Madera County

Homes Looted After Residents Evacuate Willow Fire Near FresnoSome homeowners were hit with a nasty surprise when returning to the homes they were forced to evacuate due to the Willow Fire when they found their homes had been looted.
Black Face Paint Ineffective In Fooling Police Seeking Stolen Car Suspect In Central ValleyA Central Valley stolen car suspect who police say spray painted his face black to avoid detection was nevertheless arrested despite his disguise.
10-Year-Old Shoots Her 8-Year-Old Sister With Gun Belonging To Sheriff's DeputyA ten-year-old girl is suspected of shooting her younger sister, who is only 8, in Fresno early Friday, using her father's weapon -- a firearm provided by the Madera County Sheriff's Department.
There Are Too Many Trees In California Soaking Up Much Needed Water, UC Berkeley Study SaysEnvironmental scientists at UC Berkeley are saying that there are too many trees in the California’s forests. Scientists say that less trees would leave more rain water available to meet the state’s demand.
State Coordinating Response To Battle Massive Wildfires Throughout CaliforniaOfficials with the California Office of Emergency Services near Sacramento are making sure local communities have all the resources they need to fight these fires, from staffing, to tankers, to shelters.
Hundreds Flee Wildfires Near Sierra Nevada Foothills, Over 400 Homes ThreatenedTwo raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures, many of them homes.
KCBS Cover Story Series: Central Valley Farm Jobs Dry Up With California DroughtThe effect of the drought on California’s agriculture industry has eliminated jobs for many farm workers, both migrants and people who call the Central Valley home year round.
Auctioneer 1st Man Charged Under California Law To Protect Horses From Slaughter They were called Lacey and Squirt, two professional rodeo horses and beloved pets. But they ended up sold for meat on someone's dinner plate overseas. In a landmark case, a suspect has been charged with delivering at least one of them to slaughter.
Football Field-Sized Marijuana Greenhouses Seized In Central ValleyAuthorities in Central California say they have seized more than 500 full-grown marijuana plants from a sophisticated growing operation near Fresno.
Richmond Man Swept Over Waterfall In Sierra National ForestA Richmond man died after he was swept over a waterfall in the Sierra National Forest south of Yosemite National Park while leading a group of campers to a swimming area on Saturday afternoon, a Madera County sheriff's spokeswoman said.
Agents Pull 15,000 Pot Plants In Sierra National ForestAgents in Madera County have eradicated nearly 15,000 marijuana plants on two grow sites in the Sierra National Forest.