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Corcoran traffic stop turns up loaded gun, narcotics and a wanted felon

CORCORAN — When Corcoran police officers pulled over a car on Monday morning, they were surprised to find a loaded handgun under the front seat and a small amount of methamphetamine in the back, officials said.

It all happened in the 2000 block of Josephine Avenue just before 8 a.m. Officers conducted a traffic stop and spoke to the driver, 54-year-old Konstance Fortune of Fresno. They found out she was driving on a suspended license and decided to search the car, police said.

Their hunt turned up a fully-loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun and two bindles of methamphetamine, according to the Corcoran Police Department.

Fortune was detained along with her passengers, Joseph Desosries, 42, and Jose Munoz, 37, both of Fresno. Police cited Fortune for being an unlicensed driver and issued a citation to Munoz, who appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. Both were released with instructions to appear in court.

Desosries had two warrants out for his arrest. He was taken into custody for those and booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. He remained in custody Wednesday on $130,000 bail, jail records show.

Sierra Pacific collecting donations for Harvey relief

HANFORD — Sierra Pacific High School students have organized a donation drive that will take place during Friday’s football game and will benefit Hurricane Harvey relief.

Many Sierra Pacific students have been concerned about the devastation the hurricane has caused, Principal Darin Parson said, so the ASB students decided earlier this week that they wanted to help the hurricane victims by collecting donations.

“They thought the football game would be a good place,” Parson said.

In an email, ASB student Noah Frank said not only are the students collecting donations, they are asking everyone who attends the game to wear either red, white or blue clothing to show support for the nation.

Parson said donation bins will be available on site, and the school is asking for donations of money or new, packaged socks or underwear. He said everything collected will be given to the American Red Cross.

Donations will be taken at the front gate of Neighbor Bowl, 120 E Grangeville Blvd., from 5-8 p.m. The JV football game begins at 5 p.m. and the varsity football game begins at 7:30 p.m.