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Hwy 41 Construction: CHP Outlines Three-Way Stop Etiquette

OAKHURST — With the construction project tied to replacing Oakhurst’s main sewer line underway — and the intersection of Highways 41 and 49 currently operating as a three-way stop — the Oakhurst California Highway Patrol office reports that the agency has been fielding a lot of questions lately regarding “who has the right of way at a three-way stop?” So ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log for February 4-10, 2020

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MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Tuesday, February 4, to Monday, February 10, 2020. Oakhurst -Danger to Self On Tuesday, February 4, at 7:14 a.m., a deputy was dispatched to Road 425B regarding a hold. Report written and case closed. Coarsegold -Warrant Arrest On Tuesday, February 4, at 10:04 ...

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Update: Authorities ID Two Killed Early Sunday in Crash on Hwy 41

COARSEGOLD — A single-vehicle traffic accident on Highway 41 claimed two lives early Sunday morning. The driver of a 2001 Honda Civic, Layna Ronette Marquez, 48, of Coarsegold, died in the incident, which reportedly happened after Marquez over-corrected on a turn and hit a tree. A passenger in the vehicle, Chana-ne Botchon Reid, 25, from Coarsegold, was also killed in ...

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Arrest Made in 2019 Commercial Burglary Investigation

OAKHURST — An arrest has been made in a month’s-long commercial burglary investigation centering around the theft of a chainsaw last October from True Value Hardware. On October 9, 2019, a man was captured on surveillance video walking into Bryant’s True Value in Oakhurst during regular business hours and stealing a 36-inch Stihl chainsaw. The chainsaw was worth more than ...

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Oakhurst CHP Seeking Applicants for Senior Volunteer Program

OAKHURST — Looking for something interesting and meaningful to do in retirement? Are you 55 years or older, with no felony convictions and good moral character? If so, the California Highway Patrol Oakhurst Area office is currently accepting applications for its Senior Volunteer Program. Prior experience in law enforcement is not necessary. Once an application is accepted, candidates will undergo ...

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Home Surveillance System Helps Nab Burglary Suspects

OAKHURST — Two local burglary suspects were apprehended late last week with the aid of an alert home owner — and their home surveillance system. The incident, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, began Thursday (Jan. 30) shortly before 9 a.m. when the Sheriff’s Communication Center received a call for service for an in-progress residential burglary in the 48000 ...

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Update: Purloined Pump Recovered; Suspect ID’d, Still At-Large

COARSEGOLD — An antique water pump stolen a week ago from outside the Coarsegold Historic Museum has been recovered, according to an update issued today by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect in the theft also has been identified as Robert Hagen of Fresno. As of Saturday afternoon, Hagen remained at-large. Surveillance footage from outside the museum as well ...

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‘Multiple Factors’ Key to Success in Rescue of Mariposa Man

MARIPOSA COUNTY — According to area law enforcement officials, “multiple positive factors” influenced the successful rescue of 74-year old John Van Dinther in Mariposa County on Jan. 25. On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Van Dinther was last seen on Bear Clover Road in the Jerseydale area of the county. Later that day, his children reported him missing shortly after 4 p.m., ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log for Jan. 21-27

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office reports taken locally from January 21-27, 2020. Coarsegold – Dispute On Jan. 21 at 11:41 a.m., deputy responded to a dispatched call in the 47000 block of Cheyenne Road regarding a landlord-tenant dispute and utilities being shut off. An investigation was completed and charges are being requested on ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log for Jan. 14-20, 2020

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office reports taken locally from January 14-20, 2020. Coarsegold – Narcotics On Jan. 14 at 07:07 a.m., deputy responded to the 46000 block of Lucky Lane for a report of narcotics found. The narcotics were collected and booked at the Madera Sheriffs Office for destruction. Case closed. Oakhurst – ...

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