Crime

News briefs: Alleged shooter in Fresno captured in New Jersey

A man was booked into a New Jersey jail over the weekend for alleged involvement in a shooting at a Fresno restaurant two weeks ago that seriously injured one of the owners.

Monmouth County Jail officials said Cauro Sanchez, 35, of Asbury Park, N.J., was arrested Saturday.

He was booked on suspicion of being a fugitive from California after a shooting in Fresno seriously injured Corina Hernandez, 40, of Clovis, a co-owner of Corina's Super Mercado and Taqueria near Willow Avenue and Kings Canyon Road. His bail is $750,000.

He also was booked on several other counts, including an Immigration and Naturalization Services hold, a jail spokesman said Monday.

Hernandez was shot March 10 at her business. A man entered the store and asked in Spanish to cash a check, police said. He was sent to Hernandez, who was working in a back office. The man pulled out a gun and fired at least one shot, hitting her in the face.

The suspect, later identified as Sanchez, left the restaurant in a pickup with a Pennsylvania license plate.

Detectives learned that Sanchez left Fresno the day after the robbery and went to New Jersey. He was found and arrested.

Sanchez is awaiting extradition back to Fresno, where he will be booked on suspicion of attempted homicide and armed robbery.

Hernandez was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

SoCal man charged with stealing at Home Depots

A Southern California man was arrested Sunday in Fresno in a string of thefts from Home Depot stores over the past three months, Fresno police said.

Abraham Sanchez, 25, is a suspect in more than a dozen thefts that have been captured on surveillance cameras at Home Depots throughout California.

Sanchez was captured Sunday by store security at the Shaw and Feland avenues store in Fresno.

In 15 thefts, Home Depot officials allege that Sanchez and his partner took about $20,000 in merchandise by removing high-priced lawn equipment through secluded store exits.

Fresno police Sgt. Anthony Dewall said Sanchez and an accomplice took items from stores in Fresno, Clovis, Selma, Visalia and Bakersfield.

Police say Sanchez was seen on video cameras, but he typically would have someone waiting in a vehicle for him and they would make their getaway before security could reach them.

Sanchez matched surveillance photos provided by Home Depot, said police, who do not have an identity of the second suspect.

Tulare motorcyclist dies in high-speed collision

A 21-year-old man died Saturday when his motorcycle, which witnesses said was traveling more than 100 mph, collided with a pickup north of Tulare, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Justin Houston of Tulare was riding a 1996 Suzuki 750 motorcycle south on Mooney Boulevard about 5 p.m. when he struck a 2004 Nissan Titan, which was westbound on Oakdale Avenue crossing Mooney Boulevard, the CHP said.

The driver of the Nissan, Maria Vasquez, 34, of Visalia, and her two passengers were not injured.

Fresno man found dead at the firing range identified

A man found dead of a gunshot wound Saturday at a Fresno County firing range was identified Monday as Daniel Bonyhadi, 61, of Fresno.

Jeff Cardinale, a Fresno Police Department spokesman, said the death appeared to be a suicide. The Fresno County Coroner's office, however, said it had not made that determination.

Bonyhadi's body was found about 11 a.m. Saturday by a groundskeeper at the Fresno County Peace Officers Training Academy. 7633 N. Weber Ave. He had received a gunshot wound to his upper body.

Firebaugh resident killed in crash is identified

A passenger killed Saturday when his driver lost control, sending their car into a field near Firebaugh, was identified Monday.

The Fresno County Coroner's Office said Edwin Olivares, 21, of Firebaugh, was wearing a shoulder harness but no seat belt as he and his driver traveled east near the intersection of Nees and Washoe avenues. Their small car hit a guardrail, soared over a canal and struck the opposite embankment.

The driver, a 29-year-old from San Pablo, was taken for treatment of major injuries to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

Porterville woman who fell, died under SUV is identified

A Porterville passenger died Sunday when she was run over by her own sport utility vehicle. She was identified Monday by the Tulare County Coroner's Office.

Marlene Peyrone, 30, was riding south on Success Valley Drive, south of Highway 190. For reasons unknown, she got out of the SUV while it was still moving about 15 mph and fell under it.

Female pilot lands in a field near Firebaugh

A pilot was not injured Monday when she landed her small plane in a recently plowed field near Firebaugh's airport.

The plane ran out of fuel, said Capt. Chris Christopherson of the Fresno County Fire Protection District.

The pilot attempted to land at Firebaugh's airport about 6 p.m. but ended up in a head wind that landed her about 500 feet short of the runway near Nees Avenue and Highway 33.

The flight was en route from Palm Springs to San Jose. The pilot realized she was low on fuel and switched to a second gas tank, but it was empty, Christopherson said.

Man dies of multiple injuries after being struck by train

A 68-year-old man struck by a train died Sunday at a Fresno hospital, the Fresno County Coroner's Office said Monday.

The man, identified as Leopoldo Acuna, had crossed the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks near Diana Street and Lewis Avenue just before noon Sunday. He then walked back onto the tracks and squatted between the rails, police said.

The train was traveling about 20 mph when it hit Acuna. He died from multiple injuries after arriving at Community Regional Medical Center.

Courts

Sanger man sentenced to prison on child porn

Sanger resident and former Little League coach Bradly Leo Nelson, 48, was sentenced Monday to 12 years and seven months in federal prison, followed by a lifetime on probation, on child pornography charges.

Prosecutor David Gappa said Sanger police had been investigating Nelson for several allegations of child molestation, including an incident with a potential victim from a baseball team he had coached.

An investigation revealed that Nelson had obtained numerous images of child pornography on the Internet. Federal charges were initially filed, but they were dismissed at the request of the Fresno County District Attorney's Office, which wanted to prosecute Nelson for offenses related to the alleged child molestation.

That prosecution resulted in a state prison term of 22 years, and federal charges were then refiled. Nelson pleaded guilty to federal charges last December.

He has been in federal or state custody since his initial arrest on Sept. 21, 2006.

Politics

Bakersfield pharmacist will start a recall of Ashburn

On his second try, a Bakersfield businessman has collected enough valid signatures to start his campaign to recall state Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield.

Michael Moore, a Libertarian and a pharmacist, is upset that Ashburn voted for new taxes as part of a state budget. Last week, Moore submitted 51 valid voter signatures to start the process.

He must collect 42,376 signatures to get the question on the ballot.

Others

Highway 99 rest area reopens

The rest stop on Highway 99 south of Kingsburg reopens at 7 a.m. today.

The $3.7 million renovation on the Warlow Safety Roadside Rest Area began in January 2008.

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