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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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Former North Fork Tribal Leader Found Murdered Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:43
NORTH FORK - On Saturday morning, Madera County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a residence on Road 225 near North Fork after a man found his mother deceased on her front porch. Initial investigation revealed that the woman had injuries and had apparently been in some type of altercation. At about the same time Deputies were also dispatched to a welfare check of another woman who lived nearby and was showing signs of having been in a physical fight.

Sheriff’s Detectives were called to the scene and began a homicide investigation. Evidence gathered at both locations indicated that the deceased female had been killed by the other woman. The deceased victim has been identified as 76 year old Bonnie Hale of North Fork. Detectives arrested 63 year old Mary O’Keefe of North Fork for murder and she was booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections on Saturday evening.

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Bridge Store to Close after 89 Years of Service to Madera Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Sunday, 18 December 2016 21:38

MADERA -  After 89 years of serving the Madera Community the Bridge Store will soon close its doors. The Nishimoto Family has been a proud member of the Madera Business community since 1928. Once Kameyo Nishimoto, the Matriarch of the family, first opened the doors the Nishimoto Family became dedicated members of the Madera Community.
 
Kameyo and Tamaichi Nishimoto opened the business in May of 1928. Then the store was a single room corner store with wooden floors. The entire Nishimoto Family including Mildred Nishimoto, Keith and Mickey Nishimoto, Sunny and Dorothy Nishimoto, Mary Nishimoto and Patty Nishimoto, have worked tirelessly in the store. In 1965 the current building was built by Keith and Sunny Nishimoto.

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Norteno Gang Member Stabbed by Bulldog Gang Members Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Thursday, 15 December 2016 18:45
FRESNO - Officers from the Fresno Police Department were dispatched to the Southwest corner of Tulare and First streets regardng a stabbing.  Officers located the victim, a twenty-four year old Hispanic male,  in front of the Dirty Bird Laundry-mat. 

The self-admitted Norteno gang member had a single non-life threatening stab wound to his upper right chest area near his arm pit.  He said he was at the Dollar Tree at First and Tulare when he observed three Bulldog gang members inside as well.
 
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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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Singh Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 December 2016 18:57

MADERA – Madera County District Attorney David A. Linn announced that Karan Singh, of Clovis, California, was sentenced on December 9, 2016, by the Honorable Judge Mitchell Rigby, to thirteen years in State Prison, for violations of 23153(a) of the Vehicle Code, felony driving under the influence causing bodily injury to another, and 23153(b) of the Vehicle Code, felony driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or over causing bodily injury to another, along with enhancements associated with great bodily injury.


Singh was originally tried in April 2013 which resulted in a hung jury. He was again tried in December 2015, receiving the guilty verdict in March 2016. The defense made a new trial motion following the March 2016 conviction on two felony counts, which was unsuccessful. Due to various reasons, including the illness of defense counsel, the defendant was not able to be sentenced until December 9, 2016.

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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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Property Crimes Detectives Arrest Woman Linked to Check Forgery and Identity Theft Print E-mail
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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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