Madera County releases $294 million budget | Sierra Star

The Madera County 2017-18 proposed $294.6 million budget will fund several sheriff positions that were previously unfunded, replace some county fire department equipment, and provide IT upgrades to comply with federal and state information security requirements. The proposed budget is $26 million higher than the 2016-17 budget, and includes an estimated $15.5 million carryover from…

Inmate kills self at Madera County jail | The Fresno Bee

A man has killed himself in the Madera County jail, the Madera County Sheriff’s Department said. Benjamin V. Garcia, 21, of Madera, used a bedsheet to hang himself May 31. Garcia was arrested the same day on a warrant for violation of probation, robbery, vandalism and battery on a peace officer, the sheriff’s department said.…

Man gets 480 hours of service, $10,850 restitution for combat cocks | Madera Tribune

A Madera man is on three years probation for keeping and training fighting fowl, according to the Madera County District Attorney’s Office today. Sentenced April 14, 29-year-old Jovani Joshua Hernandez should be performing 480 hours of community service and paying $10,850 restitution to the county’s Department of Animal Services during his probation. District Attorney David…

Electronic freeway sign for Chowchilla is coming

Some people drive by the city of Chowchilla and don’t realize it. But city officials are looking to change that, as the city council has approved the final design of a “gateway” sign with Chowchilla’s name on it that will be installed off the northbound lanes of Highway 99, south of Robertson Boulevard. And the…