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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.

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

Mega Millions Jackpot: $640 Million!

Mega Millions Jackpot: $640 Million!

The Mega Millions jackpot has ballooned to a record $640 million.

The jackpot had stood at $540 million before it was increased Friday morning. The previous record jackpot was $390 million in 2007.

Mega Millions has drawn long lines of lottery players in stores in the 42 states plus Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands where tickets are sold. The world-record jackpot has also lured some residents to travel to other states to buy $1 tickets.

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number are about 1 in 176 million.

The drawing for the $640 million will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012.

You can check lottery results by clicking here. They will be posted shortly after the drawing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

OMG! Mega Millions Jackpot Now Record $540 Million

OMG! Mega Millions Jackpot Now Record $540 Million

The Mega Millions jackpot keeps growing!

The jackpot now stands at $540 million, the largest jackpot in world history, lottery officials announced Thursday.

The game's previous biggest jackpot was $390 million in 2007.

No one matched all six numbers in Tuesday night's drawing.

47 tickets matched five of the six numbers. Each of those tickets is worth $250,000.

Tuesday's winning numbers were: 9, 19, 34, 44, 51 and the Mega Ball was 24.

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number are about 1 in 176 million.

The next drawing will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012.

You can check lottery results anytime by clicking here.

KMPH News partner CNN contributed to this report.

Mega Millions Jackpot Soars To Record $500 Million

Mega Millions Jackpot Soars To Record $500 Million

No one matched all six numbers in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing, which means the jackpot now stands at a record $500 million.

47 tickets matched five of the six numbers. Each of those tickets is worth $250,000.

Tuesday's winning numbers were: 9, 19, 34, 44, 51 and the Mega Ball was 24.

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number are about 1 in 176 million.

The next drawing will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012.

You can check lottery results anytime by clicking here.

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Big Job Fair At Fresno Fairgrounds, 3-28-12

Big Job Fair At Fresno Fairgrounds, 3-28-12

The 2012 Fresno Job Fair, Sponsored by DSS, KMPH, the EDC, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Fresno Fairgrounds.

The job fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

About 200 employers will be hiring.

Hundreds of jobs will be up for grabs, ranging from entry level to management.

Organizers say you should take along several copies of your resume.

For more information, you can contact the Fresno County Department of Social Services at (559) 600-5370 or visit www.co.fresno.ca.us.

Do you need help with your resume? Feel free to check out our Central Valley Jobs page for resume examples.

Deadline Nears for California Ag License Plate

Deadline Nears for California Ag License Plate

Help support the future of agriculture in California with these special license plates!

There is an additional cost of $50 to $98 for the new plates, whether they are sequential numbered plates or personalized.

Your fees help support:

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

There must be 7,500 reservations by April 6 before the plates can be issued.

For an application, click here.


 

Bees Buzz Clovis Home For Hours


A swarm of bees made an unexpected landing in the front yard of a Clovis family of six Wednesday. At first the Grieco family was frightened but later became frustrated with the insect problem.

Eight hundred to a thousand bees formed what looked like a football shape swarm on a big branch on the Griecos' front yard tree. After working the phone for more than an hour they discovered no one wanted to haul away their uninvited guests.

Stacy and Tom Grieco have four daughters and they were concerned about their safety going in and out of their home. They called the City of Clovis, Fresno State and bee farmers for help. But no one seemed interested about their problem. Stacy says a few offered advice. "They just said spray Raid on it and it will dissipate. They said it will go away in about an hour."