Clovis News

Local briefs: Clovis man, 80, to spend year in prison

An 80-year-old Clovis resident was sentenced Thursday to 1 year and 9 months in federal prison for tax evasion.

David J. Edwards admitted to authorities that between October 2000 and November 2005 he took steps to evade his 1999 income taxes of around $205,456.

He admitted that he submitted "Bills of Exchange" and other documents in lieu of payment, concealed the nature and extent of his assets, attempted to place funds and property beyond the reach of the Internal Revenue Service, and concealed property and funds under the names of others.

He was taken into custody to begin his sentence immediately after being sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill.

Man indicted in pot cultivation operation

A federal grand jury in Fresno indicted a 30-year-old Livingston man Thursday on various marijuana-related charges and a charge of unlawfully entering the United States.

Saul Pacheco Panuco was arrested April 13 in connection with a large-scale marijuana cultivation operation in the Madera County area of Little River Ranch Road in Ahwahnee. More than 12,000 marijuana plants were seized.

Pacheco is scheduled to appear Monday for arraignment and plea on the indictment. If convicted of the drug violations, Pacheco faces a minimum prison sentence of 10 years, a maximum term of life, and a fine of $4 million per count.

Family First health center offers tours

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte will offer tours of its new Family First Health Center from 4-7 p.m. today at 6095 N. First St. in Fresno.

Planned Parenthood leaders say the 11,000-square-foot center will meet growing demand for health care in the greater Fresno area.

Family First provides primary care, including cancer screenings, birth control, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, prenatal care, along with pediatric services at no cost or low cost for those in need.

Details: (559) 441-2733.

Health district names new board member

Lynn Havard Mirviss has been appointed to the Kaweah Delta Health Care District Board of Directors.

The board interviewed nine candidates for the Zone II seat, and unanimously voted to appoint Mirviss.

The Zone II seat will be up for election in November. The person elected in November will hold the seat for the full four-year term.

Other members of the board are Carl Anderson, president; Jody Graves, secretary/treasurer; Teresa Ramos, board member; Dr. John Hipskind, board member.

Mike Hardin named Bailiff of the Year

Madera County Sheriff's deputy Mike Hardin has been named Bailiff of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Hardin has worked for the Madera County Sheriff's Department since October 2001. He was selected among deputies in nine Valley counties.

Hardin was recognized for his professionalism, civility and proficiency in Madera County Superior Court Department 5, said sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart.

EcoStar grants to promote stewardship

Constellation Energy has awarded 62 EcoStar grants totaling $300,000 to nonprofit organizations engaged in environmental stewardship, including the Boys and Girls Club of Fresno County.

The grants will fund community-based projects that support Constellation Energy's commitment to protecting the environment.

The money granted to the Boys and Girls Club will help fund a river cleanup project.

Fallen Calif. peace officers remembered

A memorial ceremony in honor of California peace officers who were killed in the line of duty during the past year will be held Tuesday at the Peace Officers' Memorial in Fresno.

The ceremony is open to the public and will start at noon at the memorial at the south end of the Fresno County Courthouse Park.

The event is being held in connection with National Peace Officers' Memorial week, which begins May 9.

MADD honors Fresno

For the third year in a row, the Fresno Police Department has received the Law Enforcement Agency of the Year Award from the California Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The award is based on the department's drunk driving prevention programs, enforcement statistics and involvement with MADD.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer accepted the award Saturday in Sacramento. In addition, Sgt. Eric Eide received the Hero Award and detective Mark Van Whye received the Heart of MADD Award.