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Bike rider shot in Lemoore

LEMOORE — A man riding his bike early Tuesday morning in Lemoore was shot by two teenagers, police said.

At about 6 a.m., Lemoore Police officers were called to the 1300 block of Cedar Lane regarding someone who had been shot.

Upon arrival, officers said they located a 67-year-old man who had been shot in the upper arm and chest area.

As officers began rendering medical aid to the victim, they said they began interviewing him as well.

Police said the man stated he was on a bike ride in his neighborhood when he was approached by two men dressed in dark clothing.

Police said the victim said one of the suspects said something to him while he was riding his bike toward them and then stepped in his path in an attempt to get him to stop.

When the victim altered his path and rode around the men, police said the victim said one shot was fired and he felt it hit him before he rode home and called the police.

A search of the area where the victim said he was shot led officers to the discovery of a shell casing in the 1300 block of Lincoln Lane.

The victim was taken via Life Flight to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno where police said he is listed in stable condition.

Officers began looking in the area where the suspects were last seen, and officials said an officer saw two men matching the description walking into a nearby apartment complex.

Officers found one of the suspects, identified as 18-year-old Cesar Moreno-Pinon of Lemoore, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Police said the other man fled from the officers to an open field in the 1600 block of West D Street.

Additional officers responded and spotted the suspect and officers said they chased the man on foot and eventually caught him after a short time as he attempted to exit the field onto Castle Way.

Police said the man, identified as 18-year-old Jimmy Yzquierdo-Zaragoza, was also taken into custody without further incident.

Officials said Moreno-Pinon was booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, participation in a criminal street gang, conspiracy to commit murder, threatening a peace officer and public intoxication. His bail was set at $1.12 million.

Authorities said Yzquierdo-Zaragoza was booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, participation in a criminal street gang, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $1.11 million.

Police said video surveillance was also seized as evidence and assisted in this case.


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Kings County Government Center turns 40

HANFORD — A few weeks after his 16th birthday, Dameane Douglas said he remembered having to go to the Kings County Government Center to pay for his first speeding ticket, a memory he’ll never forget.

Tuesday he was back for a more positive reason as the representative for Assemblyman Rudy Salas at the center's 40th anniversary celebration.

“The great thing about this building is you realize it’s not just the walls, but the people inside the walls that make this a great place,” Douglas said.

“We’re all very proud of this facility,” Chairman Craig Pedersen said on behalf of the Board of Supervisors.

Pedersen said the ceremony was a way to recognize not just the Government Center, but to remember and reflect on all the past decisions that have made the county successful.

“It’s with great pride that we celebrate this today, and that in the effort of continuing to move Kings County forward, we never forget where we come from,” Pedersen said.

Supervisor Joe Neves gave the crowd a brief history of the area, saying Kings County was created in 1893 after many attempts and setbacks. He said the name of the county was taken from the Kings River, which runs through the area.

Neves said back then the newly formed Kings County had no courthouse, no offices, no stationary and no money.

“Pretty much like today,” Neves quipped, eliciting chuckles from the crowd.

Neves said the talk of a joint city-county complex started in 1952, but would take more than 20 years for the $12 million 168,664 square-foot Government Center to be opened. The center sits on 101 acres on the north side of Lacey Boulevard, as well as six acres on the south side.

“Kings County residents should be very proud of its history and present operations and future development as the site continues,” Neves said of the Government Center.

The ceremony was attended by special guests, including Justin Mendes, district director for Congressman David Valadao; Weston Anderson, representative for state Sen. Andy Vidak; and Douglas.

“I’ve been up and down the state looking at government buildings and this one is perfect,” Mendes said. “It represents the rural area that we’re in — it’s not too flashy, it’s not art deco — this is a great building. I’ve spent a lot of good times in here and I’m looking forward to the next 40 years.”

Douglas and Anderson presented a certificate of recognition from Salas and Vidak to mark the 40th anniversary of the center.

“If these walls could talk, I’m sure they would write the story book of Kings County,” Anderson said. “The future going forth looks bright.”

Capt. David James, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Lemoore, also gave a speech, saying the base has been a partner with the county since its inception in the late 1950s.

“We genuinely thank Kings County for its efforts in those days before the Government Center was built, and now, for its continued support,” James said. “I look forward to working with you for 40 or more years to come.”

The ceremony culminated with a rededication of the cornerstone of the Kings County Government Center from Mark Dawson, worshipful master of the Hanford Masonic Lodge.


Darrell Sapp 

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