News briefs: Shots fired where 1,500 teens party in Fresno


1,500 teens party; shots fired

Fresno police said Sunday more than 1,500 teenagers were at a party in a downtown Fresno warehouse when shots were fired Saturday night.

No one was injured, said Lt. Mike Doyle, who said officers were amazed at the size of the party that apparently was expanded through the use of MySpace and text messages.

Police arrived at 11:45 p.m. Saturday and emptied the abandoned building at Fresno Street and Belmont Avenue. Hundreds of young people poured out of the party into the intersection where fights began to break out.

"There were gang-related fights," Doyle said.

Police closed down the intersection and began finding ways to get the youngsters home, Doyle said. Many of the teenagers had been dropped off by their parents, police said.

Doyle said someone had been charging an $8 admission at the door. Authorities are investigating possible charges against that person. No name was made public Sunday.

Man dies after crash near Dos Palos

A 71-year-old Barstow man who was hurt Saturday night in a car crash near Dos Palos later died after going into cardiac arrest at Memorial Hospital Los Banos, the California Highway Patrol reported Sunday.

The man, who was not identified, was at the intersection of Palm Avenue and Highway 152 at 8:49 p.m. when he drove his Saturn Ion into the path of an eastbound Mercury Montego and was broadsided, the CHP said.

Officers found the man outside of his car and complaining of minor pain. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital, and shortly after arriving went into cardiac arrest and died, the CHP said.

A passenger in the Mercury Montego, Juliana Lopez, 37, of Castroville, also was taken to Memorial Hospital Los Banos for treatment of minor injuries. The driver, Lorenzo Lopez, 38, of Castroville, was unhurt, the CHP said.

Accident victim ID'd as Clovis man

The Fresno County Coroner's Office has identified the man who died last week when his four-wheel-drive vehicle rolled over his neck near Clovis.

Dead is John Conley, 29, of Clovis. The accident occurred after 3 p.m. Friday near Indianola and Bullard avenues, east of Clovis, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Single-vehicle crash near Kingsburg kills Laton man

A man died in a single-vehicle crash near Kingsburg on Saturday, according to the Fresno County Coroner's Office.

Michael Menefee, 28, of Laton died at 7:09 p.m. after his vehicle crashed into a tree on Mountain View Avenue, east of Bethel Avenue, the Coroner's Office reported.

Fresno police hail gang operation

Fresno police said they made dozens of arrests and collected 18 firearms during a two-month gang-suppression operation.

Police conducted the operation in January and February with the goal of reducing gang activity, drug sales and violence, the department said Sunday. Officers performed 29 searches, arrested 125 people on suspicion of felony crimes and 33 people on suspicion of misdemeanor crimes.


Blaze damages Fowler home

A fire caused $30,000 in damage to a home in Fowler early Sunday, but the occupants escaped unharmed, Cal Fire officials said.

The fire occurred on the 8100 block of South Temperance Avenue shortly after midnight, according to Cal Fire.

A woman in the home discovered the fire in the kitchen area shortly after midnight and alerted her father and daughter to get out of the house, Cal Fire officials said. The home did not have working smoke detectors.

The fire began at the exterior of the home where a propane water heater had been installed improperly, Cal Fire said.

Firefighters contained the blaze in about 20 minutes, saving most of the home and its contents, Cal Fire said.

"Fortunately, the family was able to escape. If they had all been asleep, this very well could have resulted in at least one death," fire investigator Eric Watkins said.

The American Red Cross assisted the family with a place to stay.

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