Clovis police say fewer teens are texting while driving, just one week after officers gave a hands-on demonstration on the hazards of texting while behind the wheel.
During the week following the demonstrations at Clovis, Clovis East and Buchanan high schools in Clovis, motorcycle officers targeted texting teens around the schools, police spokeswoman Janet Stoll-Lee said.
Of the 23 traffic citations officers gave to teen drivers, only four were for cellphone violations, Stoll-Lee said. Most of the tickets were for speeding.
During the same week, officers wrote 20 tickets for adults texting while driving near the campuses.
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Visalia man gets 3 years in arson case
Visalia native Bruce Allen Owsley was sentenced to three years in state prison Friday after pleading no contest to felony arson in late September, Assistant District Attorney Tim Ward said.
Owsley also was ordered to pay $34,200 in restitution to the building owner, Ward said.
On Aug. 28, Owsley started a fire in his apartment after getting into an argument with his girlfriend. Both his girlfriend and daughter were in the apartment. Visalia firefighters put out the fire before it could spread to nearby structures.
Owsley will now be registered as an arson offender and will be eligible for parole after he finishes 85% of his sentence, Ward said.
Tulare gang member sentenced for crimes
Adam Anaya of Tulare was sentenced Friday to 35 years to life in prison after being found guilty of robbery, extortion, home invasion, burglary and witness intimidation in his jury trial in July.
The 24-year-old's sentence also came with the special allegation that his crimes were committed for the benefit of a street gang.
In January, Anaya and several other gang members went into a residence in Tulare, where they confronted another member of the same gang.
Anaya and the other gang members led the man outside his home and then assaulted and robbed him.
Witnesses were able to identify suspects, and they were later arrested.