Two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed a Check Into Cash store in Visalia on Wednesday, police reported.
The robbery happened just before 4:30 p.m. in the 4100 block of West Noble Avenue.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (559) 713-4739.
Cops shut down suspected chop shop
An auto repair shop that police say was also operating as a chop shop was shut down in southeast Fresno on Thursday.
Fresno police Sgt. Tim Tietjen said the 27-year-old manager also was selling guns and drugs at the store in the 4700 block of East Kings Canyon Road.
Tietjen said officers moved in after making undercover buys at the shop.
Crime Stoppers tip leads to man's arrest
A Kerman man who was wanted in connection with a robbery and carjacking last week was arrested Thursday in west Fresno, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.
Earlier in the week a Crime Stoppers tip led to the man's arrest at a home near Chandler Airport.
He was booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, burglary and assault with a firearm.
Woman arrested in counterfeit scheme
A Chowchilla woman was arrested by Madera County sheriff's deputies on Wednesday after allegedly trying to pay for goods with counterfeit cash a week ago, the Sheriff's Department said.
The 31-year-old woman attempted to pay for soda and hair spray with a counterfeit $10 bill at a store in Chowchilla, sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart said.
The store clerk, however, noticed that the bill looked like a counterfeit and kept it.
The woman was arrested and booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections on suspicion of forgery.
170 cited in Fresno traffic crackdown
Fresno traffic officers issued 170 citations to pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers during a pedestrian-safety operation Wednesday.
Police Sgt. Gary Beer said the tickets were issued to pedestrians who crossed streets outside of crosswalks, to drivers who didn't yield for people in crosswalks and to bicyclists who ignored rules of the road.
Fire destroys cabin near Mineral King
A fire destroyed a cabin at the Silver City Resort in the Mineral King area Wednesday night, the Tulare County Fire Department said.
The blaze began sometime during the night after the two people renting the cabin put wood in the wood-burning fireplace and went to bed.
After waking up to the smell of smoke, they went outside and saw that the roof and attic were on fire.
The two people fought the blaze with a fire extinguisher and were assisted by other cabin renters with garden hoses.
The cabin and its contents were destroyed. No injuries were reported.
Man gets life in Livingston torture
One of four men convicted in the brutal October 2007 kidnapping and burning of Livingston resident Rosa Avina was sentenced earlier this month to life in prison without parole.
Urbano Ortega was convicted last month on charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping with special circumstances for kidnapping, mayhem and torture. He pulled a lighter from his pocket and ignited the 27-year-old woman after his cohorts doused her with gasoline.
Another defendant in the case, 21-year-old Omar Cebrero, was scheduled to be sentenced in court Thursday. His sentencing hearing was postponed, however, because his attorney is filing a motion for a new trial.
Local road projects get state money
The California Transportation Commission has allotted $784 million in new funding for 61 projects that will help create thousands of jobs in the state.
The Council of Fresno County Governments has been allocated $2.1 million for a traffic light synchronization program on Shaw Avenue in Fresno. The program is designed to decrease delays and travel times during peak commute hours.
Also, $300,000 has been allocated to the Council of Fresno County Governments for a safety improvement project on Bullard and Locan avenues in Clovis.
Tulare run raises 8K
More than $8,500 was raised Saturday to support domestic violence awareness in the Tulare County District Attorney's Office inaugural Justice Run.
The funds will be split between Family Services of Tulare County and the Central California Family Crisis Center in Porterville.