Clovis News

Local briefs: Two killed in Hwy. 41 crash in Kings Co.

Two people from Kettleman City were killed Saturday morning in a traffic accident on Highway 41 in Kings County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Their names weren't made public Saturday afternoon pending notification of relatives.

Authorities say a 55-year-old Visalia man was driving south on the highway about 6:20 a.m. His Chevy Silverado entered the northbound lane near Newton Avenue, hitting the left front end of a Pontiac Grand Am.

The two people in that car were killed, reports said. The other driver was seriously injured and taken to Community Regional Medical Center. He was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Two killed in traffic accidents identified

Two people killed in traffic accidents Friday have been identified by the Fresno County Coroner's Office.

Analilia Ponce Sanchez, 23, of Kerman, died after a truck failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the vehicle she was in, according to the California Highway Patrol. The accident happened about 3 p.m. at Cornelia and California avenues.

Felisiana Figueroa Lopes was killed in an accident about 2 p.m. at Manning and Bethel near Selma. CHP reports said she pulled into the intersection from a stop sign and was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

Coroner's officials said they had not yet determined her age and hometown Saturday.

8 arrested on DUI charges

Fresno police officers arrested eight people on suspicion of driving under the influence at a sobriety and license checkpoint in central Fresno.

The checkpoint was set up Friday night in the westbound lane of McKinley Avenue near Echo Avenue. In addition to the arrests, 23 vehicles were impounded because their drivers were arrested or didn't have a license, police said.

Man dies after crash

A Chowchilla man has died following a solo accident in Madera County, according to the Fresno County Coroner's Office.

Dale Pick, 74, died from injuries suffered in the accident Friday afternoon on Avenue 24 east of Highway 99. He was taken by helicopter to Community Regional Medical Center following the 2:45 p.m. accident.

7 arrested in Visalia

Seven people were arrested in Visalia during a drunken driving saturation patrol, authorities said Saturday.

The operation began at 11 p.m. Friday and ended at 3 a.m. Saturday. About 100 vehicles were stopped, with four people arrested for driving under the influence.

Two people were arrested on outstanding warrants, and another man was taken into custody for resisting arrest, providing false information and driving on a suspended license.


Apartment blaze called intentionally set

An apartment fire in central Fresno caused more than $150,000 in damage Friday night.

The fire, which authorities are describing as intentionally set, began around 10:30 p.m at a complex near Olive Avenue and Ninth Street.

When firefighters arrived, they were able to confine the fire to the apartment where it began.

Suspects are being sought, authorities said.

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Grant to help Orange Cove fire district

The Orange Cove Fire Protection District has been awarded a $56,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The grant will pay for new firefighter protective gear.

Caregiver honored

A Fresno woman was honored Tuesday as the CAREGiver of the Year by the Home Instead Senior Care franchise office for Fresno and Madera counties.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims presented Janie Hargrove with the award during a ceremony at Orchard Park, an assisted living facility in Clovis, to recognize her commitment and service to older adults.

Home Instead Senior Care provides nonmedical, in-home care services for seniors.

Boy Scouts celebrate

The Sequoia Council Boy Scouts of America will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America Saturday.

The camporall and open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fresno Regional Sports Complex at 1707 W. Jensen Ave., said Mike Gerardi, assistant scout executive for the Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The event will feature Boy Scouts from the surrounding area demonstrating survival techniques, first aid skills, knot-tying and more.