Three gang members were arrested this week after a drive-by shooting in southwest Fresno.
The shots were fired from a white Dodge in the 100 block of East O'Neill Avenue on Monday. Sgt. Jerardo Chamalbide said officers learned that the gunmen lived in the 2300 block of South Poppy Avenue and spotted the Dodge in the area. A search of the car produced a .22-caliber handgun like the one used in the shooting, and the three were taken into custody.
Officers searching the home also found four more guns. Several other juveniles wanted on various warrants, including armed robbery, were also taken into custody.
Robber strikes bank in central Fresno
A Bank of the West branch on Shaw Avenue east of Fresno Street in central Fresno was robbed Thursday morning.
Initial police reports said one man entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding cash. He left on foot.
It is not known whether he took currency.
Man has seizure, drives into house
A man drove into a house in northwest Fresno after suffering a seizure Thursday morning, police said.
Firefighters were called to the area to inspect the home in the 4100 block of West Galaxy Avenue for structural damage. The incident happened shortly before 7 a.m.
A police spokesman said the driver was in satisfactory condition.
Suspect arrested in pizza shop robbery
Police arrested a 33-year-old gang member Wednesday on suspicion of robbing a central Fresno pizza parlor a day earlier.
The suspect is accused of demanding money and hitting an employee in the head with a handgun at Hungry Howie's Pizza, 1418 W. Ashlan Ave., about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The employee complied and the suspect left with cash.
The employee identified the gunman from a photographic lineup, leading to the suspect's arrest Wednesday near Marks and Alamos avenues.
Fresno cops cite 112 in safety operation
Fresno police cited 112 people Wednesday for not using a seat belt or a child-safety seat while driving.
Sgt. Gary Beer said the operation was undertaken by the department's traffic safety unit.
Man sentenced for assaulting officer
A 25-year-old Porterville man was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for assaulting a police officer last year, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said.
Vincent Gabriel Bernal pleaded no contest earlier this month to one count of assaulting a peace officer and one count of exhibiting a deadly weapon to a police officer to resist arrest.
In August 2010, a Porterville police officer was called to a home where Bernal was unwelcome, the District Attorney's Office said. The officer saw Bernal trying to hide something in his waistband and asked what he was doing.
Bernal then approached the officer with a kitchen knife in his hand in a threatening manner.
Latino event set at Selma flea market
A Latino Health Awareness Month commemoration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Selma Flea Market, 10951 E. Mountain View Ave.
The event is sponsored by the Network for a Healthy California, Selma Flea Market, Fresno Community Food Bank and United Health Center to celebrate the increase in fruit and vegetable consumption among Latinos in California.
Aztec dancers, prizes and activities will be part of the celebration.
Information: Network for a Healthy California, (559) 255-4300.
Info session set on service academies
Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Atwater) will host a military service academy information session in Fresno.
Denham's Academy Information Night, being held Wednesday at Clovis West High School, will give high school students the opportunity to learn more about the opportunities and application process at the five service academies, Denham spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger said.
Representatives from the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, the Coast Guard Academy, the Air Force Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy, as well as the United States Marine Corps, will be on hand, Brandenburger said.
The information session will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Clovis West cafeteria, she said. For more information and to RSVP, call (209) 579-5458 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bad air trips ozone violation in Valley
Despite having the cleanest summer on record, the Valley violated the federal 1-hour ozone standard Thursday, resulting in a $29 million federal penalty, said Janelle Schneider, a spokeswoman for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution District.
The penalty will lift in the future if each of the Valley's air basin monitoring stations do not exceed the ozone threshold of 125 parts per billion more than three times over the next three years.
"We are still in a position to see the $29 million federal penalty removed by 2013, one year sooner than initially anticipated," said Seyed Sadredin, executive director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution District.
Even though this was the longest period the Valley had gone without exceeding the standard, Clovis exceeded the limit at the very end of the 2011 ozone season, Schneider said.
Unusual high ozone spikes resulted from high pressure over the Valley and an upper low-pressure system in Southern California that shut down the normal northwesterly wind flow over eastern Fresno County.