An injury to an 11-year-old Fresno girl's collarbone area, initially thought to be caused by fireworks debris, instead was the result of a bullet believed to have come from a celebratory shot in the air Monday night, police said.
The girl and her family were watching a Fourth of July home fireworks display on the 4500 block of East Grove Avenue in southeast Fresno when the girl felt a sharp pain in her collarbone about 9:30 p.m. She thought the injury came from a firework, police said.
Her parents drove her to Children's Hospital Central California, where the bullet was found lodged in her chest. Her injuries are not life-threatening, police said. She was expected to undergo surgery Tuesday.
The bullet entered the girl's collarbone area at a downward trajectory, leading authorities to believe it was fired as celebratory shot, police said.
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Anyone with information is asked to call detective Antonio Rivera at (559) 621-2425 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867.
Navy confirms names of two killed in Highway 41 crash
Officials at Lemoore Naval Air Station confirmed the identities of two men who were killed in a collision early Friday on Highway 41 near Floral Avenue in Fresno County.
Lance Cpl. Benjamin N. Brittingham, 25, of Baltimore was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. When he died last week, he was getting F/A-18 maintenance training at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit based at Lemoore.
Also killed was Aviation Ordnanceman Grant M. Rollet, 22, of Dearborn, Mich. He was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 137 at Lemoore.
The men were riding in a Lexus on northbound Highway 41 about 1:30 a.m. Friday when their car struck a big rig, overturned and caught fire. The big rig's driver was not injured.
Merced shooting injures one
A man was shot by someone in a vehicle as the victim walked along Highway 59 in Merced early Tuesday, police said.
The victim, Eduardo Garza, 26, told Merced police officers the vehicle stopped and someone fired a gun, but otherwise was uncooperative and would not give other details of the shooting near Bear Creek Drive about 1:45 a.m.
Garza was taken to a Modesto hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
Crash kills Orange Cove man
The Fresno County Coroner's Office identified a man killed Monday in a single-vehicle crash near Reedley as Juan Zavala, 19, of Orange Cove.
Zavala died on South Avenue, near Pedersen Avenue, when he allowed his Saturn to drift onto the shoulder of South Avenue, turned the car back onto the roadway and overturned about 2:20 p.m.
Zavala was thrown from the car. He died at the scene.
Two held in jewelry theft
Two men were arrested Monday in connection with the armed robbery of a Madera jewelry store last month, police said Tuesday.
The suspects, ages 20 and 27, robbed $20,000 to $30,000 worth of jewelry from Gent Jay Jewelry at gunpoint on June 24, police said.
One suspect had been paroled from prison the day before the robbery. The other suspect was on probation, Madera police said.
Clovis family sells lemonade, cookies to aid damaged park
A Clovis family delivered $546 Tuesday morning to Clovis city officials to help pay for reconstruction of a park destroyed by fire last month.
Sheri Kertson and her neighbors near the Century Park Playground sold lemonade and cookies to raise the money.
Kertson said her daughter, Jessica, 6, suggested the idea shortly after they surveyed the charred park northeast of Alluvial and Sunnyside avenues.
"We would have been happy with $100 or $200," Kertson said. "When people saw what it was going toward, they were willing to donate ... we just want our playground back."
Damage in the June 13 fire was estimated at $70,000. The fire remains under investigation. Parks manager Eric Aller said the city is filing an insurance claim to help rebuild the park.
The city also has received donations to repair park lighting from Electric Motor Shop and a roll-away trash bin from Industrial Waste & Salvage during reconstruction.
Peace Caravan stops in Fresno
The Pastors for Peace Caravan will visit central Fresno at 6 p.m. Thursday at Margaret Hudson's Barn and Garden, 4247 N. Thorne Ave., a Fresno Center for Nonviolence spokesman said.
The 7 p.m. program includes a potluck reception and music from Fresno artist Merlinda Espinosa. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Pastors for Peace Caravan travels the United States yearly collecting medical and school supplies for Cuba, Mexico and Central America. For more information, call (559) 227-2133.