Clovis News

Local briefs: Clovis police to join in seat belt effort

The Clovis Police Department will join law enforcement agencies across the state in cracking down on drivers or passengers for seat belt violations during the 2011 Click It or Ticket campaign through June.

Click It or Ticket enforcement units will be most active during nighttime hours as passengers in cars traveling at night are least likely to be wearing seat belts, police said.

First-time adult seat belt violations can result in a fine or fee of at least $142. For children under 16, the fine is $445 for a first-time seat belt violation.

The seat belt use rate in California is 96.2%, an all-time high. However, that still leaves nearly a million people who are not .buckling up, police said.

Courts

Ex-Visalian gets 15 months in tax case

Robert Moser, a former Visalia resident who now lives in San Diego, was sentenced Monday to 15 months in prison for a tax avoidance scheme in the early 1990s.

Moser, 75, was indicted in 1997 and was a fugitive until his arrest in San Diego in June 2010.

According to court documents, in February 1992 Moser and co-defendants Darrel Wayne Tarrant and Louis Barrow Watson sold "tax avoidance packages" for International Tax Technology.

The package claimed it could permanently and legally remove individuals and businesses from any future obligation to keep records relating to tax liability, file tax returns or pay income or employment taxes on the federal and state level. Clients were charged $2,500 to $15,000 for International Tax Technology services.

Watson was sentenced to 12 months in prison in 2003, and Tarrant – also a former Visalia resident – died pending trial.

Fire protection firm owner gets 5 years

A Tulare County Superior Court judge sentenced a 47-year-old man to five years in state prison Friday for installation of fraudulent and impaired fire protection systems, theft and other related charges, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said.

Danny Williams, 47, owner of American Fire Protection, was convicted on 26 felony counts of maintaining impaired fire protection systems, grand theft, diversion of construction funds, conspiracy, and 26 misdemeanor counts of violating state fire marshal regulations for automatic fire extinguishers. He was found guilty in February.

The company is from Camarillo, but Williams did work in Tulare County. He took thousands of dollars to repair sprinkler systems, but performed only some of the work, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said.

Health

Players to wear pink for breast center

Visalia Rawhide baseball players will take to the field in pink jerseys on Thursday to raise funds for the Kaweah Delta Breast Center.

The jerseys will be the featured items in a silent auction. Jersey bids can be placed during the game and online at Rawhidebaseball.com. Jerseys will be auctioned off at a starting bid of $100.

Throughout the game, which will begin at 7 p.m., fans can visit with a nurse educator from the center, complete a breast cancer quiz for a chance to win prizes and pick up a coupon to receive a free gift when they visit the breast center and register for an annual mammogram.

Fowler council to respond to report

Fowler City Council members will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. today to discuss their response to last week's Fresno County grand jury report.

The report stated that former Police Chief Darrell Jamgochian failed to send more than 600 criminal cases to the District Attorney's Office.

The meeting will be in the council chambers at 128 S. Fifth St.

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