It’s Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Welcome to your Morning Scoop of intriguing tales, fresh news and things that make you go “hmm.” Sign up to get the Scoop in your email inbox.
• Here’s the latest this morning on the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County:
– Thousands of people have been evacuated from the town of Mariposa.
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–The fire’s size has reportedly grown to more than 45,000 acres. The estimate last night was 25,000.
– It is reportedly 7% contained.
– Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency about at the fire, which empowers the California National Guard to provide help.
– Highways 49 and 140 are closed around the blaze.
• Wishing the best for Mikey, a K-9 Dutch shepherd for Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Mikey was struck by friendly fire during a SWAT action Tuesday morning.
• President Trump had a second and previously undisclosed meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20. Witnesses said Trump came over to Putin during a social dinner. The two leaders and a Russian interpreter were the only ones within earshot.
• The 60-year-old clock tower, once the centerpiece of Fulton Mall, is at a new home. Which is good, because its old home will be the center of a vehicle intersection once the revamped downtown mall is reopened to traffic.
• A former Fresno middle school teacher will stand trial on three felony charges in connection with an alleged affair with a 14-year-old student last year, a judge ruled.
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• A fisherman gets all he bargained for, and so much more, when a tiger shark got on his line.
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• Frontier Airlines is bringing passenger service to Fresno Yosemite International. Again. Let’s see if it sticks this time.
• A 21-year-old man faces felony charges after a pedestrian was injured in a hit-and-run collision in the Tower District.
• Ten filmmakers were awarded a grant Tuesday to produce a mini-documentary about the central San Joaquin Valley. Can’t wait to see it.
• Some advocacy groups gathered in Fresno to cheer the collapse of the Republican health care plan in the U.S. Senate. They declared “the fight is not over.”
• Police in Wisconsin say an officer using a stun gun to restrain a naked man accidentally set the man’s chest hair and beard on fire.
• Modesto police arrested a man who allegedly bit off part of a woman’s finger during a child custody dispute.
• There’s something distinctly ’Merica about singing the National Anthem at a Walmart.