Reedley police investigate shooting of two people
Reedley police were investigating the shooting of two people Wednesday night.
The shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. A Fresno County sheriff’s spokesman said a sheriff’s gang unit was cooperating in the investigation. No information on the condition of the victims was available.
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Man found in motel died of heart failure
An autopsy has shown that a man found dead in a Three Rivers motel died of congestive heart failure, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department reported.
Gary L. Canafax, 47, of Visalia, was found dead last week. No evidence of foul play was found at the motel, but an autopsy was done because the cause of death was unknown.
4 arrested in Fresno after probation search
Four people were taken into custody Monday after Fresno police conducted a probation search in the 4700 block of East Nevada Avenue. Officers recovered drug paraphernalia, firearms, ammunition, 14 grams of methamphetamine, drug pipes and prohibited weapons, Sgt. Carl McKnight said.
Arrested were homeowners Anthony Abeyta Sr., 43, and Stephanie Trevino, 38, on charges related to weapons possession and drug sales. Bulldog gang member Andrew Garcia, 25, who McKnight said was hiding in a bedroom, was booked on a parole violation. Xang Her, 30, was booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine.
Fire inspectors checking homes for plant removal
Inspectors for Cal Fire and the Fresno County Fire Protection District are fanning out across the county to make sure residents are clearing 100 feet of defensible space around their homes in case of fire.
Inspectors will be making sure dead or dying vegetation has been removed from around all structures.
Inspectors, who will drive Cal Fire vehicles and be dressed in Cal Fire uniforms, also will be making sure that trees are trimmed 8 feet above ground level.
Capt. Chris Christopherson said inspections are being organized earlier than usual to prepare for an expected dry spring season.
For additional information, go to a local Cal Fire or Fresno County Fire Protection District station or www.fresnocountyfire.org.
* A public hearing will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday for Fresno Unified School District's Indian Education program, which is seeking a grant for the 2009-2010 school year. The hearing will take place at the Instructional Media Center, Building 4, 3132 E. Fairmont Ave. next to Tioga Middle School.
* Robert Spragg, an eight-grader at Edison Computech Middle School, will compete Friday in the state-level Geographic Bee in Sacramento.
Spragg, 13, was one of the top 100 students statewide chosen to advance to the state competition. This is his third and final year in the competition open to fourth- through eighth-grade students.
The winner will represent California in the 21st annual National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., and compete for a $25,000 college scholarship. The national competition will be May 19-20.
* Eight Central Valley schools were honored Wednesday for their attention to character education.
Schools were honored by Fresno State's Bonner Center for Character Education with the 22nd annual Virtues and Character Recognition Awards.
The winning schools: Los Tules Middle School, Tulare City Elementary School District; Ahwahnee Middle School, Scandinavian Middle School, Sequoia Middle School and Baird Middle School, Fresno Unified; Mulcahy Middle School and Live Oak Middle School, Tulare City Elementary; Rio Vista Middle School, Central Unified School District
Awards were presented at the Fresno Convention Center during the Kremen School of Education's annual conference on character and civic education.
* State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell announced Wednesday that 261 California middle and high schools have been selected as 2009 California Distinguished Schools, an annual award that recognizes some of the state's most exemplary public schools.
This year's selection process required schools to provide an in-depth description of two "signature" practices implemented at the schools that can be copied and that are directly related to the success of their students. During an intensive site visit, additional evidence about the effectiveness of the "signature" practices was gathered and analyzed.
The central San Joaquin Valley region award winners: Clark Intermediate and Buchanan High, Clovis Unified; Baird Middle, Edison Computech Middle and Design Science High, Fresno Unified; Riverdale Elementary, Riverdale Joint Unified; Sanger High, Sanger Unified; Oak Creek Intermediate, Bass Lake Joint Union; Ranchos Middle and Liberty High, Golden Valley Unified; Exeter Union High, Exeter Union High; Mount Whitney High, Visalia Unified.
The list of 136 middle schools and 125 high schools may be viewed at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/cs/.
* Health consumers must be provided medical interpreters under a law that took effect Wednesday.
The Health Care Language Access Act holds insurance companies and health plans accountable for providing language services to their customers who do not speak English or have limited English proficiency.
Insurers must notify enrollees that free interpreter and translation services are available.
"In today's complex medical world, it is vital that patients understand the instructions given by their doctors and for doctors to understand their patients," said Sandra Perez, the director of the California Office of the Patient Advocate.
Perez announced the implementation of the law Wednesday at a news conference at the Darin M. Camarena health clinic in Madera.
She urged health consumers to notify their insurer if they need interpreters. Most health cards include a contact number on the back of the enrollee membership card, Perez said.
Anyone experiencing a problem getting an interpreter should call the Department of Managed Health Care Help Center at (888) 466-2219, she said.