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MUSD Superintendent Accuses Lynn Cogdill of "Deceiving the Public" Print E-mail
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Written by Jack W Porter, Jr.   
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 10:00

EDITORIAL - Madera Unified Superintendent Edward Gonzalez has called MUSD Trustee candidate Lynn Cogdill's Facebook page deceptive to the public. This follows the candidates posting of a video which implies that the superintendent has endorsed the former board member's candidacy for the district six seat in next weeks election.

"I am not endorsing any candidate for school board. I have asked Mr. Cogdill to remove my likeness from his Facebook page, and he has refused to do so, stating that he is not messaging that I support him, but rather that he supports me. I think the Facebook page is deceiving to the public."   Ed Gonzalez said in an email sent to local media on Monday.

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Final Madera Shooting Suspect Nabbed in Fresno Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Sunday, 30 October 2016 15:25

FRESNO - Within a week of a shooting incident that could have costs the lives of a Madera Police Officer and a civilian ride-along, all three suspects are now in custody. Friday night the Special Investigations Unit of the Madera Police Department along with the assistance of the California Department of Justice, U.S. Marshal Service, Fresno Police Department and Fresno County Sheriffs Department, attempted murder suspect James Cruz was apprehended.

Two of the suspects in last Sunday mornings shooting of a Madera Police cruiser as it was attempting to make a traffic stop were booked into the Madera County Jail Tuesday. The incident has attracted national media attention to this little Central California town. With the driver and the shooter in custody, Madera Police focused all their attention on the last suspect, Bulldog gang member James Cruz.

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Daniel Wilson Found Guilty of Hate Crime Assault Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Friday, 28 October 2016 12:41
FRESNO - The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that Daniel Coronel Wilson was found guilty of assaulting Amrik Singh Bal last December. A Fresno County jury found Mr. Wilson guilty of Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury, and also found true an allegation that the assault constituted a Hate Crime that was committed in concert with another person.

The December 26, 2015 assault, which was captured on video, brought a wave of fear to the local Sikh community. Mr. Wilson, along with a seventeen year old co-participant who committed suicide, were captured on video first beating Mr. Bal with their fists, then hitting him with a car. It was argued that Mr. Bal was targeted because he wore a turban and a robe, and the attackers believed that he was “terrorist.” Mr. Bal was left unconscious on the roadway on Brunswick Avenue west of Highway 99.
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Large Investigation into Calwa Gang Nets Dozens of Arrests and Gun Seizures Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Sunday, 30 October 2016 15:10
CALWA - Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims announced results of an ongoing investigation primarily focused on one criminal street gang in Calwa. They are responsible for crimes such as murder, robbery, drug dealing, human trafficking and illegal gun trafficking.
 

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and the MAGEC team received great assistance from several law enforcement agencies. They include: California Highway Patrol, Fresno Police Department, Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Clovis Police Department, Fresno County Probation Department, Kingsburg Police Department, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Fresno Methamphetamine Task Force, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Homeland Security Investigations.
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Two Suspects in Custody in Madera Police Shooting - One Suspect Outstanding Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 10:58

MADERA - When Madera Police Chief Steve Frazier said on Monday that they would have the suspects of the shooting of a Madera Police cruiser in custody by the end of the week, his department knew they had a monumental task ahead for them. Disappointment to the chief was never an option so within a day and a half the men of the Madera Police Department had two out of three of their suspects in custody.

Thomas Matthew Garcia (33) of Fresno has been identified as the shooter. He is an active member of the Fresno Bulldog gang and was taken into custody in Fresno. The shooter has an extensive criminal history including multiple assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest charges. Also arrested was the driver of the vehicle, Serena Arroyo (26) of Fresno. Her affiliation to any gangs is not known at this time, however she is the single mother of a little boy. A third suspect is still on the loose, James Cruz of Fresno. He is also an active Fresno Bulldog Gang member. Police are actively searching for this man.

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