A woman was injured Friday night when her car was hit by an Amtrak train near the Maroa and Princeton avenues intersection in central Fresno.
Information about the woman's age and hometown were not available Saturday evening, Fresno police said.
After the car became stuck on some gravel, two passengers tried to push it from the tracks, police said.
The driver was still in the car when the train hit it around 10 p.m. She was taken to Community Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.
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The Amtrak train was stopped while the crash was investigated and then continued.
Tulare deputies nab two on drug charges
Tulare County sheriff's deputies arrested two men Friday night on suspicion of multiple drug charges and possession of a deadly weapon.
Deputies saw two men, ages 59 and 30, in a vehicle parked on the edge of a walnut orchard in the 15200 block of Road 208 in Porterville about 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Deputies found a glass methamphetamine pipe outside the car and approximately 3.4 grams of methamphetamine in the car. They also found a knife and metal knuckles in possession of the 30-year-old man.
Police later determined that both men were under the influence of a controlled substance.
The 59-year-old man was taken to the Tulare County Main Jail, where he was booked on suspicion of multiple drug charges. The 30-year-old man was booked into the Porterville substation on suspicion of weapon and drug charges.
Coalinga standoff ends in man's arrest
A standoff ended peacefully Saturday when an armed Coalinga man suspected of assault with a deadly weapon surrendered to police.
A woman told police she had been held hostage about 10:30 a.m. in a home in the 200 block of Longhollow Way.
The victim said the suspect held a shotgun to her head and said he was going to shoot her. She barricaded herself in her room, then escaped through a back window, police said.
The suspect later came outside, placed the shotgun on the front porch and surrendered. He was booked into the Fresno County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and terrorist threats.
Man sentenced for harassing ex-wife
Michael Rosa, 36, of Tulare was sentenced Friday to two years and eight months in prison for harassing and impersonating his former wife, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said.
Rosa was convicted Sept. 30 of stalking, false impersonation, identity theft and electronic harassment.
Prosecutors said that during Rosa's marriage he often threatened to kill his ex-wife if she left him. After their breakup, Rosa began to harass her over the phone. In April 2009, Rosa called his ex-wife, her mother and father to say he was on his way to kill her.
In August 2009, men began to contact Rosa's ex-wife about an advertisement on Craigslist that identified her and stated she would perform sexual acts on men. A few of the ads contained photos taken during their marriage.
Rosa eventually admitted to placing the ads.
UnitedHealthcare invests in Valley
UnitedHealthcare invested nearly $5.8 million in United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley to help enhance patient services in the region.
The investment will aid in refinancing loans to help build a new administrative office building and renovate existing clinics.
UnitedHealthcare purchased United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley's tax-exempt revenue bonds worth $5.2 million, and provided a $587,000 grant to pay for additional costs in funding for the local nonprofit. The refinancing of the loans will save the health centers about $4,000 a month in loan payments.
UnitedHealthcare offers health benefits, including commercial and Medicare health plans, to nearly 3 million Californians and partners with about 50,000 physicians across the state.
Fresno County will honor top educators
The Fresno County Office of Education and Educational Employees Credit Union will host the annual Educator of the Year Awards Ceremony on Tuesday.
The ceremony will honor the most outstanding school employees, teachers and administrators in Fresno County, Fresno County Office of Education spokeswoman Armen Bacon said.
The nominees for school employee of the year are Ruth Badilla, Parlier Unified School District; Jess Garcia, Kingsburg Elementary Charter District; and Albert Mendoza, Sanger Unified School District, Bacon said.
Nominees for teacher of the year are Denise Dedini, Kingsburg Elementary Charter; Jill Delano, Sanger Unified; and Gregory Farris, Riverdale Unified School District.
Administrator of the year nominees are Norm Anderson, Clovis Unified School District; Cathy Padilla, Sanger Unified; and Jeff Percell, Riverdale Unified, Bacon said.
The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. at the William Saroyan Theatre. Free tickets are available at any branch of Educational Employees Credit Union, however, tickets are not required for entry, Bacon said.
Clovis Unified offers free parenting class
Clovis Unified is holding a free parenting class to help parents in the day-to-day job of guiding their children.
The class will teach parents about a nurturing approach to parenting, effective communication skills and how to handle negative feelings, program facilitator Alexis Sowa said.
Parents must preregister at the Gateway High School office or call (559) 327-1873, Sowa said. The class will be held in Gateway High School, Room 13, starting Tuesday and run from 5:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. for 14 weeks.
Free childcare will be available on-site for children ages 4 to 12, Sowa said.
Hwy. 41 metering work to close ramps
A construction metering project on Highway 41 will begin today in Fresno, the California Department of Transportation said.
Construction will take place from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Friday on the connector ramps to northbound 41 from Highway 180.
Blankets sought for earthquake victims
Twin Fresno teens and Ford dealerships in the central San Joaquin Valley are asking people to donate blankets for earthquake victims in Turkey.
Future Ford at Shaw Avenue and Highway 168 in Clovis will accept blankets throughout the weekend, Katrina Martin said.
Martin, 19, and sister Italia Martin are coordinating the blanket drive. The twins, founders of California Republican Youth, will ship the blankets Wednesday. An anonymous donor has volunteered to pay for the shipping, Martin said.
FUSD Kids First Festival is today
Fresno Unified School District will hold its annual Kids First Festival today in central Fresno.
The harvest-themed festival will be held at Fresno High School, 1839 N. Echo Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The festival will feature fair-type foods, activity and information booths and live stage performances.
Flu shots will be provided to all FUSD students and employees. Children are invited to wear Halloween costumes.
Information: (559) 647-3099.
Occupy Fresno continues protest
Occupy Fresno protesters remained encamped Saturday at Courthouse Park.
Occupy Fresno spokesman Rosendo Rodriguez said protesters spent part of the day protesting outside Chase Bank at Fashion Fair Mall.
The group's permit to stay at the park expires at midnight Nov. 1. Rodriguez said they may be forced out, but they would return.