Clovis News

Local briefs: Man gets two years in crash that killed three

A Woodville man found guilty of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the death of an 11-year-old boy who was behind the wheel of a car when it ran a stop sign and got broadsided will serve two years in the Tulare County jail.

Froylon Gonzalez Zamora, 35, was sentenced Friday by Tulare County Superior Court Judge Valeriano Saucedo in the Jan. 12 crash.

Zamora was giving the boy, Jose Silva Covarrubias, a driving lesson, authorities said. The crash also killed the boy's sister, Elizabeth Silva Covarrubias, 6, and his mother, Maria Silva Covarrubias, 30, both of Woodville.

Armed robber gets 34 years for bank robberies

Daniel Araisa Salinas, 31, was sentenced Monday to 34 years and 3 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $165,715 in restitution for committing nine armed bank robberies and one attempted armed bank robbery in 2004 and in 2008.

Salinas was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Oliver W. Wanger. He pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial in April.

Authorities said Salinas' crime spree started in April 2004 when he and an unknown accomplice robbed the United Security Bank at 21574 W. Manning Ave. in San Joaquin, stealing $16,000. In June 2004, $21,984 was stolen in a Bank of America robbery in Fowler.

From March through September 2008, Salinas alone robbed a series of seven banks -- including three Wells Fargo branches -- in Chowchilla, Madera and Fresno.

On Sept. 12, 2008, he attempted to rob the Washington Mutual Bank at 7160 N. First St. in Fresno. The tellers saw him coming and kept the doors locked.

That same day, Salinas returned to a Wells Fargo he had robbed earlier. He stole $24,592 and was arrested soon afterward. During several of the robberies, Salinas brandished a handgun.

Politics

Nonpartisan town hall meeting to inform voters planned in Clovis

A town hall meeting will be held Wednesday evening in Clovis to inform the public about candidates and initiatives on the November ballot, officials said.

The meeting, to be held at the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART), will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Students will present research about the candidates and initiatives on the November ballot in a nonpartisan format.

The event is free and open to the public. Details: (559) 248-7400.

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Talk on education film planned

A community discussion on the film "Waiting for Superman" will be held tonight in central Fresno, officials said.

The event, hosted by the California Charter Schools Association, will discuss the film and promote positive action toward education reform, spokesman John Madrid said.

The community discussion will be held at 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 540 N. Augusta Street, Madrid said.

Details: (559) 375-9678.

Simulated jet crash will test Fresno emergency plans

A simulated jet crash Wednesday morning in east-central Fresno will test local authorities on emergency response plans, officials said.

The simulation, to be held at Palm Lakes Golf Course, will begin at 9 a.m. and will test local fire, police and military crews in their ability to work together during a jet fire and rescue mission, Fresno spokesman Randy Reed said.

Throughout the simulation, the city of Fresno will activate its Emergency Operations Center at the Fresno Fire Department Headquarters to monitor the crash site while providing assistance, Reed said.

The events also will be monitored by video feed by Mayor Ashley Swearengin, City Manager Mark Scott and other key Fresno city personnel, Reed said.

Deputies to serve as waiters for Special Olympics benefit

Fresno County sheriff's deputies will serve as waiters from 6 to 9 p.m. today at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, 715 E. Shaw Ave., to raise money and public awareness for the Special Olympics.

Donations will benefit Special Olympics Northern California. The event is part of the Tip-A-Cop program.

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