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2012 World Ag Expo Kicks Off Today in Tulare

2012 World Ag Expo Kicks Off Today in Tulare

The World Ag Expo is the largest annual agriculture exposition celebrating 45 years of innovative agriculture with:

  • 1,600 exhibitors displaying the latest in farm equipment, chemicals, communications, and technology on 2.5 million square feet of exhibit space.
  • Free seminars on a variety of topics important to dairy producers, farmers, ranchers and agribusiness professionals.
  • Cooking demonstrations by chefs from California’s top restaurants in the World Ag Women Pavilion.
  • Free parking and a Park-and-Ride shuttle service for off-site parking.

Cost: $12 General Admission

Help! Type O-Negative Blood Needed Right Now

Do you have type O-negative blood? Your help is needed right away.

The Central California Blood Center says its supply of O-negative blood has dropped to a critical level -- just 14% of needed inventory.

"Recent storms have caused emergency room usage to climb," said Dean Eller, President and CEO of the Central California Blood Center. "Therefore, we are asking new and returning donors to take an hour and help save someone's life."

Even if you don't have O-negative blood, officials are asking anyone who can donate to please do so. O-negative is the universal blood type which can be given to all patients in emergency situations.

Blood donation takes less than one hour to complete. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 years old with written parental consent). Photo ID and Social Security number are required at donor registration.

Fresno Man Accused Of Killing Brother-In-Law

Fresno Man Accused Of Killing Brother-In-Law

A man was found shot to death in the middle of a Clovis street last year, and now police say they've caught the person suspected of killing him.

20-year-old Tyrone Parker, of Fresno, is sitting behind bars facing murder charges. Clovis Police believe he shot and killed his brother-in-law, 33-year-old Dewayne Young, on March 20, 2011.

Investigators say there was a family gathering at a home in the 3000 block of Ezie, when Young and his wife -- Parker's sister -- were involved in some sort of argument. They say witnesses saw Parker pull out a gun and shoot Young.

Clovis Police issued an arrest warrant for Parker. He was arrested by Salinas Police after trying to resolve a ticket issue.

Parker was later transferred to the Fresno County Jail where he is being held without bail.

Clovis East Gets New Head Football Coach

The Clovis Unified Governing Board has approved the appointment of former Hoover High head football coach Jim O'Brien to Clovis East.

The Valley native and former football player will both teach and coach at the school. He takes over as head football coach in mid-February.

O'Brien replaces Tim Murphy, who resigned as the Timberwolves' coach in November 2011.

O'Brien comes to Clovis East with a successful coaching record that began in 2005 at Buchanan High School as the head JV coach.

During the course of his coaching career, O'Brien has led teams to state rankings and was chosen to coach the City-County All Star Game.

O'Brien will start teaching physical education at the school on February 14, and is already working with his team of assistant coaches to prepare for the school's spring football season.

Scumbag Alert: Thieves Steal Sick Kids' Equipment

Scumbag Alert: Thieves Steal Sick Kids' Equipment

Children's Hospital Central California is asking for the public's help in locating several items that were stolen from its Adaptive Sports Program.

According to a hospital news release, thieves broke into a Clovis storage unit over the weekend and took:

• 6 life jackets
• ski ropes
• 6-person tent
• camping tables
• modified wakeboard

The Adaptive Sports Program is designed to give sick kids the ability to come together and interact with one another. Hospital officials say the program is free and is the only one of its kind in the Central Valley.

"This is a discouraging setback after working so hard to build up the program," said Dr. Jennifer Crocker, medical director of Children's pediatric rehabilitation center and director of the Adaptive Sports Program. "The children we serve through this program are already at a disadvantage and it's terrible that they are being taken advantage of in this way."

Stabbing Death In Clovis; 1 Arrested

Stabbing Death In Clovis; 1 Arrested

Clovis Police believe a man killed his friend after an argument about his girlfriend.

22-year-old Casildo Varbarin is under arrest, accused of stabbing another man to death inside a unit at the Ashtree Apartments near Willow and Ashlan.

The body of 34-year-old Adhjahn Thirakoune was discovered Friday night, but police believe he had been dead for at least a day.

Police say Varbarin then tried to take his own life. He was taken to the hospital then booked into the Fresno County Jail on a murder charge.

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

Suspicious Death In Clovis

Suspicious Death In Clovis

Clovis Police say they are investigating a suspicious death after a man's body was found inside an apartment Friday evening.

Police say they received a call around 6 p.m. from someone at CRMC asking them to check on a man at the Ashtree Apartments near Willow and Ashlan.

Officers went to the apartment and had a manager open the door. That's when police say they found a man dead inside the unit.

They decided to leave the apartment and get a search warrant to be able to go back inside and collect evidence.

"That's why they're getting the warrant right now. When that warrant is signed and officers are able to go in and examine what is actually in that apartment. They're standing by," said police spokeswoman Janet Stoll-Lee.

"It's a safe, quiet neighborhood. It's a quiet apartment complex. It's a surprise to everybody. Nothing like this has ever happened ever since I've been here," said Michael Castillo, a resident of the complex.