A Clovis North High School drama teacher faces several charges of having sex with a minor, Fresno police said.
Andrew Cardillo, 32, was arrested Thursday.
Clovis Unified School District spokeswoman Kelly Avants said Cardillo was hired as a drama teacher in 2007. She said he was placed on leave June 22 and that once he is formally charged he would be on leave without pay.
Police are seeking more information. Anyone with knowledge is asked to contact detective Dustin Bruzee at (559) 621-2474.
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Chowchilla student ID'd as crash victim
The Chowchilla High School student killed Friday in a head-on crash was identified Tuesday by the Madera County Sheriff's Office as Jose Trinidad, 16, of Chowchilla.
He was killed when the car he was riding in was hit by a suspected drunken driver between Chowchilla and Madera, the California Highway Patrol said.
He was in the front passenger seat of a 2001 Hyundai that was northbound on Golden State Boulevard, a frontage road on the west side of Highway 99, north of Avenue 20, shortly before 9 p.m. Friday.
The driver of an Infiniti, Sancho Kibufu, 32, of Encino, was driving south on Golden State at a high speed when he crossed the center line and slammed into the Hyundai, the CHP said.
Kibufu was taken to Madera Community Hospital with major injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
The 19-year-old man driving the Hyundai and his two other passengers, boys ages 15 and 16, were taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.
Woman killed Friday near Madera is ID'd
A woman killed in a Friday afternoon crash between a compact car and a big rig on Highway 99 north of Madera has been identified by the Madera County Sheriff's Office as Jerri Fuller, 21, of Rancho Cordova.
The California Highway Patrol said Fuller was driving a 1997 Honda Accord north on Highway 99 south of Avenue 211/2 about 3:30 p.m. when she veered left, slid across the dirt median and into oncoming southbound traffic. Fuller's car was struck by a big rig. She died at the scene.
Shots draw deputies to marijuana garden
Fresno County sheriff's deputies responding to reports of a gunshot northeast of Reedley on Monday night discovered a large marijuana garden, a spokesman said.
Witnesses told deputies they saw someone exit a pickup in front of a home on the 22500 block of East American Avenue about 10 p.m. Moments later, they heard someone yell, "drop it," in Spanish and then a gunshot. The truck then sped off.
While checking the home, deputies found the marijuana garden divided into many plots over about 11 acres. Three residents of the home were detained.
A 32-year-old man was found hiding among the marijuana plants. Deputies believe he had been dropped off to steal marijuana. No one was arrested, though deputies still are investigating the incident.
1 dead, 3 hurt in crash on Interstate 5
A man who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 early Tuesday killed one person and injured three others in a head-on collision, the California Highway Patrol said.
The CHP said the 49-year-old San Francisco man was driving a 2001 Volkswagen south in the northbound lanes south of Lassen Avenue while intoxicated.
Headed north was Charles Snyder, 33, of Moreno Valley, in a 2002 Ford Explorer with three passengers.
When the cars collided, the right front female passenger, 53, of Moreno Valley, was killed. Snyder complained of pain to his right leg. Passenger April Murphy, 18, of Moreno Valley, suffered a severed liver, a fractured hip and cuts to her face. Passenger Donnell Watts, 32, of Riverside, complained of pain to his neck.
The wrong-way driver fractured his neck, right hand and several ribs.
Hiker, 70, rescued after injuring leg
A 70-year-old hiker was rescued Monday after being injured while hiking in the eastern Fresno County mountains, the Sheriff's Office said.
The unidentified Fairfield man used a satellite phone to call the Sheriff's Office and report that he possibly had broken his leg on the Piute Pass near Hutchison Meadow in the Sierra National Forest.
The hiker was flown by helicopter to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. His condition is not known.
Motor fire in mop-up; 80% contained
Fire crews working the 6-day-old Motor fire west of Yosemite National Park were in mop-up phase Tuesday and said they expect to have the fire fully contained by Sunday, the U.S. Forest Service said.
Firefighters have containment lines around 80% of the 5,231-acre fire, the Forest Service said.
Highway 140 – one of the main gateways into Yosemite – was reopened Tuesday morning.
The fire was ignited Thursday when a motorhome caught fire on Highway 140.
Food bank plans Sept. 8 fundraiser
The Community Food Bank will hold its annual Empty Bowls dinner at 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building at 808 Fourth St. to raise money to feed the hungry in Fresno County.
The deadline for tickets is Friday. Tickets are $50 per person and are available on the food bank's website at communityfoodbank.net.
Each ticket includes a ceramic bowl made by Central Valley students. A silent auction will be held. The goal is to raise $50,000 at the dinner. For every $1 it raises, the Community Food Bank can provide nine meals.
Chili cook-off, fair set in Porterville
The Porterville Fire Department will host a chili cook-off and street fair to celebrate the city's 150th anniversary on Saturday.
The event will be held on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cook-off will also feature food vendors, a beer garden and live bands.