The Fresno County Sheriff's Office early Saturday identified Eugenia "Gina" Valdez as the mother from San Joaquin whose 17-year-old son is accused of shooting a 91-year-old woman early on Thanksgiving morning.
Valdez, 35, is charged with being an accessory to a crime, child endangerment and solicitation of criminal acts. There were also outstanding bench warrants for Valdez for failing to send a child to school, deputies said.
Fresno County Jail logs Saturday showed she was still in custody, with bail totaling $33,000 on the various charges.
According to sheriff's deputies, the teenager confronted Marcella Miller, 91, and her 63-year-old daughter at their home on the 8600 block of 11th Street. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said the boy entered the home with an intention to steal property.
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Deputies said earlier that the suspect made some demands, then shot Marcella Miller in the face, Lopez said. Marilyn Miller, the daughter, was not injured.
Downtown Visalia crash injures 2 men
Two men sustained major injuries in an accident early Saturday in downtown Visalia in which police said alcohol was suspected to be a factor.
According to police, a 1999 Pontiac Trans Am was eastbound on Main Street at an unknown rate of speed when it struck a curb and spun out of control. It then broadsided a tree at the southeast corner of Main and Floral streets.
Both the driver and a passenger had major injuries and were transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for treatment.
One hurt in Clovis when car hits pole
One person was reported injured after a car rammed into a telephone pole late Saturday afternoon on Shepherd Avenue just east of Sunnyside Avenue in Clovis.
According to the California Highway Patrol's website, Clovis police closed Shepherd Avenue for a short time after the single-car accident.
The CHP said the accident was reported at 5:06 p.m. and there was a "moderate injury." The website also reported the possibility of lines and part of a pole being down from the crash.
6 arrested at Fresno DUI checkpoint
Six people were arrested Friday evening for allegedly driving under the influence at a sobriety checkpoint that Fresno police set up in the westbound lanes of Jensen Avenue at Cherry Avenue.
In addition to the six arrests, police said 27 vehicles were impounded for either the DUI arrests or for those driving without a valid license.
Man wanted in jewelry store theft
Fresno police are seeking a man after a robbery in Fig Garden Village Saturday evening.
Lt. Tom Rowe of the Fresno Police Department said the man entered Viva La Vault jewelry store about 5:30 p.m. and asked to see some rings. When the clerk put them on the counter, the man looked over his shoulder, grabbed the rings and fled, but he dropped most of the rings on his way out, Rowe said.
The suspect was described as a middle-aged man with spiky hair wearing a blue dress shirt, a black tie and black slacks. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fresno Police Department at (559) 621-7000.
Connector ramps at 41/180 to close
A construction project will close connector ramps from Highway 41 to Highway 180 beginning Monday evening, the California Department of Transportation said.
The connector ramps to northbound 41 from eastbound and westbound 180 will be closed from 10 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Hwy. 41 lanes to close for roadwork
A guardrail replacement project along Highway 41 will cause lane closures beginning Monday in Madera County, the California Department of Transportation said.
Southbound lanes about four miles north of Highway 145 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
The northbound lane will be open with flaggers controlling two-way traffic, resulting in approximately 5-minute delays.
Supes. to consider land-use permits
Fresno County supervisors on Tuesday will consider extending the life of county land-use permits.
The move, say public works officials, is meant to give landowners and developers who have secured building permits additional time to do projects that might have been put on hold because of a lack of financing.
Permits are generally valid for one or two years, but under the proposal, could be extended an additional year or more. The proposal applies to conditional use permits, site plan reviews, director reviews and variances on unincorporated property.
The Public Works and Planning Department also is asking the Board of Supervisors for approval to make small changes to the speed limit along more than 40 county roads. The changes are meant to facilitate more appropriate driving speeds.
Shuklian named Visalia mayor
Visalia Council Member Amy Shuklian was unanimously named mayor Wednesday after she, Bob Link and Greg Collins were sworn into office.
Council Member Steve Nelsen was named vice mayor.
Campus hosts vets' oral history project
Fresno State journalism students and military veterans will participate in the Central California War Veterans Oral History Project presentation Monday at Fresno State, said Gary Rice, an associate professor in the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism.
The free event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Henry Madden Library.
Students interviewed 45 veterans this semester. Each was recorded and transcribed, then archived in the library for use by scholars, researchers, students, veterans and the public.
Since the program's inception in spring 2010, students have completed more than 230 oral histories.
Kings Co. hosts HSR town hall meeting
Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle and Citizens for California High Speed Rail Accountability will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Corcoran on the potential adverse effects of the rail project.
A panel composed of Valle, Kings County Community Development Agency Director Greg Gatzka, Corcoran Mayor Toni Baltierra, and Frank Oliveira and Aaron Fukuda, co-founders of Citizens for California High Speed Rail Accountability, will present information and answer questions.