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CRIME WITNESS NETS $200 — A Madera man is $200 richer thanks to reward money paid to him for his part in the arrest of a grand theft suspect. On June 4, Dennis Stumpp saw a man smash a Madera Unified School District van through a fence at Madera High and drive away. The suspect was caught a short time later thanks to Stumpp, and the suspect is now awaiting trial. The reward money came from the Construction Industry Crime Prevention Program of Central California.

HARRY BAKER SUPPORTS PARK — Madera County District 5 Supervisor Harry Baker gave support to off-highway vehicle enthusiasts by giving them some advice on how to reduce opposition to their attempts to find a site for their activities. He urged proponents of an offhighway park near Hensley Lake to apprise residents of the area that it will keep bike riders out of their backyards.

WOMAN HIT IN FACE, ROBBED— A woman walking home through downtown Madera was knocked to the ground and robbed of her purse Wednesday night. Madera Police Chief Gordon Skeels said Arlene Finnegan was walking at Yosemite Avenue and Lyon Street around 10:40 p.m. when she was hit with a fist in the face and knocked down by the robber. Skeels said Ms. Finnegan said to the man, Are you crazy?” to which he said, “Yes,” took her purse, and fled down Lyon Street. The purse contained $10.

REV. CHOCO PREACHES IN ROMANIA — The Rev. Nick Choco, pastor at Grace Assembly of God Church, has just completed a missionary trip to Romania. He preached in the largest Pentecostal church in the city of Oradea and also preached in a number of “underground” churches at the risk of personal safety. “Underground” churches are not recognized by the communist government and meet secretly in homes, barns, and basements...

 

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