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Fresno Woman Pleads Guilty to Bomb Threat Hoax at Fresno City College

FRESNO - Judy Gutierrez, 22, of Fresno, pleaded guilty this week to violating federal law by making a false bomb threat (false information and hoax), United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner anno [ ... ]


Visalia Police Department Explorer POST takes 1st Place in Statewide Explorer Competition

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VISALIA - The Visalia Police Department is proud to announce our Explorer POST 32 was awarded first place during the 7th annual Central Valley Explorer Competition hosted by the Tulare County Sheriffâ [ ... ]


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Youth on Course Partner with First Tee Amid National Expansion

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Youth on Course will partner with The First Tee home office and specific chapters in Youth on Course markets as part of its national expansion. Youth on Course provides afford [ ... ]


Derek Franks Named Fresno Grizzlies General Manager

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FRESNO. - The Fresno Grizzlies today announced that Derek Franks has been named General Manager. General Managing Partner and Team President Chris Cummings made the announcement at an afternoon pres [ ... ]


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Madonna's 35 City 'Rebel Heart' Tour Announced For North America

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NEW YORK - The list of Madonna concert dates for her highly anticipated 35-city 'Rebel Heart' Tour were officially announced today by Live Nation with the opening night scheduled for August 29 in Miam [ ... ]


Sacramento Valley Outdoor Music Venue Gets A New Name: Toyota Amphitheatre

SAN FRANCISCO - Live Nation and Northern California Toyota Dealer's Advertising Association today announced a multi-year agreement to name their Sacramento-area outdoor music venue, located in Wheat [ ... ]


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Little League President Threatens Legal Action Against BVN

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Parks Admin Ignore ADA Issues With Baseball Complex Remodel EDITORIAL - People should really not thrust themselves into the public arena unless they can stand the spotlight. A person cannot  [ ... ]


Board President Plays the Victim - Community Doesn't Buy It

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UPDATED 9:00am 2/25/2015

EDITORIAL - Political apathy seemed to disappear from Madera at least for one night at the Madera Unified School District's board of trustee meeting. Board president Maria Ga [ ... ]


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Fresno Deputy Police Chief Arrested on Federal Drug Charges Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Friday, 27 March 2015 09:34

DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF RELEASED ON OWN RECOGNIZANCE BY FEDERAL JUDGE

FRESNO
- On Thursday agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Sacramento Field Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) San Francisco Field Division arrested Fresno Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster (51), after a year long investigation into a drug conspiracy.

The investigation revealed that Foster and several accomplices had been distributing oxycodone, heroin and marijuana. Foster and five others have been arrested for distribution and possession of these substances and more arrests appear likely in the case.

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Silence the Distractions: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 March 2015 09:05
FRESNO – To save lives and educate all Californians, especially young drivers, about the dangers of distracted driving, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Impact Teen Drivers, and more than 200 law enforcement agencies statewide are working together on increased education and enforcement efforts for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April and California Teen Safe Driving Week, the first week of April.

“Driving takes one’s full attention and any distraction can have deadly, dangerous consequences,” said Chief Jerry Dyer of the Fresno Police Department. “Imagine driving for four or five seconds while blindfolded.  That can be the effect of looking down to send a text message.  In the average time it takes to check a text message – less than 5 seconds – a car travelling 60 mph will travel more than the length of a football field.”

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Selma Man Arrested on Multiple Sex Abuse & Child Pornography Charges Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 13:32

SELMA - Agents with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested 27-year-old Jose Ricardo Carrillo Montes Monday.  The suspect is more commonly known as Ricardo Carrillo.  He has been booked into the Fresno County Jail on more than a dozen charges of sex abuse and possession of child pornography.

On September 14th, 2014, patrol deputies took a report from a teenage boy who said a man sexually exploited him through the internet.  Detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Central California Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force launched an investigation.  Detectives learned that Ricardo Carrillo contacted the boy through apps called “Whisper” and “Kik.” 

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Fresno State Grad Mark Beringer to Join Beringer Vineyards as Chief Winemaker Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 13:46

Returning Family Legacy to one of Napa Valley's Premier Wineries

NAPA - Beringer Vineyards today announces the hiring of Mark Beringer as Chief Winemaker beginning April 20th, 2015. A direct descendant of founding brother Jacob Beringer, Mark brings a familial passion as well as decades of winemaking experience to Beringer. "It's an honor to step in and continue the legacy of winemaking that Beringer has long been known for. I am incredibly excited to craft wines that reflect the best of Napa Valley - the very same sentiment that led my great-great-grandfather to establish Beringer in 1876," said Mark Beringer. Most recently at Artesa with additional experience at Duckhorn, Mark brings great winemaking skill as well as years of working across a variety of Napa Valley vineyards and appellations.

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Deputies Arrest Riverdale Sports Bar Robbery Suspect Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 09:42

RIVERDALE - Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Jose Efren Ramirez (29) and booked him into the Fresno County Jail on a charge of armed robbery.  He also had an outstanding warrant for a case of battery on a peace officer.

Around 12:15 am Monday, Ramirez walked into Montana’s Sports Bar located at 3368 W. Mt. Whitney Ave. in Riverdale.  He asked folks inside if they had a cigarette lighter.  No one was able to help him, so he walked out the door. 

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Joseph Haig Boyd (98) of Kerman
25/03/2015

Joseph Haig Boyd (98), a prominent resident of Kerman, died on March 24, 2015, in Kerman, CA. He was born March 6, 1917 in Fowler, CA on the family farm to the late Hagop and Martha Boyajian. Upo [ ... ]


Lorraine Price (89)
23/03/2015

Lorraine Price (89) passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015. Lorraine was born in Livingston, CA and a resident of Madera for 52 years. She was the Co-owner of Prices Gift & Gourmet in Madera. Lorr [ ... ]


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