Clovis police are searching for a man who robbed a bank Tuesday morning.
According to police, a man entered the Union Bank at 840 Herndon Ave. and handed a teller a note indicating he had a gun, although no one saw a weapon. The man walked out of the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.
No one was injured.
The man is described as Hispanic, about 25 years old, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 230 pounds. He was wearing a red Fresno State shirt, a black cap and a black backpack. He was last seen walking west through the parking lot.
Anyone with information is asked to call Clovis police at (559) 324-2800 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867.
Woman killed when 2 cars hit her
A 63-year-old Porterville woman died when she was hit by an SUV and then struck by a second vehicle while she was in the roadway Monday night, the California Highway Patrol said.
Sharon Nicholson was on Orange Belt Drive near Avenue 182 about 9:20 p.m. when she was hit by a northbound 2006 Dodge Durango. As the driver stopped to attend to the woman as she lay on the road, a northbound 1996 Honda Civic struck the victim, the CHP said.
Both drivers braked and tried to avoid hitting the woman, but could not, the CHP said.
Head-on crash kills Fresno motorcyclist
A motorcyclist was killed Monday when he crossed a center line and struck an oncoming motor home in Madera County, the California Highway Patrol said.
The 37-year-old Fresno man, whose name was not made public, was southbound on a curve on Road 222 near Road 235 when he crossed into the path of a motor home traveling north about 10:15 a.m. Monday, the CHP said. The motorcyclist died at the scene.
The motor home driver, a 60-year-old Fresno man, was not injured. His passenger, a 52-year-old Clovis woman, reported neck pain.
Fresno Co. confirms fraud investigation
A man who worked for the Fresno County Department of Social Services was arrested last month on suspicion of welfare fraud, a department official confirmed Tuesday. The case involved several Fresno State athletes.
Fresno State officials announced late Friday that punitive actions have been taken against a number of student athletes who received benefits from the alleged welfare fraud.
Michael Martin, 51, of Fresno was arrested by the Fresno County District Attorney's Office, said Judy Lemos, interim director of Social Services. Martin no longer is employed at the department, she said.
Fresno County Jail records show he was released Aug. 15 because of overcrowding. No charges have been filed against Martin, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office said.
KFSN (Channel 30.1) first reported Martin's arrest.
Fire damages home in central Fresno
An electrical malfunction is believed to have ignited a fire in a central Fresno home early Tuesday morning, fire officials said.
The fire, reported about 3:35 a.m. at 437 E. Fedora Ave., appears to have started in an attic above a laundry room. There were no reports of injuries.
The estimated damage to the home and its contents was $56,000.
2nd fire at officer's home intentional
A second fire Monday night at a female Fresno police officer's home in as many days was intentionally set, police confirmed.
According to police, KMPH (Channel 26.1) news reporter Nicole Garcia was setting up for a live broadcast in front of the home about 9:30 p.m. Monday when she noticed smoke coming from the house and called 911.
Fire crews responded and doused the blaze. No other details about the fire were announced.
On Sunday, several Molotov cocktails were lobbed at the officer's house about 3 a.m., also setting the home on fire.
Fresno fire officials are investigating the blazes along with Fresno police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Geena Davis topic: 'Thelma and Louise'
Actress and women's rights activist Geena Davis will speak on "Thelma and Louise, 20 Years Later" at the Central California Women's Conference on Tuesday at the Fresno Convention Center.
Davis, an Oscar and Golden Globe winner, serves on the California Commission on Women. She will speak during the luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the New Exhibit Hall.
The conference begins with a continental breakfast at 7:15 a.m. There are vendors and seminars during the day, which ends with a reception at 4:15 p.m.
Tickets, which include breakfast and lunch, are $95 and are available at www.ccwc-fresno.org or at (559) 265-6888.
Clovis constable event tonight
The search for a constable for Clovis' 100th birthday in February will begin tonight, said Clovis Centennial spokeswoman Feleena Sutton.
A meet-the-candidates fundraiser for the tongue-in-cheek election will be held at Michaelangelo's Pizzeria, 619 Woodworth Ave., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Each dollar raised will equal one vote and the funds will be split among the Clovis Centennial Program and supporting organizations.
The candidate with the most votes will be crowned as constable on Dec. 1 and will preside over all centennial events.
Smog levels spike, prompting air plea
Fresno pollution levels spiked Tuesday, and air officials are asking Valley residents to reduce driving today and tomorrow to avoid violating a key federal ozone standard.
The Fresno-area pollution level reached 119 parts per billion on Tuesday, the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District said.
A reading of 125 ppb is considered a violation of the federal 1-hour ozone standard. High temperatures, ozone build-up and a lack of atmospheric mixing have put the region at risk of exceeding the limit today, officials said.