A man identified by police as a Bulldog gang member was in fair condition after he was shot twice Wednesday morning by police officers in southeast Fresno.
Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the shooting took place after Wallace Alley, 32, drove a car toward an officer who was trying to arrest him.
The shooting took place about 11 a.m. Alley and two female companions stopped at a store at Tulare and Peach avenues, and one woman stepped out of the car to go inside, Dyer said. Several officers, including members of an auto theft team, then moved in for the arrest. That's when the man drove in the direction of the officer, who, along with another officer, fired at Alley, who was struck in the upper torso, Dyer said.
A witness said he heard seven gunshots.
Alley then sped west on Tulare Avenue before losing control of the car and crashing into a building west of Willow Avenue. The woman who stayed in the car was injured, apparently by the crash impact. Dyer said Alley is well-known by the auto theft team and is responsible for stealing a number of vehicles.
Officers involved in shooting incidents are routinely placed on paid leave while the shooting is investigated.
Midpines man killed in head-on crash
A Midpines motorcyclist was killed Tuesday in Mariposa County when a woman driving an SUV collided head-on with him on Highway 140, the California Highway Patrol reported.
He was identified by the Mariposa County coroner as Tommy Kinard, 64.
The woman, Tammy Lawhon, 40, of Mariposa, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.
The CHP said Lawhon was driving a 2008 Hyundai west on Highway 140 east of Cobey Lane when she veered across double yellow lines and slammed into Kinard, who was eastbound on a 2000 Kawasaki. Kinard died at the scene.
Neither Lawhon nor a 9-year-old girl in her SUV were injured. Lawhon was booked into the Mariposa County Jail.
Tulare police identify shooting victim
Tulare police identified a man who was fatally shot Monday night as Carl Escalante, 32, of Tulare.
Officers went to the 800 block of South F Street at 10 p.m. Monday to check a report of multiple gunshots fired. The officer found the victim, who had been shot several times. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Visalia man gets 20 years in molest case
Aaron Kizer, 21, of Visalia, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison for lewd acts on a child under 14 and for getting into a dispute with police for the benefit of a gang.
He pled no contest last month and must serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
Kizer confessed to police that he sexually assaulted a female younger than 14 several times, and in an incident where Visalia police stopped a car of gang members, he walked up to police, yelled gang slurs, flashed gang signs and took a fighting stance against officers, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said.
Parent session at West Fresno school
Washington Unified School District will host an informational conference for parents on Saturday at West Fresno Elementary School, 2910 South Ivy Ave., Fresno.
The conference will offer information on school readiness, college, bullying and more. The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students from after-school programs will perform at noon.
Information: (559) 495-5609.
CSET charter school opens sign-ups
The Community Services Employment Training (CSET) on-site charter school now has open enrollment for 18- to 24-year-olds interested in earning a high school diploma, CSET spokeswoman Chantel Medeiros said.
The school is at 312 NW Third Ave. in Visalia. Classes are Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The school focuses on providing quality education and career training.
Students earn their diplomas while working in the community, Medeiros said.
Interested applicants can schedule an appointment by emailing Elizabeth Valenzuela at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (559) 741-4632.
Clovis holiday parade applications sought
Old Town Clovis will host Sierra Vista Mall's Children's Electric Christmas Parade on Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
The Old Town Clovis Kiwanis Club will present the parade for the seventh year. Spectators will see marching bands, floats, decorated cars, horses and more, Kiwanis Club spokeswoman Carol Dogey said.
Applications for parade entries can be found online at the Kiwanis Club's Facebook page or on the Clovis Chamber's website.
Applications are due by Nov. 18.
Clovis to hold event for city history book
Clovis will hold a special book release and theme dinner on Nov. 17 at the Victoria Rose Restaurant in the Old Town Clovis Hotel.
"Images of America: Clovis" chronicles the history of Clovis for the past 100 years.
The book will debut during the "One Enchanted Evening" event in Old Town Clovis.
Members of the Centennial Book Committee and authors of the book will be present, spokeswoman Carol Wright said.
Music from 1912 will be played at the event and characters from the book dressed in period costumes will meet with the guests.
Attendees will receive a signed commemorative edition of the book, Wright said.
Tickets cost $55 a person and are available by reservation only.
"Images of America: Clovis" will be for sale starting on Monday.
Group seeks help for Roeding cleanup
HandsOn Central California will host a Serve Fresno event aimed at cleaning and winterizing Roeding Park on Nov. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers are needed to help with weeding, raking leaves, graffiti removal, and trash clean up, spokesman Cary Catalano said. Volunteers are also needed to help with winterizing the park, which includes trimming shrubs and removing summertime equipment.
To sign up or for more information, call (559) 237-3102.