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Layaway for the Holidays

Layaway for the Holidays
It's mid-November and the holiday season is approaching fast. Many shoppers will be sticking to budgets and will be searching for affordable ways to purchase holiday gifts.

Costa Announces Funds to Hire Police Officers, Improve Safety

Costa Announces Funds to Hire Police Officers, Improve Safety

WASHINGTON, DC.  – Rep. Jim Costa announced that the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has released more than $820,000 for the hire of four additional law enforcement officers. The funds are sent directly to law enforcement agencies to help hire or rehire law enforcement officials to improve local safety efforts. In the 16th Congressional District, Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, and Madera all received funds for the hire of an additional officer.

“For years, our Valley cities have been faced with fiscal challenges that have forced them to make painful budget decisions,” said Costa. “These grants give them the flexibility needed to build and maintain their police departments so they can keep our communities safe. COPS is a critical lifeline to local law enforcement, and I will continue to fight for funding this program.”

Phone Scam In Madera County

Phone Scam In Madera County

Madera County – Sheriff John Anderson is warning all merchants who operate a business in Madera County. “If you receive a call from someone offering to renew your annual ad with the Visitor’s Guide, hang up. It’s a scam.”

Sheriff Anderson received word from a Bass Lake area business owner, who says, someone called her establishment asking about renewing.  

The caller was equipped with the right amount of information to sound relatively convincing … adding that she could save the owner money now if she agreed to pay now.

Madera Teen Who Died In Car At High School Campus Identified

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Grief counselors spent Thursday morning on the Madera South High School campus, helping students cope with the death of their classmate.

Administrators say 14–year–old Graciela Martinez rode to school with her brother, also a student, Wednesday morning.  He went into classes early, and police say she stayed behind in the car.

Her brother returned to his car after school, and found his sister inside.

He drove her to Madera Community Hospital, where staff members alerted police.

At this stage, officers say her death appears to be heat-related.

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Pot Grow Uncovered Near Madera County Church

Pot Grow Uncovered Near Madera County Church

Madera County – Sheriff John Anderson sent a team of Deputies to North Fork Tuesday after receiving a tip about a marijuana grow operating perilously close to a local church.

The initial tip concerned a group of people who were seen dragging marijuana plants to their vehicle parked along Road 200.

Deputies discovered the pilfered plants had been pulled from a significant marijuana operation located a mere 500 feet from a Church.

When deputies arrived on scene, one of the growers fled on foot. Inside two separate plots they found nearly 400 fully budded plants and three recommendation cards.

The garden was not enclosed; making it prime pickings for what it is commonly referred to “Patch Pirates,” i.e.

Happy Ending To Search For Missing Madera Ranchos Boy

Happy Ending To Search For Missing Madera Ranchos Boy

Madera County – Sheriff John Anderson announced the search to find a missing boy with Autism ended around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon after he was found back in his home.

14-year old Jacob Frandsen disappeared around 9:00 Wednesday morning.

The Sheriff’s Office launched a SAR operation that consisted of Deputies, Detectives, Volunteer Ground Pounders, K9 Rescue Teams and volunteers with Madera County Sheriff’s Citizens On Patrol.

In addition to Madera County Sheriff’s Personnel, dozens of Ranchos residents took to the streets and fields on horse, bicycle and quads.

The young boy appeared suddenly (unharmed) inside his home shortly after kids were getting off the bus.


Website Launched to Address Asian Citrus Psyllid Threat

Website Launched to Address Asian Citrus Psyllid Threat

Courtesy: Tulare County Farm Bureau


The California citrus industry is facing its biggest threat yet – the Asian citrus psyllid and the disease it can carry, Huanglongbing, also known as HLB or citrus greening disease.

Once trees are infected with HLB, they will eventually die, threatening more than 20,000 jobs and more than 200,000 acres of citrus in California.