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Fresno Celebrates Completion of Repairs to Streetlights Damaged

Fresno Celebrates Completion of Repairs to Streetlights Damaged

Mayor Swearengin, Council Members to Celebrate

Completion of Repairs to Streetlights Damaged

by Cooper Wire Theft


WHAT:           Mayor Ashley Swearengin will join councilmembers Lee Brand, Steve Brandau and Paul Caprioglio to celebrate the completion of a project to repair streetlights that were damaged by copper wire theft.


               WHEN:           Tuesday, November 19, 2013

                                         10 a.m.



Gang Member Wanted for a Stabbing

Gang Member Wanted for a Stabbing

On Saturday, November 2, 2013, Southwest patrol officers responded to Yosemite/Nevada for a call of a stabbing victim.  Officers located an 18 year old male victim suffering from a laceration to his neck.  The victim was transported to CRMC for treatment and survived his injuries.  Medical personnel told detectives had the laceration been slightly deeper the injury would had been severely life threatening. 

Officers learned the victim was walking down the street when he was approached by the suspect.  Without provocation, the suspect yelled out “College Street” and slashed the victim in the neck. 

Street Violence Section Felony Assault Detectives Alfonso Castillo and Justin Hoagland were able to identify the suspect as 19 year old College Street Bulldog gang member Jose Nicholas Moreno.  Moreno is outstanding and currently wanted.  The motive is still unknown.   

If anybody has information regarding the w

Street Gang Member in Custody for a Shooting

Street Gang Member in Custody for a Shooting

On Sunday, November 10, 2013, at 12:12pm, Southeast patrol officers responded to 921 N. Peach regarding a shooting into an apartment.  When the apartment was struck twice by gunfire, it was occupied by an 18 year old male and (5) juveniles ranging in ages 7 to 17 years old.  No one was injured by the gunfire.

Street Violence Section Felony Assault Detective Conrado Martin was able to identify the suspect responsible for the shooting as 22 year old Samson Street gang member John Tucker.  Tucker and the 18 year old male victim knew each other and a dispute led to the shooting.

On November 11, 2013, Tucker turned himself in and was interviewed by Detective Martin.  Tucker confessed to the shooting and was booked into Fresno County Jail on (6) counts of assault with a deadly, shooting into a residence, and negligent discharge of a firearm.

On November 13, 2013, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Tucker.

Missing Person

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office announced that on October 12, 2013 they received a report of a missing person last seen in the City of Fresno.    Yesterday afternoon friends reported 53 year old Tamara Staten as a missing person.  Tamara had left a day program in the 1600 block of East Saginaw at about 11:00 on October 12th and she has not been seen since that time


              Tamara is described as being 5’7” tall, 179 lbs., with gray hair and brown eyes.  Tamara was last seen wearing a green military style jacket and carrying a brown purse. 


              Tamara is considered to be at-risk due to a reduced mental capacity.



Electronic Waste Recycling Collection

Electronic Waste Recycling Collection

ERI to Hold Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Events at St. Anthony's

Fresno, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2013) – Electronic Recyclers International <http://www.electronicrecyclers.com/> , the largest electronic waste recycling company in North America, is partnering with St. Anthony’s School in Fresno to put on their semi-annual e-waste recycling <http://1800recycling.com/> collection event at the school on October 13th and
October 20th from 9 a.m.

Firebaugh Director of Boys & Girls Club Arrested

Firebaugh Director of Boys & Girls Club Arrested

A joint investigation by the Central California Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, the Firebaugh Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations has resulted in the arrest of the Director of the Boys and Girls Club in the City of Firebaugh.


          25 year old Firebaugh resident, Juan Martin Torres was arrested earlier today on federal charges of Attempted Enticement/Coercion of a Minor to Engage in an Illegal Sexual Act.


          The investigation began last week when a 13 year old juvenile contacted the Firebaugh PD to report unwanted messages from Torres via social media.  Torres had apparently been messaging the juvenile since earlier in the year.


          This morning, search warrants were ser

Fresno State Police Search For Suspect In Sexual Battery

Fresno State Police Search For Suspect In Sexual Battery

Fresno State Police Chief David Huerta announced a search is ongoing for Fidel I. Tafoya, who cut off a GPS ankle monitor and is accused of committing a sexual battery in the Henry Madden Library at approximately 8 p.m. Monday, October 7.


Chief Huerta appealed to the public for assistance and announced that Central Valley Crime Stoppers has added Tafoya to its list with a $200 reward for information leading to his arrest.(The alert bulletin that was posted on campus is attached as well as separate photo).


Anyone with information on Tafoya can contact:


  • Fresno State Police Department, 559.278.8400
  • Fresno State TipNow, 559.664.3204
  • Crime Stoppers, 559.498.STOP (7867)


At a press briefing this afternoon, the chief provided this account: