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Madera Gang Member Sentenced to Life for Murder Print E-mail
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Sunday, 27 May 2012 17:42

MADERA - Judge James A. Oakley sentenced Juan Carlos Amezcua, to 40 years to life in state prison for the murder of Victor Raqueno, according to Michael R. Keitz, District Attorney for Madera County.

Amezcua, 21, of Madera, was convicted by a Madera Superior Court jury on March 20th, 2012, of second degree murder and actively participating in a criminal street gang. In addition, the jury found special allegations including: murder for the benefit of a criminal
street gang, personal use of a firearm, and street terrorism.

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Wanted Parolee Arrested For Burglary Of Elementary School Print E-mail
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Saturday, 26 May 2012 17:45

FRESNO COUNTY - Sheriff Margaret Mims today announced the arrest of a Caruthers man wanted in connection with the burglary of Caruthers Elementary School.  Arrested was 32 year old Jeff Lee Swetnam.

Early yesterday morning, shortly after midnight, deputies were dispatched to the school located at 13699 S Quince Ave after the alarm company reported a silent alarm and possible break in to one of the class rooms.

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Madera County Fair Success Despite Governors Budget Punch Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 May 2012 02:06

CHOWCHILLA - Last year Governor Jerry Brown bloodied the noses of the local fairs around the State of California by yanking their state funding. Despite the fact that this funding allowed local fairs to generate more than $150 million dollars in tax revenue, the governor thought the state fairs could do without $32 million in subsides and seed money.

I guess the Madera County Fair showed the governor they can survive just fine without him. The 2012 edition of the Madera County Fair shut its gates Sunday night to record numbers for its four day run. Last year the fair was open five days.

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Teacher's Negligence Creates Dangerous Situation For John Adams Student Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 May 2012 23:51

MADERA - Sometimes I need to violate one of the first rules of journalism, "Don't be a part of the story or report from the first person perspective". After what happened last night at the Madera Unified Spring Concert at Lincoln Elementary, I again get to pull out my first person voice and tell you a story of a woman that does not belong in education and an administration that is worse than the previous administration the district sent back to the classroom.

First of all I must confess that I did not demonstrate model behavior. Sometimes an over-protective father takes over my brain and I want to stop the people that have hurt my kids. Last night was a good example of this.

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Morgan Miller Named Spring Festival Queen 2012 Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 May 2012 01:00

Chowchilla - The 2012 Spring Festival Parade stepped off Saturday morning on Robertson Boulevard. Bands from around the Valley as well as local groups and businesses rode floats of tissue paper in front of the large crowds that lined the street. The only hiccup in the parade was the ten minute delay caused by the Chowchilla High Marching Band at the very beginning. Other than that the event went off without a hitch.
 

Following the parade the community made their way to the fair grounds for a deep pit barbeque. Over 200 volunteers prepared ten thousand pounds of beef, one thousands pounds of beans and salad for a record number of diners.

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