Clovis News

Local briefs: Missing hiker found

Fresno County sheriff's deputies Wednesday found one of two hikers missing since Monday in the Mono Pass area near Edison Lake.

The identities of the hikers were not immediately released by the Sheriff's Office. The search for the second hiker will continue today.

Marijuana found in hills above Oakhurst

Clovis police uncovered a marijuana-growing operation in the hills above Oakhurst in Madera County.

An investigation into drug-dealing at Skate Park in Clovis led the city's police narcotics detectives and a SWAT team to a house near Highway 41 and Road 222.

There, they found 15 pounds of dried and processed marijuana plants and 50 live plants. During the search of the property, police found alarm sensors and several "booby traps" in the form of animal traps in the marijuana grows, said police spokeswoman Calli Biaggi.

Police arrested a 49-year-old Oakhurst man on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale.

2 held in meth case

A two-week investigation led to the arrest of two Fresno men and the seizure of methamphetamine scales and other drug paraphernalia at a southwest Fresno home, police said.

Armed with a warrant, narcotics detectives search at home at 1010 S. Thorne Ave., Sgt. Ron Hughes said.

Police arrested a 43-year-old man and a 20-year-old man on suspicion of possession of methamphetamines for sale, Hughes said.

Two scams surface

Two scams have surfaced in Madera County, prompting Sheriff John Anderson to issue a warning Wednesday.

In one scam, people impersonating IRS officials place calls purportedly about stimulus money, or about money the IRS allegedly owes. The callers try to get victims to provide personal information, such as bank account and Social Security numbers.

In the other scam, a person calls an elderly resident and claims to be a grandson. The caller says he has been in an accident in Canada and he needs money to finance his way back to the United States or post bail. The caller gives instructions on how to transfer the money to a Montreal phone number, Anderson said.

700 smoke alarms will be installed

The Fresno police and fire departments will work together Saturday to install about 700 smoke alarms in homes and apartments in the Lowell neighborhood.

The effort is part of Mayor Ashley Swearengin's plan to revitalize the downtown neighborhood. The overall goal is to install 1,500 smoke alarms.

Volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Team and the Fire Department's Fire Corps will help with the installations, which will also take place Oct. 24 and Oct. 31.