Clovis News

Local briefs: Clovis home fire forces evacuations

A residential fire in Clovis required the evacuation of several surrounding homes Saturday night.

A two-story home at Armstrong and Alluvial avenues caught fire about 9:30 p.m., the Clovis Fire Department said. Four or five neighboring homes were evacuated.

Two juveniles were in the burning home, but they were evacuated safely, the Fire Department said. No one was hurt.


Woman uses stun gun on Fresno robber

A woman was robbed in central Fresno and used a personal hand-held stun gun to defend herself Saturday, police said.

Just before 5:30 p.m., an 18-year-old man robbed the woman, who was standing at a bus stop at Ashlan and Marks avenues, police said.

She used the stun gun on the suspect's torso, but he was still able to get away with her wallet.

Officers on their way to the bus stop found a man about two blocks away who matched the suspect's description and detained him. He had fresh stun gun wounds, police said.

The victim later positively identified the suspect, and he was arrested and booked into Fresno County Jail.

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Fresno County Special Olympics Bocce tourney set

The Dante Club of Fresno will host the Fresno County Special Olympics Bocce Ball Tournament on May 13-14 for about 300 junior and senior students.

The competition will go from 9:30 a.m. to noon each day at the facility at 6176 N. Grantland Ave. The winning teams will advance to the State Meet in Sacramento.

'Mobile Consulate' to speed IDs, passports

The city of Merced and the Consulate of Mexico in Fresno will sponsor a "Mobile Consulate" in Merced to process Mexican IDs and passports.

Consulate officials will be at the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. in Merced, on May 15-16.

Those interested in meeting with officials must make an appointment by calling (877) 639-4835.

Children's Hospital to host fundraiser

Children's Hospital Central California will host a fundraiser Saturday for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which provides funding for research of cures for pediatric cancers.

Members of the public will shave their heads to mimic losing one's hair to chemotherapy treatment. These so-called "shavees" will ask for donations to St. Baldrick's. Those who donate can join doctors, nurses and children in cheering on the shavees as they cut their hair.

The event will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Children's Hospital Central California. For more information, go to