A 13-year-old girl was killed Tuesday evening when she tried to cross the eastbound Highway 168 ramp from Highway 180, the California Highway Patrol said.
The girl and two of her friends were walking north on Cedar Avenue to a nearby gas station when she decided to cross the freeway ramp, CHP Officer M. Steadmon said. As she was crossing, she was struck by a man driving an Audi sedan.
Her two friends witnessed the accident from the Cedar Avenue bridge, Steadmon said. The girl's identity was not available.
The accident happened around 6:30 p.m. The driver was not at fault and was not injured in the accident, Steadmon said.
Boy hospitalized after being hit by truck
An 11-year-old boy was hospitalized Tuesday after being hit by a pickup as he was crossing the street from Al Radka Park in southeast Fresno, said Lt. Anthony Martinez of the Fresno Police Department.
The boy was leaving the park when a truck going eastbound on Belmont Avenue struck him, Martinez said.
The man reported the accident right after.
The boy was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was in critical but stable condition, Martinez said.
The man was not drunk and cooperated with the police investigation, Martinez said.
As a result of the incident, Belmont Avenue near Al Radka Park was closed for three and a half hours.
Car in Clovis bank robbery recovered
A stolen car used in a Clovis bank robbery Monday was recovered Tuesday afternoon, police said.
California Highway Patrol officers spotted the 1992 Dodge Stratus with AT&T logos on the front doors at Eddy and Norwich avenues about 2:45 p.m.
A man robbed the Westamerica Bank branch at 536 Shaw Ave. Monday afternoon, police said.
The robber is described as Caucasian, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, stocky and 35 to 40 years old. He had a bleached blond beard about an inch long, was wearing a black baseball cap, white collared shirt, black tie, black pants and black boots.
Anyone with information on the robber is asked to call Clovis police at (559) 324-2800 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867.
Man shot in home invasion near Dinuba
The Tulare County Sheriff's Department is looking for two men after a man was shot during a home invasion late Monday night near Dinuba.
The 20-year-old victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds when two men went to a home in the 7100 block of Avenue 424 shortly before 11 p.m., saying they had car problems. The victim was shot when he confronted the men as they forced their way into the home, witnesses told sheriff's deputies.
The two men ran away.
The victim was in stable condition after surgery at Kaweah Delta Medical Center.
Anyone with information is asked to call sheriff's detective Frank Zaragoza at (559) 735-1898 or Tipnow at (559) 725-4194, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woman in SE Fresno trash bin identified
The woman who was found shot to death Sunday was identified Tuesday by the Fresno County Coroner as Limbo Srey, 52, of Fresno.
Srey's body was found in a trash bin behind a warehouse at Harvey and Maple avenues in southeast Fresno.
Anyone with information is asked to call detective Ray Villalvazo at (559) 621-2407 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.
One hurt in SW Fresno shooting
A 21-year-old man was wounded Tuesday in a shooting in southwest Fresno that appeared to be gang-related, police said.
The shooting occurred around noon at Merced Street and Waterman Avenue.
The victim was not identified and his condition was not available Tuesday evening.
Pedestrian killed in Madera County
A pedestrian, possibly in a wheelchair, died in an accident Tuesday night in Madera County, according to California Highway Patrol reports.
The accident was reported about 6:28 p.m. at Road 301/2 and Avenue 201/2.
The initial reports indicate the pedestrian was struck by a truck, the CHP said. No other details were available.
Man accused of abusing dog sought
A bench warrant was issued Tuesday for Fresno resident Chet Lee Leiker, who was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on a felony animal cruelty charge.
Leiker, 39, wasn't present when the case was called at 2:19 p.m., so Fresno County Superior Court Judge D. Tyler Tharpe issued the warrant for his arrest and set bail at $41,000.
A Fresno County Sheriff's deputy saw Leiker dragging a small dog by a leash near Blackstone and Shields avenues on Oct. 30. He was pulling so hard the dog couldn't keep up.
A witness told deputies that Leiker was dragging the dog by the leash through a nearby canal.
The owner of the dog – named Sheba – was later found because the dog had a microchip implanted. It had been stolen from her yard.
Suspect in child's death awaits hearing
A judge on Tuesday postponed sentencing Xavier Christopher Hawkins on a probation violation in anticipation that murder charges will be filed against the 20-year-old Fresno resident.
Hawkins was arrested last week on suspicion of homicide for allegedly beating to death the toddler of his live-in girlfriend. Charges in that case are expected to be filed today, and Hawkins would then be arraigned.
Before the alleged murder, however, Hawkins had pleaded no contest to being a convicted person possessing a firearm.
He was sentenced to a year in jail and two years probation, but after his release was found to be associating with known gang members – a violation of his probation.
Fresno County Superior Court Judge Brent Bramer postponed the sentencing on that probation violation until after murder charges are filed, and ordered Hawkins back to the Fresno County Jail, where he is not to be released "for any reason whatsoever."