GANGS NOT A PROBLEM IN MADERA — They carry colored handkerchiefs in their pockets and call themselves “Cripps” and “Bloods.” A few weeks ago, three Madera High School students who were involved in a fight were carrying the colored handkerchiefs. Two were blue and one was red. The students told Vice Principal Perry Harper they were gang members. Madera Police Chief Gordon Skeels doesn’t view the current situation as a serious threat, but he did say this could be an embryo of a problem. Police Officer Fabian Benabente agreed. He said, “I’d be the first one to tell you if things were getting out of control. I think we’re on top of it.”
ARMED SUSPECT FORCES CLERK TO REMOVE CLOTHES — A gunman who donned a red and yellow Halloween mask entered U-Save Liquor on Monday and demanded that the clerk undress before he escaped with $70. After collecting the money from the clerk, he demanded she remove her blouse and bra but did not harm her. The incident may be related to another robbery attempt where two women and an 11-year-old girl were forced to undress at gunpoint as they strolled through Paul Street near Schnoor Drive.
RICK JENSEN BEHIND THE HEADLINES — Madera County Supervisor Rick Jensen was the person “Behind the Headlines” this week. Jensen confided that the thing he didn’t expect from his job was “the jealously, backstabbing, and gossips.” He said that he can’t help but laugh at his co-workers when “they think I don’t know what they know, when I know more than they know.” Jensen said the modern convenience that frustrates him the most are stoplights, and the thing that really bugs him is income taxes. The two things he wants to achieve in life are good health and his newsletter. Jensen said his dream car would be one that is American made and is paid for.
MADERA LANDS GOTTSCHALK’S DISTRIBUTION CENTER — The newest addition to Madera will be Gottschalk’s corporation distribution center facility to be located in the Airport Business Park. Gottschalk’s will purchase 80 acres of land from the City of Madera to build a 400,000 square foot building on Airport Drive near Avenue 17. The purchase was approved by the City Council on Monday. The price Gottschalk’s will pay for the land will not be released until the agreement is signed by all parties, but Ed McIntyre, who has been representing Gottschalk’s, said they would not be interested “unless they got an incredible deal.” All signatures are on the agreement except for Mayor Robert Garibay’s...