Farm Market reopens March 24 after being struck by car

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Farm Market reopens March 24 after being struck by car

The Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market at Fresno State will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 24, after it was forced to close on Friday, March 23, because of damage sustained when a car smashed through a wall and into the market.

The two people in the car were taken into custody by Fresno police officers who had been following the vehicle.

The market received damage estimated at several thousand dollars. Friday was devoted to fixing the wall where the car entered and cleaning up scores of broken bottles of student-produced jams and jellies, sauces, salsa and other foods.

Lt. James Watson of the University Police Department at Fresno State, reported Fresno police observed a car going east in westbound lanes of Barstow Avenue near Millbrook Avenue, west of campus. Fresno police said they followed the vehicle, but were not engaged in a pursuit.

Officers following the car through campus lost sight of it at the traffic circle at Chestnut Avenue and Barstow, said Watson. When officers turned south on Chestnut and saw no tail lights they noted a hole in the west wall of the Farm Market.

Officers found the car inside the market. It had broken through the wood siding, destroyed part of the checkout area and was lodged against a cold case on the south end of the building. Police arrested Brian Goodman, 30, and Shamika L. Thompson, 36, both of Fresno, inside the market.

Fresno Police reported finding a stolen handgun in the vehicle and arrested Goodman for an outstanding warrant and on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a stolen firearm. Both Goodman and Thompson were taken to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

Fresno State officials boarded up the market for the rest of the night and repairs began early Friday.