Five people were arrested in Visalia on Saturday afternoon on suspicion of stealing walnuts, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department reported.
Sheriff's deputies and Visalia police responded to a call of a walnut theft at Olson Pratt Farms on St. Johns Parkway and Lovers Lane in Visalia.
A ranch manager confronted the suspects, and they fled on foot across the St. Johns River. Visalia police were able to stop and detain the group as they crossed the river.
The Tulare County Sheriff's Department said the group stole nearly 600 pounds of walnuts. Tulare County sheriff's deputies found 220 pounds in one of the suspect's vehicles and the rest in bags along the river bank.
Three of the suspects were booked into the Tulare County main jail. The two other suspects, both age 17, were booked into juvenile hall.
Prescription drug abuse targeted
Clovis Police will show high school students the danger of abusing prescription and over-the-counter drugs by starting their "Don't P.O.P.P. Meds" prevention campaign on Monday.
The "Prescription and Over-The-Counter Prevention Project" will start at Clovis East High School's Red Ribbon Week kickoff starting at noon on campus. Students will receive T-shirts, wristbands and pamphlets to show the dangers of prescription drug abuse, which has caused medical problems and deaths for teens in the area.
Similar programs will be held at Clovis High School on Tuesday and Buchanan High School on Wednesday.
Clovis Police Department will also have a drop box and are encouraging parents to dispose of any unused medication they have.
CSU offers water managing internships
New water management internships at California State University aim to address some of the state's water problems while also improving graduate rates for minority college students.
The internships, which start in January, are funded through a $2 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant. Fresno State is among 14 CSUs that received funding, which went only to campuses that are at least 25% Hispanic.
Internships range from assisting CSU professors with watershed research to working at the USDA. Interns also will get career advice and preparation to apply for entry-level jobs at the USDA after graduation.
Hearing delayed for chemistry teacher
The preliminary hearing for the Livingston High School chemistry teacher accused of keeping an explosive compound in her classroom and of helping her students inhale chloroform was moved to December because a witness wasn't available Thursday morning, according to Deputy District Attorney Monika Saini.
Japhia Smith Huhndorf, 34, of Atwater, is accused of six felony counts, including child endangerment and possession of explosives in a school or public setting. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Next month, the lawyers will meet in court "just to make sure we are ready to go for the preliminary," Saini said.
Huhndorf was arrested in late May after Livingston police reported finding a vial of 4 milliliters of nitroglycerin in her chemistry lab. That incident came after she'd been arrested on suspicion of helping three students inhale chloroform.
The discovery prompted school officials to evacuate the campus of about 1,100 students and end classes for the day. The Merced Police Department's bomb squad safely disposed of the nitroglycerin.
Huhndorf was released on bail from the John Latorraca Correctional Center in September, according to deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.