News Briefs


Men arrested at park

Two men have been arrested in an attempted robbery Sunday night at Quigley Park in west-central Fresno in which one of the suspects fired a shot into the air, Fresno police reported Tuesday.

Sgt. Timothy Tietjen said officers Thomas Harding Jr. and Leonard Cabrera were patrolling the park, at Saginaw Way and Teilman Avenue, Monday when they saw two men matching the descriptions of the men who attempted to rob a woman at gunpoint.

The men ran but were caught after a foot chase.

During the chase, the men discarded a gun, Tietjen said.

Taken into custody were Alton Magee, 18, and Terry McGruder, 19, both of Fresno. Both were arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery.

Tietjen said the men are under investigation in connection with other robberies.

Woman found safe

A woman reported missing Monday night after she reportedly walked away from a care home facility south of Fresno was found safe Tuesday east of Clovis, the Fresno County Sheriff's Department reported.

Bi "Susan" Lui, 29, was found shortly before 11 a.m., when she was spotted by a sheriff's deputy while she was sitting on the side of the road on Academy Avenue near Paul Avenue just south of Herndon Avenue, said Chris Curtice, a sheriff's spokesman.

Lui had been described as an "at-risk" missing person when she was reported gone from Ruby's Valley Care Home at 9919 S. Elm Ave., near Easton.

Curtice said Lui appeared to be in good condition when she was found, but that she would be examined by medical personnel before being returned to the care home.

Investigators are trying to determine how Lui got to the northeast Fresno County location. Anyone with information may call detective Hector Palma at (559) 488-3729.

35-year-old arrested in Merced rape, kidnapping

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a kidnapping and rape reported Monday by a 22-year-old Merced woman, Merced police said Tuesday.

The woman told police she was raped by a man who kidnapped her near 12th Street and Martin Luther King Way, then took her to a residence about a block away, where she was attacked.

The woman said she got away several hours later, after her assailant fell asleep.

Lt. Matt Williams said the woman contacted officers and led them to a residence at 153 W. 12th St.

Officers obtained a search warrant and later arrested Mario Jimenez, 35, who the woman said was her assailant.

Jimenez was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment and forcible rape.

Boys arrested in robbery

Two boys were arrested this week by Lindsay police in connection with an armed robbery over the weekend at a grocery store.

Investigators think the boys are responsible for robbing the City Food Mart on the 200 block of East Honolulu Street on Saturday.

Clerks told police two males wearing masks and waving handguns came into the store about 9:30 p.m., emptied the cash register and ran away.

On Monday, a Lindsay officer spotted a boy who matched the description of one of the robbers; the boy allegedly was carrying a large amount of cash.

After a search warrant turned up more evidence at a home on the 400 block of East Santa Fe Street, the second boy surrendered to police.

Head-on collision near Tipton injures nine

Authorities said nine people were injured Tuesday morning in a head-on crash between a car and a van carrying eight farmworkers on Highway 190 east of Tipton.

The van and the car, with one occupant, collided head on about 6:15 a.m. near Highway 190 and Road 152, said Joe Garcia, a division chief with the Tulare County Fire Department.

The driver of the car suffered major injuries and was flown by helicopter to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, Garcia said.

The eight farmworkers in the van suffered minor to moderate injuries, mostly complaints of pain.


Jury selection continues in Schuster murder trial

On the second day of Larissa Schuster's murder trial, prosecution and defense attorneys agreed Tuesday to dismiss about two dozen potential jurors who appeared to have either prior knowledge of the case or said they could not judge Schuster fairly. About 100 potential jurors remain.

Today and Thursday, attorneys will question the potential jurors and eventually select 12 for the jury, as well as four alternates.

Schuster, 47, is a former Clovis businesswoman accused of killing her husband in 2003 and leaving his body in a barrel of acid.

Opening statements in her trial, which is being held in a Van Nuys courthouse, are scheduled to begin Monday.