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Counterfeit Cash And An All-Star Ring

MADERA COUNTY – Raymond Mendoza Chavez, 54, and his wife Gloria Chavez, also 54, sit behind bars facing a multitude of felony charges including 59 counts of counterfeiting, and possession of narcotics. Late Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 26, Sergeant Mark Stritzel and Deputy Luis Padgett were conducting a probation search at the couple’s home located on Avenue 16 south of Chapin ...

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Jaws Of Life Needed In North Fork Crash

NORTH FORK – A single vehicle accident on the rain-soaked roads sent a young North Fork woman to the hospital this evening. At 8:44 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, Amanda Webb, 22, was eastbound on Road 223 near Northridge Road when, for unknown reasons, her Honda Accord crossed over the westbound lane, left the roadway and smashed into a tree.

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Sex Offender Tries Smuggling Pot Into Prison

MADERA COUNTY – A 41-year-old Michigan man is behind bars, accused of trying to smuggle marijuana into Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) in Chowchilla. Sheriff’s deputies were called to CCWF Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23, where William “Bill” Leroy Waltz of Burlington, MI, was being detained after corrections guards caught him with the contraband, says the Sheriff’s Office.

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Scam Alert – Grandson Requesting Money

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is warning residents about a cold caller phoning citizens, and claiming to be their grandson. The most recent scam occurred Friday, when an 82-year-old Coarsegold woman received a call from 559-640-7072. The person on the other end told her he had been in an accident and needed her to wire him $1,000.

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Alleged Courthouse Vandal Captured

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is crediting a tip phoned in to Crime Stoppers as leading to the arrest of a Madera man, accused of smashing the front windows of Madera County’s Courthouse in early hours of Feb. 7. Early Friday morning, Feb. 21, Madera County Detective Adam McEwen arrested 29-year-old Andrew Biscay at the suspect’s home on O ...

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Van Catches Fire On Highway 41

MADERA COUNTY – A vehicle fire on Highway 41 just north of the 22-Mile House caused some traffic back-up on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Just before 10 a.m., reports began to come in of a white Caravan on fire along the roadway, though the location was reported by one motorist as Yosemite Springs Parkway, by another as near the Highway 145 ...

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Juvenile Arrested Again For YLP Break-In

COARSEGOLD – A 14-year-old Coarsegold youth is back behind bars booked on burglary and drug charges. Sheriff John Anderson says this juvenile was one of three teenagers arrested last month for vandalizing the Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse, and setting stolen property on fire in the densely populated area of Coarsegold. The juvenile, whose name cannot be released due to his ...

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Crash Claims Lives Of Two CHP Officers

FRESNO – Two California Highway Patrol officers lost their lives today while responding to a call on Highway 99 when their patrol car crashed into a guard rail near Kingsburg. The accident happened just before 6 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, near the Sierra Street exit. “This is a very sad day for us at the CHP as we say ...

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Wanted Fugitive Captured In Coarsegold

MADERA COUNTY – Fresno fugitive Brandunn Wilson, who was considered by the Sheriff’s Office to be armed and dangerous, is now behind bars. Brandunn Wilson, 19, wanted in both Fresno and Madera Counties, managed to elude authorities last month during a pursuit in North Fork. Wilson, who was wanted on a felony drug warrant out of Fresno County, and felony ...

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Phone Scams Target Mountain Residents

MAPIROSA COUNTY – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office is alerting mountain communities that telephone fraud/scams are continuing to occur and numerous local residents have received fraudulent telephone calls attempting to scam money. These fraud calls encompass many scams but a few of the more prevalent ones include:

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