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Yes on Measure L Campaign Announces Public Safety Forums

OAKHURST - The campaign committee, Citizens, Firefighters, & Deputies for Measure L has announced a series of public safety forums in Madera County to discuss the proposed Madera County Public S [ ... ]


Sexual Assault Charges Filed Against Former Bulldog Mascot Deandre JeanPierre

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FRESNO - The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office has filed a Misdemeanor Criminal Complaint against Fresno State student that was also a Bulldog Mascot for a series of sexual gropings last year [ ... ]


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Fresno State Baseball Hosts "Night to Remember"

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FRESNO - On the evening of Monday, Feb. 20, Fresno State baseball will conclude a four-game series against the Oregon Ducks by honoring Fresno's unique role in Japanese-American baseball history wi [ ... ]


Tim DeRuyter Selected As Cal's Defensive Coordinator

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BERKELEY – Cal head coach Justin Wilcox announced Monday that Tim DeRuyter has agreed to become the Golden Bears' defensive coordinator. DeRuyter becomes the second member of Cal's staff with prev [ ... ]


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Twitter Announces Live Streaming Event for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter today announced it is collaborating with Disney and People to live stream exclusively a special Rogue One: A Star Wars Story event. The live stream, hosted by People, will feat [ ... ]


Graceland® Lighting Ceremony T.G. Sheppard “Flips the Switch”

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MEMPHIS, Tenn.  – Elvis Presley's Graceland® in Memphis, Tenn., will officially begin the holiday season when Country Music Award winner singer-songwriter T.G. Sheppard “flips the switc [ ... ]


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Trump's Inauguration - Ugly American Rancor

EDITORIAL - Like it not Donald Trump is your President. Even if you claim he is not your President - he is. If you continue your citizenship in America he is your President. I heard and read re [ ... ]


Farinelli's Farewell to Madera County: Why You Should Always Vote in All Elections

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EDITORIAL - I am not a politician, I am a public servant. That is why I am writing this warning to those who think it’s acceptable to sit out an election. For months now I fought a hard campaign  [ ... ]


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McDonalds Employee Stabbed By Transient Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 February 2017 16:40
FRESNO - A little after noon on Friday Southeast patrol officers from the Fresno Police Department were dispatched to McDonalds, 4505 East Kings Canyon Road, regarding a transient that stabbed an employee. Upon arrival, officers contacted an 18 year old female, an employee of McDonalds, suffering from a single stab wound to her lower back. The victim was rushed to CRMC where she is in fair condition.

The victim and witnesses conveyed that the victim walked out the east door of the building to deliver food to a customer parked in the lot. The suspect was standing nearby but no words were exchanged between the suspect and victim. As the victim approached the door, the transient went up to her and stabbed her one time in the back with an unknown sharp instrument.
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Madera Unified Superintendent FIRED In Unanimous Vote Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 February 2017 08:27

MADERA - As reported by Big Valley News last week, the Madera Unified School District Board of Trustees has fired Superintendent Ed Gonzales without cause. At their closed session meeting last night the board decided to terminate their contract with the superintendent with a unanimous vote.

It was standing room only for supports of the embattled superintendent with many forced to watched the evenings proceedings from a make-shift "Drive-in" theater in the parking lot. Supporters wore hand-written signs on their chests calling Gonzales "Super Ed".

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Man Shoots Innocent Bystander in Courthouse Park; Deputies Arrest Gunman Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 08:06
FRESNO - Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 24 year old John Major and booked him into the Fresno County Jail. Major faces three felony counts of attempted homicide.

Around 1:30 pm on Monday, dispatchers took phone calls stating multiple shots had been fired in Courthouse Park, next to Sheriff’s Headquarters located at 2200 Fresno Street. At the same time dispatchers were handling calls, deputies both inside and outside Sheriff’s Headquarters heard the shots and responded to the area.
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Train verses Pedestrian Fatal Accident at California and Parallel Avenues Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00
FRESNO - On Friday, February 10, 2017, at 12:23 PM, officers from the Fresno Police Department were dispatched to California and Parallel avenues regarding a male adult laying on the railroad tracks at that location. When officers arrived on scene, they found a deceased male adult laying on the tracks at that location. There was no train in the area at that time. A citizen was driving by on California Avenue and saw the male laying on the tracks and he called the police department.

As officers conducted their investigation they located a small flashlight, turned on, laying in the dirt between the rails some distance from the decedents body. Also, officers located several areas in the dirt, also between the rails, that were recently turned over located several yards east of the flashlight.
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World Ag Expo Kicks Off 50th Celebration Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 02:39
TULARE - World Ag Expo kicked off its 50th anniversary show Tuesday in Tulare, California.  The red carpet was rolled out on Tuesday for Opening Ceremonies at 10:00 a.m. in the World Ag Expo Arena. The national anthem was performed by Brenna Yaeger, Season 8 contestant on The Voice. Yaeger was accompanied by Tulare Community Band.

The Bud Light After-Hours Party will be held on Wednesday in the World Ag Expo Arena, starting at 4:00 p.m. All attendees are encouraged to come celebrate World Ag Expo’s golden anniversary with a concert by Parmalee and a fireworks show!  The concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is free with paid World Ag Expo admission.
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Two People Identified in Case of Smuggling Contraband into the Fresno County Jail Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 07:52
FRESNO - The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing a case where Sheriff’s detectives identified two men who tried to smuggle contraband into the Fresno County Jail. One of the men is currently in custody for an unrelated case and the other man is not in custody. The D.A. will determine if the suspects will face charges of conspiracy to bring contraband into a jail.

This smuggling case is also the one which prompted the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office to investigate Fresno Attorney, Anthony (Tony) Capozzi. Detectives have completed their investigation into Capozzi and the evidence shows there are no grounds for detectives to request charges be filed against Capozzi.
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Chowchilla Woman Charged with Manslaughter & Felony Child Abuse Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00
MADERA – Madera County District Attorney, David A. Linn, announced today that he had filed a criminal complaint against Erica Bautista, of Chowchilla, California. Ms. Bautista is an employee of California Department of Corrections, working at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla.

In Counts One and Two of the complaint, Ms. Bautista is charged with felony manslaughter for the death of her one year old child, David Curiel, along with felony child abuse, which she committed against David. The child abuse charge includes a special allegation that she willfully harmed and injured her child, resulting in his death.

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