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Kingsburg man killed in hit and run; driver surrenders

A 57-year-old Kingsburg man was struck by a car and killed on Monday night by a driver who fled the scene and later returned when his boss told him to cooperate with investigators.

Javier Bautista Sierra, 37, of Riverdale was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run by the California Highway Patrol.

Officers believe the victim, who is not being named until family can be notified, was walking along Mountain View Avenue, west of Van Horn Avenue, wearing all dark clothing shortly before 9 p.m.

Sierra was driving east on Mountain View in a 2008 Volvo big rig. He apparently did not see the man, the CHP said, and struck him. The impact knocked the man to the roadway, then flung his body onto the dirt shoulder.

Deputies with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office found the man’s body shortly after and pronounced him dead from his injuries. The CHP was called in to help investigate the crash. An hour later, Sierra turned himself in, after being told by his employer to give himself up.

Sierra was found not to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Investigators said it is unclear, at this time, why Sierra did not see the victim on the road in front of him.

The case remains under investigation. Officials said on Tuesday they are still attempting to contact the victim’s family.

Suspect arrested for two separate acts of vandalism

LEMOORE — One report of a vandalism led to the arrest of a suspect who is believed to have committed a separate act of vandalism earlier in the day, according to the Lemoore Police Department.

Lemoore police officers said they received a call around 7 p.m. Sunday from a citizen reporting two people walking near the railroad tracks in downtown Lemoore vandalizing the railroad cars on the tracks.

When officers arrived, they said they located them and found graffiti on the railroad cars.

Police said that after further investigation, they found that one of the two subjects, 32-year-old Casey Taylor, was not only involved in the vandalism of the train cars, but was also involved in the vandalism of businesses earlier in the day, according to police.

During the early morning hours that same day, Lemoore police officers said they located several downtown businesses — all within a three-block area — that had been vandalized by graffiti.

Police said the vandalisms consisted of graffiti on the outside of the locations, with a collective estimated damage exceeding $400, making the crimes a felony.

Lemoore officials said Taylor was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism and booked into the Kings County Jail with bail set at $30,000.