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Two Vehicle Crash Closes Road 222

NORTH FORK – A collision on Auberry Road (Road 222) near Corrine Lake Road, about five miles east of North Fork, injured four and stopped traffic in both directions for over an hour this afternoon. At 1:40 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, Nicole Bratton, 28, of Clovis, was eastbound on Road 222 in a 1997 Chevy Z71 pickup. There were ...

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DUI Driver Gets 96-Years-To-Life

MADERA – A Madera County Superior Court judge has sentenced Justin Rice to 96-years-to-life in prison for the 2009 head-on collision that killed three Chukchansi casino employees on Highway 41. Rice, who was 32 at the time of the crash, was found guilty on Jan. 2, 2013, of three felony counts of second degree murder, three felony counts of gross ...

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New Deputies Sworn In – Applications Being Accepted

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is proud to announce two deputy sheriffs and a dispatcher have joined the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies Drew Kirchert and Christopher Williams both come to Madera County with impressive backgrounds in law enforcement. Prior to signing on with Madera County, both deputies worked for Kings County. Deputy Kirchert comes to Madera County after ...

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Fatal Traffic Accident Near Bootjack

MARIPOSA – A tragic accident on Highway 49 near Bootjack has claimed the life of a Mariposa man and injured two children. On Friday, Jan. 17, at approximately 5:12 p.m., Thomas Pimentel, 63, of Mariposa was westbound on Indian Peak Road in a 2007 Toyota Corolla, approaching the stop sign at Highway 49. At the same time, Timothy McFadden, 51, ...

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Sheriff Announces Break In 13-Year Old Murder Case

OAKHURST – It has been nearly 13 years since Gary Flynn, co-owner of the Sportsmen’s Den in Oakhurst, was gunned down in broad daylight in his place of business. During a press conference Friday afternoon, Sheriff Anderson told reporters, “We have cleared the case of the Sportsmen’s Den homicide in 2001,” and said his office will ask the Madera County ...

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Search For Missing Woman Ends In Tragedy

NORTH FORK – When North Fork resident Carolinda Bybee left home on Saturday, Jan. 11, she said she was going to visit friends. No one had seen her since, and the search for the 35-year-old spread across mountain roads and social media. This afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Freda Bybee contacted SierraNewsOnline with very sad news. “Thank you all ...

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K9 Program A Success In Mariposa County

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A new K9 program, deployed by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office in mid-2012, has proven itself to be an important and valuable addition to the department, says Sheriff Doug Binnewies. “Our community recognizes the value of Police K9, and the enhanced service it provides,” says Binnewies, who hopes to expand the program in the coming years. The ...

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National AMBER Alert Awareness Day

SACRAMENTO – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins the U.S. Department of Justice in observing National AMBER Alert Awareness Day on Monday, Jan. 13. This special day was created to raise public awareness of the AMBER Alert program. The goal of the program, which can be found in every state in the nation, is to instantly spur the entire community ...

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Fresno Fugitive Considered Armed & Dangerous

Madera County – A 19-year-old Fresno man who managed to elude authorities during a pursuit through North Fork last night is wanted in both Fresno and Madera counties. Brandunn Wilson is wanted on a felony drug warrant out of Fresno County, and he is also wanted in Madera County for felony vandalism. He was last seen riding in a 1997 ...

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Growers Lose Pot Crop And Vehicles In Raid

MARIPOSA COUNTY – On Tuesday, Dec. 17, agents from the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), assisted by the Merced Multi Agency Narcotic Task Force and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, served search warrants at two separate residences located in Mariposa County. One warrant was served at a property and residence in the 4800 block of Bear Valley Road and ...

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