SORDI CAPTURES STATE WRESTLING CROWN — Robbie Sordi got exactly what he wanted in the finals of the CIF Wrestling State Championships at the University of the Pacific on Saturday night — a rematch with Ray Hickman. Just two months ago, Hickman pinned Sordi in the finals of the Clovis Tournament, but Saturday it was a different story as the Coyote junior scored a 3-2 overtime victory against the Placer wrestler to claim the state championship at 98 pounds. “Hickman was the one we wanted in the finals,” Madera coach Corky Napier said. “I really wanted to get back at him for beating me at Clovis, Sordi added.
WITNESS KEEPS SILENT IN LUA TRIAL — The trial of Jose Vasquez Lua took an unexpected turn Monday when a key witness refused to testify to the Aug. 13 shooting of Felix Lopez, who was killed with a single gunshot to the head while Fidencio Gonzales apparently sat beside him in the car. In court Monday, Gonzalez repeatedly refused to answer questions. Superior Court Judge Ed Moffat ordered him to answer Deputy District Attorney Paul Avent’s questions, and when he refused to do so, ordered him held in jail until he agrees to cooperate. Gonzales is already in jail on drug charges.
INCUMBENT SUPERVISORS WILL BATTLE TWO CHALLENGERS — Two people have announced their intention to run against incumbent supervisors in the June 7 election, according to County Elections Supervisor Jeannie Turpenen. William A. Boysen, a rancher and antique dealer plans to challenge incumbent Gail Hanhart McIntyre, and J.R. Dominici, a sales manager, will face-off with incumbent Jess Lopez. Both McIntyre and Lopez are bidding for a third term on the board. McIntyre represents District 3 while Lopez represents District 4.
BENABENTE TABBED LAWMAN OF THE YEAR — Madera Police Officer Fabian Benabente reached one goal Friday — that of being named Madera Exchange Club Lawman of the Year — and he already as another in sight. “I think I’ll take the chief’s job,” he said with a smile. It took Benabente only two years to reach his first goal, so he may cause Madera Police Chief Gordon Skeels to look over his shoulder. Benabente said he was “touched” by the award. “It is an honor to be here amongst these officers,” he said. Other nominees were Chowchilla Police Detective Tim Barker, CHP Officer Steve Santoro, and Madera County Sheriff’s Deputy Franklin Benard...