Clovis News

Local briefs: Body under boulder recovered

The body of a 19-year-old man who was presumed drowned last month in Madera County was recovered Wednesday, the Sheriff's Department said.

Erik Hendrickson of Fresno was reported missing Aug. 17 in swift waters near Chiquito Creek Falls. He lost his footing and slipped into the water while fishing with his father. His body had been trapped beneath a boulder.

Madera County search teams used a 500-pound plastic culvert and about 100 sandbags to divert the water flow long enough to recover Hendrickson's body, said Erica Stuart, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.

Police awards today

The Fresno and Madera Police Chiefs' Association's 21st annual Award Ceremony is 10 a.m. today at Fresno City Hall.

Citizens will be honored by: the California Highway Patrol, Clovis Police Department, Fresno City College Police Academy, Fresno County District Attorney's Office, Fresno County Sheriff's Office, Fresno Police Department and Huron Police Department.

The ceremony is open to the public.

Pot plants eradicated

Nearly 20,000 marijuana plants were eradicated this week after a monthlong investigation into four gardens in the Tulare County foothills area near Balch Park, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department said.

No suspects are in custody.

The gardens were equipped with drip-irrigation systems, drawing water from adjacent creeks and springs.

Smoke poses threat

Valley air authorities on Thursday warned residents in Fresno, Tulare and Kern County foothills and mountains to avoid prolonged exposure to smoke from two wildfires in the southern Sierra.

The Sheep fire, which has grown to more than 6,000 acres, is affecting Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park and Hume Lake in the Sequoia National Forest. Farther south, the Canyon fire is sending smoke into eastern parts of Kern. Call (800) 766-4463 for updates.

Smoke from wildfires contains particle pollution, which can aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and increase the risk of respiratory infections.

People with heart or lung problems should follow advice from their doctors. Children and elderly adults should avoid strenuous activities in smoke.

Services for former deputy fire chief set

Funeral services for Les Ramsey, a former Sanger deputy fire chief, will be today.

Ramsey, 51, died Sept. 8 at his home in Stockton, Mo. He retired in January.

Services for Ramsey will begin at 10 a.m. at Bethel Community Church in Sanger. A graveside service at Sanger Cemetery will follow. Traffic on Bethel, Jensen, Academy and California may be delayed or diverted during the procession.

Remembrances can be made to the Deputy Chief Les Ramsey Memorial Fund at the Bank of the West in Sanger, account number 014237198.

Orosi man sent to prison in shooting

A 24-year-old Orosi man was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison for attempted murder in the shooting of a man earlier this year, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said.

Salvador Mendoza had pleaded no contest last month. Mendoza shot the victim in the leg in April.

Some Tulare hospital services displaced

The first floor at Tulare Regional Medical Center is being remodeled to prepare the hospital for completion of a medical tower expansion.

As part of the changes at the hospital, the home care services office has moved to 793 Cherry Ave. A blood-draw station has moved to 874 Cherry Ave.

A women's speciality clinic remains open at 922 Cherry Ave., but will soon move to the Hillman Healthcare Center at 1062 S. K St. And a sleep disorder center will be moving from the main hospital campus at 869 Cherry Ave. to 922 Cherry Ave.

Health-care reform legislation discussed

Fresno State will host a discussion of recently enacted national health-care reform legislation at 10 a.m. today in the Satellite Student Union.

Panelists are Fresno State political science professors Yishaiya Abosch, Jeff Cummins and Tom Holyoke, and Jeffrey G. Purvis, a professor at the San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis.

The event, which is free and open to the public, celebrates Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1789 and a celebration of U.S. citizenship.

Details: Cummins at (559) 278-6693 or

Music fest in Fresno

Local treatment providers will hold their annual "Soberstock" music festival today and Saturday in downtown Fresno to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse.

Soberstock will include live music, a kid's carnival, a car and bike show, information booths and more.

The event will take place at Eaton Park's water tower from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 24 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 25.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this news brief incorrectly reported the festival would be held on Sept. 17-18.

Ex-POW will speak

The Lemoore Naval Air Station and American Legion Post 100 are hosting a ceremony today to honor national Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Remembrance Day, officials said.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Lemoore City Park at Bush and Fox streets, Lemoore NAS spokeswoman Melinda Larson said. Retired Navy Senior Chief Dave Ritter, a former POW, will be the guest speaker.