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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.

Plane Goes Down In Madera County Field

Plane Goes Down In Madera County Field

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a downed plane at around 12:30 Thursday afternoon.  The pilot made an emergency landing in an open field on Avenue 12 – located west of Road 28 ¼ and Highway 99.

Both the pilot and his student were not injured.  Both the FAA and NTSB are investigating. 

 

Majestic Mountain Loop Unveils Passport Program

Majestic Mountain Loop Unveils Passport Program

Oakhurst, CA. – The Majestic Mountain Loop, an itinerary featuring three of California’s most popular National Parks in three days, now has a new way for travelers to document their journey.

Showcasing Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks, the Majestic Mountain Loop was created through a partnership between the Visalia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau and Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

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.