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Local briefs: Man sought in drunken driving case arrested


Man sought in drunken driving case arrested

A Clovis man sought for failure to appear in court after his fifth arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Fresno police Sgt. Eric Eide said the man has been dodging officers since December. He was taken into custody on the 1600 block of East Bullard Avenue in Clovis.

12 arrested in northwest Fresno parole sweep

A parole sweep in northwest Fresno resulted in the arrest of 12 people, including two parolees who may have engaged in identity theft, Fresno police said.

Police searched 20 people between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday and confiscated three weapons. They arrested two men, ages 30 and 25, on the 3000 block of West Dakota Avenue and found evidence of identity theft, including boxes of mail, police said.

Wife of accused deputy allegedly attacks him

A Madera County sheriff's deputy who was arrested last month on suspicion of raping his wife was attacked by her earlier this week, the deputy's attorney, Richard Beshwate, said Wednesday.

Fresno police confirmed that Regina Saldivar, 35, the wife of deputy Jerry Saldivar, 37, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of residential burglary, inflicting corporal injury and two counts of misdemeanor battery. Beshwate said Regina Saldivar broke the bedroom window of a home where her husband was staying and attacked him about 3 a.m. Sunday.

Jerry Saldivar was arrested March 1 by Clovis police on suspicion of rape, a forcible act of sexual penetration and false imprisonment. Beshwate said the couple is going through a divorce.


Man gets 10 years for molesting three boys

A 37-year-old Visalia man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for molesting three boys.

Tulare County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kalashian sentenced Rolyat "Wally" Johnson of Visalia on Tuesday. Johnson, 37, had pleaded no contest in March to three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14.

Two boys told police of being molested in 2001 when they were 8 and 9, according to the Tulare County District Attorney's Office. A 10-year-old victim came forward in 2008. The victims were not related to Johnson. The crimes took place at his home when their mothers were not present.

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Thousands lose power in northeast Fresno

More than 6,000 customers in northeast Fresno lost power for more than an hour Wednesday night, Pacific Gas & Electric said.

PG&E spokeswoman Brandi Ehlers said the outages began at 8:30 p.m. and most people had their power back by 10 p.m. She said the cause of the outages was an “underground equipment failure.”

By late Wednesday, more than 500 customers were still without power.

Assessor warns of tax reassessment scam

Kings County Assessor Ken Baird is warning property owners about a scam involving bogus, official-looking "tax reassessment" letters offering to get the taxable value of a property reduced -- for a fee.

The letters were not sent by the Assessor's Office. The letters are not illegal, but they are misleading, a statement from Baird's office said.

The office will review the taxable value of any property free. Applications for a free review are available at the Assessor's Office in Hanford, or

Madera Unified schools collect recyclable shoes

Five schools in the Madera Unified School District participated in a shoe recycling program that ended Wednesday. Students and staff dropped off their old shoes in bins on the school campuses Monday through Wednesday as part of the Nike Reuse-a-Shoe program.