Pablo Lopez, The Fresno Bee

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The Fresno Bee

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Past articles by Pablo:

What was it like at a San Quentin execution? Reporter captured final moments in 1996

Looking back at the execution of Keith Daniel Williams, on death row for killing three Merced County CA residents in 1978, from a witness to the lethal injection administered at San Quentin Prison on May 3, 1996. → Read More

Murder-for-hire charge dismissed in ‘weird’ hit man case in Fresno

A Fresno man will not stand trial on a felony charge of a trying to pay a hit man $200,000 to kill a lawyer from the high-powered McCormick Barstow law firm because the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office has dropped the charge of solicitation for murder. → Read More

Fresno jury finds husband guilty of first-degree murder in wife’s death

A Fresno County jury on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 found David Pena guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his estranged wife Martha Mendiola. → Read More

He wanted to kill a gang rival. Instead he shot innocent victim. Now he’s going to prison

Jacob Abston, 24, of Fresno, Ca, was sentenced Tuesday to 24 years in prison for fatally shooting 16-year-old Kevin Bonton Jr. in Fresno’s Tower District in February 2014. → Read More

‘No remorse or apology.’ Details of beer pong and coverups in Clovis educator’s death

A sentencing memorandum by a Fresno, Ca, prosecutor gives new details about Rogelio Alvarez Maravilla’s hit-and-run killing of Clovis Unified school vice principal Gavin Gladding in September this year. → Read More

Upset with losing court case, man tried to hire hit man to kill a lawyer, police say

Antoian Griffin, 57, of Fresno, CA, is being held in the Fresno County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. He is accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill attorney Gary Hunt of the McCormick Barstow law firm. → Read More

Jury decides in student’s forced pushups case. District’s lawyer says humility is good

In Fresno, Ca, Superior Court, jurors voted 11-1 in favor of the Fresno Unified School District and teacher Joshua Gehris, who had ordered a fourth-grade girl to do pushups and other exercises for talking in class. → Read More

Man accused of killing estranged wife said he fulfilled her dying wish: clean the crime scene

David Pena, 51, of Fresno, Ca, is on trial, accused of killing his estranged wife two years ago, cleaning the crime scene with bleach and driving around the city with her body in the back seat of her car. → Read More

He used a sword to kill a man over beer. Now he’s going to prison

Curtis Michael Davis, 58, of Fresno, Ca, was sentenced Wednesday in Fresno Superior Court to 26 years to life in prison for killing an unarmed man with a sword in a dispute over two cans of beer. → Read More

Abuse or accountability? Student’s forced pushups case heading to jury

A Superior Court jury will begin deliberations Wednesday to determine whether a Fresno, Ca, teacher was negligent for ordering a 9-year-old girl to do pushups and other exercise in a classroom filled with students. → Read More

Principal didn’t mean to say teacher committed ‘misconduct’ for making pupil do pushups

In Fresno, CA, Superior Court, Slater Elementary School Principal Kelli Wilkins testified Monday that teacher Joshua Gehris had the freedom to make fourth-graders do pushups and other exercises as discipline. → Read More

He’s 43 years old. Judge sentences him to 354 years in prison for shooting at motorists

Jorge Javier Gracia, 43, of Kerman, CA, will spend life behind bars after being convicted in Fresno Superior Court of six random shootings – five in Fresno County and one in Madera County – late last year. → Read More

An exercise in humiliation — or discipline? New facts emerge in child’s forced pushups case

After two days of testimony, a Fresno, Ca, Superior Court jury began getting a clearer picture of why a Fresno fourth-grader felt humiliated for having to do pushups and other exercises for talking in class. → Read More

Teachers ordered fourth-grader to do pushups for talking in class. Was it appropriate?

Two Fresno, Ca, teachers are on trial in Superior Court, accused in a civil lawsuit of humiliating a fourth-grade student by making her do pushups and other physical exercises in a classroom filled with students. → Read More

Feed plant to pay $2.4 million to settle lawsuit for poisoning 49 horses in Clovis

Western Milling in Goshen, CA, has been ordered to pay $2.4 million to settle a Fresno Superior Court lawsuit for selling tainted feed to Black Fence Farms in Clovis that killed or severely injured 49 horse in September 2015. → Read More

Man says he’s innocent of labor trafficking. Judge says he turned three women into slaves

Efren Alvarez, 53, of Fresno, Ca, was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison in one of California’s first farm labor trafficking cases. Judge says Alvarez turned three women into slaves. → Read More

Fresno City College probe leads to arrest of female student with student body president

A female Fresno, CA, City College student who was caught in the women’s restroom with Student Body President Christopher Washington was released Friday from Fresno County Juvenile Hall. → Read More

DA says defendant confessed to killing farmer. He says he lied to protect his family

For the second time, Jose Canas is being tried in Fresno, CA, Superior Court on a murder charge in connection with the fatal shooting of Biola raisin farmer George Salwasser Jr. in May 2014. → Read More

Case dismissed against Fresno doctor accused of conspiring to do unlawful Botox injections

A Superior Court judge on Thursday dismissed a criminal case against Fresno, Ca, Dr. Mark Lawrence Nazarian, saying the California Department of Consumer Affairs had insufficient evidence against the doctor. → Read More

Police say fatal shooting by officer was justified. A judge says a jury must decide

The family of a Fresno, CA, man who was shot and killed by police in 2015 can move forward with its civil rights lawsuit that accuses the Fresno Police Department with excessive force, a judge ruled this week. → Read More