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Wilderness Pot Grow Eradicated Near Bagby

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Another illegal marijuana grow was eradicated on Friday, Sept. 27, in the Hell’s Hollow area near Bagby in Mariposa County. Mariposa County Sheriff Deputies, assisted by Yosemite National Park Rangers and a Cal Fire Prevention Officer, descended on a garden which appeared to be tied to a Drug Trafficking Operation (DTO), possibly a Mexican-based Cartel.

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Car Crashes Into House In YLP

YOSEMITE LAKES PARK – A YLP resident had a rude awakening in the early morning hours of Thursday, Sept. 26, when a car crashed into the side of his house. Shortly before 2 a.m., Austin Tucker, 20, of Coarsegold, was southbound on Revis Drive at what witnesses say was a high rate of speed.

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DUI Driver Sentenced For McBride Crash

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera Superior Court has handed down a prison sentence to Cathy Robertson, who was convicted in July of felony Driving Under the Influence causing great bodily injury, and felony Hit and Run in a crash involving Oakhurst physician John McBride.

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Arson Hearing Rescheduled Yet Again

MADERA COUNTY – As if to prove the old adage that the wheels of justice grind slowly, the preliminary hearing for a Coarsegold couple accused of arson, scheduled for today in Madera County Superior Court, was continued once again.

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Roll-Over Crash On Road 200

NORTH FORK – The first rain in months and a little too much speed was a bad combination on Road 200 this afternoon. Brandon Kluth, 20, of North Fork, was westbound on Road 200 just after 2:30 p.m., crossing the narrow bridge at Fine Gold Creek. The corner is marked at a suggested 25 mph, but according to CHP, he ...

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Two Men Arrested For Vandalism At Mariposa School

MARIPOSA COUNTY – During the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 21, Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance at the Mariposa County Elementary School, located on Sixth Street in the town of Mariposa. At about 3:15 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a report that someone heard the sound of glass breaking, along with other noises near a school-owned ...

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DUI Arrest Made After Truck Hits Power Pole

YOSEMITE LAKES PARK – An allegedly impaired driver crashed into a power pole in Yosemite Lakes Park last night, breaking off the pole and knocking out power to homes in the Lilley Mountain Drive area. Allison Starkey says she and her husband Nick heard a loud noise at about 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, and looked out to see ...

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Sweepstakes Scam Targets Seniors With Terrifying Twist

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson has issued a county-wide fraud alert after Madera County Sheriff’s deputies responded to what Anderson describes as a terrifying twist to a sweepstakes scam targeting senior citizens. Those behind sweepstakes scams have graduated from convincing victims to wire money in order to collect a prize, to an even bigger enticement.

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Tour Bus Driver Faces Criminal Charges For Dumping Waste

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office will file a criminal complaint against Richard James Sesulka, 49, of Garden Grove, CA., according to Erica Stuart, Public Information Officer. Sesulka is the tour coach driver for Screamline Investment Corp accused of emptying the waste tank of his tour bus in a parking lot outside the U.S. Post Office in Oakhurst ...

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