DA satellite office opens in Oakhurst

Madera County District Attorney David Linn announced Monday he will open a satellite office in Oakhurst on March 6.

The office will be located in the Madera County Sheriff Department’s Oakhurst substation, 48267 Liberty Drive (adjacent to Madera County Fire Department Station 12).

Utilizing unused space of the Madera County Probation Department, the office will be staffed by one full-time district attorney investigator, David Engstrom, and one part-time deputy district attorney, Ashley Allred.

Engstrom, who has served as an investigator for the deputy district attorney in Madera County for 15 years, will be in the office 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Prior to joining the district attorney’s staff, Engstrom did fraud investigations for the Madera County Welfare Department.

Engstrom resides with his wife and three children in Coarsegold.

Allred will be assigned to the office at least two days a week.

Linn said being a mountain resident for many years, he understands the importance and need for residents in the Mountain Area to have direct access to the DA’s office, and to an investigator.

“More than an investigator, Mr. Engstrom can make arrests if necessary,” Linn said. “He will also be available to help educate the public about the programs, duties, and abilities of the DA’s office.”

Linn said the establishment of a satellite DA office in Oakhurst will provide a significant law enforcement presence in the Mountain Area.

“This is something the citizens of Eastern Madera County have needed for a long time and I thank David Linn for making it happen,” Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler said.

Due to this collaboration with the Madera County Probation Department and the utilization of existing resources, Linn said the newly formed unit has been accomplished with very little cost to the county.

Linn is inviting the public to attend a ribbon cutting for the office at 4 p.m., Friday, March 6.

New supervising deputy district attorney

Linn has hired Angela Hill as supervising deputy district attorney. Hill will supervise line level deputy district attorneys in all of the Madera County Superior Court departments.

“Ms. Hill’s years of experience as both a prosecutor and private attorney will significantly improve the functioning within the DA’s office,” Linn said in a prepared statement. “I have brought her on board to work with line level deputies, insuring justice is done. She is a well regarded attorney, an outstanding addition, and I am very pleased to have her join our team.”

Hill joins the district attorney’s office having previously served as a deputy district attorney for Madera County for 12 years, focusing on child sexual assault and domestic violence crimes. For two years, Hill was involved with the Madera County Drug Court program. She is a graduate of San Joaquin College of Law. Prior to law school, she graduated from the University of Washington.

“I am excited to be back serving the people of Madera County and working with local law enforcement again,” Hill said.

Hill is the first new hire by Linn, who said the move is a major step forward in promoting seasoned prosecutors that have specific experience within Madera County’s criminal justice system.