Clovis News

Local briefs: Man faces 87 to life in burglary, assault

Robert Cota Garcia, 61, of Tulare, faces 87 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty this week of attempted rape, forcible sexual penetration by a foreign object and assault with intent to commit a sex crime during a burglary.

Garcia, an ex-convict, has two felony convictions under the Three Strikes law. He will be sentenced May 26 in Tulare County Superior Court.

On Aug. 22, 2010, Garcia went into the victim's locked bedroom and sexually assaulted her, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said. She fought him off, got him to leave the room and called for help.


WET Center to host water conference

Fresno State's Water, Energy & Technology (WET) Center will present the Blue Valley Tech Water Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 808 Fourth St.

Industry leaders will discuss water issues with worldwide implications. Visit or call Barbara Rodiek at (559) 292-9033 ext. 105.

Board OKs name of Fresno High pool

After spirited debate Wednesday, Fresno Unified's board of trustees approved a name for Fresno High's new $2.5 million, 35-meter pool: the Fresno High Warrior Aquatic Center. The name was approved on a 6-1 vote.

There were 11 names submitted, including one to call it the Robert Reyes Aquatic Complex, after former Fresno High principal Robert "Bob" Reyes who retired in June after 13 years. Other suggestions included: Fresno High Swim Center, Claude C. "Pop" Laval, Arthur Miller Memorial Facility and Howell Swimming Complex at Fresno High School.

City College students elect new leaders

Fresno City College student leaders for next school year were elected this week.

Elected for the Associated Student Government positions for 2011-12 were president Cindy Quiralte, legislative vice president Karlton Brown, executive vice president Pedro Cruz-Navarro, president pro tempore Daesha Black, student trustee Christopher Coronado and senator Virginia Wild.

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Child car seat safety inspection offered

The Clovis police department will host a child car seat safety inspection today at the Selma Auto Mall from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event is the first of four check-ups to educate the public on the importance of securely fastening child and booster seats before driving.

Parkinson's Support Group walk slated

The fifth annual Central Valley Parkinson's Support Group walk will be held from 9 a.m. to noon today at Blain Park in Visalia.

The group raised more than $25,000 last year, ranking fourth in the nation in fundraising for Parkinson's Unity Walk, a nonprofit that funds research.

The Visalia event includes singers, cloggers and live music. Call Donna DeVries at (559) 627-0798 or visit