Clovis News

Local briefs: Teen driver dies in crash south of Madera

A story published in Thursday's Bee incorrectly described the victim of a crash south of Madera as female.

A 19-year-old Firebaugh man died Tuesday when the Nissan pickup he was driving collided with two vehicles on Avenue 7 south of Madera. The California Highway Patrol withheld the woman's identity until her family could be notified.

He was westbound on Avenue 7 about 5 p.m. when his pickup drifted into eastbound lanes near Road 13 and collided with a Mercedes driven by Sherry Jones, 61, of Fresno, the CHP reported. The pickup then ran into a Ford Explorer driven by Shimon Horovitz, 54, of Israel.

The Firebaugh man died at the crash site. Jones and a passenger, Susan August, 62, of Marina suffered minor injuries, as did Horovitz.

Gang member a suspect in sex assaults in Clovis

Clovis police arrested a 23-year-old gang member late Tuesday in connection with the sexual assault of two teenage girls.

Sgt. John Fannon said police began an investigation of Clovis resident Jordan Perez in late April.

Fannon said Perez used his status as a member of the Juggalo gang to intimidate the victims, ages 16 and 15, to engage in sex with him.

Police believe the assaults occurred in February and March at Jefferson Elementary School after normal school hours.

Officers believe there may be as many as five additional victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detective J.R. Murillo at (559) 324-2800.


Ex-manager of Tulare Co. pet shelter gets jail term

William Harmon, the former manager of the Tulare County Animal Shelter, has been sentenced to 290 days in jail by Tulare County Judge Gerald Sevier. Harmon must report to jail June 29.

He was found guilty last year of accepting a bribe from a company that dealt in animal carcasses for scientific use. The bribe was a $1,000 gift certificate to a local restaurant, prosecutors said.

He also was found guilty of soliciting a bribe, embezzlement and accepting an unlawful gratuity.

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Madera to honor fallen peace officers Friday

Madera's first Peace Officers Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Courthouse Park. Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Erica Stuart said it will become an annual event.

The ceremony will be held at the Madera County Peace Officers Monument. The monument carries the names of eight fallen officers and bears 13 badges from 13 law enforcement agencies that serve Madera County.

Sheriff John Anderson will host the event and District Attorney Michael Keitz will be the featured keynote speaker. The public is invited to attend.

K-9s compete in trials

The second annual Fresno/Clovis Regional K-9 Trials will be Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 7:15 a.m. at the Fresno K-9 Training Field at 3754 N. Sierra Vista Ave. near East Dakota Avenue.

The trial is open to the public, and admission is free. Trial T-shirts will be available for $15.

A story published in Thursday's Bee incorrectly described the victim of a crash south of Madera as female.