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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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Large Marijuana Grow Found Near Raymond

MADERA COUNTY – Agents with the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET), assisted by Madera County SWAT and Sheriff’s deputies, completed a 12-hour eradication mission in the Bailey Flats region of Madera County late Thursday night, according to Sheriff John Anderson. On June 6, more than 12-thousand plants were discovered growing on steep terrain located on private land, used specifically ...

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Marijuana Grows Destroyed in Mariposa County

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office was busy last week dealing with large marijuana grows in Mariposa County. On Thursday, May 30, the Sheriff’s Office investigated a large marijuana garden located on private property in the area of the Mormon Bar community.

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Burglars Ransack Two North Fork Businesses

NORTH FORK – When Claudia Box planned to take a couple days off over Memorial Day weekend, she didn’t plan on spending them cleaning up the mess that burglars made of her store. Claudia closed up shop at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, looking forward to two days of gardening and working around the property.

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Major Accident At The Mountain House

OAKHURST – Traffic was snarled for over an hour today at the Bass Lake turnoff north of Oakhurst when two vehicles collided in front of the Mountain House. At 2:35 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, Forrest Reyes, 27, of Oakhurst, was southbound on Highway 41 in a 2004 Honda Civic when he made a turn into the Mountain House parking ...

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Man Trapped in Car After Crash

NORTH FORK – A driver who swerved off the road near Thornberry last night may have spent hours unconscious in his car. Joe Clarke, 65, of Bass Lake, called friends at about 8 p.m. on Friday, May 31, telling them that he was on his way to Coarsegold to pick them up. When he didn’t arrive, they began to worry.

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Two Vehicle Crash On Road 426

OAKHURST – A two vehicle accident on Road 426 at Highview Drive blocked the roadway and sent one woman to the hospital this afternoon. Shortly after 3 p.m. on Friday, May 31, James Yuill, 66, of Oakhurst, known as “Papa Smurf” to his friends, was headed into town to do some shopping.

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