Carjacking, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, False Imprisonment
LOCATION:  Enterprise Street and Alpine Avenue - Tulare          DATE:  7-19-14          TIME:  0015
CASE NUMBER:  14-8939         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Victim 1: Male Adult

Victim 2: Male Adult

Suspect 1: Hispanic Male Adult

5-11", 270 pounds

Suspect 2: Hispanic Male Adult

5-05", 155 pounds

Suspect 3: Hispanic Female Adult

5-00", 110 pounds

On 7/19/14, at approximately 0020 hours, Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area of Enterprise Street and Alpine Avenue in Tulare in regards to a carjacking. Deputies were contacted by two subjects who stated they were giving a ride to three unknown subjects after leaving a motel in the City of Tulare and were directed to the area of Enterprise and Alpine. Upon arrival to that area both victims were assaulted by the suspect(s) and victim 1 was placed into the trunk of his vehicle. Victim 1 was able to free himself from the trunk and both he and victim 2 fled the area on foot. The suspect(s) then left the area with the victim's vehicle, described as a 2001 Chevrolet Lumina, white in color.

Victim 1 received minor injuries from the incident and no injuries were reported by victim 2.

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with information on this case should contact Det. Jesse Cox at (559)733-6218 

 
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273.5 PC - Domestic Violence
LOCATION:  Road 108/Ave 256          DATE:  7-19-14          TIME:  2330 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-8986         VICTIM:  Confidential per 293 PC          CITY:  Tulare

Suspect: Jusn Vallejo  22 years old. 

 

On the above date and time Deputies were dispatched to the area of Rd. 108 and Ave. 256 in Tulare regarding a possible Domestic Violence report.  Deputies contacted the victim, who advised her boyfriend and father of her child had struck her several times in the face and body.  The victim had visable injuries and did not require medical attention.  The suspect was arrested at the scene and booked at the Tulare County Main Jail and the case is being forwarded to the DA’s Office.

 
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459 Burglary
LOCATION:  13700 Block of Ave, 184, Porterville          DATE:  07-20-14          TIME:  1418hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-09013         VICTIM:  Jarra Burrows          CITY:  Porterville

Narrative:

 

On 7-20-14 Deputies were dispatched to a residential burglar alarm in the 23700 block of Ave 184.

Deputies arrived on scene and contacted the homeowner, who also responded after being notified of the alarm. The homeowner reported discovering the suspects had forced entry to the residence. Deputies performed a security sweep of the residence, but did not locate any suspects.

The victim took inventory of the residence and advised several personal items and expensive jewelry had been taken. The victim estimated the loss at $100,000.00.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments South County Investigations Unit. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Joe Rodriguez or Sgt. John Dow at 559-782-9674 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com /

(559) 725-4194

 
...posted by DISPATCH
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Fel Domestic violence, criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  Various locations within the Porterville area          DATE:  7/11/2014          TIME:  2353
CASE NUMBER:  14-8600         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

Suspect: Anselmo Aguilera (30 yrs old)

Charges: 273.5 PC, 422 PC, 245 PC, 2800.2 VC, 11378 HS

On 7/11/14 while investigating a domestic violence incident in the 1300 block of W. Tomah Ave, Porterville; Deputies observed the suspect drive by in a black Saturn Vue SUV. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle but the suspect failed to stop. A pursuit ensued and the vehicle was followed for approximately 10 miles until unsafe traffic conditions occurred and the pursuit was terminated. 

While investigating the incident it was determined the suspect was Anselmo Aguilera. It was learned the suspect threatened the victim and physically assaulted her on several occasions which included stabbing her with blunt objects. Anselmo was later contacted on 7/12/14 in the 800 block of W. McIntyre, Porterville. An ensuing investigation at this location revealed the suspect was in possession of approximately ten (10) ounces of methamphetamine, which was seized. 

The suspect was booked into the Tulare County Jail on the above listed charges and as of 7/14/14 the Tulare County District Attorney’s office has filed charges. 

This case is currently still under investigation and any information is regarding this case is encouraged to contact Deputy Coldren at the Porterville substation or anonymous information about this incident can be reported via Tipnow email at tcso@tipnow.net or by calling 559-733-6218.

 
...posted by media relations
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Arson
LOCATION:  600 Block of South Reservation Rd          DATE:  7/15/14          TIME:  1100 hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-8746         VICTIM:  Tule River Indian Reservation          CITY:  Porterville

Suspect 1: Zachary Janoko (27 years of age, resident of Porterville) 

Charge: 451 PC-Arson  

 

Investigating Agencies: 

 

Tulare County Sheriff Department 

Tule River Fire Department 

Bureau of Indian Affairs 

 

 

Narrative: 

 

On July 15, 2014 at approximately 1100 hours, Investigators from the Tulare County Sheriff Department, Tule River Fire Department and Agents from the Bureau of Indian Affairs completed a two week investigation into an arson investigation which occurred in the 600 Block of South Reservation in Porterville. During the investigation Zachary Janoko who was currently assigned to the Nature Resource Department at the Reservation was identified as a suspect. Janoko who at times has assisted the Tule River Fire Department battling fires in believed to have caused the fire for financial gain. The suspect was arrested and later booked at the Porterville Substation for Arson. 

 

This case is an ongoing investigation anyone with information is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff Department and/or Tule River Fire Department. 

 
...posted by dispatch
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Possession of a controlled substance
LOCATION:  300 block S Clay-Earlimart          DATE:  07-14-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-8732         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Deputies contacted Everardo Esparza in the area of Front and Clay in the Earlimart area.  Esparza was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was found in possession of a small amount of a controlled substance.  Esparza was transported to the Tulare Main Jail where he was booked.

 
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Farmersville Police Department News Release - Traffic Accident
LOCATION:  East Bound Visalia Road west of Farmersville Blvd Farmersville, CA          DATE:  7-11-14          TIME:  2112
CASE NUMBER:  14-0906         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On July 11, 2014 at approximately 9:12 PM Officers were dispatched to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian on Visalia Road just West of Farmersville Blvd. Upon arrival officers located a subject that had been struck by a vehicle in the number two east bound lane of Visalia Road just west of Farmersville Blvd. near the most westerly driveway to the Fast-Trip gas station. The subject, later identified as Rafael Velasquez of Farmersville, appeared to have major head, chest, and leg injuries and was subsequently transported to Kaweah Delta Regional Medical Center where he later died. 

Witnesses at the scene indicated that the victim appears to have been attempting to cross the roadway about 30 yards west of the controlled intersection and was in the roadway when he was struck by the vehicle. 

The driver of the vehicle, a gray Toyota Tacoma Pick-up truck, was interviewed and released from the scene after providing a statement. Neither the driver nor his adult passenger suffered any injuries.  

No further information is available at this time.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone that may have witnessed the accident is encouraged to notify Officer Mark Cruz or Sgt. Ralph Vasquez of the Farmersville Police Department 559-747-0321.

 
...posted by media relations
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Accidental Shooting
LOCATION:  Westwood/West North Grand          DATE:  7-13-2014          TIME:  0040 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-8651         VICTIM:  Rodrigo Gallo 32 yrs old          CITY:  Porterville

On 07/13/14 at 0040 hours Deputies from the Porterville Substation were dispatched to Sierra View District Hospital in regards to the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was transported to CRMC in Fresno for his injuries. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Investigations were called to investigate the incident.

The ensuing investigation determined that the victim was traveling in a vehicle with friends and playing/ mishandling a handgun. While the victim was handling the firearm, the firearm discharged striking the victim in the head. The driver of the vehicle drove directly to the hospital to obtain treatment for the victim.

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. Gary Marks or Sgt. Rodney Parker 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.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Tulare County Gang Violence Suppression
LOCATION:  Northern Tulare Co          DATE:  7-12-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 07-11 and 7-12-14 Detectives from the Sheriff’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit were in the Dinuba, Cutler and Orosi areas conducting continuing efforts to curb gang violence in the northern portion of Tulare County. During this time three subjects were arrested in unrelated incidents.

Arrested were:

1)Jose Cisneros (19 yrs old from New London area).  Cisneros was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a vehicle code violation. Cisneros fled from the vehicle on foot and was apprehended a short distance later after struggling with Detectives.  Cisneros was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun that was stolen during a recent burglary in the Dinuba area. 

2)Tyler Minnehan(31 yrs. old from Dinuba) Arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

3) Ricardo Trevino (28 yrs. old from Sultana) Arrested for possession of a controlled substance. 

These cases are still being investigated by the Gang Violence Suppression Unit.  Anyone with information regarding these cases is encouraged to contact the Gang Violence Suppression Unit (559) 735-1862 or toll free (800) 808-0488.  Also anonymous tips regarding this case or other gang related information can be left at (559) 725-4194. 

 

 

 
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211 PC-Armed Robbery - 8 Counts
LOCATION:  Numerous          DATE:  Various          TIME:  Various
CASE NUMBER:  See Below         VICTIM:  Numerous          CITY:  Tulare Co- Visalia- Exeter

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Visalia Police Department and the Exeter Police Department conducted a joint investigation in regards to a series of Armed Robberies committed by the same suspect over the last several weeks in their respective jurisdictions. Five robberies were committed in the city of Visalia, two in the Tulare County Sheriff’s area and one in the city of Exeter. Due to the information being broadcast by the media at the request of Law Enforcement, tips were provided by the public and the suspect was able to be identified. 

On 07/12/14 Adam Johnson was taken into custody by the Visalia Police Department without incident. Johnson was booked into the Tulare County Jail on eight counts of Armed Robbery. The investigation is continuing and no other information is being released at this time. The Sheriff’s Department would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance in this investigation. 

A booking photo may be obtained from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments Main Jail. Tulare Co Sheriff Dept Case #'s  14-8064 and 14-8251

 Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Jason Kennedy or Sgt .Jerry Mayberry of the Sheriff’s Departments North County Investigations Unit @ (559) 735-1898 or (800) 808-0488 or may send your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program: Text or voicemail: 559-725-4194 or E-mail: tcso@tipnow.com

 
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288(a), 243.4 PC- Oral Copulation/Sexual Battery
LOCATION:  Confidential per 293 PC          DATE:  6-24-14          TIME:  1200 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-8572         VICTIM:  Confidential per 293 PC          CITY:  Poplar

On 7-11-14 Deputies responded to Poplar, where an adult female reported to have been sexually assaulted by a family member.

The suspect family member was contacted and arrested.He was booked into the Tulare Coutny Jail.

Case is under investigation.

 
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11358HS-Cultivation of Marjuana
LOCATION:  Mountain          DATE:  7-7 - 7-10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

ASSOCIATED CASE NUMBERS:
14-60711 Wishon, Springville - Sequoia National Forest
14-60703 Blue Ridge, Springville - Sequoia National Forest
14-60622 Tule River Indian Reservation
14-60693 Case Mountain, Three Rivers - BLM
14-60717 North Tulare County - Sequoia National Forest
14-60712 North Tulare County - Sequoia National Forest

NARRATIVE:

The week of 07/07/14 through 07/11/14, The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s STEP Team, The Department of Justice CAMP Team, United States Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife and the National Guard conducted a coordinated marijuana eradication operation in the mountains of Tulare County.

During the five day operation, 46,012 marijuana plants were eradicated and over 7,500 pounds of trash and environmental waste was removed from the forests of Tulare County. Had the marijuana been harvested and illegally sold, it would have been worth an estimated 92 million dollars.

The marijuana had been planted in six (6) individual clandestine grow sites that had been located during reconnaissance overflights of the Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest, BLM Land and the Tule River Reservation.

The success of the operation was aided by resources provided by the California Department of Justice CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Plantations) Team which provided helicopter support so personnel could be flown into remote areas with steep and difficult terrain more efficiently. The eradicated marijuana and trash was then also removed from the forests by helicopter.

 
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Farmersville Police Department News Release - Possible Drowning
LOCATION:  300 Block of E. Front St. Farmersville, CA          DATE:  7-9-14          TIME:  1544
CASE NUMBER:  14-0899         VICTIM:  4 year old Hispanic male          CITY: 

On July 09, 2014 at approximately 3:44 PM officers were dispatched to an address in the 300 Block of East Front Street in the City of Farmersville for a report of a possible drowning victim. Officers arrived at the scene at 3:45 PM and found the victim being carried to the front of the property by his mother Sinead Johnstone. The victim was unresponsive and officers immediately began CPR. Emergency Medical personnel arrived on the scene and the victim was subsequently transported to Kaweah Delta Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. No further information is available at this time. 

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to notify Corp. Tony Mosqueda or Chief Mario Krstic of the Farmersville Police Department 559-747-0321.

 
...posted by media relations
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Child endangerment/ Possession of marijuana for sales/ cultivation/ maintaining a residence for the
LOCATION:  Exeter          DATE:  7/08/14          TIME:  1500
CASE NUMBER:  14-40065         VICTIM:           CITY: 

After an approximate two (2) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the Exeter area, Investigators from the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) consisting of personnel from Exeter P.D, Farmersville P.D and Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division were led to a residence in the 500 blk. of Channing Way, in the City of Exeter.  The search revealed that the  suspect a validated gang member and his wife  were in possession of eighty seven (87) marijuana plants, fifteen pounds (15) of marijuana package for sales, scales and packaging material. The subjects had two children ages 5 and 2.  Detectives located approximately five pounds of marijuana located in the kid’s room underneath their bed.  A rifle was also located inside the residence.  The children were turned over to Child Protective Service.  A validated gang member was also contacted at the residence and was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. As a result of the search warrant three people were taken into custody on the below charges.
 

Taken into custody were:
Taken into custody were:
1) Ramiro Gutierrez              25Yrs.             Exeter resident          Date of arrest: 07-08-14
Charges:11358/11359/11366,11370.1 H&S 273A, 186.22 PC
Child endangerment/ Possession of marijuana for sales/ cultivation/ maintaining a residence for the sales of Narcotics/possession of firearm

2) Adela Gutierrez                21 Yrs.             Exeter  resident          Date of arrest: 07-08-14
Charges: 11358/11359/11378/11379 11366 H&S 273A PC
Child endangerment/ Possession of Methamphetamine for sales/ marijuana/ maintaining a residence for the sales of Narcotics

3) Renteria Rigberto               25Yrs.             Exeter  resident          Date of arrest: 07-08-14
Charges: 11364 H&S
 Possession of drug paraphernalia




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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Public Notice:
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

In regards to the multiple armed robberies that have occurred recently, the most recent being July 4, 2014:

 

The Tulare County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating an armed robbery that took place over the holiday weekend that may be connected to other armed robberies that are being investigated both by our department and by the Visalia Police Department and may have been committed by the same person.

Currently, there are no additional photos or still from security footage that have been released by either Department since the image released on Twitter by the Visalia Police Department linked below: 

https://twitter.com/Visaliapd/status/484845657811718145/photo/1 

If you have any information that can help the Tulare County Sheriff's Department or Visalia Police Department, please contact either agency at the following:

TCSD: 559-733-6218

VPD: 559-734-8116

 
...posted by media relations
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PC211 Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  6744 Avenue 304, Goshen          DATE:  7-7-14          TIME:  0935
CASE NUMBER:  14-08380         VICTIM:  Confidential Per 293PC          CITY: 

   On 07/07/14, at 0935 hours, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies responded to the Goshen Recycle Center in Goshen regarding an armed robbery that just occurred.  

   Upon arrival, Deputies learned that 2 male adults suspects entered the business, assaulted staff and stole an undisclosed amount of money.  After taking the money, the two suspects exited the business and fled westbound in a white four door sedan.    

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

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 1-800-808-0488 or you may send your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program:

Text or voicemail: 559-725-4194

Email: tcso@tipnow.com

 
...posted by media relations
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Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  10000 block Avenue 104, Pixley          DATE:  7-6-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-08347         VICTIM:  Michael Murch          CITY: 

(S) Sherry Williams (51 years)

Deputies were dispatched to the 10000 block of Avenue 104 in Pixley regarding an Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Upon arrival they contacted the victim, Michael Murch.  Murch advised the suspect, Sherry Williams, hit him in the head with a hammer.

 

Murch had minor injuries and refused medical attention. Williams was contacted at a nearby residence and arrested without incident. She was booked into Tulare County Sheriff's Department Pre-Trial Facility without incident for 245 PC.

 
...posted by media relations
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Sheriff Mike Boudreaux Promotes Two Sergeants
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux is proud to announce the promotion of two correctional Sergeants. David Barber and Tiffany Mendoza will be promoted in a ceremony on Wednesday July 9th at 1:30 PM, immediately following the promotion of Lieutenant Ty Stelow. 

Sergeant David Barber began his career with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department six years ago, as a Correctional Deputy, June 2008. He worked two years at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility, one year at the Pre-Trial Facility, two years at the Men’s Correctional Facility and one year with Court Services in Visalia as Bailiff in Department 11.

During his career he has also served on the D.S.A. Board as a Sergeant At Arms, as well as the  Marijuana Eradication Team for three years and recently began working with the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). He is also pursuing his Associates Degree in Administrative Justice with a 3.91 GPA.

Barber is supported in his career by his wife Sabrina and two daughters Jennifer and Ryen.

 

Sergeant Tiffany Mendoza started her career with the Tulare County Sheriffs Department in April of 2006. In those 8 years, she has been primarily assigned to The Bob Wiley Detention Facility, However has filled in at the Main Jail, Pre-Trial, MCF, and The Visalia Court House.  During her career, Tiffany has worked as the lead intake officer working alongside the Sergeant. Tiffany has served as a member of the Gang team, gathering gang intelligence from local gang members in order to maintain the safety and security of the facility.

Tiffany has served as the secretary of our DSA committee and Deputy Committee helping make decisions that affect the future of the department.  She has performed essential tasks that have help put on the Sierra k-9 Trials for the last 4 years. Tiffany was currently working as the Administrative Deputy for Bob Wiley which entails being in charge of our maintenance crew, teaching a class on safety, working close with the D.A’s office, Property and Evidence, maintaining and keeping  the Facility up to code and being in charge of Bob Wiley’s Fire Life Safety program.

Tiffany is supported by her Father Manny Step Mom Brenda, Mother Kendal, Step dad Rick, Sister Mandi, Grandparents Manuel and Pat.

Please join us in the lobby of Sheriff's Headquarters on Wednesday, July 9th for the promotion ceremony of David Barber, Tiffany Mendoza, and Ty Stelow.

 
...posted by media relations
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Suspicious Death
LOCATION:  19700 Block Roth Rd Strathmore Ca          DATE:  7-5-14          TIME:  1405
CASE NUMBER:  14-08292         VICTIM:  White Female Adult          CITY: 

On the above date and time Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit responded to the above location regarding a report of a suspicious death. Detectives located neighbors and family members and ascertained information regarding the victim. 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 media relations
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211 PC-Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  26442 Hwy 99          DATE:  07-4-14          TIME:  1730 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-8251         VICTIM:  Motel 99          CITY:  Tulare

On above date and time an unknown male suspect entered the Motel 99 on foot and produced a handgun. The subject took an undetermined amount of US currency from the business and left the area on foot to an awaiting vehicle. The vehicle left in an unknown direction. No injuries were reported during the incident and this case is currently being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Detective Jesse Cox of the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559)733-6218 or information can be given anonymously by voice mail or text at (559)725-4194 or at tcso@tipnow.com.

 

 

 
...posted by dispatch
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211PC/Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  27900 Block of Hwy 99, Visalia          DATE:  06-30-14          TIME:  2130
CASE NUMBER:  14-8064         VICTIM:  In and Out Food Mart          CITY: 

On 6/30/14 at approximately 2100 hours, deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the In and Out Food Mart in Visalia regarding an armed robbery, which had just occurred. 

Upon the deputies arrival, witnesses informed the deputies that a WMA, early 20’s, light complected, clean shaven, wearing a black tank-top, black jogging pants, and a dark colored baseball  cap entered the store retrieving a small caliber handgun from his waistband telling the employees to get on the ground.  The WMA, then approaches the cashier, demanding her to open the cash register taking approximately 336 dollar in USA currency.

The victim and witnesses in this case received no injuries.

Detectives were called to the scene and this case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

Anyone with information, please call Det. Ramos with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept at:
(800) - 808-0488, or the
Tip now line: 559 725-4194, or by e-mail
tcso@tipnow.com

 
...posted by dispatch
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ACTING SHERIFF MIKE BOUDREAUX PROMOTES LIEUTENANT
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Acting Sheriff Mike Boudreaux is proud to announce the promotion of a new Correctional Lieutenant. Michael Ty Stelow began his career with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department twelve years ago as a Correctional Deputy in March of 2002. Over the past twelve years, the last five of those as a Sergeant following his promotion in December of 2009, Stelow has worked at the Main Jail facility, Pre-Trial, and Bob Wiley Detention Facility, and as an Administrative Sergeant for the Detentions Division. 

During his career, Ty has also served as a member of SERT the Sheriff's Emergency Response team, the Strategic Response Unit, and as an instructor for the Correctional Academy where he is the only Detentions instructor in several less-lethal defense and devices classes. As a member of the Sheriff's Department Honor Guard, he has traveled near and far to honor fallen law enforcement officers as well as participated in community events, funerals, retirements, flag presentations at events such as the memorial softball game between Visalia Police Department and Sheriff's Department that just took place, and was part of the California State Peace Officer's Memorial primary Honor Guard team in 2009 when Sergeant Greg Hernandez was honored.

Ty is supported in his career by his wife Alyssa, parents Debbie and Preston, sister Ashleigh, and brothers Nathan and Preston Jr. Please join us Wednesday, July 9 at 1:30 PM at Sheriff's Headquarters for the formal promotion ceremony.

 
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Farmersville Police Department Press Release UPDATE 07/02/2014
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Case #: 14-0836

Date / Time: June 24, 2014

Incident: Missing Adult 

Hermalinda Enriquez Lara

Location: Missing from 300 Block of South Rose St. Farmersville, CA

Vehicle: 1995 Nissan Altima, Black, CA Lic. 7CDB898

 

On June 30, 2014 at approximately 1400 hrs a vehicle matching the description of missing person adult Hermalinda Enriquez Lara was located by canal tenders of the Friant/Kern Canal while on regular maintenance checks. The vehicle was subsequently recovered from the Friant/Kern Canal where it crosses Ave 282 in Tulare County. Recovery of the vehicle was made by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team. The body of an adult female was located inside the vehicle while the dive team was making recovery.

On July 1, 2014 the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Coroners unit was able to make identification of the body as that of Missing Adult Hermalinda Lara.

Notifications have been made and the cause of death is pending toxicology results which could take several weeks. Preliminary examination of the body showed no obvious signs of foul play.

Inquiries related to the cause of death can be made to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Office.

Inquiries related to the missing person’s case can be made to the Farmersville Police Department.

No further information is available at this time.

 
...posted by media relations
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PC 459/PC 594 Burglary/Vandalism
LOCATION:  21800 block of Ave 296          DATE:  6-25-14          TIME:  2230 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-7871         VICTIM:  Ray Beery          CITY:  Exeter

Deputies were dispatched to above mentioned address regarding a burglary. Upon arrival at the scene it was determined entry was made into a detached garage and the main residence which was vacant. The property was found to be vandalized with numerous tagging type graffiti spray paint throughout the interior and exterior portions of the residence and detached buildings.

Physical evidence was located and processed at the crime scene.  After processing, follow up investigation revealed the following additional victims: 

21600 block of Avenue 296 / (V) Pinky’s Produce

P.C. 594 / Damage Approximately $200.00

21600 block of Avenue 296 / (V) Sierra Sporting Goods 

P.C. 594 / Damage Approximately $400.00

21800 block of Avenue 296 / (V) Waste Management Co. 

P.C. 594 / Damage Approximately $200.00

SR 198 / Avenue 220 / (V) Tulare County 

P.C. 594 / Damage Approximately $400.00

During the course of the investigation it was determined the person possibly responsible for the vandalism / burglary was Justin Velasquez (01/19/83).

(S) Velasquez was later contacted at his residence and found to be in possession of numerous items used for tagging. Additional evidence was also located which linked (S) Velasquez to the crime scenes.  He was arrested and booked at the Tulare County Main Jail for felony vandalism and burglary. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy K. Jones at (559) 733-6218.

 

 

 
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459 PC- Burglary
LOCATION:  Tule River Indian Reservation          DATE:  6-25-14          TIME:  2256 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-7860         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Porterville

Deputies responded to 200 blk N Reservation at the request of DPS, who had suspect Damien McDarment detained for burglary. Deputies arrived and contacted the victim . He said he had $300.00 on a table in his living room. He said on 6-24-14 he went to get his money and saw that it was missing. Through investigation it was determined that suspect McDarment entered the victim’s residence and took the money. He was arrested and booked for PC 459  

 
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460 PC- Home Invasion
LOCATION:  12700 Block of Alta Dr          DATE:  06-26-14          TIME:  0028 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-7862         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Cutler

On 06/26/2014 at 0028 TCSO Deputies from the Orosi Substation were dispatched to a residence in Cutler regarding a home invasion in progress call. Deputies arrived on scene and contacted the victims. The victims identified the suspect as Andres Barros, a neighbor who lived across the street. Barros was arrested with out incident.  Barros was booked into Tulare County Jail. 

 

 
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Missing Person from the City of Farmersville
LOCATION:  370 S Rose          DATE:  6-24-14          TIME:  0800 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-0836         VICTIM:  Hermalinda Enriquez Lara          CITY:  Farmersville

Farmersville Police Department News Release- Missing Person

Missing from: 370 S. Rose, apt. “D”, Farmersville, CA. 

Victim: Hermalinda Enriquez Lara

Described as: 5’0”, 150 lbs, brown eyes, black hair

Vehicle Description: Black, 1995, Nissan Altima, CA license plate # 7CDB898

Hermalinda Lara was last seen on June 24th, 2014 at approximately 0800 hours at her place of residence in Farmersville. She left her purse and cell phone behind and left in her 1995, black Nissan Altima, CA. license # 7CDB898. 

Anyone with any information of if you have seen her please contact the Farmersville Police Department at 559-747-0321.                                 

 
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Cultivation of Marijuana
LOCATION:  42800 Block of Road 144          DATE:  06/12/2014          TIME:  0700
CASE NUMBER:  14-60636         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY: 

Arrested:

Maldonado, Jorge age 53

Romero, Erik DOB age 20

Thavisack, Bryan age 65

Hang, True age 57

Yang, Koua age 61

Moua, Mark age 60

Lee, Tia age 54

 

On Thursday, June 12, Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s STEP Unit received information regarding marijuana that was being grown on a twelve acre parcel in east Orosi. The property located in the 42800 block of Road 144, had been the site of prior illegal marijuana cultivation operations. 

On Monday, June 23, Detectives served a search warrant at the property. During the investigation, Detectives located 22,006 marijuana plants that had been concealed by planting them amongst crops of corn and bitter melon. Seven suspects were arrested at the scene and booked into the Tulare County Jail pursuant to the charges of marijuana cultivation. All of the suspects were from the Fresno area and did not reside in Tulare County. Had the marijuana been processed and sold, it would have had a street value of over fifty-five million dollars. 

This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department STEP Team. 

Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact STEP Detectives at 5597132990, 1800TIPNOW orTCSO@tipnow.com. 

 
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POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE
LOCATION:  R136/COUNTY LINE RD          DATE:  06-22-14          TIME:  1830
CASE NUMBER:  14-7721         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Narrative: Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle and made contact with the suspect. While speaking to her they observed two meth pipes in her open purse. She was detained and a further search of her purse revealed over 3 grams of methamphetamine. She was arrested and booked without incident. 

(S) Ana Maria Zendajas (24 years)
      Richgrove

 
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PC 187 HOMICIDE
LOCATION:  Tule River Indian Reservation          DATE:  06-16-2014          TIME:  1420 Hours
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  Matthew Alonso Eredia          CITY:  Porterville

 

12683 A400Narrative:

On 06/20/2014 an autopsy was conducted by the Tulare County Coroner’s Office and the cause of death was determined to be gunshot wound(s) to the upper torso which caused immediate death. The investigation is continuing. No other information is being released at tis time. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Florence Cotton or Sgt. Rodney Parker of the Sheriff’s Departments Violent Crimes Unit @ (559) 735-1898 or (800) 808-0488 or may send your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program:

Text or voicemail: 559-725-4194 or E-mail:

tcso@tipnow.com

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06/17/2014: The victim was identified as Matthew Alfonso Eredia. The victim was last seen at his residence in the City of Porterville, at 0900 hours, by family members. Eredia had been reported this date to the Porterville Police Department as a missing person adult.

On 06/16/2014 at approximately 1420 Hours, Tulare County Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives responded to the Tule River Indian Reservation regarding a report of a man down suffering from gunshot wound(s).

Upon arrival, detectives located the victim on the side of the roadway east of the Tule River Indian Reservation. The victim was found to be deceased due to multiple gunshot wounds.

This case is still currently being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments Violent Crimes Unit.

 
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Arrests Made on Possession for Sales
LOCATION:  600 Block of South Reservation Road, Portervile          DATE:  06-20-2014          TIME:  0630
CASE NUMBER:  14-76         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Porterville

Narrative:
Suspect 1: Brittany Pounds  (23 years of age, resident of Bakersfield)
Charge: 11377(a) HS: Possession of a controlled substance
Charge: 11378 (a) HS: Possession of a controlled substance for sales
Charge: 11379(a) HS: Transporting of a controlled substance for sales
 
Suspect 2: Jason Moore (28 years of age, resident of Bakersfield)
Charge: 11377(a) HS: Possession of a controlled substance
Charge: 11378 (a) HS: Possession of a controlled substance for sales
Charge: 11379(a) HS: Transporting of a controlled substance for sales

Suspect 3: Bobby Boen (30 years of age, resident of Bakersfield)
Charge: 11550 HS: Under the influence of a controlled substance
Charge: 3056 (California Department of Correction Parole Warrant)

Suspect 4: Brianna Gordon (25 years of age, resident of Bakersfield)
Charge: 11550(a) HS: Under the influence of a controlled substance. 
 
Narrative:

On June 20, 2014 at approximately 0630 hours, Deputies with the Porterville Substation responded to the 600 Block of Reservation Road in Porterville to assist Officers with the Tule River Department of Public Safety in regards to possible narcotic activity. Deputies arrived on scene and contacted Brittany Pounds, Jason Moore, Bobby Boen and Brianna Gordon. During the course of the investigation Deputies found Brittany Pounds and Jason Moore in possession of 10 grams of Methamphetamines, scales and packaging materials. Bobby Boen was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and in violation of his parole. Brianna Gordon was also found to be under the influence of controlled substance and were subsequently arrested and at Pre Trail Detention Facility.

 
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BURGLARY
LOCATION:  41591 R128 , OROSI          DATE:  06-20-14          TIME:  0109 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  14-7619         VICTIM:  K & K MARKET          CITY: 

Narrative:
Suspect (1) Gonzalez, Brian     19 Yrs old
Suspect (2) Ortega-Lua Sergio 23 Yrs old

Deputies from the Cutler-Orosi substation conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle involved in a theft of beer from a convenience market. Deputies observed the vehicle flee from the market at a high rate of speed. The suspects were still in possession of the beer at the time of the stop, and were booked on the burglary charge. Suspect (1) was served with the Norteno Gang injunction and received additional charges of violating the Norteno Gang injunction safety zone.

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



 
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Kidnapping
LOCATION:  1000 block of Laurel, Lindsay          DATE:  06/18/2014          TIME:  2100 hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-07575         VICTIM:  Confidential Per 293          CITY: 

On 06/18/2014 at approximately 2100 Hours, Tulare County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Detectives responded to the Lindsay Police Department regarding a report of a kidnapping.

 

Upon arrival, detectives contacted the victim who stated she was contacted by three HMA and feared great bodily injury, when she was told to get into their vehicle she complied. 

 

The victim was able to flee and call Law Enforcement when the primary suspect stopped at a store in the Lindsay area.   

 

Detectives located Javier De La Trinidad Picasso, at his residence where he was taken into custody.   

 

This case is still currently being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Cotton or Sgt. Parker at 1-800-808-0488 or may send your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program: 

Text or voicemail: 559-725-4194

E-mail: tcso@tipnow.com

 

Suspect In Custody:

Javier De La Trinidad Picasso, 31 YOA

700 block of Homassel, Lindsay

Charges: 207 PC, 182 PC

 

Detectives conducted a background check on Picasso and learned he was currently wanted on an active ICE HOLD.

 
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11358/11359/11378/11379 11366 H&S 273A PC
LOCATION:  Farmersville          DATE:  6-19-14          TIME:  0700
CASE NUMBER:  14-40056         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY: 

After an approximate two (2) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the Farmersville area, Investigators from the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) consisting of personnel from Farmersville P.D., Exeter P.D and the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division were led to a residence in the 240 blk. of Farmersville Blvd. The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately three grams (3) grams of Methamphetamine, marijuana with a street value of $500.00, glass smoking pipes, packaging materials, and scales.   Five children ages 13,12, 9,4 and 1 were located in the residence and were exposed an able to access the narcotics. Narcotics were located in one of the children back pack. The children were turned over to Child Protective Service.

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

 

Taken into custody were:

1) Rudy Issac               34Yrs.             Farmersville resident          Date of arrest: 06-19-14

Charges:11358/11359/11378/11379 11366 H&S 273A PC

Child endangerment/ Possession of Methamphetamine for sales/ marijuana/ maintaining a residence for the sales of Narcotics

2) Camille Houston     32 Yrs.             Farmersville resident          Date of arrest: 06-19-14

Charges: 11358/11359/11378/11379 11366 H&S 273A PC

Child endangerment/ Possession of Methamphetamine for sales/ marijuana/ maintaining a residence 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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Cultivation of Marijuana
LOCATION:  Dry Creek, Northeastern Tulare County          DATE:  06/17/2014          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-60700/02         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 06/17/2014, Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s STEP Unit conducted a raid on two sophisticated clandestine marijuana grow sites in a mountain area of Dry Creek in northeast Tulare County. During the operation, Detectives eradicated a total of 20,369 marijuana plants that had been located on private ranch lands adjacent to land managed by California’s BLM. Had the marijuana been processed and sold, it would have had a street value of over fifty million dollars. 

 

This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department STEP Team. 

Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact STEP Detectives at 559 713 2990, 1 800 TIPNOW orTCSO@tipnow.com.  

Pictures:

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PC 245 Assualt with a Deadly Weapn
LOCATION:  18100 block of Road 232          DATE:  06-18-14          TIME:  1314 hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-7554         VICTIM:  Jesus Rivera          CITY:  Strathmore

On above date and times, deputies responded to a report of a gunshot wound in the Strathmore area. Upon arrival the victim was contact who had sustained a single gunshot wound. The victim reported that an argument ensued with a known suspect which resulted with the suspect shooting the victim. The victim was transported for his non-life threatening injuries. The case is under investigation.

 
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487 Grand Theft
LOCATION:  40800 Block of r144          DATE:  06182014          TIME:  1012 hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-7544         VICTIM:  Quinn Rental          CITY: 

(V) Quinn Rentals

Loss $130,000

On 6-18-14 at about 1100 hrs., Tulare County Sheriff's Deputies and Detectives responded to the area of Rd 144 and Ave 408 regarding a theft of equipment. Investigation revealed the suspects entered the property and removed a large fork lift from the area. As the investigation continued, the fork lift was located in another orchard and recovered. The item was returned to the victim.

The case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Ag Crimes Unit.

 
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PC459-Burglary
LOCATION:  14000 Block of Road 284          DATE:  6-17-14          TIME:  1601
CASE NUMBER:  14-7522         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect: Wilbur Reaves,  25 years

Loss: $400 (all recovered)

Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious subject loitering around vehicles in the Eagle Mountain Casino parking lot.  Upon arrival deputies located the subject immediately ran from deputies and was apprehended a short time later in possession of the items taken during a vehicle burglary.

The suspect was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail and the property was returned to the owner. 

 
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UPDATE- PC 187-Homicide
LOCATION:  Tule River Indian Reservation          DATE:  6-16-14          TIME:  1420 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-7476         VICTIM:  Matthew Alfonso Eredia          CITY:  Porterville

06/17/2014: The victim was identified as Matthew Alfonso Eredia. The victim was last seen at his residence in the City of Porterville, at 0900 hours, by family members. Eredia had been reported this date to the Porterville Police Department as a missing person adult. 

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On 06/16/2014 at approximately 1420 Hours, Tulare County Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives responded to the Tule River Indian Reservation regarding a report of a gunshot wound victim.

Upon arrival, detectives located the victim on the side of the roadway east of the Tule River Indian Reservation. The victim was found to be deceased due to multiple gunshot wounds. 

This case is still currently being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Cotton or Detective Marks at 1-800-808-0488 or may send your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program: 

 
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25400 PC-Carrying a concealed weapon, Poss and Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  33500 Mountain Road 127          DATE:  6-16-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-7490         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

On 06/16/2014 at approximately 1420 Hours, Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies and Officers from the Tule River Indian Reservation contacted a subject later identified as Jaime Aldaco and a Hispanic male juvenile along the roadway on Mt. Road 127. During contact, Aldaco and the Hispanic male juvenile were found to be in possession of loaded firearms.      

Both males were arrested and transported to the Porterville Substation. During the booking process, it was discovered Aldaco was in the possession and under the influence of a controlled substance. 

Aldaco was booked at the Porterville Substation for charges of P.C. 25400, H&S 11377 (e) and H&S 11550. 

The 17 year old Hispanic male juvenile was subsequently transported to the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility and booked for charges of P.C. 25400. 

This case is still currently being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 1-800-808-0488 or may send your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program: 

Text or voicemail: 559-725-4194

E-mail: tcso@tipnow.com

 
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