Evading Peace Officer while Driving Recklessly
LOCATION:  Sierra & Church / Earlimart          DATE:  3/28/15          TIME:  1117 hours
CASE NUMBER:  15-3898         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect:

 

Unknown

 

Narrative:

 

On 3-28-2015 at 11:17am, deputies from the Sheriff's Pixley Substation observed an extended cab Chevy truck traveling south on Church Road in Earlimart. The vehicle ran the stop sign at Church and Sierra. Deputies attempted to make a traffic stop, but the suspect fled south on Church. This resulted in a pursuit which led out of town to the area of Avenue 48 and Road 144. Speeds reached 80 mph and the pursuit ended at Avenue 40 and Road 168 when the deputy terminated it due to dusty conditions and losing visual of the suspect vehicle.

 

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 685-2666 or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting (559) 725-4194 or through email at tcso@tipnow.com 

 
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Possession of controlled substance and possession of controlled substance for sales.
LOCATION:  30900 block on Rd. 71 Goshen, Ca          DATE:  03/27/2015          TIME:  2300 hours
CASE NUMBER:  15-3886         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On Thursday, 03/27/15 at 2240 hours, Deputies were dispatched to the 30900 block on Rd. 71 regarding a possible home invasion. Upon arrival Deputies stopped two vehicles which were identified as the suspect vehicles by the anonymous caller. Deputies detained seven subjects between the two vehicles. During the course of the investigation it was determined no home invasion was committed, although the following crimes were identified. 

 

Keshawn Houston 23 years old from Visalia was found to have an active felony warrant. Josh Hammond 50 years old from Visalia was found to have a parole hold out of Texas and also arrested for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Barak Tuggle 34 years old out of Goshen was arrested for obstructing a peace officer. Michael Dehoog 33 years old out of Visalia was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell. Travis Bradshaw 45 years of age out of Goshen was arrested for under the influence of a controlled substance.

 

The methamphetamine was found to be individually packaged and weighed a total of 9.6 grams.

 

The five individuals were placed under arrest and transported to Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility where they were booked. 

 
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HS 11377/11378- Poss of a Controlled Substance/Sales of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  30900 block of Road 71          DATE:  3-27-15          TIME:  2240 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  15-3886         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Goshen

On Thursday, 03/27/15 at 2240 hours, Deputies were dispatched to the 30900 block on Rd. 71 regarding a possible home invasion. Upon arrival Deputies stopped two vehicles which were identified as the suspect vehicles by the anonymous caller. Deputies detained seven subjects between the two vehicles. During the course of the investigation it was determined no home invasion was committed, although the following crimes were identified.

Keshawn Houston 23 years old from Visalia was found to have an active felony warrant. Josh Hammond 50 years old from Visalia was found to have a parole hold out of Texas and also arrested for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Barak Tuggle 34 years old out of Goshen was arrested for obstructing a peace officer. Michael Dehoog 33 years old out of Visalia was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell. Travis Bradshaw 45 years of age out of Goshen was arrested for under the influence of a controlled substance.

The methamphetamine was found to be individually packaged and weighed a total of 9.6 grams.

The five individuals were placed under arrest and transported to Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility where they were booked.

 

 

 
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Possession of controlled substance for sales
LOCATION:  Laurel Avenue and Santa Fe Road, Visalia          DATE:  03/27/2015          TIME:  0238
CASE NUMBER:  15-3845         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On Thursday, 03/27/15 at 0238 hours, a Deputy with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department contacted a subject on a bicycle in the area of Laurel Avenue and Santa Fe Road in Visalia. The subject was identified as Lawrence Chavez.  Lawrence was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was taken into custody.  

Lawrence was transported to Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility.  While at the facility Deputies searched Lawrence’s shoes and found two bags containing a white crystal like substance suspected of being methamphetamine.  The total weight of the substance was 8.6 grams.  

Lawrence was charged with HS 11378 and PC 4573.6.  

Suspect: Lawrence Chavez, age 52, from the City of Visalia

 
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Possession of Methamphetamine for Sales
LOCATION:  1000 block of East Springville Drive Porterville 93257          DATE:  3/26/15          TIME:  1051
CASE NUMBER:  15-03816          VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Additional Charges:

4573.6(A) PC – Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Custodial Facility

11377(A) H&S – Possession of Methamphetamine

11350(A) H&S – Possession of Narcotic Prescription Medication

11364(A) H&S – Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia

 

Suspect:

Bivens, Michael (43 Years)

Narrative:

On 3/26/15 at approximately 1051 Hours, deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff Department responded to a residence on the 1000 block of East Springville Drive in Porterville to conduct a probation search on Michael Bivens (43 Years).  During the search, deputies located narcotics paraphernalia, narcotic prescription medication and indicia indicating the sales of narcotics.  Bivens did not have a prescription for the medication located in his residence.  Bivens was placed under arrest and transported to the Porterville Substation.  During the booking process inside the Porterville Substation Jail, 3.2 grams of methamphetamine was located hidden on Bivens’ person.  Bivens was booked into the Porterville Substation for the above charges.

This case is currently being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

 
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Burglary
LOCATION:  Orchards in the area of Rd. 136 and Ave. 56, Earlimart          DATE:  3-25-15          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-3625         VICTIM:  Calf Tech Co          CITY: 

On 3-25-15 Detectives with the Tulare County Ag Crimes Investigation Unit responded to the area of Rd. 136 and Ave. 56, Earlimart in an effort to recover a stolen dump truck.

Upon arrival Detectives located the truck in apparent operable condition and abandoned. The truck and surrounding location were processed for evidence and the investigation is ongoing. The truck was returned to its owner.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective R. Gunderman or Sgt. J. Campos with the TCSO Ag Crimes Unit at (559) 735-1898. They can also call 24 hours a day at (559) 733-6218 or anonymously by accessing the TipNow page at tcso@tipnow.com.    

 
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Driver in possession of a firearm. Under the influence while in possession of a firearm
LOCATION:  Washington/Market, Earlimart CA          DATE:  03-25-15          TIME:  2230
CASE NUMBER:  15-3792         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 03-25-15 Deputies contacted a subject who they knew was operating a vehicle without a valid CA Driver License. After further investigation the driver was observed to be under the influence of a controlled substance and contained a loaded handgun in his vehicle. A bindle containing a white crystalline substance was also located in the vehicle.

The driver was transported and booked into the Pre-Trial Booking Facility with no further incident.

(S) Jose Carlos Ortiz. 24 year old male out of Earlimart.

 
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CONVERSION LAB, CHILD ENDANGERMENT, AND UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
LOCATION:  33000 BLOCK OF MANZANITA , IVANHOE          DATE:  03-25-2015          TIME:  1310 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-3734         VICTIM:  STATE OF CALIFORNIA          CITY: 

Suspect Information 

Davidson, Danon   26YOA  Ivanhoe resident

Leon, Gloria           34 YOA Ivanhoe resident

On 03.24.2015 at approximately 1310 hours Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were contacted by the Tulare County Probation Department and requested to respond to a residence in the 33000 block of Manzanita Drive, Ivanhoe for a suspected marijuana extraction lab. Deputies arrived at the location and upon further investigation found the suspects Danon Davidson and Gloria Leon had a honey oil extraction lab in their home. The investigation further revealed the couple also had their child living in the residence with them. Both suspects were arrested for felony charges of 11379.6 H&S-Conversion lab, and 273a PC- Child Endangerment. Leon was additionally charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance. Both suspects were booked into the Adult Pre-Trial Facility. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559)733-6218

Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow

email tcso@tipnow.net 

txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194

or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

 

 

 
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Tulare County Sheriff's Department Explorer Post 2355 Takes Home Competition Awards
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

The Central Valley Law Enforcement Explorer Competition, an annual competition open to law enforcement Explorer Posts from all over the State of California, was held this past weekend March 20th through the 22nd at the Tulare Fairgrounds. 

During an intense two days of competition, 27 posts – with a total of 280 Explorers and 101 Explorer Advisors in all - from as far south as Calexico Police Department to as far north as Lake County Sheriff’s Department competed in eleven scenarios, a written and oral exam, a tug of war, and an obstacle course. 

Friday was full of teams from the different Explorer posts making a circuit of the different scenarios where they showed what they had learned, and faced simulations of what law enforcement officers face on a regular basis – building searches, domestic violence calls, vehicle searches, felony vehicle stops, suspicious night time calls for service, DUI stops, crime scene investigations, medical aid calls, and crisis negotiation calls. Oral and written examinations are also given, and the Explorers who rank in the top five are awarded scholarships up to $2,500.

Throughout the year, Explorer Posts train for these kinds of events, and several times a year those skills are put to the test in competitions. The Central Valley Law Enforcement Explorer Competition, hosted by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, is one of the largest Explorer competitions in the state. 

Saturday’s competition was no less intense with a tug of war and obstacle course – including rounds for the Explorer Advisors. The tug of war competition, resembling a March Madness bracket, pitted Post against Post in five and ten person teams. Departments that had more than one Post sometimes competed against each other, such as California Highway Patrol who had Explorers from Visalia, Fresno, and Bakersfield, and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department who had Explorers from Headquarters, Orosi, Pixley, and Porterville. 

Explorer Advisors also had a chance to test their skills, as Police Department Advisors competed against Sheriff’s Department Advisors, and then the winning Sheriff’s Department Advisors against Highway Patrol Advisors. The Advisors also kicked off the obstacle course run, with male and then female Advisors running an extensive obstacle course that included scaling four and six foot walls, an army crawl tunnel and more.  

Explorer Posts competed as individuals and teams in the obstacle course, as one male and one female competed from each Post as they were cheered on by teammates and other Posts stationed around the course. When competing as a team, in addition to the other obstacles, team members helped each other over the six foot wall, carried a large weighted dummy as a team, and were required to push a patrol car a certain distance before completing the course. 

The results of the weekend’s competition were kept secret until the top five competitors were announced during Sunday’s awards ceremony.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department placed in the following: 

 

Vehicle Search

5th Place, Orosi Substation

 

Tug of War, 5 person team

5th Place, Pixley Substation

Felony Stop

2nd Place, Pixley Substation

4th Place, Headquarters Substation

 

Explorer Ride-Along

3rd Place, Pixley Substation

 

Night Time Suspicious Vehicle

4th Place, Headquarters Substation

 

Tug of War, 10 person team

3rd Place, Headquarters Substation

 

DUI Traffic Stop

1st Place, Pixley Substation

 

Oral Examination

4th Place, Headquarters Substation

 

Medical Aid

5th Place, Porterville Substation

 

 Individual Obstacle Course, Female Explorer

2nd Place, Headquarters Substation

4th Place, Porterville Substation

 

Individual Obstacle Course, Male Explorer

1st Place, Pixley Substation

Individual Obstacle Course, Female Advisor

4th Place, Headquarters Substation

 

Scholarship Awards

2nd Place, Porterville Substation

Rebekah Wells

$2,000 check and a laptop

4th Place, Orosi Substation

Jasmine Orozco

$1,250 check and a laptop

 

A very special thank you to the following individuals who were instrumental in making this year’s competition a success:

Sam Cuii, who assisted in arranging donations

Teresa Ramos, Alfredo Parra, and Beatriz Revelez who participated in judging scholarship applicants

Sergeant Alan Knight

The Quintana Family

Steve and Mary Sanchez

Rick Ince and Greg Camack, volunteer advisors

Home Depot, Lowes, and Walmart for their donations

The Community Based Officers and Advisors for their work with Explorers year round

 

The Explorer Program is administered by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department as a branch of the Boy Scouts of America. Exploring is a worksite-based program. It is part of a career education program for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years old. Some typical activities include uniformed patrol ride-alongs to observe officers at work, classes on law enforcement topics, and interacting with public during street fairs, parades, or other civic events.

The Sheriff's Department Explorers participate in the Tulare County Fair, International Ag Expo, and other public events by assisting with parking and other duties as a way to raise money needed to travel to and register for competitions.

 

Exploring's purpose is to provide experiences that help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.

Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. The Sheriff’s Department has initiated a specific Explorer Post, #355, by matching our staff and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.

The Sheriff’s Department Exploring Program is based on five areas of emphasis:

 

Career Opportunities

    - Develop potential contacts that may broaden employment options

    - Boost self-confidence and experience success at school and work

 

Life Skills

    - Develop physical and mental fitness

    - Experience positive social interaction

 

Citizenship

    - Encourage the skill and desire to help others

    - Gain a keen respect for the basic rights of others

 

Character Education

    - Help make ethical choices

    - Fulfill one's responsibilities to society as a whole

 

Leadership Experience

    - Acquire leadership skills necessary to fulfill one's responsibilities in society

    - Develop a variety of leadership traits

 

As a result, young adults involved in Exploring will gain practical knowledge of and experience in a career . The Exploreres will be engaged in a program of activities centered on career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character development, and leadership experience to encourage the development of the whole person. These young adults will have opportunities to take on leadership roles with a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and enjoyable environment.

Scholarships are also available to Explorers who chose to attend the local police academy in order to pursue a career in Law Enforcement. A number of the Sheriff’s Department personnel began their careers as explorers and have promoted through our ranks.

 
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UPDATE: Homicide
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

***Update***

Victim – Jose Guadalupe Zavala-Andrade 34 years

Suspect – Ulises Moreno 41 years – NOT IN CUSTODY

 

On 3-23-15 Violent Crimes Detectives were able to identify the above victim. During the investigation Detectives were able to identify the suspect which led to the service of a search warrant in the 14500 block of Rd. 191, Poplar. During the search warrant service additional evidence was located linking the suspect to the crime.

Anyone with information on this crime or the whereabouts of the suspect is encouraged to call Det. Pineda at 559-735-1910, Tulare County Sheriff’s Department dispatch at 559-733-6218 or 1-800-808-0488, or they can leave the information with TIP NOW at 559-725-4194.

ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE:

On 3-23-15 at 0540 hrs. Deputies were dispatched to the 14600 block of Kilroy, Poplar regarding an unresponsive male adult.

Upon arrival Deputies located the victim deceased outside of a residence with obvious signs of trauma.

Violent Crime Detectives were called to the scene who took over the investigation and are following up on several leads.

 
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Vandalism/ Grand Theft
LOCATION:  Orchards in the area of Rd. 196 and Ave. 160, Woodville.          DATE:  3-23-15          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-3668         VICTIM:  NH Farms, Sequoia Ag and Frank Borba          CITY: 

On 3-23-15 Porterville Patrol Deputies responded to the area of Rd. 196 and Ave. 160, Woodville in regards to the report of vandalism. Upon arrival they were advised unknown suspects(s) operated a Caterpillar D8N dozer and caused approximately $42,000 worth of damage to surrounding irrigation pumps, fruit and nut trees.    

Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department AG Crimes Unit were contacted and took over the investigation. The dozer was located, recovered and processed for evidence. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact detective R. Gunderman or Sgt. J. Campos with the Ag Crimes Unit at (559) 735-1898. They can also call 24 hours a day at (559) 733-6218 or anonymously by accessing the TipNow page at tcso@tipnow.com.    

 
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Homicide
LOCATION:  14600 block of Kilroy, Poplar          DATE:  3-23-15          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-3665         VICTIM:  Hispanic Male Adult          CITY: 

On 3-23-15 at 0540 hrs. Deputies were dispatched to the 14600 block of Kilroy, Poplar regarding an unresponsive male adult.

Upon arrival Deputies located the victim deceased outside of a residence with obvious signs of trauma.

Violent Crime Detectives were called to the scene who took over the investigation and are following up on several leads.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Det. Pineda at 559-731-5331, Tulare County Sheriff’s Department dispatch at 559-733-6218 or 1-800-808-0488, or they can leave the information with TIP NOW at 559-725-4194.

 
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Vandalism
LOCATION:  100 block of Valente Rd, Earlimart CA          DATE:  3-20-15          TIME:  2100
CASE NUMBER:  15-3582         VICTIM:  Jose Tapia          CITY: 

Suspect:

Unknown

 

Narrative:

On 3-21-2015 at 09:17am, deputies from the Sheriff's Pixley Substation responded to a vandalism at the 8100 block of Road 128 in Pixley.  During the investigation, it was learned that the victims’ vehicle was vandalized at the Earlimart Swap Meet on 3-20-15. The damage was approximately $1,000.00. 

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 685-2666 or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting (559) 725-4194 or through email at tcso@tipnow.com 

 
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Illegal discharge of a firearm
LOCATION:  North side of the St. Johns River and west of Dinuba Blvd.          DATE:  3-21-15          TIME:  1015
CASE NUMBER:  15-3585         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 3-21-15 at approx. 1017hrs the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department and Visalia Police Department where dispatched to the area of the St. Johns River and Dinuba Blvd regarding multiple reports of gunshots heard in the area. Upon arrival deputies and assisting units contacted a subject located on the river bank west of Dinuba Blvd in possession of firearms, illegal firearm accessories, ammunition and narcotics. 

During the investigation it was determined the subject was shooting in a negligent manner where several hundred people were at risk.

The suspect, Alfred Chavez of Visalia was later booked at the Tulare County Pretrial facility for negligent discharge of a firearm and multiple other felony charges.

 
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HS 11378- HS 11379-Sales and Transporting of Narcotics
LOCATION:  500 Block of South Reservation Rd          DATE:  3-20-15          TIME:  2224 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  15-3655         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

Suspect:Anthony Papas 41 yrs

On 3/22/15 DPS conducted a traffic stop on the 500 Block of South Reservation Road, in Porterville.
Upon further investigation it was discovered that the vehicle was transporting an amount of drugs consistent sales of narcotics rather than personal use.  The narcotics were determined to be methamphetamine.

Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded and took the suspect into custody.

The suspect was booked at the Porterville Substation for possession of narcotics for sale and transportation of narcotics. 

This case under investigation by TCSO. 

 

 

 
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PC 487, PC 449- Grand Theft and Burglary
LOCATION:  14100 Block of Ave 160          DATE:  3-22-15          TIME:  Unknown
CASE NUMBER:  15-3625         VICTIM:  Calftech Ranches          CITY:  Tipton

Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Agricultural Crimes Unit Detectives were called to the 14100 block of Avenue 160 in Tipton to investigate a commercial burglary. Upon arrival investigators learned an unidentified suspect(s) entered the premises and took several bottles of veterinary medicine used for treating calves. In addition the suspect(s) took the victim’s 2013 International dump truck valued at $125,000. The suspects are not yet known and the case is under investigation.  
 

 
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243(d) PC- Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury
LOCATION:  200 Block of South Leggett          DATE:  3-15-15          TIME:  1200 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  15-3558         VICTIM:  Reynoso, Sandra          CITY:  Porterville

On 3/20/15 at approximately 1741 hours, deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to Sierra View Hospital in Porterville regarding a battery.  Upon arrival, the victim, Sandra Reynoso (40 Years), reported on 3/15/15 at approximately 1200 hours, a female, “Rhonda”, attacked her while on the 200 block of South Leggett Street in Porterville.  Reynoso suffered injuries to her person as a result of the attack, which required medical attention. 

On 3/21/15 at 0810 hours, deputies observed Rhonda Miskell (34 Years), in the area of Date Avenue and Plano Street in Porterville. Subsequent investigation determined Miskell to be the suspect that assaulted Reynoso and she was placed under arrest for 836/243(d) PC.

Miskell was transported to the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility and booked for 836/243(d) PC.
Anyone with more information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department via telephone at #1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at #559-725-4194.

 

 
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422 PC- Criminal Threats
LOCATION:  200 Block of South Main St          DATE:  03-19-15          TIME:  1700 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  15-3589         VICTIM:  Marha Vega          CITY:  Pixley

During the evening hours of 3/19/15, a female resident of the Community of Pixley was approached by an unknown Hispanic male adult in a green Jeep Cherokee. The male attempted to make conversation with the female. Upon her refusal to speak to him, the male made threatening statements to the female victim. The male left shortly thereafter without further incident. There are no suspect leads at this time.

Anyone with more information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department via telephone at #1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at #559-725-4194.

 
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2800.2 Felony Reckless Evading
LOCATION:  Highway 43/Avenue 56          DATE:  03-20-15          TIME:  0122 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  15-3575         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Earlimart

On 3-20-15 at 0122 hours Deputies attempted to execute a traffic stop on a suspected drunk driver.  The driver failed to yield and led Deputies in pursuit of him from Highway 43 and Avenue 56 to the area of Avenue 64 and Road 168 in Earlimart.  The driver used surface roadways to access dried canal banks, grape vineyards, and almond orchards. The California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit and the driver was able evade contact due to dusty conditions. 

An inquiry of the license plate revealed the registered owner was from Delano.  Members of the Delano Police Department assisted with the investigation, and attempted to contact the registered owner, but he no longer lived at the listed address.  During the investigation, an investigative lead was identified and authorities are currently searching for him.

The case is under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at #1-800-808-0488, the Pixley Sheriff’s Substation at #559-685-2666 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at #559-725-4194.

 
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ARMED ROBBERY
LOCATION:  19500 BLOCK OF ORANGE BELT, STRATHMORE          DATE:  03-20-2015          TIME:  2249 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-3571         VICTIM:           CITY:  STRATHMORE

On 3/20/15 Deputies from Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a business located on the 19500 Block of Orange Belt Drive in Strathmore regarding a robbery.

Deputies arrived on scene and contacted the victims who advised that two Hispanic Male Adults entered the store with firearms and took an undisclosed amount of US currency. 

The suspects fled the store prior to the arrival of responding deputies.  Anyone with information in regards to this robbery is asked to contact Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. (559)733-218 or you can leave a tip online at TIPNOW.COM.

This case is still active and being investigation by TCSO.

 
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PC 487 Grand Theft
LOCATION:  5800 block of Road 34, Alpaugh          DATE:  03-20-15          TIME:  1400-1845 hr
CASE NUMBER:  15-3543         VICTIM:  Marcie Joiner          CITY:  Alpaugh

Suspect:

17 year old female Juvenile from Alpaugh

Narrative:

On 3-20-2015 at 10:14am, deputies from the Sheriff's Pixley Substation responded to an out of control juvenile at the 5400 block of Ellis Rd in Alpaugh.  During the investigation, it was learned that the Juvenile suspect stole $1,065.00 worth of items from the victims’ residence on 3-19-15. Property was recovered and juvenile was arrested and booked at the Tulare County Juvenile Hall Facility.

 

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 685-2666 or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting (559) 725-4194 or through email at tcso@tipnow.com

 

 

 

 
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NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM/ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM ON A PERSON
LOCATION:  20600 BLOCK OF BIBEE, RICHGROVE          DATE:  03-19-2015          TIME:  2114 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-3523         VICTIM:           CITY:  RICHGROVE

On 3-19-15 at 2114 hours Deputies were dispatched to Delano Hospital regarding a gunshot victim who was seeking treatment.  Upon arrival Deputies contacted the victim Adrian Zamudio who said he was at his friend’s house, and while they were looking at a gun, it accidently went off and he got shot in the right leg. The victim believed the gun was unloaded, and when it went off they were both surprised. The victim sought treatment at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield where he was treated and released.  The victim insisted the shooting was an accident. 

During the investigation, Deputies contacted the victim’s friend, Miguel Garcia, who confirmed showing the victim a gun.  During the incident, he demonstrated removing the magazine, and pulling the trigger.  He also said he heard the firing pin snap, and therefore believed the gun was unloaded. As he lowered the gun, he pulled the trigger again, and it fired a round striking the victim.  Deputies seized the firearm, which was a .32 caliber semi-automatic handgun. An inquiry revealed it was not stolen, nor registered to Miguel Garcia.  The case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review.  

The case remains under investigation, and anyone with more information is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at #1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at #559-725-4194.

 
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Forgery
LOCATION:  600 block Church / Earlimart          DATE:  2/2015          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-3500         VICTIM:  El Toro Loco          CITY: 

Suspect:

Unknown

 

Narrative:

On 3-12-15 at about 2:00 pm, deputies from the Sheriff's Pixley Substation responded to a Forgery at the 600 block of Church in Earlimart.  During the investigation, it was learned that unknown suspect’s cashed 4 forged checks at the store in the month of February for a total of $1873.  

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 685-2666 or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting (559) 725-4194 or through email at tcso@tipnow.com 

 
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Possession of a firearm
LOCATION:  24200 blk of Ave 95 Terra Bella          DATE:  03-18-15          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-3472         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Deputies were sent to the 24200 blk of Ave 95, Terra Bella on shots being fired. During the investigation the suspect was located and was found to be in possession of a firearm. He was arrested for minor in possession of a firearm. He was transported and booked at the Porterville Jail.

Arrested: Christian Garcia  Age-19

 
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Assault with a deadly weapon/criminal threats
LOCATION:  31900 blk of Success Valley Dr-Porterville          DATE:  03-18-15          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-3478         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Deputies were sent to a location in the 31000 blk of  Hwy 190 regarding 4 adults that were assaulted and threatened with a firearm in the 31900 blk of Success Valley Dr. The victims stated as they were working, they were assault and threatened with a firearm by the suspect. Deputies located and arrested the suspect for assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats. The suspect was arrested and booked at the Porterville Jail.

Arrested; Kirk Little age:53

 
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VEHICLE BURGLARY
LOCATION:  500 BLOCK OF RD 152, EARLIMART          DATE:  03-18-15          TIME:  1920
CASE NUMBER:  15-3471         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 3-18-15 at 1920 hours Deputies responded to the 500 Block of Road 152 in Earlimart regarding a vehicle burglary. The vehicle owner discovered his vehicle was broken into and valuable property was taken which resulted in a $301 loss.  This occurred on 3-18-15 between 0400-1600 hours. The point of entry was an alley gate located at the back of the property.

Anyone with more information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department via telephone at #1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at #559-725-4194.

 
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GRAND THEFT
LOCATION:  16000 BLOCK OF R168, WOODVILLE          DATE:  03-17-2015          TIME:  0800 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-3441         VICTIM:  TULE RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT          CITY:  WOODVILLE

Suspect: Michael Valencia 34 years old resident of Woodville 

On 3/17/15 Deputies were dispatched to Tule River Irrigation District regarding a grand theft. Upon arriving, Deputies contacted the reporting party who stated that over a period of two months unknown suspect(s) have been entering the equipment yard and stealing lumber (2”x4”.) The reporting party estimated the overall loss at approximately $2,000.00. 

During the course of the investigation, Deputies identified and located Michael Valencia as the person responsible for the theft. Deputies also recovered numerous stolen items. The suspect was arrested and booked at the Porterville Substation for grand theft and possession of stolen property. 

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

 

 
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Under the influence
LOCATION:  Sierra Drive and Old Three Rivers Drive, Three Rivers          DATE:  3-16-2015          TIME:  1220
CASE NUMBER:  15-3379         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 03.16.2015 Deputies were dispatched to a report of a suspicious person in the area of Old Three Rivers Drive. Upon arrival deputies made contact with a person matching the description and made contact with the subject. The person was identified as James Reed, age 45. During the contact deputies observed Reed and noted he showed the signs and symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance and he was taken into custody. Reed was later booked onto the Tulare County Jail for charges of 11550(a) H&S.

 
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Burglary
LOCATION:  900 blk S. State, Earlimart          DATE:  03-16-15          TIME:  2200-0500
CASE NUMBER:  15-3415         VICTIM:           CITY: 

 On 1-19-15 Deputies from Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 900 Block of South State Street in Earlimart in regards to a burglary. Deputies contacted the victim who stated sometime within the last day an unknown suspect burglarized a shed on the property and stole a 32” TV, and a receiver. The total loss was estimated to be $700.00. 
This case is being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

 
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Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  Doyal/Springville, Porterville          DATE:  03-17-15          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-3432         VICTIM:           CITY: 

 Deputies responded to an address in East Porterville on a victim of an assault with a deadly weapon. Deputies contacted the victim who said while at the intersection of Doyal and Springville he was assaulted by two suspects. One of the suspects struck him with a deadly weapon. The suspects fled the scene. One of the suspects that struck him with the deadly weapon was located and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked at the Porterville Jail.

Arrested: George Wrinkle Jr. age:18

 
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Resisting arrest
LOCATION:  1000 blk of Earlimart Street / Earlimart          DATE:  3-16-15          TIME:  2230 hours
CASE NUMBER:  15-3380         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 3-16-15 a Deputy from Tulare County Sheriff’s Department contacted a subject in the 1000 block of Earlimart Street in Earlimart. 

 

While talking to the subject it was observed that he was intoxicated and unable to care for the safety of himself and others. After being placed in the patrol car the subject attempted to escape. The subject kicked and attempted to bite the deputy. It was later discovered the subject initially provided a false name and date of birth. The subject had an active misdemeanor warrant for pc 148. He was booked into Tulare County Jail.

 

Suspect:

 

(S) Gary Oros (29) years from Bakersfield

 
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Cultivation of marijuana for Sale, Possession of Methamphetamine
LOCATION:  14900 Block of Avenue 288, Visalia          DATE:  03/17/2015          TIME:  1630 Hours
CASE NUMBER:  15-60604         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

S1: Daniel Franco (39yrs)

 

Charges: 11359HS, 11358HS, 11377HS. 11364HS

 

On March 17, 2015 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s STEP Team conducted a medical marijuana compliance check in the 14900 Block of Avenue 288 in Visalia. Detectives contacted Daniel Franco, 39 of Visalia who had set up a sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation within the residence. Pursuant to the investigation, Detectives obtained a search warrant for the property and located 115 marijuana plants of varying maturity which were being grown within multiple rooms of the residence. Franco could not provide a valid medical marijuana recommendation. Detectives also located a small amount of methamphetamine, scales and narcotics paraphernalia.  

 

Had the marijuana been allowed to be harvested, it would have had a street value of over $115,00.00. Franco was taken into custody pursuant to the cultivation of marijuana for sale, and possession of methamphetamine.

 

The case remains under investigation by the Sheriff Department’s STEP Team.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective J. Sanchez at (559) 733-6218. Information can also be given and will remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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GRAND THEFT
LOCATION:  15000 BLOCK OF R192, POPLAR          DATE:  03-16-2015          TIME:  2343 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  15-3382         VICTIM:  EM THARP          CITY:  POPLAR

Deputies responded to the 15000 blk of Rd 192, Poplar on a theft report. Upon arrival Deputies discovered the theft of a vehicle from the property. The vehicle was recovered at the scene by the Deputies.

Case Under Investigation by The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department

 
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Felon in Possession of a Firearm
LOCATION:  Avenue 324 and Road 156 Ivanhoe, CA          DATE:  03/12/2015          TIME:  2000
CASE NUMBER:  15-3177         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On Thursday, 03/12/15 at 2000 hours, a Deputy with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department located a suspicious vehicle in the area of Avenue 324 and Road 156 in Ivanhoe.  The driver of the vehicle was found to be on probation and under the influence of a controlled substance.  A search of the vehicle revealed a .22 caliber rifle with a homemade silencer.  

 

The driver was taken into custody for PC 29800(a)(1), PC 33410, and HS 11550(a).

Suspect: John Beams, 43 years old

 
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Assault With a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  5600 Block Carlisle, Ducor          DATE:  03/14/15          TIME:  1847
CASE NUMBER:  15-3283         VICTIM:  Ceja, Efrain          CITY: 

On 03-14-2015 at approximately 1847 hours, TCSO Deputies responded to the 5600 block of Carlisle Road, in Ducor, regarding a physical fight between two male subjects. During the fight, the victim was struck in the head and body with blunt force weapons. The listed suspect, Jorge Maciel, was contacted and arrested.  A second suspect is still outstanding in the assault and is being sought by TCSO personnel.  Anyone with information in regards to this assault is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. at 559-733-6218 or TIPNOW.COM

 

Suspect: Jorge Maciel 50 yrs. 

 
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Resisting an Officer, Terrorist Threats, Vandalism
LOCATION:  30300 Block Highway 190          DATE:  3/14/15          TIME:  1915
CASE NUMBER:  15-3286         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 3/15/15 Deputies from Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to an area located on the 30000 Block of Highway 190 regarding possible gang members in a verbal argument. 

Deputies arrived on scene and contacted the suspect who was identified as Frank Ramirez (37 years of age). Frank became aggressive and verbally threatened Park Rangers on scene. Frank was detained and placed in the rear of a Patrol Unit. While detained Frank kicked out the rear passenger window of the Patrol Unit and attempted to kick Deputies. 

Frank was arrested at the scene and later transported and booked at the Porterville Substation for Resisting an Executive Officer, Terrorist Threats and Vandalism.

This case forwarded to the District Attorney for review.

 
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245 PC- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  500 block of Thompson          DATE:  03-15-15          TIME:  1753 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  15-3332         VICTIM:  Unknown          CITY:  Tipton

On 3-15-15 Deputies from Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Pixley Substation responded to a suspicious vehicle driving through the apartment complex located in the 500 block of Thompson Street, Tipton. Upon arrival, a witness reported seeing four to five suspects pull into the parking lot in a small compact vehicle (possibly a Toyota Corolla). One of the occupants of the vehicle exited the car with a rifle and fired two shots at an unknown victim who was last seen running NB through the apartment complex wearing a white shirt. Nobody was injured during this incident. Limited information was developed during the investigation.
 
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department via telephone at #1-800-808-0488/559-685-2666 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at #559-725-4194.

 

 
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2800.2 CVC and 23152 CVC- Felony Evading and Driving Under the Influence
LOCATION:  Date/Leggett          DATE:  3-15-15          TIME:  0412 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  15-3306         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

On March 15, 2015 at about 0412 Hrs deputies for the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Porterville Substation were on patrol in the area of Date Avenue and Leggett Street when they observed a vehicle driving recklessly in the area. When deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Christian Rodriguez, failed to stop leading deputies on a short vehicle pursuit. The pursuit concluded when Rodriguez and his passenger, later identified as Jose Zendejas, abandoned the vehicle in the 1500 block of E. Crabtree Avenue. Deputies gave chase and both suspects were apprehended. Christain Rodriguez was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and subsequently turned over to CHP for investigation.

Suspect:

Rodriguez, Christian 23 year old resident of Porterville

Zendejas, Jose 22 year old resident of Indio

 

 
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246.3 PC & 247(B) PC Negligent Discharge of a Firearm/Shooting an Unoccupied Vehicle
LOCATION:  200 block of E. Center          DATE:  3-15-15          TIME:  1830 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  15-3338         VICTIM:  Saul Martinez Loera          CITY:  Earlimart

On 3-15-2015, 1830 hours, Deputies from the Pixley Substation were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of E. Center Street in Earlimart for a possible damage to a vehicle. Upon arrival, Deputies learned damage was caused by a bullet from gunshots fired the night prior. No injuries or other damage was reported. The suspect remains outstanding

Anyone with more information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department via telephone at #1-800-808-0488, Pixley Substation at 559-685-2666 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at #559-725-4194.

 
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Vandalism
LOCATION:  7400 block of Rd 120-Earlimart          DATE:  03-15-15          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  15-3311         VICTIM:  Toor Farming          CITY: 

On 3-15-15 at about 6:00 am, deputies from the Sheriff's Pixley substation responded to a vandalism at Toor Farmimg in the 7400 block of Road 120 in Earlimart.  During the investigation, it was learned an unknown suspect turned on the valve to a drum barrel containing CAT-17 fertilizer causing it to drain out. The estimated loss was approximately $10, 000 and the case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 685-2666 or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting (559) 725-4194 or through email at tcso@tipnow.com

 
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