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He shot two friends and ran away. Then he returned, police said, to shoot them again | Fresno Bee He shot two friends and ran away. Then he returned, police said, to shoot them again
One was shot from behind as he sat in the driver’s seat of a car; the other gunned down as he tried to run away. The suspect, like the two … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 16, 2017
Have you seen this elderly Tulare County man? He has been missing since Dec. 9 | Fresno Bee Have you seen this elderly Tulare County man? He has been missing since Dec. 9
An 84-year-old Tulare County man who suffers from medical and mental health deficiencies is missing. Frank Santos Mejorado was last seen at his residence in the 3000 block of Road … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Justice for Jimmy: Attacker of 3-year-old boy gets life sentence in murder case | Fresno Bee Justice for Jimmy: Attacker of 3-year-old boy gets life sentence in murder case
Trevor Jim Bishop, 34, of Visalia, was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in prison for the murder of 3-year-old Jimmy Horton, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office said. … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Another car hit by gunfire – the 7th on Fresno and Madera county roads in recent weeks | Fresno Bee Another car hit by gunfire – the 7th on Fresno and Madera county roads in recent weeks
A car was struck by gunfire southwest of Fresno on Friday morning, the seventh such incident since late November in Fresno and Madera counties. The latest shooting occurred between 6:30 … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Decades after it was destroyed, Yosemite’s last Native American village is returning | Fresno Bee Decades after it was destroyed, Yosemite’s last Native American village is returning
Bill Tucker brushes pine needles from a flat, granite boulder to reveal bowl-shaped holes once used by his mother and grandmother to grind acorn and native plants for cooking. “This … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
A Native American elder visits the site of a home where he lived in Yosemite Valley | Fresno Bee A Native American elder visits the site of a home where he lived in Yosemite Valley
A traditional Native American village is being rebuilt at the site of the last native village in Yosemite Valley. The original village was destroyed by the National Park Service nearly 50 years ago. The house Bill Tucker lived in was the only survivor of the burning of a cluster of houses lived in by Native Americans. … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Around the Valley | Wish List Run, donations, volunteers needed | Fresno Bee Around the Valley | Wish List Run, donations, volunteers needed
Run for Ronald McDonald House The third annual Wish List Run will be held Saturday to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley. The race begins at 8 … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
‘Hamilton’ star Lin-Manuel Miranda helps student with fundraising for farmworker app | Fresno Bee ‘Hamilton’ star Lin-Manuel Miranda helps student with fundraising for farmworker app
Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway blockbuster “Hamilton,” contributed $5,000 to help a high school senior raise the money needed to launch an app to protect farmworkers from heat illness. … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
She was raped by a stranger. He was sentenced to 62 years to life in prison | Fresno Bee She was raped by a stranger. He was sentenced to 62 years to life in prison
Dejarrne “DJ” Smith, 31, of Hanford, was sentenced Thursday in Kings County to 62 years to life in prison for raping a woman in Lemoore, the Kings County District Attorney’s … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Two reportedly shot in north Fresno | Fresno Bee Two reportedly shot in north Fresno
Two people reportedly were shot Thursday night near Woodward Lakes in Fresno. Additional details were expected to be released soon. Police chief Jerry Dyer was scheduled to meet with the … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Haystack fire burns in Tulare County | Fresno Bee Haystack fire burns in Tulare County
An estimated 250 tons of hay were ablaze in Tulare County Friday morning and firefighters are letting the conflagration burn out, the Tulare County Fire Department reported. The fire is … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Obituaries for Saturday, Dec. 16 | Fresno Bee Obituaries for Saturday, Dec. 16
DIAS — Joe Cipriano Dias, 75, of Tulare died Dec. 14. He was a dairyman. Mass: 10 a.m. Dec. 20 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church. Arrangements: Peers-Lorentzen Funeral Service. HENRY … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Police are seeking a man caught on video stealing tools from PG&E vehicles | Fresno Bee Police are seeking a man caught on video stealing tools from PG&E vehicles
The Fresno Police Department is asking for help to identify a man suspected of stealing about $7,000 of tools and equipment from Pacific Gas and Electric vehicles. Surveillance cameras captured … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Camera captures suspect stealing tools from parked PG&E vehicles | Fresno Bee Camera captures suspect stealing tools from parked PG&E vehicles
Surveillance cameras captured video on Dec. 4 of a man using a crowbar to pry open locked tool boxes on four vehicles in a PG&E storage yard near Maple and Belmont avenues. If you have information, please call Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867. … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Fresno police hunt gunman who killed two in upscale northeast neighborhood | Fresno Bee Fresno police hunt gunman who killed two in upscale northeast neighborhood
Fresno police detectives continued their hunt Friday for the gunman who shot two men to death Thursday night in an upscale neighborhood in northeast Fresno. Police did not release any … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Restaurant surveillance video catches purse thieves in action. The diners didn't notice. | Fresno Bee Restaurant surveillance video catches purse thieves in action. The diners didn't notice.
They lifted a woman's purse from the back of a restaurant chair, took things out of it, then replaced it without the patrons knowing. Do you know these suspects? The full video posted by the Fresno Police Department is available on Facebook at @FresnoPoliceDepartment. … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
The last Native American village in Yosemite Valley was razed decades ago. Now they're bringing it back | Fresno Bee The last Native American village in Yosemite Valley was razed decades ago. Now they're bringing it back
Les James, a Native American elder, talks at a roundhouse under construction in Yosemite Valley. It is part of a project to restore the last Native American village in the park. It is located next to the Camp 4 campground. … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Man guilty of driving while high on drugs, crashing into a car on Highway 41 | Fresno Bee Man guilty of driving while high on drugs, crashing into a car on Highway 41
A man who seriously injured two people while driving under the influence of a drug was found guilty in Madera Superior Court on Friday, according to prosecutors. Donald Edward Anderson … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Want a unique look into the NFL? The Carr brothers will take you ‘Inside the Huddle’ | Fresno Bee Want a unique look into the NFL? The Carr brothers will take you ‘Inside the Huddle’
Derek and David Carr, two of the San Joaquin Valley’s most well-known athletes, will visit Fresno for a fundraising event that will give fans an inside look into professional football. … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
This former teacher who was charged with sex crimes involving kids is going to prison | Fresno Bee This former teacher who was charged with sex crimes involving kids is going to prison
A former Orange Cove High School teacher was sentenced Friday to 16 months in state prison on sex charges involving three minors, including two students who were 15 at the … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Dead woman found in California Aqueduct was from Mendota | Fresno Bee Dead woman found in California Aqueduct was from Mendota
A 27-year-old from Mendota was identified as the woman whose body was found floating Wednesday in the California Aqueduct southwest of Fresno County. Cause of death for Anahi Arias remains … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
He was 19 when he killed a man. The judge sentenced him to 75 years to life | Fresno Bee He was 19 when he killed a man. The judge sentenced him to 75 years to life
Gang member Dijonte Johnson, 24, was sentenced Friday to 75 years to life in prison for the murder of an unarmed man in 2012. Although Johnson told Fresno County Superior … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Poplar-area fire displaces 7 in Tulare County | Fresno Bee Poplar-area fire displaces 7 in Tulare County
An overnight fire displaced 7 family members overnight near Poplar, the Tulare County Fire Department reported Friday. The blaze was reported about 11:30 p.m. at Avenue 150 and Road 190. … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 15, 2017
Woman robbed of phone, but suspects nabbed after returning to unlock it | Fresno Bee Woman robbed of phone, but suspects nabbed after returning to unlock it
Four suspects who came back to the scene of the crime after robbing a woman of her cell phone were arrested by Fresno police Thursday morning in southeast Fresno. One … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 14, 2017
Teen boy accidentally shoots himself in the head | Fresno Bee Teen boy accidentally shoots himself in the head
A 15-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the head in southeast Fresno and is in critical condition, police said. Sgt. Mark Hudson said police received a call at 1:19 p.m. … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 14, 2017
Man in suspicious death identified, autopsy reveals he died of natural causes | Fresno Bee Man in suspicious death identified, autopsy reveals he died of natural causes
A man found dead on the side of the road outside of Fresno earlier this week has been identified as Vance Buckman, 60, of Fresno, and the coroner determined he … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 14, 2017
Historic brick home avoids wrecking ball, and may see new life as a restaurant | Fresno Bee Historic brick home avoids wrecking ball, and may see new life as a restaurant
Fresno’s historic Craycroft home is a mess. Walls are smothered in graffiti of every shade. The house needs a new roof and new plumbing and electrical systems – even new … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 14, 2017
Whites running out of hope: 21,350 ‘deaths of despair’ in California | Fresno Bee Whites running out of hope: 21,350 ‘deaths of despair’ in California
Suicides, alcohol poisoning – and drug overdoses fueled in part by the opioid crisis – are the leading causes of rising death rates among white people in California, according to … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 14, 2017
Alleged ringleader in theft from dead criminal case accepts plea deal to cooperate | Fresno Bee Alleged ringleader in theft from dead criminal case accepts plea deal to cooperate
The alleged ringleader of a scheme to steal from the dead that involved the Fresno County Public Adminstrator’s Office has accepted a plea deal that could result in up to … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 14, 2017
Obituaries for Friday, Dec. 15 | Fresno Bee Obituaries for Friday, Dec. 15
ARRIAGA — Armenia Ann Arriaga, 56, of Porterville died Dec. 11. She was a homemaker. Visitation: 5 p.m. Dec. 18 to 10 a.m. Dec. 19 at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Mission … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 14, 2017
Murder defendant freed after testimony from former SLO coroner | Fresno Bee Murder defendant freed after testimony from former SLO coroner
The former medical examiner for San Luis Obispo County whose autopsy reports were repeatedly questioned here was the key witness in a Kings County infant murder case this week that … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 14, 2017
Cannabis as medicine: Fresno council opens door to allowing medical pot operations | Fresno Bee Cannabis as medicine: Fresno council opens door to allowing medical pot operations
Medical marijuana dispensaries and other portions of the medicinal cannabis supply chain could be legal in Fresno as the result of a unanimous vote Thursday by the City Council. The … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 14, 2017
Let the force guide you to these new craft beers | Fresno Bee Let the force guide you to these new craft beers
Are Star Wars nerds and craft beer fans one in the same? Duh. So for all you believers in the force who are also into juicy beers, two local breweries … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 14, 2017
Reza Assemi has plans for the historic Craycroft house in northwest Fresno | Fresno Bee Reza Assemi has plans for the historic Craycroft house in northwest Fresno
The 1927 home that once belonged to the pioneering brick-making family needs a lot of work, but Assemi hopes to restore it and use it as a mixed-use space. … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 14, 2017
Shooting spree suspect Kori Muhammad gets Jan. 8 court date to determine competency | Fresno Bee Shooting spree suspect Kori Muhammad gets Jan. 8 court date to determine competency
Accused Fresno shooting-rampage suspect Kori Ali Muhammad will stand trial on Jan. 8 to determine whether he is legally competent to face murder and attempted murder charges in connection with … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 14, 2017
Friends called this homeless man ‘Oaxaca.’ Police say his killer is in custody | Fresno Bee Friends called this homeless man ‘Oaxaca.’ Police say his killer is in custody
Ruben Martinez, 60, is in custody in connection with the beating death of a homeless man in southeast Fresno in September 2016, Fresno police reported Wednesday. Nicomede Paz Velasco, 22, … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 13, 2017
Man accused in DUI deaths of Bee carrier, wife appears in court | Fresno Bee Man accused in DUI deaths of Bee carrier, wife appears in court
A man accused of being intoxicated when his vehicle struck and killed a husband and wife last weekend in Fresno made his first court appearance Wednesday morning. Arraignment for Michael … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 13, 2017
More than 9,000 PG&E customers lose power in Lemoore | Fresno Bee More than 9,000 PG&E customers lose power in Lemoore
More than 9,300 Pacific Gas & Electric customers are without power in Lemoore because of an equipment failure at a substation Wednesday morning, a spokesman for the utility said. The … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 13, 2017
Longtime lawman faces prison after he’s found guilty of molesting relative | Fresno Bee Longtime lawman faces prison after he’s found guilty of molesting relative
Longtime Fresno law enforcement officer Rex Garcia was found guilty Wednesday of repeatedly molesting a relative, starting when she was 7 years old. The verdict came quick – a jury … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 13, 2017
Obituaries for Thursday, Dec. 14 | Fresno Bee Obituaries for Thursday, Dec. 14
ANGELES — Anthony Angeles, 79, of Visalia died Dec. 7. He was a teacher. Services to be held at a later date. Arrangements: Salser & Dillard Funeral Chapel. BARRAGAN LEON … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 13, 2017
Man identified as suspect in shooting that killed man, injured 2 others | Fresno Bee Man identified as suspect in shooting that killed man, injured 2 others
Fresno police Wednesday identified Lavale Sean Vean, 20, as a suspect in the murder of a father and the shooting of two other family members in October in northwest Fresno. … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 13, 2017
To meet surging violence in south Fresno neighborhoods, new teams of officers deploy | Fresno Bee To meet surging violence in south Fresno neighborhoods, new teams of officers deploy
Fresno police will target an upsurge in murders and shootings in the southern portions of the city by deploying three special response teams in those areas beginning in January, Chief … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 13, 2017
Bark beetle, drought have killed 129 million trees here. Yet foresters have hope. | Fresno Bee Bark beetle, drought have killed 129 million trees here. Yet foresters have hope.
The number of trees killed by bark beetles and severe drought in California reached a new high in the latest count, but foresters say a few wet and cold winters … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 13, 2017
Poster child for Three Strikes law is back in court, facing domestic violence charges | Fresno Bee Poster child for Three Strikes law is back in court, facing domestic violence charges
The man whose role in a notorious Fresno murder 25 years ago led to California’s Three Strikes law was back in court Wednesday and might finally be facing life in … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 13, 2017
Looking for a job in the new year? This EDC is hosting a job fair | Fresno Bee Looking for a job in the new year? This EDC is hosting a job fair
The Visalia Economic Development Corporation is hosting a job fair from 8 to 11 a.m. Jan. 9 at Fresno Pacific University’s Visalia campus at 245 N. Plaza Drive. Participating employers … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 13, 2017
Eddie Sartuche, one of last speakers of Wuksachi language and tribal leader, dies | Fresno Bee Eddie Sartuche, one of last speakers of Wuksachi language and tribal leader, dies
People who met Eddie “Tupishna” Sartuche often took to calling him “Uncle Ed.” Warmhearted, generous, happy-go-lucky and funny, family and friends recall, the Native American man from Squaw Valley had … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 13, 2017
Police arrest two 18-year-olds in drive-by shooting at an elementary school | Fresno Bee Police arrest two 18-year-olds in drive-by shooting at an elementary school
Two 18-year-old men have been arrested for allegedly opening fire on the parking lot at Roosevelt Elementary School in a drive-by shooting, Hanford police said. Arrested were Hanford residents Nicholas … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 13, 2017
Embattled Ashjian voted out as Fresno Unified board president, still serving as trustee | Fresno Bee Embattled Ashjian voted out as Fresno Unified board president, still serving as trustee
Trustee Elizabeth Jonasson Rosas is the new president of the Fresno Unified school board, replacing embattled Brooke Ashjian, who will continue to serve as a trustee. Jonasson Rosas, who was … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 13, 2017
Boy, 13, injured in drive-by shooting outside Fresno condo building | Fresno Bee Boy, 13, injured in drive-by shooting outside Fresno condo building
The Fresno Police Department is investigating a drive-by shooting in the Westwood Village condominium complex that sent a 13-year-old boy to the hospital. … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 13, 2017
Home catches fire, but not for the first time | Fresno Bee Home catches fire, but not for the first time
A home caught fire in west Fresno on Tuesday night, the second time a blaze has broken out at the residence, firefighters said. The Fresno Fire Department was called around … Click to Continue »
Fresno Bee | December 13, 2017