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Deputies Arrest Man Who Fled in Stolen Car

FRESNO - Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 41 year old Ruben James Zapata of Fresno.  He has been booked into the Fresno County Jail.  He is facing felony charges of:  Auto theft, evading police, hit and run and possession of methamphetamine.  He has an extensive criminal history and was arrested just last month, but was released from jail after bailing out.

Around 12:45 pm on Friday, a resident reported to the Sheriff’s Office that an unknown man had been parked in front of an apartment complex the last two hours, the engine to his car was running and it looked like he may be passed out.  Deputies arrived to the area of N. Glenn and E. Gettysburg Avenues and found the reported red Dodge Challenger parked with a man in the driver’s seat. 

Property Detectives Arrest Woman for Embezzling School Funds

FRESNO - Property detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 38 year old Jennifer Isabel Rodriguez of Fresno.  She has been booked into the Fresno County Jail on a felony charge of embezzlement.  During the 2016-17 school year, Jennifer Rodriguez was a temporary employee of the Fresno Unified School District. 

In one of her roles at Powers-Ginsburg Elementary, she ran a parent foundation which conducted several fundraising events.  Money raised from the events was to be used to buy school supplies for students.  Information was developed that Rodriguez may have been stealing the money.  Fresno Unified attempted to resolve the situation with Rodriguez, but was unable to do so.  The district later filed a crime report with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

Mike Smith Live Shows Coyotes There is Another Way

MADERA - WHO IS MIKE SMITH? This is the question many of Madera High School students may have had Wednesday morning but after two rallys in the Joe Flores Gym a different way of thinking was instilled into their heads by a man who learned the true meaning of “I am my brother’s keeper.”

From his humble beginnings in Imperial, NE, Mike Smith has since founded two non-profits and influenced hundreds of thousands of youth in schools nationwide. Mike lives his life as a “professional teenager” that doubles as a youth motivational speaker and action sports personality. While other professional speakers struggle to remain current, Mike stays relevant by talking about what he’s doing, not what he’s done.

Pleasant Valley State Prison Investigating Inmate Death as a Homicide

COALINGA - California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are investigating the death of an inmate at Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) as a possible homicide. A medium-security inmate, age 42, was found unresponsive in his cell by staff on Monday, Aug. 14 at approximately 11:45 p.m.

Staff immediately responded with life-saving measures. The inmate was transported to Correctional Treatment Center (CTC), where he was pronounced dead at 12:38 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15. CDCR is awaiting next-of-kin notification before releasing his name. The deceased inmate was received by CDCR in 2014 from Los Angeles County to serve a six-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance.

Madera Unified Kicks-Off the New School Year With the District-Wide Campaign “We Believe”

MADERA -  Madera Unified School District kicks-off the new school year with the district-wide campaign “We Believe.” The “We Believe” campaign is about rallying our staff and community to support our students across the district to “Think Big, Dream Big and Believe.” At Madera Unified we challenge ourselves to do even more toward our purpose of helping students develop their talents and skills to meet the world’s needs, and to serve more students with all that Madera has to offer.

School sites will kick off the “We Believe” campaign with their students and parents during Back to School Night.  The kick off includes playing the Madera Unified “We Believe” video and having all staff members and students fill out a “We Believe” Statement card.

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