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Accident On Highway 49 Near Harmony Lane

OAKHURST – The afternoon commute was slowed a bit this afternoon on Highway 49 near Harmony lane when the glare of the setting sun caused a chain reaction, according to those involved. At about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan 8, an unidentified vehicle almost came to a dead stop in the northbound lane when the sun apparently blinded the driver ...

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Sheriff's Office Searches For Next Of Kin

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is seeking family members of a man who recently died. 67-year old Roberto Mancilla Melendez (DOB 11-30-1945) was admitted to Madera Community Hospital on Dec. 31, 2012. He passed away on January 6, 2013.

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DUI Drivers Will Face Tougher Prosecution

MADERA – Thousands of families are devasted every year through the actions of those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The District Attorney’s office now has more ammunition to fight back. The District Attorney for Madera County has been awarded a $136,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The grant is to be ...

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Driver Arrested After Deadwood Crash

OAKHURST – A collision on Deadwood yesterday resulted in the arrest of an Oakhurst woman for driving under the influence of narcotics. At 1:02 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, Jill Reich, 53, of Oakhurst, was pulling out from a driveway near the address of 38890 Highway 41, about a mile south of Oakhurst, when she failed to yield to oncoming ...

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Injury Accident On Deadwood Snarls Traffic

OAKHURST – A wreck on Deadwood this afternoon resulted in at least one injury, and backed traffic up for about an hour. Details of just how the crash happened are not yet available from the CHP, but at least two cars were towed from the scene and one victim was transported to a Madera hospital, according to an officer on ...

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Coarsegold Teachers Train For Anti-Bullying Program

COARSEGOLD – Rivergold Elementary School in Coarsegold will be the first Madera Country school to benefit from the much-anticipated radKIDS® Anti-Bullying Program set to start in February. A rigorous training program for the instructors will take place next week in Madera.

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Highway 41 Crash Results In Murder Conviction

MADERA – A horrific head-on collision near the 22-Mile House on Highway 41, claimed the lives of three young women back in August of 2009. Today, a Madera County jury convicted Justin Eugene Rice of three felony counts of second degree murder, three felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, one count of felony driving under the influence causing ...

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El Portal Man Dies In Single Vehicle Accident

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A single-vehicle accident on Highway 140 near Cedar Lodge has claimed the life of an El Portal man. Juan Hernandez Montalvo, 25, was killed when his 2003 Volkswagon Jetta crashed onto the banks of the Merced River just after midnight on Sunday, Dec. 30, according to the CHP.

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Oakhurst Man Escapes Injury In Deadwood Crash

OAKHURST – An Oakhurst man escaped serious injury this morning when his car went off Highway 41 and plunged down a steep embankment on Deadwood. Grady Grant, 38, was traveling southbound on Highway 41 about a mile south of Victoria Lane, when he suffered a blackout, according to CHP Officer Doug Corbett.

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'Silver Alert' System To Launch January 2013

CALIFORNIA – Sheriff John Anderson sees a potential bonus, and an added safety net, for Madera County senior citizens when SB 1047 – “Silver Alert” notification system – goes into effect Jan. 1, 2013 This notification system, signed into law by the governor on Sept. 27, mirrors the already existing Amber Alert. But instead of activating public searches for children, ...

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