Clovis News

Briefs: Fresno police arrest 16 at a checkpoint

Fresno police arrested 16 people and impounded 30 vehicles at a sobriety checkpoint Friday night at Palm and Pinedale avenues.

The checkpoint was another in a series of actions officers in Fresno and Madera counties will conduct through Jan. 3.

Visalia police arrest 7 drunken drivers

Visalia police arrest seven drunken drivers and one drunken bicycle-rider late Friday and early Saturday at two sobriety checkpoints near Court Street and Paradise Avenue.

A DUI enforcement team and other units checked 468 cars.

Fire

$100,000 Clovis fire caused by ashes

Discarded ashes caused a fire that damaged a house in Clovis and displaced the residents early Saturday, officials said.

A Cal Fire crew passing through the area saw heavy smoke coming from a backyard patio of a house at 1523 Keats Avenue and called for help. The blaze had spread throughout the attic and ceiling of adjacent rooms.

The occupants were home, so Clovis firefighters were able to get into the house quickly and limit damage to an estimated $100,000. Five units and 15 firefighters from Clovis and one unit and three people from Cal Fire responded.

Firefighters said ashes that were deposited in an exterior trash can caught the can on fire and then spread into the attic through roof vents.

Courts

Tulare teenager, 17, convicted of robbery

A 17-year-old Tulare gang member has been found guilty of carjacking and robbery.

A Tulare County jury Friday convicted Dexter Rabadan, who was accused of holding a knife to a man's throat while another gang member pointed a gun at him Aug. 11. A third Norteño gang also participated, authorities said.

Rabadan took the victim's cell phone, wallet and car keys, and the three men got into the victim's car and left, police said.

The jury also found that the crimes were committed for the benefit of a street gang, and that a firearm was used.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 19.

Visalian found guilty of molesting 2 girls

A 37-year-old Visalia man has been found guilty of molesting two girls.

A Tulare County jury Friday convicted Jose Arias Garcia of 29 counts of child sexual assault.

The abuse began when the girls were about 8 years old. Garcia faces multiple life sentences in prison.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 26.

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