Shots Fired Near Residences
LOCATION:  35500 Cramer, Springville          DATE:  12-16-14          TIME:  2100
CASE NUMBER:  14-15660         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 12-16-14 at 2100 hours deputies responded to the above location regarding numerous shots heard in the area of the El Tapatio Restaurant on Highway 190 in Springville. No shots were heard after the deputies arrived, and residents in the area asked to leave the area for their safety, which they did. 

Deputies cleared residences and backyards, and residents were allowed to return to their homes. A short while later the suspect was located in the area of Highway 190 and Cramer. Deputies contacted the suspect who appeared to be intoxicated and he complied. The suspect’s residence was cleared and there was no sign of a gunshot wound victim present. There was evidence of a small child living in the residence, as well as evidence of firearms in areas easily accessible by a child. 

The suspect was arrested for 246.3 PC and deputies also requested follow up by Child Welfare Services and/or charges of 273(a) PC, considering the evidence of firearms within the reach of a child. The suspect was transported to the Porterville Substation where he was booked. 

This case is currently under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at 559-733-6218 or by using our anonymous tip program, Tip Now. Call or text 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com
 
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Cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sales
LOCATION:  2100 Block of Cochran Avenue, Tulare          DATE:  12-17-14          TIME:  0700
CASE NUMBER:  14-60842         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

S1: Nicolas Pileno Hernandez (30yrs)

Charges: 11358HS, 11359HS, 498(b)PC

 

On December 17th after a multi-week investigation, Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s STEP Team served a narcotics search warrant in the 2100 block of Cochran Avenue in Tulare. Detectives contacted Nicolas Pileno Hernandez, 30 of Tulare who had set up a sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation. Detectives located 181 marijuana plants which were being grown within the converted garage. Detectives also located 35 pounds of fully processed marijuana packaged for sale and over $6,000.00 in US currency. During the investigation, it was discovered that Hernandez had also been stealing electricity. The theft of electricity was estimated by Edison to be in excess of $18,000.00.  

Had the marijuana been allowed to be harvested, it would have had a street value of over $370,000.00. Hernandez was taken into custody pursuant to the cultivation of marijuana for sales, possession of marijuana for sales and theft of utilities.

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

 
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Farmersville Police Department News Release
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Case #: 14-1520

Crime: Enter Dwelling Unlawfully (602.5 PC)

Date: December 14, 2014

Location: 500 Block of north Stevens, Farmersville, California 

Victim: Confidential

Suspect: Mario Peneda, 27 years old, Farmersville resident

 

On December 14, 2014 at 2005 hours officers of the Farmersville Police Department were dispatched to a residence regarding an adult male being detained by the homeowner for trespassing into their garage. Officers arrived at 2009 hours and entered the garage finding Mario Peneda inside.  An investigation at the scene revealed that no apparent forced entry was made and no property appeared to be taken. Officers arrested Peneda for trespassing and transported him to the Farmersville Police Department where he was processed and subsequently released on an agreement to appear.                                 

 
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Sheriff Boudreaux Promotes Four Sergeants
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Sheriff Mike Boudreaux is proud to announce the promotion of four Sergeants, two in Detentions, and two in Operations. Gary Marks, Francisco Robles, Ron Smith, and William West will be promoted in a ceremony Monday December 15th 2014 at 11 AM in the lobby of Sheriff’s Headquarters.  

Sergeant Marks began his career with the department in November 1999 as a Deputy Sheriff I. He has worked in Detentions, Patrol, Ag Unit, North End Property and Violent Crimes. 

Sergeant Robles began his career with the department in August 2006 as a Correctional Deputy. He has worked at the Main Jail and the Bob Wiley Detention Facility. 

Sergeant Smith began his career with the department in January 2000 as Lateral Deputy Sheriff from the Porterville Police Department. He has worked Patrol, FTO and trained over 30 officers for TCSD. 

Sergeant West began his career with the department in March 2006 as a Correctional Deputy. He has worked at the Men’s Correctional Facility. 

Please join us in the lobby of Sheriff's Headquarters on Monday, December 15th at 11 AM for the promotion ceremony of Sergeants Marks, Robles, Smith, and West.

 
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Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  27000 block of Highway 190, Porterville          DATE:  12-13-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-15524         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On Saturday December 13, 2014 Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Porterville Substation responded to the above listed location in regards to the report of a gunshot wound victim. Upon arrival it was determined unknown suspects drove a white sedan near the victim’s residence and fired numerous gunshots. A 6 year old female was struck by gunfire and sustained a non-life threatening injury. She was subsequently transported to an area hospital where she was treated for her injuries. 

Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded and took over the investigation.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact Det. R. Gunderman or Sgt. M. Cavazos with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Investigations Unit at (559)735-1858. Information can also be left anonymously by accessing the TipNow page at tcso@tipnow.com.
    

 
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Possession of Methamphetamine for sales and transportation/ Possession of Marijuana for sales.
LOCATION:  Kamm Ave/ Alta Dinuba, Ca.          DATE:  12-12-14          TIME:  1715
CASE NUMBER:  14-80108         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On Friday 12/12/14/2014 the Gang Violence Suppression Unit, North County conducted gang suppression activities in an effort to combat gang violence with a zero tolerance for gang activities and made the following arrests:

12/12/14        1715 hours            Kamm Ave/ Alta Dinuba, Ca.       Suspect #1: Matthew Scott Lowry        MW/ 31 Yrs                 Dinuba, Ca

On listed date and time Matthew Lowry was contacted by gang investigators during a traffic stop for vehicle code violations and found to be in possession of approx. ½ ounce of methamphetamine and eight (8) grams of marijuana. Both the Methamphetamine and marijuana were packaged individually for sales. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and booked at the APTF on the above listed charges.
 

Photographs of the suspect(s) can be obtained from the APTF.               

Anonymous information about these incidents or to report Gang activity can be 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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Burglary
LOCATION:  41200 Block of Road 124, Orosi          DATE:  12-8-14          TIME:  0810
CASE NUMBER:  14-5277         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

On 12-8-14/0810hrs unknown suspects entered the victim’s residence through an unlocked rear door. The suspects contacted the victim’s in the residence and held them at gun point. The suspect briefly searched the residence and located approximately $4,500.00 cash. The suspects fled the residence with the cash on foot but are believed to have gotten into an awaiting vehicle and fled the area. The victims were not injured during the incident.

The suspects are still outstanding and the case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information regarding this incident are urged to contact Det. Webb at 559-735-1882 or 559-733-6218.

 
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459Pc burglary
LOCATION:  900 Block Elm St.          DATE:  12-08-2014          TIME:  1602 hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-15307         VICTIM:  Marshall, carrie          CITY:  Pixley, Ca

 On 12-8-14 Deputies from Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to a Burglary in progress. Upon arrival they observed the suspect hiding near the crime scene. The suspect ran from Deputies and hid in a nearby vineyard. A perimeter was set and a Tulare County K-9 Deputy responded from Porterville. The suspect was located in the vineyard and arrested without incident. Several of the victim’s rifles and shotguns were located on his property and returned. The suspect was arrested and booked into Tulare County Jail without incident.

Suspect:   (S) Roderick Garcia (26) years from Earlimart

 
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Sheriff's Department PAL program holds annual Christmas Event
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On 12-06-14 from about 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, members from the Tulare County Sheriff's Police Activities League hosted it's annual Christmas  Event at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.  

This event served children from the rural areas throughout the county by providing round trip transportation for the kids, in addition to food, games,  DJ music from Friday Night Lights for dancing, and a very special visit from Santa Claus who spoke to each and every child.  During Santa's visit,  approximately 200 toys were handed out as gifts to the children aged 8-12 years.

The event was extremely beneficial to the children, as well as the PAL program.  The Sheriff and the members of this PAL organization were excited to have the children and will continue to make this event as well as others in the future even bigger by reaching out to the rural communities of Tulare County to make a lasting difference with its youth. 

This event couldn't have been made possible without the assistance from our Sheriff's Explorer Program, the department's Community Based Officers, donations and fund raisers.  PAL would also like to give a special thanks to the youth who assisted us today from the Tulare County Farm Bureau Leadership Program.  Their motivation and participation was much appreciated by the children in attendance and PAL personnel.  PAL will continue it's efforts to empower the children in its rural communities with opportunities, choices, guidance, education, friendship and assistance. 

Lieutenant Mark Gist
Executive Director
Tulare County Sheriff's P.A.L.

 
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Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana for Sale
LOCATION:  19100 Block of Road 204, Porterville          DATE:  12-5-14          TIME:  1855
CASE NUMBER:  14-60829         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

S1: Phillip Anthony Ruiz, 20 of Woodlake

166, 460PC: Attempted home invasion robbery

246PC: Shooting at an inhabited dwelling

12022PC: Possession of a Firearm

 

S2: Cesar Meza Hernandez, 39 of Porterville

S3: Yessenia Meza, 37 of Porterville

11358HS: Cultivation of Marijuana

11359HS: Possession of Marijuana for Sales

12022PC: Possession of a Firearm

273(a)PC: Child Endangerment

 

On 12/05/2014 at approximately 1855 hours, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s Porterville Substation responded to an address in the 19100 block of Road 204 in Porterville for reports of shots that had been fired at a residence. During the investigation, Deputies located evidence that showed someone had fired multiple shots in the area of the residence however no suspects or witnesses were identified. The homeowners, Cesar Meza Hernandez, 39 and Yessenia Meza, 37 were uncooperative and did not reveal much information.

At approximately 2130 hours, Deputies were called out to the scene again for additional shots that had been fired at the same residence. During this second investigation, Deputies detained Phillip Anthony Ruiz, 20 of Woodlake who was located hiding in a grove and who was in possession of a loaded assault rifle. He was taken into custody without incident. Deputies then re-contacted Hernandez and Meza and located additional evidence which lead them to call Detectives who executed a search warrant for the residence.

While serving the search warrant, Detectives located over four-hundred (400) pounds of processed marijuana which had been packaged for sales, digital scales and records indicating the ongoing sale of marijuana. Detectives also located a large amount of US currency in excess of $50,000.00.

Had the marijuana been allowed to be harvested, it would have had a street value of over $500,000.00.  

Hernandez and Meza were booked into the Tulare County Jail pursuant to the cultivation of marijuana for sales, possession of marijuana for sales, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and child endangerment. Ruiz was booked pursuant to the charges of an attempted home invasion robbery, shooting at an inhabited residence and the possession of an assault rifle.  

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

 

 
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Sheriff's Department fundraiser with Jack in the Box exceeds goal
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For three weeks in November, Jack in the Box and its staff raised money in memory of Beau, a former member of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit, and on Thanksgiving word came in that not only had the goal been met, but it had been exceeded by at least $500. That achievement was celebrated yesterday, December 4th, at the Jack in the Box in Farmersville.

On November 1st, dog paws began to go up in Jack in the Box restaurants in and around Tulare County as people donated – often a dollar at a time – in memory of Beau. Staff at the restaurants set goals for themselves, determined to raise as much money as they could for the team, and soon the dog paws were covering walls. 

On December 4th, the K9 Unit, other members of the Sheriff’s Department, and Jack in the Box staff celebrated the completion of their goal. There were demonstrations by the team, as dogs navigated their way through an agility course, searched containers to find individuals, and even sniffed out substances they had been trained to find that were hidden in Jack in the Box food containers. The most popular demonstration was the “bite suit” and “bite sleeve”. A member of the team put on the suit and other handlers released their dogs as bystanders watched and applauded as the suit wearing deputy was apprehended. The owners of the local restaurants, Fred and Kellie Gibby, that had participated by slipping on a bite sleeve and assisted in the demonstration as agitators. 

During the event, Jack in the Box presented a check for the total amount, $21,586, was presented to Sheriff Boudreaux, and in return plaques were given to the Gibbys, as well as two others who had donated to the K9 Unit. 

The Sence Foundation also received a plaque in recognition of their continued support of the K9 Unit and of the Sheriff’s Department. The Sence Foundation has donated canines Kayo and Kaytu as well as given assistance to other units of the Sheriff’s Department. 

Bill Campbell was another one of those individuals who was recognized. His donation provided a bulletproof vest for canine Kaytu. Campbell did so in memory of his beloved German Shepard, Woody. The love between dog and owner was described by Bill’s daughter as “a bond like no other I have seen between a man and his dog”, and it was clear to all who saw them that the pair was inseparable. “There’s no way to repay woody for the love, honor and loyalty he gave to me, but I would like to donate a k9 vest to deputy Corey Evans and K9 partner, Kaytu in honor of my best friend, Woody”, he had said.

In February of 2011, a canine named Beau began his training for the Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit. Beau and his handler, Deputy Carrillo, spend months focusing on bonding, obedience, searching, apprehending, and protection training. Six months later they passed the certification test with flying colors and the pair began their work in the communities of Tulare County.

During their first month on the job together, Beau apprehended his first subject, an armed and dangerous felon parolee at large – the first of sixteen total apprehensions during his career. 

In August of 2013, Beau became a certified “cross trained” dog after completing a course in narcotics detection. That specialized training helped make Beau more of an asset to his team and his community. 

During Beau’s years with the department, the team participated in three K9 Competitions – once in the Sierra K9 Trials, and twice in the Kingsburg K9 Trials. In 2012, Beau received the “Agitator’s Choice” award at the Sierra Trials, as well as first place overall in the novice category in Kingsburg. In 2013, they took the “Agitator’s Choice” award in Kingsburg, the last happy highlight of Beau’s career. 

In late November 2013, Beau began to have medical problems. While working in the London/Traver area, he suffered from a violent and unexpected seizure on duty. During a trip to the veterinarian’s office Deputy Carrillo was told that Beau was most likely epileptic, and that with medication he would be back to normal within a few weeks.

Weeks went by and Beau continued to have violent seizures, as well as problems with his coordination and obeying commands. That led to another veterinarian visit in December where the team received devastating news – Beau had a brain tumor and would not get better. On December 19th, the difficult decision to put Beau to rest was made, and his watch ended. When his time with the team came to an end, Beau died peacefully, surrounded by his handler and other members of the K9 Unit who came together to support him and Deputy Carrillo in one of the most difficult times dogs and their handlers face. 

The death of a canine partner, while not nearly as well document as the death of their human counterpart, has a significant impact on the handler, their teammates, and their family. Deputy Carrillo eventually left the K9 Unit for another assignment instead of taking on another canine partner, and the team began the process of filling in the gaps left by the pair, but Beau was never forgotten.

In October of 2014, the Sheriff’s Department teamed up with Jack in the Box to raise money in memory of Beau to bring in three new canines for the team. Jack in the Box had previously done two similar fundraisers for other police departments with great success, and together a goal of $21,000 was set. 

Sheriff Boudreaux would like to thank Jack in the Box for hosting this fundraiser, as well as other donors, and all who participated in and around Tulare County to help raise this money. The department is currently looking into the process of purchasing new dogs, which should be completed after the first of the year. 

 
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Cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sales
LOCATION:  1050 Block of S. Crystal, Porterville          DATE:  12-3-14          TIME:  1800
CASE NUMBER:  14-15109         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

S1: Katrina Hammers (22yrs)

S2: Francisco Lopez Jr. (23 yrs)

Charges: 11358 HS, 11359 HS, 11379.6 HS, 12022(A)(1) PC

On December 3rd at approximately 1800 hours Deputies from the Porterville Substation responded to 1051 S. Crystal Street in Porterville in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant. Upon arrival, Deputies smelled a strong odor of Marijuana emitting from within the residence. Deputies contacted Katrina Hammers, 22 and Francisco Lopez Jr., 23, both of Porterville. A compliance check was completed to ensure the legality of the marijuana where it was determined the suspects were not within their medical recommendation limits.  

A search warrant was authored for the residence and a subsequent search revealed 332 live Marijuana plants that were being grown within a sophisticated indoor growing operation. Additionally, 5 pounds of processed Marijuana, a concentrated cannabis lab and a loaded handgun were located within the residence. Had the marijuana been allowed to be harvested, it would have had a street value of over $600,000.00.  

The suspects were taken into custody pursuant to the cultivation of marijuana for sales, possession of marijuana for sales, operation of a honey oil lab and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. 

The case remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department STEP Team.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Deputy M. Coldren at (559) 782-9650 and information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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Possession/sales/ cultivation of marijuana
LOCATION:  39600 blk of Rd 56-Dinuba          DATE:  12-4-14          TIME:  1700
CASE NUMBER:  14-70169         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

After an approximate three (3) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the Dinuba area, Investigators from Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division were led to a residence in the 39600 blk. of Road 56. The ensuing investigation and search revealed cultivation of marijuana and marijuana for sales, with a street value of $1000.00, packaging materials, and scales. 
As a result of the search warrant one suspect was taken into custody on the below charges.
 


Taken into custody were:
1) Narciso Lopez Romo 22Yrs.              Dinuba resident          Date of arrest: 12-04-14
Charges: 11358/59 H&S
 Possession/sales/ cultivation of marijuana

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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Update to Homicide on 11-28-14
LOCATION:  19600 block of Ave 195          DATE:  11-28-14          TIME:  1802 hrs
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  Juan Ochoa Ibarra          CITY:  Plainview

Victim: Juan Ochoa Ibarra, 34 years old, Plainview

On 11-28-2014 at approximately 1802 hours, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence in the 19600 block of Avenue 195, Plainview for a report of a gunshot wound victim. Upon arrival, Deputies located Ibarra, who suffered a fatal gunshot wound.  This case remains under investigation and anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to call Detective Sgt. Dow or Detective Klassen at (559) 733-6211 or anonymous information about this incident can be reported via Tipnow email: tcso@tipnow.net text or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.


Update 12/4/2014 – 0000 hours:


Suspect – Frank Vasquez III  age 35 – Lindsay


On 12/3/2014 the above suspect was located in King City, CA, by CHP officer and arrested on a warrant issued for this investigation.  The suspect has been transferred to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Adult Pre-Trial facility where he has been booked for 187PC.  The suspect is being held without bail.

 

 
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K9 DEMONSTRATION DURING FUNDRAISER CELEBRATION
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

WHO: Jack in the Box staff and Sheriff's Department Personnel

WHAT: Celebration of completion of fundraiser

WHEN:Thursday December 4, 2-4 PM

WHERE: 1662 N Farmersville Blvd   Farmersville, CA 93223

 

DETAILS: Please join the Sheriff's Department and Jack in the Box personnel as we celebrate reaching and exceeding our fundraising goal of $21,000. Prizes will be awarded to the top selling locations, canine handlers and their dogs will give demonstrations and more. Jack in the Box staff will also be presenting the Sheriff's Department with a check for the total amount raised during the fundraiser. 

 

For questions please contact the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Public Information Office at 559-636-4695. 

 
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Rape, Spousal Abuse
LOCATION:  300 block of S. Newman, Tipton          DATE:  11-30-14          TIME:  1830
CASE NUMBER:  14-14977         VICTIM:  confidential          CITY: 

On the above date, deputies from the Pixley substation responded to the above listed area in regards to the report of spousal abuse. Upon arrival they contacted the victim who advised over the past 2 days she had been sexually and physically assaulted by a known subject.

Detectives were called and took over the investigation.

The victim was treated for her injuries and the investigation is on going.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective R. Gunderman or Sgt. J. Dow with the Tulare County Sheriff's office at (559)735-1898 or (800)808-0488.

Anonymous information can be reported via tipnow.
Email: tcso@tipnow.net

 
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Homicide
LOCATION:  19600 blk of Ave 195-Plainview          DATE:  11-28-14          TIME:  1820
CASE NUMBER:  14-14899         VICTIM:  Juan Ochoa Ibarra, 34 years old          CITY: 

Victim: Juan Ochoa Ibarra, 34 years old, Plainview

On 11-28-2014 at approximately 1802 hours, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence in the 19600 block of Avenue 195, Plainview for a report of a gunshot wound victim. Upon arrival, Deputies located Ibarra, who suffered a fatal gunshot wound. 

This case remains under investigation and anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to call Detective Sgt. Dow or Detective Klassen at (559) 733-6211 or anonymous information about this incident can be reported via Tipnow email: tcso@tipnow.net text or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

 
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Attempted Homicide
LOCATION:  41000 Blk of David Road, Orosi, Ca.          DATE:  11-24-14          TIME:  1810
CASE NUMBER:  14-14734         VICTIM:  Hispanic male          CITY: 

On 11/24/14 at approx..1813 hours Deputies from The Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments Orosi Substation were dispatched to the 41000 Blk of David Rd for a report of a man down suffering from a gunshot wound. Upon deputies arrival they located the victim a 17 yr old male juvenile suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower torso area. The victim was airlifted to local hospital for treatment of his wounds where he was subsequently admitted. Investigators from The Sheriff’s Departments Violent Crimes Unit were called to take over the investigation.
    The ensuing investigation determined the victim had been shot at an unknown location by unknown suspects at this time. No suspects are in custody.  The victim sustained non-life threatening wounds and is in stable condition at the hospital.
The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit and no other information is being released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. Judd Hembree 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 download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.


 
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Lewd Acts with a Child
LOCATION:  22000 block of Ave. 198, Strathmore          DATE:  11-21-14          TIME:  2134
CASE NUMBER:  14-14618         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

On Friday November 21st 2014, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area in regards to a report of lewd acts with a child.  Deputies arrived and discovered that a 14 year old male had been sexually assaulted by 2 unknown Hispanic male adults.

Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded and took over the investigation. The victim was evaluated by medical personnel and determined to have sustained no physical injuries.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact Det. R. Gunderman or Sgt. S. Kennedy with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Investigations Unit at (559)735-1858.

 
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Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  15800 block of Paradise in Ivanhoe Ca.          DATE:  11-22-14          TIME:  2215
CASE NUMBER:  14-14654         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 11/22/14 at approx. 2215 hours Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments Headquarters’ substation were dispatched to the 15800 block of Paradise Ave in Ivanhoe in regards to a shooting in progress. Upon the deputies arrival they located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injury and subsequently were admitted for continued treatment. Due to the nature of the victims injuries investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments Violent Crimes unit were called to investigate the incident.


The victims are in stable condition at local hospital being treated for their injuries. No other information is being released at this time.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. Merced Zamora or Sgt. Steve Kennedy at (559)735-1898 or (800) 808-0488.

 
Anonymous information about this incident can be reported via Tipnow

E-mail tcso@tipnow.net

Text or voicemail at 559-725-4194

Or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

 
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Attempted Homicide/ Mayhem
LOCATION:  27700 Blk of Hwy 190-Porterville          DATE:  11-22-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-14644         VICTIM:  William McGuire 49yrs          CITY: 

 

Suspect in custody: Micahel Owens    37 years    Strathmore, Ca.

On 11/22/14 at approx. 1302 hours Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments Porterville substation were dispatched to the 27700 Blk of Hwy 190 in regards to a disturbance and stabbing in progress. Upon the deputies arrival they located the victim who was being attended to by the local citizens for a puncture/ open wound to the neck area. The victim was transported to local hospital for treatment of his injury and subsequently airlifted to another hospital where he was admitted for continued treatment of his injury. The patrol deputies while canvassing the area for witnesses and the suspect, they located the suspect and took him into custody without incident. Due to the nature of the victims injury Investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments Violent Crimes unit were called to investigate the incident.
    The ensuing investigation revealed the suspect was at the location attending a family function when he got into an argument with his girlfriend and was very loud, boisterous and belligerent with others. The victim approached the suspect and asked him to calm down as he was creating disharmony with others. The suspect in an unprovoked attack hit the victim in the neck with a known type object causing a puncture wound type injury to his neck.
    The victim is currently in guarded condition at local hospital being treated for his injury. No other information is being released at this time.
The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. Merced Zamora 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 download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

 
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Sheriff's Department Recruiting Volunteers
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

We’re recruiting! The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department is seeking volunteers for the following:

Volunteers in Patrol
Search and Rescue
Air Unit
Chaplains

Download the application and background packet at http://tinyurl.com/nlbhrk3 and turn that paperwork into Personnel and Training, located on the West side of the first floor at Government Plaza on Mooney Blvd.

For more information regarding recruitment and our volunteers, please visit http://www.tularecounty.ca.gov/sheriff/index.cfm/recruitment/ or call us at:

 559-636-4695 or 559-735-1829

 

You can also email info@tularesheriff.info or sheriffpio@co.tulare.ca.us for more information. 

 
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Attempted Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  40000 Block of Blossom, Three Rivers          DATE:  1118-14          TIME:  1645
CASE NUMBER:  14-14499         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

Deputies responded to the above location for a verbal argument, which has been ongoing for an extended time frame. While on the way, the suspect took a bat and was attempting to hit a horse.  The victim yelled at the suspect who then came out of the pasture and attempted to hit the victim with the bat several times. The victim was able to get away from the suspect and Tulare County Sheriff’s Department was called. The victim was not struck. 

Deputies arrived on scene and contacted the victim and witnesses (obtained statements).

The suspect was contacted and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and threats, without incident. The case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office. 

If anyone has any information regarding this case, contact Deputy Mark Frick at 559-733-6218.  

 
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Attempted Kidnapping
LOCATION:  Road 132 area          DATE:  11-14-14          TIME:  1545
CASE NUMBER:  14-14335         VICTIM:  Female          CITY: 

On 11-14-14, 1545hrs. the Tulare County Sheriff Department responded to the area of Rd 132 south of Ave 320 in Visalia regarding an attempted kidnapping investigation.  Upon arrival the victim reported she was walking along the side of road 132 when an unknown male attempted to get her into his vehicle. The suspect began yelling at the victim demanding she get into his vehicle. 

The victim became frightened and ran away in the opposite direction. The victim was able to wave down three separate witnesses who were passing by. They also witnessed the incident and stopped to help the victim. The witnesses detained the suspect until Sheriff Deputies arrived. Investigation revealed the suspect attempted to kidnap the victim.

Deputies arrested  61 year old Patricio Fierro Juarez on suspicion of attempted kidnapping. 

He is from the Visalia area. 

The Case remains under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff Department.

 
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Barricaded Suspect, SWAT Teams called out
LOCATION:  900 Block of Lime, Porterville          DATE:  11-14-14          TIME:  2000 hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-14343         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Title: Barricaded Suspect, SWAT Teams called out

Suspect: ANSELMO SOLORIO, age 34

Address: 900 Block of Lime, Porterville 

Date Occured: 11-14-14

Time Occured: 2000

CASE NUMBERS: 

14-90092

14-14343

 

In the evening hours of Friday, November 14th, shortly after 8 PM the Tulare County Sheriff's Department South County Gang Unit was conducting a compliance and parole check at a residence in the 900 block of Lime Street in Porterville. During the course of that check, deputies contacted the family members of the suspect, who indicated the suspect's location to detectives within a room in the front of the house. 

 

They attempted to make contact with the suspect verbally through a closed door  in an attempt to get him to exit the room. The suspect began to indiscriminately shoot through the door and wall of the room he was in at the detectives, which resulted in his brother being shot in the face. In the process of exiting the residence, detectives helped rescue family members they were aware of in the residence. The brother was removed and taken to an area hospital for treatment where he has been treated and is expected to be released later today. After deputies and family members exited the house it was discovered that two elderly females were still in the residence and unable to remove themselves. 

 

At this time, law enforcement created a perimeter around the residence and the Tulare County Sheriff's Department SWAT and the Porterville Police Department SWAT teams was called out. Verbal negotiations with the suspect ensued. 

 

Hostage negotiators continued to make contact with the suspect and attempt to talk him into leaving the residence. During that time the suspect continued to fire on law enforcement from inside the residence. No law enforcement officers were hit or injured. 

 

In the early morning hours the elderly females were rescued from within the residence by law enforcement officers unharmed. 

 

At that time tear gas was used to draw the suspect out, but that was unsuccessful. The suspect continued to shoot at armored vehicles from Porterville Police Department and Tulare County Sheriff's Department that were present, and Porterville Police officers returned fire. 

 

The suspect then surrendered around seven in the morning and left the residence and was taken into custody. He sustained a superficial wound to his right elbow. It is undetermined at this time whether or not that is a result of gunfire from law enforcement. He will be treated for that injury and released to be booked at the Tulare County Main Jail. His bail is set at one million dollars. 

 

The Visalia Police Department is handling the officer involved shooting investigation. The Tulare County Sheriff's Department is handling the criminal investigation for attempted homicide on peace officers and felon in possession of a firearm among other charges. 

 

His photo can be found on our facebook page at facebook.com/TulareSheriff or by calling our jail facilities at 559-636-4655.

 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Department using our anonymous Tip Now program by emailing tcso@tipnow.com or calling or texting 559-725-4194 or 559-733-6218. 

 

Media inquiries regarding any aspect of this investigation can be addressed to the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer by calling 559-636-4695 or emailing sheriffpio@co.tulare.ca.us

 
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Cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sales
LOCATION:  31000 blk of Wolf Drive, Goshen          DATE:  11-14-14          TIME:  1300
CASE NUMBER:  14-60646         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

S1: Benny Navarrette, III, 27 of Goshen

On Friday, November 14, Detectives from the STEP Unit of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department served a marijuana search warrant at a residence in the 31000 block of Wolf Drive in Goshen. Detectives discovered two highly sophisticated indoor marijuana grow rooms at the residence. During the investigation, Detectives discovered that it appeared as if the homeowner, Benny Navarrette, III, 27 was stealing power to supply electricity to the indoor operations. Southern California Edison was called and confirmed Navarrette bypassed the meter and had stolen approximately $24,000.00 of unmetered electricity. Detectives seized 48 fully mature marijuana plants, a large sum of cash, digital scales and packaging materials. Detectives estimate the total street value of the marijuana at approximately $250,000.00. Navarrette was arrested at the scene and booked into the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Pre-Trial Facility pursuant to the charges of the cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales and utility theft.  

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

 
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Cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sales
LOCATION:  12500 block of Aceves Ave-Orosi          DATE:  11-14-14          TIME:  0700
CASE NUMBER:  14-60828          VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

S1: John Pimental, 67 of Orosi    11358HS, 11359HS
S2: Antonio Singson, 54 of Orosi    11358HS
S3: Yadira Orosco, 30 of Orosi    11377HS, 11364HS, 11550HS
S4: Lisa Uribe, 29 of Orosi        11550HS

On Friday, November 14, Detectives from the STEP Unit of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department served a marijuana search warrant at a residence in the 12500 block of Aceves Avenue in Orosi. Detectives seized 20 fully mature marijuana plants and approximately 10 pounds of processed marijuana. Detectives estimate the total street value of the marijuana at approximately $36,000.00. John Pimental, 67 and Antonio Singson, 54 of Orosi were arrested pursuant to the charges of the cultivation and sales of marijuana. Yadira Orosco, 30 and Lisa Uribe, 29 of Orosi were also arrested at the scene for possession of methamphetamine and being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

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

 
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Attempted Kidnapping
LOCATION:  R132 SOF A320          DATE:  11-14-2014          TIME:  1545 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-14335         VICTIM:  18 yoa Female          CITY: 

Narrative: On 11-14-14, 1545hrs. the Tulare County Sheriff Department responded to the area of Rd 132 south of Ave 320 in Visalia regarding an attempted kidnapping investigation.  Upon arrival the victim reported she was walking along the side of road 132 when an unknown male attempted to get her into his vehicle. The suspect began yelling at the victim demanding she get into his vehicle. 

 

The victim became frightened and ran away in the opposite direction. The victim was able to wave down three separate witnesses who were passing by. They also witnessed the incident and stopped to help the victim. The witnesses detained the suspect until Sheriff Deputies arrived. Investigation revealed the suspect attempted to kidnap the victim.

 

Deputies arrested  61 year old Patricio Fierro Juarez on suspicion of attempted kidnapping. 

He is from the Visalia area. 

 

The Case remains under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff Department.

 

 
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Update: Case #'s 14-14268 and 14-14269
LOCATION:  multiple          DATE:  1-12-14          TIME:  10:29
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

UPDATE:

In addition to the details released prior regarding cases 14-14268 and 14-14269, a large caliber handgun was recovered at the scene of the second collision. As a result of that collision, the suspect Mario Hernandez Gomez sustained minor injuries that were treated prior to his being booked into the Adult Pre Trial Facility. He was booked with the following charges:

PC 664/187 – Attempted Homicide of a Peace Officer
PC 245 – Assault with a Firearm
PC 207 – Kidnapping
PC 211 – Robbery
PC 69 – Obstruction of an Officer with threats of violence
PC 3056 – Felony Violation of Parole
PC 215 – Carjacking
PC 417 – Evading an Officer
PC – 29900 Felony Possession of a Firearm
PC 25850 – Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public
PC 246 – Discharge of a Firearm with Gross Negligence
PC 148 – Resisting an Peace Officer
PC 422 – Criminal Threats

During the course of the pursuit, Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by Porterville Police Officers as the pursuit neared the Porterville area. They also assisted in the detention and arrest of the suspect. Sheriff Boudreaux and his staff would like to thank Porterville Police Department, as well as the California Highway Patrol, for their assistance during this incident as well as the investigation that follows.

 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the department using our anonymous tip service TipNow by calling or texting 559-725-4194 or emailing tcso@tipnow.com or calling us at 559-733-6218 or toll free at 1-800-808-0488

ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE:

Charges: Car Jacking, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Attempted Homicide upon a Peace Officer.

Case #'s 14-14268 and 14-14269

   On Wednesday, 11-12-14 at about 10:29 pm, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Porterville Substation were dispatched to the 9300 block of Road 236 Terra Bella for a report of a disturbance in progress with weapons.  Upon the deputies arrival they learned the suspect, later identified as Mario Hernandez Gomez 25 years, had already left the scene.  As deputies were checking the area in the 23700 block of Avenue 95 Terra Bella, they made contact with a 34 year old male in an alleyway stating he had just been the victim of a carjacking at gunpoint by suspect Gomez.  

    As deputies were investigating each scene, the victim’s stolen vehicle was observed on Highway 65 near Teapot Dome Road Porterville.  Deputies attempted to stop the stolen vehicle, but it failed to yield and exited Highway 65 and entered eastbound Highway 190.  The pursuit continued eastbound Highway 190 and the sole occupant of the vehicle, again identified as suspect Gomez, brandished and discharged a firearm at the lead pursuing deputy on Highway 190 near Martin Street Porterville, which resulted in the deputy having a single vehicle traffic collision.  Aid was immediately rendered to the deputy, while patrol pursued suspect Gomez to the area of Drive 265 and Worth near the entrance of the Porterville Developmental Center.  Suspect Gomez then lost control of the vehicle at this location and had a single vehicle collision. Suspect Gomez was then taken into custody by deputies with assistance from the Porterville Police Department and booked into the Sheriff’s Porterville Substation.  Sheriff’s Detectives assumed the investigation and the case remains under investigation.  The deputy involved in the vehicle crash was treated and released by an area hospital. The victim of the carjacking did not receive any injuries. The victim and suspect Gomez are from the Terra Bella area. 

     Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559) 735-1900 or information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com

 
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See Below
LOCATION:  23700 block of Ave 95          DATE:  11-12-14          TIME:  2229 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  See Below         VICTIM:  Undisclosed-Deputy Sheriff          CITY:  Porterville

Charges: Car Jacking, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Attempted Homicide upon a Peace Officer.

Case #'s 14-14268 and 14-14269

   On Wednesday, 11-12-14 at about 10:29 pm, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Porterville Substation were dispatched to the 9300 block of Road 236 Terra Bella for a report of a disturbance in progress with weapons.  Upon the deputies arrival they learned the suspect, later identified as Mario Hernandez Gomez 25 years, had already left the scene.  As deputies were checking the area in the 23700 block of Avenue 95 Terra Bella, they made contact with a 34 year old male in an alleyway stating he had just been the victim of a carjacking at gunpoint by suspect Gomez.  
    As deputies were investigating each scene, the victim’s stolen vehicle was observed on Highway 65 near Teapot Dome Road Porterville.  Deputies attempted to stop the stolen vehicle, but it failed to yield and exited Highway 65 and entered eastbound Highway 190.  The pursuit continued eastbound Highway 190 and the sole occupant of the vehicle, again identified as suspect Gomez, brandished and discharged a firearm at the lead pursuing deputy on Highway 190 near Martin Street Porterville, which resulted in the deputy having a single vehicle traffic collision.  Aid was immediately rendered to the deputy, while patrol pursued suspect Gomez to the area of Drive 265 and Worth near the entrance of the Porterville Developmental Center.  Suspect Gomez then lost control of the vehicle at this location and had a single vehicle collision. Suspect Gomez was then taken into custody by deputies with assistance from the Porterville Police Department and booked into the Sheriff’s Porterville Substation.  Sheriff’s Detectives assumed the investigation and the case remains under investigation.  The deputy involved in the vehicle crash was treated and released by an area hospital. The victim of the carjacking did not receive any injuries. The victim and suspect Gomez are from the Terra Bella area. 
     Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559) 735-1900 or information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com

 
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K9 Team Awarded Ballistic Vest for K9 Daisy from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit has been awarded a ballistic vest grant thanks to a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and a generous donation from The Hausman Family Foundation. Daisy, one of several canines on the team, received a vest. 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.

The vest dogs receive costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1100 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of $1,045,000.

K9 injuries and deaths occur more often than the public may be aware of. There are no statistics dedicated to tracking K9 injury and death in the line of duty, making an estimation difficult. During the week of October 6 2014 alone, there were at least five publicized K9 deaths or serious injuries in the United States. In 2014 to date, there have been 18 documented K9 line of duty deaths according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. Protective wear such as bullet and stab protective vests will help protect K9s just as their human partners are protected by their vests, increasing their ability to do their job while minimizing the risk to the team. 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has also announced that their calendar on sale now for $15.00 online at www.vik9s.org and at select retailers. Proceeds from the sales will provide bullet and stab protective vests. All goods and services for the calendar were donated by generous sponsors, photographers and participating law enforcement agencies, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufactured by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website: www.vik9s.org.

 
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Assault with a deadly weapon, Shooting at inhabited dwelling
LOCATION:  30 block of Rd 172, Delano          DATE:  11/11/14          TIME:  1908 hrs.
CASE NUMBER:  14-14217         VICTIM:           CITY:  Delano

On 11/11/14 at 1908 hours, Deputies were dispatched to a local hospital regarding a victim of a gunshot wound.  Upon further investigation, deputies found unknown suspect(s) fired shots at the victim and a residence in the area of Road 172 and County Line.  Detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation.  The victim was treated and released for his injury.  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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HS 11379 Transportation of a controlled substance
LOCATION:  32000 block of R160, Ivanhoe          DATE:  11-8-14          TIME:  1900
CASE NUMBER:  14-14084         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Narrative and Suspects: Suspect – Laura Araiza, 33yrs

On Saturday, 11/08/2014 at approximately 1900 hours, a Deputy conducted a traffic stop in the 32000 block of R160 in Ivanhoe for a routine traffic violation.  During the traffic stop a clear plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance was observed in plain sight next to the driver. The driver, Laura Araiza was detained without incident. A glass pipe commonly used to smoke controlled substances was also located within reach of the driver. 

The substance was field tested, weighed, and found to be positive for 4.6 grams methamphetamine. Due to the quantity being more than a personal use amount the suspect was booked at the detention facility for transportation of a controlled substance. 

 
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Kidnapping, Robbery, Terrorist Threats, Assault, Felon in possession of firearm & ammunition
LOCATION:  26400 block of Zante, Traver          DATE:  11-8-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-14064         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

Suspect#1 : Guadalupe  Rivera 33 years old.

Suspect #2: Stevie (unknown lastt name - Hispanic Male Adult,  approx.. 25 years old.

 

On 11-8-14 at 0026 hrs. Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Traver area regarding a kidnapping/robbery that occurred on 11-7-14 between 2100 and 2300 hrs. 

Upon arrival Deputies contacted the victim who reported that while driving his vehicle on Zante Rd. in the Traver area he was forced to the side of the road by S1 Rivera at gun point. The victim was then forced out of the vehicle where he was robbed of personal belongings and assaulted. The victim was able to flee the area after which he contacted law enforcement.

Detectives were called to the scene and developed information which led to the service of a search warrant in the 36400 block of Zante Rd. Traver. During the service of the search warrant the S1 Rivera was contacted and arrested for the above listed crimes. 

Anyone with information regarding the crime or information on S2 known as Stevie is asked to contact Det. Hembree at (559) 733-6218 or 1-800-808-0488. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact the Tip Now number at (559) 725-4194

 
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Terroristic threats, brandishing a weapon, resisting a peace officer
LOCATION:  12700 block of Ave 416          DATE:  11-7-14          TIME:  0100
CASE NUMBER:  14-14127         VICTIM:  Modesto Garcia. 48 years old          CITY:  Orosi

On 11-7-14 at approx. 0100 hours, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Cutler/Orosi Substation were dispatched to an address located in the 12700 block of Ave 416, in the community of Orosi, regarding Vicente Cruz who had threatened Modesto Garcia with a deadly weapon after a verbal argument.  Garcia, who feared for his life, dialed 911 as Cruz attempted to gain entry into his room.  

Upon Deputies arrival, they made contact with Garcia who was not injured and directed Deputies to Cruz’s location.  After numerous call-outs, Cruz refused to exit his room so Deputies breached his door and took him into custody without further incident. Cruz was then booked into the adult Pre-Trial facility on the listed criminal charges. 

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 sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.   

 
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Grand Theft
LOCATION:  R124/A336          DATE:  11-07-2014          TIME:  0917 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-14034         VICTIM:           CITY:  Visalia

On Friday, 11/07/14, Deputies responded to a walnut orchard in the area of Road 124 and Avenue 336.  Deputies contacted the victim who advised his employee witnessed the suspects leaving the area in a pickup.  The employee was able to retrieve the license plate from the vehicle.  

 

Through investigation deputies contacted the owner of the vehicle.  Deputies discovered the suspect was, Arturo Jimenez, and were led to his residence on the 1500 block of North Turner Street in Visalia.  Deputies located 600-700 Lbs. of walnuts inside Arturo’s residence, however, Arturo was not home at the time.  The walnuts were returned to the victim.  The estimated value of the returned walnuts was $2,000.00.  

 

On Saturday, 11/08/14, the Deputies responded back Arturo’s residence.  Arturo attempted to flee out the back of the residence, but was apprehended.  

 

Arturo was booked at Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility for PC 487(b) and PC 148(a)(1)

 
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Sheriff's Department partners with Jack in the Box for fundraiser
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Jack in the Box, in partnership with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, began a fundraiser on November 1st, 2014 to raise money to purchase three new dogs for the Sheriff’s Department K9 Team. The fundraiser, which will last until November 26th, includes all Jack in the Box locations in Tulare County, as well as several in Kings and Fresno counties. 

Guests of the franchise will be asked if they would like to donate a dollar amount towards the K9 Team, and a part of the proceeds made during that time frame will also be donated. Individuals who donate will be given a paper dog paw to sign that will be displayed in the restaurant. 

The dog paws printed by the restaurant also show the words “In memory of Beau”. Beau was the K9 partner of Deputy Luis Carillo, and experienced seizures and passed away in late 2013. Deputy Carillo and Beau began working together in February of 2011. Their two year career saw sixteen apprehensions, three K9 Trials where they placed multiple times, as well as certification in narcotic detection training.

In November of 2013, Beau suffered from a violent and unexpected seizure on duty – something veterinarians said was most likely a result of epilepsy, and could be controlled with medication. Weeks went by and Beau’s condition deteriorated, and in December it was discovered that he had a brain tumor and there was no hope for recovery. On December 19th of that year, the difficult decision to put Beau to rest was made. When the time came, Beau died peacefully in the company of Deputy Carillo as well as other members of the K9 Team. 

The money raised will go towards the purchase of new canines in order to maintain the K9 Team and to fill spots currently open due to Beau's passing away as well as the retirement of other canines. 

The fundraiser ends November 26th. Sheriff Mike Boudreaux would like to thank Jack in the Box and all those who have and will donate for their generosity.

 
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Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana for Sales
LOCATION:  14700 Block of Road 191          DATE:  11-4-2014          TIME:  1230 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-13901         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Poplar

S1: Unknown
S2: Unknown

On Tuesday, November 4, Deputies from the Porterville Substation responded to a residence in the 14700 block of Road 191 in Poplar in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant. During their attempt, Deputies observed a Hispanic male matching the physical description of the wanted subject running across the street and through the yard of an adjacent residence. Deputies attempted to contact the subject and observed him to jump a backyard fence with a second unknown individual.

During the chase, Deputies discovered a large marijuana grow in the rear of the residence. Upon further investigation, it appeared as if the subjects who ran were involved in the cultivation of marijuana at the adjacent residence and not the subject wanted in the arrest warrant.

Detectives from the Sheriff Department’s STEP Unit were called and executed a search warrant for the property. Detectives discovered that the property was being used solely for the cultivation and processing of marijuana. Detectives seized 82 fully mature marijuana plants and approximately 40 pounds of processed marijuana. Detectives estimate the total street value of the marijuana at almost $400,000.00 had the marijuana been harvested and processed.

The two suspects are still outstanding at this time. The case remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department STEP Team.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective J. Gardner at (559) 733-6218 and information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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Possession of methamphetamine for sales
LOCATION:  41600 BLK OF RD 105 OROSI          DATE:  11-1-14          TIME:  1840
CASE NUMBER:  14-80101         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

(S1)-Ortega, Andrew    DOB: 20 YOA                             Address: 41600 Blk Rd 105 Orosi



Deputies responded to the above address to contact (S) Ortega regarding his probation status and conduct a compliance check. North end Gang Violence Suppression detectives also knew of Ortega being sentenced to wearing an ankle monitor and unable to leave his residence. Detectives arrived at the address and observed a male identified to be Ortega run into the residence. Detectives responded to the door and identified themselves and after several minutes, Ortega came outside. Detectives located a pill bottle with (4) bindles of methamphetamine to be at the location where (S) Ortega was standing when he ran. The meth was weighed and it was found to have a total package weight of 5 grams. A subsequent search of (S) Ortega’s living quarters revealed ammunition and a “Pistol Grip” shotgun.  

Orterga charged with possession and possession of methamphetamine for sales, possession of ammunition and a firearm by a felon, committing a crime (felony) while on house arrest, and the gang enhancement. He was booked and housed at a Tulare County Jail facility.

 
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Sheriff Boudreaux presents Commendations to Staff
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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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