Handgun still missing|
Marriage conference simulcast in April
Local students link up to Mars
A new kiln for Heartland
ROLL THE CAMERAS
Hamming it up for the cameras are Holly Price dressed as actress Audry Hepburn, J.R. Froelich as Sam Elliot and Georgie Dayton as celebrity Sophie Tucker as they ready themselves for “Oakhurst Goes to the Oscars,” set for Sunday, March 25, at 4 p.m. The satellite broadcast of the Hollywood Oscar show will be held at the Golden Chain Theatre. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at the Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce, Sierra Star, Dorsey’s Hallmark, Oakhurst Frameworks, Oakhurst Veterinary, or Marilyn Rigg State Farm Insurance.
||Woman found dead in car as home burns
AHWAHNEE — A woman was found dead in her parked car Friday morning by firefighters responding to a structure fire at her residence.
Ada Green, 73, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Three engines and two water tenders from Ahwahnee, Oakhurst and Coarsegold responded to the 11:06 a.m. call at 44510 Highway 49, along Crooks Mountain Road.
Firefighters arrived just after 11:15 a.m. to find the double-wide mobile home completely engulfed in flames, says CDF Battalion Chief Dave Burroughs.
Ms. Green’s body was found inside her car by firefighters. The vehicle was parked in front of the residence. She apparently died of traumatic injuries.
Investigators with the Madera County Sheriff’s Department report no specific indication that foul play was involved.
The cause of death will be determined following an autopsy.
Sheriff: we’re pretty safe in the mountains
Supervisor: there is always a money problem
AHWAHNEE — In what is becoming a quarterly tradition, the Ahwahnee Community Council gathered here last week to hear what two men they helped elect had to say about their jobs.
Madera County Sheriff-Coroner John P. Anderson opened his part of what the Sierra Star has dubbed “the Gary & John Show” by noting that it had been three years since he attended the same forum as a candidate.
And by coincidence, resident Vivian Cooper had a clipping of the story that reported the candidate forum to which Mr. Anderson was referring. [“Sheriff candidates look at the issues, Sierra Star, March 19, 1998.]
“A lot has happened since then,” Mr. Anderson noted. For one thing, he won the 1998 elections, retired from his long career with the California Highway Patrol and was sworn in as sheriff-coroner.
“We have had a good couple of years,” he added.
He started down the list …
First up, the COPS — Citizens on Patrol — program that enlists volunteers to assist sheriff’s deputies as “eyes and ears.”
“If they see something happen, they call us,” Mr. Anderson says of the volunteers who work beats in cars that resemble patrol cars but are clearly identified as “volunteers.”
Later in the evening, COPS volunteer Bart Nagel nearly turned the program into the “Gary, John & Bart Show” as he spoke eloquently about the COPS project and its effectiveness. He described how the volunteers patrol areas they are familiar with, reporting out-of-place sightings via radio to nearby deputies.
Besides that, there are ways the volunteers help with traffic control, in the Sheriff’s Substation, and in other ways. “There is an unending number of things you can do,” Mr. Nagel explained.