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Hazmat Threat Near Midpines In Mariposa County

MARIPOSA COUNTY — For the past few days, officials have been handling a hazmat issue in the Midpines area, first determining what they were dealing with, and making sure the public was not in danger. Motorists traveling between Yosemite National Park and Mariposa on Highway 140 have been reporting a large presence of law enforcement, and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s ...

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Woman Located In Vegas After Disappearing With Her Sister’s Child

MADERA COUNTY — The woman sought by law enforcement after she disappeared with her niece yesterday has been found. The 31-year-old woman identified as Chyanne O’Conner, was reportedly last seen by family members on Monday afternoon in Coarsegold at about 2:30 p.m. when she left in a 2006 Chevy Silverado pickup with her niece. According to the Sheriff’s Office, O’Connor ...

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Silver Alert Issued For Woman And Child Missing From Coarsegold

MADERA COUNTY — Law enforcement is searching for a missing woman and a 3-year-old girl, last seen yesterday in Coarsegold. The woman has been identified as Chyanne O’Conner, age 31. She and her niece, Graesky Johnson, were reportedly last seen by family members on Monday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m. According to the Sheriff’s Office, O’Connor had traveled from Utah ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Oct. 29

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Oct. 23  to Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. Coarsegold stolen Ford F350 truck On Monday, Oct. 23, at 4:44 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to a business located within the 35000 block of CA-41, regarding a report of a possible burglary in progress. ...

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Woman Arrested For Suspicion Of DUI After Crash Starts Fire

MADERA COUNTY — A Coarsegold woman who crashed her car, igniting a fire that burned over six acres on Road 406 near Jewels Vista Drive yesterday, was arrested on suspicion of DUI. According to the CHP, Laura White, 51, drove her car off the north side of Road 406 just before 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, plowing through a ...

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Vehicle Accident Sparks Vegetation Fire On Road 406

MADERA COUNTY — Firefighters responded this afternoon to reports of a vegetation fire just west of Highway 41 along Road 406. Just before 2 p.m. today, CHP reported that a motor vehicle accident near 42399 Road 406 had sparked a fire and requested Cal Fire to respond. The first unit at scene reported the fire at about three acres. Cal ...

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Man Gets 12 Years For Arson, Ex-Wife Fears Much Earlier Release

MADERA COUNTY — When Michael Lapschies was sentenced on Sept. 26 to 12 years in prison for lighting a series of fires in the Bass Lake area in 2015, and making threats against his ex-wife Amanda Skye-Ritchie, she was not at all satisfied that he would actually serve anywhere near the term imposed by the Bass Lake Superior Court. On ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Oct. 22

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Oct. 16  to Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. Bass Lake mail theft On Monday, Oct. 16 at 9:28 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to a telephonic call of mail theft that occurred at Malum Ridge Road and Marina View Drive. A report was ...

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Yosemite National Park Identifies Remains of Alexander Sevier

YOSEMITE — Sad news out of Yosemite National Park, as Park Rangers have positively identified the remains of Alexander Joseph Sevier, a visitor who was last seen in Yosemite Valley on May 3, this year. Sevier, a member of the U.S. Navy, was staying in Housekeeping Camp and was witnessed going out on day hikes each day during his visit. ...

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Case Continued Again For North Fork Murder Defendant

BASS LAKE — More than 10 months after being charged with first degree murder with an elder abuse enhancement, the woman accused of killing Bonnie Hale was back in Bass Lake Superior Court today for a competency hearing. This is the third hearing on competency, to date, and the case has been continued again. Mary O’Keefe, 64, has been in ...

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