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Clovis, CA. – Drivers are using their cell phones less often while driving, 10 years after “hands-free” became the law, but distracted driving remains a serious safety challenge in California. Observing April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the first week in April as California Teen Safe Driving Week, safety advocates will focus on education and enforcement efforts statewide.
Clovis Police Department will join law enforcement throughout the state to step up enforcement along with awareness efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to discourage distracted driving. Officers will have a special emphasis this month on enforcing all cell phone and distracted driving laws. The goal is to increase voluntary compliance by drivers, but sometimes citations are necessary for motorists to better understand the importance of driving distraction
April 5th and 13th have been designated as the two statewide enforcement dates when law enforcement agencies will step up distracted driving enforcement activities. The California Department of Transportation will put distracted driving messages on the changeable message signs on freeways during April.
Clovis Police will be joining hundreds of other law enforcement from all over the nation to compete in the 33rd annual Baker to Vegas Run this weekend. This is the second year that CPD has organized a team of 23 runners and 29 support personnel to run against 269 other teams through the desert. Our inaugural team started CPD’s tradition off great by placing 13th in their division and 116 overall in what’s been deemed the “largest police foot pursuit in the world!”
Baker to Vegas was organized by the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club just 14 teams in 1985 and promotes “teamwork, camaraderie, physical fitness and competition” according to their website. Law enforcement personnel from all over the United States begin their race near Baker, California, and end 120 miles away near the Las Vegas strip over the course of less than a day!
All runners and support staff participate on their own time while representing Clovis! We wish all participants the best of luck and good weather during their run! Stay tuned to our social media accounts for updates over the weekend!
On March 9, 2018, Clovis Police received a call at about 7:20PM regarding an attempted robbery at the Valero gas station at Sunnyside/Tollhouse. Officers arrived on scene within 2 minutes and observed the suspect crossing Sunnyside Ave on foot. Officers made contact with the suspect. The suspect was uncooperative and was taken into custody with the assistance of a Clovis Police K9. The suspect is identified as 57 year-old Ernest Yetter of Clovis. Yetter is being treated at a local hospital and will be booked into Fresno County Jail on attempted robbery, obstructing a peace officer, and a warrant.
Clovis Police Department and Fresno Police Detectives arrested a 15 year old Clovis West Freshman before 2 a.m. this morning for making threats towards Clovis West High School and Buchanan High School. Clovis Police and Fresno Police were contacted by several concerned citizens who saw a Snapchat picture of an assault rifle with a warning to both Clovis West and Buchanan High students. Clovis Officers, Fresno Police Detectives along with Clovis Unified School Police investigated the threat and contacted the juvenile who sent the picture. There were no weapons found at the juvenile’s residence. The family of the juvenile is and hascooperated with law enforcement. Officers were able to determine the photo came from a website.
The 15 year old male was booked into Fresno County Juvenile Justice Corrections on one count of criminal threats of death or great bodily injury. The Clovis Police Department and the Clovis Unified School District will have an increased presence on the Buchanan campus today.
Clovis Police Department arrested a 15 year old Clovis Unified Student just before 2 a.m. this morning for making threats towards Buchanan High School. Clovis Police were contacted by a concerned citizen who saw a Snapchat picture of someone holding what looked like an assault rifle. The picture stated “Don’t come to school tomorrow”. Clovis Officers along with Clovis Unified School Police investigated the threat and contacted the juvenile who sent the picture. The gun in the picture was found and it was identified as an airsoft rifle which was taken into evidence.
The 15 year old male was booked into Fresno County Juvenile Justice Corrections on one count of criminal threats of death or great bodily injury. The Clovis Police Department is working with the Clovis Unified School District and will have an increased presence on campus today.
On February 23, 2018, Clovis Police Officers were notified of a possible indecent exposure that occurred the day prior on February 22, 2018. A female victim reported that she was driving her vehicle westbound on Shaw Avenue near Sunnyside. As she approached the intersection, a Hispanic male in a white Volvo exposed himself to her. The male continued to expose and touch himself as he pulled up next to the victim. The victim was able to take photographs of the suspect, his vehicle, and the license plate with her cellular phone.
Clovis Police Officers began an investigation and identified a possible suspect. The victim positively identified 29-year-old Roman Holguin of Clovis as the suspect. Officers obtained an arrest warrant for Holguin, and he was arrested today at his residence without incident. When speaking with officers, Holguin admitted to exposing himself to the victim.
During the investigation, officers were made aware of a separate incident that occurred on February 5, 2018 at the intersection of Fowler and Ashlan in Clovis. A different female victim told officers that a Hispanic male in a white Volvo exposed himself to her while driving. This incident continues to be under investigation.
Roman Holguin was booked into the Fresno County Jail on a warrant for one count of PC 314.1, indecent exposure. Clovis Police ask that anyone that may have experienced something similar involving a Hispanic male, or the white Volvo, to please contact us at 559-324-2800.
Clovis Police issued a “Silver Alert on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol. Family members reported the 87 year-old Gerald Haney missing from his home in Clovis early on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at approximately 9:15AM, our Department was contacted by the Watsonville Police Department advising that they had located Mr. Haney. Haney is in good health and he will be reunited with his family this morning.
The Clovis Police Department would like to thank our local media and those who shared our posts on social media to help located Mr. Haney.
87 year-old Gerald Haney is currently missing from his home in Clovis near Armstrong and Bullard. He was last seen at 4:45 a.m. driving a red Toyota Camry with a license plate of 5WGB569. Gerald could possibly be heading to the Los Angeles or San Bernardino areas.
With the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, a Silver Alert was issued for Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern, and Los Angeles counties. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gerald Haney is asked to call the Clovis Police Department at 559-324-2800.
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