News you need to be in the know: 3R man arrested, three injured in head-on crash, weather watch

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Close-up view of Alta Peak during the clear out of Wednesday’s (Dec. 4) storm that brought another .75 inches of rainfall in Three Rivers. The weekend forecast is calling for more rain on Saturday, Dec. 7, that could bring an inch of rain to the foothills and another one to two feet of snow in the higher elevations. There’s a weather change due during the work week that could bring some drier conditions with slightly warmer temperatures.

Three Rivers man arrested

On Tuesday, November 26, several Tulare County Sheriff’s Office units sped into Three Rivers to diffuse a potentially volatile domestic situation. Upon arriving in the vicinity of the Three Rivers Historical Museum, Deputies found Taylor Shay Cannon, 24, of Three Rivers in a heated argument with an older man, reportedly his stepfather. News you need to

Originally, another person was thought to be the suspect in the incident and was detained but later released.  News you need to

Cannon was arrested and charged with making “threats of violence.” He was transported to jail where he was booked and held on $60,000 bail. News you need to

Three injured in head-on crash near Lemon Cove

On Monday, December 2, a 1994 Ford Explorer driven eastbound by Paul Ristow, 72, of Three Rivers collided head-on with a 2002 Chevy Silverado pickup driven westbound by Steven O’Neal, 30, of Visalia. According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash occurred just east of Avenue 244 on Highway 198 below Lemon Hill. A passenger in the Silverado pickup, who was believed to the driver’s brother, suffered major injuries and was airlifted to Kaweah Delta Medical Center via Life Flight. 

All three victims of the crash that occurred at 7:30 p.m. were wearing seat belts and while air bags deployed, all suffered broken legs due to the impact of the crash. It is currently unknown what caused Ristow to cross the center line. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

 Weather watch

Another round of precipitation is in the weekend forecast (Friday night through Saturday), and that should bring another inch of rainfall to the foothills around Three Rivers. Add to that the nearly three inches of rainfall since the day before Thanksgiving (Nov. 27) and Kaweah Country is off to a great start for the 2019-2020 precipitation season. News you need to

It has been decades since Three Rivers has had a round of cold storms on Thanksgiving that dumped three feet of snow in the nearby mountains. In 1974, a similar cold storm on Thanksgiving Day brought several inches of snow to Three Rivers at elevations below 1,000 feet. News you need to

In a study released this week, climatologists are predicting that escalating “atmospheric rivers” will do more than $1 billion of flood damage annually in the western U.S., and their frequency will increase due to climate change.    News you need to




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