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Update on Investigation of the Fresno Police Department’s Officer Involved Shooting

FRESNO - On Sunday July 23rd, at 12:46 AM, the Fresno Police Department responded to the 2300 block of South Backer regarding a suspicious person in a grey Tahoe.  A resident in the area reported that a vehicle was parked in the middle of the road and the male occupant was either drunk or high on drugs. The caller stated the male was talking but was not making much sense.  A Fresno Police Officer arrived at 12:48 AM and found the vehicle partially in the street.  The officer activated his overhead lights and the vehicle began to drive off with the officer following him.  The vehicle accelerated and failed to yield. The driver refused to pull over and continued to drive on both city streets and freeways.

The Fresno Police Department’s Air 1 helicopter arrived overhead and started following the suspect vehicle. The patrol unit discontinued following the suspect and began monitoring from a distance.  The Air 1 helicopter had its spotlight on the suspect vehicle as they followed it.  The suspect drove through fields and back on to surface streets refusing to stop.  The helicopter crew kept the ground unit updated on locations and speeds. 

One Man Killed, Another Rescued After a Boating Accident on the Kings River

SANGER -Members of the Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner’s Air Support Unit were conducting a patrol flight of the Kings River, southeast of the City of Sanger late Tuesday morning. While nearing the Goodfellow Bridge, they observed what appeared to be a capsized boat floating in the water. 

They observed a male subject standing nearby in thick brush on the bank of the river.  The air crew then noticed what appeared to be an unresponsive subject floating in the river, not far from where the other subject was standing. The air crew radioed for patrol units to assist and they were able to effectively guide them, along with rescue personnel from Fresno County Fire and Sanger Fire, to the location of the victim.

Parole Board Orders First Fresno Dangerous Criminal Released Pursuitant to Pro 57

FRESNO -  Last week    the    Fresno    County    District    Attorney’s    Office    received    notice    of    the    first    Fresno    Prop.    57    “Nonviolent    Parole    Review    Decision”    to    release    a    dangerous    criminal.    

 Danny    Ray    Lucero    was    convicted    by    a    jury    in    2013    of    two    counts    of    Assault    with    a    Deadly    Weapon,    with    enhancements    for    the    personal    use    of    a    knife.    He    was    also    found    to    have    a    “Strike”    prior    conviction    and    was    sentenced    to    11    years    in    state    prison.

Madera County to Conduct Online Tax-Defaulted Property Auction

Sale will open July 29thwith bids starting as low as $5,766.00

MADERA - Following a successful tax-defaulted property sale in May 2017, Madera County is hosting a re-offer sale on Bid4Assets to return even more distressed properties to the tax rolls.  In the May sale, 57 properties were either redeemed by the owners or sold at auction.  The funds generated support essential county services, which can face shortfalls when taxes go unpaid.

“The Bid4Assets platform enabled us to sell over $1.1 million worth of tax-defaulted property this May,” says Tracy Kennedy, Madera County Treasurer-Tax Collector. “The goal of the sale is to eliminate shortfalls from unpaid taxes and return these properties to taxpaying status for the county. An internet-based auction utilizing Bid4Assets’ technology has proven to be an ideal way to achieve this.”

ACLU Sues Madera County for Violating Open Meetings Law

SAN FRANCISCO —The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California today sued the Madera County Board of Supervisors for violating California’s open public meetings law, the Ralph M. Brown Act, in changing immigration-related policy behind closed doors under the guise of making a personnel evaluation.

The lawsuit charges that Madera County supervisors failed to give proper public notice before they adopted significant changes to the way the county’s jail interfaces with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Made without public input, the decision came in a closed, non-public session, without putting the matter on the agenda or disclosing what the board was discussing.

Madera County Opens Landfill to Aid in Heat Related Cattle Deaths

MADERA - Valley-wide heat waves resulting in higher mortality rates among cattle and mechanical issues at the rendering facility in Kerman have prompted several area counties to declare states of emergencies that would allow for disposal of carcasses in ways other than transporting them to the rendering facility.

While Madera County has not seen higher cattle deaths that would qualify for an emergency, its landfill located in Fairmead is permitted by the State Water Board and Cal Recycle to accept carcasses for disposal, according to Alan Davis, general manager for Caglia Environmental, the county’s landfill operator.

District Attorney Files Involuntary Manslaughter Charges Against Fresno Sheriff Detective

FRESNO - The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office filed a charge of Involuntary Manslaughter with an enhancement for the personal use of a firearm Friday against Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jared Mullis.

These charges arise out of the October 31, 2016 fatal shooting of Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Rod Lucas. This complaint was filed after a thorough investigation of the shooting.
Prior to the complaint being filed in Fresno County Superior Court, District Attorney Lisa A. Smittcamp met with the family of Sgt. Lucas to advise them that criminal charges were forthcoming.  

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