Clovis News

Local briefs: Copper wire stolen at Clovis North courts

Police are investigating the theft of nearly 1,500 feet of copper wire from Clovis North High School's tennis court lights.

The weekend theft left the lights inoperative. The estimated cost for damages and labor are $2,800, said Clovis Unified School District spokeswoman Kelly Avants.

The outage doesn't affect student use but does affect people in the community wanting to use the courts, Avants said. The lights are expected to be repaired by the end of next week.

Squaw Valley fire damages garage

An electrical fire in Squaw Valley caused about $100,000 in damage to a garage.

The fire started about 3 p.m. at a home on the 33000 block of Wolverine Lane, said Cal Fire spokesman John Dominguez. The fire set off some ammunition but was contained to the garage. The home's power went out because the electrical box was burned, Dominguez said. The Red Cross has been requested to assist the homeowners.

Man, 42, sentenced for lewd acts on child

A 42-year-old Farmersville man was sentenced Thursday to 16 years in prison for lewd acts committed on a minor.

Jose Velasco pleaded no contest in Tulare County Superior Court to 11 counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 and two counts of lewd acts on a child age 14 or 15.

Velasco assaulted the girl repeatedly, starting when the child was about 10 and stopping when she was 14.

Velasco is required to serve 85% of the sentence before being eligible for parole, and his parole can last up to five years. He also was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution, register as a sex offender, submit to an HIV test and provide DNA samples.

Crews will work on Mooney in Visalia

Nighttime lane closures on one part of Mooney Boulevard in Visalia will take place next week.

From 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday, only one lane in each direction will be open from Mineral King Boulevard to Walnut Avenue.

Construction crews will grind pavement in the final stage of the Highway 63 widening project, the California Department of Transportation said. Intersections may be closed at times, with no cross traffic permitted.

For Monday only starting at 10 p.m., the intersection of Noble Avenue and Mooney will be closed.

Mother's Day Run set in Madera Co.

The seventh annual Greater Madera Kiwanis Mother's Day Run takes place this weekend.

Drivers should be aware that runners will use Roads 28 and 29 in Madera County for the race, said Madera County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Erica Stuart.

Alternate sought for Madera commission

The Madera Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) is looking for applicants to become the commission's new alternate public member.

LAFCO is a locally based state agency that oversees the formation, growth and the consolidation of local public agencies, including special districts and cities.

LAFCO members include two representatives appointed from the county Board of Supervisors, two representatives from local cities, and a fifth member appointed by the other four to represent the public.

The commission usually meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Madera County Resource Management Agency, 2037 W. Cleveland Ave.

Applicants should be residents of Madera County. Those interested can contact Dave Herb at (559) 474-3181 or Jerome Keene at (559) 675-7821.

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