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Child Porn Charges Against Visalia Man

Child Porn Charges Against Visalia Man

A 25-year-old Visalia man has been arrested in connection with a child pornography investigation.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office says Michael Martinez was taken into custody Wednesday morning after 250 child pornography files and 25 videos of children being sexually abused were found at his home. Authorities say he lived near an elementary school.

Martinez was booked into the Tulare County Jail on charges of possessing child pornography.

The sheriff's office says Martinez was identified during a peer-to-peer software sharing investigation, which was conducted by the Central California Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Molestation Of Young Relatives: Visalia Man Accused

Molestation Of Young Relatives: Visalia Man Accused

A Visalia man is behind bars on suspicion of molesting three young girls, and authorities say he is related to two of them.

Visalia Police say 44-year-old Angel Duran turned himself in Wednesday morning.

Investigators say the girls told them they were molested from 1997 -- when they were 4, 5 and 7 years old -- through 2004.

Duran was booked into the Tulare County Jail. His bail has been set at $500,000.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Chris Jennings at (559) 713-4727.

Slow Down on Kings River in Tulare County

Slow Down on Kings River in Tulare County

If you're planning to cool off on the Kings River this weekend -- heads up!

Low water levels mean lower speeds on the Kings River this Memorial Day Weekend.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Department will enforce a 5 mph speed limit for all vessels.

Tulare County Parks Manager Neil Pilegard said the reduced speed limit will be lifted once the flows in the Kings River reach 800 cubic feet per second (cfs).

It is measured at the Highway 99 bridge crossing, in Kingsburg.

The Kings River Watermaster estimates flows will remain at this level at least through the end of May.

Children's Hospital Needs NEW Stuffed Animals

Children's Hospital Needs NEW Stuffed Animals

Children's Hospital of Central California has a need, and this one goes right to the core of the hospital's mission: the children that need it and use it.

The hospital is running very low of one particular thing that children want when they are sick: cuddly, stuffed animals.

The hospital can ONLY accept new ones. It won't take used ones because of fear of bringing infections and other bad things into the facility.

The hospital is also in need of other things for the children. Here is a link to the Children's Hospital website so you can see what's needed and how to help: http://waystogive.childrenscentralcal.org/InKindGifts

Gusty Winds Hit The Valley; Blowing Dust Possible

Gusty Winds Hit The Valley; Blowing Dust Possible

Local air-pollution officials are advising people in the Valley to be careful because gusty winds are expected in the area through Wednesday evening.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District says winds may produce areas of localized blowing dust in the following counties: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley air basin portion of Kern.

Blowing dust can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter. Exposure to particle pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.

The Valley Air District says adults and children should avoid being outdoors for a long period of time.

For more information, visit valleyair.org.

Casino Jobs Up For Grabs In Clovis

Casino Jobs Up For Grabs In Clovis

Are you in the market for a job? You may want to head to Clovis because a casino is looking to fill dozens of positions.

The 500 Club Casino will hold a job fair on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 2 p.m., at its new site -- 771 W. Shaw Avenue (northeast corner of Shaw and Willow).

Some of the jobs available include: managers, supervisors, dealers, hosts, bartenders, chefs, dishwashers and security guards.

Applications will be available at the job fair.

Applicants must be 21 or older. The casino is asking applicants to take along a state issued ID or driver's license, social security card, resume, pen and paper.

The Clovis Police Department will do a criminal background check on each applicant.

Visalia Salvation Army Ripped Off

Thieves broke into the Visalia Salvation Army center and got away with several thousand dollars worth of equipment.

It happened sometime Wednesday night at the center located in the 1500 block of West Main Street.

Some of the items that were stolen include computers, musical instruments, a camera and a video projector, a Salvation Army spokesperson said.

Anyone with information on this burglary is urged to call the Visalia Police Department.