News briefs


Hurt motorcyclist dies

A motorcyclist seriously injured in an accident on Highway 41 on Tuesday has died, the California Highway Patrol said Wednesday.

The man was identified by the Fresno County Coroner's Office as Steven Parsons, 54, of Fresno.

The CHP said Parsons, riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, struck an asphalt berm as he entered southbound Highway 41 from Friant Road about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. He lost control of the bike, struck a concrete wall and fell from the overpass, the CHP said.

Parsons was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where he died, the Coroner's Office reported.

Teens nabbed in robbery

Two 17-year-old suspected robbers were arrested Monday evening in the holdup of the Cedar Food Market on East Illinois Avenue.

Fresno police said the youths had sent a younger boy to scout out the market to make sure a clerk was alone before 5 p.m. Monday. Officers said two masked robbers demanded money from the clerk at gunpoint, and escaped with an unknown amount of cash, lottery tickets, cigarettes and beef jerky.

Witnesses saw them flee into a nearby home on the 4100 block of East Nevada Avenue, where police found loot from the robbery.

The evidence there led police to arrest the youths and turn them over to juvenile authorities on suspicion of robbery charges. They were not named because of their age.

Pair face drug charges

Hanford police and the Kings County Narcotics Task Force converged on the Irwin Street home of Louie Carlos, 54, and Adelaida Vargas, 46, early Tuesday and found heroin, marijuana and morphine there.

The two were taken to jail on suspicion of several drug charges, and officers placed two children found with them into protective custody with the county.

Trio hurt in shooting

Three men were wounded -- one critically -- in a shooting Tuesday on the 1200 block of Kings Avenue, Chowchilla police said Wednesday.

Officers responded about 11:45 p.m. and found the first two wounded men, who were taken to area hospitals. One man is in critical condition and the other man is listed in stable condition.

Officers later found a third wounded man at his home nearby. He was treated and released.

Police said the shootings were the result of a fight.

Teen dies in crash

A 14-year-old Madera boy was killed Wednesday when the Toyota Corolla he was riding in collided with a Honda Accord on Road 25 south of Avenue 11 in Madera County, the California Highway Patrol said.

The CHP said the Corolla, driven by a 17-year-old Madera boy, was northbound on Road 25 at 80 mph when the driver tried to pass the Honda, lost control and struck the Honda, then overturned several times into a vineyard. The driver suffered minor injuries. His passenger was killed.

The Honda struck a tree and the 17-year-old male driver suffered minor injures. His passenger suffered major injuries.


Smoke alarm saves family

A smoke alarm was credited Tuesday night with saving a Fresno family from injury in a fire that burned a house on the 2400 block of South Roughrider Avenue.

The Fresno Fire Department estimated the damage at $80,000. Firefighters said electrical wiring sparked and set off flames in the attic that spread to the roof.

Fire now at Sequoia

The Moses fire burning in an isolated area of the Sierra Nevada has moved into the Sequoia National Park.

The fire, first spotted Oct. 14 in the Sequoia National Forest burning at 8,000 feet in the Golden Trout Wilderness, has consumed an estimated 117 acres, officials said Wednesday.

About 93 acres have burned in the forest and 24 acres in the park.

The blaze poses little threat to any nonfederal lands or property, officials said.

Fire officials decided to monitor the blaze through Web cameras from a distance rather than send personnel into the steep and rocky terrain.

The public can view the fire from one of the cameras by going to the Sequoia National Forest Web site at and clicking on the Jordan Peak link.


County worker convicted

An employee of the Fresno County In-Home Supportive Services program was found guilty Wednesday in Fresno County Superior Court of one count of grand theft and three counts of presenting a fraudulent claim.

Prosecutors say Robert Ronald Sandoval, 53, billed the county for $515 of work when in fact he was either at home or doing personal business.

Attorney guilty of DUI

A Fresno County Superior Court jury Wednesday convicted Fresno attorney Scott Kinney of driving under the influence.

Kinney, 38, is the son of the late famed local defense attorney Ernest Kinney. He was arrested for the DUI on May 3.