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Suspects in Beer Run Pull Gun on Good Samaritan

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FRESNO - At 1:30 am on March 11th, 2017, a robbery involving four young men took place at the ARCO am / pm gas station located at the corner of South Chestnut and East Central Avenues in Fresno. T [ ... ]


Bulldog Gang Member Nabbed For Car Theft

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FRESNO - On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Detectives from the Fresno Police Department’s Career Criminal Auto Theft Team (CCATT) located an occupied 1997 Toyota Camry driving in the area of Parkway and [ ... ]


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Fresno Grizzlies 20th Anniversary Season Begins Thursday

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FRESNO –  The first Fresno Grizzlies homestand of the 2017 season, the franchise’s 20th, is scheduled for April 6 through April 10, with five games against the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamo [ ... ]


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 [ ... ]


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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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Kenneth Montanari (82): Heaven Gained a Trumpet Player Print E-mail
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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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Felony DUI Arrest in Chowchilla Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2017 11:15
CHOWCHILLA - During the early morning hours of Saturday officers of the Chowchilla Police Department were dispatched to the 100 block of north 15th Street in the City of Chowchilla. Callers in the area were reporting a vehicle had just run into a travel trailer which was parked in the driveway of a residence.

Officers arrived on scene and contacted the driver of the vehicle which had struck the travel trailer. They also contacted the occupants of the trailer who had been inside of it sleeping. They were resting for the funeral of a family member that morning.
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Officer Involved Shooting in Fresno: Knife Wielding Suspect Print E-mail
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Saturday, 28 January 2017 15:12
FRESNO - Shortly before 5:45 AM Saturday morning, the Fresno Police department received a 911 call from a reporting party who stated that a unknown male dressed in shorts and wearing a "hoody" was standing in his front yard armed with a knife and was cursing.  This individual had also removed the screen from the front window and was "stabbing" at the neighbors dogs prior to walking away.

 

Several officers were dispatched to the area of Harvey and Warren and were circulating the area attempting to locate the suspect when one officer saw the suspect walking toward his vehicle.  The suspect was armed with a large knife with an 8 inch blade.  The officer stepped out of his vehicle and ordered the suspect several times to drop the knife, however the suspect began to rapidly advance toward the officer as one witness described as a trot.

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Suspect Attacks Family With Hammer and Crowbar and then Sets House on Fire Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 08:36
FRESNO - Late Tuesday morning Central officers from the Fresno Police Department were dispatched to 1147 W. Lansing Way regarding an armed disturbance with a family member hitting other family members with a crowbar. Officers responded code three, lights and sirens activated, to the location. As officers were responding to the residence, dispatch provided an update that the suspect set the house on fire.

When officers arrived on scene, they found the house engulfed in flames with the suspect, Richard Garcia, 58 years, sitting on the front porch of the residence armed with a knife. Officers told Garcia to drop the knife which he did. He was then detained and during this period Garcia claimed he started the fire to kill "those people" but he would not say who he was talking about in the residence.
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Agriland Farming Company & CEO Charged with Stealing Water from MID Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:27
MADERA - Madera County District Attorney, David A. Linn, announced today that Agriland Farming Company, Inc. and its Chief Executive Officer have been charged with violations of sections 592(a), 498(b), and 602(k) of the Penal Code of the State of California, in a complaint filed January 30, 2017.

The complaint alleges that between March 2, 2016, and March 10, 2016, Agriland Farming Company and its Chief Executive Officer unlawfully trespassed on lands owned and occupied by the Madera Irrigation District and diverted water from a canal owned by the District without authorization and without paying compensation.

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Larry Pistoresi: Mr. Chowchilla Passes Away at Age 92 Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 January 2017 15:23

Larry Pete Pistoresi (92) died Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Chowchilla. He leaves his beloved wife of 44 years, Velma (Olivero) Pistoresi; his son Larry Pistoresi Jr. and his wife Linda; his stepsons Jerry Danieli and his wife Ramona, and Kent Danieli, a brother Monte and his wife Leona Pistoresi, sister Violet and her husband Darrell McClaughry, and sister Irene and her husband Don McMullen. He also leaves behind grandchildren Daniel, Laura, Brad, Janell, Beau, Brandon, Brenton, Richard, Preston and Ashton, 11 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many close friends. He was predeceased by his stepson Randy Danieli.

Born in Berenda and raised in Chowchilla, he attended local schools and graduated from Chowchilla High School in 1942. He served in the U.S. Air force for three years and then returned home to work with his dad in the car business eventually owning Pistoresi Chevrolet in Chowchilla along with his father Pete and brother Monte. They later sold the car business but Larry continued working as a salesman at the dealership now known as Steves Chevrolet until shortly after his 92nd birthday.

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Suspect Arrested for Kidnap and Attempted Bank Robbery Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 08:31
FRESNO - Early Tuesday morning North West patrol and traffic officers from the Fresno Police Department were dispatched to the Educational Employees Credit Union, 3488 E. Shaw Avenue, regarding a call of a male holding a knife to an employees throat.

Officers arrived on scene within three minutes and could see the suspect, Jesse Anthony Flores, 32 years of age, holding the 54-year-old female victim at the front glass doors of the credit union. Flores moved the victim to the north side of the building and saw the officers approaching and released the victim.
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Gregory Gleichweit (87)
13/04/2017

Greg Gleichweit (87) was born on May 10, 1929 to George and Mildred Gleichweit in Madera; he passed away on, April 7, 2017 at the age of 87 in Fresno. He attended Lincoln Grammar School, and gra [ ... ]


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  [ ... ]


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