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Man Accused Of Ramming Car Into 22-Mile House Nabbed

Man Accused Of Ramming Car Into 22-Mile House Nabbed

Madera County – Sheriff John Anderson announced the arrest of a Madera man wanted in connection with a vehicle theft case – the same vehicle caught on tape ramming into the front of the 22-Mile House earlier this month.

Deputy Luis Padgett captured 23-year old Abel Ramos, who was armed with a loaded gun when Deputy Padgett took him into custody.

On March 8, surveillance video captured a stolen Chrysler Pacifica slamming into the entrance of the 22-Mile House shortly before 4:00 a.m..

Twenty-four hours following that brazen stunt, deputies caught up with that stolen vehicle near Cleveland Avenue and Tulare Street. The man behind the wheel at that time (and identified as Ramos) managed to escape leaving behind his three occupants who were all arrested.

Abel Ramos, who was also wanted on three felony probation warrants, remains jailed without bail. 


Madera Teen Victim Of Drive-By Shooting

Madera Teen Victim Of Drive-By Shooting

Madera County – A 19-year old Madera Man has died from a wound he sustained during a drive-by shooting near Avenue 13 ½  and Cronin Street Thursday night.

Deputies responded to reports of a man being shot shortly before 10 PM. The victim, later identified as Robert Moreno III, was still alive when deputies arrived on scene.

It is not known at this hour why Moreno was the target. The only information detectives can release is the color and possible make of the car believed to be involved.

The car is described as a baby blue 4-door Honda Accord with stock rims. It was heading east on 13 ½ as the victim was walking west toward the neighborhood mini-mart, Bill’s Kwik Stop.

As the vehicle drove by, a shot was fired, striking Moreno. 

Anyone who may have information is urged to call either the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at 559-675-7770 or Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP.

Sheriff's Deputy Catches Copper Thieves In The Act

Sheriff's Deputy Catches Copper Thieves In The Act

Madera County – Two Madera men face grand theft and drug charges after a Madera County Sheriff’s Lt. caught the pair stealing roughly 125 feet of copper wire during rush hour near Highway 99 Wednesday morning.

Lt. Patrick Majeski was driving to work in an unmarked Sheriff’s vehicle, when he witnessed 38-year old Jimmy Costa and 28-year old Pablo Gutierrez, snatch a spool of telecommunication wire and throw it in the trunk of their car. The incident happened near the northbound Highway 99/Gateway off ramp.

Realizing they had been spotted the pair made a quick u-turn leading them over a bridge to Almond Avenue near Madera Community Hospital, where they blew through a stop light at Barnett Way. In their attempt to escape, the driver jumped a curb, drove through an open field, stopped at one point to toss the wire out and then continued on.

Traffic Stop Nets Three Arrests: Meth Worth A Million

Traffic Stop Nets Three Arrests: Meth Worth A Million

Madera County -- A traffic enforcement stop in Coarsegold ends with three in custody, a stolen car recovered and nearly $1,000.00 of Crystal Meth seized.

The trio arrested Friday in the area of Skyline Ridge Road and Skyline Ridge Court are: 32-year old Melissa Mae Johnson of Ahwahnee, 23-year old Summer Marie Addington of Coarsegold, and 41-year old Todd Andrew Kjeldergaard of Oakhurst.

According to reports, Deputy Richard Gonzales pulled a 2000 red Geo Metro over at around 3:24 PM.

The driver, identified as Melissa Johnson claimed they were lost.  The deputy found that hard to believe since her front passenger, identified as Summer Addington lives in Coarsegold.   When asked who the car belongs to, Johnson reportedly told the deputy, a friend.  According to records, the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Oakhurst January 29th.

Deputies seized two glass smoking pipes, four packages of crystal meth, weigh

Six Teens Arrested For 3 Day Crime Spree

Six Teens Arrested For 3 Day Crime Spree

MADERA – Sheriff John Anderson announced Wednesday the arrest of half a dozen teenagers, who are accused of participating in a 3-day crime spree, carried out in the city and county of Madera.  He says the arrests may not have come about as quickly as they did had it not been for cooperative efforts between Sheriff’s Deputies and Madera Police Officers.

Behind bars are, 19-year old Nicholas Javier Castrejon, 19-year old Angel Barrios, along with four juveniles – two 17 year olds, a 15 year old, and a sixth suspect, just 14 years old. All six teenagers reside in Madera.

Authorities believe the group (with ties to a local criminal street gang) is connected to a rash of strong arm robberies, at least one shooting, and several carjackings, which began in the pre-dawn hours on January 21.


Madera Man Arrested For Selling Meth

Madera Man Arrested For Selling Meth

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson has announced the arrest of 28-year old Jesus Santiago Mendoza, following the execution of a search warrant carried out by Agents with the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team.

Shortly after dawn Tuesday morning, MADNET agents (with assistance from Sheriff’s Deputies and Officers with Madera Police) served a warrant at a home located on Avenue 15 near Road 28 ½ .

Mendoza reportedly tried to flush some of contraband down the toilet before agents could make entry.  In all agents were able to seize $3,000 worth of Methamphetamine, a loaded handgun and $800.00 in cash.

Agents received a tip that Mendoza may have been using this home to stash the narcotics, and then selling it on the streets of Madera.   Sheriff Anderson says numbers show that the amount of Meth hitting Madera County streets i

Second Person Surrenders In Scratcher Heist Case

Second Person Surrenders In Scratcher Heist Case

Madera County – Sheriff John Anderson announced early Saturday morning that a second suspect in the 22-Mile House Scratcher Heist turned himself in.  

51-year Robert Leroy Cave of Fresno turned himself into Fresno Authorities late last night. Madera County Sheriff's lead Detective, Adam McEwen, who has been investigating this case since November, was notified.  Detective McEwen booked Cave into Madera County Department of Corrections at 1:56 AM.

Cave, who reportedly told the arresting Detective he couldn't take the heat generated by media, was booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property and conspiracy. His bail set at $10,000.00

Cave joins 32-year old Christopher Nunn, already jailed. He was arrested January 16.

Both men are reputed members of a Fresno based white supremacy group known as the "Fresneck" gang.