Alexa Bertola, KSEE24 News

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Past articles by Alexa:

An up-close look: Tulare PD’s new armored vehicle

Tulare police have a new crime fighting tool; a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle also known as a MRAP. It stands 12 feet tall, 25 feet long, and weighs 45,000 pounds. It was previously found in a war zone. “We do understand that it did serve time in the Middle East,” said Lt. Jerod Boatman […] → Read More

Watch: CHP Merced cracking down on those who fail to stop at crosswalks for pedestrians

Cracking down on crosswalks to increase pedestrian safety. That was the focus of a CHP operation in the Merced area this week. We’re told that within a matter of 45 minutes, six drivers were cited for not stopping for pedestrians. Two warnings were also issued. Officers posted a couple of videos on social media showing […] → Read More

Police: Victim, suspect met one other time before deadly Tulare softball tournament shooting

Tulare police say they’ve made an arrest in Saturday’s deadly shooting at a softball tournament. They’ve identified the suspect as 26-year-old, Christopher Gonzalez. He was taken into custody Tuesday night. Police say he gunned down 28-year-old, Jesus Marquez in the parking lot of Prosperity Sports Park. Friends say Marquez was loved by everyone. The two […] → Read More

Medical marijuana could soon be allowed in public schools

Medical marijuana could soon be allowed in public schools all across the state. The California Assembly approved a bill on Monday that would allow parents to administer medical marijuana to their student on campus. “Initially, I was a little skeptical,” said Robert Hernandez of Clovis. The bill would allow the use of marijuana in non-smoking […] → Read More

Uber and Lyft drivers demand better pay, push to unionize

A 500 mile Uber and Lyft pilgrimage is underway. The goal: to get Assembly Bill 5 passed and union rights for rideshare drivers. Also, a plea to the California Chamber of Commerce to stop their campaign against AB5. Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers are taking part in the 3-day journey. This comes as the […] → Read More

Local affluent neighborhood hit by string of burglaries

An affluent Fresno neighborhood targeted by burglars. Residents of Monte Verdi are now on high alert and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. The Sheriff’s Office confirms at least 8 burglaries over the past 18 months in the neighborhood. The string of burglaries are believed to be connected. “It’s just crazy because there’s been […] → Read More

More toxic, environmentally hazardous: illegal marijuana grow busted in Sierra Nevadas

The Sierra Nevadas in Madera County are being threatened by a massive marijuana grow. This Mexican-based marijuana grow and others on the federal public land are described as more toxic, dangerous and environmentally hazardous than ever before. “We have undertaken aggressive efforts over a long period of time to go after this issue as vigorously […] → Read More

Efforts underway to cap rent increases in CA

California could soon be limiting landlords on how much they raise your rent each year. The action taken on Monday by the Senate Appropriations Committee was that a decision will be made at the end of the month. Meantime, if you’re a renter, you’ve probably had your rent hiked at some point. “All I get […] → Read More

Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy arrested again, no longer with department

A Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested again. We’re learning David Raquenio is no longer with the department. It’s his second arrest in less than three months. The 2016 Top Cop Award recipient was first arrested in May at his home in Harlan Ranch for felony domestic violence. On Wednesday afternoon, he was arrested again. […] → Read More

Bail reduction denied for driver in crash that killed 8-year-old boy in Selma

The man accused of a deadly crash in Selma that took the life of an 8-year-old boy appeared in court on Thursday. The California Highway Patrol says Karmjit Singh was speeding when he ran a stop sign crashing into the Martzen family back in February. 8-year-old, Maverick was killed. This week, the District Attorney’s office […] → Read More

Security cameras, lights go up in Northwest Fresno neighborhood known for violence

Efforts are underway to clean-up a Northwest Fresno neighborhood that’s known for violence. Located at Fairmont and Holt, police say on Monday a 27-year-old woman was stabbed at the West Shaw Estates. She is expected to be okay. Her boyfriend, 29-year-old Charles Brown was arrested. Meantime, residents say even though violence appears to be improving […] → Read More

Safety polls now being installed in Old Town Clovis

New safety measures are in the works in Old Town Clovis. On Monday, crews began installing safety polls at 3rd and Pollasky. The city is the first in Fresno County to make the move. The stainless steel barriers can be lifted up from the ground anytime but they’ll be used during the Farmer’s Market and […] → Read More

Caught on cam: car crash in front of Clovis Unified bus raises awareness of school bus safety laws

Local schools and law enforcement are raising awareness about school bus safety laws ahead of the new school year. They’re trying to raise awareness that “Red Means Stop!” Dramatic video caught on a Clovis Unified bus surveillance camera shows a car smashing into another car waiting for a bus with red lights flashing. It’s a […] → Read More

Trade war: Valley farmers faced with China halting Ag imports

The trade war heating up. China is suspending U.S. agricultural imports leaving some local farmers in shock. This comes after President Trump’s decision just last week to increase tariffs on Chinese products. It will impact $300 billion worth of Chinese goods and takes effect September 1. One of the crops impacted by this latest directive […] → Read More

Naval Air Station Lemoore is mourning the loss of its own

LEMOORE, California – Naval Air Station Lemoore is mourning the loss of its own. The Navy has confirmed that the pilot of a fighter jet that crashed on Wednesday near China Lake is dead. Search and rescue teams were looking for that missing pilot for hours. One day later, we are getting word that the […] → Read More

“I think about what I had”: New West Nile cases bringing back memories for Fresno woman

There have been two confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Fresno County. Five other cases are suspected meaning people are showing symptoms but are waiting on testing. “Debilitating would be the best word,” said Yvonne Mattrocce who was infected with West Nile Virus 15 years ago. At the time, it was an anomaly. “In […] → Read More

New eateries coming to North Fresno shopping center

Several new eateries are making their way to North Fresno. They’ll be located in the Universal Park shopping center at Blackstone and El Paso Avenues. The center is already home to Lowe’s and Chuck E Cheese. Two restaurants will soon replace ones that are currently vacant and a third restaurant just opened its doors last […] → Read More

North Central Fire District back up and running

It’s been more than a decade in the making. Residents in Kerman, Biola and west of the 99 are resting easy knowing the North Central Fire District is once again up and running. “It’s nice to know that there’s a fire department really close,” said resident, Linda Wimer. The fire district has four stations. One […] → Read More

WATCH: Madera PD releases longer version of dash cam chase

Madera PD releases longer version of dash cam chase, ending in taking one man into custody. The original, shorter video has more than 25,000 views on social media. → Read More

Vandals hit Merced school buses several times this summer

Some vandalism is happening at the school bus yard behind Merced High School. It’s the third time this month the buses have been trashed. 12 were hit in total, some more than once. The Merced Union High School District’s Director of Transportation, Michelle Williams says the cost for repairs and clean-up is about $20,000. Six […] → Read More