Clovis News

Local Briefs: 2 held in Visalia crash that injured 2

A 24-year-old man and his 19-year-old female passenger were arrested in Visalia Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after crashing into oncoming traffic, the Visalia Police Department said.

The man was traveling west on Walnut Avenue near Parkwood Street just before 12:30 p.m. when the Chevrolet Blazer he was driving crossed over a raised concrete median and struck a Toyota Highlander, Sgt. Gary Williams said. The man and woman tried to flee but were caught. Both were intoxicated, Williams said.

A 68-year-old woman and a 72 year-old-man in the Highlander were injured and were taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia. Their conditions were not available.

Man in mid-20s stabbed by relative

A man in his mid-20s was stabbed in the arm by a relative Tuesday night at a southeast Fresno apartment complex, Fresno police said.

The man was stabbed about 8:40 p.m. at Redwood Canyon Apartments near Argyle Avenue and Kings Canyon Road in what police believe was a family disturbance, Lt. Phil Cooley said.

The man was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno with non-lethal injuries.

Crime report false, CSUF police say

Fresno State police have discovered that the report of an on-campus robbery on Sunday was false.

A non-student told police he was assaulted and robbed by three suspects while returning to his car after he had been studying on campus.

Police issued a campus-wide crime alert, but on Tuesday, police said the individual admitted he had made up the incident. An investigation is under way.

Fire

Kings River Hotshots sent to Arizona fire

A fire crew from the Sierra National Forest was deployed Monday to help fight a blaze in Arizona.

About 20 members of the Kings River Hotshot crew are battling the Horseshoe Fire 2 in the Coronado National Forest, a forest spokeswoman said.

Government

Fresno County offers building-permit amnesty

Fresno County supervisors on Tuesday approved a 90-day amnesty period in which landowners in unincorporated areas can seek building permits or remedy existing building violations without being subject to penalties. Permitting fees still apply.

The move is an attempt to get more structures in compliance with local building rules and improve public health and safety. Because of shrinking budgets, county staff has been unable to enforce most building regulations.

"We just want to make sure structures are habitable and safe," said Alan Weaver, director of the Public Works and Planning Department.

The amnesty period is scheduled to begin July 1. For general building permit information, visit fblinks.com/cobuild

Supervisors defer decision on courthouse fountain

Fresno County supervisors on Tuesday put off a decision on whether to shutter the water fountain at the county courthouse in downtown Fresno.

The fountain is being considered for closure to save county funds. But the Board of Supervisors wants to see first whether other money can be sought to keep the fountain running. The matter will be revisited later this year.

An estimated $10,000 of repair work is needed to keep the fountain going. That's on top of the $10,000 annual maintenance bill for the courthouse landmark and two other downtown fountains.

The tab for the fountains, say public works officials, comes at the expense of upkeep in other parks.

Education

Bullard trustee holds town hall meeting

Fresno Unified trustee and board president Michelle Asadoorian will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Bullard High School cafeteria.

The meeting -- called the Bullard Regional Town Hall Meeting -- will provide a forum to discuss academic performance, safety and security, school boundaries, and Bullard athletic and school facilities. Asadoorian is expected to give a brief overview of the status of schools in the Bullard region.

The Bullard region is defined as neighborhoods that include Figarden, Gibson, Malloch, Forkner, Kratt and Starr elementary schools. It also includes Bullard TALENT and Lawless K-8 schools, Tenaya and Baird middle schools as well as Bullard High.

Fresno City College honors eight grads

Fresno City College recently awarded eight graduates with the Dean's Medallion, recognizing students who have overcome obstacles and achieved high academic standards on their path to graduation. Recipients of the $500 scholarship and medallion are Izaac Perez, Thi Ngoc Nguyen, Stephanie A. Reyes, Mike Garbarino, Stephen Keleher, Alessandra Martinazzi, Emiliano J. Beltran and Nayuca Medina.

Clovis Unified offers district history book for sale

A book about the first 50 years of Clovis Unified School District is available at local bookstores.

The book costs $24.95 and is titled "50 Unified Years: Building a Tradition of Excellence in Clovis Unified Before, During and After Unification."

Clovis Unified was created in the late 1950s and early 1960s from a merger of several small districts across rural parts of eastern Fresno County that now include Fresno, Clovis and the Friant area.

The book includes historical pictures, profiles of each school and information about the people responsible for the district's evolution.

Also ...

Fresno hosts Elks convention

The California, Hawaii Elks Association State Convention will be in Fresno until Saturday.

Elks National President Michael F. Smith will be the keynote speaker at the Association President's appreciation dinner on Thursday, said spokesman Andy Costello. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks focuses on community service, providing college scholarships and helping veterans and disabled children.

Visit www.elks.org for more information about Elks Charities and membership.Property owners with unpermitted buildings or remodels have a chance to get on the right side of law -- penalty-free.

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