Clovis News

Local briefs: Sanger curfew set

The Sanger Police Department is enforcing a zero-tolerance 10 p.m. curfew for children 18 and younger to curtail gang activity after several recent drive-by shootings in Sanger resulted in the city's first homicide of 2011.

The curfew is scheduled to end April 8 but could be extended, said Sanger city manager Brian Haddix.

The Fresno Police Department will assist Sanger police in enforcing the curfew.

Visalia, Hanford plan roving DUI patrols

Visalia and Hanford police departments are going to hunt for DUI drivers Thursday during celebrations of St. Patrick's Day.

Officers from both cities will operate roving DUI patrols in a continuing campaign to take careless or dangerous drunken drivers off the road.

Specialized DUI officers will target areas with high incidences of DUI collisions and arrests, police said.

Politics

Clovis mayor named

Clovis City Council members on Monday named Jose Flores the city's new mayor.

Flores and Council Members Harry Armstrong and Bob Whalen were reappointed to four-year terms after no opponents surfaced to run against them in the last election.

Council members serve two-year terms. Council Member Lynne Ashbeck was voted by fellow members as the council's mayor pro tem.

Flores, entering his fourth term, served as mayor once previously. Armstrong is in his 11th term and Whalen is beginning his third term.

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Kettleman City mothers plan vigil

Mothers in Kettleman City will hold a candlelight vigil at 5 p.m. today at the Kettleman City park to remember infants with birth defects who died and also to lobby for clean water.

The small town next to Interstate 5 has been plagued by a rash of birth defects, including cleft palate facial deformities.

Eleven children were born with birth defects from 2007 to March 2010.

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