Clovis News

Local briefs: Police investigate business thefts

Fresno and Clovis police are investigating a recent rash of thefts at restaurants and businesses. Clovis police received four reports of employee purses and wallets stolen from March 5 to 17.

On March 11, an employee's purse was stolen from P.F. Chang's restaurant in northeast Fresno. Another theft was reported at The Cheesecake Factory in Fashion Fair.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at (559) 621-6408.

Swimmers rescued from river island

Two stranded swimmers were rescued from an island on the San Joaquin River Thursday afternoon, the Fresno Fire Department said.

The two swimmers were discovered by fire crews during a routine water safety check about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, said Fresno Fire Inspector Terri Meiss. The two were unable to swim back to shore due to swift and cold water.

Crews deployed a boat on the river to rescue the two, Meiss said.

Man gets 176 years in robbery conviction

An Exeter man was sentenced Wednesday to 176 years to life in prison for two counts of residential robbery among other charges, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said.

Along with the two counts of robbery, Russell Havner, 43, was convicted of two counts of residential burglary, two counts of intimidating a witness and two counts of felon in possession of a firearm, spokeswoman Vickie Coelho said.

The conviction follows Havner's arrest in Arizona after robbing and burglarizing a home in Exeter on March 4, Coelho said.

Havner's prior convictions include felony possession of concealed weapon in 1995, a first degree burglary from 2002, and a felony conviction for criminal threats in 2009, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Cesar Chavez event planned in Fresno

The 18th annual Cesar E. Chavez community celebration will be held Saturday in southeast Fresno.

The event begins with a march at 9 a.m. at Holmes Playground, 212 First St. The march ends at noon and will be followed by an hourlong lunch and events from 1 to 3 p.m.

The celebration will have food, social services information and music. It is free and open to the public.