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CYCLIST RESISTS TO THE END — Madera police had their hands full when they tried to arrest a motorcyclist who was driving down D Street the wrong way with no lights. They chased him south down the northbound lane of Gateway Drive. The chase continued to A Street where the cyclist hit the curb and a telephone pole. Despite being bruised and bloodied, he resisted arrest and had to be maced. Finally he was handcuffed and taken to jail and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, to wit: a motorcycle.

FARINELLI LANDS TOP JOB AT GEORGIAPACIFIC— Richard Farinelli has just been named plant manager for Georgia Pacific Madera Container Plant. Although today he sits behind the boss’ desk, he didn’t begin that way. In 1972, he started sweeping floors, and by 1975, he was a supervisor. In 1978, he was made swing-shift general foreman, and in 1984, was named general foreman of the plant. Farinelli considers his rise with Georgia Pacific a “classic American Dream.”

CARBAJAL BROTHERS’ TRIAL CONTINUES — The second trial of Elias Carbajal and his brother, Jesus Carbajal, resumed today. They are accused of gunning down Jose Felix Morales as part of a family feud. Earlier this year, a jury deadlocked 11-1 for a guilty verdict. District Attorney David Minier is prosecuting the case, and Judge Edward Moffat is presiding over the trial. A jury of two men and 10 women is hearing the case.

TAMI JO NIX TAKES ON PRISON ISSUE — Tami Jo Nix, a resident of Madera who lives three-quarters of a mile from Berenda East, one of the sites being considered for the new women’s prison, wrote a lengthy letter, which was published in the Madera Tribune, opposing building the prison at Berenda East. Nix identified herself as a member of “The Berenda Residents Task Force,” which she said was more popularly known as the “Berenda Hit Ladies.” Nix wrote that she “enjoyed that pseudonym a great deal.” ...

 

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