Two Occupy Fresno protesters were arrested early Friday morning on charges of failure to disperse after Fresno County sheriff's deputies ordered them to leave Courthouse Park.
About 70 arrests of Occupy Fresno members have occurred since Nov. 6, when deputies began enforcing an ordinance closing the park from midnight to 6 a.m.
Buchanan area warned about attacks
Clovis Unified officials are calling families in the Buchanan High School area to warn them about three recent attacks on or near the campus.
Two attacks happened on Halloween. The assailants accused the victims, who were dressed in clown costumes, of an affiliation with a gang that favors clown makeup, police said.
The third attack happened last Saturday near the Buchanan tennis courts when a 15-year-old was knocked off his bike by up to six assailants, beaten and his bike stolen, Clovis police said. All three attacks happened between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
None of the injuries were life-threatening, but one of the victims was taken to the hospital.
Man ID'd as top car thief is out of jail
The man described by police as Fresno's No. 1 auto thief was released from Fresno County Jail on Friday as a result of the Sheriff's Office's early-release policy to reduce overcrowding, said his attorney, Glenn Lostracco.
Robert Frederick Wollert, 32, was released at 5:06 p.m. He was arrested Oct. 20 on several warrants, including suspicion of auto theft, receiving stolen vehicles, receiving stolen property and drug possession.
Wollert's drug addiction fuels his stealing habits and he now will participate in rehab, Lostracco said.
Run-over homeless man case advances
The attorney for a 20-year-old motorist who fatally injured a homeless man in July while fleeing police opted Friday to skip a preliminary hearing, a move that likely sends the matter on the fast track to a trial.
Javier Jardon is charged with murder in connection with the death of Donald Gardner, a 46-year-old homeless man.
Jardon's attorney, Roger Nuttall, said he disagrees with the traffic-related, second-degree murder charge. Such a charge, he said, requires proof that Jardon "harbored malice."