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Richard Gonzales Named Deputy Of The Year

Richard Gonzales Named Deputy Of The Year

Madera County – Sheriff John Anderson announced Three-Time Officer of the Year recipient was honored among his peers during Madera County’s annual Law Enforcement Appreciation banquet held at the Elk’s Lodge in Madera.

Sheriff John Anderson proudly introduced Deputy Sheriff Richard Gonzales as Madera County Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year.  “It’s unprecedented,” noted Sheriff Anderson during the awards ceremony.

Aspen Fire Closes Roads

Aspen Fire Closes Roads

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of closing down the following roads as Fire Crews battle the Aspen blaze.

 

  •         1. Forest 81 south of Fish Creek campground (allow traffic to leave, not to allow north, toward mammoth pool)

 

  1. Forest 81 south of the intersection of Grizzly Road (allow people to leave, not to allow south on forest 81, send traffic up Grizzly Road)

 

  1. Intersection of Forest Service Road 8S09 and 7S07 (allow people to leave toward North Fork but not to enter)

 

It is not known how long this traffic advisory remains in effect. More information will be released as it becomes available.

Sheriff Warns Of Scam

Sheriff Warns Of Scam

Madera County – Sheriff John Anderson is warning consumers about buying and selling items via the internet.  A local resident posted a vehicle for sale on Craigslist – asking price $600.  The potential buyer contacted the seller agreeing to purchase the car for the said price.

The subject who goes by the name “Gray Smith” sent the buyer a phony National Association of Realtors check for $2,450.00   Knowing the amount far exceeded the price, the buyer instructed the seller to cash the check, and send back the overpayment.

Fortunately the buyer recognized it was a hoax.

Police Uproot 1-Thousand Pot Plants In Chowchilla

Police Uproot 1-Thousand Pot Plants In Chowchilla

MADERA COUNTY – MADNET along with Sheriff’s Deputies, SWAT Personnel and agents with Madera County Code Enforcement finished a 5-hour mission, eradicating marijuana plants found growing at three residences all located in a Chowchilla. 

Agents pulled almost 1,000 marijuana plants (between three and 7 feet tall) out of four separate plywood grows -- all of which were in violation of Madera County’s Medical Marijuana Cultivation Regulations.  Enclosures can only be 120 square feet.

In addition to the nearly 1,000 plants pulled from each of these gardens, two weapons were seized and two men taken into custody.

  • ASCENCION CHAGOLLAN, DOB: 12/25/77 -- wanted in Fresno on a $60,000.00 warrant for assault. He was transported to Fresno County.
  • LUIS ANGEL ROJAS, DOB 6/7/90 – taken into custody for being a felon in possession of a fireman.

Madera Ranchos Burglar Caught On Camera

Madera Ranchos Burglar Caught On Camera

MADERA COUNTY -- Sheriff John Anderson has released snapshots pulled from surveillance tape showing one of two burglars breaking into Hurst Hardware in Madera Ranchos last month.

Shortly after 4:00 AM on June 19, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the hardware store located on Berkshire Drive. The door to the back of the building was open, and whoever went inside vanished before Deputies arrived.

Two men captured on tape can be seen running through the aisles of the store grabbing items off the shelves.

10-Thousand Pot Plants Uncovered In Sierra National Forest

10-Thousand Pot Plants Uncovered In Sierra National Forest

MADERA COUNTY – Agents with Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team, Sworn personnel with Madera County Regional SWAT Team, U.S.

Yellow Fever Mosquito Wings Its Way Into Madera Ranchos

Yellow Fever Mosquito Wings Its Way Into Madera Ranchos

According to the Madera Mosquito and Vector Control District, the Aedes Aegypti has been found in traps in Madera Ranchos & Parkwood areas in Madera County. Madera Ranchos is approximately half way between Madera & Clovis.

A few weeks ago, the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) was identified in a several block area on the west side of the city of Madera.  This aggressive day-biting mosquito is not native to California; however it is a common mosquito in urban areas of the southeastern United States.

The Madera County Mosquito and Vector Control District is working with the California Department of Public Health and the Madera County Department of Health to evaluate the extent of the infestation and will aggressively target problem areas to prevent its spread.  “Our goal is to eradicate this population” said Leonard Irby, the District’s Manager.