Clovis News

Local briefs: 2 Huron men sought in killing

The Kings County Sheriff's Office is looking for two Huron men in connection with the shooting death of another man at a convenience store in Avenal late Saturday.

The suspects are Iscander Madrigal, 20, and Christian Lopez, 19, the Sheriff's Office said. They are wanted on murder charges.

The unidentified victim was shot about 11:40 p.m. Saturday at the Circle K at Fourth Avenue and San Joaquin Street.

Anyone with information on the shooting can call detective Chris Fernandes at (559) 582-3211, ext. 2805.

4 arrested in fight

Three security guards were injured while breaking up a fight at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino early Saturday, the Kings County Sheriff's Office reported.

Four men were arrested and two were cited in the incident shortly before 2 a.m.

The security guards were treated and released from area hospitals.

Man killed in collision

A man was killed in a head-on collision Sunday night, the Tulare County Fire Department said.

Two trucks collided about 8:30 p.m. on Road 132 about half a mile south of Avenue 328 near Visalia.

One of the drivers, a woman, sustained major injuries and was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno by air ambulance. The other driver, a man, was taken to Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia by ground. He died upon arrival at the hospital.


Blaze damages Fresno home

A fire in a Fresno home Monday night caused $140,000 in damages to the house and its contents, fire officials said.

The blaze started about 8:16 p.m. at the home on the 6200 block of Anna Street, said Fire Battalion Chief Charles Tobias.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Emergency crews were on the scene to evaluate one of the home's occupants for possible smoke inhalation.

Two firetrucks, three fire engines and 20 personnel worked to control the blaze in about 15 minutes.

The American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter will be providing temporary housing and assistance for the two adults and two children displaced by the fire.

Blaze destroys Dos Palos home

A Dos Palos home was destroyed Monday morning by fire, displacing two people, the Fresno County Fire Department said. The fire started about 7:45 a.m. at the home near Fairfax and Merrill avenues. No one was injured.

Road work

Fresno lane closures set

East Airways Boulevard between Clovis and Dakota avenues will have intermittent lane closures starting today for a project to improve travel, Fresno officials said.The project is expected to take six weeks to finish.

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Washington Union student gets $1,000

A Washington Union High School student has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the National Health Occupations Students of America.

According to Washington Union, Amanpreet Virk is the first student in California to receive the honor. Virk will be presented with the scholarship at the HOSA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. on June 23.

Virk is a four-year participant in Washington Union's Health Institution. He plans to attend the University of California at Berkeley.

GOP state lawmakers saluted

Valley Republican state lawmakers Mike Villines and Dave Cogdill on Monday accepted the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The award recognized the role the two former GOP leaders played in crafting a budget deal in 2009 that included tax hikes and spending cuts to close a $40 billion deficit. Also honored was Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles.

Cogdill and Villines faced sharp criticism from fiscal conservatives for agreeing to the tax hikes. In speeches Monday, both men framed the deal as a pragmatic response to a fiscal crisis.

"Often there's a big difference between political rhetoric and practical reality," said Cogdill, who in the aftermath of the deal was booted from the leadership job by GOP colleagues.

Benefit concert set

The Benefit the Brave concert from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Woodward Park Amphitheater will benefit the deputy Joel Wahlenmaier and officer Javier Bejar Family Memorial Funds. The two officers were slain during a Feb. 25 shootout in Minkler.

Featured bands will be Boxcar Figaro, Square One Blues Band and Chris Curtice & Wildhorses. Admission is $10, but free for children 12 and younger.

YMCAs realign

The YMCA of Kings County and the YMCA Camp Sequoia Lake are now branches of the Golden State YMCA. The two branches join the branches in Visalia and Corcoran, said Keri Litchfield, director of resource development of Golden State YMCA.

Valley Red Cross helps out

The American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter has responded at least daily in May to single-family home fires throughout the Central Valley and had helped 28 families by midday Monday.

Last year the Central Valley Chapter responded to 586 fires and helped more than 3,000 individuals in Oakhurst, Los Banos, Merced, Fresno, Clovis and Visalia.

The Red Cross relies on community donations to provide its services free. Anyone interested in giving financial support can send donations to American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter at 2002 N. Fine Ave., Fresno 93727 or at

2,300 donate blood

More than 2,300 donors turned out to give blood for the ninth annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive.

Firefighters, police officers, sheriff's deputies, correctional officers, highway patrol and other badge-carrying emergency personnel competed in the event for various awards by donating blood to the Central California Blood Center, said Chris Sorensen, director of community relations and development.

The Fresno Police Department won, for the seventh time, the Most Donors Overall award; the California Department of Fish and Game had its second consecutive win of the Highest Percentage of Donors award; the State Center Community College District took the Under 20 Staff category; the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla won the Most Donations from a Correctional Facility award.