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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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Family Feud Leads To Attempted Murder

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol are conducting a joint investigation of what deputies says was attempted murder. The alleged murder attempt was followed by a pursuit, during which a CHP officer’s car was rammed by the fleeing suspect.

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Single Vehicle Rollover On Highway 41

COARSEGOLD – Traffic came to a halt this afternoon just north of Yosemite Springs Parkway when a single vehicle rollover blocked Highway 41 for nearly an hour. At 2:51 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, Pearl Day, 68, of Rohnert Park, was northbound just past Aaron’s Mini Storage, when she drifted far enough to the right that her wheel ran up ...

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Vandal Smashes Madera Co. Courthouse Windows

MADERA COUNTY – Shards of glass littered the public entrance of Madera County’s Courthouse building this morning after a vandal smashed the windows overnight. Two rocks were found that deputies say were used to shatter one of the glass doors, and destroy the side panel of another window.

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Teenage Mother Arrested For Murder

MADERA COUNTY – A teenager sits behind bars facing murder charges after deputies found her newborn wrapped in a plastic bag and stuffed in a cabinet below the bathroom sink at a home on Chapin Street in Madera. According to reports, the 17-year-old girl showed up at an area hospital last Friday, Jan. 30, where doctors discovered she was suffering ...

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Local Couple Arrested For Meth And Theft

OAKHURST – A mountain area couple caught squatting on private property ended up behind bars after the trailer they had been staying in was determined to be stolen. Darrin Eugene Eidson, 43, of Oakhurst, and Susan Wright, 44, of Coarsegold, were taken into custody Tuesday, Feb. 4, after a deputy caught the pair trespassing on private property near Lewis Creek ...

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