Sheriff Boudreaux presents Commendations to Staff
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux recognized the actions of five Tulare County Sheriff’s Department employees that went beyond expectation. In a ceremony in the lobby of Sheriff’s Headquarters at 3:30 PM, Sheriff Boudreaux and members of his staff presented the commendations to Deputies Ryan King, Joel Robertson, and Scott Mackey, Sergeant Stephanie Negrete, and Records Clerk Kristen Lamarsna.  

Please read below about the actions these individuals took that brought them to the attention of the Sheriff’s Department.

On Sunday August 10, 2014, Deputies King, Mackey, and Robertson were dispatched to a residence in Ivanhoe regarding a suspicious circumstance involving a resident arriving home and finding blood on the floor. They contacted the owner, who did not live in that residence, and found that there was information lacking and decided to investigate further by checking the side door of the residence. There they found large amounts of blood, and after discussion what course of action should be taken, they proceeded to check the interior of the residence and found no one inside that they could see, and instead found a locked door that they could not breach. 

After another evaluation of what steps to take, the deputies decided to enter that area by force and found an individual with serious head trauma. Upon finding that person, the deputies established a crime scene, administered aide to the subject, and made quick decisions that helped save that individual’s life. 

On June 24, 2014, Sergeant Stephanie Negrete was working as a shift supervisor in the Men’s Correctional Facility – during which an inmate collapsed in the yard. Sergeant Negrete was notified by radio and responded immediately to the situation. The inmate had stopped breathing and showed no sign of a pulse. Sergeant Negrete and staff responded with life saving measures including breathing assistance and chest compressions, as well as calling for an ambulance. An AED device was used to administer a shock to the inmate, who was then able to breathe and was later transported to Kaweah Delta District Hospital. 

Sergeant Negrete remained calm and collected during this incident, showing an excellent grasp of leadership and quick decision-making skills. Her actions helped save the inmate’s life, and her leadership is to be commended. 

On the evening of September 13, 2014, Kristen Lamarsna was one of two Records Clerks on duty in Headquarter’s Records Division. The second Clerk was eating her dinner when something lodged in her throat and she began to choke. Unable to swallow or breathe, Jill gestured to Kristen that she needed help, and without hesitation, Kristen performed the Heimlich maneuver on Jill three times before the blockage was freed and Jill was able to breathe again.

Kristen took action when she could have called for help, and her quick thinking and willingness to help saved Jill a trip to the hospital, and possibly saved her life. Her calmness during the incident, as well as her quick thinking and first aid skills, saved a co-worker and helped avert disaster. 

 
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In Custody Death
LOCATION:  Main Jail, Visalia          DATE:  10-26-14          TIME:  1655
CASE NUMBER:  14-13514         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Deceased: Miguel Martinez, 25 years old, Porterville

On Sunday, 10-26-2014 at approximately 1655 hours, Correctional Deputies at the Tulare County Main Jail were conducting a security check of the inmates and located Miguel Martinez hanging inside his single cell. Sheriff’s Deputies and jail medical staff administered medical aide and Martinez was ultimately transferred by ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center. Martinez was pronounced deceased at KDMC and Detectives with the Sheriff’s Department responded for the investigation.

This case remains under investigation and anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to call Detective Sgt. Parker or Detective Judd Hembree at (559) 733-6211 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com.

 
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Possession of methamphetamine for sales
LOCATION:  800 Blk of S. Ash St Pixley          DATE:  10-25-14          TIME:  1840
CASE NUMBER:  14-90079         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect: Zackery Wiley     DOB: 21 yoa        Resides: 800 Blk of S. Ash St Pixley


   On noted date and time Tulare County Sheriff's Dept. detectives with the South County Gang Violence Suppression Unit, received information regarding criminal activity conducted by the suspect who is on active probation in Tulare County. The detectives responded to the suspect residence to conduct a Probation Compliance check which is sanctioned under the terms of the suspect’s probation.

   Upon arrival they observed the suspect attempt to flee from a rear door and then return inside the residence when he saw detectives following. The suspect reached into his waistband and retrieved items which he threw into a bedroom. The suspect was detained and it was found that he had thrown a loaded semi auto .40 caliber pistol and a jar containing 45.6 grams of methamphetamine. A subsequent search of his living quarters revealed packaging material, scales, and just under an ounce of processed marijuana. He was booked on above charges and housed at a Tulare County Sheriff's Jail facility.

 
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459 PC- Burglary
LOCATION:  17000 Block of County Line Rd          DATE:  10-22-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-13310         VICTIM:  Orange Cove Hardware          CITY:  Delano

On 10/22/14 at 0700 hours, Deputies were notified by employees of Orange Cove Hardware that the business had been entered during the night and property taken.  Upon further investigation, deputies found unknown suspect(s) had entered and removed power gardening tools.  Detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation.  This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.  Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Titus at (559) 733-6218 or leave an anonymous tip at tcso@tipnow.com or call or text (559) 725-4194.

 
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Possession of Marijuana for Sale, Cultivation of Marijuana
LOCATION:  12600 Block of Avenue 424          DATE:  10-23-14          TIME:  0730 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-60816         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Orosi

S1: Camilo Galacgac, 67 of Orosi
 
S2: Albert Martinez, 42 of Orosi

S3: Nellie Cortez, 30 of Orosi

S4: Ariel Augustine, 52 of Orosi

S5: Jose Martinez, 56 of Orosi

S6: Benito Watson, 55 of Orosi

S7: Raphael Riviera, 47 of Reedly

All suspects charged with 11358HS, 11359HS, 11366HS and 182PC.
On 10/23/2014 at 0730 hours, Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s STEP Team and Deputies from the Orosi Substation served a search warrant at a residence in the 12600 block of Avenue 424 in Orosi. Detectives discovered a large and sophisticated marijuana cultivation and production facility which was being illicitly grown under the guise of a Los Angeles medical marijuana collective. Detectives located seven suspects who were involved in the operation.

Detectives seized 328 fully mature plants, 390 lbs of fully processed marijuana and a large amount of US currency. The total value of the marijuana seized is estimated to have a street value of approximately 3.8 million dollars. 

All suspects were arrested and booked pursuant to charges including the cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales, operation of a drug house and conspiracy

This case remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department STEP Team. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Deputy J. Sanchez at (559) 733-6218 or information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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Sheriff Boudreaux to Present Commendations to Staff
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux will recognize the work done by Tulare County Sheriff’s Department employees who have gone above and beyond expectation. In a ceremony in the lobby of Sheriff’s Headquarters at 3:30 PM, Sheriff Boudreaux and members of his staff will present the commendations to three Deputies, a Sergeant, and a Records Clerk.  

Please join us in the lobby of Sheriff’s Headquarters at 3:30 in the afternoon on October 28th as these employees receive their awards. 

More information regarding the commendations will follow the ceremony. 
 
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Possession of Methamphetamine and Marijuana for Sale
LOCATION:  2400 Block of W. Ellowin & 12500 Block of Avenue 324, Visalia          DATE:  10-20-14          TIME:  1100
CASE NUMBER:  14-60823         VICTIM:           CITY: 

S1: Silvestre Martinez, 30 of Visalia

Charges: 11358HS 11359HS 11378HS 11366HS 496(d)PC 10851HS 182PC 1022(A)PC  498(b)PC 31310PC

 

S2: Francisca, Salinas, 28 of Visalia

Charges: 11359HS 11378HS 11366HS 182PC

 

S3: Isabel Martinez, 26 of Mexico

Charges: 11377HS 11366HS 496(d)PC

 

S4: Yolanda Cardenas, 48 of Mexico

Charges: 11378HS 11366HS 496(d)PC

 

On Monday, October 20th, after a 5 month investigation regarding illegal marijuana trafficking, Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s STEP Unit served two (2) narcotics search warrants at a residence in the 2400 block of W. Ellowin in the City of Visalia and a residence in the 12500 block of Avenue 324 in the County. 

Detectives located a sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation and evidence that showed large  amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine were being trafficked by Silvestre Martinez, 30 of Visalia, Francisca, Salinas, 28 of Visalia, Isabel Martinez, 26 of Mexico and Yolanda Cardenas, 48 of Mexico.

During the investigation, Detectives seized a total of 3.5 pounds of methamphetamine, fourteen (14) pounds of marijuana, thirteen (13) firearms, ballistic body armor, over $1,800.00 in US currency and two (2) stolen vehicles.

The four suspects were arrested and booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility pursuant to charges including the possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, operation of a drug house, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a bullet proof vest, possession of a stolen vehicle and conspiracy. The methamphetamine and marijuana seized is estimated to be valued at over $37,000.00.

This case remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department STEP Team.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective B. Rader at (559) 733-6218 or information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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Search and Rescue, Sequoia National Forest
LOCATION:  Frog Meadows near California Hot Springs          DATE:  10-19-14          TIME:  1900
CASE NUMBER:  14-13190         VICTIM:  Grace Abruzzo, Nicholas Abruzzo          CITY: 

On 10-19-14 at approx. 1900 hours the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department was made aware of two lost hikers in the Frog Meadow area near California Hot Springs.  The two missing persons had been hiking in the area and became lost.  Search and Rescue efforts were launched to locate the two hikers, which are both adults.  A night search was begun by Sheriff’s Department personnel, tracking the two from their insertion point.  At daybreak additional personnel joined the efforts to locate the hikers.  California Highway Patrol assisted with use of their helicopter which combed the area.  The hikers were located, but the helicopter could not safely land due to the rough terrain and foliage.  The two were instructed to stay put, and efforts were re-routed to their direction.   

10-20-14 at approx. 1300 hours, the two hikers were located and contacted by Search and Rescue team members.  Both hikers were uninjured, and were provided food and water.  The two were then escorted out of the wilderness by Sheriff’s Department personnel, and returned to their vehicle safely.  

 
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Possession of methamphetamine, possession for sales and transportation, with intent to distribute
LOCATION:  Bent ranch way / Spring St .Earlimart          DATE:  10-18-14          TIME:  2010
CASE NUMBER:  14-90078         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

(S)- Jose Beltran        19 YOA resides in Earlimart

On noted date and time, detectives of the Tulare County Sheriff's Dept., South County Gang Violence Suppression Unit, were patrolling the Earlimart area. A vehicle driven by suspect  Beltran was stopped for minor traffic violations. Beltran was contacted and was found to be in possession of a substantial amount of methamphetamine that was for sales. A subsequent weight of the meth showed a total package weight of 5.4 grams. Beltran was taken into custody on the listed charges and booked at Tulare County jail facility. 

 
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Various Offenses (see Below)
LOCATION:  North County Area of Tulare County          DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-18-14         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On Saturday 10/18/2014 the Gang Violence Suppression Unit, North County Area conducted gang suppression activities in an effort to combat gang violence with a zero tolerance for gang activities and made the following arrests:

14- 80093    10/18/14        1610 hours            Camp/ Elder, Goshen, Ca.       Suspect #1: Bernardino Barcelo    MH/ 51 Yrs         Visalia, Ca
On listed date and time Bernardino Barcelo was contacted by gang investigators during a traffic stop for vehicle code violations and found to have an active arrest warrant issued out of San Bernardino County. The misdemeanor warrant was confirmed and Barcelo was taken into custody without incident and booked at the APTF.

14-80094     10/18/14        2100 hours        Miller/ Rd 130, Orosi
Suspect # 1       Hector Ramirez  MH/ 35 yrs            Orosi, Ca
On the listed date and time the suspect was contacted in regards to traffic violations and found to be in possession of 1.3 grams of methamphetamine. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and booked at the APTF on the following charges, 11377(a) H&S Possession of a controlled substance/ Methamphetamine.

14-80095    10/18/14    2232 hours        Rd 124/ Ave 416., Orosi, Ca
Suspect #1    Jorge Ramirez- Caudillo  MH/ 34 yrs     Orosi, Ca. 
On the listed date and time the suspect was contacted in regards to a check the welfare and Ramirez-Caudillo was found to be in possession of .4 grams of methamphetamine. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and booked at the APTF on the following charges: 11377(a) H&S Possession of a controlled substance/ Methamphetamine.

Photographs of the adult suspects can be obtained from the Main Jail.               

Anonymous information about these incidents or to report Gang activity can be reported via Tipnow, email tcso@tipnow.net text or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or (888) ENDGANG or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

 
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Possession of Cocaine,possession for Sales and Transport of Cocaine with Intent.
LOCATION:  Muscat and Bent Ranch area of Earlimart, Ca          DATE:  10/17/2014          TIME:  1830 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-90073         VICTIM:  State Of California          CITY:  Earlimart

Narrative:

(S)- Javier Melgoza Herrera 23 YOA resides in Delano

On noted date and time, detectives of the Tulare County Sheriff's Dept., South County Gang Violence Suppression Unit, were patrolling the Earlimart area. A vehicle driven by suspect Herrera was stopped for minor traffic violations. Herrera was contacted as well as a passenger. Herrera was found to be in possession of cocaine that was individually packaged for sales. A subsequent weight of the cocaine showed a total package weight of 4.7 grams. Herrera was taken into custody on the listed charges and booked at Tulare County jail facility. The passenger was released after it was found that he was not involved in the narcotic activity.

Submitted by,

Sgt. J. Campos C8466

 
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Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana for Sales
LOCATION:  600 block of Roosevelt          DATE:  10-13-14          TIME:  1200 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-60820         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Visalia

On Monday, October 13, 2014 Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s STEP Unit responded to a residence in the 600 block of Roosevelt in the City of Visalia in order to conduct an investigation into an illegal marijuana grow site located at the residence. Upon arrival, Detectives encountered four individuals who were processing cultivated marijuana within a garage adjacent to the residence. All of the marijuana that had been grown in the backyard was now being processed for sales. Detectives seized approximately 500 pounds of dried marijuana that was being trimmed and processed into one pound bags. An additional 30 pounds of fully processed marijuana was also located within the residence along with $5,800.00 in US currency.  Detectives estimate the total street value of the marijuana at over $570,000.00

Roberto Larios, 26; Leonardo Contreras, 26; Eduardo Rivas, 35 and Juan Aguayo, 39 all of Visalia were arrested at the scene for felony cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales. They were booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility.

This case remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department STEP Team.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective B. VanCuren at (559) 733-6218 or information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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11358 HS/11359HS Cultivation and Possession for Sales of Marijuana
LOCATION:  15500 block of Ave 330          DATE:  10-09-14          TIME:  1300 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-60727         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Ivanhoe

On Thursday, October 09, 2014 Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department STEP Unit responded to a residence in the 15500 Block of Avenue 330 in Ivanhoe in order to conduct an investigation into an illegal marijuana grow site located at the residence. In addition to a backyard grow site, a large marijuana processing center was located in the garage area of the residence. A total of 21 mature marijuana plants were eradicated and approximately 80 pounds of processed marijuana was seized as evidence. Detectives estimate the total street value of the marijuana at over $170,000.00

Antonio Zepeda 46 of Visalia was arrested at the scene for felony cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales. He was booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility.

This case remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department STEP Team.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective B. Rader at (559) 733-6218 or information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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Cultivation and Sales of Marijuana and Child Endangerment
LOCATION:  See Below          DATE:  10-09-2014          TIME:  various
CASE NUMBER:  See Below         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Cutler/Ivanhoe area's

On 10/09/14 Investigators from The Gang Violence Suppression Unit along with investigators from the STEP Unit served three search warrants regarding the ongoing investigation of the cultivation and sales of Marijuana by gang members. Five persons were taken into custody without incident on various charges; two handguns were seized as well as approx. six grams of Methamphetamine, approx. 66 pounds of Marijuana in various stages of processing and 66 live Marijuana plants eradicated.

14-80085 AT 40200 Blk of Ralph Rd.  Cutler, Ca.

Suspect #1- Horacio Vazquez MH/ 30 yrs.
Charges:     273(a) PC Child Endangerment: 21810 PC Possession of brass knuckles: 11358 HS Cultivation of Marijuana: 11359 HS Sales of Marijuana: 166.4 (10) (a) PC Violation of court order gang injunction.

Suspect #2-  Asucena Leon FH/ 34 yrs
Charges:     273(a) PC Child Endangerment

During the service of the search warrant Leon was attempting to conceal the marijuana that was packaged for sales in the suspects bedroom with three children, ages 2,3 & 4 at her feet. The parents shared a bedroom with the children.  The processed Marijuana was well within reach of the children, as well as a handgun that was seized from this residence. Processed and partially processed marijuana was seized. Gang Indicia was located and seized as well. 

14-80086 AT 40300 Blk of Ralph Rd.  Cutler, Ca.

Suspect #1- Martin Perez  MH/ 24 yrs.
Charges:     11358 HS Cultivation of Marijuana: 11359 Sales of Marijuana: 182 PC Conspiracy 

Suspect #2- Michael Perez  MH/30 yrs.
Charges:     29800(A)(1) PC Felon in possession of a firearm: 11377(a) HS Possession of Methamphetamine

Suspect #3- Felix Pineda Moreno  MH/ 30 yrs
Charges:    148 PC Delaying/ resisting an offer in the performance of his duties.

During the service of the search warrant in regards to the ongoing investigation Martin Perez was taken into custody on the listed charges. Processed and partially processed Marijuana packaged for sales was located and seized, Michael Perez was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine as well as a handgun and taken into custody on the listed charges. Felix Moreno was found hiding in the residence and refused to come out when the investigators ordered the occupants out. Moreno was hiding in a closet and found when the investigators were conducting a protective sweep of the residence. Live plants were eradicated from this residence. Gang indicia were also located.

14-80087 AT 33000 Blk of Hawthorne Rd. Ivanhoe, Ca.

Suspects: Out of custody at this time

Charges: 11358 HS Cultivation of marijuana: 11359 HS Possession of marijuana for sales.
Investigators served a search warrant at the listed location, the ensuing investigation located gang indicia, Marijuana packaged for sales, live plants that were eradicated and evidence of child endangerment as the packaged and processing of the marijuana were located in a child’s bedroom.

The cases are currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office North County Gang Violence Suppression Unit and no other information is being released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. Neil Skrinde or Sgt. Steve Kennedy at (559)735-1898 or (800) 808-0488.
Booking photos available through the Main Jail.

Anonymous information about this incident can be reported via Tipnow
email tcso@tipnow.net
txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or (800) END-GANG
or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

 
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Cultivation/Sales/Conspiracy (11358, 11359 H&S and 182 PC)
LOCATION:  90 Block N. Westwood, Porterville          DATE:  10-8-14          TIME:  1620
CASE NUMBER:  14-90066         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

(Suspect-1) Guadalupe Chavez, 24, Resides in Fresno

(Suspect-2) Modesto  Chavez Jr., 24, Resides in Fresno

(Suspect-3) Modesto Cavez Sr, 55, Resides in Fresno

(Suspect-4) Miguel Jiminez Chavez, 46, Resides in Riverdale

(Suspect-5) Eleuterio Carranza Ayon, 50, Resides in Shafter

(Suspect-6) Sandra Holten, 52, Resides in Porterville

(Suspect-7) Sheryl Davis, 41, Resides in Porterville

 

Within the past two weeks detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s department South County Gang Violence Suppression Unit received information of an illegal marijuana cultivation operation at the above location. Additional information was that the operation was being guarded with armed subjects utilizing assault type weapons. 

On 10/8/14, after a nearby school was closed for the day, detectives served a search warrant at the location and located the above suspects in and around the marijuana garden, harvesting the marijuana.

Detectives found at the location approx.. 60 pounds of processed marijuana and remnants of over 120 plants. This amount exceeded the limit allowed by the recommendations posted at the grow site. Statements obtained implicated the first five listed suspects conspired to grow the marijuana for the purpose of sales. They were charged with cultivation, cultivation/possession for sales and conspiracy. Sheryl Davis was contacted at the location and was arrested on an outstanding $30,000.00 dollar felony warrant charging drug possession. All suspects were booked at Tulare County Jail facilities.

Anyone with information is encouraged to use our anonymous Tip Now program by calling or texting 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com. Information can also be given by calling 1-800-808-0488, 559-733-6218, or emailing info@tularesheriff.info
 
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Homicide Update
LOCATION:           DATE:  09-11-2014          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-11428         VICTIM:           CITY: 

 

Narrative: Update

Suspect:

Male Juvenile (14 years / Strathmore area) 

The following is an update to the Homicide that occurred on 9/11/14, with the information current as of today 10/8/14.

On 10/8/14, Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Porterville Deputies and Detectives responded to the 19700 block of Guthrie Drive in Strathmore; and arrested a male juvenile on a Homicide warrant issued by the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, regarding the death of Samantha Bosquez. The juvenile was transported and booked at the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Gary Marks, Sergeant Rodney Parker or the Sheriff’s Department Violent Crimes unit at 559-735-1898 or 1-800-808-0488. You may send your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TIPNOW program: text or voice mail 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com

 
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245 PC- Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  500 block of South Church          DATE:  10-8-14          TIME:  0015 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-12630         VICTIM:  Juvenile -Confidential per 293PC          CITY:  Earlimart

The suspect became agitated with family members. He swung several objects at the above victim, but did not strike her. He then struck his juvenile brother in the head with a hard object causing minor injuries. The juvenile victim was treated by Paramedics and taken to the hospital.

The suspect was arrested without incident and booked into Tulare County Jail for 245 PC and 422 PC.

Suspect: Adrian Garcia (19 years old)

 

 
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Update: Victim Identified in Homicide
LOCATION:  40500 Block Topeka RD Cutler Ca          DATE:  10-4-14          TIME:  1145
CASE NUMBER:  14-12434         VICTIM:  Hispanic Male Adult, ID'd Eulladio Nava          CITY:  Cutler

Victim: Eulladio Nava        
49 years of age.          
Cutler, Ca 

On 10-7-14, an autopsy was conducted on the victim. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head. 

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding the case can contact Detective Gary Marks or Sgt. Rodney Parker at (559)733-6218.

 

Suspect Information 

Sylvia Martinez 55 years of age  Cutler Resident

 

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 K9 Team places at Kingsburg Trials
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

The Tulare County Sheriff K-9 Unit participated in Kingsburg’s 19th Annual Police K-9 Trials held this past weekend in the city of Kingsburg. There were twenty K-9 Officers that participated in this years’ event from 7 different valley Law Enforcement Agencies. Participating for the Tulare County Sheriff Department were Deputies Anthony Rodriguez, Doug Burch, Joseph England, and Corey Evans. These Deputies and their K-9 partners placed fairly well considering the competition. 

Deputy Joseph England and his K-9 partner “Rosco” placed 2nd in the Obedience portion, 2nd in Agility portion, and 4th in the Open Division Overall Performance. 

Deputy Scott Mackey and his K-9 partner “Rocket” placed 3rd in the buildings search portion of the trials.

Deputy Corey Evans and his K-9 partner “Kaytu” placed 5th in the Novice Division Overall Performance. 

Deputy Anthony Rodriguez and his K-9 partner “Blade” placed 5th in the search portion and 5th in the Open Division Overall Performance.  

The Sheriff’s K-9 Unit showcase their training and experience at public demonstrations and at K-9 trials held throughout California. The Sheriff’s   K-9 Unit is available to all law enforcement agencies who request assistance in the apprehension of criminals or searching for missing or lost persons.    

 
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Grand Theft
LOCATION:  25000 Block of Road 188, Exeter          DATE:  10/04/14          TIME:  1845 Hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-12462         VICTIM:  Bryant Farms          CITY:  Exeter

Narrative:

 

On 10/04/14 at 1845 Hours Deputies were dispatched to the above mentioned address regarding a theft of a motor from an Ag Pump. During initial investigation tire track impressions, and shoe track impressions were located and cataloged at the scene. Witness statements revealed investigative leads in this case. This case is currently under investigation with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Ag Investigative Unit.

 
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Homicide
LOCATION:  40500 Block of Topeka, Cutler          DATE:  10/4/14          TIME:  1145 Hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-12434         VICTIM:  Hispanic Male Adult          CITY:  Cutler

Narrative

On 10/04/14 at 11:45 am, Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit responded to the 40500 Block of Topeka Rd in Cutler, regarding a report of a man down. During the course of the investigation Detectives learned the suspect (Sylvia Martinez 55 years) struck her common law husband in the head with a blunt object. The decedent succumbed at the scene. The decedent is a Hispanic male adult 49 years of age from the Cutler area. Sylvia Martinez was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre Trial Facility for homicide. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding the case can contact Detective Gary Marks or Sgt. Rodney Parker at (559)733-6218.

Suspect Information: Sylvia Martinez 55 years of age Cutler Resident

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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Attempt Homicide
LOCATION:  1300 Block of Rosalie, cutler          DATE:  10/3/14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-12416         VICTIM:  Aaron Matus          CITY:  Cutler

 

Narrative:

Victim # 2- Miguel Sanchez 42 Yrs Cutler, Ca.

Victim # 3- Christian Hernandez 21 Yrs Cutler, Ca.

 

On 10/03/2014 Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Orosi Substation where dispatched to the 13000 Blk of Rosalie Ave in regards to a man suffering from a gunshot wound. Upon Deputies arrival Aaron Matus (V/1) was found in the front yard of a residence in the 13000 Blk of Rosalie suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and extremities. Due to the injuries Matus was airlifted to a regional trauma center for treatment. The Sheriff’s Departments North County Gang Violence Suppression Unit responded as well.

 

Due to the seriousness of the injuries Investigators of the Sheriff’s Departments Violent Crimes Unit and Investigators from the GVSU assumed the investigation. The ensuing investigation determined that the Victims were engaged in conversation in front of a residence in the 13000 Blk of Rosalie when a Red or Maroon 4 door small vehicle with tinted windows occupied by three occupants drove up to the victims. The suspect(s) engaged the victims in conversation, yelled some "Gang Slang", produced a handgun and rifle and fired at the three victims striking only victim Matus. The residence was struck by bullets as well.

 

During the investigation the Investigators from the GVSU located the suspect vehicle in the 13200 Blk of Ave 414 Orosi. There was a "Gang" party where the vehicle was located and several subjects fled on foot from the party and the vehicle upon investigators arrival.

 

 
...posted by dispatch
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Attempted Homicide
LOCATION:  13000 Blk of Rosalie Cutler, Ca          DATE:  10-03-14          TIME:  2052
CASE NUMBER:  14-12416         VICTIM:  Aaron Matus age:25          CITY: 

Victim # 2- Miguel Sanchez  42 Yrs   Cutler, Ca.
Victim # 3- Christian Hernandez   21 Yrs  Cutler, Ca.

Associated Case Number- 14-12424  Charges: 166.4 (a) (10) PC Violation of Court Ordered Gang Injunction
Suspect: Jiovanni Hernandez MH/ 18 Yrs      Orosi, Ca.
Booked at APTF on 166.4 (a)(10) PC


On 10/03/2014 Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Orosi Substation where dispatched to the 13000 Blk of Rosalie Ave in regards to a man suffering from a gunshot wound. Upon Deputies arrival Aaron Matus (V/1) was found in the front yard of a residence in the 13000 Blk of Rosalie suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and extremities. Due to the injuries Matus was airlifted to a regional trauma center for treatment. The Sheriff’s Departments North County Gang Violence Suppression Unit responded as well.

Due to the seriousness of the injuries Investigators of the Sheriff’s Departments Violent Crimes Unit and Investigators from the GVSU assumed the investigation. The ensuing investigation determined that the Victims were engaged in conversation in front of a residence in the 13000 Blk of Rosalie when a Red or Maroon 4 door small vehicle with tinted windows and a single occupant drove up to the victims. The suspect engaged the victims in conversation, yelled some “Gang Slang”, produced a handgun and fired at the three victims striking only victim Matus.  The residence was struck by bullets as well.
During the investigation the Investigators from the GVSU located the suspect vehicle in the 13200 Blk of Ave 414 Orosi. There was a “Gang” party where the vehicle was located and several subjects fled on foot from the party and the vehicle.

Suspect Hernandez was located hiding in the area during this follow up to the investigation. He was found to have been served with the Gang Injunction for the Cutler/ Orosi Safe Zone area and in violation of the Court Order. Hernandez is a known gang member to the Investigators of the GVSU. He was arrested without incident and booked at the APTF on the violation of court order/ Gang Injunction.

The vehicle was seized as evidence. Victim Matus is in stable condition at a local hospital where is being admitted with non-life threatening wounds.

No suspects are in custody at this time. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic mid to late 20’s with a dark complexion and thick mustache

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office North County Gang Violence Suppression Unit and no other information is being released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. C. Landin or Sgt. Steve Kennedy at (559)735-1898 or (800) 808-0488.

Anonymous information about this incident can be reported via Tipnow
email tcso@tipnow.net
txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or (800) END-GANG
or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.
Booking photos available through the Main Jail.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Possession of a Controlled Substance/ Methamphetamine/ False identity
LOCATION:  200 Blk of S.P St. Dinuba, Ca.          DATE:  10-03-14          TIME:  1645
CASE NUMBER:  14-80088         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect: Jesenia Becerra  FH/  33 yrs       Selma, Ca.  In custody

On 10-03/2014 at 1645 hrs Investigators from the North County Gang Violence Suppression Unit were conducting Probation Compliance checks in the 200 Blk of S. “P” Street in Dinuba.

Investigators contacted Suspect Jesenia Becerra who was found to be in possession of three grams of Methamphetamine. Becerra also provided the investigators with a false name. They were able to identify the suspects true identity. Becerra was arrested without incident and booked at the APTF on the listed charges.


The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Gang Violence Suppression Unit and no other information is being released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. L. Carrillo or Sgt. Steve Kennedy at (559)735-1898 or (800) 808-0488.

Anonymous information about this incident can be reported via Tipnow
email tcso@tipnow.net
txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or (800) END-GANG
or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.
Booking photos available through the Main Jail.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Attempt Homicide on an Officer, Battery on an officer, possession of a firearm by a felon
LOCATION:  400 blk N Thompson- Earlimart          DATE:  10-03-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-90077         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

S1)-Ayon, Rosario     Age-19 yrs                          

(S2)-Acosta, Lydia     Age- 19 yrs   

                                 
Deputies responded to the above address to contact (S) Ayon regarding his probation status and conduct a compliance check. SouthEnd Gang Violence Suppression detectives also knew of Ayon having two active confirmed Tulare County warrants for his arrest. Detectives arrived at the address and observed a male suspected to be Ayon run into the residence, leaving his red sneakers at the curb when he ran out of them. Family members were contacted in the driveway and directed the detectives inside the residence where they said Ayon had run. Detectives observed and positively identified Ayon as he ran from his bedroom into the master bedroom with a female, later identified as Acosta, running behind Ayon. The couple attempted to close a bathroom door on the detectives, but were not successful. As the detectives entered the bathroom (S) Ayon turned and pointed a handgun at Detectives. The female was between them. Detectives were able to knock the gun from his hand and Ayon was subsequently taken into custody after Ayon and Acosta physically fought with the detectives. The suspects received minor injuries and were medically cleared. Detectives were not injured.

Ayon charged with 664/187 on a peace officer, 30305 PC, 23900 & 23920 PC, 243.1 PC, and charged with the warrants 853.6 PC and 417 PC. The gun was recovered and found to have the serial number removed.
Acosta was charged with 243.1 PC and her warrant 853.6/148a 1 PC 

 
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Cultivation of marijuana / Cultivation of marijuana for sales
LOCATION:  20809 Road 252 & the 23100 Block of Avenue 232, Lindsay          DATE:  10-2-14          TIME:  1100
CASE NUMBER:  14-60776         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 10-02-14 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff Department's STEP Team were contacted by officers from the Tulare County Resource Management Agency regarding what appeared to be the illegal processing of marijuana. RMA Officers had been conducting an unrelated code compliance check at a residence in the 20800 block of Road 252 in Lindsay when they observed a large amount of marijuana. Detectives responded and contacted Saul Garcia, 53 of Lindsay and Elijio Ceballos, 46 of Strathmore. Garcia and Salas were found to be in possession of over one-hundred pounds of processed and partially processed marijuana. 

During the investigation, Detectives learned of the location of an outdoor marijuana grow site that was linked to the two men. Detectives obtained a search warrant and responded to an orange grove located in the 23100 block of Avenue 232 in Lindsay where they discovered the grow that had been planted under the guise of medical marijuana. Upon arrival, Detectives were able to apprehend one additional suspect, Ramiro Baca Jr, 26 of Lindsay. As many as three additional suspects fled the area upon arrival of Detectives and remain at large. Detectives eradicated 587 fully mature marijuana plants and located an additional twelve pounds of fully processed marijuana estimated to be valued at approximately 1.4 million dollars. 

Garcia, Ceballos and Baca were arrested and booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility pursuant to charges including the illegal cultivation of marijuana and cultivation of marijuana for sale.  

This case remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department STEP Team.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective B. Rader at (559) 733-6218 or information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com.

 
...posted by media relations
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CORRECTION TO CASE: After an approximate two (2) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcot
LOCATION:  1190 blk of Elizabeth Way,Dinuba          DATE:  9-24-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-70093         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

THE FOLLOWING CORRECTION WAS MADE:
Name of the second individual taken into custody was changed from Marsh Romo to Catarina Lopez.

PRESS RELEASE:

After an approximate two (2) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the Dinuba area, Investigators from Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division and the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) consisting of personnel from Farmersville P.D. and Exeter P.D were led to the residence in the 1190 blk of Elizabeth Way. The residence was approximately two blocks from the Dinuba High School. The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately fifteen (15) grams of methamphetamine package for sales, and marijuana with a street value of $1600.00. Also located were scales and packaging material. As a result of the search warrant two people were taken into custody on the below charges. ’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

Taken into custody were:

1)Robert Moraido 58Yrs. Dinuba resident Date of arrest: 09-24-14 

Charges: 11377/11378/11366/ 11353.6 H&S PC possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics/ sales of narcotics within a 1000 ft. of a School

2) Catarien Lopez, age 41. 

Charges:11550 H&S Under the influence of a controlled substance 

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff

 
...posted by media relations
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Possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics
LOCATION:  Tulare          DATE:  10/03/14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-60029         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY: 

After an approximately week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the Tulare area, Investigators from The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division and Tulare PD and the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) consisting of personnel from Exeter P.D were led to a residence in the 460 blk. of S. E. Street in the City of Tulare. The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately fifteen (15) pounds of Methamphetamine and (5) pounds of Heroin, with a street value of $800.000, packaging materials, and scales.

As a result of the search warrant four people were taken into custody on the below charges.

Taken into custody were:

1) Jose Ramirez Astorga 42Yrs. Tulare resident Date of arrest: 10-03-14 Charges:11377/11378/11366/11351 H&S possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics

2)  Miguel Guatamala Mozo 42Yrs. Tulare resident Date of arrest: 10-03-14  Charges:11377/11378/11366/11351 H&S possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics

3)Wilmar Mario Reyes 22Yrs. Tulare resident Date of arrest: 10-03-14 Charges:11377/11378/11366/11351 H&S possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics Lozano

4)Enriquez Luis Roque 20Yrs. Tulare resident Date of arrest: 10-03-14 Charges:11377/11378/11366/11351 H&S possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics

 

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

 

 
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HS 11358, HS 11359, PC 12022
LOCATION:  23120 block of Avenue 192, Porterville          DATE:  10-2-14          TIME:  0800
CASE NUMBER:  14-60775         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 10-02-14 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff Department's STEP Team and officers from the Tulare County Resource Management Agency responded to the 23100 block of Avenue 192, Porterville, in regards to a large marijuana grow on the property.  A search warrant for the property was severed at which time Detectives detained Ismael Gonzalez Jr, 23 of Strathmore, Cesilio Saucedo, 24 of Earlimart and Jesus Lopez, 23 of Porterville. Gonzalez, the primary resident was also found to be in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun which had been reported as stolen. Saucedo and Lopez attempted to flee from the property but were apprehended by Deputies at the rear of the grow site. During the investigation Tulare County Sheriff’s Detectives eradicated a large, sophisticated outdoor marijuana grow containing 203 plants all between eight and ten feet in height. 

The marijuana was ready to be harvested and was estimated to have a street value of approximately $480,000 dollars. Gonzalez, Saucedo and Lopez were arrested at the scene and booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility pursuant to charges including the illegal cultivation of marijuana and cultivation of marijuana for sale. Gonzalez was additionally charged with the possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony and possession of stolen property.  

This case remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department STEP Team.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective B. VanCuren at (559) 733-6218 or information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com.

 
...posted by media relations
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Criminal Threats
LOCATION:  40300 Block of Road 128          DATE:  10-1-14          TIME:  1045
CASE NUMBER:  14-12307         VICTIM:  Hispanic Female          CITY: 

On 10/1/2014 at approximately 1045 hours, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Cutler/Orosi substation were dispatched to a local business regarding a violent customer.  

On arrival, Deputies met with the clerk who claimed she was confronted by an angry customer who was unable to pay for merchandise and who became loud and belligerent when asked to leave the store. The customer advanced toward her and threatened to kill her and burn the store down if she called police. 

Deputies searched the area and located the subject who was taken into custody without further incident.  He was subsequently booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial facility on terrorist threat charges. 

In Custody:

Rafael Perez, age 51 of Cutler

 

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by email to tcso@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 
...posted by media relations
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247.5 PC Discharge of a Laser at an Aircraft
LOCATION:  4000 Block W. Damsen Lane          DATE:  10/01/14          TIME:  8:00 PM
CASE NUMBER:  14-12327         VICTIM:  County of Tulare          CITY:  Visalia

Suspect: Brian Pennington Age: 40 Residence: Visalia

On October 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM the Sheriff's patrol aircraft was on their way to a petty theft call north of Visalia when the aircraft was struck with a green laser, resulting in both pilot and flight officer being hit in the eye with the laser light. The flight officer was able to use the aircraft camera system to identify the origin of the laser light to the backyard of a residence in the 4000 block of W. Damsen Lane. The Visalia Police Department was contacted by Sheriff's personnel in the aircraft, and quickly sent two officers to investigate. The flight officer was able to direct the officers to the suspect. The officers identified the suspect as 40 year old Brian Pennington, who had possession of the green laser. Pennington was questioned and released by the Visalia officers. The investigation will be forwarded to the District Attorney for review and possible filing of criminal charges.

David Williams, Sergeant( Captain, Retired)

Tulare County Sheriff's Department

2404 W Burrel AveVisalia, CA 93291

 
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Cultivation of marijuana, Cultivation of marijuana for sales, Illegal manufacturing, Conspiracy
LOCATION:  23600 block of Avenue 181, Porterville          DATE:  9-30-14          TIME:  0938
CASE NUMBER:  14-60803         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 9-30-14 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff Department's STEP Team and officers from the Tulare County Resource Management Agency responded to the 23600 block of Avenue 181, Porterville, in regards to a large marijuana grow on the property.  A search warrant for the property was severed at which time four subjects were detained.  During the investigation Tulare County Sheriff’s Detectives located a large outdoor marijuana grow as well as an elaborate indoor growing operation and sophisticated THC extraction laboratory use to manufacture honey oil.

In total, Detectives seized 762 marijuana plants, over 30 pounds of processed marijuana and 50 vials of honey oil that had been packaged and labeled for sale. All of the seized marijuana and honey oil is estimated to have a street value of approximately 1.4 million dollars.

Two subjects were arrested at the scene and booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility.

Suspects:

Sayamontry, Chantha (68 years old)

Chanthirat, Phouvanh (59 years old)

 

 

This case remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department STEP Team.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective T. Johnson at (559) 733-6218 or information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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Search and Rescue with Kern County in Inyo Forest
LOCATION:           DATE:  9-30-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-12282         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 9-30-14 at 1730 hours the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a male adult from the San Diego area who was horseback riding and was in need of medical aid in the Inyo National Forest, approximately twenty miles north of the Black Rock ranger station. Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue responded with the assistance of CAL OES and Kern Sheriff’s Department Air Unit. Contact was made with the subject, who was air lifted to Lone Pine for treatment of an unknown medical condition, however he passed away. The subject's name has not been released pending notification of next of kin. More information will be released as it becomes available. 

 
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11377/78/79H&S/ 496 PC Possession/transportation of a controlled substance / possession of stolen
LOCATION:  Ivanhoe          DATE:  09-30-14          TIME:  1730
CASE NUMBER:  14-60028         VICTIM:  State of Calif.          CITY: 

On the above date Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Headquarters division conducted a traffic stop for traffic violations at Ave. 328 and Road 160 in Ivanhoe. The Deputy observed suspicious activity by the two occupants during the traffic stop. After consent to search the vehicle he located narcotics inside the vehicle. Both subjects were detained. He requested Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotic Unit to respond.  A search warrant was served by Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit at the subject residence located in the 33100 block of Hawthorne in the Community of Ivanhoe.  The search warrant revealed that the suspect was in possession of approximately fifteen (15) grams of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine has estimated value of $1500.00.  Also located at the residence were stolen items from a recent burglary, scales, stun gun, scanners and surveillance cameras.

The suspects were booked at Pre Trail Facility for the listed charges. 

 

Taken into custody were:

1) Carlos Angulo  32Yrs.              Ivanhoe  resident          Date of arrest: 09-30-14

Charges: 11377/78/79H&S/ 496 PC 

 Possession/transportation of a controlled substance / possession of stolen property

 

2) Christopher Cowdery   24Yrs.     Visalia resident        Date of arrest: 09-30-14

Charges: 11377/78/79H&S

 Possession/transportation of a controlled substance

 

The investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

 
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Tulare County Sheriff's Explorer Post 2355 places at CCLEEC
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

The Fifteenth Annual Central Coast Law Enforcement Explorer Competition was held on September 19 - 21, 2014 at the Paso Robles Event Center.  The Central Coast Law Enforcement Competition was started in 2000 with approximately 18 Law Enforcement agencies participating in daytime events.  Over the years it has grown to between 40 - 50 participating agencies and 400 - 500 Law Enforcement Explorers. These events have carried over to night time scenarios, and a full two days of exciting and demanding competition.  A Board of Directors now oversees the competition. 

The competition is designed to be very demanding on the physical and mental capabilities of each Explorer. Events are designed to test the strengths and limitations of a person's intelligence, personality, demeanor and physical abilities, as well as dedication and conviction to the Explorer Program.  Explorers are given the opportunity to test their skills in real life officer situations.  There are approximately twenty (20) events which include Felony Stops, DUI Stops, Vehicle Searches, Building Searches, Crisis Negotiations and a Domestic Violence situation just to name a few. The events were held both in daylight and night time scenarios. The competition tests the Explorers physical abilities and teamwork through obstacle courses, physical agility, and a tug of war.  Mental abilities are tested through a variety of events including a Medical Scenario, a Law Enforcement Entry Level Written Exam and an Oral Board Panel. 

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux was among the staff that traveled to Paso Robles to view the competition. The Sheriff visited with Explorers and watched them compete on Friday with Assistant Sheriff Robin Skiles, Captain Cheri Lehner was also present that weekend, as well as Orosi Lieutenant Jim Franks and Captain Keith Douglass.

Up to 5 scholarships were awarded to successful applicants and competition participants.  Scholarship interviews were conducted of the top ten qualifiers to determine who and in what order the scholarships would be awarded. 

Trophies were awarded for 1st through 5th place in each event and 1st through 5th place for overall scores.  Participants were encouraged to participate in every event, as points are earned for each event toward the overall trophies.

This year the CCLEEC board awarded their first "E’spirit de Corps" award. In order to determine who received the award, the Board monitored all participating teams throughout the two day event.  They focused on enthusiasm, appearance, discipline, dedication, devotion, and teamwork. Captain Douglass, as one of the Command Staff who watched the competition, noted that one of the deciding factors was that though there were four different  Tulare County Sheriff Explorer posts – one for each substation – there were no obvious divisions among them. The Posts presented themselves as one team, rather than four groups who wore the same colors. 

On Thursday October 2 at 4 PM in the Lobby of Sheriff’s Headquarters the participating Explorers as well as their Advisors will present the E’spirit de Corps award to Sheriff Mike Boudreaux and his staff for permanent display. 

 

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

Event: Vehicle Search

Orosi Substation (4th Place) 

Juan Torres, Daniel Medina, Cristina Gonzalez & Carmen Rodriguez 

 

Event: Nighttime Suspicious Person 

HQ Substation (2nd Place) 

Victoria Douglass, Brandon Bottoms 

 

Event: Explorer Ride-A-Long (Male)

HQ Substation (3rd Place) 

Corey Atchison

 

Event: Explorer Ride-A-Long (Female)

HQ Substation (3rd Place) 

Victoria Douglass

 

Event: Explorer Ride-A-Long (Female) 

Orosi Substation (4th Place) 

Cristina Gonzalez

 

Event: Tug-of-War 

Pixley Substation (3rd Place) 

Hector Negrete, Junior Negrete, Mariela Gonzalez, Bridget Valencia, Manuel Infante

 

Event: Individual Obstacle (Male) 

Pixley Substation (2nd Place)

Hector Negrete

 

Event: Individual Obstacle (Female)

HQ Substation (3rd Place)

Victoria Douglass

 

Event: Written Examination 

Orosi Substation (2nd Place) 

Jaime Rodriguez , Daniel Medina, Jose De La Cruz , Juan Torres 

 

Event: Advisor Obstacle Course (Male)

HQ Substation (1st Place)

Deputy Matt Rascon

 

Scholarship Award winner: 

HQ Substation (2nd Place) 

Corey Atchison

$2,000 and a laptop

 
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Cultivation of marijuana and cultivation of marijuana for sale
LOCATION:  1000 block of South Crystal St. Porterville, Ca.          DATE:  9-25-14          TIME:  2000
CASE NUMBER:  14-60770         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

     On Friday, 9-26-14 at about 10:30 a.m. detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel unit responded to the 1000 block of S. Crystal St. Porterville as a follow up investigation to the cultivation of marijuana where a home invasion robbery occurred on 9-25-14 at about 8:00 pm.

     Detectives eventually eradicated more than 170 marijuana plants and arrested Ralph Robinson 63 years and Victor Vucio 56 years for their involvement with the grow site at the property.

     Robinson was booked for cultivation of marijuana for sale and Vucio was booked for cultivation of marijuana.  Both Robinson and Vucio are local residents and were victims of the home invasion that occurred on 9-25-14.  

     The marijuana case remains under investigation by sheriff’s department personnel.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559) 733-6218 or information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com

 
...posted by media relations
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Undetermined Death
LOCATION:  15800 Block of Azalea          DATE:  09/27/14          TIME:  0137 hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-12101         VICTIM:  Hispanic Female Adult          CITY:  Ivanhoe

Narrative

On 9/27/14 at 0137 hrs, Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit responded to the 15800 block of Azalia Avenue in Ivanhoe, regarding a report of a suspicious death. Detectives located neighbors and family members and ascertained information regarding the victim (Hispanic Female 30 years of age). The name of the victim is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. No other information is being released at this time. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding the case can contact Detective Gary Marks or Sgt. Rodney Parker 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

 

 

 

 
...posted by DISPATCH
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597(b) Animal Cruelty
LOCATION:  Ave 383 / Rd 156 Seville Ca          DATE:  09-26-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-12061         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect: Miguel Edmundo Pena, 52yrs, Visalia Ca

 

On September 26th 2014, members of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Ag Crimes Unit  and members of the Tulare County Animal Control Office responded to the area of Rd 156 and Ave 383, in regards to a report of horses, which were being neglected.

During the investigation, eleven horses were discovered in a fenced in lot in the Seville area with no food.   Approximately seven of the eleven horses appeared to be extremely emaciated and nearly all of the horses were suffering from superficial wounds and other health problems.

Miguel Pena who was in control of the property and admitted being responsible for the animals on the property was contacted.  Miguel was later arrested and booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility without incident.

All of the horses were removed from the property and transported to a holding facility, where they were examined by a veterinarian and are currently being treated for their injuries. 

Anyone with additional information please contact Det. Travis Shaw (559)733-6218

 
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Update: Home invasion in Porterville
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 9-26-14 two suspects were booked into the Porterville Substation following the home invasion in Porterville detailed below. Their charges are as follows, and pictures can be found on facebook.com/TulareSheriff

Suspect: Ricardo Estevan Segovia, age 28
Charges: pc207, pc273A, pc245, pc212.5, pc25850, pc17500, pc182

Suspect: Esteban Ramirez Razura, age 43
Charges: pc207, pc273A, pc245, pc212.5, pc25850, pc17500, pc182

 

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:

Charges: Home Invasion Robbery, possession of a deadly weapon with intent to assault, possession of a loaded firearm, conspiracy, child endangerment and assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping (212.5 PC, 17500 PC, 25850(a) PC, 182 PC, 273(a) PC, 245 PC, 207 PC)

On Thursday, 9-25-14 at about 8:03 pm, Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 1000 block of South Crystal Street in Porterville for the report of an in progress armed home invasion robbery, which was connected to a marijuana grow site.

Upon deputies’ arrival the residence was surrounded and a perimeter was set up for adjacent residential evacuations with assistance from Porterville PD, and the California Highway Patrol. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team and Air Unit was also activated.  Canine units from Visalia PD, Exeter PD and Tulare PD also responded to assist if needed.   

There were a total of seven victims - two minors ages 4 and 17, and five adults identified as Latesa Robinson 48 years, Ralph Robinson 63 years, Hailie Vogt 26 years, Victor Vucio 56 years and Lavina Dobbs 94 years.  Vucio was the only victim physically assaulted by the suspects and his injuries were non-life threatening.  He was treated and released from a local hospital.  All of the victims were local residents.  During the initial stand-off, coupled with law enforcement negotiations the victims were allowed to exit to safety, but the suspects remained within the residence.  Two suspects were apprehended and taken into custody by the sheriff’s department.  They were identified as Ricardo Segovia 28 years, and Estevan Razura 43 years.  It is believed that another suspect managed to flee the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.  The suspects were from another county and the investigation continues by the sheriff’s department.

The sheriff’s department is also investigating the marijuana grow site separately and will likely seek criminal charges with it, due to other unrelated evidence discovered at that scene.

Both suspects were transported and booked into the sheriff’s Porterville substation for home invasion robbery, possession of a deadly weapon with the intent to assault, possession of loaded firearm, conspiracy, child endangerment, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

Anyone with further information to this case is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559) 733-6218 or at tcso@tipnow.com.  

 
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Sheriff Boudreaux to present STAR awards
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On Monday Septempber 29, 2014, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux will recognize the work done by citizens in Tulare County who have gone above and beyond expectation. In a ceremony in the lobby of Sheriff’s Headquarters at 3:30 PM, Sheriff Boudreaux and members of his staff will present the STAR award, which stands for Sheriff of Tulare Action Recognition, to Larry Wilkinson and Steve and Rinda Day. 

Please read below about the actions these individuals took that brought them to the attention of the Sheriff’s Department.

On 01/06/14 around 1:26 p.m., Larry Wilkinson from Springville was driving by 21599 Avenue 112, Porterville. At that time, a citizen flagged him down and told him there was a man in the orchard who was suffering from gunshot wound to the abdomen. Mr. Wilkinson called 911 and provided first aid until emergency personnel arrived and took over. 

On 07/04/14 around 0800 a.m., Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to a Medical Aid Search & Rescue in a remote area of the Golden Trout Wilderness near the Little Kern Bridge. The area is not accessible by vehicle and lacks the terrain to safely land a rescue aircraft, making it only accessible by foot.

A family group of hikers camped at the Little Kern Bridge had become ill and were unable to hike back to their vehicle located at the Lewis Camp Trail Head.  The family group consisted of three adults who were in good health, and four children who were too ill to walk.  The children's ages ranged from 12-17 years old.  

Steve and Rinda Day, of Terra Bella own a pack station about 6 miles from the location of the family. They chose to set aside their business operation, saddled seven of their horses and packed in the Deputies and a Paramedic to locate and provide immediate assistance to the ill children. The Days and the Paramedic then transported the children by horseback to their vehicle and a waiting ambulance while Deputies escorted the adults on foot.  Upon getting the children to safety, the Days returned with your horses, picked up the Deputies and adults, also returning them to the pack station by horseback.

The men and women of the Tulare County Sheriff's Department wanted to formally thank these citizens for taking risks putting personal needs aside to help a citizen in need. Please join us as we do so for the ceremony on Monday, to be held at 3:30 PM.

 
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