Clovis News

Local briefs: Woman seriously hurt after car hits horse

A Porterville woman was airlifted to Kern Medical Center with major injuries late Wednesday after the car she was driving collided with a horse in Springville.

The California Highway Patrol said the woman, 28, was driving a Honda east on BIA 70, east of BIA 211, when she crossed into the opposing lane and struck a horse in the road. The Honda then hit a boulder. The woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Arrests end shooting, Fresno-to-Clovis chase

A shooting and police chase that started in Fresno ended with the arrests of two men by Clovis police, and could lead to a larger drug bust in the future, Fresno police said Thursday night.

Lt. Greg Sanders said officers responded to calls of a shooting near Blackstone and Cornelia avenues and found several vehicles with shot-out windows and other bullet holes. Witnesses described both the suspects in the shooting and their Chevrolet pickup to police, Sanders said, and a police helicopter was able to spot the truck.

Clovis police officers stopped the truck near Bullard and Sunnyside avenues, and the men were arrested. Inside the truck, officers found weapons, bags of drugs and thousands of dollars in cash.Sanders said investigators believe more arrests could be possible in the case.

Break-ins alleged

Two men accused of breaking into the Woodlake post office and a convenience store last Friday have been charged with vandalism and commercial burglary, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said.

The men also could face federal charges for the post office break-in, said Woodlake police Sgt. Leonard Phillips. The two men tossed a large rock through the glass doors of the post office and vandalized the building about 12:30 a.m., causing about $50,000 in damage, Phillips said. About three hours later, they threw a rock through the glass doors of Stop & Go convenience store on the 100 block of South Valencia Street and stole merchandise, Phillips said. Damage was about $2,000.

Rail crossings targeted

Fresno police cited 74 pedestrians and drivers Wednesday for violations related to railroad tracks and crossings.

Sgt. Eric Eide said the joint operation by police, the California Highway Patrol and railroad police was intended to enhance safety around tracks. Four vehicles were impounded.

Eide said drivers were given citations for blocking railroad tracks at intersections and driving around railroad crossing arms. Pedestrians who walked around crossing arms also were ticketed.

Obese man found dead in Chinatown ID'd

The Fresno County Coroner's Office has identified Bernard Parra, 50, as the morbidly obese man found dead in a Chinatown residential hotel Tuesday night.

Parra is believed to have weighed more than 800 pounds when he died of natural causes, but a deputy coroner said no official weight has been taken because of equipment issues.

The Coroner's Office is looking for family members able to claim Parra's body. His ex-wife is believed to be homeless, and phone numbers he provided to a landlord for other family have all been disconnected, officials said.

A deputy coroner said that Parra had a history of heart problems and asthma.


4 sentenced in pot case

Four men were sentenced to prison for cultivating a large marijuana garden in an ecological reserve east of Lake Isabella in Tulare and Kern counties.

Tulare County Superior Court Judge James Hollman on Tuesday sentenced the men to terms of 16 months to three years and ordered them to pay a total of nearly $6,400 to pay for cleanup of the garden.

The men are Juan Cornejo, 27, of Visalia; Rigoberto Galvan, 29, of Orosi; Jose Gomez, 20, of Sultana; and Andres Aeirola, 39, of Dinuba, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office reported.

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DUI vigilance planned

Tulare County authorities remind everyone that extra officers will be on duty during the Memorial Day weekend to keep drunken drivers off the roads. The Exeter Police Department also will set up a sobriety checkpoint Saturday.