A concerned citizen alerted police Saturday that people in a nearby motel west of Highway 99 in Fresno might be armed with a handgun.
Fresno police officers were at Parkway Drive and Belmont Avenue near Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Acting on the tip, they went to the Travelodge Inn at 1444 W. White Ave. Officers found Melissa Sherrell, 39, and determined she is a prior convicted felon and was on probation for identity theft.
Officers searched the room and found a loaded .22 caliber revolver hidden under the bed. They also found drug paraphernalia.
Sherrell was arrested on suspicion of probation violation, felony weapons and ammunition possession and drug paraphernalia. She was booked into Fresno County Jail.