Fresno, California

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He Saved Them From Tragedy in 1971. Now, a Thank You

Family meets man who pulled baby from burning house nearly 50 years ago

(Newser) - It took nearly 50 years, but a California family was finally able to thank the mysterious man who saved them from an unimaginable tragedy one night in 1971. The Fresno Bee reports 24-year-old Rick Freund was driving home when he saw a women and three young girls standing outside a... More »

Sheriff's Office Makes Unusual Offer to NFL Players

They can ride along in patrol cars in Fresno any time

(Newser) - The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is making an offer to NFL players in response to the national anthem protests. The office says players are welcome to ride along with deputies during patrol shifts in the California county, the Fresno Bee reports. "We welcome the opportunity to share what... More »

Starbucks Robbery Suspect Plans to Sue Customer

Fresno police chief says idea of lawsuit is 'ludicrous'

(Newser) - A California man who tried to rob a Starbucks armed with a knife and a fake gun is now planning to sue the man who stopped him, according to his parents. Ryan Flores, 30, was stabbed repeatedly with his own knife in a fight with customer Cregg Jerri, 58, who... More »

'Despair' Led to College Prof's 'Trump Must Hang' Tweet

And to Lars Maischak's paid leave from Fresno State

(Newser) - An ill-advised tweet about President Trump has led to a "voluntary leave of absence" for a history instructor at Fresno State, per a university statement cited by the Fresno Bee . Fresno State President Joseph Castro says Lars Maischak will spend the rest of the spring semester doing research instead... More »

10 US Cities With the Worst Air Pollution

Six are in California

(Newser) - Despite California’s imposing environmental laws, the state has some of the worst air pollution in the country, reports USA Today via the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report , out Wednesday. While the report names Visala/Hanford, Calif., as having the worst overall year-round pollution, it also... More »

3 Killed by Gunman in California

Police say the shooter has been arrested

(Newser) - Three people were shot and killed Tuesday in California, by a man police say hates white people, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the AP , all three victims were white. Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer is calling it a "random act of violence." The shooter—who police... More »

She Says She's a Mermaid. Cops Need Help IDing Her

'Joanna,' found wandering wet and nearly naked in Fresno County, has webbed toes

(Newser) - She says she's a mermaid named Joanna, but California police are now trying to find out the real identity of a woman they found wandering in the middle of the street not far from a local casino, KFSN reports. KTLA notes the barely clothed woman with wet hair was... More »

The 10 Neediest Cities in the US

Detroit tops the list

(Newser) - If you're planning to share the wealth this holiday season, WalletHub has a list of places that could use it. It's ranked the neediest cities in the country, based on poverty rates, homelessness, food insecurity, and more. The top 10: More »

Cops Release Bodycam Footage in Shooting of Unarmed Teen

Dylan Noble was killed on June 25

(Newser) - Another fatal police shooting from last month is getting attention, and the police department involved released body camera video footage from the incident Wednesday, the Fresno Bee reports. Dylan Noble, 19, was killed in Fresno, Calif., on June 25 after police responded to a 911 call about a man walking... More »

96-Year-Old Welcomes New Daughter, 30

'The full life she helps me live, as my child, is the miracle'

(Newser) - When Bernice Dyck of Fresno, Calif., welcomed a new daughter in September, her friends showered her with "baby food" in the form of Red Lobster gift cards. It was just right for the 96-year-old and her adopted daughter, 30. Dyck's son, Rick, first met Chenda Kaub Chumb during... More »

Man Buried Under Face Tattoos Faces Gun, Drug Charges

Anyone under there?

(Newser) - Some people see their face as, well … their face, while others see it as a blank canvas. Khamprasong Thammavong is apparently in the latter group, as evidenced by his mugshot making the rounds after the California gang member was arrested Monday on gun and drug charges, KMPH reports. The... More »

Man Killed Hours After Jury Accidentally Frees Him

Jurors sign the wrong form, a fatal mistake for Fresno resident

(Newser) - Bobby Lee Pearson got what was probably the luckiest break of his life on Wednesday when a jury mistakenly set him free after a burglary trial. It soon turned into the unluckiest break of his life: An hour into his accidental freedom, he got fatally attacked, reports ABC30 in Fresno.... More »

3 Dead in California Workplace Shooting

Employee opened fire in Fresno food service plant

(Newser) - A "discharged parolee" opened fire at a Fresno chicken plant today, killing two people and wounding two more before fatally shooting himself, the Los Angeles Times reports. The suspect was identified as Lawrence Jones, 42; he had worked at the Valley Protein plant for 14 months. Jones reportedly showed... More »

2 Adults, 2 Kids Dead in California Murder-Suicide

Another man wounded in stabbing

(Newser) - Two adults and two children were found dead of gunshot wounds in a California apartment yesterday, while another man was found with stab wounds outside its door, police say. Though the details remain hazy, police believe the mother of the kids shot herself when police arrived, the Fresno Bee reports.... More »

Two Killed in California Navy Jet Crash

$50M Hornet disintegrates into smoldering debris in Fresno field

(Newser) - Two service members were killed yesterday when a fighter jet crashed into a field in central California during a training exercise. The F/A-18F Super Hornet went down a half mile from the Naval Air Station outside of Fresno. Witnesses said the $50 million aircraft disintegrated into "smoldering debris,"... More »

Fresno Named 'Drunkest City' in America

Boston, somehow, ranks last

(Newser) - If you ever have to drive through Fresno, Calif., be careful; Men’s Health has tagged the city as the drunkest in America in its latest rankings. Boston, amazingly, is rated the least drunk, lower even than Salt Lake City. The rankings are based on everything from death from alcoholic... More »

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