Police Reports

Monday, 20 October 2014 12:02

Jeep Stolen From Oakhurst Parking Lot

CHP badgeOAKHURST - CHP is searching for a Jeep CJ-7 stolen from the McDonald's parking lot in Oakhurst this morning around 9 a.m.

The owner reportedly left his keys in the vehicle to run into a business, when someone jumped into the Jeep and drove away.

Friday, 17 October 2014 12:33

Lost Hunters Located By Search Teams

Madera County Sheriff BadgeMADERA COUNTY – Two overdue hunters have been located by Madera County Sheriff's Search & Rescue Team. They are reportedly in OK condition and are heading home.

Earlier today, the Sheriff's Office mobilized a search for the pair, reportedly missing in the area of Muglers Meadow, located in the Sierra National Forest.

Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:56

Newspaper Subscription Renewal Scam

Madera County Sheriff BadgeMADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is warning newspaper subscribers about a new scam targeting Central California readers.

Those affected so far, include customers of the LA Times and the Fresno Bee.

Madera County Sheriff BadgeMADERA COUNTY - Sometime between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. Monday night, a young girl walking home alone from a friend's house on Victoria Lane in Oakhurst, was grabbed by strange man.

According to reports, the child first heard someone scream "Hey!" She stopped and turned around to see who was yelling, and that is when he grabbed her by the hair.

Thursday, 09 October 2014 16:33

Commuter's Call Lands Fugitive Behind Bars

Edward Arthur ZamoraCOARSEGOLD – A Winton man wanted in Merced County is back behind bars, thanks to a commuter's call alerting authorities to a fight during the morning communte in Coarsegold yesterday morning.

Edward Arthur Zamora, 46, was wanted on three felony narcotic warrants, including special allegation charges. He was seen parked alongside the road, just off Highway 41 near Black Oak Road, arguing with three women just before 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:35

Oakhurst Transient Arrested For The 47th Time

Bodie PressOAKHURST - An Oakhurst man, claiming to be a transient, sits behind bars for the 47th time, after the sheriff's office was alerted to a man peering into parked cars in Oakhurst yesterday.

Citizens reported seeing a man, later identified as Bodie Press, 32, looking into cars in the parking lot at Oakhurst Park.

Deputy Paul Chetwood later found the inebriated subject kneeling outside a liquor store off Highway 41.

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 10:21

Sheriff Seeks Help Locating Next Of Kin

Madera County Sheriff BadgeMADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is seeking help to locate relatives of a Chowchilla woman who passed away.

Carol Ann Johnson, 77, of Chowchilla resided in a nursing home until her death on Sept. 30, 2014.

Berenda Slough grow - photo Madera County SheriffMADERA COUNTY – The discovery of 200 marijuana plants growing near the Berenda Slough in Chowchilla gave new meaning to the phrase "weed abatement" early yesterday morning.

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, Water District employees, clearing bamboo from the banks of the slough, discovered two separate marijuana plots, and alerted the Sheriff's Office. Due to the enormity of the crop, deputies turned the case over to MADNET (Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team).

With agents already handling another massive marijuana growing operation that same day, they tackled the 200 plants Wednesday at sunup.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:20

North Fork Man Jailed For Attempted Murder

Charles Ray ShippNORTH FORK – A North Fork man sits behinds bars today, accused of attempted murder and burglary, after storming his ex-girlfriend's house last night, according to the Madera County Sheriff's Office.

Charles Ray Shipp, age 62, reportedly walked into his ex-girlfriend's home, armed with a shotgun, and said, "This is how it's gonna end."

The woman was able to fend him off, but not before he fired at least two shots inside her house. She suffered minor injuries.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:49

Home Invasion Targets Marijuana Crop

Madera County Sheriff BadgeMADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Sheriff's office is asking for assistance in locating as many as five men who broke into a home in rural Madera County this afternoon. A marijuana crop was their intended target.

At approximately 1:28 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, the Sheriff's office received word of a home invasion on Avenue 6 near Road 20.

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