California citrus worker killed by 600-pound propeller
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — A citrus worker in California's Central Valley has died after a 600-pound blade from a wind machine broke loose and hit him.
The Fresno Bee says 53-year-old Richard Escobedo was fatally injured on Jan. 3 at an orchard near Visalia.
Wind machines circulate warmer air to prevent orchards from freezing.
Man dies in crash following deadly California rampage
PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A man who went on a deadly shooting, carjacking and robbery rampage in California's Central Valley died Monday during a high-speed highway chase during which he intentionally tried to smash into other cars, authorities said.
Officer shot, suspect killed in central California shootout
TULARE, Calif. (AP) — Police in central California say a person was killed and a police officer was injured in a shooting following a car chase.
The Tulare Police Department says a police dog was also killed and another person in the car was gravely injured in the Sunday night shootout.
Teacher accused of cutting boy’s hair pleads not guilty
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — A California high school teacher pleaded not guilty to several charges of child cruelty and battery after she allegedly forced a haircut on one of her students, authorities said.
Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward said in a news release Friday that Margaret Gieszinger, 52, faces up to 3 years and 6 months in jail if convicted of all six counts.
California teacher arrested for forcibly cutting boy’s hair
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — A high school teacher in central California was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment after forcibly cutting the hair of one of her students while singing the national anthem, authorities said.
Margaret Gieszinger was arrested Wednesday after videos posted to social media showed a student at University Preparatory High School in the city of Visalia sitting in a chair at the front of the classroom as Gieszinger cuts his hair.
California narcotics officers arrested on corruption charges
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors in central California say the arrests of two police officers in an alleged corruption scandal have led to the dismissal of at least 40 criminal cases.
Officials said Friday that Bryan Ferreira and Shane Logan, both 13-year veterans of the Visalia Police Department, face multiple charges including conspiracy and perjury. It wasn't known Sunday if they have attorneys.
Idaho State Police arrest 2 after finding 117 pounds of pot
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police say two people were arrested after officers discovered more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of marijuana during a traffic stop near Idaho Falls.
KIFI-TV reports police arrested 25-year-old Javier Luna-Gutierrez and 19-year-old Aida Rodriguez-Hernandez following the stop Sunday on U.S. Highway 20.
Police: California robber shot after firing at officers
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say police officers shot and wounded an armed suspect who fired at them after robbing a convenience store in central California.
Police were called Saturday following reports that someone had fired several shots in the air as part of a family disturbance outside the store in Visalia.
Cocaine-filled balloons found at central California school
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say two students were hospitalized as a precaution after a 13-year-old boy brought two balloons full of cocaine to a central California middle school.
The Tulare County Sheriff's Office says kids found the balloons filled with a "mysterious white powder" on the playground at Carl F. Smith Middle School in Terra Bella on Friday.
The Latest: 3rd body found after Colorado River boat crash
MOABI REGIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the collision of two recreational boats on the Colorado River (all times local):
Authorities say the body of a third person killed in a weekend collision of two recreational boats on the Colorado River has been found and the search continues for one other missing person.
The Mohave County Sheriff's Office in Kingman, Arizona, says the body of 24-year-old Kirra Drury of Ventura, California was found Tuesday afternoon.
Charge added against California serial killing suspect
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Prosecutors added another murder charge Monday against a California serial killing suspect, boosting the number of victims to 13 in the Golden State Killer case.
Former police officer Joseph DeAngelo, 72, was charged with first-degree murder in the 1975 killing of community college teacher Claude Snelling, who was shot while stopping the kidnapping of his 16-year-old daughter in Visalia, Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward said.
California lawmaker reprimanded for sexual comments
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Assemblyman Devon Mathis was reprimanded last month for making sexual comments, including about fellow lawmakers, the Assembly announced Wednesday.
A letter from the Assembly Rules Committee to Mathis says his comments violated the chamber's sexual harassment policy.
It gave no details about Mathis' comments but described them as "locker room talk."
Mathis, a Visalia Republican, apologized in a statement.
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a 7-month-old boy rescued from a river in central California is at a hospital in intensive care.
Tulare County sheriff's spokeswoman Liz Jones said Thursday a family friend who jumped into the Kaweah River near Visalia to save the boy was also hospitalized Tuesday.
Authorities say the child was part of a Visalia family of three adults and three children who were using floatation devices but were not wearing life jackets.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former legislative chief of staff has sued the California Assembly and the Republican lawmaker for whom he worked, alleging he was wrongfully fired for complaining about misconduct.
Sean Doherty alleges he received no assistance when he complained to the Assembly Rules Committee, which oversees human resources, about Assemblyman Devin Mathis of Visalia. He believes the lawmaker was tipped off about complaints that should have remained confidential.
Hall of Fame ump Harvey, called ‘God’ by players, dies at 87
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Doug Harvey was so sure of his calls on the diamond, he ended every game the same way. Following the last out, the umpire took his wad of chewing tobacco and flung it on home plate.
"I never did have any doubt in my mind," he once said. "The only thing in my mind was, 'Bring it on, suckers!'"
One of only 10 umpires in the Hall of Fame, and held in such regard by major league players and managers they called him "God," Harvey died Saturday. He was 87.
Police close investigation into lawmaker without charges
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Republican Assemblyman from the Central Valley won't face criminal charges stemming from a sexual misconduct claim.
Sacramento police spokeswoman Linda Matthews said Thursday that investigators found no evidence to support a charge against Devon Mathis of Visalia.
CA doctor’s license suspended after 2 patient deaths
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — A California surgeon's medical license has been suspended after two women died when they underwent cosmetic surgery procedures.
The Fresno Bee reports Monday Dr. Robert Alan Yoho won't be able to practice medicine for 30 days and will then be on five years of probation.
- Today's News-Herald1 person still missing after Saturday’s fatal boating accident near TopockSeptember 6, 2018
- Mohave Valley Daily NewsWoman missing after boat crash found deadSeptember 4, 2018
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Sheriff: California man shoots 2 relatives, kills himself
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — A man with a violent past gunned down two relatives and then shot himself in a Central California home while a frightened 4-year-old boy survived by hiding in a closet, authorities said Thursday.
Deputies had been called to the rural Visalia residence for a second consecutive night over a report of a domestic dispute, Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said.
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — A terminally ill cancer patient has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after he traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area to kill three doctors who had treated him, authorities said Tuesday.
Yue Chen, who also planned to kill himself, was angry the doctors had treated him like a "laboratory monkey," according to a suicide note found by police, the Mercury News reported (http://bayareane.ws/2sBQfLO).
Percent change 2010-2015: -20.8%Average total crime rate per 100k (2010-2012): 4,648Average total crime rate per 100k (2013-2015): 3,683Average violent crime rate per 100k (2010-2012): 424.9Average violent crime rate per 100k (2013-2015): 411Average property crime rate per 100k (2010-2012): 4,223Average property crime rate per 100k (2013-2015): 3,272Population (2015): 130,405