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Monday, 07 May 2012 07:26

BAKERSFIELD - The California Highway Patrol is on the look out for three individuals in an SUV that opened gunfire at one of their own. Sunday evening a CHP officers was stopped on the westbound shoulder of State Route 178 operating a radar unit and monitoring traffic.

The suspect driving a blue SUV slowed, made a u-turn, crossed the double yellow lines, then re-entered the westbound lanes, traveling the wrong way towards the officer. As the suspect closed in on the officer the left rear passenger fired multiple shots at the officer. The officer, who was struck in the hand and chest, drew his service weapon and returned fire.

Vehicle Returned to 90-Year Old Victim: Citizen Tips Result in the Arrest of 3 Print E-mail
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Friday, 04 May 2012 11:31
FRESNO - Last month a male suspect followed a 90-year-old female into the Save Mart store at First and Bullard. While she was shopping, he stole her purse from her cart, and then used her car keys to steal her vehicle from the store’s parking lot. Det. Daniel Godwin of the Northeast District Investigations Unit worked with the victim, the store, and the media to broadcast information on this case.

Information received from several citizen tips led Det. Godwin to contact a local parole agent, who confirmed that a wanted parolee named Henry Sahagun was the suspect seen on a video committing the crime.
Arrest by DOJ eCrime Unit in Phony Bar Code Scheme Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 22:58

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis today announced the arrest of an individual who ran a sophisticated scheme at San Diego area Lowe's and Home Depot stores in which he replaced the bar codes on expensive merchandise with bar codes that scanned at lower prices.

Steve Allen Koski, 42, of San Diego, was arraigned yesterday in San Diego Superior Court on 11 felony counts, including grand theft and 10 counts of burglary. His bail has been set at $250,000. He is being held in San Diego County Jail.
Two Structure Fire's in Visalia in a Week Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 22:43

VISALIA - Early last Wednesday evening around 7:30 PM, residents in the 1100 hundred block of East Houston noticed smoke and flames coming from the rear area of an auto repair shop. The Visalia Fire Department responded a first alarm assignment consisting of a Battalion Chief, three Engines and one Ladder Truck along with 14 personnel to 1138 E Houston, MC Tire Shop.

The first unit on scene reported smoke and flames from inside the shop to the rear of the building. Fire crews stretched lines and quickly had the fire under control with minutes of their arrival. There was no one inside the business at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. Damage from the fire is estimated at around $2000.00 dollars and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fifth District Appellate Court Upholds Decision on Attorneys’ Fees to be Paid by MUSD in Voting Rights Lawsuit Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 April 2012 08:25

Decision brings a conclusion to a case which started in 2008

MADERA – A state appellate court has upheld a Madera County Superior Court judge’s decision regarding the amount of attorneys’ fees to be paid by the Madera Unified School District as part of a 2008 lawsuit which challenged the school district’s method of electing its governing board members.

In a ruling dated Feb. 28, 2012, the Fifth District Court of Appeals upheld Madera County Superior Court Judge James E. Oakley’s ruling from August 2010, which stated MUSD was responsible to pay only $162,500 in attorneys’ fees to the San Francisco-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, the law firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher and Seattle University assistant law school professor Joaquin Avila. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Madera residents Maria Esther Rey, Carlos Uranga and Jesse Lopez Jr.


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