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Two arrested in school burglary

Two men were arrested in connection with a school library burglary Friday in south-central Fresno.

Police responded to calls about loud noises coming from the Yosemite Middle School library on the 1200 block of North Ninth Street about 1 a.m.

Several people scattered as officers arrived at the school. The library had been broken into and items were taken, including computers found later on the school grounds.

Anthony Rodriquez, 21, and Matthew Billett, 24, both of Fresno, were taken into custody on suspicion of burglary and resisting arrest. Both were booked into the Fresno County Jail.

Fresno police detain 30 students

Fresno police detained 30 students in southeast Fresno on Friday in a truancy operation intended to reduce crime committed by students not in school.

The students, from Fresno, Sunnyside and Roosevelt high schools and Terronez Middle School, were taken to their campuses and turned over to school officials, a police spokesman said.

Boy, girl found safe in Bay Area after alleged kidnap in Lemoore

An Amber Alert for a boy and girl allegedly kidnapped in Lemoore late Thursday was canceled Friday after the children were found safe in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Lemoore police said the children -- 7-year-old Eduardo Orellana and 3-year-old Julisa Arevalo -- were abducted about 10:45 p.m. Thursday. An Amber Alert was issued Friday morning, activating highway message signs warning motorists to be on the lookout for a suspect, Jose Orellana, 36, with the children in a gray Toyota pickup.

The California Highway Patrol canceled the alert shortly after 2 p.m. Friday when the children and the vehicle were located in Alameda County.

Lemoore police would not say Friday whether the children are related to Orellana.

Orellana, who officials said is armed and dangerous, remained on the loose Friday evening. He is wanted on suspicion of attempted homicide, aggravated mayhem and kidnapping.

Lemoore police learned of the abduction when they were called for a medical aid request late Thursday and found a woman, Roxana Arevalo, severely injured.


Boy accused in shooting death of grandmother appears in court

The Pixley boy charged with murdering his grandmother this week made his first court appearance Friday, pleading not guilty to the crime in a juvenile court.

The 12-year-old, whose name is not being released because of his age, is accused of shooting Shirley Bowles, 76, a longtime schoolteacher and community leader in Pixley, in an apparent dispute over homework Tuesday. Bowles was reportedly home-schooling her grandson because of behavior problems at school.

Tulare County Assistant District Attorney Don Gallian said an autopsy on Bowles revealed that she died of a single shot from a .22-caliber gun that struck her in the chin and neck, severing a major artery.

Gallian said the boy faces a possible sentence of 25 years to life in prison if convicted of murder, but as a juvenile would be sent to the California Youth Authority until he is either rehabilitated or reaches age 25, at which time he would be released.

The boy's next court appearance will be Oct. 27.

Bakersfield man gets prison for shining laser at sheriff's copter

Bakersfield resident Jared James Dooley, 28, was sentenced Friday to two years in federal prison for attempting to interfere with the safe operation of a Kern County Sheriff's Department helicopter last year by shining a powerful handheld laser into the cockpit.

Dooley pleaded guilty July 18 to intentionally pointing a powerful green laser beam at the helicopter's cockpit on Nov. 8. At that time, the helicopter was flying at 500 feet above ground level during a routine patrol in Bakersfield. When the light hit the cockpit, it disoriented the pilot.

According to court documents, the pilot and a tactical observer were able to pinpoint the origin of the laser beam to Dooley's residence. Law enforcement officials in turn used a federal search warrant to locate a handheld green laser device in Dooley's pickup and a red laser device in his home.

Dooley and his girlfriend, Kendra Christine Snow, 26 -- who is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 31 -- later admitted to law enforcement agents that they had used the green laser device on the night of the incident.