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Car Crashes Into Clovis Fire Hydrant; 2 Hurt

Car Crashes Into Clovis Fire Hydrant; 2 Hurt

Two people were taken to the hospital after their car slammed into a fire hydrant and a tree in Clovis.

The crash happened around 2 a.m. Friday in the area of Barstow and Karen.

Clovis Police say the driver and passenger were trapped in the car. Officers say they were able to quickly pull the driver out of the car, but it took them more than an hour to free the passenger.

It's not known how they are doing.

Barstow Avenue was closed between Peach and Sylmar until about 9 a.m.

The crash remains under investigation.

Clovis Boy Scouts Ripped Off; 1 Arrested

Clovis Boy Scouts Ripped Off; 1 Arrested

A man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Boy Scouts turned himself in to Clovis Police Friday morning.

53-year-old Kevin Niederfrank, of Fresno, was arrested on suspicion of embezzling $73,000 from Boy Scout Troop 257, police spokeswoman Janet Stoll-Lee said.

Niederfrank served as treasurer of the organization from January 2010 through January 2012.

Police say they began to look into the case in February 2012 after members of the troop's board were notified by their bank that there were insufficient funds in the Boy Scouts' account.

Witnesses told police they believe a "gambling problem" led to the crime, Stoll-Lee said.

The troop's new treasurer says the Boy Scouts got all the money back.

Detectives have submitted the case to the District Attorney's Office.

More Than A Massage? 3 Arrested In Prostitution Investigation

More Than A Massage? 3 Arrested In Prostitution Investigation

Three women were arrested and three massage parlors were shut down after a prostitution investigation in Clovis Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Clovis Police inspected Oriental Wellness Garden, Lanna Thai Spa and China Massage after receiving complaints about possible prostitution taking place at the businesses, Cpl. Vincent Weibert said.

As a result of the investigation, all three locations were served with notices of suspension and had their permits revoked, Weibert said.

45-year-old Wang Ying, of Clovis, 42-year-old Janel Hoover, of Corcoran, and 50-year-old Xia Feng Liu, of San Gabriel, were arrested and booked at the Clovis Police Department on charges of prostitution.

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

South Valley Seniors Heartbroken Over Lost Dog; Reward Offered

South Valley Seniors Heartbroken Over Lost Dog; Reward Offered

Seniors at the Hanford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center are holding out hope you can help them find their faithful friend.

"Abby" is a Shih Tzu, who helps brighten their days.

But, someone took "Abby" from the facility on March 3rd or 4th, and her friends are now heartbroken.

She was taken from the area of Grangeville and Green Street in Hanford.

There is a reward in this case, no questions asked.

"Hanford Nursing just wants Abby returned," said Rosalinda Verde, Activities Director at the facility.

If you have any information, you can call (559) 582-2871, or return "Abby" to 1007 West Lacey Boulevard in Hanford.

Whipping Winds Topple Trees; Thousands Lose Power

Whipping Winds Topple Trees; Thousands Lose Power

The whipping winds caused problems for people living near tall trees and power lines.

Mother Nature huffed and puffed and blew down a 100-foot tree in Clovis.

It narrowly missed two apartments and a woman.

"I was about to come out the door, all I heard really was just a snap. And I saw the top of the tree coming down and it landed within feet of our doorstep," said Amanda Contreras, who is glad she didn't leave her house sooner.

"Had I been out here a minute earlier, I don't know. It was scary, you could hear it as it was breaking, it was really scary," said Contreras.

Wind toppled dozens of trees across the Valley, including a tree near McKinley and Hayes in West Fresno, which took power lines down with it.

It cut off electricity to hundreds of people, but fortunately not much damage.

"I saw a short circuit, a few flames, but that was it," said Peter Reynaga.

PG&E reported more than two dozen outages around the Valley.

Support for Agriculture Kicks into High Gear with New License Plate

Support for Agriculture Kicks into High Gear with New License Plate

California drivers now have a way to show their support for one of our state's largest job creators: agriculture.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is now offering a special, Agriculture license plate.

By purchasing these plates, drivers also will be able to invest in a future crop of California farmers and ranchers.

Fees raised from the license plate sales will benefit:

  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Career Awareness
  • Agricultural Career Training
  • Youth Leadership Development

The deadline to sign up is April 6. 

For more information, click here.

 

Clovis Teacher Accused Of Molestation Is Fired

Clovis Teacher Accused Of Molestation Is Fired

A Clovis teacher accused of molesting one of his students is no longer a Clovis Unified employee.

Officers arrested 44-year-old Neng Yang back in January. He faces state and federal charges for child molestation and pornography.

Yang taught second grade at Freedom Elementary in Clovis. Investigators say he abused a student in his classroom between December 8, 2011 and January 26, 2012.

When he was arrested, the Clovis Unified Board suspended him, and by law he had 30 days to appeal. He did not.

On Monday, the Clovis Unified Board met in a closed-door meeting and officially fired Yang.