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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.

Free Document Shredding

Central Valley Community Bank is once again offering free shredding of legal documents for personal or business needs.

The mobile shredder will be in different locations throughout the San Joaquin Valley in the coming months. What makes this shredding safe is that papers will be shredded in different locations - to help combat identity theft concerns. 

Click HERE for the full list of shredding locations.


Double Trouble: Thief Takes Two Cars From Same Owner On Same Day

Double Trouble: Thief Takes Two Cars From Same Owner On Same Day

Sanger police are on the lookout for a car thief.

After a chase and a fist fight, he ends up stealing two cars from the same man, on the same day.

"You know when you lose something, you tend to look for it. Sanger is a small enough town where that does happen," said Cpl. Jason Boust with the Sanger Police Department.

A Sanger man tells KMPH, he was pulling up to his house Monday, when he saw a car thief taking off from his driveway with his other car, a Honda.

The owner chased him into a nearby apartment complex, where he rammed his SUV into the Honda, trying to trap the thief.

Both men get out and start fighting, the owner gets thrown to the ground, then the thief hops into his SUV and takes off with it.

Did Sanger Husband Kill His Wife? Man Turns Himself In

Did Sanger Husband Kill His Wife? Man Turns Himself In

A husband is in jail after his wife was found dead inside her Sanger apartment Sunday.

35-year-old Keith Beyer was arrested Monday near Shaver Lake, police say, after negotiators talked him into turning himself in.

Police found Beyer's wife, Sandra Beyer, dead, in her home Sunday after a call from a worried family member.

They also say they found evidence of foul play and immediately labeled the death as a homicide.

Police say they expect to release more details Tuesday, including the charges Beyer is now facing.

Shop Safely This Holiday Season

Shop Safely This Holiday Season


The Better Business Bureau has some safe shopping tips for you this holiday season.

Create a budget and stick to it