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Drunk Driver Gets 35 Years To Life

MADERA – A drunk driver who killed two Madera women and seriously injured another passenger, was sentenced today to 35 years to life in state prison. Richard Farias, 57, of Madera, was sentenced on Wednesday, Jan.16, for his conviction on two felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, and a separate felony count of driving under the influence and injuring another.

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Bass Lake Crash Could Have Been So Much Worse

BASS LAKE – What was already a terrible accident could have turned into a tragedy, had it not been for the keen eyes and smart decision of two Bass Lake Water Company employees. Eric Shearer and Shanti Rogers were on duty for the water company this morning, Jan. 15, headed down Road 274 near Bass Lake.

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Credit Card Skimmers Strike Again At 22-Mile House

MADERA COUNTY – Credit card skimmers strike Madera County again. For the second time in four months, victims are calling the Sheriff’s Office after discovering unauthorized charges. At least 15 card holders report their cards were compromised after pumping gas at the 22-Mile House on Highway 41.

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String Of Burglaries Tied To One Truck

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson credits a keen-eyed witness for helping the Sheriff’s Office make three arrests — ultimately clearing half a dozen burglaries and even a robbery. All the crimes are believed to be tied to a single truck.

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Single Vehicle Accident On Icy Road Near Bass Lake

BASS LAKE – The icy roads made driving treacherous this morning all around the mountain area, and appear to have contributed to a crash near Bass Lake. Juan Zavala, 23, of North Fork, was westbound on Road 274, just east of Cedar Vista Drive, at about 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, when he apparently lost control of his pickup ...

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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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