Clovis News

Local briefs: 5 rescued on Kings River

Fresno County sheriff's deputies from the boating enforcement unit rescued five people late Sunday afternoon on the Kings River, authorities said.

Three people were stranded on an island in the river, another person was stuck in an eddy near the river's bank and a man was trapped in the river, said sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice.

The Sheriff's Office rescued the man in the river north of Rio Vista Road around 5 p.m. by helicopter. The other four people were reached by boat and personal watercraft.

Drug, weapon counts added to auto theft

Drug and weapons counts were added to the arrest of two auto-theft suspects in a bid to keep the repeat offenders behind bars, a Fresno police sergeant said Monday.

Officers learned that a 22-year-old man was not only stealing cars but trafficking methamphetamine, said Sgt. Timothy Tietjen, a a member of the Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) team. Undercover agents purchased a pound of the drug from the suspect before making the arrest last week.

A second man, 27, was operating a chop shop as well as selling firearms, Tietjen said. Officers took him into custody last week and are attempting to have him prosecuted on federal weapons charges.

Man, 19, arrested; assault rifle seized

Fresno police arrested a 19-year-old Fresno man and recovered a loaded assault rifle Monday night, authorities said.

Sgt. Joe Martin said police served a search warrant at a home on the 400 block of South Maple Avenue and found the rifle.

The man was arrested at another home nearby for multiple firearm violations. He was booked into Fresno County Jail.


Madera home burns

A fire destroyed a Madera home and displaced five people Monday night, the Madera County Fire Department said.

The blaze at the 1600- square foot home started just after 5:30 p.m., Battalion Chief Chris Christopherson said. The fire started outside of the home at Temple Drive and Daley Road, causing $175,000 of damage.

It took 20 firefighters an hour to extinguish the fire because of the extreme temperature outside, Christopherson said.

No one was injured. The America Red Cross is helping the displaced family.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Sequoia park burns planned today

Rangers in Sequoia National Park will touch off a pair of prescribed fires today if weather and air quality in the Sierra Nevada cooperate.

The Wuksachi fire is intended to reduce fire hazards on 39 acres near the park's Wuksachi Lodge. Some brush and debris have previously been thinned and burned in the area.

The Silliman fire is planned for a 98-acre area that has no recorded history of fire for more than 150 years. The fire will reduce the fire danger in a steep, narrow drainage that would funnel wildfires toward the Lodgepole area.

Visitors to the park could experience delays from traffic controls because of smoke across Generals Highway.

Hot Springs fire contained

Firefighters contained a 75-acre fire in the California Hot Springs on Monday night, authorities said.

The blaze started around 2:30 a.m. Sunday near Deer Creek Fire Control Road and Morton Flat Road and was contained by 5 p.m., Cal Fire spokesman Larry Pendarvis said. A crew will remain in the area today to watch for flare-ups.

One firefighter burned his hand and knee, Pendarvis said. He was taken to a hospital and is now recovering at home.

The blaze was caused by lightning.

Road work

Visalia repaving set

Sections of Pinkham Street in Visalia will be repaved this week, officials said.

The roadwork will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday between Walnut and Laura avenues.

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Visalia workshops open

A subcommittee of the Citizens Advisory Committee in Visalia is holding grant-writing workshops for nonprofit organizations.

The grant-writing workshops will be offered 10-11 a.m. July 31; 6-7 p.m. Aug. 5; and 11 a.m.-noon Aug. 10. All workshops will be held at City Council Chambers at 707 W. Acequia Ave., Visalia.

The workshops are for organizations that are eligible to apply for grants through the Non-Profit Program Fund. The fund is designed to assist agencies in providing gang prevention/intervention programs and for services aimed at improving quality of life for youth.

Organizations interested in applying for the available grants must attend one workshop session as a prerequisite for submitting an application.

For more information, contact Jason Montgomery at (559) 713-4425 or

Panel discussion on drugs set in Clovis

KMJ radio's Blake Taylor will host a panel discussion of drug trafficking July 28 in Clovis, officials said.

Gil Kerlikowske, Office of National Drug Control Policy director, will join local sheriffs and U.S. Attorney Ben Wagner to answer questions about drug trafficking organizations, said Fresno County sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 453 Hughes Ave.