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Fatal Crash On Highway 140

MARIPOSA – A head-on collision on Highway 140 just north of Mariposa has resulted in the death of a Mariposa man. At 3:44 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, Stephen Ward Wells, Jr., 78, from Mariposa, was westbound on Highway 140 in a 2000 Ford Explorer just west of Grosjean Road when, for unknown reasons, he allowed his vehicle drift into ...

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Arson Trial Begins In Madera County Court

MADERA COUNTY – The trial of Kenneth Jackson and Allison Waterman on arson and conspiracy charges got underway today in Madera County Superior Court. Both have been behind bars awaiting trial for over six months. Jackson and Waterman were arrested on June 25, 2013, after dozens of suspicious fires in the Yosemite Lakes Park (YLP) community of Coarsegold.

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Three Teens Nabbed After Wreaking Havoc In YLP

Trio Also Faces Arson Charges for Setting Fire COARSEGOLD – Three Coarsegold teenagers were arrested late last night after vandalizing the Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse over the weekend, and setting fire to stolen property. The three teenagers, one age 14, the other two age 16, were booked into Madera County Juvenile Hall on multiple felony charges, including commercial burglary, felony ...

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Greg Noll – Candidate For Sheriff

MADERA COUNTY – Greg Noll, Oakhurst resident and 19-year veteran of the Fresno Police Department, is hoping to put his experience to work as the next Madera County Sheriff. Noll, 49, is a 1981 graduate of Yosemite High School, and moved his family back to the area seven years ago so his kids could enjoy living in the mountains where ...

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Single Vehicle Crash On Road 415

COARSEGOLD – A single vehicle accident shut down Road 415 for over an hour this evening after a Coarsegold resident rolled his pickup on the sharp corner near Sesame St. At about 5:30 p.m., on Sunday, Jan. 26, Emmette Davidson, 76, was headed home westbound on Road 415, when he came into a curve too fast, hit the bank on ...

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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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