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Missing Coarsegold Teenager Found Deceased

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COARSEGOLD -  On Wednesday last week, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a missing teenager. Deputies searched several areas where the girl was suspected to be, but [ ... ]


Minor Decoy Operation Results in Two Citations at Local Businesses

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CLOVIS - Clovis Police Officers along with agents of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) have cited two clerks for selling alcohol to minors on February 24, 2017. The actions were the resu [ ... ]


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Bacon vs. Tacos: The Official Showdown

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FRESNO – The Fresno Tacos (nee, Grizzlies) have had enough. Fed up (pun intended) after months of back and forth on Twitter, the organization announced at a press conference the morning of (Taco) Tu [ ... ]


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 [ ... ]


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Massive Cash Jackpot Winner Celebrates Table Mountain's 30th Anniversary With Huge Win!

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FRIANT -- Table Mountain Casino Player's Club member Raymond, of Visalia, is celebrating Table Mountain Casino's 30th Anniversary as the latest winner of Table Mountain Casino's totally rand [ ... ]


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 [ ... ]


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Be Safe This Saint Patricks Weekend

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EDITORIAL - St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s favorite holidays to celebrate and party. Unfortunately, too many people are taking to the roads after drinking, making the holida [ ... ]


Madera County Supervisor takes water war to D.C.

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EDITORIAL - During the annual legislative conference in Washington D.C., Madera County Supervisor David Rogers let lawmakers and supervisors from across the nation know he means business when it comes [ ... ]


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Train verses Pedestrian Fatal Accident at California and Parallel Avenues Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
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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Chowchilla Woman Charged with Manslaughter & Felony Child Abuse Print E-mail
News - Local
Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
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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Ex-Felon Arrested for Possesion of Stolen Handgun Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Thursday, 09 February 2017 12:12
FRESNO - Monday evening Southwest Patrol Sergeant Mike Gebhart of the Fresno Police Department was proactively patrolling the area of South Sarah Street & East Florence Avenue an area known and frequented by criminal street gang members, absconding parolees, narcotics dealers, narcotic users, and prostitution activity.

While in the area, Sergeant Gebhart made contact with a suspicious vehicle. The driver was identified as 24 year old Fresno resident, Villa Posse Criminal Street Gang Member Associate, Robert Lockhart. Lockhart was found to be on active California Department of Correction Parole for second degree robbery.
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Ed Gonzales FIRED at Next Meeting: Buy Out Could Cost MUSD $350K Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 February 2017 22:02

MADERA - Last Friday Madera Unified School District Superintendent Ed Gonzales was given the word that at the February 15th meeting the board of trustee's would vote to terminate his contract WITHOUT cause. This afternoon the superintendent met with the district staff in the board room and made the announcement that he was about to be fired. 

We have no confirmed information as to why this is happening at this time. However we have heard a very credible rumor of a riff between MUSD Visual and Performing Arts Director Marcheta Williams and MUSD Assistant Superintendent Victor Villar.

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KFC Gunshot Victim in Critical Condition Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 February 2017 14:01
FRESNO - On Monday afternoon patrol officers from the Fresno Police Department were dispatched to Dakota/West area of Fresno regarding to shooting victims at the location. Upon arrival at the scene, officers located a Hispanic male adult in his 30s suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was immediately rushed to CRMC for treatment. Other shooting victims were at the location but they were not struck by the gunfire.

According to witnesses the following is a how the shooting occurred. The victim was sitting in the right front passenger's seat of an associates Jeep Cherokee. The owner of the vehicle was sitting in the driver seat and there were other occupants in the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was parked in a lot near the KFC at Dakota and West Avenues. As the victims sat in the parking lot, the suspect vehicle pulled up next to them on the driver side of their vehicle.
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Man Safe Following Swift Water Rescue Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 February 2017 12:02
MIRAMONTE - Around 1:30 pm on Tuesday, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received a call from a woman who said her neighbor was trapped in his pickup truck, which was submerged in water. FSO Deputies, members of Cal Fire, the California Highway Patrol and American Ambulance all responded to the scene located on the 43000 block of Brookside Road in Miramonte. The deputies and firefighters, who are part of their respective department’s boating units, are all swift water rescue certified.

Once on scene, rescuers found the pickup in the middle of Mill Creek, which is about 20 feet wide. The vehicle was stuck in approximately four feet of fast moving water, so FSO responders developed a plan with assisting agencies to try and get the victim safely out of his vehicle. A FSO deputy dressed in swift water rescue gear attached himself to a safety rope that was tethered to the shore and entered the water.
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Kenneth Montanari (82): Heaven Gained a Trumpet Player Print E-mail
Life - Obits
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Monday, 06 February 2017 00:00
Ken Montanari (82) was born in Madera Ca. on March 30, 1935 to Julius and Della Montanari. Ken passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on February 3, 2017. He was a lifelong resident of Madera and graduated from Madera High School in 1953, where he mastered the art of trumpet playing.

He attended Fresno City College, joined the Marine Corps and served in the Korean War in 1955. He returned to Madera to work in the family business, Monty’s Liquor. He owned and ran Monty’s Liquor for many years. Following the sale of Monty’s he worked as a liquor salesman for Julliard Alpha and Southern Wine and Spirits where he was awarded many top honors for his salesmanship.

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Myrna Westcott (82)
23/03/2017

Myrna Mae Westcott (82), born October 6, 1934 in Somerton, Arizona to Walter and Lura Newton Morgan, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2017 in Madera, CA at the age of 82. Myrna was a graduate of  [ ... ]


Bobby Creamer (63)
20/03/2017

Robert Dayne “Bobby” Creamer (63) was born to Willis and Marguerite Cremean Creamer in Madera on January 26, 1954 and passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 17, 2017. Bobby was a lifelong res [ ... ]


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