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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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Man Arrested After Harassing Girl Scout

OAKHURST – A Mariposa man spent the weekend behind bars after he was arrested for harassing a 13-year-old Girl Scout outside a grocery store in Oakhurst. Deputies were dispatched to a shopping center off Highway 49 on Friday, Mar. 14, with reports of an intoxicated subject harassing customers, including a young girl trying to sell Girl Scout Cookies.

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North Fork Murder Case Goes To Trial

MADERA COUNTY – A North Fork couple accused of murder were in Madera Superior Court on Monday, Mar. 17, for the conclusion of their preliminary hearing on the charges. Marc McMurrain, 35, and Jennifer McMurrain, 33, were arrested in early September 2013 after the body of Marc’s brother, Christopher Garrity, 29, was discover stuffed into a trash can on a ...

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Bomb Squad Detonates Dynamite

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Merced Police Department Bomb Unit was called to a scene in the Pendola Gardens area on Thursday, Mar. 13, when law enforcement received a report from a citizen about a box of possible explosive materials. The report was made at approximatly 8:45 a.m. Thursday morning, and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office responded to investigate.

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North Fork Man To Stand Trial For Molestation

NORTH FORK – A North Fork resident charged with child molestation appeared in Madera County Superior Court on Friday, Mar. 14, for a preliminary hearing on the charges. Edward Lyons, 85, was arrested on Feb. 28, and appeared before Judge Dale Blea yesterday as prosecutors presented the evidence against him.

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Missing Man Found Near Shaver Lake

SHAVER LAKE – A man reported missing near Shaver Lake on Wednesday, Mar. 12, has been located. Shortly after 2 p.m. today, 21-year-old Kenneth Young was located near Dinkey Creek & Highway 168 in eastern Fresno County. When he was found, Young was suffering from dehydration and a lower leg injury which he received from a motorcycle accident yesterday, according ...

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Victim Of Identity Theft And Extortion Attempt

Sheriff John Anderson Issues Fraud Alert MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is warning residents of yet another attempt to separate residents from their money. “It’s bad enough to fall victim to identity theft,” says Anderson. “Now the crooks who stole your identity are calling and trying to extort money from you.”

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Coarsegold Raid Results In Two Arrests

COARSEGOLD – Two Coarsegold residents are behind bars facing a multitude of felony charges after agents with Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET) served two search warrants at two homes off Road 415 on Thursday, Mar. 13. Agents discovering thousands of marijuana plants, nearly a dozen weapons and a Butane Honey Oil Lab, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

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Ahwahnee Man Arrested For DUI After Crash

NORTH FORK – An Ahwahnee man was arrested for Driving Under the Influence after walking away from a crash on Road 222 last night. Joseph Smyth ran his 1997 Chevy pickup into the embankment on Road 222 near Manzanita Lake Road just after 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 12.

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