Police Reports

CHP badgeO'NEALS - The victim of a fatal accident on Road 200 on Thursday, Aug. 28, has been identified as Bryan Patrick Higgins, 41, of Coarsegold.

Bryan was the driver of a 2003 Saturn Ion that crashed off the road near Butterfield Stage yesterday afternoon at around 2 p.m. He was ejected from the vehicle as it hit the guard rail and rolled down the embankment, and sustained fatal injuries.

Thursday, 28 August 2014 15:04

Fatal Accident On Road 200

Road 200 at Butterfield Stage Fatality 8-28-14O'NEALS - A single vehicle accident at about 2 p.m. on Road 200 near Butterfield Stage Road has claimed the life of a mountain area resident.

There were two occupants in the car, a male and female, that was eastbound at the crest of the hill at Butterfield Stage, at what was reported by CHP as "an excessive rate of speed."

Thursday, 28 August 2014 10:34

Victim Of Fatal Crash On 41 Identified

Accident scene at Highway 41 fatalityCOARSEGOLD - The mountain area woman who died in a head-on collision on Highway 41 on Wednesday has been identified as Bertha Doran, 72, of Bass Lake.

Doran was a passenger in a 1997 Chevy pickup headed north on Highway 41 just south of Serpa Canyon Road at about 8 p.m. last night. Her husband Bethel, 74, was at the wheel.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 21:58

Man Arrested For DUI After Fatal Crash

Mercury Grand Marquis GS that caused the fatal crashCOARSEGOLD - Another mountain area resident has lost their life due to a driver suspected of being under the influence of alcohol.

At about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, a Mercury Grand Marquis GS was southbound on Highway 41 just south of Serpa Canyon, and reportedly drifted into the northbound lane.

Friday, 22 August 2014 18:45

Woman Who Caused Deadly Crash Arraigned

Roberta Lynn SotoFRESNO - The woman charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of Yosemite High School graduate and former Oakhurst resident Matthew Harkenrider, was arraigned today in her hospital room, reports ABC30 in Fresno.

Roberta Lynn Soto, 45, of Kingsburg, pleaded not guilty to the charges as a judge, officers and attorneys gathered in her hospital room.

Sunday, 17 August 2014 21:15

Fatal Accident On Highway 145

CHP badgeMADERA COUNTY - A head-on collision on Highway 145 this afternoon has claimed the life of a young man from Fresno.

Caleb Ryan Koop, 25, was reportedly westbound on Highway 145 when his car drifted into the eastbound lane, hitting a pickup hauling a boat.

Saturday, 16 August 2014 08:57

Madera County's Most Wanted

Valley Crime StoppersMADERA COUNTY - The Sheriff's Office has posted their Fugitive Friday list of persons with active warrants, wanted by the Madera County Sheriff's Office.

If you have seen any of these individuals, you are urged to contact the Sheriff's Office at 559-675-7770 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 15:45

Fresno Crash Claims Life Of YHS Graduate

Matthew HarkenriderFRESNO - A tragic crash at the intersection of Fresno Street and Herndon at around 7 a.m. this morning, has taken the life of a Yosemite High School graduate and former Oakhurst resident.

Matthew Harkenrider, 26, of Clovis, was killed when a woman who was reportedly speeding in a stolen SUV, ran a red light and smashed into his car.

The impact pushed his Mazda sedan into three other cars that were stopped at the light.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:25

Traffic Stops Ends In Major Narcotics Bust

IMG 0104MADERA COUNTY – A vehicle stop on Highway 99 has led to one of the largest narcotic busts in recent history, says the Madera County Sheriff's Office.

A large amount of packaged cocaine, methamphetamine and white powder heroin, with a wholesale value of nearly $700,000, is off the streets, and two Sacramento men are behind bars facing felony drug charges.

Madera County Sheriff BadgeNORTH FORK - Just after 5:30 p.m. today, sheriff's deputies responded to the Bass Fork Minit Mart at Roads 200 and 221, following the report of a grenade in a bag.

A nearby resident, who had been to a home in Leisure Acres to feed a friend's horse, found a bag full of bullets beside the corral.

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