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Local briefs: Shooting victim ID'd as Fresno teen

The Fresno County Coroner's Office has identified the victim of a fatal shooting Saturday in southwest Fresno as George Aphay, 17, of Fresno.

Fresno police believe Aphay was shot in the upper body on the 2500 block of South Vagedes Avenue about 11:25 a.m. He was driven to Community Regional Medical Center where he died a short time later.

Two people who drove Aphay to the hospital told police he had been shot during a drive-by shooting. But police said they also are looking at other possibilities.

Lt. Gregg Sanders said Aphay was visiting the home of a friend at the time of the shooting. The home is located within the Crossroads subdivision that was recently built by Habitat for Humanity.

Fresno police arrest eight people on DUI

Fresno police arrested eight people on suspicion of driving under the influence during a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint Saturday night.

Police also impounded 40 vehicles at the checkpoint on Shaw Avenue near Glenn Avenue. The drivers were either unlicensed or arrested on suspicion of driving under influence.


One hurt by fire kids may have started

Children playing with a lighter are believed to be responsible for a fire Saturday that caused $35,000 in damage to several structures and injured one person in southeast Fresno.

Fresno Fire Department investigator Michael Hutcheson said the fire began shortly after 3 p.m. and damaged a tool shed, a workshop, two vehicles, a detached residential garage and a wood fence in an alley north of Clay Avenue near Abby Avenue.

Hutcheson said the children, who were playing with a lighter, were referred to the department's juvenile fire education.

A neighbor who was trying to help an elderly person evacuate from their home suffered a burn to her foot.

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Kingsburg to unveil its largest mural

The Rotary Club of Kingsburg will unveil the city's largest mural in downtown Kingsburg this month.

The mural is 70 feet by 16 feet and depicts several events and scenes from the founding of the community. It was designed by local artist Maxine Olson and painted by Colleen Venya.

The dedication will take place at 10 a.m. July 22.

The mural is along the main street of downtown on the wall of Los Pepe's Restaurant at 1520 Draper St.