Clovis News

Local briefs: Man's death is first in Farmersville in '11

Farmersville police are investigating the town's first homicide of the year after a 21-year-old man was killed during a street fight early Sunday morning.

The man was taken to Kaweah Delta Hospital by private vehicle and died from stab wounds. His name has not been released by the Tulare County Coroner's Office.

The fight involving about a dozen people began about 1:45 a.m. Sunday during a large party at a home in the 600 block of Cottonwood Street. By the time officers arrived, the fight had broken up. Three people injured in the fight were taken to area hospitals.

Clovis fire chief stepping down

Rick Bennett, Clovis fire chief for the past two years, announced Monday night that he is resigning because of family obligations in Northern California.

He will be replaced by deputy chief Lee Kraft, who will serve as interim chief.

Bennett joined the department in 2007. He had previously served as assistant chief of the Eureka Fire Department. Bennett said he will return to Fortuna in Northern California. His last day is Thursday.

Man gets 10 years in three DUI cases

A Porterville man was sentenced Tuesday in Tulare County Superior Court to more than 10 years in prison in three separate cases of driving under the influence.

Rene Vasquez, 34, was sentenced by Judge James Hollman to 10 years and 4 months in prison. The three cases were from 2002, 2009 and 2010.

Vasquez was out of custody for the 2009 offense when he was arrested in the 2010 case, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said. The 2002 case was delayed because Vasquez had given the wrong name to arresting officers to avoid prosecution.

Health fair in Selma

Students with Selma High School Doctors Academy will host a health fair Thursday at the Selma High School Old Café, 3125 Wright St.

The health fair from 6-7:30 p.m. offers Doctors Academy students an opportunity to showcase their research on health issues and disparities affecting their community. In addition, local health organizations will provide information about their services.

Participating organizations include: Adventist Health, Fresno Community Food Bank, Fresno County Department of Public Health, UCSF Fresno Reach Out and Read Program and Xcelerate Fitness Center.

The Doctors Academy at Selma High School started in 2007 with funding from Kaiser Permanente and The California Wellness Foundation. The program aims to encourage students to pursue careers in health and medicine.

Hwy. 99 in Madera Co. to be closed

Lanes of Highway 99 will be closed tonight and Thursday in Madera County for core sample testing, the California Department of Transportation said.

Lanes will be closed from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. along a 3.6-mile stretch from the Madera overcrossing to Avenue 16, spokeswoman Gloria Rodriguez said. Individual lanes in both directions of travel may be closed at the same time to reduce the time needed to complete the testing. Motorists should expect delays and use alternate routes when possible.

Grant will fund watershed projects

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy has awarded an $875,890 grant to Madera County's Sierra Foothill Conservancy for watershed projects in the Sierra Nevada.

The money will be used to create a conservation easement on 1,362 acres of Topping Ranch, officials said. The project will expand nearby land conservation efforts and protect resources and blue oak woodland habitat.

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