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Live Town Hall Thursday: What Can We Do About Gangs?

Live Town Hall Thursday: What Can We Do About Gangs?

What can the Fresno area do about gangs and the violence they bring to our communities?

After the senseless killing of little Janessa Ramirez, that's the question a lot of people are asking.

KMPH Fox26 News is working with community groups and the Fresno Police Gang Task Force to put together a town hall meeting on gangs Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

You can watch it live on the Central Valley's CW KFRE 59 or streaming online on KMPH.com.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, Pastor B.T. Lewis from Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, and outreach worker Ernie Rodriguez will lead our discussion.

KMPH Fox26 News Anchor Monty Torres will be the moderator and dozens of gang outreach workers and former gang members will be in the audience and will answer and ask questions of the panel.

Scam Alert: DMV Warning To Driver License Applicants

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reminding DMV customers to avoid scams involving driver license applications, such as efforts to charge for services that DMV offers for free.

“Paying someone who promises to speed up the process of obtaining a California driver license will only waste your time and money,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “It is easy to get a new driver license by making a free appointment at your local DMV office, so do not waste your money paying anyone to help you.”

Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60) allows the DMV to issue a California driver license, regardless of immigration status, to those who can prove identity and California residency. Applicants must also meet all other qualifications for obtaining a driver license, including passing a written test, vision test, and behind-the-wheel exam. DMV will begin issuing driver licenses under AB 60 on January 2, 2015. The only necessary fee is $33 payable to DMV.

City of Clovis Awarded

City of Clovis Awarded Class 2 Rating by the Insurance Services Office


The City of Clovis is pleased to announce that it was recently surveyed by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) to determine its Public Protection Classification (PPC) and effective February 1, 2015, the City of Clovis will be upgraded to a Class 2 rating.  

Using this rating scale, ISO objectively reviews the fire protection capabilities of the community and assigns a Public Protection Classification number from 1 to 10.  Class 1 represents exemplary fire protection in the community and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire suppression programs do not meet minimum recognition criteria. ISO evaluates a community approximately once every ten (10) years or when major department changes occur.  The City of Clovis received a Class 4 rating in 1988, a Class 3 rating in 2001 and in 2015, will be upgraded to a Class 2.

Police Looking for Bank Robbery Suspect in Fresno

Police Looking for Bank Robbery Suspect in Fresno

Fresno police responded to an attempted bank robbery at the Bank of America on Tulare Avenue on Thursday, September 18th.

The man in the photo walked up to the teller about 10:30 a.m. and handed a note saying he wanted $300 or he would shoot.

The teller was behind bulletproof glass and did not give the money, which caused the man to yell and swear at the teller.

The man left the bank empty handed but is wanted for attempted robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fresno Police Department Street Violence Section Robbery Detective Brandi Phebus at 559-621-2427.

Neighborhood Watch National Night Out August 5th

Please join us as we make our rounds to the following locations and enjoy some great food, information booths and tons of activities.

4:30-5:00 Stoneybrook Apartments (SE)
4942 E. Balch (Kings Canyon/Winery)

5:30-6:00  Wesley United Methodist church (NE)
1343 E. Barstow Ave

6:30-7:00  Quigley Park (NW)
7:30-8:00  Frank H. Ball Park (SW)
760 Mayor Ave

Emotional Lesson About The Dangers of High Schoolers Drinking

The Scenario on February 26, 2014: Three Clovis East High School teenage boys just finished a big morning test and decided to “relax” with alcohol at their friend Damon’s house during lunch. Alexus, Dylan and Zo realized they had to get back to class to avoid getting “tardies,” and two of them had to take another test. Dylan got behind the wheel. Meanwhile, teacher Stephanie Champion took her daily run at lunch due to a conflict in the evening. Coming back from lunch off-campus were Summer, Sofia and Nate. They watched in horror when Dylan hit Ms. Champion. Dylan didn’t stop. He plowed into the driver’s side of the car sending Summer to the hospital. Zo died at the scene. SkyLife crews are airlifting Champion to emergency. Zo’s actions proved to be fatal and life-shattering.

Clovis Police Work To Keep Alcohol Away From Kids


Officers with the Clovis Police Department worked with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control recently to discourage the consumption of alcohol by minors as part of an ongoing grant through a combination of education and enforcement.

On Wednesday, 2/19/14, the Clovis Police Department hosted an ABC Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEADS) class.  Fifty eight business owners and employees from licensed establishments in the city attended the four hour class which focused on how to prevent selling alcohol to minors and how law enforcement and businesses can work together to prevent alcohol related crime.  A presenter with ABC who provides this training across the state spoke with the attendees.