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Local briefs: Fresno police arrest 3 men in meth sales

Fresno police arrested three men Thursday in central Fresno on suspicion of selling crystal meth, Sgt. Mike Oliver said.

Undercover officers met with the men -- two from Fresno and one from Chowchilla -- at Cedar and Shields avenues when the men tried to sell them one pound of crystal meth, Oliver said. Officers arrested the men and confiscated the meth and a loaded semi-automatic handgun.

Authorities began investigating the men last month. As a result of a search warrant, officers confiscated crystal meth, cash and a handgun at a nearby apartment, Oliver said.

4 arrested in DUIs

Police arrested four drivers on charges of being under the influence as traffic officers conducted concentrated patrols Tuesday in northwest Fresno.

In addition, 13 cars were impounded because the driver was either intoxicated or under the influence, Sgt. Gary Beer said.

2 men suspected of meth sales in Visalia

Visalia police arrested two men Thursday on suspicion of packaging crystal meth for sale.

Officers from the department's Narcotics and Gang Suppression Unit searched a home on the 2800 block of North Terrace Street about 2 p.m. with a warrant and found crystal meth packaged to sell in addition to packaging materials, digital scales and money.

Man arrested in Visalia bar stabbing

Visalia police arrested a 29-year-old man who is suspected of stabbing another man about two weeks ago at a bar.

The victim was dancing at Sports Zone Bar on the 3100 block of West Noble Avenue when the man stabbed him in the back of the neck. The man left the bar, but police identified him through video surveillance.

Police investigate Visalia shooting

Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Thursday in a Visalia neighborhood.

Two teenage boys were standing in the front yard of a home on the 1200 block of North Conyer Street around 1 p.m. when several shots were fired in their direction from a gray car. No one was injured.

Police believe the shooting could be gang-related.

Courts

Correctional officer pleads not guilty

A Fresno County correctional officer pleaded not guilty Thursday in Fresno County Superior Court to a felony charge of embezzlement.

A criminal complaint accuses Alfonso Alanis, 28, of stealing property from inmates between Nov. 16 and Dec. 22. His next hearing is March 4. Alanis, who is free on bail, has worked as a county correctional officer since March 14, 2005. He was arrested Jan. 12.

Husband's dementia linked to his stabbing

A 72-year-old woman was arraigned Thursday on charges that she stabbed her elderly husband up to 200 times in a rage at their Lake Tahoe home.

According to the warrant charging Mary Baymiller of Incline Village with the October murder, the rage was possibly motivated by mental anguish over her husband's onset of dementia and worries about money.

Deputies found Charles Baymiller, 73, dead on his bed, while his wife was lying on her stomach with superficial wounds that appeared to be self-inflicted.

Mary Baymiller was returned to Reno on Wednesday following her extradition from Fresno, where she has a second home.

The couple's son told deputies that his mother was having panic attacks and nervous breakdowns because of her husband's condition.

Road work

Highway ramps to close

The Highway 41 connector ramps from southbound 41 to southbound Highway 99 and from northbound 99 to northbound 41 will be closed overnight Monday through Feb. 5 for repairs and bridge expansion.

Signs will notify motorists of the closures, which run from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

To access southbound Highway 99 from Highway 41, drivers can exit at westbound Highway 180 and proceed to 99. To access northbound Highway 41 from northbound Highway 99, drivers can exit at the eastbound Highway 180 exit and proceed to 41.

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Fresno, Clovis win top firefighter awards

Fresno Fire Chief Randy Bruegman has been named Fire Chief of the Year and Clovis Fire Capt. John Leigh as the Firefighter of the Year by the Central Valley Fire Chiefs Association. They will be honored at a dinner today.

Bruegman is credited with creating "seamless emergency response" by consolidating with the North Central and Fig Garden fire protection districts and dropping the boundary between the Fresno and Clovis fire service. Leigh was recognized for creating The Preventor fire safety mascot and a hazardous materials response team in the Clovis department.

Madera Co. Superior Court gets new judge

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday appointed Joseph A. Soldani to a judgeship in the Madera County Superior Court.

Soldani, 60, of Fresno, was city attorney in Madera from 1993 to 2003 and a deputy city attorney in Fresno from 1988 to 1993.

A Democrat, Soldani fills the vacancy created by the death of Judge Edward P. Moffatt.

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