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Casino BB Gun Shooting Suspect Identified

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FRESNO COUNTY - The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office released the name of a man wanted in connection with the BB gun shooting of another man earlier this month.  Wanted is 19 year old Dylan Stanc [ ... ]


Madera, Fresno County Supervisors to Hold Joint Meeting

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MADERA -  The Madera County Board of Supervisors will host a joint meeting with Fresno County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, January 27. The meeting will be held 9 a.m. in the board chambers at th [ ... ]


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Astros Announce Minor League Rovers, Medical and Field Staff for 2015

HOUSTON, TX — The Houston Astros announced today the minor league coordinators, medical staff and field staffs for the 2015 season. The Astros coordinators will be Paul Runge (field coordinator), [ ... ]


Fresno State Headed to HAWAI`I BOWL to Face Rice on Dec. 24

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FRESNO The Fresno State football team learned Sunday it will play in the 2014 HAWAI`I BOWL against the Rice Owls from Conference USA. The Bulldogs, winner of the West Division of the Mountain West [ ... ]


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The Fresno Food Expo Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Agricultural Tour of Valley

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FRESNO - More than 45 agricultural, political and educational leaders, as well as trade and regional media, took part in a unique regional agricultural and economic impact tour on Tuesday, January  [ ... ]


Las Vegas BikeFest Team Selected to Produce Hollister Motorcycle Rally for 2015 and Beyond

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LAS VEGAS -  The Hollister Downtown Association of Hollister, California has selected ConvExx to produce the iconic Hollister Motorcycle Rally starting in 2015. Known as the "Birthplace of the  [ ... ]


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MUSD Board Leadership: A Train Wreck Waiting to Happen

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***UPDATE BELOW****

EDITORIAL - I don't think the term "Train Wreck" is strong enough to describe how far off course the Madera Unified School District Board of Trustees are heading this year. The l [ ... ]


It's OK to Vote No on Measure G - MUSD Has Not Earned Our Trust

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EDITORIAL - Yes the Madera Unified School District needs a third high school. There is no doubt that both MUSD high schools are facing overcrowding and deal with the problems that brings. The only th [ ... ]


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Pursuit Ends With Deputies Arresting Well-Known Ag Equipment Thief Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 January 2015 10:23

DEL RAY - Members of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Ag Task Force have arrested 27-year-old Kishsan Sangha of Del Rey.  He’s been booked into the Fresno County Jail on felony counts of vehicle theft, receiving stolen property, evading a peace officer and probation violation

 Ag Task Force detectives developed information that Sangha was attempting to sell a stolen forklift to a previous buyer he met through a Craigslist internet posting.  Detectives worked with the potential buyer to set up a meeting with Sangha so they could respond to investigate the sale.

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Second Kidnap Attempt of Teen in Madera County Print E-mail
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Sunday, 25 January 2015 14:21

OAKHURST -  Early Thursday eveing two men attempted to kidnap a teenage girl along Highway 41 near the High Sierra RV Park in Oakhurst. The girl had stopped to take pictures of the sunset, when two men rushed her from a nearby area where they had been hiding. 

One suspect grabbed the girl by the arm and lifted her off the ground while stating that they intended to kidnap her. The girl was able to kick the suspect several times and aggressively resisted his attempt to overpower her. She was ultimately able to break free from his grasp, and then fled to her home. 

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Scott Sample Announces Retirement from Madera District Fair Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 January 2015 12:21

MADERA – After nearly 20 years as the Madera District Fair’s chief executive officer (CEO), Scott Sample has announced he will be retiring in April of this year. As CEO, Sample has managed the complete operation of the fairgrounds, including its annual four-day fair, 200-plus events each year, a very successful flea market, a race track and a lease agreement for the 27-acre shopping center located on the fairgrounds property.

The shopping center lease agreement is perhaps the most notable accomplishment of Sample’s 20-year leadership role at the Madera District Fair. It was an extremely complex project that took over six years to finalize and remains to be the only partnership of its kind between a state fairgrounds and the private sector.

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Stolen Car Crash Leads Deputies to Arrest Wanted Burglary Crew Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 January 2015 13:18
FRESNO - Deputies have arrested four people believed to responsible for more than a half dozen burglaries during the last two months.  Their crimes stretch from Madera down to Visalia and include home burglaries, vehicle burglaries and vehicle thefts.

At 2:00 pm Thursday, two deputies were in the area of Nort. Santa Fe and North Safford Avenues in Fresno investigating the whereabouts of a group of burglary suspects:  Trent Murphy, Jacob Ryan and Joshua Ryan.  While at that location, the Fresno County Sheriff's deputies saw a red Jaguar with a driver matching the description of one of the Ryan brothers, who are twins. 

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Detectives Arrest Metal Thief & Recover Approx. 650 lbs. of Stolen Copper Wire Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 January 2015 14:15

FRESNO - On Wednesday, detectives with the Agricultural Crimes Task-Force of the Fresno County Sheriff's Department arrested Richardo Avila, 32, of Fresno.  He was booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of embezzlement and receiving stolen property. Avila has since posted bond and bailed out of jail.

 At 3:30 pm, detectives were conducting proactive enforcement at a recycling center in southeast Fresno.  They notice Avila pushing a cart loaded with shiny, new commercial size copper wire.  A detective asked Avila if he had permission to be in possession and sell the copper wire.

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