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Busy Sunday: Authorities Respond to Two Search and Rescue Calls

MOUNTAIN AREA — Pandemic or not, it was a busy afternoon Sunday in the high country for Madera County first responders.The activity started around 4 p.m. when MCSO’s Dispatch Center received a call regarding a 35-year-old woman from Colorado who was involved in a climbing accident on the southern face of Shuteye Peak. She reportedly had been climbing with a ...

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Coarsegold Man Killed in Head-On Collision on Hwy 41

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OAKHURST — A Coarsegold man was killed Monday morning in a “head-on” collision with a dump truck on Highway 41. The accident occurred after Alain Gerard, 74, a resident of Coarsegold, reportedly had some type of medical emergency while driving and veered into oncoming traffic near Road 420. Gerard died at the scene of the accident, the Madera County Coroners’ ...

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Police Seek Clues in Suspected Murder of North Fork Man

FRESNO — Area law enforcement investigators are asking for the public’s help in trying to solve the apparent shooting death earlier this week of a North Fork man. Police believe the murder occurred Tuesday in central Fresno.According to Fresno County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Tony Botti, police initially thought that they were responding to a traffic collision when they ...

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‘Vehicle Sniff’ Leads to Drug Bust in Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Man’s best friend turned out to be a cop’s best option this weekend when a well-trained K9 officer from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office assisted in a drug seizure in downtown Oakhurst. Friday evening (April 17) while on patrol, MCSO Deputy Charlie Robertson stopped a black convertible Mustang near the intersection of Highway 41 and Road 425C for ...

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Woman Arrested for Possession of ‘Child Sexual Abuse Material’

MADERA COUNTY — A Madera County woman was arrested this week on charges of possession of “child sexual abuse materials.” The arrest came after the Madera County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division received a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children regarding internet child sexual abuse material activity in Madera County. As a result of this tip an ...

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MCSO Detective Recovering; Shooting Suspect ID’d, ‘Critical’

OAKHURST — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office deputy injured in Thursday’s shooting in Oakhurst has been identified as Neil Cuthbert, a veteran of the department who works as a detective out of the Oakhurst substation. According to MCSO officials, Cuthbert has been released from the hospital and is “at home recovering after sustaining serious facial and head injuries.” Investigators now ...

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MCSO Modifying Operations in Response to COVID-19

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that it would be modifying its operations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. “In an effort to do our part to help contain COVID-19 and curtail potential exposures, we are modifying our lobby/front office protocol at the Madera Sheriff’s Office and Oakhurst Substation,” said MCSO’s Facebook post. “The purpose is ...

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Oakhurst Wireless Store Burglarized Overnight

OAKHURST — An overnight burglary at a local wireless business shattered the early morning quiet — and the store’s front window. Surveillance cameras captured the crime and now authorities are hoping someone might recognize the thief. In the pre-dawn hours Wednesday morning, Madera County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ryan Lutz responded to the Oakhurst Verizon Wireless store regarding a report of ...

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MCSO Deputies Collar Wanted Car Thief

OAKHURST — A suspect wanted on multiple car theft charges was apprehended by eagle-eyed sheriff’s deputies yesterday while she was driving north of Oakhurst. On Friday, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office POP Team spotted 38-year-old Jessica Lee as she drove on Road 620 near Highway 41. Lee was wanted for two outstanding felony arrest warrants. The first warrant out of ...

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Oakhurst Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

OAKHURST — An Oakhurst man is behind bars following his arrest Thursday for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography. After the Madera County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division received a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children regarding internet child pornography activity in Madera County, an investigation was conducted that identified a residence in the 48000 block of ...

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