A 2-year-old boy who fell into a neighbor's pool after strong winds knocked down part of a backyard fence remains in intensive care at Children's Hospital Central California, his grandmother, Bernadine Davis, said Friday.
"He's doing as well as can be expected. We're just praying and hoping for the best," Davis said at the boy's home in the 3500 block of Lafayette Avenue.
Monica Irlas, who lives in the home with the pool in the 2200 block of Dayton Avenue, said she and her husband, Richard, were at a doctor's office at about 1:30 p.m. when her mother, who lives next door, called to say someone had fallen in the pool.
The couple rushed home, Irlas said. "It was scary. I'm still freaked out," she said. Paramedics arrived shortly after they did, she said.
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Three slats that were blown from a wooden fence have been repaired. The pool at the rental home does not have a fence.
Fresno slaying victim identified as boy, 16
The 16-year-old boy who was killed in southwest Fresno on Thursday afternoon was identified Friday by the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.
Jose Luis Calderon was attacked by two young men in the area of Church Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard around 4:20 p.m., Fresno County Sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said. Calderon was declared dead at the scene.
The two men were last seen running northbound through an apartment complex on the northwest corner of Church Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Witnesses described the men as Hispanic or Asian in their late teens or early 20s. One was reported wearing a gray, white and possibly red striped or checkered hooded jacket and dark baggy pants. The second man was reported wearing a dark hooded jacket and dark colored baggy pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Fresno County Sheriff's Office at (559) 488-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.
Plainview man killed in Highway 65 crash
A 27-year-old man from Plainview was killed Friday when the 2005 Jeep Cherokee he was driving ran off Highway 65 about 12:30 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said.
The man's name has not been released pending notification of relatives.
The CHP said the man was eastbound on Highway 190 when he turned right onto southbound Highway 65. The Jeep left the road, hit a tree and went down an embankment.
No other details were available.
Video shows men burglarizing laundry
Two thieves made off with a change machine containing about $1,500 in coins and bills when they burglarized a southeast Fresno laundry Thursday morning.
Police Sgt. Mark Hudson said the men went into the building about 6 a.m. and used pry bars and a grinder to pull the machine out of the wall.
A security camera taped the men placing the box in a laundry cart and fleeing the business. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact detectives at (559) 621-6232 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.
Go to fblinks.com/laundry to see the video.
School employee arrested in theft
A 38-year-old Madera woman was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of stealing student fundraising money, said Erica Stuart, spokeswoman for the Madera County Sheriff's Department.
The woman, an administrative assistant at Eastin-Arcola High School in Madera County, is accused of stealing nearly $3,000 from an account holding funds raised by continuation students.
An officer was sent to the school late Friday morning after the school found $690 missing from the account.
The woman admitted to writing herself a check for $690 in September. She was also accused of stealing $2,000 in May. She was booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections, with bail set at $10,000.
Family of dead woman sought
The Fresno County Coroner's Office is looking for the family of Barbara Santiago, 62, of Fresno, who died Nov. 23.
Anyone with information is asked to call deputy coroner Jeff Gentry at (559) 600-3400.
Corcoran man charged in burglary
A 26-year-old Corcoran man was arrested on suspicion of robbing a home Thursday, Corcoran police said.
Officers responded to a call on the 400 block of Nim.itz Avenue about a suspicious vehicle parked in the area around 10:45 a.m. The caller told police that a suspicious man left a neighbor's home with household items and put them in the back of his truck.
The owners of the home discovered that video gaming systems, video games, a jewelry box containing jewelry, electronics and U.S. currency were missing.
Officers found the man on the 2550 block of North Avenue. He was booked into Kings County Jail on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property, two arrest warrants and violation of probation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Corcoran police officer Herlinda Rodriguez at (559) 992-5151.
Three arrested in Corcoran burglary
Two men and a 17-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of robbing a Corcoran home Saturday, Corcoran police said.
Officers responded to a call on the 2700 block of Whitley Avenue about a burglary. An Xbox gaming system, games, electronics and men's clothing were missing.
Upon investigation, officers found three people, two men ages 44 and 20 and a 17-year-old boy, were involved in the burglary. The Xbox and clothing were recovered.
The two men were arrested Saturday and booked into Kings County Jail on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property. The teenager was booked Friday into the Kings County Juvenile Hall on charges of burglary and conspiracy.
Anyone with information is asked to call Corcoran police officer S. Moran at (559) 992-5151.
Fire damages central Fresno apartments
A fire that erupted Friday morning at an apartment complex in central Fresno caused extensive damage to three units and displaced several families.
Battalion Chief Casey Clark said the blaze was reported at 11:01 a.m. in the 3900 block of West Ashlan Avenue. Firefighters arrived by 11:04 a.m. and brought the fire under control, but damage was estimated between $80,000 and $100,000.
Four people were treated for smoke inhalation and one for minor burns.
The cause is under investigation. The Red Cross was called to assist people displaced by the blaze.
Flu clinic today at Manchester Center
The Fresno County Department of Public Health will hold a flu vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Manchester Center, 1901 E. Shields Ave.
Cost for the shot is $4, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay.
The county will hold another clinic Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Ted C. Wills Center, 770 N. San Pablo Ave.
Two clinics will be held on Thursday: from 9 to 11 a.m. at Glen Agnes Center, 530 W. Floradora Ave., and 1 to 3 p.m. at the California Hotel, 851 Van Ness Ave.
For more information, go to the health department's web site at fcdph.org/flu or call (888) 993-3003.
Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Road reopens
Hetch Hetchy Road in Yosemite National Park reopened Friday, two days after it was closed because of high winds that knocked down several trees along the road.
Tioga Road remains closed because of dozens of fallen trees, a park spokeswoman said.
For 24-hour road information in Yosemite, call (209) 372-0200.
La Preciosa seeks toys for needy kids
KFAO, La Preciosa, 92.9 FM, will join the Poverello House for a holiday toy drive for needy children today and Sunday in central Fresno, said David Abenojar, director of promotions for Clear Channel.
The event will be held at Manchester Center, 1901 E. Shields Ave., from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The groups are collecting new, unwrapped toys for children, as well as cash donations to purchase gift cards for teenagers.
Clovis, Sanger host parades today
The Nation's Christmas Tree City Toyland Parade will be held in Sanger today, followed by the Children's Electric Christmas Parade in Clovis this evening.
The parade in Sanger will be the city's largest parade in several decades, with 101 floats, a city official said. The parade begins at 11 a.m., heading north on Academy Avenue from Ninth Street and west on Seventh Street through downtown Sanger.
The Sierra Vista Mall and Clovis Community Foundation Children's Electric Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Old Town Clovis Kiwanis Club, starts at 6:30 p.m.
Road closures begin at 5 p.m. in and around Old Town Clovis. Fifth Street west of Sunnyside Avenue and Rodeo Drive at Clovis Avenue will close at 5 p.m. Other parade route streets, including Clovis Avenue will close at 5:30 p.m.
The parade starts at the Rodeo Grounds, heads south on Clovis Avenue to Eighth Street, west on Eighth to Pollasky Avenue, north on Pollasky to Third Street, east on Third to Clovis Avenue and south on Clovis back to the Rodeo Grounds.
The Clovis Kiwanis will offer free shuttle service from the Sierra Vista Mall's Community Park to the 900 block of Clovis Avenue beginning at 5 p.m.