A pickup driver died when his truck rear-ended a tractor pulling an agricultural spraying machine and caught fire late Wednesday afternoon in western Fresno County, the California Highway Patrol said Thursday.
The John Deere tractor was traveling on the right shoulder of James Road near Denver Avenue northeast of Tranquillity about 5:40 p.m. when the pickup hit the tractor, the CHP said.
Efforts to rescue the pickup's driver – an unidentified 22-year-old Cantua Creek man – were unsuccessful.
The tractor's driver was not injured.
Shooting victim found in cemetery
A man whose body was found in the Lindsay cemetery early Thursday apparently died of gunshot wounds, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department said.
Deputies responding to a report of a possible shooting found the unidentified man's body about 1:15 a.m.
An investigation is continuing.
Man arrested after armed standoff
A man who barricaded himself in a home and reportedly had a firearm and threatened family members was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the Orange Cove area, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department said.
The 46-year-old man was taken into custody around 3:30 p.m., about three hours after the Sheriff's Department arrived at the home in the 45000 block of Filer Road east of Orange Cove.
SWAT team is called to Coalinga home
The Fresno County Sheriff's Office SWAT team surrounded a Coalinga home late Thursday after police tried to serve a search warrant for a high-risk suspect.
A man was believed to have an assault weapon inside the home in the 500 block of Valley Street, said sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice.
It was not known whether others were inside the home with him.
2 arrested at Visalia sobriety checkpoint
A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and a woman was taken into custody for alleged possession of drug paraphernalia at a sobriety checkpoint in Visalia late Wednesday night and early Thursday, police said.
Fifty-four traffic citations were issued for miscellaneous offenses, including driving without a license and driving with a suspended license.
Two vehicles were impounded.
Yosemite plans to start burn Friday
A prescribed fire in the southern portion of Yosemite National Park will begin today, a spokesman for Yosemite National Park said.
The 5,224-acre burn will take place near Bishop Creek along Wawona Road.
The first segment will burn 1,440 acres today and is estimated to take four to five days to complete.
The goal of the burn is to reduce fire fuels near the communities of Yosemite West, Wawona, Glacier Point and El Portal.
Pixley man gets 73 years in molest case
A 57-year-old Pixley man was sentenced to 73 years to life in prison Thursday for child molestation, said a spokesman for the Tulare County District Attorney's Office.
A jury found Jacob Trujillo guilty of two counts of molestation against two children under the age of 14, one count of contact with a minor for a sexual offense and one count of oral copulation with a child under the age of 10. All count as violent felonies.
He was sentenced by Tulare County Superior Court Judge Gary Paden.
Trujillo was also ordered to pay a $10,000 restitution fine and to register as a sex offender for life.
Avenue 9 reopens in Madera County
Road closures have been lifted from a month-long road improvement project in Madera County, said a spokeswoman for Madera County Sheriff's Department.
Avenue 9 between Roads 38 and 36 is now open and the detour to Avenue 12 is no longer in place.
Air alert remains in effect through Friday
High ozone levels in the Valley have prompted an extension of Wednesday's air alert through today.
Although better weather conditions are anticipated for today, the air basin still faces the possibility of exceeding the federal one-hour ozone standard, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District said. This week's alert is the fourth of the season.
The Valley saw a second violation of the one-hour ozone standard in Clovis and a third violation in south Fresno this year.
Air alerts are called when conditions could lead to ozone levels that potentially exceed the federal one-hour ozone standard of 125 parts per billion. Multiple violations of the ozone standard can result in financial penalties.
The air alert is in effect for the counties of Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin and portions of Kern County.
Kaiser offers flu shots to members
Kaiser Permanente will offer free flu shots to its members at its Saturday walk-in clinics during October.
Kaiser members should bring their Kaiser Permanente card and photo identification, said spokeswoman Kerri Leedy.
Kaiser's Clovis Medical Center will provide vaccinations on Saturday and Oct. 15. The Oakhurst Medical Center will provide vaccinations on Saturday and Oct. 8, and the Selma Medical Center will provide vaccinations on Oct. 8 and 22. All of the walk-in clinics are open from 8 a.m. to noon.
Leedy said adult members of Kaiser Permanente can also receive vaccinations at the Fresno Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 3-28.
Information: (800) 573-5811.
Breast cancer walk Sunday in Fresno
The American Cancer Society's third annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will be Sunday at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Last year people in the Central Valley raised more than $160,000, with more than 2,500 walkers participating.
Registration for the 5K walk begins at 7 a.m. The walk begins at 8 a.m. with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Donations will be collected at the walk or can be made online by visiting makingstrides.acsevents.org/central valley and calling (559) 451-0163. Education
CSU campuses open fall '12 applications
California State University campuses will start accepting applications for the fall 2012 semester on Saturday. Prospective students should complete the online application at www.csumentor.edu. High school seniors and community college transfer students should apply no later than Nov. 30.
Students are also encouraged to complete a free application for federal student aid.
Budget cuts have impacted how many students most campuses can accept in certain programs, and in many cases, local students will get priority in admissions. A list of programs and campuses affected by budget limits is at calstate.edu/sas/documents/impactedprogramsmatrix.pdf.
Gandhi's birthday celebrated Sunday
Fresno State will host a celebration of Mahatma Gandhi's 142nd birthday on Sunday.
The Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute is sponsoring the celebration, which will feature Bangladeshi Consul General Muhammad Enyat Hossain along with folk music and dancing and a pledge against hate and violence, Fresno State Professor Emeritus Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor said.
The celebration will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fresno State Peace Garden, just north of the Madden Library, Kapoor said. Afterward, there will be a candlelight vigil for world peace.
Information: (559) 435-2212.