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On Thursday, June 28 at about 11:18PM, A Clovis Police Officer was traveling on Minnewawa Ave north of Shaw Ave. A driver traveling on San Jose Ave ran a posted stop sign at the intersection with Minnewawa Ave. and collided with the patrol vehicle. During the collision, a pedestrian was also struck by one of the involved vehicles.
The California Highway Patrol responded and is investigating the collision. The officer, other driver, and pedestrian were transported to a local hospital. CHP arrested the driver of the other vehicle. Our officer was treated and released from the hospital with minor injuries. For more information regarding this incident, please refer to information released by CHP, as they are the investigating agency.
Clovis Police and Fresno Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) task force recovered over $80,000 worth of fireworks this afternoon. On Friday, June 23, 2018, two large trailers of TNT fireworks were stolen out of Fresno. The two trailers were recovered earlier this week, but approximately $100,000 worth of fireworks were still missing. Clovis Police received a tip that fireworks were being sold in the area of the 700 block of West Ashcroft Ave. After investigating the tip and working with HEAT investigators, a search warrant was served on West Ashcroft for a large quantity of stolen fireworks. Officers found hundreds of boxes of fireworks that totaled an approximate value of $80,000.
Clovis Police arrested 28 year-old Michael Hendricks of Clovis for possession of stolen property, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, and resisting arrest. During the service of the search warrant, suspect Hendricks was uncooperative with officers and a police service dog assisted in Hendricks’ arrest. Hendricks was also charged with striking a police service dog. Clovis also arrested 49 year-old Evelyn Mendoza of Clovis on charges for possession of stolen property. The recovered fireworks were returned to the fireworks distributing company TNT.
Clovis Police Department would like to thank the HEAT Auto task for their assistance in the investigation.
Clovis Police is holding its 3rd Annual Cops & Kids Sports Camp this week! Over 120 kids in 1st-6th grades are enjoying daily activities with officers, employees, and volunteers such as volleyball, basketball, fingerprinting, arts & crafts, obstacle courses and more! Interacting with our young residents in a positive environment is paramount to the goals of the Department, and helps foster good relationships. The 4-day camp ends tomorrow, Friday June 22, with a fun water day at the park! All activities have been held at the City of Clovis Recreation Sections facility at Clovis Ave/Dakota Ave, and we thank them and their staff for all of their assistance! Clovis Police would also like to thank the countless volunteers, Police Explorers, and organizations who have stepped up to help make this year’s sports camp the biggest and best yet!
The Cops & Kids Sports Camp will definitely be back next summer, with sign-ups that fill up in less than 2 hours! Stay tuned to our social media accounts in Spring 2019 for updates on registration information!
Clovis Police arrested 18 year old Buchanan High School student Kyle Dwelle today for making threats towards Buchanan High School students. Clovis Police and Clovis Unified Police began an investigation after receiving a tip late this afternoon. Clovis Officers along with Clovis Unified School Police investigated the threat and later arrested Dwelle without incident. Dwelle was booked into the Fresno County Jail on two counts of criminal threats of death or great bodily injury.
In the City of Clovis, any type of threat that we receive will be investigated thoroughly and treated seriously. Our officers will do everything in our power to track down social media, or other threats to their source, and will aggressively pursue charges against anyone threatening the safety of our community.
Tonight, Buchanan High School administration notified parents and staff of the arrest, and reiterated the serious consequences facing anyone who makes threats to the safety of students or schools. Superintendent Eimear O’Farrell, Ed.D. thanks the Clovis Police Department and the District’s officers who immediately acted to investigate the report, and she encouraged anyone who becomes aware of concerning statements or online posts to make an immediate report to law enforcement.
The Clovis Police Department and the Clovis Unified School District will have an increased presence on all Clovis campuses for the rest of the week.
On May 21, 2018 just after 2:00 A.M., members of the Fresno Help Eliminate Auto Theft (H.E.A.T.) Task Force consisting of a Detective from the Clovis Police Department, Fresno Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, and a DMV Investigator, located a stolen vehicle near Clovis/Alluvial. Detectives followed the vehicle to the area of N. Minnewawa Ave./Teague Ave., where five suspects were eventually arrested. During the investigation, two stolen vehicles were recovered along with various stolen property that has been returned to the owners, and an illegal firearm was also recovered. The H.E.A.T. Task Force used video surveillance and other information to solve two vehicles burglaries, a residential burglary, and several thefts from unlocked vehicles.
The suspects arrested were 23 year-old Shon Walker, 18 year-old Elissa Mello, 20 year-old Daniel Stefanson, 26 year-old Mike Lewis, and 21 year-old Joseph Brummett. Charges included possession of stolen property, stolen vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools, and warrants. All suspects were booked into Fresno County Jail.
The Clovis Police Department commends the H.E.A.T. Task Force for their hard-work, and reminds residents to lock their vehicles, never keep any property in parked vehicles, and always call law enforcement when seeing something suspicious.
Clovis Police Ask For
Assistance Locating Missing Elderly Person
Friday, May 18, 2018, 84 year-old Gloria Lombardi left her home near N. Winery
Ave./E. Olive Ave. in Fresno. She stopped by Toyota of Clovis near W. Shaw
Ave./Freeway 168 in Clovis at about 11:45 A.M., and left in her gold 2006
Toyota Avalon. Lombardi was supposed to drive to the area of W. Alluvial
Ave./N. Fresno Ave. in Fresno, however she never made it there.
is described as a white female adult, 84 years-old, 5’0, 130 lbs, gray hair,
and blue eyes. It is unknown what clothes she was wearing, but she was driving
her gold 2006 Toyota Avalon, California license plate 5PCS922.
you have any information about the whereabouts of Gloria Lombardi, please call
the Clovis Police Department at (559) 324-2800.
A one-day multi-agency operation occurred May 2, 2018 in Clovis involving thirteen law enforcement agencies. Approximately 75 Officers worked together to complete probation and parole searches, traffic stops, and other proactive work throughout Clovis and the surrounding area. Arrests were made for a variety of felonies and misdemeanors such as probation/parole violations, narcotic sales/transportation, firearms possession, and traffic offenses. Gang members were also contacted during the operation.
The Clovis Police Department would like to thank the following agencies for their support and assistance with the operation: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California State Parole, Department of Homeland Security and Investigations, Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Fresno County Probation Department, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, Fresno Police Department, Kerman Police Department, Kingsburg Police Department, Reedley Police Department, Selma Police Department, and the United States Marshal Service.
Below are statistics from operation:
Total Arrests: 46
Felony Arrests: 27
Misdemeanor Arrests: 19
Total Probation/Parole Contacts: 92
Parole Contacts: 6
Probation Contacts: 22
Probation/Parole Searches Completed: 64
Proactive Vehicle Stops: 71
Proactive Pedestrian Contacts: 51
Firearms Seized: 3
Vehicles Towed: 19
City of Clovis
1033 Fifth Street, Clovis, CA 93612