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Suspected Bank Robber Arrested In Clovis

Suspected Bank Robber Arrested In Clovis

Clovis Police say they have arrested a man suspected of robbing the Bank of the West on Shaw Avenue Wednesday morning.

38-year-old Michael Zavala was taken into custody at an apartment complex on West Bullard Avenue, near Minnewawa Avenue, in Clovis Wednesday night.

Following up on a tip, detectives went to the apartment complex and detained a man who threw away a bag of clothes, matching a description of what the bank robber was wearing, police spokeswoman Janet Stoll-Lee said.

Police say they arrested Zavala after he returned to the apartment.

Officers served a search warrant at Zavala's apartment and found some of the money from the robbery, Stoll-Lee said.

Zavala was booked into jail on suspicion of robbery. His bail has been set at $135,000.

Teen’s Surveillance Camera Catches Clovis Crook

Teen’s Surveillance Camera Catches Clovis Crook

16-year-old Chandler only had his new surveillance cameras up a month when he had to put them into action.

"One of our other neighbors posted on Facebook that her car got broken into. So I decided to go back and check the footage because it records for two weeks. And sure enough, we saw more than we bargained for," Chandler said.

What they saw were these images of a man walking up to cars around the neighborhood, checking if they were locked.

"It just makes me sad. I leave my alarm on all the time now," Suzanne Arnold said.

Arnold has surveillance cameras too. It was on them not long ago that she and her husband watched thieves take off with their tailgate.

"Two men drove up, parked in front of our house around two in the morning and took it off. Within a minute or two they were out of here," Arnold said.

In this same cul-de-sac, Janet Wedeking has been a victim too.

Clovis Teacher Pleads Not Guilty To Child Molestation

Clovis Teacher Pleads Not Guilty To Child Molestation

A Clovis teacher appeared in Fresno County Superior Court Wednesday morning and pleaded not guilty to charges of child molestation.

43-year-old Neng Yang taught second grade at Freedom Elementary. He's accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl inside his own classroom and recording the acts on his cell phone.

Investigators say they found sexually-graphic pictures involving animals on his school-issued computer.

Yang has also been charged with producing child pornography. He pleaded not guilty to those charges in federal court Monday afternoon.

Stay with KMPH News and KMPH.com as we continue to follow this story.

Have You Seen This Suspected Bank Robber?

Have You Seen This Suspected Bank Robber?

Clovis Police believe the man pictured in these surveillance photos robbed a bank Wednesday morning.

Shortly after 9 a.m., officers went to the Bank of the West near Shaw and Minnewawa in Clovis after receiving a call about a robbery.

Police say a man handed a teller a note demanding money. They say the employee gave the man an unknown amount of cash and he took off.

The suspected bank robber is described as being in his early 30s, 5'6" tall, with a light moustache. Witnesses say he was wearing a brown zip-up sweatshirt over an orange shirt, tan pants and sunglasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call Clovis Police at (559) 324-2800 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

Surveillance photos provided by the Clovis Police Department.

Clovis Parents Speak Out About Suspected Molestation

Clovis Parents Speak Out About Suspected Molestation

Parents of students at a Clovis elementary school speak out, as more details surface about the child molestation charges a local teacher now faces.

On Monday, KMPH News learned 43-year-old Neng Yang is accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl, and according to court documents the alleged sex acts took place inside his own classroom.

Yang is a second grade teacher at Freedom Elementary. He was arrested Friday and faces 37 felony counts.

Monday morning, Yang pleaded not guilty in federal court, and Monday night Clovis Unified School District officials held an informational meeting with parents of Freedom Elementary students.

Raquel Jimenez says, "My heart goes out to the family and his family also; it's not a winning situation, by any means."

Clovis Unified admits Yang worked as a position of trust for more than seven years with the district.

Neighbors In Shock Over Clovis Teacher's Arrest

Neighbors In Shock Over Clovis Teacher's Arrest

Clovis Unified is bracing for pointed questions from parents at two elementary campuses Monday morning. Friday a second grade teacher at Freedom Elementary was arrested by Clovis Police.

Neng Yang faces 37 felony counts, more than half of the counts for child molestation. Yang's wife is principal at Miramonte Elementary in Clovis Unified.

Pete Pedregon lives four houses down from the Yangs. "A real nice guy. He used to come and check the mail and say hi how's everything going. I never would have thought that from him. Never in my life," Pedregon said.

Both Freedom and Miramonte Elementary teachers met with administrators Sunday to discuss what's happened since Friday and what to expect on Monday.

Clovis Unified In Shock: Teacher Arrested For Child Molestation

Clovis Unified In Shock: Teacher Arrested For Child Molestation

A Clovis teacher is behind bars Saturday. He's accused of doing the unthinkable -- molesting a student at Freedom Elementary.

43-year-old Neng Yang faces 37 felony counts. The charges range from child molestation, sex abuse of a child, a minor performing prohibited acts and taping a minor performing sex acts.

Kelly Avants says Clovis Unified is in shock. "We are heartbroken to learn of the possible violation of trust that we have placed in our employee. Our hearts go out to this single victim that has been identified as a possible victim in this situation."

Clovis Police were tipped off Thursday. Friday they arrested Yang. Calli Biaggi says the evidence they uncovered is shocking. "Unfortunately yes it was in the classroom." Police say they also found sex materials at his home.