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State Supreme Court Clerk Frederick Ohlrich to Retire Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 March 2012 13:29
SAN FRANCISCO - After a 47-year career in the state justice system, Mr. Frederick “Fritz” K. Ohlrich will retire as Clerk/Administrator of the California Supreme Court effective June 29, 2012, it was announced today by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.
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Arrest Made in Merced Gas Station Robberies Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 March 2012 13:20

MERCED - The responsible for the robbery and attempted robbery that occurred at the Smiley’s Shell gas station earlier this month has been arrested by Officer Ramon Ruiz. The arrest was made on Friday night in the 1800 block of I St. The suspect has been identified as Fredrick Brigham.

The first robbery occurred on March12th at approximately 2045 hours. The suspect entered the gas station wearing a dark color sweatshirt with a hoodie demanding money from the clerk. The suspect had his hand in his sweatshirt and simulated as if he had a handgun. The suspect was last seeing running northbound from the station. It was reported approximately 800 hundred dollars was taken during the robbery.

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Madera Gang Member Heading to Prison for Murder Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 March 2012 06:45

MADERA COUNTY - Madera County District Attorney Michael R. Keitz announced that Juan Carlos Amezcua, age 21, of Madera, was convicted of second degree murder in the death of Victor Raqueno, age 28, also of Madera. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the murder charge for a co-defendant, Eucario Avalos Ruiz, age 29, also of Madera, but did find him guilty of participation in a criminal street gang.

A trial for the Madera gang members began on January 30, 2012 in the Madera Superior Court, with a separate jury empaneled to determine a verdict for each defendant. Senior Deputy District Attorney Linda Dunn prosecuted the case for the People.

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Four Year Old Left Behind At Restaurant, Reunited With Family Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 March 2012 06:26

PRATHER - This past Thursday night, deputies responded to the Pizza Factory restaurant in Prather regarding a 4 year old child who had accidentally been left behind by his family. Shortly before 7:00pm, deputies arrived at the restaurant and contacted staff that were watching over the child.

Deputies learned that the child’s family, including the two parents and 9 children, had been having dinner at the restaurant and left at approximately 6:30pm.  Shortly afterwards, staff noticed the little boy seated by himself.

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Inmate Tutors Help Inmate Students to Read Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 March 2012 07:34
CHOWCHILLA - Two dozen inmates at Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW) meet every Monday morning with Ms. Cindy Greer, Literacy Coordinator, to get their work assignments for the week.  In a way, they are teachers, too.

The 24 inmates are literacy tutors for 300 other VSPW inmates who are voluntarily taking classes to become better readers and successfully complete General Education Degree (GED) requirements and tests.

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