Sacramento, California - Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday announced the following appointments:

Sacramento, California - On Thursday, after a seven-day trial, a federal jury found Christopher Ramonaguilar Lawrence, 24, of Chico, guilty of one count of sex trafficking of a child and one count of distribution of methamphetamine to a person under 21, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Fresno, California - Sherman Smith, 73, of Monterey, was indicted Thursday on seven counts of wire fraud, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Escondido, California - In honor of the hard-working firefighters who help to protect people, animals and structures across the region, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, through the support of California Coast Credit Union, is offering free admission to all active firefighters throughout the entire month of September.

Riverside, California - A total of seven California horses have tested positive in recent weeks for West Nile Virus, with six of the cases in the Central Valley and one in Riverside County. Two of the horses were euthanized due to the severity of their symptoms.

Fresno, California - The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) will host their 27th annual fertilizer research conference at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Fresno, California, on October 28-30. The event includes a farm tour on October 28. This conference brings together industry professionals and academic researchers to learn about and share the latest research and innovative management practices for fertilizing materials.