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Fresno Police Department Will Check Car Seats During Child Passenger Safety Week

FRESNO - Every day in America, too many children ride in car seats that have been installed incorrectly, or are riding in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes. Even worse, many other children ride while completely unbuckled. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two out of three car seats are improperly installed or misused. To help combat this issue, the Fresno Police Department and NHTSA is sponsoring Child Passenger Safety Week from September 17-23, 2017, a campaign dedicated to helping parents, grandparents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safe as possible - every trip, every time.

Every 33 seconds in 2015, a child under 13 was involved in a crash. Using car seats that are age/size appropriate is the best way to keep your children safe. According to NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children, and fatalities are on the rise. Car seats, booster seats, and seat belts can make all the difference. In 2015, there were 248 children under the age of 5 saved because they were riding in car seats. Car seats matter, and having the right car seat installed and used the right way is critical.

FoodLink of Tulare County to Hold Annual Food Day Event on October 28th

EXETER - Every October, Americans will attend thousands of events across the country to celebrate Food Day – an experience to enjoy real food and to influence change towards improved food policies.  Food Link of Tulare County will be holding their Annual Food Day Event on October 28, 2017, at 611 2nd St., Exeter, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

According to the Food Day’s official website, Food Day is “a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level.”

Southwest Patrol Officers Arrest Armed Suspect During Patrol Check

FRESNO - On Monday, September 11, 2017, Southwest Officers Yessie Hernandez and Gilberto Quezada from the Fresno Police Department were conducting crime suppression patrol in the area of White and Warren Avenues. They saw a Recreational Vehicle illegally parked in a dirt lot near this intersection and decided to do a patrol check on the vehicle.

A female subject was sitting on the ground in front of this vehicle, the officers approached her to determine why the vehicle was parked illegally. The female was identified as Leticia Sept, a 26 year old Fresno Resident. As the Officers approached they saw Leticia had quickly hid a rifle on the ground next to her. The rifle was a Ruger .22 caliber rifle, which had been modified by having the butt stock removed.

Drunk Driver Arrested after Crashing into Deputy’s Patrol Car

FRESNO - Shortly after 6:00 pm last Wednesday, a Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy was responding to a call for service in Fresno, when he noticed a green Ford Ranger pickup truck make an illegal U-turn on Olive Ave. near Highway 99. The deputy was driving in the left lane and eventually pulled up alongside the driver of the pickup, who was in the right lane and stopped for a red light at the intersection of Olive and Parkway.

As the light turned green, the driver of the pickup made another illegal U-turn from the far right lane. The deputy tried to swerve out of the way, but could not avoid the pickup which crashed into his passenger door. The driver then tried to flee. The deputy caught up to the pickup about a quarter mile away and got the driver to pull over and stop.

Government Settles in First Lawsuit Filed Against Trump's Muslim Ban

SAN FRANCISCO - The Trump administration settled with the plaintiffs last week in the first legal challenge to the president’s original executive order, which sought to bar travelers from certain majority Muslim countries from entering the United States and to dramatically curtail the admission of refugees. The settlement ensures that all travelers who were barred from the country on the basis of the ban and have not since returned to the United States are informed of their right to reapply for a visa and provided with a list of free legal services organizations that can help them do so.

The settlement came in the case o Darweesh v. Trump, which was filed as a nationwide class-action in federal district court in New York City on the morning of January 28, 2017, only hours after the first Muslim ban went into effect. The ban had plunged airports across the country into chaos as the Trump administration haphazardly implemented its discriminatory policy, leading to the separation of families and exclusion of refugees fleeing persecution. By the evening of January 28, the court had issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from removing anyone from the country on the basis of the Muslim ban. As a result, the administration’s effort to bar Muslims and refugees from the country was halted barely 24 hours after it went into effect.

Bulldog Gang-Banger Recently Released from Jail Arrested with Handgun

FRESNO - Southeast District Officers Keosoy Saechao and Chadwick Chang from the Fresno Police Department where conducting proactive patrol in the area of Orange Avenue and Lowe Avenue. Officers conducted a traffic stop on 34 year old Brandon Sepulveda from Fresno while riding his bike and being in violation of vehicle code laws. Sepulveda refused to stop and rode away from the officers but was subsequently arrested just a short distance away.

While conducting a search incident to Sepulveda’s arrest officers found a Chiappa 1911 22LR semi auto handgun loaded with seven rounds in the magazine. Sepulveda a self-admitted Bulldog gang member who stated he is homeless, is a prior felon and is on active felony Post Release Community Supervision probation for narcotic sales. Sepulveda was released from Fresno County jail on August 26th, 2017 for having a no bail warrant issued by probation for absconding.

Recovery Efforts Underway for Hwy 180 Fatality

FRESNO COUNTY - The Fresno County Search and Rescue (SAR) team and the California Highway Patrol will attempt a recovery operation along Highway 180 and the Kings River today. Officers and deputies will be working to extract two bodies from a car located in the river. The bodies are presumed to be that of a 28 year old man and 24 year old woman, both residents of Thailand who were enrolled as exchange students at the University of South Florida.

It was on the night of July 26th that the California Highway Patrol and Fresno County Sheriff’s Office were notified of a traffic accident. A vehicle traveling on Hwy. 180 near Convict Flat and Horseshoe Bend went through a guard rail, off a 500 foot cliff and into the Kings River. CHP immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Office and asked deputies to search the canyon for a vehicle. Members of the Sheriff’s Office performed a search the next day and did locate a red car in the river; a 2016 Hyundai Sonata.

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