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Tour Bus Waste Dump – What Were The Legal Options?

OAKHURST — Just over four weeks ago, Oakhurst Postmaster Holly Baker made a shocking observation involving a tour bus in Oakhurst, and followed it up with a phone call to the Sheriff. Shortly before 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, Baker witnessed a large tour bus park right in front of the post office, where the driver proceeded to empty ...

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Madera Man Convicted Of Animal Cruelty

MADERA – A Madera man has been convicted of animal cruelty by a jury in Madera County Superior Court, according to District Attorney Michael Keitz. During the trial of Valentino Torres, 44, evidence revealed that in September 2009, a Madera animal control officer was dispatched to the area of Clinton and Vineyard to investigate a dog that had been tied ...

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Bass Lake Woman Arrested After Assault

BASS LAKE – A Bass Lake woman was arrested last weekend after allegedly assaulting a neighbor, and then sicking her Pitt Bull mix on a deputy who responded to the scene. Gwen Lucille Sherrell, 52, was arrested Saturday afternoon at her home on Road 222 in Bass Lake.

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Award-Winning COPs Program Seeks Recruits

MADERA COUNTY – This week the Madera County Sheriff’s Office will hold an introductory meeting for citizens interested in joining the nationally recognized Citizens On Patrol volunteer organization. The event is Wednesday Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Sheriff’s Annex, 28281 Avenue 14 in Madera, and anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to attend.

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Two Vehicle Crash On Deadwood

COARSEGOLD – A two vehicle accident on Deadwood caused a bit of a slowdown during the morning commute, and the thrashing of a prized possession. At about 8 a.m. Kent Lincoln, 43, of Coarsegold, a teacher and coach at Yosemite High School, was northbound on Highway 41 approaching Road 420 in the right-hand lane.

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Another Bear Hit And Killed

COARSEGOLD – A collision on Highway 41 last night ended badly for both the bear and vehicle. A Mariposa woman was northbound in a 2008 Kia just south of Serpa Canyon Road at about 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 10, when a bear ran out in front of her, according to CHP.

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Court Hears Testimony About Night Of Arson Arrest

MADERA COUNTY – Day 10 of the preliminary hearing in the arson and conspiracy case of Kenneth Jackson and Allison Waterman got underway this morning in Madera Superior Court with two new witnesses. First on the stand for the prosecution was fire investigator and Fire Captain Specialist Captain William Cacho.

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Arson Hearing Enters 5th Week

MADERA COUNTY – The preliminary hearing for Kenneth Jackson and Allison Waterman on charges of arson and conspiracy, which has continued in fits and starts in Madera Superior Court, finally got some traction today. With jury trials that had been scheduled for the next two weeks in Department 2 having been settled outside of court, the arson hearing will now ...

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Sheriffs Host Drug Take-Back Events

MADERA & MARIPOSA COUNTIES – Madera County Sheriff John Anderson and Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies are both offering the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs in a safe manner. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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Felony Battery Conviction Draws Lengthy Sentence

MADERA COUNTY – Alfredo Morales, 32, of Hanford, was sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence this week for felony battery on a domestic partner and for causing the victim great bodily injury, according to Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz. The evidence presented at trial, showed that deputies were dispatched to a residence in a south county area near Highway ...

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