Category Archives: Local News

DA Smittcamp Says Arambula Case Was “Not Politically Motivated”

DA Smittcamp Says Arambula Case Was “Not Politically Motivated”

  FRESNO, CA (KMJ) – Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula is found not guilty of misdemeanor charge of child abuse, but the debate over whether the charge was politically motivated continues. On Thursday, Dr. Arambula said he will return to his duties in the state assembly, as the Democrat representing District 31. He said he will return…MORE

Fresno-Based Pilot Survives Jet Crash

Fresno-Based Pilot Survives Jet Crash

(CNN) — An F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday into a warehouse just off March Air Reserve Base in Perris, California. The pilot ejected before impact just off the end of the runway, Maj. Perry Covington said. The pilot was taken to a hospital to be checked out but has no major injuries, said base spokesman Reggie Varner. Varner…MORE

Gas Price Hike Could be Due to Outages, Manipulation

Gas Price Hike Could be Due to Outages, Manipulation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The California Energy Commission says refinery outages and potential market manipulation could be driving up state gas prices. In a memo to Gov. Gavin Newsom, the commission says price hikes since 2015 have ranged between 17 cents and 34 cents per gallon, after accounting for additional taxes and other program costs.…MORE

Arambula Found Not Guilty of Child Abuse, Returns to Assembly Monday

Arambula Found Not Guilty of Child Abuse, Returns to Assembly Monday

    FRESNO, CA (KMJ) – A Fresno jury on Thursday returned a not-guilty verdict in the trial Assemblyman Dr. Joaquin Arambula. The 41-year-old Fresno democrat was facing one count of misdemeanor child abuse following his arrest in December. He said his 7-year-old daughter acted out and he spanked her, the next day CPS was called…MORE

Feds Strip High Speed Rail of $928 Million

Feds Strip High Speed Rail of $928 Million

FRESNO, CA (KMJ)  California’s “bullet train” just hit another major speed bump. On Thursday, the Federal Railroad Administration announced it’s terminating its deal with the state of California to fund the controversial High Speed Rail Project because CHSRA has “repeatedly failed to comply” with terms of the 2010 agreement” the FRA said. CLICK TO READ…MORE

Gov. Newsom’s ‘Water Tax’ Shot Down in CA Senate

Gov. Newsom’s ‘Water Tax’ Shot Down in CA Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The California Senate has rejected a new tax on most residential water bills, opting instead to use existing tax dollars to improve drinking water in some of the state’s poorest areas. State officials say in 2017, more than 450 public water systems did not comply with safety standards, affecting more than…MORE

Arambula Found Not Guilty of Child Abuse

Arambula Found Not Guilty of Child Abuse

    FRESNO, CA (KM) – A Fresno jury on Thursday returned a not-guilty verdict in the trial Assemblyman Dr. Joaquin Arambula. The Fresno democrat was facing one count of Misdemeanor charge of child abuse.  If he had been found guilty, Arambula could have faced as much as six months in jail Developing…    …MORE

Fresno Diocese, Others to Compensate Victims of Priest Abuse

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Six Roman Catholic dioceses in California are creating a program to compensate people who were sexually abused by priests as children, in return for promising not to sue. The program announced Tuesday includes the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the dioceses of Fresno, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Diego. They…MORE

Snow Closes Glacier Point Road

(AP) – A popular road at Yosemite National Park will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning Wednesday evening ahead of a series of storms expected to dump at least a foot of snow on the highest peaks. Park spokeswoman Scott Gediman says Glacier Point Road will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The 16-mile  road offers…MORE