Clovis News

Local briefs: Squaw Valley man sought in burglaries

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a Squaw Valley man wanted in connection with burglary, forgery and grand theft.

Ronald Lee Herzog, 38, is a suspect in several commercial burglaries in Fresno, Clovis and Reedley in February and several forgery cases and the theft of three firearms in the Squaw Valley area.

Herzog is on probation in Fresno County for drug charges, the Sheriff's Office said.

Anyone with information on Herzog's whereabouts is asked to call detective Jody Flores (559) 896-2003, the Sheriff's Office at (559) 488-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867.

Fire

Storage structure in Exeter destroyed

Fire destroyed an Exeter storage building Tuesday night.

Around 10:38 p.m., flames engulfed a small storage building on the 300 block of North C Street, Tulare County fire officials said.

The fire destroyed the structure and all of its contents. Heat from the fire also damaged a recreational vehicle, gazebo and fence of the nearby home. Total damage was estimated at $25,000.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Courts

Visalia accountant charged in tax case

A certified public accountant in Visalia has been charged with 17 counts of preparing false income tax returns, the U.S. Department of Justice in Fresno said Wednesday.

Mark Frantz, 52, was arraigned Tuesday in federal district court.

He is suspected of inflating deductions and fabricating expenses on tax returns. He told clients to give him blank receipts from charities and used them to falsely claim large non-cash donations, the Department of Justice said.

If convicted, Frantz faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.

Gang member gets 40 years in prison

A Sureño gang member was sentenced to 40 years and eight months in state prison Wednesday.

Omar Galeana, 25, of Visalia, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and three counts of attempted murder along with allegations that the crimes were committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang.

In July 2006, Galeana was the driver in a drive-by shooting of rival gang members who were playing basketball outside their home. One of the men was shot in the back of the head and later died.

The shooter, Fidel Rosales, 19, of Farmersville, was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder with gun and gang special allegations. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 5.

Also ...

Golf tourney helps firefighters' families

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will hold a golf tournament in Dinuba on Friday to raise money for fallen firefighters.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Ridge Creek Gold Course. All proceeds will benefit families of fallen firefighters.

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