A 65-year-old man died after he was found capsized Friday in a pond near the San Joaquin River at North Milburn Avenue and Islewood Golf Course and Driving Range.
On Saturday, the Fresno County Coroner's office identified him as Robert Shaver. Officials have not yet determined his city of residence. An autopsy was scheduled to determine cause of death.
Shaver and another kayaker split up to fish in the pond before he capsized.
He was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center early Friday evening, authorities reported.
Woodlake man dies in motorcycle crash
A 49-year-old man from Woodlake died Friday when his motorcycle crashed into a pickup, the California Highway Patrol said.
The motorcyclist, whose name has not been made public, was traveling south on Road 168, just south of El Rio Road in Visalia, at 4:05 p.m. when a driver in a Ford pickup pulled onto the highway ahead of him, the CHP said.
The motorcyclist braked hard but was unable to avoid a collision with the pickup, the CHP said. He was launched from his Harley Davidson and landed on the side of the highway.
He was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, where he later died.
DUI operation nets 2 arrests in Visalia
The Visalia Police Department conducted a DUI operation Friday night and Saturday morning that yielded two arrests, three towed vehicles and 35 traffic citations.
Officers from the Visalia Police Department's DUI team, traffic unit and patrol division stopped 66 vehicles and conducted 10 field sobriety tests. One driver was arrested for DUI and one man was also arrested for public intoxication, Visalia police said.
CHP to target teens who text and drive
The California Highway Patrol is launching a campaign aimed at stopping teen texters, starting on Monday.
CHP officers from the Grapevine to Modesto will be monitoring high school campuses, citing anyone who is caught texting and driving.
The enforcement will last until Tuesday.
Information: (559) 277-7250.
Class set for parents of mentally ill kids
NAMI Fresno, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer a free seven-week class for families and caregivers with children or teens with mental health conditions.
The Wednesday night classes will begin in mid-October and are taught by parents who have also had similar experiences with their own children.
Topics include the effect of mental illness on the child and the family, the biology of mental illness, getting the right diagnosis, treatment options, research, communication skills and problem solving.
Information: (559) 224-2469.
Lightning sparks Tulare County fires
More than 470 lightning strikes Friday and early Saturday started four small fires in Tulare County, the largest of which was 350 acres northwest of Woodlake.
That fire was 60% contained Saturday afternoon, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported.
A 40-acre fire in the same area was completely contained Saturday morning.
Firefighters also battled fires east of Exeter and just north of the Tulare-Kern county line.
The Exeter-area fire was stopped at 10 acres. The fire near the county line was contained at 300 acres.
Barn fire in Tollhouse quickly contained
Fresno County firefighters contained a barn fire within minutes Saturday in the foothills of the Tollhouse area northeast of Clovis.
Fire officials used four engines to douse the blaze, which had spread to some vegetation.
No cause had been determined yet for the fire, which was at Oak Meadow Road and Post Oak Road.
Kings Canyon plans prescribed burn
Kings Canyon National Park will set the Swale East Prescribed Fire starting today.
The project is split into two sections and should take about two days to complete, spokeswoman Deb Schweizer said.
The project is west of Highway 180 and south of Grant Tree Road. Portions of the South Boundary Trail will be closed for the burn, Schweizer said.
Park visitors may experience traffic delays.
Chamber hosts urban conference
The first Fresno Urban Leadership Conference, hosted by the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce, will be Oct. 1 in downtown Fresno.
The free conference will be held at the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center Exhibit Hall III from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Topics to be discussed include business and work force development, education, finance and banking.