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Future Ford, Hedricks Workers Get Lesson In Firefighting

Future Ford, Hedricks Workers Get Lesson In Firefighting

Minutes before the fire raged out of control at Future Ford last December, Manuel Luevanos was working as a smog tech on what seemed like just another day.

"I was working on a car, I was underneath the hood. And then all of the sudden I heard there was a fire. I got up. I could see the flames starting. And after that, it started going higher and higher," Luevanos said.

When he got outside, he couldn't believe his eyes.

"It was almost like Backdraft. It was like a Hollywood movie. It was crazy," he said.

Nearly four months later, business is back up and running.

But the massive dirt area just yards away where the shop once stood is a constant reminder, it could all change in an instant.

"On a daily basis they deal with dangerous chemicals, such as gasoline, which started this fire, flammable liquids," Deputy Fire Marshal Gary Sawhill, Clovis Fire Department, said.

Pit Maneuver Stops Out Of Control Driver

Pit Maneuver Stops Out Of Control Driver

Clovis police were forced to use the pit maneuver, a move where police ram the back end of a car to spin it out of control.

Around 10:30 Wednesday night, the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta was seen by officers running several red lights in the downtown Clovis area.

Police tried to stop the car, but the driver led police on a short chase through north Clovis.

When officers realized the driver wouldn't stop, police used the pit maneuver.

The driver in his 40s was arrested for failing to stop and reckless driving. Police say he also had a suspended license.

Stolen Credit Card Shopping Spree; 2 Wanted

Stolen Credit Card Shopping Spree; 2 Wanted

Clovis Police need your help finding two people they say stole a woman's credit card and then used it to spend thousands of dollars.

Police say the woman was shopping at the Target on Shaw and Clovis last month when a man and a woman stole a credit card from her purse when she wasn't looking.

Investigators say the two then charged about $2,000 on the card before the victim was able to close the account.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Clovis Police Department at (559) 324-2800.

Girl Scouts of Central California South Celebrate Cookie Season Success

Girl Scouts of Central California South Celebrate Cookie Season Success

Plain and simple: Girl Scouts of Central California South Troops rocked their cookie sale this year!

“Our goal was one million boxes for our 100th Anniversary year, and our girls were very close to reaching that goal. They sold more than 987,000 boxes! We could not be more proud,” CEO Cathy Ferguson stated happily.

For six weeks, the girls were out in force, rain or shine.

The dedication paid off.

More than 80 Girl Scouts achieved their goal of selling 1,000+ boxes of cookies, and they are now part of the Super Sellers Secret Society Honors (S.S.S.S.H) club.

For the third year in a row, Kelsie Anne from Troop 638 in Porterville was the top cookie seller.

She sold a whopping 3,504 boxes!

Other top cookie sellers in the local Girl Scout council during the 2012 Cookie Sale were:

Double Murder In Clovis; Accused Killer Dead

Double Murder In Clovis; Accused Killer Dead

Clovis Police are investigating two murders and an officer-involved shooting that left the accused killer dead.

Police received a call of shots fired in the 200 block of Eighth Street just after 12:30 a.m. Friday.

Officers arrived moments later and found two people who had been shot to death in two separate houses across the street from each other.

Investigators say 40-year-old Christopher Machado shot and killed his mother, 73-year-old Edith Machado, and a neighbor, 60-year-old Vernon Lindsay.

While checking the area, police say they were confronted by Machado who walked up to them holding a shotgun.

Two of the officers shot him, and he died about three hours later at Community Regional Medical Center.

No officers were hurt.

Detectives have learned that Machado repeatedly rang the doorbell and banged on the door of the nunnery at Our Lady of Perpetual Help shortly before the murders.

Roads Turn To Rivers In Fresno And Clovis

Roads Turn To Rivers In Fresno And Clovis

Motorists driving through northeast Fresno and Clovis almost needed boats to get around during Friday's storm. Fresno got more than an inch of rain. But KMPH Chief Meteorologist Kevan Ramer believes Clovis got nearly twice that much.

Willow Avenue south of Herndon looked more like a river than a street. The water was deep. It was almost up to the license plates on most cars. But it was a lot deeper a couple of miles away at Peach and Alluvial in Clovis.

Peach Avenue was no river, it was a lake. Geri Gardenhire got her car stuck. So did Ray Tjahjadi. "I said I did a very stupid thing today. What did you do? What happened was I didn't use my logic. I knew it was already flooded but I still kept going assuming that the flood is not deep enough."

Embezzlement Charge Against Former Clovis Firefighter

Embezzlement Charge Against Former Clovis Firefighter

A former Clovis firefighter was arrested and charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a firefighters' union, the Fresno County District Attorney's Office announced Friday.

37-year-old John Morton Watson is charged with embezzling as much as $150,000 from the Clovis Firefighters Association between 2004 and 2011 when he served as the association's treasurer, the DA said.

Watson surrendered to police. He was booked and later released on his own recognizance.

According to the DA, Watson pleaded not guilty to all charges on March 27. His next hearing is scheduled for May 1.

Watson served as a Clovis firefighter for 12 years.

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