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Boy Scouts Expands Programs To Welcome Girls From Cub to Eagle Scout

IRVING, Texas - Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls, the organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who've never been involved in Scouting – to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.

"This decision is true to the BSA's mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women," said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA's Chief Scout Executive. "We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best – developing character and leadership for young people – to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders."

Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, and Albertsons stores raise money for California Wildfire Relief

PLEASANTON - The Albertsons Companies Foundation announced today an in-store fundraiser to help people and communities affected by the California Wildfires. Safeway, Vons, Pavilions and Albertsons stores in California and Northern Nevada are raising money to help disaster relief organizations including the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these devastating fires.

Customers can make donations at checkstands of the company's California and Northern Nevada store locations. The Albertsons Companies Foundation will match customer donations up to $500,000.  

Deputies Arrest English Man at Airport for Making Death Threats

FRESNO - Thursday evening, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies contacted and arrested 20 year old Jake Randles of England at Fresno Yosemite International Airport. Randles was booked into the Fresno County Jail on two felony counts of making criminal threats. His bail has been set at $40,000.

Deputies responded to the airport after receiving information that Randles might be traveling to Fresno to carry out death threats he had made in the past. Randles was reportedly upset that his ex-girlfriend had met a new man and she was planning to marry him.

Stolen Car & Felon Bulldog Banger With a Weapon Taken Off The Streets

FRESNO - On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, Detectives from the Career Criminal Auto Theft Team (CCATT) were patrolling the area of Echo and Roosevelt when they noticed a white GMC pickup driving in the area. The GMC was a reported stolen vehicle out of Northeast Fresno. Detectives began to follow.

With the assistance of the Fresno Police Department’s helicopter air crew, detectives continued to follow the stolen GMC to the area of Michigan and Millbrook where the driver was observed to throw what was believe to be a handgun into a nearby canal. Detectives continued to follow the GMC to an apartment complex in the area of Fresno and Clinton where the driver was detained when he attempted to walk away from the vehicle.

SAR Successfully Completes Recovery of Two Bodies from a Car in the Kings River

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK - On Thursday, October 5th, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team and California Highway Patrol successfully completed a recovery operation along Highway 180 and the Kings River inside Sequoia National Park. Officers and deputies worked to extract two bodies from inside the wreckage of a car located in the river.

The bodies are presumed to be that of 31 year old Yinan Wang and his 30 year old wife, Jie Song. Both are Chinese Nationals. Wang has recently been living in the San Diego area. Positive identifications of the bodies have not yet been made. Members of the Sheriff’s Crime Scene Unit and Coroner’s Office will make those determinations during the autopsy process.

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