Legal Issues

Appellate court sides with Gerawan in labor fight

A federal appeals court in Fresno has sided with one of the largest fruit farms in the country in its fight with state regulators and a union over a labor contract for its workers.

Woman arrested in $1.5M tax, investment fraud case

A Porterville woman was arrested Monday on allegations of tax and investment fraud totaling more than $1.5M in losses.

Inmate hurt in blast at sheriff's gun range dies

(AP) — A jail inmate who was injured in a gas pipeline explosion at a central California sheriff's gun range last month has died, authorities said.

Feds withdraw Rim Fire indictment after witness deaths

The U.S. attorney has moved to withdraw the indictment of the man suspected of starting the 2013 Rim Fire, which burned 250,000 acres of Sierra Nevada land.The deaths of two key witnesses has led the federal government to dismiss the indictment against a man suspected of starting the 2013 Rim Fire that burned 250,000 acres of Sierra Nevada land, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

Fresno County Bar to host Law Day May 6

The Fresno County Bar Association will host its third-annual Law Day At Courthouse Park on May 6 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Madera funeral home owner arrested on fraud charges

The Madera County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that Sharlane Smith, co-owner of Smith Manor Grace Chapel in Madera, was arrested on numerous counts of fraud.

Local man who clubbed 925 chickens sentenced to jail

(AP) — A judge has sentenced an 18-year-old man to 120 days in jail for clubbing 925 Foster Farms chickens to death in Fresno last year.

Fresno DA: ‘Everyone got bamboozled with Prop. 47’

Lisa Smittcamp speaks at the Fresno Chamber's "Eggs & Issues" event April 3. Photo courtesy of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce.Fresno County’s new top prosecutor, Lisa A. Smittcamp, addressed area business leaders this morning at the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Eggs & Issues” breakfast.

Clinic shooting victim identified

The 33-year-old woman killed in a murder-suicide Tuesday in downtown Fresno has been identified as Zyang Vang.

Obama commutes sentence of Fresno drug offender

(AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentences of nearly two dozen drug convicts, including a Fresno man, in an act the White House said continues Obama's push to make the justice system fairer by reducing harsh sentences that were handed down under outdated guidelines.