Clovis News

Local briefs: Fresno police arrest man for repeat DUIs

A 28-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly avoiding authorities for three years for multiple charges of driving under the influence, the Fresno Police Department said.

The man, who is originally from Mexico, was arrested around 7 p.m. at his Fresno home following a two-month investigation, Sgt. Robert Dewey said.

He was wanted for five cases of driving while intoxicated and had a $1 million arrest warrant under an alias. The man avoided arrest by using up to seven different aliases, Dewey said.

His average blood-alcohol content for the charges was 0.24, which is three times the legal driving limit, Dewey said.

The man was booked into Fresno County Jail and was interviewed by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials.

Driver in fatal crash may face charges

The California Highway Patrol will seek additional charges against Michael Valentine, 21, of Fresno following the death of a woman who was seriously injured when his car ran off a roadway on May 14, CHP spokesman Axel Reyes said.

Valentine was arrested after the accident on suspicion of felony drunken driving, the CHP said.

The Fresno County Coroner's Office confirmed that Sara Stilwell, 19, of Fresno has died of her injuries. Clovis Unified School District spokeswoman Kelly Avants said Stilwell was a 2010 graduate of Buchanan High School, where she was active in the drama department.

The CHP said Valentine was driving a 1989 Pontiac Grand Am west on Shields Avenue at excessive speed about 3 a.m. when he ran off the road at a curve west of Yuba Avenue. The car rolled several times.

Stilwell, Valentine and another passenger, a 17-year-old Fresno girl, were taken to Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries.

Fire threatens 6 homes near Clovis

A fire burned six acres of grass and threatened six homes Tuesday night near Clovis, the Fresno County Fire Department said.

The blaze started around 6:30 p.m. near Herndon and De Wolf avenues, fire spokesman John Dominguez said.

All of the homes had good fire clearance and none were damaged, Dominguez said. No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Child porn case nets man 10-year term

Farmersville resident Matthew Patrick Schorr, 48, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to 10 years in federal prison, to be followed by 14 years of probation, for possessing child pornography.

According to court documents, Schorr was previously convicted of possessing child pornography in 2002. In 2009, he was again found to be in possession of child pornography. On Feb. 14, 2011, he pleaded guilty.

Jackie Robinson's daughter talks at school

Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, visited Dairyland Elementary School in Chowchilla on Tuesday to honor one of the students who won the Breaking Barriers national essay contest.

Fifth-grade student Morgan Dill was recognized for being a first-place winner for her essay about life after her liver transplant. Robinson spoke to the students about her father and the Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life program.

Dill was recognized later Tuesday at the Oakland Athletics pre-game ceremony in Oakland.

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