dolzadelli was booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections where ...

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Citizen Tip Leads To Arrest Of Oakhurst Fugitive

OAKHURST – A citizen’s tip led to the arrest of a woman wanted on a felony narcotics warrant on Friday, Mar. 21, in Oakhurst. Shortly before 1 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a tip stating that “the female with the mohawk hair, who has a warrant, is in inside the store.” Madera sheriff’s deputies responded to the Oakhurst grocery store, ...

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Mountain Area Deputy Named Deputy Of The Year

MADERA COUNTY – A mountain area deputy has been honored by his peers with the distinction of being named Deputy of the Year. Deputy Jack Williamson signed on with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. In his 16 years of service, 9 were spent as a detective with the Sheriff’s Mountain Division. Those who know and work alongside Williamson ...

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Crash On Highway 41 Near Cedar Valley

OAKHURST – A single vehicle accident just north of Cedar Valley Road slowed traffic for over an hour this afternoon. At 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 20, a group of students from Pleasant Hill, Calif., were southbound on Highway 41 when they apparently entered a left-hand turn at too high a rate of speed.

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State Of The Sheriff's Department 2013

Outgoing Sheriff John Anderson has released his final Madera County Sheriff’s Office State of the Department Report, outlining the challenges and successes of the Sheriff’s Office in 2013: All in all, 2013 was once again a pretty good year for the Sheriff’s Department. We experienced no natural disasters, spiraling crime, or other major incidents. Actually, reported crime was down in ...

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Fresno Men Arrested At Oakhurst Motel

OAKHURST – Two Fresno men remain jailed after deputies discovered stolen property stashed in a motel room in Oakhurst. On Monday, Mar. 17, deputies arrested Cody Ratledge, 19, and Lorenzo Leon, 27, both of Fresno, following nearly a week’s stay at a mountain inn located in Oakhurst.

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LinkedIn Leads Deputy To Owner Of Stolen Ring

MADERA COUNTY – Ten minutes and an internet search helped a Madera County Sheriff’s deputy reunite a Tennessee man with a treasured ring stolen more than a decade ago. Deputy Matthew Kutz decided to do some digging to see if he could locate the rightful owner of a 24-karat gold Championship Ring, seized in a recent probation search in Madera.

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Woman Rescued, Dog Swept Away

MARIPOSA COUNTY – On Monday, Mar. 17 at about 6 p.m., a report came in to 911 of a vehicle partially submerged in the Merced River with a female occupant stranded inside. Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Swift Water Search and Rescue Unit, along with partner emergency services, including Fire and Rescue, responded to the scene about one mile ...

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