Clovis News

Briefs: 347 DUI arrests during holidays

Law enforcement officials from 21 agencies in Fresno and Madera counties arrested 347 people on suspicion of driving under the influence between Dec. 18 and Sunday during "Avoid the 21," a program to crack down on drunken drivers.

Arrests were made at sobriety checkpoints, holiday saturation patrols and on routine patrol by the 21 agencies. The number of arrests could increase after all agencies report arrests, an official said. In 2008, 465 DUI arrests were made during the same period.

The program is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Robbery suspect held

Fresno police have arrested a 22-year-old Fresno man on suspicion of robbing a gas station near Olive and Clovis avenues Oct. 19 with a sawed-off shotgun.

Police arrested the man Tuesday at an apartment complex on the 5200 block of East Clay Avenue.

He was booked into Fresno County Jail on one count of armed robbery.

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Free legal clinics set for Fresno, Madera

Free legal clinics organized by the Public Interest Clearinghouse, a statewide nonprofit legal service organization, will be available to low-income people in Fresno and Madera this week.

A clinic on bankruptcy will be held in Fresno from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Central California Legal Services, 1401 Fulton St., Suite 608.

The Madera clinic is about wills, advance health-care directives and other legal issues of interest to seniors. It will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at 238 S. D St.

Clearing of homeless encampment postponed

Fresno city employees were scheduled today to clear a downtown homeless encampment, but the sweep has been postponed while the city looks at legal issues.

Gregory Barfield, the city's homeless prevention and policy manager, said he did not know when the sweep might be rescheduled. About 50 people have been living for months in an assortment of tents and hand-made shelters at the southeast corner of F and Ventura streets, near a Highway 99 exit serving the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center.

City officials had posted notices warning residents that the area would be cleared. The city had planned to store private belongings for 90 days.

Barfield said the cleanup was supposed to be Dec. 16, but some camp residents asked for more time to make new living arrangements.