Clovis News

Local briefs: Three sentenced in armed robbery

Three men were sentenced Wednesday to state prison for armed robbery in association with a gang, officials said.

Joshua Sanchez, 20, and Roman Sanchez, 21, both of Porterville and Matthew Berrones, 19, of Visalia were armed with a handgun when they attacked and robbed a man on June 8, 2009 in a Porterville parking lot, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said. The men kicked the victim to the ground and stole his wallet.

Joshua Sanchez was sentenced to 16 years, Roman Sanchez to 13 years and Berrones to six years, the District Attorney's Office said.

Intersection to close for sewer work

The intersection of Fresno Street and Barstow Avenue will be closed tonight and over the weekend for a sewer improvement project.

The first closure will start at 9 p.m. and end at 7 a.m. Friday, and the second closure will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday and end Sunday, city officials said.

Detours will be in place in all directions.

Fresno City College building dedicated

The Old Administration Building at Fresno City College will be officially dedicated Friday, four years after construction began to restore the building.

The State Center Community College District will hold a dedicating ceremony at 10:30 a.m., spokeswoman Cris Monahan Bremer said.

President Dr. Cynthia Azari will preside over the festivities. The ceremony will include Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, State Center Community College District Chancellor Dr. Deborah Blue, district Board President Dottie Smith and faculty member Olga Quercia. The public is invited to tour the building following the dedication.

Clovis library to be closed for renovation

Clovis Regional Library will close for three weeks beginning Friday for a planned renovation project. The Clovis library is scheduled to reopen Feb. 16.

While the library is closed, materials ordered and normally picked up at the Clovis branch can be retrieved at the Woodward Park branch, 944 E. Perrin Ave.

The Clovis branch is getting new carpet and paint and generally is being spruced up, said Roberta Barton, Fresno County libraries' public information officer.

The project is paid for through Measure B, the one-eighth-of-a-cent tax measure scheduled to expire in 2013.

West Hills program will receive grant

The Engineering Scholars Program at West Hills College in Lemoore will receive a $15,000 grant today from the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, officials said.

The ceremony will begin at noon at the college conference center at 555 College Ave., foundation executive director Frances Squire said. The grants will provide scholarships to students from the San Joaquin Valley.

Beginning in the fall, the Sanitation Districts will give an annual grant of $30,000 to the district, Squire said. The funding is part of the development of the Westlake Farms Composting Facility in Kings County.

Boys & Girls Club celebrates new club

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County will celebrate the opening of its newest club today in northeast Fresno.

The celebration will be from from 4 to 6 p.m. at El Dorado Park, 1343 E. Barstow Ave., officials said. The club building and recreation field are near Fourth Street behind Wesley United Methodist Church.

The club is available for youths ages 6 to 18. It offers homework help, arts and crafts, recreational games and prevention programs.

The facility includes a large grass field and a basketball court.

Tri-tip to raise funds for SE Fresno group

The Fresno Police Department Southeast Policing District and Neighborhood Watch Association are hosting a tri-tip dinner today to raise funds for Southeast Neighborhood Watch.

The event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 at the Senior Village at 1917 S. Chestnut Ave., officials said.

Tickets are $10 per person.

Top's Military Supply will be honored at the event for replacing war medals stolen from the home of veteran Jose Torres.

Event at BJ's is for Special Olympics

Deputies from the Fresno County Sheriff's Office will be at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse Friday in central Fresno to raise money for Special Olympics Northern California.

The event will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the restaurant at 715 E. Shaw Ave., sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said.

Deputies will work with waiters to serve beverages, collect donations and speak with customers about Special Olympics Northern California.

The event is part of the Tip-A-Cop events for 2011.