Clovis News

In brief: Clovis police arrest burglary suspect

Clovis police are sorting through as many as 300 pieces of jewelry, watches, coins and old foreign currency after serving search warrants in Fresno and Clovis and arresting a 23-year-old Fresno man in connection with about six burglaries Tuesday.

Burglary victims who reported the loss of jewelry, foreign currency, watches or antique coins can call detective Iri Guerra at (559) 324-2493 to identify and reclaim their property. Callers should provide their burglary case file number.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of several counts of burglary and receiving stolen property. Due to overcrowding at the jail, the man was released several hours later, police said.

Fresno, rail police cite 46 drivers

Fresno police and Union Pacific Railroad police cited 46 drivers and impounded four vehicles Wednesday during a joint operation monitoring Union Pacific Railroad crossings, officials said.

Drivers were cited for trespassing on railroad property or failing to stop or creating gridlock at a railroad crossing, said Sgt. Anthony Dewall. Vehicles were impounded for drivers without a license or with a suspended license.

The operation covered major railroad crossings along the western edge of Fresno.

March to honor Cesar Chavez

Marchers will take to Visalia's streets March 26 to commemorate the birthday of farmworker rights leader Cesar Chavez.

The event begins at 9 a.m. at the College of the Sequoias campus, 915 S. Mooney Blvd.

The march will start at 10 a.m. with a stop at Redwood High School before ending at the Wittman Center/Community Campus at noon.

Activities following the march will run from noon to 4 p.m. with youth dance competitions, guest speakers, music and informational booths.

Details: (559) 733-5423.

Fresno Co. History Day on Saturday

More than 400 students will participate Saturday in Fresno County History Day at Fresno Pacific.

Students will present exhibits, documentaries, websites and historical papers, analyzing historical figures and events related to the theme of "Debate and Diplomacy in History."

Judges will interview students and judge them based on their historical accuracy, adherence to the rules and quality of their presentation, Fresno County Office of Education officials said. Two winners will be selected from the fourth- and fifth-grade division and each category in the Junior division, and three winners will be chosen from each Senior division category to advance to the state competition April 28 in San Jose.

The public is invited to attend 9:10 to 11:30 a.m. and view exhibits from 1 to 2 p.m.

Details: Lisa Benham (559) 265-3073.

Madera student wins National Ag contest

A Madera high school student won the National Ag Day video essay contest.

Kyle Trevino, a junior at Peachtree Christian Academy in Madera, shared his first-hand experience of agriculture production on his family's farm in a 2-minute video essay, the Agriculture Council of America said. Students nationwide competed in the video essay and written essay competitions for National Ag Day, conveying the importance of agriculture in the United States and how farmers provide a stable food supply for the world.

This was the first year for the video essay contest, but the 38th anniversary of the competition.

To watch Trevino's video, visit

Mentor Program to give presentations

The ACE Mentor Program Final Presentations will be held April 8 at California State University, Fresno, the Central California Builders Exchange said.

Several teams made of more than 40 local architects, contractors and engineers and 80 local high school students will present their simulated design-build projects for a multipurpose room at the new Clovis elementary school on Dakota and Armstrong avenues, spokesman Tony Renfro said. Student presenters will be from Edison, Hoover, Liberty, Clovis East and Kerman high schools.

The presentations will start at 3:45 p.m. in the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A panel of industry professionals will select a winning team.

Details: Roxanne Greenwood at (559) 237-1831 or

Hearing planned for Health Services Act

A public hearing will be held April 20 in Fresno to discuss the Fresno County Mental Health Services Act annual update.

The meeting will be from 2 to 3 p.m. at Blue Sky Wellness Center, 1617 E. Saginaw Way.

Details: Fresno County MHSA Administrative Office at (559) 453-6577.

Mexican folk dance event set April 15-17

The Danzantes Unidos Festival will be in Fresno on April 15-17 to celebrate Mexican folk dance.

The festival will include more than 40 dance workshops and seminars for more than 1,000 participants, said festival director Julio Bustos. Dance companies and folklorico groups will perform in the evenings.