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ProYouth postpones grand opening of Wittman Village Community Center

Unforeseen delays in renovation of community center push back ribbon cutting to early June By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A ribbon cutting celebration of the newly renovated Wittman Village Community Center has been scheduled to early June. City Manager Randy Groom said unforeseen delays in interior construction, primarily the remodel of the bathrooms, forced the […]

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St. Patrick’s Day vandal faces 8 years in prison

Man broke windows and glass doors at nine downtown businesses @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A Visalia man faces eight years in prison after causing $400 worth of damage breaking windows in the downtown area on St. Patrick’s Day. On March 26, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office announced criminal charges against 29-year-old Frank Higareda of Porterville […]

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Regina Mary Solomon is among Tulare County’s Top 10 Most Wanted Criminals in hiding

LATEST UPDATE: According to Tulare County Sheriff’s Twitter feed, Solomon was captured on Tuesday, March 20. @TheSunGazette VISALIA – After three names were added to Tulare County’s Most Wanted Criminals in Hiding list following some recent arrests, law enforcement authorities are still searching for seven people who have been on the list for several months. […]

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Three-alarm fire causes $2.5M in damages to Mt. Whitney auto shop but welding shop remains intact

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – When students arrived at Mt. Whitney High School on the morning of March 20, classes went on as normal, unless you are among those taking ag welding or ag mechanics classes. Just 12 hours earlier, a three-alarm fire melted half of the metal agriculture shop building at the high school […]

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Planning Commission approves Visalia Emergency Aid Council’s permit to more than double its storage space

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – A plan to more than double the size of Visalia’s largest food pantry was approved last month. At its Feb. 26 meeting, the Visalia Planning Commission approved the Visalia Emergency Aid Council’s permit to build a 6,000-square foot metal warehouse on its property at 217 NE 3rd Ave. just north of the […]

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Two arrested for operating illegal casino, drug charges

Man and woman also sold drug out of retail storefront on Ben Maddox @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Two people were arrested last week for operating an illegal casino out of a retail storefront. At 3:22 p.m. on March 13, officers with the Visalia Police Department’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement (HOPE) Team, working with officials from […]

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Three teens injured in DUI crash

CHP says driver was under the influence of pot when his pickup drifted into oncoming traffic @TheSunGazette KINGS COUNTY – Three Visalia teens and a Paso Robles man were injured last week when one of them drove into oncoming traffic while under the influence of marijuana. The accident happened at about 1:40 p.m. on March […]

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Visalia City Council remains silent on support for DACA solution

Visalia City Council passes on vote to discuss supporting legislation to address Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Tulare County’s largest city will not take a position on children and young adults living in Visalia who were brought to the United States illegally. In fact, they won’t even discuss it. At its […]

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Police arrest 3 for make shift chop shops

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Three local men attempting to operate make shift chop shops were arrested last week. On March 9, detectives with the Visalia Police Department officers pulled over a vehicle at 9:41 p.m. in the 1900 block of E. Houston Ave. because it did not have a license plate. The vehicle matched the description […]

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Terminally ill Visalia man who plotted to kill his doctors dies

Yue Chen of Visalia dies of cancer before sentencing in plan to kill Bay Area doctors who treated him By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A Visalia man who plotted to murder three Bay Area doctors has died. Yue Chen, 58, of Visalia died on Nov. 7, 2017 of cancer with his wife Paula by his side, […]

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