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Homeless Invited to Farinelli's Farewell Reception - Board to Reward Supervior With Cushy County Job Print E-mail
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Written by Jack W Porter, Jr.   
Monday, 12 December 2016 21:06

EDITORIAL - For the first time in Madera County history a farewell reception will be held for a person publicly fired from his job. Someone for whom the vast majority of voters said "Absolutely Not" to a second term. The reception is being held for the one-term member of the Madera County Board of Supervisors, Rick Farinelli, who was overwhelmingly defeated in the June primary by former Madera Mayor Robert Poythress.

A reception for a man who bullied his assistant into leaving his job because Rick wanted to appoint his own assistant even though the position was supposed to be protected from politics by the civil service commission? Then three months later he fired his second assistant who was a decororated Gulf War Veteran when his first choice Teabegger assistant was available to take the job. .

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Man Arrested for Assaulting Deputy with a Knife Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Monday, 12 December 2016 21:02
FRESNO - Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested and booked 56 year old Walter Barker of Fresno into the Fresno County Jail. He faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a peace officer and making threats while resisting arrest.

At 6:15 am on Friday, a Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy contacted several homeless people who were sleeping in the front patio area of the Sisk Courthouse located at 1130 O Street in downtown Fresno. One of them, Walter Barker, began to argue with the deputy and even threatened to kill the deputy. Barker then picked up a plastic sprinkler cover and threw it at the deputy, but it missed him and struck the wall.
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Property Crimes Detectives Arrest Woman Linked to Check Forgery and Identity Theft Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Monday, 12 December 2016 20:59
FRESNO - On December 8th, property crimes detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office arrested and booked Rhae Cravins into the Fresno County Jail. The 28 year old Fresno woman faces charges of forgery, drug possession and possession of stolen property. She has since posted the necessary bond to bail out of jail.

On December 8th, detectives served a search warrant at a home on the 4900 block of N. Holt Ave. in Fresno. Detectives had information that the suspect living there, Rhae Cravins, was receiving stolen property and committing identity theft.
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A New Mayor for Madera with a Familiar Name Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Friday, 09 December 2016 12:06
MADERA - Last November the voters of the city of Madera selected just their second elected mayor in the city's history and the last name of the new mayor is a familiar one.

Mayor Andy Medellin, who ran unopposed for the city's top seat, is the son of former Madera mayor and city councilperson Margaret Medellin. When he raised his right hand to be sworn in to office Wednesday night, it was his mother that officiated the oath of office. “If you folks are hearing a boom, boom, boom,” Margaret Medellin said to the audience, “it’s nothing dangerous. It’s my heart.”

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Candice Nicole Ooley Sentenced to 11 Years in State Prison for DUI Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 December 2016 13:09
MADERA – Madera County District Attorney David A. Linn announced that Candice Nicole Ooley, 23, of Clovis, was sentenced in Madera County Superior Court by Presiding Judge Ernest J. LiCalsi. Ms. Ooley, who had pled guilty to charges of felony vehicular manslaughter, felony driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol with injury, and felony driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more with injury, received a sentence of 11 years in State Prison along with various appropriate fines.

District Attorney, David A. Linn, stated, “The maximum penalty she could have received was 13 years. Judge LiCalsi, based upon the probation report and the sentencing memorandums that had been filed, along with the statement of Louisa Pamplona, the wife of the deceased victim, imposed a sentence of 11 years.”

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