Tulare County residents can now anonymously report suspicious activity from their email accounts or cell phones to the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.
The department launched TipNow, a system that collects anonymous tips sent by email, voice mail and text messages, officials said. The system receives the information, encrypts the reporting phone number or email address, and then sends the information to the Sheriff's Department.
Tips can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or (559) 725-4194.
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Blaze damages garage
A fire caused about $2,000 in damage to a garage in Cutler on Sunday, the Tulare County Fire Department said.
The fire occurred on the 12000 block of Avenue 404 at 4:56 p.m. and most likely was caused by a candle, spokeswoman Claudia Whitendale said.
The occupants were not home and no one was injured, Whitendale said.
CASA plans fundraising event
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Fresno and Madera counties will host a third-annual casino night May 21 in Clovis.
Money raised from the event will be used to recruit, train and support volunteers for the nonprofit organization. CASA volunteers advocate and speak on behalf of neglected and abused children in the foster-care system, officials said.
The event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at a home at 13935 Oak Ridge Lane. It will include food, table games, live music, a silent auction and raffle prizes.
For more information, visit casafresno.org or call (559) 244-6485.
Arts council honored
The Madera County Arts Council will receive a Golden Apple award from the Association of California School Administrators for its work with the Madera County Office of Education.
Madera County Arts Council President Tina Holmquist and former President Dianne Rich will receive the award, said Madera County Office of Education curriculum director Kathy Woods.