Sheriff News for 6/20/13 edition of the Sierra Star

June 18, 2013 

Oakhurst attack results in stabbing of Ahwahnee man

According to the Madera County Sheriff's Office, two people were taken into custody at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13 after an assault in the Vons Shopping Center. The victim, Ryan Prosser, was struck in the head by fists. His injuries did not require hospitalization.

Michael Joseph Cervantes, 21, of Fresno, and Michael John Corral, 22, of Coarsegold were both arrested for battery. A third suspect, Tyler Sellers, 21, of both Ahwahnee and Fresno, sustained serious injuries from a knife wound during the assault and was transported to a Fresno hospital.

The incident is under investigation although authorities said the attack may have been drug related.

Off-duty deputy subdues alleged drunk driver in Coarsegold

Elijah Johnson, 22, of Coarsegold, is facing DUI charges and resisting arrest following a crash on Highway 41 in Coarsegold.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on June 9, Lt. Tyson Pogue was southbound on Highway 41 south of Picayune Road (417) when he saw a large plume of dust. As he got closer, he could see a vehicle had just crossed the center divider and crashed into a fence in front of the Willow Glenn Smoke Shop.

Pogue, who was off-duty, pulled into the parking lot to render assistance. According to the Madera County Sheriff's Office, the suspect showed clear signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Pogue identified himself and kept the driver at the scene until uniformed officers arrived, at which time the suspect reportedly became combative. It took at least two deputy sheriffs to take him into custody without further incident.

Johnson was transported to Madera County Department of Corrections where he was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

Embers still hot when deputy arrives at makeshift camp

Two Oakhurst women spent part of last weekend behind bars after deputies found the pair camping behind a business off Highway 49 and Meadow Vista Drive in Oakhurst.

Nichole Hec, 19, and Roxanne Castagnetto, 37, were taken into custody June 14 and booked into Madera County Department of Corrections for trespassing.

Madera County sheriff deputies responded to a complaint of squatters in the area where tents had been set up around a campfire – still hot from embers.

Deputies say the area, which is surrounded by tall dry grass, had in recent weeks become a campground for squatters. In light of recent fires in the mountains, this was a concern for both deputies and property owners.

A small baggie containing approximately .02 grams of methamphetamine was seized.

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