Maderans to open artisan pizza parlor | Madera Tribune

A Madera family plans to open a new family-friendly restaurant near Home Depot with wood-fired pizza, local wines and 15 tap handles serving craft beer. Co-owners Dustin and Traci Franklin tentatively plan to open The Tap House, 2175 N. Schnoor St., Ste. 101, on Sept. 1. The restaurant will serve customers between 11 a.m. and…

Teenage boy dies after drowning at Hensley Lake | The Fresno Bee

A teenage boy drowned in Hensley Lake near the Hidden View Campground off of Road 407 on Saturday, said Commander Bill Ward with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. The boy’s age and hometown were not provided. The boy was reported to be drowning just after 10 a.m. Bystanders tried to rescue him and then called…

Alleged child kidnapper arraigned

A mother faced “a parent’s worst nightmare” this week when a registered sex offender attempted to kidnap her 8-year-old son from an apartment complex laundry room, according to authorities. Michael Bland, 31, entered the room Monday night “with them, locked the door and turned off all the lights …. (Then he) grabbed the 8-year-old boy…

Prop. 47 a tough lesson in weakness of initiatives – Press Enterprise

Whereas the traditional legislative process is a dialogue, a ballot initiative is more of a monologue. California’s easiest-in-the-nation rules make it possible to pass an initiative without substantive discussion or broad consensus, as long as the proponent has the money to qualify one. Largely absent from the initiative process is the chance for opponents, experts,…

Officer-involved shooting in Chowchillla | The Fresno Bee

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting by law enforcement officials in Chowchilla on Thursday that killed a man. The shooting, which involved Chowchilla and California Highway Patrol officers, took place after a man charged officers with a knife, according to Lt. Bill Ward of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating.…

Officer-involved shooting in Chowchilla leaves suspect dead | abc30.com

CHOWCHLLA, Calif. (KFSN) — An officer-involved shooting in Chowchilla left a suspect dead late Thursday night. The shooting happened near Fourth and Alameda Avenues at around 11 p.m. Authorities say an officer spotted a man intentionally starting a fire in the area and confronted him. Witnesses say Chowchilla Police Department and California Highway Patrol officers…