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More information is coming out on the arson and rape case that ended with an officer involved shooting Friday night. Detectives say the suspect, Adrian Hernandez, allegedly tried to drown the female victim in a bath tub. When that wasn’t successful, he bound her hands, doused her with a flammable liquid and then dragged her downstairs. She was able to free herself and escape. A large framed BB pistol similar in appearance to a semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the suspect at the scene of the police activity on Union Avenue.

A man was trapped in a trench that collapsed Monday morning. The accident happened near Highway 119 and Ashe Road. Coworkers and two county firefighters rescued the man with a rope system and ladder. He was taken to Kern Medical Center for observation.

Fresno fire captain Pete Dern remains in serious condition and faces weeks of treatment for burns he suffered Sunday when a garage roof collapsed and he fell directly into the flames. He was quickly rescued by good Samaritans and fellow firefighters. Officials say the protective clothing he was wearing stopped further burning.

Drivers are cautioned to avoid westbound Panama Lane from Freeway 99 to Gosford on Wednesday and Thursday this week.  PG&E crews will have 2 of the 3 lanes closed for upgrade work in the area. A spokesperson says that will enhance the safety and reliability of the electric system. And there will be short delays on Highway 178 near Morning Drive, Wednesday through Friday. Traffic may be stopped for up to five minutes there between 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The Chevron Weather Center reports a cooling trend starts Tuesday with highs in the 70s through Thursday. It will be clear and cool overnight with lows in the 50s.


March 31, 2015

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