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Live Town Hall Thursday: What Can We Do About Gangs?

Live Town Hall Thursday: What Can We Do About Gangs?

What can the Fresno area do about gangs and the violence they bring to our communities?

After the senseless killing of little Janessa Ramirez, that's the question a lot of people are asking.

KMPH Fox26 News is working with community groups and the Fresno Police Gang Task Force to put together a town hall meeting on gangs Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

You can watch it live on the Central Valley's CW KFRE 59 or streaming online on KMPH.com.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, Pastor B.T. Lewis from Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, and outreach worker Ernie Rodriguez will lead our discussion.

KMPH Fox26 News Anchor Monty Torres will be the moderator and dozens of gang outreach workers and former gang members will be in the audience and will answer and ask questions of the panel.

Scam Alert: DMV Warning To Driver License Applicants

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reminding DMV customers to avoid scams involving driver license applications, such as efforts to charge for services that DMV offers for free.

“Paying someone who promises to speed up the process of obtaining a California driver license will only waste your time and money,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “It is easy to get a new driver license by making a free appointment at your local DMV office, so do not waste your money paying anyone to help you.”

Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60) allows the DMV to issue a California driver license, regardless of immigration status, to those who can prove identity and California residency. Applicants must also meet all other qualifications for obtaining a driver license, including passing a written test, vision test, and behind-the-wheel exam. DMV will begin issuing driver licenses under AB 60 on January 2, 2015. The only necessary fee is $33 payable to DMV.

Man Shot, Horse Killed In Prather

Man Shot, Horse Killed In Prather

Glenn Champ has been arrested.

Tulare County sheriff's deputies found Champ just south of Goshen.

He will be turned over to the Fresno County Sheriff's Department.

Fresno deputies were looking for Champ in connection with a shooting in Prather.

Deputies say he shot his neighbor on Lynx Road following an argument.

Champ ran for California governor last year.

The man he's accused of shooting was shot in his stomach and was airlifted to the hospital.

The victim's son was reportedly there when his father was shot.

Deputies say Champ then shot and killed a horse for unknown reasons.

Champ is facing charges for attempted murder, child endangerment, and animal cruelty.

The shooting victim's condition was not known at the time of this report.

High School Arts Contest With a Purpose: Victims' Rights

District Attorney Tim Ward is pleased to announce the launch of the Office of the District Attorney 2014 Victims’ Rights Week High School Art Contest.

Tim Ward states, "This event is to highlight the rights of victims through the artistic talents of local high school students. The creative work of these students can help to bring fresh ideas to the awareness of the needs of victims".

The 2014 Victims’ Rights Week High School Art Contest coincides with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is observed nationwide from April 6-12, 2014. April is also Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month and District Attorney Tim Ward appreciates the collaboration of Tulare County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a community partner in this Victims’ Rights event.

Tulare Man Gets Second Strike, Jail Time For Domestic Violence

A Tulare man will be serving nine years in state prison for beating his girlfriend. Marlon Andre Dumas, 28, was sentenced on September 4th, for a felony count of corporal injury to a cohabitant causing great bodily injury.He had entered a guilty plea on July 22.The actual crime happened on December 20, 2012.Dumas began an argument with his girlfriend and, at one point, punched her in the face. This left a large gash on the victim's mouth, requiring eight stitches.Dumas denied knowing the victim when initially contacted by police.At one point, Dumas’ mother reportedly attempted to persuade the victim to drop the charges. Dumas was already on felony probation for a previous conviction in May of 2011for felony corporal punishment and misdemeanor child endangerment.He received 275 days in jail and three years felony probation.

CASA To Train Volunteers to Help Children Connect With Family

CASA To Train Volunteers to Help Children Connect With Family

Children in the foster care system-- because of either abuse or neglect can lose contact with extended family, friends and neighbors.

They feel isolated and lost when their world, as they know it, seems to disappear.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Tulare County is launching a new program to train volunteers to help children remain connected with their history, in partnership with Tulare County Child Welfare Services and funded through a planning grant from First 5 Tulare County.

The Family Search and Engagement program will train CASA volunteers to search for people – relatives, teachers, neighbors, coaches – who can provide consistency and stability in a child’s life.

“Every child has an average of 40 connections that can be found in a couple of hours,” said Marilyn Barr, executive director of CASA of Tulare County. “This isn’t about placement of the child.

Former Exeter PD Chaplain Sentenced for Molestation

Former Exeter PD Chaplain Sentenced for Molestation

Superior Court Judge Darryl Ferguson has sentenced 63-year-old Alton Eugene Dorrough of Exeter, to 25 years state prison for two separate counts of forcible lewd acts on a child under 14 and single count of lewd act on a child under 14 and contacting a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense.

Dorrough pled to three of the counts on March 4, 2013 and an additional count on May 2nd.

In May of 2012, detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were called to the Exeter Police Department.

The victim told them Dorrough molested her between 2007 and 2012.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department was called to investigate the case because Dorrough was the acting Exeter Police Department Chaplain.