Fresno County Sheriff's homicide detectives have identified the body found at the Mendota Pool Park on Saturday as 32-year-old Santos Mejia Gonzalez.
An autopsy performed Monday confirmed that Gonzalez was the victim of a homicide, the sheriff's office said. The office did not release the cause of death.
Gonzalez's last known contacts appear to be from Georgia, sheriff's deputies said. Detectives do not know why he was in the Mendota area.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Fresno County Sheriff's Office at (559) 488-3111.
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Woman, 72, found dead in Visalia home
A 72-year-old woman was found dead in her house Monday afternoon, Visalia police said.
The woman's son called police after finding her body at the home in the 5500 block of West Tulare Avenue, police said. When police and firefighters arrived, smoke was coming from the residence.
Visalia fire officials believe an oxygen line may have caught fire and is the cause of death. Police said an initial investigation revealed no signs of foul play.
Clovis police seek suspect in crash
A Clovis police officer pursuing a domestic-violence suspect collided with another car Tuesday morning at Shepherd and Willow avenues.
Police spokeswoman Janet Stoll-Lee said police are still seeking the suspect.
The crash happened shortly after 5 a.m., when police received a call from a woman who said her former boyfriend was trying to break into her apartment near Tenth Street and Villa Avenue.
The man, Michael Kaercher, 36, had been named in an emergency protective order. An officer saw Kaercher driving away and a second officer pursued him until Kaercher ran a red light, leading to the crash, Stoll-Lee said. No one was seriously injured.
Kaercher is sought in connection with violating the restraining order, felony evading and stalking. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police at (559) 324-2800.
Clovis police raid 11 massage parlors
Clovis Police arrested six women on suspicion of soliciting for prostitution after inspecting 10 massage parlors in Clovis Tuesday.
Customers told police they were solicited by massage parlor employees to have illegal sex, said Cpl. Vince Weibert. Nearby business owners also complained of seeing suspicious activity.
About 25 officers from Clovis and Fresno police and other agencies conducted surprise inspections of the massage parlors on Tuesday, Weibert said.
Police arrested the six women at five locations. Arrested were three women from Fresno, ages 33, 59, and 61; two women from Clovis, ages 40 and 44; and one 37-year-old woman from Vallejo.
Several citations were issued for municipal, building and licensing violations.
Clovis man killed while walking dog ID'd
A Clovis man who died Monday night after being struck by a pickup while walking his dog was identified Tuesday as 63-year-old Dennis Costella.
Costella was killed when he crossed the street at the intersection of Fowler and Shepherd avenues.
A crosswalk at the intersection is marked by a flashing sign and embedded lights. Clovis police spokeswoman Janet Stoll-Lee said a check by police determined that the lights were working Monday night.
The driver of the truck stopped after the collision and was not arrested.
Stoll-Lee said the investigation could take several weeks. The dog, a 140-pound Labrador named Bear, was treated by an animal hospital for cuts and is back with his family.
Tulare County cuts farmland tax break
The Tulare County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to reduce by 10% a property tax break for eligible farmlands.
With one supervisor absent, the board voted 4-0 to establish new Williamson Act contracts for enrolled farmlands, a step that will net county government about $2.3 million in property taxes between now and mid-2012. The decision helps the county make up for state budget cuts.