Clovis News

Local briefs: Liquor store robber subdued after outburst

A Fresno man was arrested after allegedly robbing a southeast Fresno liquor store Wednesday morning, then kicking a Fresno police officer and a homeless man.

Fresno police Sgt. Mark Hudson described the incident: The 27-year-old man stole a 24-ounce bottle of beer at a liquor store at Ventura Avenue and First Street around 11 a.m., then punched the store clerk in the face before leaving.

He returned 20 minutes later to ask clerks if he could settle the affair without involving police. After learning police had been called and the incident had been videotaped, the man began throwing store items and attempted to steal the cash register.

One of the clerks hit the man with a baseball bat, and the other produced a handgun. The man left the store and was seen kicking a homeless man in the face. He sustained a broken nose.

When officers arrived, the man kicked one of them in the knee (he was treated at Community Regional Medical Center and released) and tried to hit and bite an officer.

Coroner seeking relative of dead man

The Fresno County Coroner's Office is trying to locate anyone related to Donald Abney, 48, who died April 22 after being admitted into the emergency room at Community Regional Medical Center six days earlier.

Anyone with information about Abney is asked to call (559) 600-3400.

Couple jailed after purse stolen at casino

An Armona couple is in the Kings County Jail after being arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing a purse at the Tachi Palace Casino, then going on a shopping spree with $700 and several stolen credit cards.

The woman allegedly took the purse March 25 after an elderly woman accidentally left it at a slot machine, the Kings County Sheriff's Department said. It was later found, but without the money or credit cards.

She shopped at several convenience stores and used a credit card to buy an Acer computer for $275 at a Target store, a detective said.

Church Women award 6 scholarships

Six Fresno County students were awarded scholarships from Church Women United, the organization announced Wednesday.

The six students, from schools in the Clovis and Fresno Unified School Districts, were awarded the scholarships during Church Women United's May Friendship Day luncheon at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in central Fresno.

Maribel Carillo of Buchanan High School, Kum Su Hwang and Amanda Morris of Clovis West High School, Alexandria Schmall and Jaclyn Young of Bullard High School and Patricia Vasquez of McLane High School were awarded scholarships, Church Women United said.

Valedictorians feted

The Kiwanis Club of Fresno recognized 190 valedictorians from Fresno Unified high schools during its 40th Valedictorian Luncheon on Tuesday.

Two valedictorians from each of the eight Fresno Unified high schools attended, along with Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Larry Powell and Fresno Unified Assistant Superintendent Steve Martinez, Fresno Kiwanis Club president Dave Kimball said.

Each of the 16 attending valedictorians spoke about their high school experience and college and career goals, Kimball said.

The Kiwanis Club presented certificates to the 190 valedictorians.

High school, college students receive aid

Five high school and four college students were awarded scholarships from Alliance Française de Fresno May 19 at the Fresno Art Museum.

High school students Angelica Ceja of Delano High School, Kelli Ashby of Lemoore High School, Mariana Gonzalez of Sanger High School and Zenia Munoz Vasquez and Cleto Isaguirre of Sunnyside High School were given $500 scholarships, Alliance spokesman John Freitas said.

College scholarship recipients Carly Oliver, Alicia Valley, Alyssa Santellano and Jordan Rossi of Fresno State received $1,000, Freitas said.

Road work: Interstate 5 delays expected for holiday

Travelers planning on taking Interstate 5 near Bakersfield should expect traffic delays on two sections of the highway over the Memorial Day weekend, Caltrans said.

Caltrans is reconstructing pavement on both southbound and northbound Interstate 5 from just south of the Buena Vista Canal Road to two miles south of 7th Standard Road, Caltrans spokesman Jose Camarena said.

Interstate 5 is currently reduced to one lane in each direction, Camarena said. Lanes will be closed 24 hours daily.

Another construction project from the Kern-Los Angeles County Line to just north of the Grapevine Creek Bridge will reduce southbound Interstate 5 to three lanes and cause delays over the Memorial Day weekend, Camarena said.