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Arson Suspect To Appear In Court

MADERA COUNTY – Kenneth Jackson, who was taken into custody on June 25 in connection with a series of fires in the Yosemite Lakes Park area, remains in custody on $500,000 bond, awaiting his next hearing, set for Tuesday, July 2. Jackson, 40, and his wife, Allison Waterman, 46, both of East Revis Circle in YLP, were arrested after an ...

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Car Crashes Into Tree Near Bass Lake

BASS LAKE – Residents and summer renters were out along Crane Valley road near the Pines Resort after a car crashed into a tree on Saturday night. At 9:22 p.m. on June 29, Rebecca Gomes and her husband were sitting on the patio in front of their family’s summer home when they say a white Toyota Camry LE came screeching ...

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Marijuana Gardens Raided Near North Fork

MADERA COUNTY — Residents of North Fork were worried that there was a fire in the Cascadel Woods area on Thursday, due to all the helicopter activity. Though there was no fire, Task Force agents did spend the entire day in the Sierra National Forest, ripping out more than 20,000 marijuana plants and hauling out nearly six thousand pounds of ...

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New Citizens On Patrol Sworn In

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is honored to announce eight new volunteers have been added to the ranks of the more than 40-member-strong unit of Madera County’s nationally recognized Citizens On Patrol. Sheriff Anderson hosted a swearing-in ceremony in the Madera Ranchos Monday night, June 17, where graduates of Class XIX were formally recognized by both the Madera County ...

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Injured Kayaker Rescued In The High Country

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson announced moments ago the successful rescue of an injured kayaker who was hoisted out of the high country at an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet. Michael Tate, 33, of Sacramento, was kayaking down the San Joaquin River late Tuesday afternoon, June 18, when he reportedly went over a 10 foot waterfall, injuring himself as ...

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Pot Growers Blamed For Chiquito Creek Fire

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – Agents with the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET) completed a marathon mission on Wednesday, June 12, eradicating nearly 15,000 marijuana plants in two separate grow sites in the Sierra National Forrest. Working at an elevation of almost 6,000 feet, it took agents 12 hours to not only haul out thousands of marijuana plants, but reclaim ...

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Oakhurst Women Arrested As Squatters

MADERA COUNTY – Two Oakhurst women spent part of this past weekend behind bars after deputies found the pair camping behind a business off Highway 49 and Meadow Vista Drive in Oakhurst. Nichole Heck, 19, and Roxanne Castagnetto, 37, were taken into custody Friday and booked into Madera County Department of Corrections for trespassing.

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Off-Duty Deputy Subdues Alleged Drunk Driver

COARSEGOLD – Elijah Johnson, 22, of Coarsegold is facing DUI charges and resisting arrest following a crash on Highway 41 in Coarsegold. Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday night, Lieutenant Tyson Pogue of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office was southbound on Highway 41, just south of Road 417, when he saw a large plume of dust.

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Sheriff Seeks Wanted Man In O'Neals

O’NEALS – Madera County Sheriff John Anderson is asking for the public’s help to locate 38-year-old Pasquale Desantis, who reportedly resides in Fresno and Madera County. He is wanted on numerous felony charges in both counties. Detectives just completed serving a search warrant at his hone located on Road 200 in O’Neals, to recover property, which included a large collection ...

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Head-On Crash On Douglas Ranger Station

NORTH FORK – Douglas Ranger Station road is so narrow and winding, that when first responders made their way up to a head-on collision, it was a challenge just to fit to big engines in the roadway. On Saturday afternoon, June 8, Justin Crossley in a Dodge truck, and Jessica Coleman, driving a Chevy Blazer, hit head-on in a tight ...

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