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Halloween is a time when thousands of trick-or-treaters dressed up in their favorite costumes will be out and about having a good time collecting candy. For other adults, that means heading to local bars, restaurants or house parties to celebrate the holiday.
With so many people hitting the streets Oct. 31, The Clovis Police Department wants to remind those participating in events where alcohol may be involved to celebrate Halloween responsibly.
In partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), Clovis Police Department is encouraging everyone to not put yourself and others at risk by choosing to drink and drive. If you plan to drink, plan a sober ride home.
“Halloween should be a fun night for kids and adults,” Officer Bradford said. “By planning ahead, abiding by the rules of the road and driving sober, everyone can enjoy a safe night out.”
Unfortunately, Halloween night is also when there is an uptick in drunk-driving related crashes. Between 2012 and 2016, there were 168 drunk-driving deaths on Halloween night. Forty-four percent of all people killed in crashes on Halloween night were in crashes involving a drunk driver, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Younger drivers (21-34 years old) pose the greatest risk, accounting for nearly half of all deaths in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night in 2016.
“We want people to enjoy Halloween, but also act responsibly,” Bradford said. “There are no excuses for driving impaired. There are so many options to get home safely.”
On Tuesday, October 16, Clovis Police received several calls for service around lunch time in the area of Willow Ave./W. Ashlan Ave. regarding a suspicious male following adult women. The callers reported that a male in an older model blue pick-up truck was driving up and down Willow Ave. approximately between W. Ashlan Ave. and W. Gettysburg Ave. It appeared the male was trying to lure females into his vehicle.
Two separate victims were located and reported to Officers that the suspect was aggressive and they feared for their safety. One witness was able to obtain a photo of the suspect and the license plate on the truck he was driving. This information led Detectives to a residence in Fresno where he was arrested without incident.
Clovis Police Detectives arrested 32 year-old Lammar Carey of Fresno for two counts of felony attempted kidnapping. Carey was booked into Fresno County Jail overnight. It is possible that Carey attempted to contact additional women during this time frame. If you have information about additional victims, you are asked to contact the Clovis Police Department at (559) 324-2800.
The Clovis Police Department would like to remind residents to dial 911 when or if you believe someone is following you or committing a crime. Thank you to the victims and witnesses who stepped forward and provided statements for this case.
The parents contacted the Police late Wednesday evening as soon as the victim reported the incident to them. The investigation led Detectives to Zacharias’ music studio in Clovis and his residence in Fresno. Zacharias was taken into custody without incident and later booked into the Fresno County Jail.
This investigation is ongoing at this time and it is unknown if there are any other victims, Zacharias has taught private music lessons in both Fresno and Clovis. If you have any information regarding this case please contact the Clovis Police Department at 324-2800.
On Wednesday, August 7, 2018, the Clovis Police Department was made aware of possible threats on social media that were directed at the Andrew Janz campaign and its supporters. The threat was made via Twitter during a conversation between a Janz supporter and another person. The other person tweeted "How about I waste you and everybody in the Clovis town tall", speaking about the town hall meeting scheduled at the Clovis Veteran’s Memorial Building that took place this morning, Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Candidate Janz made contact with our Department, and a police report for threats was taken. Detectives have interviewed the Janz supporter who is the victim in this case, and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the tweets in question.
The town hall meeting took place without incident, and because of the on-going investigation, Detectives did attend the event to ensure nothing happened. At the same time of the town hall meeting, there was an unrelated class for law enforcement at the same location, which is the reason it appeared that additional uniformed personnel were on hand. The personnel attending their training class had no part in the town hall meeting.
This is an on-going investigation, and no further details are available at this time
Clovis Police Officers have arrested 25 year-old Carter Johnson no less than six times for felonies since 2016 related to stolen firearms, commercial and residential burglaries, and manufacturing narcotics. In September 2016, Johnson was arrested for two Clovis commercial burglaries. During a search warrant at Johnson’s home related to the commercial burglaries, Detectives recovered two stolen handguns, an illegal sawed off shotgun, and other stolen property. Johnson is going through the court process for both of those felony cases.
Just two weeks later, Johnson was contacted again after Clovis Police and Fire Departments responded to his residence for an explosion that caused a fire. The fire investigation found that Johnson was operating a “butane honey oil” lab at his home, where children also live, and the fire and explosion was caused by that lab. Johnson was transported to the hospital because of the extent of his injuries, and the felony case was submitted to the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office. That case remains with the District Attorney at this time and is awaiting the court process.
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!
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