Clovis News

Local briefs: Former Stockton cop faces gun charge

A retired Stockton police captain is facing charges that he flashed a gun at another driver during what authorities say was a road rage incident on a Central Valley highway.

Merced County prosecutors charged 60-year-old David Swim with one count of felony exhibition of a firearm to a person in a motor vehicle last week.

Authorities say Swim pulled the gun on Highway 99 in Livingston on Nov. 30 after another driver saw him using a cellphone and shook his head while driving by. Swim allegedly exited the highway later.

The California Highway Patrol says officers searched Swim's vehicle at his home and found a handgun.

Swim's attorney, John Virga, tells the Sacramento Bee his client did not brandish a firearm.

Swim is currently a professor of criminal justice at California State University, Sacramento.

Food drive in Fresno-Clovis area

The Garabedian Group has partnered with the Community Food Bank to host a food drive this month.

The group has placed collection barrels in local businesses, including Electronic Recyclers at 2860 S. East Ave. and Fresno Beverage 4010 E. Hardy Ave., both in south Fresno; and Ponderosa Paint at 3663 N. Clovis Ave. in Fresno and CrossFit FTF at 349 N. Minnewawa Ave. in Clovis. The barrels will be at the businesses through the end of June.

The Community Food Bank's Mobile Pantry Truck will be at The Garabedian Group parking lot at 7050 N. Fresno St. from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30 for final donations. The Garabedian Group hopes to raise $50,000 in food and money donations.

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Make-A-Wish gets $10,000 dona

EYE-Q Cares, a charitable program by employees of EYE-Q Vision Care, has raised $10,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central California.

The money will be used to support the foundation's urgent wishes fund, said Diana Rambo, executive director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central California. The funds were raised at EYE-Q Cares' sixth annual charity golf tournament, which was held at Fig Garden Golf Course in April and attracted more than 100 golfers.

Electronic recycling events next weekend

Manco Abbott, Inc. and Electronic Recyclers International will host free electronic recycling events at four Valley locations June 18.

The events will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect any electronics that have a cord, including computers, televisions, fax machines, keyboards and stereo systems. Electronics will be collected at the following locations: Le Provence Apartment Community at 1325 E. Foxhill Drive and Stonegate Apartment Community at 4141 N. Blythe Ave. in Fresno, Sierra Ridge Apartment Community at 100 Fowler Ave. in Clovis and Four Creeks Apartment Community at 2800 E. Douglas Ave. in Visalia.

Input sought on effort to preserve land

A public-comment period has begun on a federal proposal to preserve some of the ranchland flanking the Central Valley.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in the early stages of planning for conservation easements, in which a willing landowner receives a payment for keeping the acreage in ranching permanently.

One of the four study areas includes eastern Stanislaus and Merced counties and western Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties. Another is in southwest Merced County and part of San Benito County. Other areas are at the north and south ends of the Valley.