News Briefs


Two arrested in theft of urns from cemetery

Joshua Leland Enos, 26, and Brian Jay Young, 40, were arrested Thursday in connection with the theft of brass cemetery urns from Holy Cross Cemetery at 2105 W. Belmont Ave., the Fresno County Sheriff's Department reported.

The theft of about 40 urns valued at $3,200 was reported to deputies on April 28, sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said. Officials at Monge's Metals recycling yard contacted the Sheriff's Ag Task Force that two subjects had brought the urns in a day before, where they were paid about $86 for them.

Anyone with information on agriculture-related crime is asked to contact the Sheriff's Ag Task Force at (559) 898-0667 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

Two arrested after wiring removed from home

Carlos Gomez Hernandez, 39, and Humberto Pacheco-Hernandez, 24, both of Parlier, were booked into Fresno County Jail on Saturday on suspicion of burglary and vandalism after wiring was removed from a house in the 8000 block of East South Avenue, the Fresno County Sheriff's Department reported.

Two die after car crashes into empty parked truck

Two people died Monday when their car struck the rear of a parked tractor-trailer rig in Merced.

The two victims, both men, died at the scene. Their car, a silver 2003 Nissan two-door, hit the unoccupied truck just south of Austin Avenue and Devonwood Drive, Merced police said.

Police said investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the accident and to identify the victims.

Pregnant Fresno woman killed in crash in Oregon

A Fresno woman and her unborn child were killed Sunday in a head-on collision with a wrong-way driver south of Roseburg, Ore., state police there said.

Killed was Chanthea Elizabeth Prak, 20, of Fresno, who was eight months pregnant. Prak was in the Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., police said.

The driver of the other car, Cheryl D. Rowe, 40, of Albany, Ore., also was killed.

Prak was a passenger in a Hyundai Elantra driven by Andrew Cruz Cajita, 21, of San Mateo, who was flown to a Portland hospital with critical injuries.

Oregon State Police said Rowe was driving a Pontiac Grand Am the wrong way on Interstate 5 about 3:30 a.m. Cajita attempted to swerve out of the way, but Rowe's car struck Cajita's car on the driver's side.

Two arrested in burglary

Two suspected burglars were arrested Monday as they fled an apartment on the 5500 block of North Tenth Street in Fresno, police said.

Police said one suspect was a juvenile and identified the other as George Ochoa, 18.

Officers were called to the scene about 1 a.m. for a burglary in progress. When they arrived, the apartment's occupant told them he arrived home and heard two men inside. The officers saw the pair in the apartment loading items into bags.

The suspects fled through a window, but were captured after Ochoa was hit by a Taser and the juvenile was bitten by a police dog. In a nearby apartment that officers said was connected to the suspects, several thousand dollars of the victim's property was found, police said.

Three held in robbing of man in Tipton

Tulare County sheriff's deputies arrested two men and a woman on suspicion of robbing and hurting a man in Tipton on Saturday, officials said.

The suspects took about $980 worth of money and property from Rigoberto Martinez about 1:10 a.m., officials said.

Martinez was treated for injuries at Tulare District Hospital and released. Deputies are investigating whether a fourth suspect, a woman, was involved,in the planned incident, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call detective Maria Garcia at (559) 733-6218.

Three arrested after search

South Valley officers arrested two Delano men in connection with the seizure of a stolen 1990 Honda Accord, multiple car parts and several weapons during a search Friday of their residence, officials said.

A traffic stop earlier that day led officials to obtain the search warrant for 1833 Main St., officials said. Officers arrested Abel Davila, 18, and Sergio Davila, 20, on several counts, including suspicion of auto theft and possession of stolen property. Police said they found a stolen sawed-off shotgun and several handguns at their home.

Janet Davila was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and giving false information to officers, officials said.

Man arrested after fight, damage to patrol car

A Lindsay farmhand and rodeo bull rider landed in Madera County Jail during the weekend after he resisted arrest and shattered the window of a patrol car with his head when deputies broke up a fight Saturday night at the Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds, Madera County sheriff's deputies reported.

Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Erica Stuart said that Mark McNutt, 24, and another man were fighting about 11:30 p.m. Officers said that when they tried to break up the fight, McNutt turned on them. After he was calmed down and placed in the rear of a patrol car, he broke the window, thrashed about and attempted to crawl out, officers said.

McNutt was booked on suspicion of drunk and disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest and felony vandalism, Stuart said.

Two arrested in attempt to steal automobile parts

Two men were arrested over the weekend in Raymond on suspicion of attempting to steal metal automobile parts for sale, Madera County sheriff's deputies reported.

Sean Driscoll, 31, of Coarsegold and Chad Petros, 23, of Oakhurst were arrested Friday evening after the owner of the parts blocked the exit road while deputies were en route. Witnesses told deputies that the suspects loaded their truck with numerous axles, transmissions and miscellaneous metal parts which could be sold, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Erica Stuart said.

The suspects were booked in Madera County Jail on $10,000 bail each, Stuart said.

Kern County officer in court on accusations of illicit sex

A Kern County police officer appeared in Kings County Superior Court Monday on suspicion of having sex with minors in Lemoore.

Garry Snap Ferguson, 30, a Maricopa police officer, was arrested Friday by Lemoore police in Bakersfield.

Lemoore police Cmdr. Jeff Laws said Ferguson had victimized several minors four years ago in Lemoore.

Ferguson was not a police officer in Lemoore, Laws said.

Ferguson's scheduled arraignment Monday was postponed to May 19, the Kings County District Attorney's Office said.

He is charged with 12 counts, including lewd acts with a child, unlawful sex with a minor, and forcible rape.

Lindsay victim ID'd

Lindsay police Monday identified the victim of a fatal shooting last week as Naythan Lawrence Suflita, 22, of Lindsay.

Police found Suflita dead from apparent gunshot wounds April 29 at a home on the 400 block of North Elmwood Avenue.

No arrests have been made in the case.

70 arrest warrants served in child-support operation

The Tulare County District Attorney's Office said Monday it served 70 arrest warrants last week in an operation targeting subjects who failed to pay child support.

The operation covered areas from Manteca to Bakersfield and the arrests represented more than $2 million in outstanding child support payments, the District Attorney's Office said.