One person is dead after an accident Friday involving a motorcycle and second vehicle in Tulare County, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The crash occurred about 2:09 p.m. at Avenue 315 and Road 168, north of Farmersville.
The most seriously injured victim was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno and later died, the CHP reported.
The victim was not identified.
Madera Co. deputies quickly nab suspects
Two suspects leaving a home where a break-in was reported Friday morning didn't get far before being arrested, the Madera County Sheriff's Department said.
Deputies arrested the suspects – a 31-year-old Chowchilla man and a 29-year-old Madera man – about 7 a.m. as they drove away from a home on Vine Road near Avenue 18 and Road 26.
The deputies responded to a 911 call about two men breaking into the home, which had three children inside, the Sheriff's Department said.
The men were booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections on suspicion of burglary. Bail was initially set at $30,000, but it was raised to $500,000 for the Madera man after it was learned he already had been out on bail.
1 dead in pickup crash near Visalia
A 43-year-old man died when a pickup he was driving Thursday night left a roadway and overturned, throwing him from the vehicle northeast of Visalia, the California Highway Patrol said.
The unidentified Visalia man was driving north on Road 172 near Avenue 362 about 9 p.m. when the pickup drifted to the right and rolled several times.
He died at the crash site.
Visalia man arrested in child molest case
A 47-year-old man was arrested Friday on suspicion of molesting an 11-year-old girl on multiple occasions, the Visalia Police Department said.
The child reported on Sept. 5 that she had been molested several times over several months by a family acquaintance.
The man was arrested on three counts of child molestation and is being held at the Tulare County Jail.
Tulare teacher faces child-porn charges
A Tulare high school teacher has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography, Tulare police said Friday.
Juan Carlos Tafolla, 39, of Fresno teaches at Mission Oak High School.
Tafolla was placed on administrative leave with pay, said Alfonso Gamino, associate superintendent for human resources and business with Tulare Joint Union High School District.
Tafolla bailed out of jail, law enforcement officials said.
No other information was available.
Fresno Bulldog arrested after chase
A McKenzie Street Bulldog was arrested Friday afternoon after resisting arrest and a lengthy chase on foot, Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez said.
When a motorcycle officer attempted to stop a Dodge Durango around 4:45 p.m. at Cedar and Hamilton avenues the driver, a 35-year-old parolee, instead fled.
The officer chased the Durango to the 2000 block of South Gearheart, where the driver and two other people ran away.
A perimeter was set up and the parolee was found hiding in a backyard on the 1900 block of South Orange Avenue.
He resisted arrest and was shot with a projectile beanbag, Gomez said.
He was treated at Community Regional Medical Center for the use of force and then booked into the Fresno County Jail.
Officers searched the parolee's vehicle and found a loaded .357-caliber Magnum revolver and a large amount of methamphetamine packaged for sale. The gun was stolen in a Clovis burglary, Gomez said.
2 women burned in Dos Palos house fire
Two women suffered burns to their hands Friday afternoon in a Dos Palos house fire, officials said.
The women were burned as they tried to put out a fire that started in a bedroom of their home at 2034 Marguerite St., said Dewayne Jones, Dos Palos fire chief.
They were taken by ambulance to Mendota Municipal Airport and airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
Their injuries are not life-threatening, Jones said.
A man escaped the house without injury. A woman and child also live in the house but were not there at the time of the fire, Jones said.
Damage is estimated at $25,000, and investigation is continuing into the fire's cause, Jones said.
The American Red Cross was called to assist others living in the house.
Fresno fire displaces 3 families
A fire in a three-plex apartment building displaced three families, including eight adults and six children, Friday evening in east-central Fresno, the Fresno Fire Department said.
The blaze started about 5:15 p.m. near the 4200 block of North Chestnut Avenue and was contained by 5:40 p.m., Battalion Chief Rich Cabral said.
All three units were involved, but the center unit was extremely damaged. The estimated damage to all three units is $100,000, Cabral said.
Twenty Fresno firefighters and three Clovis firefighters fought the blaze.
The Red Cross is assisting the victims of the fire. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Teacher pleads not guilty in meth case
Fresno kindergarten teacher Dorothy Christine Ramirez on Friday pleaded not guilty in Fresno County Superior Court to felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and bringing a knife on a school campus, as well as a misdemeanor charge of possession of a drug pipe.
A criminal complaint accuses Ramirez, 53, of committing the crimes Sept. 7, the day she and Joseph Frago, 28, were arrested by Fresno County sheriff's deputies during an afternoon traffic stop of Ramirez's car near Shaw Avenue and Highway 99.
Sheriff deputies said they found a black sunglasses case next to Ramirez's purse in the car. Ramirez told deputies the case belonged to her. Two grams of methamphetamine were found in the case, sheriff's officials said. The criminal complaint did not give details about the knife charge.
Ramirez is free on $30,500 bail. She denied knowing methamphetamine was in the sunglasses case and has no knowledge about bringing a knife on campus, said her attorney, Charles Magill.
Workshop set for commission hopefuls
Assemblymember Henry Perea and Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil will host a workshop Wednesday on how to apply for appointments to statewide boards and commissions.
The workshop will be held at California State University, Fresno in the Kern and Inyo rooms from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
To RSVP, email Erica Cabrera at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (559) 445-5532.
New learning center debuts in Huron
A new Family Learning Center and Preschool will be unveiled Wednesday morning in Huron.
The event will be held at 36602 Huron Ave. and will start at 10:30 a.m.
West Hills Community College and other community-based organizations will serve children and families at the site.
"This was a project First 5 Fresno County committed to a couple of years ago because we saw the great need that exists in that community," said Kendra Rogers, First 5 Fresno County's executive director.
Golden Valley holds district address
Golden Valley Unified School District will host a state of the district address at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Liberty High School Theater.
The meeting will be headed by Superintendent Andy Alvarado.
For more information, call (559) 645-7500.
Hwy. 99 project to cause lane closures
A bridge construction project on two Highway 99 undercrossings in the Kingsburg area will close roads Tuesday and Wednesday and lanes on the highway as part of the Goshen to Kingsburg six-lane widening project, Caltrans said.
The Sierra Street and Conejo Avenue undercrossing and the Draper Street undercrossing will be closed Tuesday night through Wednesday morning between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.
The closures will not occur simultaneously. The Draper closure will occur after the Conejo closure is complete. Detours will be available.
The closures may continue for longer periods of time each day if necessary, Caltrans said.
Forum eyes barriers to outdoor activity
A community forum to explore socioeconomic and cultural barriers to outdoor activity participation will be held in Mariposa on Tuesday at the Ethos Youth Center, 5079 Highway 140, Suite B, with a focus on youth from 3 to 5 p.m. and a focus on the larger community from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The information collected will help Yosemite National Park, WildLink, Yosemite Leadership Program and Adventure Risk Challenge to create effective outreach models, relevant outdoor programming and a regional Advisory Council.
A pizza dinner will be provided.
For more information contact email@example.com or visit intooutside.org.