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June 23, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In order to resolve a "legal issue," a judge delayed the start of the penalty phase until today in a trial of a man convicted of murdering nine of his children. Judge R.L. Putnam dismissed the jurors Wednesday morning, saying they would have to wait another day before hearing testimony that would help them decide whether Marcus Wesson should get the death penalty. Last week, the jurors found Wesson guilty of nine counts of murder and 14 counts of sexually abusing several daughters and nieces.
December 14, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
As many as 600 underground tanks in the Fresno area are leaking and city workers are identifying the contents of 100 of those to determine if they pose any threat to ground water, officials said. "Some of them could contain chemicals that contaminate the ground water, and some could contaminate the soil," said Martin McIntyre, the city's water quality supervisor.
June 4, 2005 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
A jury began deliberations Friday in the murder trial of Marcus Wesson -- a case that has captivated this town with talk of incest, vampires, a murder-suicide pact and nine slain children discovered in a back bedroom, their bodies stacked youngest to oldest, ages 1 to 25. The day Wesson walked out of his home 15 months ago -- his clothes bloodstained and nine of his children dead -- he seemed well on his way to national infamy, the kind reserved for serial killers and child rapists.
June 29, 1987
Newspaper Guild members and union supporters marched in front of the Fresno Bee and Bakersfield Californian over the weekend to protest stalled negotiations. They were opposing management demands that all raises be granted according to merit. The unions claim that could result in favoritism and want to maintain traditional across-the-board pay increases. "The wage scale is the bedrock of trade-unionism," United Farm Workers President Cesar Chavez said at a rally in front of the Bee.
November 30, 1991
Re "Choosing Any Surgery Is a Personal Right," by W. Grant Stevens, Commentary, Nov. 17: A year ago, my sister died in surgery while undergoing a breast augmentation procedure. She did not need one. There was nothing wrong physically with this kind, gentle and beautiful woman. Somehow, she thought that her clothes might fit better if she had a more shapely bosom. Her husband was against this procedure and warned her that any surgery could be risky. I will never get over her death.
March 5, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
FRESNO Fresno residents may soon notice a marked improvement in their tap water. A $32-million surface-water treatment plant that will send Kings River and Millerton Lake water into thousands of northeast Fresno homes will open in the next several months.
February 22, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A gunman was killed by police after a Mardi Gras shooting rampage injured three officers and a bystander and sent revelers scurrying for cover, police said. Joel Perales, 22, of Clovis started firing a gun Tuesday after officers tried to pull him over in an area crowded with Fat Tuesday partygoers.
June 10, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Firefighters said they would remain at a six-acre recycling plant until today to completely douse a blaze that started last week. The smoldering cinders at Bairos Recycling, which caught fire Friday, were fully contained and about 50% controlled by Sunday, Fresno Battalion Chief Tim Henry said. On Monday, firefighters continued spraying water over a lightly smoking paper pile in the center of the yard and mopping up a papery soup created by 6 inches of water.
November 15, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of Fresno High School students protested in front of their school, then marched downtown Friday, asking why their superintendent had received a bonus of nearly $25,000 when students and other employees were suffering from budget cuts. Like many other districts across the state, Fresno Unified had to squeeze an already underfunded system a little more this year, increasing class sizes, raising the cost for teachers' health insurance and cutting jobs.
April 26, 2005 | Tonya Alanez, Times Staff Writer
Medical marijuana advocates sued the city of Fresno on Monday, hoping to overturn what they called unreasonable restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries. Americans for Safe Access, an Oakland-based nonprofit group, and William McPike, an attorney, caregiver and qualified medical marijuana patient, filed the complaint in Superior Court in Fresno.
April 17, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A Fresno High School substitute teacher charged with smoking marijuana with students in his class wrote a letter to the local newspaper saying that five years of pot smoking had made him "mentally powerless." Chris Bochin, 22, said he set the worst example for students. "It was the worst thing I've ever done, but in a way, the resultant shame and embarrassment I felt might just save my life in the long run," Bochin wrote to the Fresno Bee.
March 4, 2005 | Mark Arax, Times Staff Writer
In the days after the worst mass murder in this city's history, police portrayed suspect Marcus Wesson as a cold-blooded killer who, one by one, shot his nine children to death rather than risk losing them to authorities. But as his murder trial opened Thursday in Fresno County Superior Court, prosecutor Lisa Gamoian left open the distinct possibility that the 58-year-old Wesson never fired a single shot in the March 12, 2004, deaths.
January 31, 2005 | Mark Arax, Times Staff Writer
Of all the obstacles standing between Ben Ewell and his dream of building a new town in the foothills above Fresno, water would seem the least of them. The ambitious project sits along the shores of Millerton Lake, which holds the flow of the San Joaquin River. With a single pipeline acting as a straw, Ewell draws federal water from the lake to his golf course and high-priced houses nestled in the oak-and-granite hills.
January 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The city's homicide rate hit a seven-year high in 2004, with 52 deaths, an average of one a week. "It was a very busy year," said Fresno Police Sgt. Len Gleim, homicide unit supervisor. Fresno recorded 36 homicides in 2003. The 2004 total was the highest since 1997's 60 cases. Gleim said the increase in 2004 could be traced to a number of multiple homicide cases. On March 12, nine people, including children, were killed in a single case.
December 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
A newsman whose face and voice became well known in the Central Valley during more than 10 years of work in television and radio has been ordered to stand trial on charges of molesting nine children at a popular Fresno park. Nicholas Fanady, known on the air as Nick Ryan, allegedly molested boys in or around Woodward Park since 1995, authorities said at a preliminary hearing Monday. Several of the children said they recognized Fanady from his work on television.
May 21, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Marcus Wesson will stand trial on charges that he killed nine of his children in this city's worst mass slaying, a judge ruled Thursday. Defense attorneys had sought dismissal of the charges, contending that prosecutors had not proven that he committed the killings. Wesson emerged from his Fresno home March 12 with blood on his body and clothes. In a back bedroom, police discovered a bloody pile of bodies: nine of Wesson's children ranging in age from 1 to 25.
May 13, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The city of Fresno is building an outdoor "drunk tank" to hold anyone caught "impaired by alcohol," city officials said. Fresno City Council gave the nonprofit Fresno Rescue Mission a contract to run a holding tank designed to accommodate the half-dozen drunks the city houses each day, while saving about $415,000 a year in jail fees. The tank -- which the police call an "alternative placement for inebriated individuals" -- will be on a city-owned lot.
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