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Man held after chase, crash

A Fresno man led California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase Saturday night and crashed his vehicle into three cars, injuring a 13-year-old passenger in his vehicle, the CHP reported.

The CHP said Jose F. Lebron, 25, was attempting to evade officers at 9:20 p.m. while traveling west on Kings Canyon Road in southeast Fresno at speeds greater than 60 mph. Lebron's 1999 Chrysler vehicle ran a red light at the intersection of Kings Canyon Road and Maple Avenue and was struck on the passenger side by a southbound vehicle. The Chrysler then struck two other cars stopped at the red light in the eastbound lanes of Kings Canyon Road.

A 13-year-old boy in Lebron's car sustained major injuries and was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, the CHP reported.

No one else was injured. Lebron was arrested on suspicion of driving without a license, evading a peace officer and willful cruelty to a child.

Man who killed himself inside store is identifiedA man who shot and killed himself Wednesday inside a north Fresno sporting goods store after it closed for the night has been identified as Rex Knight, 25, of Olton, Texas.

Deputy Coroner Robert Glaspie said Sunday that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head. He said Knight was in the military, but he could not confirm where Knight was stationed.

Knight was found dead Wednesday when officers were dispatched to Herb Bauer Sporting Goods at 6264 N. Blackstone Ave. after a sound-sensitive burglary alarm was activated shortly after 5 a.m., police said. No signs of a break-in were found, but Knight's body was found on the floor in the camping sales area.

Investigators have determined that Knight probably entered the store Tuesday evening and was hiding in the building when the store closed at 9 p.m.

Alleged gang members heldSix suspected Bulldog gang members were arrested early Sunday morning, Fresno police Sgt. Steve Crawford said.

Police also recovered four loaded firearms at what they said was a drug house in the 4100 block of East Mason Avenue.

Crawford said that when police approached the house, suspect James Wondergem Jr. ran off and hid inside a neighbor's house. Police found Wondergem hiding in a closet. Wondergem, 22, was arrested on suspicion of selling methamphetamine, being an addict in possession of a firearm, and delaying officers in the performance of their duties.

Javier Gomez, 20, of Fresno was found hiding in a wooden shed. Inside the shed, officers found five grams of crystal methamphetamine. Gomez was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine.

Claude Dueker, 26; Juan Vanagas, 25; Ana Vanagas, 25; and Gina Mistretta, 22, were also arrested on suspicion of various drug offenses. Crawford said police found four children inside the residence, ranging in ages from 1 to 9.

Anyone with more information is asked to call (559) 498-STOP.

2 teens arrested after shotsTwo teenagers were arrested early Sunday morning after shots were fired at the house of a rival gang member, Fresno police reported.

Just before 12:40 a.m., Javier Ramirez and Terry Harvey, both 18, fired shots at a house on the 800 block of West Cambridge Avenue, police said. They said Harvey and Ramirez admitted being members of the DOH tagging gang and admitted to being involved in the shooting. Both men were arrested on suspicion of firing a weapon in a reckless manner.

1,860 suffer power outage

Downed power lines near Blackstone and Spruce avenues caused a power outage for 1,860 north Fresno residents on Sunday, a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. official said.

PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said Sunday evening it wasn't immediately clear why lines were down.

Affected residents lived between Alluvial and Bullard avenues and between Ingram Avenue and First Street, Guidi said.

Most of the power was restored about 40 minutes after the outage was first reported at 2:34 p.m., he said.

Power for the remaining 40 customers was restored shortly after 4 p.m.

Transient stabbed in fight

A transient was taken to Community Regional Medical Center on Sunday for stab wounds after a scuffle with another transient, said Fresno police officials.

The man, whose name was not made public, is expected to survive, said Lt. Greg Coleman.

The 1 p.m. incident occurred in a grassy area near Ventura and G streets.

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