Valley briefs: 1 dead, 2 wounded in Fairmead shooting

The Fresno BeeMarch 30, 2013 

A 19-year-old man was killed and two other people wounded early Saturday morning when shots were fired at a party in Fairmead, the Madera County Sheriff's Office reported.

Deputies did not release the name of the dead man. One of the injured was expected to recover, the deputies said. The condition of the third victim was not known.

According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies got calls Friday night about loud party music at a home on Sinclair Drive near Road 191/2 and Avenue 221/2. More than 100 people were at the party.

After one visit to the home, deputies were making a second trip when shooting erupted.

One of the shooters was described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall and more than 200 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt.

The second shooter was wearing a red T-shirt. He is about 5 foot 8 and weighs about 165 pounds.

Police were questioning the uncle but no arrests had been made, Garza said.

Man sentenced for shooting at officer

A 20-year-old Lindsay man was sentenced Friday to 45 years to life for attempted murder when he shot at a police officer two years ago, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said.

Mouseng See was found guilty of the shooting in March 2011 when the officer tried to pull over See's vehicle during a routine traffic stop in Lindsay. See continued to drive and a short pursuit ensued.

See eventually stopped his vehicle, got out holding a gun and ran, shooting at the officer twice.

Backup officers surrounded the area and See was arrested.

Spelling contest winners announced

Winners of the Fresno County Elementary Spell-Off were announced recently by the Fresno County Office of Education. More than 70 students from 23 districts registered for this year's competition.

The top winners in both divisions will represent Fresno County in the California State Spelling Championship.

The elementary competition will be held April 20 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton. The junior high state competition will be held at the Miller Creek School in San Rafael on May 11.

Darian Marshall, a sixth-grader from Manchester GATE in Fresno Unified, won the elementary school competition. Naasir Farooqi, a sixth-grader at Valley Oak Elementary in Clovis Unified, took second place, followed by Willem Kuenen, a fifth-grader from Clay Joint Elementary in Clay Joint Elementary School District of Kingsburg.

In the Junior High Spell-Off written competition, Hayley Bishop, a seventh-grader at Quail Lake Charter in Sanger Unified, took first place.

Paige Olson, a seventh-grader from Clay Joint Elementary, came in second place, followed by eighth-grader Amanda Street from Big Creek Elementary.

Fresno State holds Preview Day

Fresno State Preview Day for prospective high school and community transfer students will be held Saturday at the Save Mart Center.

At the free, public event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., colleges and departments will showcase the opportunities their programs provide to students.

Informational workshops will provide participants with access to campus and housing tours, and admissions and financial aid counselors.

Sequoia-Kings has acting superintendent

Woody Smeck, deputy superintendent at Yosemite National Park, was chosen as acting superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks starting April 7, park spokeswoman Dana Dierkes said.

Smeck, who has more than 29 years of experience leading and managing national parks, will serve a 120-day assignment at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Smeck has been the deputy superintendent of Yosemite National Park since April 2012 and served as superintendent of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area from September 2011 to April 2012, Dierkes said.

Easter forecast could include T-storms

Folks celebrating Easter outdoors today may want to take an umbrella, as a storm system will bring the threat of thunderstorms and cooler temperatures, National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Bagnall said.

Today's high in Fresno is forecast to hit 71. Saturday's high of 85 degrees tied a record for March 30 set in 2003, Bagnall said.

About .2 inches of rain was forecast through tonight, which would bring the total rainfall since January to about 2 inches, Bagnall said. That would still be about 4 inches short of the 6.2 inches that typically fall by now.

Madera sheriff joins drug-disposal day

The Madera County Sheriff's Office will join the National Drug Take Back Initiative on April 27.

Residents can drop off their unused, unwanted or expired medications to officials, who will safely dispose of them.

The drop-off sites are at the sheriff's headquarters, 14143 Road 28, Madera, and the sheriff's substation, 48267 Liberty Drive, Oakhurst. The sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sequoia Trust seeks accreditation

The Sequoia Riverlands Trust announced Wednesday it is applying for national accreditation under the Land Trust Accreditation Commission accreditation program.

This program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands.

The commission invites the public to express their opinions and accepts written comments regarding the Sequoia Riverlands Trust and how it complies with national quality standards.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org.

Bowlers take lanes for kids' event

Hundreds of people will bowl for bucks to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California in the program's 26th annual Bowl for Kids' Sake event next month.

The bowling competition will pit five-member teams against each other to raise funds for the mentoring program, spokeswoman Cynthia Cooper said.

Each team member seeks to raise a minimum of $75 in pledges, and raffle prizes will be awarded to participants along with a variety of special prizes, she said.

Dates, times and locations of the event are as follows:

Saturday, April 6: Noon at Valley Bowl, 12829 Highway 145, Madera.

April 7: Noon at AMF Visalia Lanes, 1740 W. Caldwell Ave.

April 13: Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m., at AMF Sierra Lanes, 6450 N. Blackstone Ave.

April 27: Noon at Kings County Bowl, 1050 E. Lacey Blvd., Hanford.

For more information contact Cooper at (559) 268-2447 or ccooper@bigs.org.

Dairy Princess to be crowned on April 20

Four young women will compete for this year's District 8 Dairy Princess crown at the Saturday,April 20 gala at Riverdale Memorial Hall.

This year's contestants are Erin Kangas and Jordan Reid of Fresno, Kristina Borges of Madera and Stephanie Nash of Selma.

The Dairy Princess will represent the dairy industry in Fresno and Madera counties and serve as the industry's ambassador at local schools, service groups and media events.

The princess and her alternates will participate in weeklong training with the California Milk Advisory Board that includes industry tours, presentation and etiquette training.

The gala will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner and the contest at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available by contacting Melannie Rollin at (559) 287-1541 or rockrfarms@aol.com.

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