Clovis News

Local briefs: Pregnant women's car rammed

A Fresno woman who police say used her car to ram another car into a house in northwest Fresno was booked Thursday night into Fresno County Jail.

Two pregnant women, ages 20 and 21, were in the car that was rammed. They said they have had a long dispute with the 24-year-old driver of the other car, police Sgt. Andy Mercado said.

The pregnant women were treated at a local hospital after the crash, Mercado said.

The house was damaged extensively. Police found the car that had rammed the other on Griffith Way and arrested the driver on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Sex offenders sought

Clovis police officers are looking for two sex offenders who have failed to register with law enforcement officials.

David Frankhauser, 24, and Daniel Campos, 50, are believed to be living in Clovis.

Police say the crackdown on sex offenders who fail to register is an ongoing effort that already has netted four arrests, including Michael San- chez, 41, who police say moved several times without notifying police, a violation of the law. Sanchez will spend four years in prison for the violation.

Burglary suspect held

A man practicing his baseball swing Thursday night was booked on suspicion of burglary in northeast Fresno, police said. Officers checking a burglar alarm at World of Base- ball, 5091 N. Fresno St., discov- ered a break-in about 10:30 p.m.

A short time later, a few blocks north at Barstow Avenue and Fresno Street, a 41-year-old man was seen by officers swinging a $200 bat that police said was taken from the store. He was taken into custody and placed in the Fresno County Jail.


Medi-Cal fraud conviction

A Fresno woman has been convicted of Medi-Cal fraud and forgery, District Attorney Elizabeth Egan announced in a release Friday.

Carolyn Ann Perry, 57, will be sentenced July 8. She faces up to five years, eight months in prison for the crimes, which were committed between Jan. 25 and Dec. 1, 2007.

Immigrant convicted

A federal jury returned guilty verdicts Friday against Jose Esquivel Mendez, aka Alberto Perez-Lopez, 25, an illegal immigrant from Tijuana, Mexico, following a trial for conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute crystal meth.

Mendez and co-defendants Rigoberto Aguilar Lopez, 37, of Caruthers and Miguel Angel Nunez-Barragan, 34, of San Diego were arrested in February in Caruthers in attempting to sell 5.5 pounds of high-purity crystal meth with a street value of $900,000 to a confidential source.

Mendez is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 7 before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill. He faces between 10 years and life in prison, along with a fine of up to $4 million. Nunez-Barragan and Aguilar Lopez previously entered guilty pleas to the drug conspiracy.

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Children's Hospital gets $58 million

Children’s Hospital Central California will receive $58 million to help expand its emergency department and operating and X-ray areas of the hospital.

The funding is part of $344 million in state funds approved by the California Health Facilities Financing Authority for health-care institutions in the state, Treasurer Bill Lockyer said Friday.

The portion allotted to Children’s in Madera County is from the Children’s Hospital Bond Act of 2008 approved by voters, said Children’s spokeswoman Micheline Golden. The bulk of the $58 million will be used to expand the emergency department and surgical and imaging departments, she said.

Visalia hospital opens new wing

Kaweah Delta Medical Center held a grand opening Friday for its new six-story hospital tower in downtown Visalia.

The new Acequia Wing -- named because the main entrance faces Acequia Street -- houses a new emergency department on the first floor. The second floor has an endovascular surgery suite, cardiac surgery rooms and four cardiovascular imaging suites and 20 beds. The third floor has 38 mother/baby rooms. The fourth floor has medical and surgical telemetry.

The fifth and sixth floors are unfinished and have room for 24 beds on each floor.