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Early yesterday morning, Thursday, November 30, the Clovis Police SWAT Team served a search warrant at a home in Squaw Valley. They were assisted by the Fresno County Sheriff’s SWAT Team, who served a warrant at another home on the same property. Both search warrants were the result of an investigation into several vehicle burglaries in the Clovis and Fresno area. SWAT teams were used for these warrants due to the remote location and officer safety concerns.
During the search of both homes, an explosive device was located. The Clovis Police Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) Unit responded and safely disposed of the device. Both search warrants were completed without further incident, and no one was injured. Four stolen vehicles were also located on the property and recovered.
*This news release is from the Fresno County District Attorney's Office*
On December 27, 2008, Clovis Police Department officers were investigating a mail theft when they observed the suspect driving a Chevy Camaro. The suspect failed to pull over during a vehicle stop and led officers on a high‐speed chase through residential neighborhoods where he reached speeds of 65‐70 MPH. A Clovis PD Officer stopped his patrol vehicle to prevent the suspect from driving off after the suspect lost control of his vehicle and stopped in a driveway. The suspect then intentionally rammed the driver’s side of the Officer’s patrol vehicle and tried to flee on foot. The suspect was caught trying to scale a fence into a residential backyard and fought with police before being handcuffed. A search of the suspect’s vehicle and home found several items of stolen mail, identify theft materials, computers and stolen checks.
At approximately 4:08 a.m. this morning, Clovis Police dispatch received a call of an armed robbery near the intersection of Clovis Avenue and Fourth Street in Old Town Clovis. An on-duty city maintenance employee working in the area was approached by a male who displayed a firearm and demanded money. The city employee gave the suspect cash, and the suspect fled westbound on foot. Clovis Police officers searched the area for the suspect, however, he could not be located at the time.
Shortly after, at 6:11 a.m., the Denny’s Restaurant located at 710 W Shaw reported an armed robbery had just occurred. Witnesses told dispatchers that a white male had brandished a firearm while at the register and demanded money. When the clerk refused, the suspect then fled on foot. Witnesses were able to determine that the suspect left in a white Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on Shaw Avenue. Clovis Police Officers searching the area located a matching vehicle traveling in the area of Minnewawa and Barstow. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and determined that an occupant matched the suspect description of the two previous robberies.
Luke had the tough decision to make. Did he select Team Cornucopia’s horn of plenty? Or Team Mayflower’s R2-D2 robot? The American flag, created by Team Harvest, made it even more challenging. In the end Luke selected Team Pilgrims’ Cityscape of downtown Clovis! Okay, he is the City Manager must we say more…
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today the arrest of Scott Allyn Radtke, of Clovis, on charges relating to fraudulent transactions estimated at more than $2.3 million.
DMV investigators, working with the Clovis and Tulare police departments, say a five-month probe into Radtke’s California Motoring Company (CMC) auto broker business in Clovis uncovered the fraudulent sale of 48 newer-model vehicles that cheated 64 victims out of an estimated $2,304,765. Those defrauded include consumers, auto dealerships, and lending institutions, investigators say.
Radtke, 55, was booked Monday into the Fresno County Jail on 98 criminal counts, including forgery, grand theft of personal property, identity theft, theft by false pretenses, theft from elderly or dependent adults, and passing checks with insufficient funds. His bail is set at $681,000. The Fresno County Office of the District Attorney is prosecuting the case.
"The DMV will not tolerate unscrupulous brokers taking advantage of customers and dealerships," DMV Investigations Chief Frank Alvarez said. "We have peace officers who diligently investigate this kind of fraudulent activity."
After three months of investigations, Clovis Police Detectives arrested a suspect this morning for on-going sexual assaults. 58 year-old Donald Mayhew was arrested without incident during a search warrant at his Clovis residence this morning. The victim in this case is an adult female, is known to Mayhew and the investigation found that the crimes occurred in a residence in Clovis. Following the search warrant, Mayhew was booked for four felonies including sexual assault of an unconscious person, using an intoxicating substance to commit rape, administering drugs in the commission of a felony, and poisoning or adulterating the food/drink of another person.
The Clovis Police Department is very excited to announce that we have partnered with the Pink Patch Project! The PPP is a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association and public safety agencies from across the nation to combat breast cancer by raising public awareness and by raising funds for breast cancer education, research, and treatment. To date, over 180 agencies in the United States have joined, and Clovis Police is the first in California’s Central Valley!
The program centers on vibrant pink versions of the agency’s patches that are specially designed for the PPP campaign for October, which is “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. Clovis Police Officers and staff will be wearing a pin on their uniforms and professional attire during the month of October to encourage public awareness. As part of this program, Clovis Police will be selling the commemorative pink patches to the community! 100% of the proceeds will go directly to fund breast cancer education, research, and treatment. In 2016, the 82 agencies with the PPP raised more than $320,000 for cancer research organizations nationwide, and Clovis Police hopes to help increase that amount this year!
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