A Dinuba doctor is free on bail after his arrest last week on suspicion of possessing child pornography, contributing to the delinquency of minors and other charges.
Tulare County sheriff's detectives arrested Dr. Ronald Ruminson, 59, on Thursday afternoon and booked him into the Tulare County Jail after serving a search warrant at his home near Dinuba. The warrant was the result of an investigation into allegations that Ruminson was giving alcohol or drugs to girls who attended parties he hosted at his home.
Investigators said their work also revealed that Ruminson had child pornography at his home and was showing the material to the girls, who are reportedly also from the Dinuba area.
According to the state medical board, Ruminson is licensed to practice as a physician and surgeon in California. His license was last issued in 1998 and is due to expire in June. Records indicate he received his medical degree from Mexico's Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine in 1977.
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Ruminson also is suspected of possessing dangerous fireworks and providing harmful matter to children.
Sheriff's officials are asking anyone with information about the case to contact detective Dale Cullum at (559) 733-6218 or (800) 808-0488.
Pilot, passenger hurt in crash near Madera airport
A pilot and passenger were injured Saturday when the small airplane they were in crashed shortly after takeoff from the Madera Municipal Airport.
Madera police Sgt. Johnnie Smith said the crash happened about 1:30 p.m. near Avenue 17, just north of the airport at the north end of Madera. Smith said it appeared the engine lost power for unknown reasons and the pilot, who has not been identified, attempted to make an "off-runway" emergency landing. Smith said the single-engine plane crash-landed just south of Avenue 17, tore through a wood-and-barbed-wire fence and skidded across the road before coming to rest in a vineyard. The plane was heavily damaged as it took out several rows of grapevines.
Smith said the extent of injuries to the pilot and passenger wasn't immediately known. The pilot was taken by ambulance to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, while the passenger, who was more seriously hurt, was airlifted by helicopter to the same hospital.
Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration were looking into the crash, Smith said, and expected to remove the wreckage of the airplane early Saturday evening.
Tulare County company recalls roasted pistachios
State and federal investigators are examining roasted pistachios at Setton Farms in Tulare County for potentially harmful salmonella.
To date, no illnesses associated with pistachios have been reported, the California Department of Public Health said. But some products with roasted pistachios, such as Kraft's Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix, have been recalled because of positive salmonella results, state officials said.
The Nantucket Blend trail mix is manufactured by the Georgia Nut Co. and has roasted pistachios supplied by Setton Farms in Terra Bella, south of Porterville.
Setton Farms is recalling three lots of roasted pistachios because of the positive salmonella results in the trail mix, state officials said.
The Kroger Co. also has recalled its Private Selection of Shelled Pistachios sold in 10-ounce containers. It was not immediately known whether the pistachios are linked to Setton Farms, state officials said.
Clovis West High School wins contest
Clovis West High School won first place and $2,500 in scholarship money at the 22nd annual High School Principals Spanish Lip Sync Contest on Saturday at the Modesto Centre Plaza.
Sanger High took the $2,000 second prize, followed by Tracy High, which earned $1,500 for third place.
Nine schools competed in the event, sponsored by Bank of the West, Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation, E.&J. Gallo Winery, Telemundo Channel 33, Jamba Juice and Delta Protective Security Services.