Clovis News

Local briefs: Man shot in big toe

A man was shot in the big toe Thursday night in an apparent drive-by shooting on the 2800 block of East Dakota Avenue in Fresno.

Fresno police Lt. Joyce Vasquez said the victim, described as a Hispanic in his mid-20s, was standing in front of a home when a car drove up and several shots were fired. Vasquez said police were getting conflicting descriptions of the car and they were investigating the shooting.

The unidentified victim was taken to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Parents arrested after death of 1-month-old boy

Hanford police Wednesday arrested the father of a 1-month-old boy who died in August from head injuries. Also arrested was the baby's 17-year-old mother.

Victor Alfonzo Gonzalez, 19, and the mother were taken into custody on murder warrants and booked on suspicion of child abuse. Because she is a juvenile, the mother's identity was not made public.

On June 8, police were called to investigate injuries to the boy, Victor Gonzalez, who was transferred to Children's Hospital Central California from Hanford Community Medical Center.

Emergency workers brought the boy to the Hanford hospital after a call from his parents on Beverly Drive in Hanford. He died Aug. 15. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma and shaken-baby syndrome.

Mother of 3 arrested after parole search

Three children were placed under the care of Child Protective Services early Thursday after their mother was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, police said.

Gina Beza, 30, was taken into custody when officers conducted a parole search of a home on the 4900 block of East Lane Avenue in southeast Fresno. The target of the search, Manuel Caldera, 36, was arrested after he was found in a bedroom in possession of methamphetamine and a loaded .38-caliber handgun, Sgt. Carl McKnight said.

Beza was booked on suspicion of child endangerment and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Man held after allegedly abducting his five kids

A Cutler man accused of abducting his five children has been arrested in Washington state and the children placed in protective custody there, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department said.

Gustavo Salazar Camacho, 38, took the children from a home on the 12000 block of Amethyst Avenue on Wednesday, deputies said. He left a note saying he would never return. He also had made threats to harm himself and the children, deputies said.

The department found Camacho in Adams County in Washington, where he was taken into custody.

1 killed, 2 hurt in crash

One person was killed and two others were seriously injured in a two-vehicle collision Thursday in Tulare County.

Both lanes of Highway 137 from Road 152 to Road 168 east of Visalia were shut down about 11 a.m. after the crash, the California Highway Patrol said.

Man held on child porn

A Selma man was arrested Thursday on charges of using his computer to receive and distribute child pornography over the Internet.

Glenn Arnold Embry II, 41, was arrested at his home by members of the Fresno County Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

Officials said the arrest followed a monthlong investigation.

Embry is the fourth person arrested by the task force on child pornography charges since March 20.

Phone scam reported

The Madera County Sheriff's Department issued a warning Thursday about a new scam.

A woman recently received a call from a man who said she had won $400,000 but first needed to send a money order for $185 and then call a number and wait for further instructions.

The woman instead contacted deputies, who told her the call was a hoax. The call came from Jamaica and had one of three common area codes used by scammers, spokeswoman Erica Stuart said.

The codes are 809 for the Dominican Republic, 284 for the British Virgin Islands and 876 for Jamaica. The department advises anyone who thinks they may be a target to check the Federal Trade Commission Web site at or call the FTC toll-free at (877) 382-4357.


Man convicted of sex crimes against relative

A Clovis man was convicted by a Fresno County jury Thursday of charges of sex crimes against a relative under the age of 14.

Rudy Rios, 43, fathered a child with the young girl, who was not identified. Rios was convicted of two of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor and two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with force on a minor.

He was arrested by Clovis police officers two years ago, and has been held in the Fresno County Jail.

Rios will receive credit for time served, but faces 310 years to life in prison when he is sentenced.

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Archie Crippen of home demolition company dies

Fresno business owner Archie Charles Crippen died Wednesday. He was 85.

Mr. Crippen operated a family-owned demolition company for 50 years, filling contracts with the city of Fresno and Fresno County.

The company, Archie Crippen Excavation, specialized in home demolition, but gained unwanted attention in 2003 when a fire in a woodpile the size of a football field at the company's excavation yard on Marks Avenue burned for more than a month and cost more than $2.5 million to extinguish.

Services for Mr. Crippen will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Lisle Calaveras Chapel.

Yosemite Unified names interim superintendent

Yosemite Unified School District in Oakhurst announced Thursday that it has appointed Steve Raupp, a former co-acting superintendent, as interim superintendent. He will become the superintendent July 1.

Raupp replaces Bill McCabe, who resigned in February after the district hired an independent investigator to look into allegations against him. The district has refused to say what those allegations were.

A 2005-06 Madera County Grand Jury report accused McCabe of the "illegal use of school district personnel and the illegal use and sale of school district equipment." The grand jury said the equipment was a full-size tractor and a self-propelled trencher.

Food Bank gives out healthy items in Madera

The Community Food Bank of Fresno distributed about 90,000 pounds of fresh produce and other healthy staples Thursday at a Neighborhood Market food giveaway at Griffin Hall in Madera.

Several hundred people lined up before the distribution began at 9 a.m., said Community Food Bank spokeswoman Sara Vasquez.

The food bank supplies food to 70,000 people each week and distributes 1 million pounds of food monthly.