Sheriff News for 1/24/ Edition

January 23, 2013 

Rosenberg found dead after attempted murder of officer

After a three-hour search Friday in the Coarsegold area for a 41-year-old man, sought after he attempted to run over a law enforcement agent with his truck, the suspect was found dead shortly before 6 p.m., said Erica Stuart, spokeswoman for the Madera County Sheriff's Office.

George Walter Rosenberg, whose last known residence was Stockton and Mariposa, was arrested last February in Coarsegold on drug charges, and was wanted on a felony no-bail warrant for methamphetamine. After trying to hit the Mountain Area deputy with his vehicle Friday afternoon, he was also being sought for the attempted murder of an officer, Stuart said.

Earlier Jan. 18 at about 3 p.m., a deputy spotted Rosenberg's dark green 1998 Toyota Tacoma between Highway 41 and Road 400 in Coarsegold and knew Rosenberg was wanted on a no-bail warrant.

As the deputy attempted to approach the truck, Rosenberg barreled toward the deputy. As the truck continued toward him, the deputy shot at the truck and then had to jump out of the way before the truck almost ran him over, Stuart said.

Rosenberg was sought in the Coarsegold area by deputies and California Highway Patrol officers, including aerial support from CHP helicopter team H-40.

Coarsegold Elementary School was placed on a temporary lock down at about 4 p.m. as a precautionary measure for anyone there after school as the suspect was being sought in the area.

At about 5:35 p.m., deputies found Rosenberg's truck hidden inside a barn off Wells Road. Rosenberg was found dead at about 6 p.m., positioned in an area of the property where he could see movement near the barn, but was not visible by those near the barn, Stuart said. A rifle was found on his lap and it appeared he was waiting to shoot at deputies, said Sheriff Anderson.

The Madera County Sheriff's Office reported that it appeared Rosenberg succumbed to the gun shot injury caused by the deputy who fired at him when Rosenberg tried to run the deputy over. The incident is a prime example of the drug problem that plagues Madera County and the Central Valley, said Sheriff Anderson.

Man charged of arson in Coarsegold found guilty

Sheriff John Anderson announced Jan. 17 that a man sheriff's deputies arrested for arson in Madera County last summer will serve time for his crime.

On Thursday afternoon, a Madera County jury found 49-year-old Tad Patrick Moore of Hollywood guilty of setting at least two fires along Highway 41 near Coarsegold last year.

Moore was arrested in Madera County in July, 2012.

Records show he had just been released from Fresno (arrested in June on suspicion of arson) when he showed up in Madera.

On a hot summer afternoon, not long after his release, firefighters battled a fire off Highway 41 north of Bellview Road.

The following morning crews were sent scrambling to a second fire approximately a quarter mile north of Yosemite Springs Parkway off Highway 41 in Coarsegold.

Later that morning, as deputies were responding to a call on Highway 49, Lt. Tyson Pogue spotted Moore walking on the roadway near Oakhurst.

Moore took off running, and a foot chase ensued, but he was finally captured without further incident.

Sheriff Anderson praised the combined efforts of sheriff's personnel, Cal Fire arson investigators, as well as the legal prowess of Deputy DA Mary Thornton, who prosecuted this case.

It reportedly took 20 minutes for the jury to render its verdict.

Moore now has two felony strikes on his record, and is scheduled to be sentenced February 19.

Two suspects jailed in scratcher heist, one still sought

Two suspects are now behind bars after they were caught on video surveillance busting through the front door of the 22-Mile House, located at Highway 41 and Road 208, on Nov. 28 and stealing a stack of lottery scratchers.

Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said the case is still ongoing because detectives believe there was a third person involved in the November heist.

Anyone who may have information about is urged to call the Madera County Sheriff's Office at (559) 675-7770 or CRIME STOPPERS at 498-STOP.

The two suspects behind bars for their involvement in the scratcher heist are Christopher Nunn, 32, and Robert Leroy Cave, 51, of Fresno. Both men are reputed members of a Fresno-based white supremacy group known as the "Fresneck" gang. According to Fresno authorities, the "Fresneck" gang has been tied to burglaries and home invasion robberies.

With assistance from Fresno Police detectives, Adam McEwen, lead detective for the Madera County Sheriff's Office, was able to identify both Nunn and Cave.

Nunn was arrested Jan. 16 on an unrelated charge when detective McEwen was able to tie him to the November scratcher theft. Nunn is also wanted in Fresno on a no-bail warrant.

Cave turned himself in to Fresno authorities late Friday night -- booked into Madera County Department of Corrections shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.

Cave, who reportedly told the arresting detective that he couldn't take the heat generated by media, was booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property and conspiracy. His bail is set at $10,000.

Both Nunn and Cave were captured on video surveillance cashing in the stolen scratchers Nov. 28 in Fresno, just hours after robbing the 22-Mile House.

Detectives say the pair pocketed close to $2,000 before the day was done.

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