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SkyLife Lands On Road 221 For Medical Emergency

NORTH FORK – Emergency personnel responded to reports of bicyclist struck by a vehicle on Road 221 this morning near Bass Fork Minit Market. The call came in at 8:45 a.m., and upon arriving at scene, Cal Fire Engine 4255 and Madera County Station 11 firefighters found a man who had apparently suffered some sort of medical episode while riding ...

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Man Arrested For Making Off With Cal Trans Backhoe

OAKHURST – An Oakhurst man was arrested last night when he reportedly tried to make off with a backhoe that was part of a Cal Trans project on Highway 41. At 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, a concerned citizen reported to 911 that someone was driving away on a piece of equipment from a Cal Trans work site just ...

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Truck And Trailer Roll-Over Near Fine Gold Creek

NORTH FORK – A single-vehicle rollover on Road 200 blocked traffic for over two hours last night near the Fine Gold Creek bridge west of North Fork. Just after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, a Ford pickup pulling a trailer was traveling westbound on Road 200 just west of the bridge, at what was described by CHP as “an ...

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Changes At The Madera County Sheriff’s Office

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff Varney today announced a reorganization of administrative duties within the Madera County Sheriff’s Office command staff. The formation of a Professional Standards Division is one of the significant changes in the reorganization. This unit will be overseen by Lieutenant Darin McMechan and will be responsible for departmental training, the personnel selection process, and Internal Affairs investigations. ...

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Preliminary Hearing Results For Arson Suspect

MADERA COUNTY – A preliminary hearing was held today at Bass Lake Superior Court for Michael Lee Lapschies, 40, who was previously charged with eight felony counts of arson and one felony count of terrorist threats, according to the District Attorney’s office. Lapschies was arraigned Thursday, Oct. 8 on an additional complaint filed for a violation of Penal Code section ...

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Accident On Road 632 Results In Major Injury

OAKHURST – A single vehicle accident in the early morning hours on Thursday, Oct. 8, sent two young men to the hospital, one with major injuries, while a third was reported to be uninjured. According to the CHP, at about 3:35 a.m. Coarsegold resident Dylan Anderson, 18, was driving a Toyota Tacoma westbound on Road 632 near Country Club Drive ...

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Crash At Highway 41 And 49 Under Investigation

OAKHURST – An accident last night between a truck and an SUV at the intersection of Highway 41 and Highway 49 had bystanders horrified from the apparent severity of the crash, yet the parties involved were seemingly uninjured according to reports. About 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, a 2002 Chevy Silverado truck driven by a Coarsegold woman, 51, was ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Week Of September 28

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally during the week of Monday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Coarsegold family disturbance On Monday, Sept. 28 at 2:21 a.m. deputies responded to the 4700 block of Veater Ranch Road for a report of a family disturbance. One of the subjects involved ...

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Oakhust Man Arrested After Crash And Fire

OAKHURST – CHP has confirmed that a local man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence following a solo-vehicle crash that resulted in a small vegetation fire on Sunday, Oct. 4. At about 9:23 p.m., according to CHP, Eric Michael Ogden, 23, and two passengers, both 24, were traveling in V1-Jetta northbound on Highway 41 south of Road ...

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Wounded Mariposa Deputy Identified As Rudy Mirelez

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the identity of the deputy shot in the line of duty on Thursday, Oct. 1, as 10-year veteran Rudy Mirelez. Deputy Mirelez is still listed in critical condition in a Modesto hospital where he will undergo many more surgeries on his road to recovery. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the ...

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