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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.
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