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Sierra National Forest Marijuana Grower Pleads Guilty

FRESNO — The second of four defendants charged with growing marijuana on public lands in Madera County pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court. Francisco Javier Gomez-Rodriguez, 38, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana grown in the Sierra National Forest in Madera County. According to court documents, co-defendant Humberto Ceballos-Rangel, ...

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Sheriff Varney Announces Two Commander Promotions

MADERA COUNTY — Sheriff Jay Varney is proud to announce the promotion of two Sheriff’s Commanders. Lieutenants Tyson Pogue and Bill Ward were selected to fill the newly formed positions effective Mar. 1. Commander Tyson Pogue will oversee the Field Operations Division, which includes Patrol, Emergency Services, and Specialized Services. Commander Bill Ward will oversee the Investigations and Administration Division, ...

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Help Sheriff’s Office Redeploy K9 Patrol Dogs

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Madera County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to boost the number of K9 teams available to assist patrol deputies in their work. “The existence of a patrol K9 Unit at the Madera County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division greatly enhances our agency’s capability to track down, ...

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Domestic Dispute Leads To Arrest Near Raymond

RAYMOND — A call out to a domestic disturbance in Raymond last night involved law enforcement from three different agencies, a K9 Unit and a helicopter, and finally ended in the arrest of the ex-boyfriend. At about 9:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 38000 block of Road 415. The 911 caller said that her ex-boyfriend ...

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Driver Rolls SUV On Road 415 Before DUI Arrest

COARSEGOLD — An accident on Road 415 today ended with the driver leaving the scene in search of a cell signal, his dog left alone in the vehicle, and a charge of DUI. At about 4 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 7, Warren Michael Smith, 25, of Oakhurst, was westbound on Road 415 in a Chevy SUV, headed through the tight ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Mar. 5

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Sunday, Feb. 28 to Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016: Coarsegold vandalism On Sunday, Feb. 28 at 12:46 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to a residence located within the 29900 block of Horseshoe Drive regarding a report of an attempted vandalism. This case has been suspended, pending ...

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Car Fire Stops Traffic On Deadwood

OAKHURST — An Oakhurst couple on their way to Fresno for his scheduled stress test got a little more than they bargained for today, when their car caught fire on Deadwood. “I didn’t have to wait long for the stress part of the day,” joked driver Peter Cavanaugh as he stood beside the road near his burned out car. Cavanaugh, ...

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Tenaya Guest Arrested For Forgery And Theft

MARIPOSA COUNTY — A response by deputies to the Tenaya Lodge on Wednesday led to the arrest of a guest for identity theft, possession of stolen property and meth, and outstanding warrants. On Feb. 24, Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the resort in Fish Camp to investigate a report of possible forged checks. Upon arrival at Tenaya Lodge, front ...

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Crash In North Fork Blocks Road 225

NORTH FORK — What was apparently bad blood between two North Fork residents ended in a three-vehicle crash in front of the mill compound this morning. Just before 8 a.m., two men who reportedly have a history of problems between them, encountered one another at the Gas ‘n Stuff. They both left in their separate vehicles, one in an orange ...

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UPS Driver Airlifted After Being Pinned Between Vehicles

NORTH FORK — An accident in Teaford Meadow Lakes this afternoon sent a UPS driver to the hospital via air ambulance. At about 2:30 p.m., a longtime UPS driver was on his regular route through Teaford, and as he was backing down a steep, narrow driveway on Toku Poyah, his left rear tire went off the pavement. Not far, but ...

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