Two people were injured in a central Fresno neighborhood Wednesday night when they were fired upon by a passing car, Fresno police said. A third person was fired upon but was not hit.
The three people were walking down Roosevelt Avenue near Belmont Avenue when a white sedan filled with five men approached them and asked if the three belonged to a gang, Fresno police Lt. John Papaleo said.
The three didn't respond and were shot at from the car, he said. The car drove off, and was last seen heading north on Roosevelt.
The two victims sustained nonlife-threatening injuries from the shooting.
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The shooting is being investigated as gang-related.
Alleged robber found at yoga class
Clovis Police arrested a 28-year-old Fresno man in connection with three robberies, including one at the State Center Credit Union on Tuesday, spokeswoman Janet Stoll-Lee said.
The man was arrested at a yoga class in a gymnasium in northeast Fresno later Tuesday.
Clovis police, assisted by Fresno Police, searched the man's home in the 900 block of East Muncie Avenue, where they found all but $5 of the cash taken from the credit union, Stoll-Lee said. He has been linked to one bank robbery and one attempted robbery on Monday at the Wells Fargo branch at River Park, she said.
He was booked into the Fresno County Jail on suspicion of armed robbery.
Autopsy for infant set for Friday
An autopsy to determine the cause of death of a newborn found in a trash can in Farmersville has been scheduled for Friday, Farmersville police said.
Scheduling conflicts will prevent the autopsy from being performed any sooner, Lt. Michael Marquez said.
On Monday evening, a homeowner found the baby in a trash can in the driveway of his home. A 23-year-old woman, a niece of the homeowner who lives at the home, is the baby's mother, police said. She has been questioned by police and is a "person of interest" in the case but is not under arrest. The case is being investigated as a homicide.
Three held as police seize 80 lbs. of pot
Three people were arrested Tuesday after they tried to sell a large quantity of medical marijuana to an undercover officer, Fresno police said.
Police Sgt. George Wilson said the suspect told an officer posing as an out-of-town buyer that they had a prescription from a doctor that allowed them to grow large quantities of the drug in the Kings County area.
Officers agreed to meet a suspect near Ashlan Avenue and Highway 168, where about 80 pounds of marijuana officers valued at $104,000 was seized, Wilson said.
Planned 5,000-acre fire set in Yosemite
A planned fire that will burn about 5,000 acres in Yosemite National Park is set for Monday, park officials said.
The fire will be set along the Wawona Road near Bishop and Rail creeks in the southern part of the park.
The burn area will be broken into segments, with the first fire planned for 1,400 acres. The remaining acreage will be burned on future dates.
Fire engines, water tenders and fire crews from Yosemite National Park and the U.S. Forest Service will watch the fire, which is expected to take four or five days to complete.
The goal is to reduce fire fuels near Yosemite West, Wawona, Glacier Point and El Portal.
Visalia man gets life for woman's death
A Visalia man who stabbed a woman to death during a robbery attempt was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Victor Marquez, 20, killed Maria Juarez, 39, in June 2009 as she took a shortcut between buildings at the Lincoln Oval in Visalia. Then 17, Marquez flashed a knife and demanded money. She resisted and he stabbed her in the neck and head, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said.
But he cut his hand by accident, and Visalia police arrested him the next day in a nearby park after getting a tip of someone wearing a bandage. He admitted to police he killed her, and a Tulare County jury found him guilty last month.
Himes named head of Social Services
Longtime social worker Howard Himes has been named director of Fresno County's Department of Social Services.
The 24-year county veteran will take over an agency that oversees the welfare of vulnerable adults and children and administers a wide range of public assistance programs, from food stamps to CalWorks. His new job starts Oct. 31.
Himes is now a deputy director in the department.
Budget cuts have hit the agency hard and forced reductions to virtually all programs, which Himes said this week he plans to counter by pursuing more funding opportunities and by reorganizing parts of the department.
The department also has faced criticism for coming up short in its charge of protecting children. The high-profile death of 10-year-old Seth Ireland, who was beaten to death by his mother's boyfriend despite reports to the county about abuse, triggered a state audit.
Himes, who lives in Clovis and is married with three children, replaces Cathi Huerta, who stepped down earlier this year after a 37-year career with the county.
Grants to improve Visalia school routes
The city of Visalia has been awarded $732,000 in grants to help improve routes to seven different schools, city spokeswoman Nancy Loliva said.
The grants were a part of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program, Loliva said. Improvements include new traffic signals, curb ramps, sidewalks and crosswalks.
Schools that will be included in the improvements are Green Acres Middle School, Linwood Elementary School, La Joya Middle School, Royal Oaks Elementary School, Mountain View Elementary School, Pinkham Elementary School and Annie R. Mitchell Elementary School.
Youths to kick off 'Red Ribbon Week'
Youth Leadership Institute and Fresno County Friday Night Live will kickoff "National Red Ribbon Week" on Monday by starting the "Truth About Us Facebook Challenge."
The program will focus on using social networking sites to encourage youths not to drink until age 21, said program director Yami Rodriguez.
Youth Leadership Institute will unveil a poster marketing campaign to be launched at Fresno County schools including Sunnyside, Roosevelt, Edison, Kerman and Selma high schools and Reedley College.
For more information, call (559) 255-3300.
Fresno Lowe's to host energy session
The Fresno Lowe's store will offer residents information on better energy management at 10 a.m. Saturday as part of National Energy Awareness Month.
Attendees will learn keys to better energy management, and the first 100 visitors will receive a compact fluorescent lamp, according to Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which is cosponsoring the event at Lowe's at 7651 N. Blackstone Ave.
Throughout the month, PG&E will visit four different Lowe's locations and provide customers with information on energy management. Visitors will be able to play games, recycle old compact fluorescent lamps and learn about energy-efficient products.
Lemoore to hold Holiday Stroll
Lemoore's 22nd annual Holiday Stroll event will be held Saturday Nov. 12, from 3 to 8 p.m. in downtown Lemoore.
Businesses will have holiday decorations and entertainment, the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce said.
Photos with Santa will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. as well as fire truck rides for children. Also, new this year will be a gingerbread house contest.
For more information, call (559) 924-6401.
Fresno law firm honored by CRLA
The Fresno law firm of Wagner & Jones has received an award for helping California's farmworkers and the poor, the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation said.
The firm was honored last Friday in Sacramento at an event that celebrated the foundation's 30 years of fighting for social justice, said spokeswoman Julia Montgomery.
Nicholas "Butch" Wagner and Andrew Jones received the Benefactor Award for donating money and time to the foundation's causes and for being mentors to new attorneys who advocate for the poor, Montgomery said.
Fresno gets new postmaster Friday
Fresno will have its newest postmaster sworn into office on Friday, the U.S. Postal Service said.
Eve Forrest of Fresno will take the oath of office, administered by Rep. Jim Costa, on Friday morning at the Fresno Post Office, postal service spokesman Augustine Ruiz said.
Forrest began at the postal service in 1995 as a clerk in San Diego, Ruiz said. She later held postal service jobs in Riverside County before moving to Fresno as officer-in-charge.