Clovis News

Local briefs: Second Reedley teen struck by gunfire dies

A second teenager struck by gunfire Wednesday night in Reedley has died. Carlos Rodriguez, 16, of Reedley died about 6:35 p.m. Thursday, the Fresno County Coroner's Office said Friday.

Carlos and Eduardo Alvarado were shot by occupants of a passing vehicle about 8 p.m. Wednesday at Columbia and North avenues near Camacho Park. Eduardo died shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Reedley police have said the shooting is possibly gang-related.

Carlos and Eduardo were home-study students in the Kings Canyon Unified School District.

Victim, 23, identified in fatal Fresno shooting

A 23-year-old man who died after a shooting early Friday at Dakota and Hughes avenues has been identified as Joseph Harris of Fresno.

Harris, the driver of a vehicle with two passengers, was westbound on Dakota and stopped at Hughes about 12:15 a.m. when another vehicle pulled up next to them, Fresno police said. A person in the other vehicle fired numerous gunshots into Harris' vehicle.

Harris was taken to Community Regional Medical Center where he died shortly before 1 a.m., police said.

A passenger in Harris' vehicle was struck once. He was treated and released from the medical center.

The third person in the vehicle was not injured.

Vehicle overturns on Highway 190, two hurt

One person was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno on Friday evening after a vehicle overturned and ejected two people on Highway 190 just east of Road 284 outside Porterville, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The second victim was taken to Sierra View Hospital. The crash was reported at 6:19 p.m.

Courts

Suspected killer ruled competent to stand trial

A Madera County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that suspected serial killer Jose Guerrero is competent to stand trial.

The death-penalty trial for the Madera man was put on hold in early March after his defense attorney said he questioned Guerrero's competency. But a judge this week heard testimony from doctors who examined Guerrero and ruled Friday that he was competent. The trial will continue Monday.

Guerrero is accused of killing and sexually assaulting three women in the 1990s and attempting to kill a fourth woman.

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Vigil for shooting victim

A candlelight prayer vigil for Stephen Willis, who was shot and killed in a confrontation last week with Fresno police officers, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Stoney Brook Apartment complex.

The vigil will be held at the site of the shooting, 4925 E. Balch Ave., apartment 103, said Kandie Laurence, a relative of Willis.

Willis, 23, died shortly before 1 a.m. at the apartment complex after two officers fired at him in the apartment complex's parking lot. Fresno police shot the man at least 12 times, lawyers say.

Officers said Willis drew a gun and fired at them. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the officers fired 35 times and that Willis fired once.

New undersheriff named

Capt. Dahl A. Cleek has been selected as the new undersheriff for the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

Cleek, who has worked for the Sheriff's Department for more than 30 years, succeeds David Whaley, who retired. Whaley was a 34-year veteran of the department.

Sheriff Bill Wittman will hold a ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Board of Supervisors chambers in honor of Cleek's appointment.

Mayor backs organ donors

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin lent the city’s support Friday to a drive for organ and tissue donors.

In a City Hall news conference, Swearengin proclaimed April to be “DMV/Donate Life Month” in hopes of encouraging more people to sign up as donors when renewing driver’s licenses.

The California Transplant Donor Network says 865 Fresno residents await life-saving transplants, but only 11% of the city’s residents are registered organ and tissue donors. Donors can register during DMV renewals and get pink “donor dots” on their licenses.

Comment time extended

The Sequoia National Forest is extending the public comment period for the Motorized Travel Management Project draft environmental impact report to April 20.

Forest Supervisor Tina Terrell received requests for more time to review the document.

Comments are being accepted by e-mail at comments-pacificsouthwest-sequoia@fs.fed.us, by mail addressed to Chris Sanders, Travel Management, Sequoia National Forest, 1839 S. Newcomb St., Porterville, CA 93257, or by fax at (559) 781-4744.

Fresno Co. Spell-Off held

The winning words were “clientele” and “panacea” in the Fresno County Spell-Off sponsored by the Fresno County Office of Education on Thursday.

Winners in the elementary division were Katherine Moore, Sanger Unified, first place; Gobind Puniani, Clovis Unified, second; and Wesley Bevins, Central Unified, third.

In the junior high division, the winners were Saira Delgado, Sanger Unified, first place; Danielle Delemos, second; and Josie Farley, third, both of the Diocese of Fresno.

The top two winners in both divisions will represent Fresno County in the state-level championships May 16.

Edison student does well at state geography bee

Robert Spragg, an eighth-grader at Edison Computech Middle School in Fresno, answered seven of eight questions correctly Friday in the preliminary rounds of the California state Geographic Bee, said Stephen F. Cunha, a Humboldt State geography professor who is the competition's coordinator.

In most states, Robert's showing would qualify for the finals, Cunha wrote in an e-mail. "But in mega-sized California, with over 100,000 students taking part in school Bees statewide, the competition is much tougher. He did very well!"

The Bee's winner was Samuel Bressler, a seventh- grader from Fullerton. The final question: Name the largest city in Siberia, which has approximately 1.4 million people and is located on the Trans-Siberian Railway (Answer: Novosibirsk).

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