Update to Farmersville Homicide
LOCATION:  1200 block of Visalia Road          DATE:  01-13-2013          TIME:  1629
CASE NUMBER:  13-550         VICTIM:  Edwin Jaimes, age 21          CITY:  Visalia

Update:

Two arrests have been made regarding the homicide of Edwin Jaimes that occurred on January 13, 2013.

Michael Alcazar Navarette, age 26 of Farmersville, charged with 187 PC homicide
Jose “Tony” Alcaraz, age 36 of Farmersville, charged with 187 PC homicide

Detectives served four search warrants over a two day period, January 14-15, 2013.  Three search warrants were served in the Farmersville area and one in the Visalia area.  Navarette was arrested on January 14, and Alcaraz was arrested on January 15, 2013.

During the investigation, Detectives learned the three subjects knew each other and were at a party in Farmersville together.  They left the party and continued drinking in a rural area where a verbal argument between them began.  They got into a vehicle together and the verbal argument continued.  The subjects pulled off the road and the shooting occurred.  The suspects fled the scene and were located during the search warrants, arrested without incident and booked for charges of homicide.
An autopsy of the victim showed the victim had multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-808-0488.  You may also submit your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program by text or voice mail to 559-725-4194 or email your information to tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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One in custody for sexual assault of a minor
LOCATION:  Confidential          DATE:  01-15-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-13264         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Confidential

Suspect: William Wayne Henderson, age 82 of Tulare
Charges: 288(b)(1)PC X9

 

On 10/18/2012 the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Crimes against Children Unit was contacted by the mother of the victim who currently lives out of state. Detectives were advised that a confidential juvenile male had been sexually assaulted over the course of five years by the suspect, William Henderson. The suspect, William Henderson, is currently a Sexual Registrant. He was arrested on a warrant for the above listed charges.

He is being held at the Tulare County Main Jail in lieu of $1,400,000.00 bail.

Anybody with additional information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Crimes Against Children’s Unit Detective Katherine Garcia 559-735-1970.

 
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One in custody for sexual assault of a minor
LOCATION:  Confidential          DATE:  01-15-2013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-14802         VICTIM:  Confidential Juvenile          CITY:  Confidential

S- Jose Luis Molina   41 YOA, of Visalia
Charges: 288(b)(1)PC X 38

 

On 11/12/2012 the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Crimes against Children Unit were advised that a confidential juvenile female was sexually assaulted between the ages of 11-13 years old by the suspect, Jose Luis Molina.  During the course of the investigation Detectives learned of three additional victims. The suspect was arrested on a warrant for the above listed charges.

He is being held at the Tulare County Main Jail in lieu of $2,000,000.00 bail.

Anybody with additional information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Crimes Against Children’s Unit Detective Katherine Garcia 559-735-1970.

 
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HOMICIDE UPDATE - VICTIM IDENTIFIED
LOCATION:  1200 BLK OF VISALIA RD, FARMERSVILLE          DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-550         VICTIM:           CITY:  VISALIA

UPDATE:

The victim had been identified as Edwin Jaimes, 21 years d from Visalia, Ca.

Sunday, 1/13/2013, 1629 a field worker called in and reported finding a body in an orchard at the above location. Deputies arrived and found the victim deceased. He appeared to have been shot. Violent Crimes Detectives responded and are still on scene.

Anyone with information should contact Det. Zamora or Sgt. Hunt at 559-733-6211

 
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PC 187- Homicide
LOCATION:  1200 block of Visalia Road          DATE:  1-13-2013          TIME:  1429 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-550         VICTIM:  Hispanic male late teen's or early 20's          CITY:  Farmersville

Sunday, 1/13/2013, 1429 hours a field worker called in and reported finding a body in an orchard at the above location. Deputies arrived and found the victim deceased. He appeared to have been shot. Violent Crimes Detectives responded and are still on scene.

 

Anyone with information should contact Det. Zamora or Sgt. Hunt at 559-722-62

 
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PC 211 Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  12500 block of Avenue 416          DATE:  1-11-13          TIME:  1745 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-471         VICTIM:  Undisclosed          CITY:  Orosi

  On 1-11-13 Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Orosi Sub Station responded to a convenience store in the 12500 block of Avenue 416 in response to a reported Robbery. Upon arrival they found a male victim reporting he had been assaulted and personal property taken from him during the assault. The victim sustained non life threating injuries as a result of the assault. Detectives from the Gang Violence Suppression Unit responded and assisted in the investigations.  Subsequent investigation by the Gang Violence Suppression Unit resulted in the suspects being identified and located at a nearby residence. Arrested were:

 

1) Jose Esquivel (21 yrs old from Orosi)

2) Michael Balderas (22 years old from Orosi)

 

Case is still under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Gang Suppression Unit. 

 
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PC 460-Home invasion
LOCATION:  Road 64/Avenue 434          DATE:  1-12-2013          TIME:  1412 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-461         VICTIM:  Marvin Duncan          CITY:  Dinuba

On 01-11-13 between 1300-1400 hours two armed suspects contacted the victim at his residence.  The suspects bound and blindfolded him as they burglarized his residence.  The victim was uninjured as a result of the incident.   

Suspect Info: 

S1: HMA, late teens early twenties, 5’08”-5’10” thin build, LSW: Black hooded sweatshirt w/hood pulled up, dark pants and shoes.  Suspect was seen in possession of a Rifle

S2: HMA, late teens early twenties, 6’ heavier set.  LSW: Black hooded sweatshirt with hood up and a baseball style hat, dark pants and shoes.  Suspect was seen in possession of a shotgun.  

 

Case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department North End Detective Unit. Any information should be forwarded to Detective Bruce at TCSO@tipnow.com  (559) 733-6218. 

 

 

 
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Narcotics and Weapons Related Charges
LOCATION:  - Woodlake          DATE:  01-10-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-70001         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Supect #1 CARDENAS, MAX       59 years      300 block of S. Magnolia, Woodlake, CA

Supect #2 Medina, adelina    58 years       300 block of S. Magnolia, Woodlake, CA

 

On 01-10-13, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division, with the assistance of the Woodlake Police Department, concluded a two week narcotics investigation by serving a narcotics search warrant in the 300 block of S. Magnolia, in the town of Woodlake.

Detectives secured the residence and detained four subjects. Detectives searched the residence and located approximately 30.5 grams, or just over an ounce of methamphetamine, approximately 360 grams of processed marijuana, multiple pills of prescription narcotics without prescriptions, drug paraphernalia, drug packaging material, (2) SKS assault rifles, (1) modified .20 gauge shotgun, and (1) loaded .357 magnum revolver.

Suspect Max Cardenas was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Main Jail for the following charges:

11378 H&S          Possession of a controlled substance for sales.
11350 H&S          Possession of a controlled substance.
11366 H&S          Maintain a place for selling any controlled substance.   
11370.1 H&S       Possession of  a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm
11357(c) H&S      Possession of Marijuana greater than 28.5 grams
12022(a) P.C.       Armed with firearm during commission of a felony
30720 P.C.           Possession of an SKS rifle.
30605(a) P.C.       Possession of an assault weapon

 
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Arrest made on School Burglary
LOCATION:  Terra Bella & Porterville areas          DATE:  07-25-12          TIME:  2355
CASE NUMBER:  Multiple         VICTIM:  Carl Smith Middle School          CITY:  Terra Bella & Porterville areas

Case # 12-09570 (Carl Smith Middle School) 07-25-12 / 2355 hrs
Case # 12-10844 (Vehicle Burglary) 08-19-12 / 1930 hrs

On 7-25-12 Deputies responded to a burglary at the Carl Smith Middle School in Terra Bella Tulare County Sheriff's Department Case 12-09570.  It was reported that unknown suspect had broken a window to gain entry to the School office.  The Unknown suspect fled with Cameras and computers.

After a lengthy and extensive investigation, evidence and information identified Sonny Ozuna of Terra Bella as the suspect.  The investigation also connected Sonny Ozuna with a vehicle burglary in the Springville area on 8-19-12, Tulare County Sheriff's Department Case 12-10844.

On 1-8-13 Detectives contacted and arrested Sonny Ozuna at his residence for the two burglary cases and was booked into the Tulare County jail without further incident.

 
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Sheriff to Appoint New Undersheriff
LOCATION:  HQ Lobby          DATE:  01-09-2013          TIME:  1000 hrs
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  Michael Boudreaux          CITY: 

Sheriff Bill Wittman will be holding a ceremony to appoint Captain Michael Boudreaux to the rank of Undersheriff on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM. The ceremony will be held at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Headquarters’ Lobby. Friends and family will also be present to show their support.

Undersheriff Michael Boudreaux grew up in California Hot Springs and Porterville.  His father worked for the Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy retiring as a detective after 30 years of service.  Undersheriff Boudreaux began his career as a Sheriffs Cadet in 1986. In 1987, Michael promoted to the position of Deputy Trainee and was sponsored through the Tulare-Kings County Police Academy. Upon graduation he was promoted to the Ranks of Deputy I and II while working in the Detentions Division. Through years 1991-1995, Michael transferred to the Patrol Division and also became a Field Training Officer. In 1995, he was assigned as a narcotics detective and be a part of the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel team in investigations.

Undersheriff Michael Boudreaux was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on January 25, 1999. At this level he held assignments in our maximum security detention facilities, Internal Affairs and Patrol Operations. Six years later, Michael Boudreaux was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and returned to the Detentions Division. In 2006, he was assigned to the Street Crimes Bureau through October of 2008. He was also Commander of the Gang unit, and Narcotics Bureau, which includes the Narcotics Task Force, SWAT and Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel Unit. In November of 2009, Michael Boudreaux was promoted to the rank of Captain where he has managed the Investigations Division for the last three years.

Undersheriff Boudreaux has obtained a wide variety of education through his years of service. He has attended Tactical Commander, Basic and Advanced SWAT Schools.  He has attended Executive Leadership School and holds a Certificate in the Administration of Justice.  Undersheriff Boudreaux has an Associate of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice, A Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Management and a Master’s Degree with course of study in the Administration of Justice.  Undersheriff Boudreaux in 2009 and 2010 was an adjunct professor at Fresno Pacific University instructing criminal justice.  Undersheriff Boudreaux is a graduate of WestPoint Leadership Academy provided by the Los Angeles Police Department and is a graduate of class 251 from the eleven week Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy in Quantico VA.

A variety of projects and details have been implemented by Undersheriff Michael Boudreaux throughout his career. In 1992, he was part of the team that was dispatched to assist during the Los Angeles Riots. In 2008, Michael received national attention with Operation L.O.C.C.U.S.T. This operation was a large scale, multi-agency marijuana eradication detail. The operation brought the Nation’s Drug Czar to Tulare County and was adopted as a model for other agencies to learn from.  Undersheriff Boudreaux, as a result of the success of the operation, was invited and met with The President of the United States, George W. Bush. 

Undersheriff Boudreaux is an active member of Downtown Visalia Rotary and sits on the Anti-crime and violence committee.  He received the Paul Harris fellow Award in 2011 from the Visalia Rotary Club.  Boudreaux is an Ambassador with the after school program Pro-Youth Heart.  Undersheriff Boudreaux volunteers with the Tulare and Kings County homeless project as well as Soled out for Kids which is a program to aide children in receiving a new pair of shoes during Christmas. 

Undersheriff Michael Boudreaux is supported in his new assignment by his wife, Angela.  His daughter Natalie Elizabeth, 5 years old; and sons, Nathan Stephen, 3 years old and Zachary Michael, 18 years old, who attends Fresno State University.

Sheriff Bill Wittman offers his sincere congratulations to Undersheriff Michael Boudreaux, and wishes him well in his new assignment. The public is welcome to join the department, friends and family in the Sheriff’s Headquarters’ Lobby Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM to celebrate the promotion. Refreshments will follow.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/8362060670/in/photostream

 
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Robbery & Assault
LOCATION:  Road 125 / Buena Vista, Orosi          DATE:  01-07-13          TIME:  2245
CASE NUMBER:  13-0299         VICTIM:  Confidential adult          CITY:  Orosi

On the above date and time deputies were dispatched to the victim’s residence where he reported he had been assaulted by several unknown suspects in the roadway at the above location. The victim stated one of the suspects took his headphones after the assault. The victim had visible injuries to his face and hands, but required no medical attention. The three suspects were last seen fleeing the area in a vehicle.

Deputies located (S) Mota near the crime scene. Mota was detained after he was observed to have visible injuries to his hands consistent with being involved in a recent altercation. Mota who was positively identified as one of the aggressors was booked at the Juvenile Detention Facility without further incident. 

Two additional suspects have not been located and the case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information should call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department (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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211 PC Robbery
LOCATION:  Avenue 52 and Road 160 in Earlimart, CA          DATE:  1-4-13          TIME:  2030 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-00172         VICTIM:  Ramon Martinez (51 years)          CITY:  Delano, CA

Suspect: Jesus Gamboa (18 years) 800 block of East Franklin Avenue Earlimart, CA

On 1-4-13 the victim received a call from someone requesting a ride with his taxi service. The victim picked up 4 subjects who took him to another location and robbed him at gunpoint. The suspects then stole the taxi and fled. The victim had minor injuries and did not require medical attention. The taxi was later recovered.

Detectives from the sheriff’s department were called out to assume the investigation and determined one of the suspects to be Jesus Gamboa. With the assistance of Tulare County SWAT and Gang Units, a search warrant was conducted and Jesus was arrested and booked into Tulare County Jail.

 

The case remains under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or you can remain anonymous by sending your information to tcso@tipnow.com or by texting to (559) 725-4194.

 
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Sheriff Bill Wittman to Promote New Captain
LOCATION:  HQ Lobby          DATE:  01-07-2013          TIME:  1000
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  Mike Watson          CITY:  Tulare County

Sheriff Bill Wittman will be holding a public ceremony to promote Lieutenant Michael Watson to the rank of Captain on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 10:00 am.  The ceremony will be held at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Headquarters’ Lobby. Friends and family will also be present to show their support.

Captain Michael Watson is a graduate of Tulare Union High School and Fresno State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology.  He began his career with the Sheriff’s Department in April of 1988 as a trainee.  After attending the Tulare-Kings County Police Academy, he held the position of Deputy in both the Correction’s and Operation’s Divisions.  These assignments included Return to Custody (R.T.C.), Sequoia Field, Bob Wiley Detention Facility, Main Jail Porterville and Pixley Patrol as well as a Detective in Property Crimes Investigations. 

In January of 1998, Michael Watson was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  As a Sergeant, Michael Watson returned to the Custody Division supervising teams at Main Jail and the Tulare County Correctional Center.  He was then transferred to the Pixley Patrol Substation in 1999.  In 2003, Michael Watson moved into the Investigations Division.  There he supervised Property Crimes Investigations then the Agricultural Crimes Investigations Unit.

On July 26, 2006 Michael Watson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  He was first stationed as a Night Watch Commander for Patrol Services and also managed the Field Training Program. In March of 2007, he was transferred to Pixley Substation where he was also in charge of the Sheriff’s Police Activities League Program.  In March of 2012, Michael took his last assignment as Lieutenant over the Property Crimes Bureau.
Captain Michael Watson has also held specialty positions for a number of years.  He is dive certified and has been involved with the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Swift Water and Dive team for over 20 years.  He has served on the Deputy Sheriff’s Association Board as Vice President, the PAL Board, Tulare County Employee’s Retirement Association, the Pixley Foundation Vice President, Pixley Little League and Lions Club Board Member.

Captain Michael Watson is supported in his new career path by his father Edward Watson, who is a retired Deputy from the Sheriff’s Office, his wife Paula of 23 years, daughters Courtney and Caylie, his son Colton, his brother Lieutenant James Watson with Fresno State University Police and his nephew Investigator Ryan Richardson with the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office. Sheriff Bill Wittman offers his sincere congratulations to Captain Michael Watson, and wishes him well in his new assignment over the Investigations Division. The public is welcome to join the department, friends and family in the Sheriff’s Headquarters’ Lobby Monday, January 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM to celebrate the promotion.

Refreshments will follow.

Photo available in Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/

 
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Assault on a Peace Officer
LOCATION:  800 block of S. Indiana, Porterville          DATE:  01-04-13          TIME:  0043
CASE NUMBER:  13-00143         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Porterville

On 1-4-13, at 0043 hours, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 800 block of S. Indiana in an attempt to locate a P.C. 460 Home Invasion suspect. Upon arrival at the residence Deputies eventually contact the suspect standing at the doorway, holding a small Luger style handgun and they are challenged to shoot. Deputies maintain cover and eventually discharge a tazer, striking the suspect. The suspect fell to the ground and as Deputies were approaching the suspect fired one single round, striking a cabinet near the front entryway. A standoff ensues with the suspect ultimately escaping out a rear window and fleeing the area. No Law Enforcement personnel discharged their weapons and were unharmed during the incident.

The suspect Daryl Austin Young is currently outstanding and should be considered armed and dangerous.   Anyone with information regarding his location please contact the Sheriff's Office immediately. 

A photograph is also available on the Sheriffs' Flicker page at: 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/8347979976/in/photostream
 

The case is under investigation by TCSO

 
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Child Endangerment
LOCATION:  15420 R222          DATE:  01/03/2013          TIME:  1308 Hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-0113         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Porterville

On 01/03/2013 at approximately 1300 hours, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff Department's Porterville Division, responded to the 15400 block of Road 222 in Porterville for a 911 hang up. When Deputies arrived, they encountered five (5) children between the ages of 1 and 8 who had been left alone and unsupervised in the residence. Further investigation determined that there were no adults caring for the children. During the investigation, Deputies located an electric space heater which was running. One of the children's blankets had been pushed up and wrapped around the heater causing an immediate and extreme fire danger. It appeared as if the children had been lest alone for the entirety of the day. Tulare County Child Welfare Services responded and took custody of the children.  The children's mother, Ruby Corona Sepulveda, 29, was eventually located and was taken into custody for child neglect and endangerment. This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.


Kevin Kemmerling
Sergeant
Tulare County Sheriff's Department
Porterville Division
Search & Rescue / Swiftwater/Dive Rescue
379 N. Third Street
Porterville, CA 93257

 
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Missing Person Adult
LOCATION:  Avenue 417 and Rd 126, Orosi          DATE:  2-16-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-02128         VICTIM:  Lenora Costilla (Aka: Nora Brown)          CITY: 

On February 16th of 2012, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were contacted regarding a missing report of Lenora Costilla. Lenora was last seen on 02-12-12 at 1800 hours and was seen leaving her residence in the area of Rd 126 and Ave 417 in the town of Orosi. Lenora also uses the name of Nora Brown and has family in the Orange Cove and Dinuba areas. She has been known to frequent Dinuba, Orange Cove, Reedley, and Squaw Valley. It has also has been reported that Lenora suffers from bipolar and schizophrenia.

Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department have been actively working this investigation since her disappearance and have no further leads. Anyone with information regarding Lenora’s whereabouts or this investigation is encouraged to contact Det. Steve Sanchez or Sgt. Hunt with the Violent Crimes Unit at (559) 733-6218 or at tcso@tipnow.com. Reference to TCSO Case #12-02128.

 

Photos available

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/

 

 
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SUPRESSION DETAIL - SOUTH TULARE CO
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 12-31-2012 between 1600hrs to 0200hrs 1-1-2013, The Community Based Deputies from the Pixley and Porterville Substations participated in a suppression detail in the un-incorporated towns in the Porterville and Pixley Substation patrol areas. During the detail 37 vehicle stops were conducted, 29 field interviews were conducted, 3 arrests were made, and 1 vehicle was towed and stored. The Deputies also assisted in calls for service where a second officer was needed due to the nature of the service call.

    The 2 arrests were made for being under the influence of a controlled substance (11550H&S), possessing drug paraphernalia (11364H&S) and 1 for possessing Marijuana under an ounce (11357bH&S).

SUSPECTS ARRESTED:
Armando Martinez 3-20-1957, Delano (11550 H&S & 11364 H&S) TCSO 12-16992
Jayme Dominguez 10-2-1994, Strathmore (11550 H&S) TCSO 12-16986
Eric Hernandez 9-24-1992, Strathmore (11357b H&S) TCSO 12-16985

Suspect Martinez and Dominguez were booked at Porterville Substation. Suspect Hernandez was issued a citation.




 
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245PC/ Assualt with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  41900 block of RD 96-Dinuba          DATE:  12-30-2012          TIME:  1842hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-16937         VICTIM:  Hispanic Male Adult          CITY: 

On 12-30-2012 at approximately 1842 hours deputies from the Orosi Substation responded to the 41900 block of Rd 96 regarding a report of a burglary in progress. While in route deputies were advised shots had been fired on scene. Upon arrival deputies located a Hispanic male victim who reported finding a suspicious vehicle near his residence. The victim contacted law enforcement to report the vehicle at which time he observed to unknown suspects fleeing from his property. The victim attempted to block the suspicious vehicle while law enforcement responded at which time he was fired upon by the suspects. The victim fled without injury. The suspects fled the scene in a blue Ford Explorer.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

 
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664-459 PC / 148 PC-ATTEMPTED BURGLARY / RESIST OR DELAY ARREST
LOCATION:  5300 BLOCK OF BILLINGS ROAD, ALPAUGH          DATE:  12-28-12          TIME:  2140
CASE NUMBER:  12-16886         VICTIM:  CONFIDENTIAL          CITY: 

On 12-28-12 at approximately 2130 hours Deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress in the 5300 block of Billings Road in Alpaugh.  Upon arrival Deputies contacted the property owner (Victim) who said she saw the suspect near her back door, which sustained damage based on broken glass at the scene.  The property owner said the suspect fled on foot before units arrived.

Within minutes our Department’s airship unit, Sheriff-One, arrived on scene and was able to locate the suspect who was still fleeing from the area on foot.  A foot chase ensued and Sheriff-One was able to direct ground units and Deputies exactly to where the suspect was hiding.  Subsequently, the apprehension was made without incident.  A 16 year old male juvenile was identified as the suspect, and booked into Juvenile Hall without incident.  He was charged with attempted burglary and resisting or delaying arrest.  

 

 

The case remains under investigation by TCSO.

 
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Assaulting a peace officer
LOCATION:  1000 Block of S. Maple, Pixley          DATE:  12-27-12          TIME:  1330 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-16793         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Date/Time: 12-27-12 / 1330 hours

Suspect: Jose Barajas 26 years old out of Terra Bella


On the above date and time Suspect Barajas was contacted during a traffic stop.  During a weapons pat down upon initial contact; Barajas attempted to flee the scene on foot.  The Deputy who conducted the stop attempted to detain Barrajas from fleeing the scene.  Barajas then was able to jump behind the Deputy and began to choke him.  The Deputy was able to get Barajas off his back, however Barajas then attempted to get the Deputy's service pistol.  During the fight Barajas bit the Deputy, breaking open the skin on the Deputy's left hand.  The fight continued until assisting Deputies arrived and were then able to subdue Barajas.  A records check revealed Barajas was a wanted parolee. Barajas was also found to be in possession of cocaine.  Barajas and the Deputy received medical attention.  Barajas was arrested on multiple charges and booked at the Main Jail.
Case Status: Active  



 
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Sheriff's Retirees Work Final Day, 12-28-2012
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Sheriff Bill Wittman will be holding a special gathering that will honor over 142 years of combined experience. 

Undersheriff Dahl Cleek, Captain Jim Hinesly of the Patrol Dividion, Lieutenant Gary Chambers of the Cutler-Orosi Substation and Lieutenant Ramon Alanis of the Gang Violence Supression Unit have all announced their official retirement on December 28, 2012.

A department gathering will be held at the Sheriff’s Headquarters, located at 2404 W. Burrel in Visalia, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM to commemorate their years of dedication and service. 

“I want to thank Undersheriff Dahl Cleek, Captain Jim Hinesly, Lieutenant Ramon Alanis, and Lieutenant Gary Chambers for their years of dedicated service. They have each been responsible for significant contributions throughout their careers. I will miss their loyalty and dedication to public service. I wish them each much success as they begin this new phase in their lives.” – Sheriff Bill Wittman

Photos available of the retirees at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/


Undersheriff Dahl A. Cleek, age 58 of Visalia, began working for the government when he enlisted in the United States Army in 1972.  Upon completion of his active duty term in 1973, he became an Army Reserve Officer.  In 1975 he was honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserve as a Specialist Four.

In 1974, Dahl Cleek began working as a Deputy Contable for  Tulare Justice Court and a Corcoran Police Department Reserve Officer.  In December of 1975 Dahl was hired as a Deputy Sheriff for the Jail services and in 1976, he was sponsored through the 30th Tulare-Kings County Police Academy.  Upon graduation he was assigned to the Headquarter=s Patrol Division.  In 1977 he was awarded Officer of the Year for both the Tulare County Sheriff=s Department and Optimist Club.  Through 1985, he worked a variety of assignments including detentions, investigations, dive team, Search and Rescue and was a canine handler for four years.

Dahl Cleek was promoted to Sergeant in July of 1986.  As a Sergeant he supervised Detentions and Investigations units  including Violent Crimes, Internal Affairs, Property and Juvenile Crimes.

In May of 1995, Dahl Cleek was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  During the next five years he commanded the Headquarters and Porterville Patrol Stations, S.T.E.P. and Crimes Against Persons Investigations Units.

In April of 2002 Dahl Cleek was promoted to the rank of Captain.  At this level he spent time managing the Detentions, Investigations and his latest assignment commanding the Patrol Division.  He was recently awarded Man of the Year by the Latino Peace Officers Association and had the opportunity to attend and graduate the Federal Bureau of Investigations Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Dahl A. Cleek was promoted to the rank of Undersheriff on Thursday, April 9th, 2009. Throughout his career, Undersheriff Dahl Cleek has received a variety of commendation letters from State,  City and local governmant offices as well as community leaders and citizens.  He has shown a strong work ethic and dedication to the community not only on the job, but off duty as well.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pro-Youth Heart Program and Chairperson for Friends of Tulare County.  He has also been active in youth programs such as Explorers, Boy Scouts and church youth activities.

Undersheriff Dahl Cleek was 58 year resident of Tulare and recently moved to the Visalia area.  He is supported in his retirement by his wife LaRayne, sons Jeremy and J.D. and daughter Deanna and two grandchildren.

“It has been a marvelous career working at the Tulare County Sheriff's Office. I have made so many friends and had so many opportunities to serve the cummunities of Tulare County. I can only hope that I made a difference for the good. It seems as though I started with the sheriff's office yesterday... 38 years went by so very fast. I wish Sheriff Bill Wittman and his entire staff of great men and women the very best in their delivery of professional law enforcement services to all the communtiy members they come in contact with.” – Undersheriff Dahl A. Cleek

Captain Jim Hinesly, age 58 of Dinuba, began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in March of 1975. Within the 38 years he has devoted to Tulare County he has had the opportunity to work in every division in department. Jim Hinesly started his career in the department as a cadet and promoted to the rank of Deputy I within eight months. He worked through the patrol and detectives divisions until his promotion to Sergeant in July of 1986. As a Sergeant he supervised staff in detentions, investigation and held a position within the Internal Affairs division. In March of 1995, Jim Hinesly was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He held positions as the sation commander in detentions, investigations, court services, staff services.  In June of 2007 he was promoted to the rank of Captain.  He has managed the Detentions, Investigations Divisions and is retiring as the Division Captain for Patrol.

Jim Hinesly has held the position of President in both the Tulare County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the Professional Law Enforcement Managers Association. He has been involved with a number of community events such as the Dinuba Cancer Relay For Life and the Max Chaboian Road Race. He has served on the board for the Dinuba City Chamber of Commerce and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tulare County. He is also the team captain for the Sheriff’s Office Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay Team. Jim Hinesly has also
had the opportunity to complete a number of training and educational seminars to benefit his law enforcement career including the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy.

“I have held this job for Tulare County for 38 years. It’s a job that I have loved.” – Captain Jim Hinesly

Lieutenant Gary Chambers, age 57 of Dinuba, began his career with Tulare County in the District Attorney’s Office as a Special Witness Interviewer.  He also began working as a Reserve Deputy for the Sheriff’s Department in January of 1978. In April of 1985 Gary was hired as a full time Deputy assigned to the Tulare County Correctional Center and Main Jail.  In November of 1987 he transferred to the Orosi Substation where he worked in the Patrol Division.  He was assigned to the Crime Prevention Unit in August of 1990.  Gary Chambers transferred into detectives in April of 1994.  He worked in the Juvenile and North End Property Crimes Units before promoting to sergeant.  Gary was promoted to the rank of sergeant in November of 2000. He returned to the Detentions Division and worked at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility for one year.  In November of 2001 Gary was transferred to Personnel and Training.  In March of 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant where he is retiring from his post as Station Commander of the Cutler-Orosi Patrol Substation.

Throughout Gary’s career with the Sheriff’s Office he has taken the initiative to learn a variety of trades.  He was a Field Training Officer for patrol and also supervised the program, took on additional duties in Search and Rescue, and was a member of and supervisor for the Sheriff’s Honor Guard.  Gary was trained and certified by the FBI for Computer Forensics and is also a certified Polygraph Examiner.  Gary has spent twenty years working with the Tulare-Kings County Police Academy as a Senior Instructor and Evaluator.  He was the department’s STC and POST Training Coordinator as well as the Reserve Deputy Program Coordinator. Gary Chambers is currently working on his masters degree while being a member of the American Polygraph Association and was a past President of the Dinuba City Lions Club. Gary asl spent time as the President of Concerns of Police Survivors C.O.P.S. Program

Lieutenant Gary Chambers is entering his new retirement with the support of his wife, Elaine, daughters Carri and LeAnn, his father Junior Chambers and mother Marian.

“I would like to thank each and everyone at the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, and community of Tulare County for the opportunity of serving you for the past 32 years. It is not an easy decision to make retiring and leaving people I consider part of my family. Thank You.” – Lt. Gary Chambers

Lieutenant Ramon Alanis, age 53 of Visalia, began his career with the Sheriff’s Office as a Cadet in January of 1980.  As a Cadet he held positions in the Sheriff’s Communications and Correctional Center before being sent through the Police Academy.  Upon graduation in April 1981, Ramon was assigned to work Patrol at the Orosi Substation. He was later assign to take part in the Sheriff’s Department Drug Buy Program working undercover at Porterville and Monache High Schools.  After the completion of the Buy Program, he worked at the Tulare County Main Jail.  In 1984, he was assigned to the Patrol Division and worked at the Orosi Substation and HQ Patrol.  In 1994, he was promoted to the Detectives and assigned to the Narcotic Task Force.  

Ramon Alanis was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in July of 1996 and supervised teams at the Correctional Center, Orosi Patrol and various Tulare County Sheriff Narcotics Units. 

In April of 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Some of his assignments include station commander of the Main Jail, Bob Wiley Detention Facility, Pre-Trial Facility, Night Watch Commander and his current assignment before retirement in the Gang Violence Suppression Unit.

 Lieutenant Ramon Alanis has received training in SWAT-Team Leader/Commander, Narcotics, Canine Unit Commander, Crisis Intervention, Asset Forfeiture, Secret Witness Program, and Gangs. 

Ramon Alanis has held the position of Vice-President in the Tulare County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and past President of Tulare County Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association.  Lieutenant Alanis has been a member of the Visalia Multi-Agency Gang Intervention Task Force and the Tulare County Gang Prevention Task Force.

Lieutenant Ramon Alanis is a Visalia resident, supported in his retirement by his wife Elisa, son Ray, daughters Melinda, Cynthia, Michelle, and Melissa. 
“I would like to thank Sheriff Bill Wittman and the entire Sheriff Department family for providing me with a lifetime of memories and shared experiences.  I have enjoyed working with many outstanding people all working together to serve Tulare County and its residents.  I wish everyone at the Sheriff’s Department the best” – Lieutenant Ramon Alanis

 
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Attempted homicide and criminal gang activity *Update additional in-custody*
LOCATION:  30500 block of Road 72 Goshen, Ca.          DATE:  12-16-12          TIME:  2225
CASE NUMBER:  12-16377         VICTIM:  undisclosed 17 year old male out of the Goshen area          CITY:  Goshen

On 12-16-12 at about 10:25 pm, a 17 year old male was at a residence in the 30500 block of Road 72 in the community of Goshen, when he was confronted by two suspects, identified as Taylor Ohlund (20 years) and George Jiminez (18 years).  Both Ohlund and Jiminez were from the Goshen arera.  The 17 year old was then shot multiple times and the suspects fled the scene on foot.  The 17 year old was taken to an area hospital and admitted for his injuries.  Shortly thereafter, deputies from the sheriff’s department spotted Jiminez and Ohlund nearby and a foot pursuit ensued.  Jiminez was apprehended and later booked for attempted homicide at the Tulare County main jail with bail set at $500,000.00.  Ohlund was observed to be in possession of a firearm during the pursuit, but managed to escape capture. 

Detectives from the sheriff’s department were then called out and assumed the investigation.  Throughout the course of the investigation, several leads were developed, and on 12-23-12 personnel from the sheriff’s department caught suspect Ohlund at a hotel in the 1000 block of East Prosperity in Tulare, Ca.  Ohlund was later booked in the main jail for attempted homicide and criminal street gang activity with bail set at $550,000.00.

The weapon used is still outstanding and the case remains under investigation.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or you can remain anonymous by sending your information to tcso@tipnow.com or by texting to (559) 725-4194.
 



 
...posted by dispatch
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CHILD ENDANGERMENT
LOCATION:  TERRA BELLA          DATE:  12-22-12          TIME:  1555 APROX
CASE NUMBER:  12-16601         VICTIM:  CONFIDENTCIAL          CITY:  TERRA BELLA

On 12/22/2012, Nikki Ray, 23 of Terra Bella responded to Sierra View District Hospital with her one year old baby after the baby displayed signs of a fever combined with lethargy and what was described as a dazed state. During the examination, doctors observed the baby was displaying symptomology consistent with the ingestion of narcotics. Toxicology screening showed the baby had excessive amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol in her system. Tetrahydrocannabinol is the principal psychoactive constituent of marijuana. The investigation evidenced that Ray is a medical marijuana user and habitually uses marijuana in the presence of her one and three year old children. Child Protection Services was summoned by the Sheriff’s Department who took custody of her two children. Ray was taken into custody pursuant to the charges of abusing or endangering the health of a child. She was booked into the Tulare County Bob Wiley Detention Facility. This is an ongoing investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

 
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459 PC residential burglary
LOCATION:  900 block of Mentz Avenue Porterville, Ca          DATE:  12-21-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-16573         VICTIM:  Erika Ayala & Jorge Luedvano          CITY:  Porterville

On 12-21-12 at about 7:10 pm, victim Ayala returned home and observed that there was forced entry into her residence by unknown suspects that resulted in a burglary.  Ayala heard voices coming from within the residence, so she left the scene and notified her husband Jorge Luedvano of what she observed.  At that time he phoned the sheriff’s department for assistance.  Within minutes, a patrol deputy arrived on scene and observed a suspect vehicle drive away from the residence with at least five suspects occupying it.  The suspect vehicle failed to yield for authorities and a pursuit ensued from the scene to an orange tree orchard in the area of Road 240 and Avenue 100 in rural Terra Bella.  The suspects fled on foot and managed to elude capture after a lengthy search by ground and through air support.

Detectives from the sheriff’s department were called out to assume the investigation and learned the suspect vehicle was stolen from an unrelated scene and unreported at the time of the crime.  Approximately $3,000.00 in personal items and electronic devices were stolen by the suspects and detectives ultimately recovered $1,600.00 of the items back.  The theft of the vehicle is being investigated separately by the California Highway Patrol. 
 
The case remains under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or you can remain anonymous by sending your information to tcso@tipnow.com or by texting to (559) 725-4194.
 

 
...posted by dispatch
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Attempted Homicide
LOCATION:  30500 block of Road 72, Goshen          DATE:  12-16-12          TIME:  2145 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-16377         VICTIM:  17 Year old male from Goshen          CITY:  Goshen

 

Suspects:
George Jimenez – 18 Yrs old – Goshen
Taylor Ohlund – 20 Yrs old - Goshen

On the above date and time, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence in the 30500 block of Rd 72 in Goshen regarding a gunshot wound victim. Prior to Deputies arriving, the victim was transported to a local area hospital by private vehicle and admitted. The victim was found to have multiple gunshots wounds and was listed in critical condition.

During the initial call, Deputies responded to the crime scene and detained one subject fleeing the area. The subject was identified as George Jimenez and was later booked at the Tulare County Main Jail for attempted homicide. After further investigation, Detectives with the Sheriff’s Department Violent Crimes unit were able to identify Taylor Ohlund as being involved in the shooting. Detectives believe the shooting was gang related and are currently seeking the whereabouts of Taylor Ohlund.

This case remains under investigation and anyone with information regarding Ohlund’s whereabouts is encouraged to call Detective Steve Sanchez or Detective Rod Klassen at (559) 733-6211 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW 

Photo of Taylor Ohlund is available on the Sheriff’s Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/8284982149/in/photostream/

 
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187 PC
LOCATION:  41000 Block of Ave 304, Exeter          DATE:  12-14-12          TIME:  2230 Hrs.
CASE NUMBER:  12-16293         VICTIM:  Omar Vargas          CITY: 

UPDATED INFORMATION:

On Monday, 12/17/2012 an autopsy was performed on Vargas. The cause of death was determined to be exsanguination due to gunshot wound to the pelvis.

 

The case remains under investigation and anyone with information should call Detective Steve Sanchez or Detective Rod Klassen at (559) 733-6211 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 On the above date and time Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to a residence in the 21000 block of Ave 304 in Exeter for a gunshot wound victim. Upon arrival, Deputies found a party breaking up at the residence and located the victim on scene suffering from gunshot wounds. Paramedics responded to the scene and the victim was pronounced deceased upon their arrival.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit responded and took over the investigation.

The case remains under investigation and anyone with information should call Detective Steve Sanchez or Detective Rod Klassen at (559) 733-6211 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 
...posted by dispatch
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664-187 PC, 186.22 PC, Attempt homicide and criminal gang activity
LOCATION:  12900 block of Avenue 416 Orosi, Ca.          DATE:  12-16-12          TIME:  2211 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-16378         VICTIM:  Undisclosed 18 year old male Orosi, Ca.          CITY:  Orosi, Ca.

Narrative:

On 12-16-12 at about 10:11 pm, an undisclosed 18 year old male was leaving the 12900 block of Avenue 416 in Orosi by vehicle, and a suspect later identified as Alejandro Arreguin (19 years) had intentionally discharged a firearm at him. The 18 year old victim was not injured, but the vehicle sustained damage from the gunfire.

On 12-17-12 at about 12:10 pm, detectives and patrol deputies responded to Arreguin’s residence in the 12800 block of Ella in Orosi and apprehended him. The handgun that was used is still outstanding. Arreguin was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for attempt homicide and criminal street gang activity with bail set at $550,000.00.

 

This case is still under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or you can remain anonymous by sending your information to tcso@tipnow.com or by texting to (559) 725-4194

 
...posted by dispatch
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11378/ 11379.6 H&S 496 PC
LOCATION:  Poplar, Ca.          DATE:  12/17/2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60140         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect: Juan Manuel Hernandez                                        Age: 27

 

City of Residence: Woodlake, Ca.

 

Narrative:

After an approximate Two (2) week investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the unincorporated town of Poplar, Ca. investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments Narcotics Division were led to a residence in the 14300 Blk of Cook Rd. where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately 7.4 grams of Methamphetamine, scales; packaging materials and indicia related to the sales of illegal narcotics, as well an active Methamphetamine conversion lab with 3 liters of Methamphetamine in solution was located.  Had this been allowed to be finished it would have yielded approximately five (5) pounds of finished methamphetamine with a wholesale value of $50,000.00.  Also located was a stolen firearm.

 

Juan Manuel Hernandez was booked at the Tulare County Main Jail on the above listed charges.

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

 

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 

 

 
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Sheriff Announces Newest Retirees
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Sheriff Bill Wittman will be holding a special gathering that will honor over 142 years of combined experience.

Undersheriff Dahl Cleek, Captain Jim Hinesly of the Patrol Division, Lieutenant Gary Chambers of the Cutler-Orosi Substation and Lieutenant Ramon Alanis of the Gang Violence Suppression Unit have all announced their official retirement on December 28, 2012.

The Board of Supervisors will also be acknowledging the Sheriff's Retirees at their regular Board meeting on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.


"I want to thank Undersheriff Dahl Cleek, Captain Jim Hinesly, Lieutenant Ramon Alanis, and Lieutenant Gary Chambers for their years of dedicated service. They have each been responsible for significant contributions throughout their careers. I will miss their loyalty and dedication to public service. I wish them each much success as they begin this new phase in their lives." - Sheriff Bill Wittman


Undersheriff Dahl A. Cleek, age 58 of Visalia, began working for the government when he enlisted in the United States Army in 1972. Upon completion of his active duty term in 1973, he became an Army Reserve Officer. In 1975 he was honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserve as a Specialist Four.

In 1974, Dahl Cleek began working as a Deputy Constable for Tulare Justice Court and a Corcoran Police Department Reserve Officer. In December of 1975 Dahl was hired as a Deputy Sheriff for the Jail services and in 1976, he was sponsored through the 30th Tulare-Kings County Police Academy. Upon graduation he was assigned to the Headquarters Patrol Division. In 1977 he was awarded Officer of the Year for both the Tulare County Sheriffs Department and Optimist Club. Through 1985, he worked a variety of assignments including detentions, investigations, dive team, Search and Rescue and was a canine handler for four years.

Dahl Cleek was promoted to Sergeant in July of 1986. As a Sergeant he supervised Detentions and Investigations units including Violent Crimes, Internal Affairs, Property and Juvenile Crimes.

In May of 1995, Dahl Cleek was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. During the next five years he commanded the Headquarters and Porterville Patrol Stations, S.T.E.P. and Crimes Against Persons Investigations Units.

In April of 2002 Dahl Cleek was promoted to the rank of Captain. At this level he spent time managing the Detentions, Investigations and his latest assignment commanding the Patrol Division. He was recently awarded Man of the Year by the Latino Peace Officers Association and had the opportunity to attend and graduate the Federal Bureau of Investigations Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Dahl A. Cleek was promoted to the rank of Undersheriff on Thursday, April 9th, 2009. Throughout his career, Undersheriff Dahl Cleek has received a variety of commendation letters from State, City and local governmant offices as well as community leaders and citizens. He has shown a strong work ethic and dedication to the community not only on the job, but off duty as well. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pro-Youth Heart Program and Chairperson for Friends of Tulare County. He has also been active in youth programs such as Explorers, Boy Scouts and church youth activities.

Undersheriff Dahl Cleek was 58 year resident of Tulare and recently moved to the Visalia area. He is supported in his retirement by his wife LaRayne, sons Jeremy and J.D. and daughter Deanna and two grandchildren.

"It has been a marvelous career working at the Tulare County Sheriff's Office. I have made so many friends and had so many opportunities to serve the communities of Tulare County. I can only hope that I made a difference for the good. It seems as though I started with the sheriff's office yesterday... 38 years went by so very fast. I wish Sheriff Bill Wittman and his entire staff of great men and women the very best in their delivery of professional law enforcement services to all the community members they come in contact with." - Undersheriff Dahl A. Cleek

Captain Jim Hinesly, age 58 of Dinuba, began his career with the Sheriff's Office in March of 1975. Within the 38 years he has devoted to Tulare County he has had the opportunity to work in every division in department. Jim Hinesly started his career in the department as a cadet and promoted to the rank of Deputy I within eight months. He worked through the patrol and detectives divisions until his promotion to Sergeant in July of 1986. As a Sergeant he supervised staff in detentions, investigation and held a position within the Internal Affairs division. In March of 1995, Jim Hinesly was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He held positions as the sation commander in detentions, investigations, court services, staff services. In June of 2007 he was promoted to the rank of Captain. He has managed the Detentions, Investigations Divisions and is retiring as the Division Captain for Patrol.

Jim Hinesly has held the position of President in both the Tulare County Deputy Sheriff's Association and the Professional Law Enforcement Managers Association. He has been involved with a number of community events such as the Dinuba Cancer Relay For Life and the Max Chaboian Road Race. He has served on the board for the Dinuba City Chamber of Commerce and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tulare County. He is also the team captain for the Sheriff's Office Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay Team. Jim Hinesly has also
had the opportunity to complete a number of training and educational seminars to benefit his law enforcement career including the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy.

"I have held this job for Tulare County for 38 years. It's a job that I have loved." - Captain Jim Hinesly

Lieutenant Gary Chambers, age 57 of Dinuba, began his career with Tulare County in the District Attorney's Office as a Special Witness Interviewer. He also began working as a Reserve Deputy for the Sheriff's Department in January of 1978. In April of 1985 Gary was hired as a full time Deputy assigned to the Tulare County Correctional Center and Main Jail. In November of 1987 he transferred to the Orosi Substation where he worked in the Patrol Division. He was assigned to the Crime Prevention Unit in August of 1990. Gary Chambers transferred into detectives in April of 1994. He worked in the Juvenile and North End Property Crimes Units before promoting to sergeant. Gary was promoted to the rank of sergeant in November of 2000. He returned to the Detentions Division and worked at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility for one year. In November of 2001 Gary was transferred to Personnel and Training. In March of 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant where he is retiring from his post as Station Commander of the Cutler-Orosi Patrol Substation.

Throughout Gary's career with the Sheriff's Office he has taken the initiative to learn a variety of trades. He was a Field Training Officer for patrol and also supervised the program, took on additional duties in Search and Rescue, and was a member of and supervisor for the Sheriff's Honor Guard. Gary was trained and certified by the FBI for Computer Forensics and is also a certified Polygraph Examiner. Gary has spent twenty years working with the Tulare-Kings County Police Academy as a Senior Instructor and Evaluator. He was the department's STC and POST Training Coordinator as well as the Reserve Deputy Program Coordinator. Gary Chambers is currently working on his masters degree while being a member of the American Polygraph Association and was a past President of the Dinuba City Lions Club. Gary asl spent time as the President of Concerns of Police Survivors C.O.P.S. Program

Lieutenant Gary Chambers is entering his new retirement with the support of his wife, Elaine, daughters Carri and LeAnn, his father Junior Chambers and mother Marian.

"I would like to thank each and everyone at the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, and community of Tulare County for the opportunity of serving you for the past 32 years. It is not an easy decision to make retiring and leaving people I consider part of my family. Thank You." - Lt. Gary Chambers

Lieutenant Ramon Alanis, age 53 of Visalia, began his career with the Sheriff's Office as a Cadet in January of 1980. As a Cadet he held positions in the Sheriff's Communications and Correctional Center before being sent through the Police Academy. Upon graduation in April 1981, Ramon was assigned to work Patrol at the Orosi Substation. He was later assign to take part in the Sheriff's Department Drug Buy Program working undercover at Porterville and Monache High Schools. After the completion of the Buy Program, he worked at the Tulare County Main Jail. In 1984, he was assigned to the Patrol Division and worked at the Orosi Substation and HQ Patrol. In 1994, he was promoted to the Detectives and assigned to the Narcotic Task Force.

Ramon Alanis was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in July of 1996 and supervised teams at the Correctional Center, Orosi Patrol and various Tulare County Sheriff Narcotics Units.

In April of 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Some of his assignments include station commander of the Main Jail, Bob Wiley Detention Facility, Pre-Trial Facility, Night Watch Commander and his current assignment before retirement in the Gang Violence Suppression Unit.

Lieutenant Ramon Alanis has received training in SWAT-Team Leader/Commander, Narcotics, Canine Unit Commander, Crisis Intervention, Asset Forfeiture, Secret Witness Program, and Gangs.

Ramon Alanis has held the position of Vice-President in the Tulare County Deputy Sheriff's Association and past President of Tulare County Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Lieutenant Alanis has been a member of the Visalia Multi-Agency Gang Intervention Task Force and the Tulare County Gang Prevention Task Force.

Lieutenant Ramon Alanis is a Visalia resident, supported in his retirement by his wife Elisa, son Ray, daughters Melinda, Cynthia, Michelle, and Melissa.

"I would like to thank Sheriff Bill Wittman and the entire Sheriff Department family for providing me with a lifetime of memories and shared experiences. I have enjoyed working with many outstanding people all working together to serve Tulare County and its residents. I wish everyone at the Sheriff's Department the best." - Lieutenant Ramon Alanis

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...posted by media relations
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Tulare County Gang Violence Suppression Detail
LOCATION:  Cutler/Orosi/Dinuba/Sultana          DATE:  See Below          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  See Below         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

 On 12-12-12 thru 12-15-12 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit continued Gang suppression efforts in the Cutler / Orosi, Dinuba and Sultana areas.  During this effort, nine people were taken into custody for Narcotics and weapons related charges as well as outstanding warrants in separate unrelated arrests.    Those arrested were:

 

1) Lawrence Alvarado (44yrs old from Orosi) arrested for obstruction and resisting arrest.

2) Thomas Medina (45 yrs old from Dinuba)  arrested for narcotics possession and sales related charges

3) Adrian Martinez (32 yrs old from Dinuba  arrested for narcotics possession and sales related charges

4) Lydia Orozco (21 yrs old from Dinuba) arrested for narcotics possession and sales related charges

5) Francisco Marquez (49 yrs old from Orosi) arrested for narcotics possession and weapons charges

6) Marco Guillen (25 yrs old from Orosi) arrested for outstanding warrants

7) Conception Rangel (30 yrs old from Sultana)  arrested for narcotics possession related charges

8) Stephanie Alonzo (24 yrs old from Sultana) arrested for outstanding warrants

9) Jesus Alcala (25 yrs old from Orosi) arrested for narcotics possession and sales as well as assault weapons charges. 

 

All subjects were booked into the Tulare County Main Jail and the cases remain under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department Gang Suppression Unit. 

Case numbers
12-80195
12-80196
12-80197
12-80198
12-80199
12-80200
12-80201
12-80202
12-80203

 
...posted by dispatch
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Attempt Homicide- 664 187PC
LOCATION:  36712 Road 112-Bob Wiley Detention Facility          DATE:  12-15-12          TIME:  1210 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-16316         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Visalia

On 12/15/12 1210 hours, Deputies at Bob Wiley Detention Facility responded to an inmate disturbance.  (S) Erik Lizenbery was subsequently arrested for Attempted Homicide, Mayhem, Criminal Threats, against another inmate.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non life threatening injuries.  Detectives responded to the scene.  This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department County Sheriff's Department.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Homicide
LOCATION:  21000 block of Ave 304,, Exeter          DATE:  12-14-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-16293         VICTIM:  Omar Vargas          CITY:  Farmersville

On the above date and time Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to a residence in the 21000 block of Ave 304 in Exeter for a gunshot wound victim. Upon arrival, Deputies found a party breaking up at the residence and located the victim on scene suffering from gunshot wounds. Paramedics responded to the scene and the victim was pronounced deceased upon their arrival.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit responded and took over the investigation.

The case remains under investigation and anyone with information should call Detective Steve Sanchez or Detective Rod Klassen at (559) 733-6211 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 

 
...posted by dispatch
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Narcotics Arrest - Lindsay
LOCATION:  Lindsay          DATE:  12-14-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-40165         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Narrative:
On 12-14-12 the Tulare County Inter Agency Narcotic Enforcement Team, consisting of personnel from Lindsay P.D., Exeter P.D., Farmersville P.D. and the Tulare County Sheriff's Department concluded a two week narcotic investigation by serving a narcotic search warrant in the 100 block of S. Ashland, in the city of Lindsay. Detectives secured the residence and detained two adults. Detectives searched the property and located the following evidence in the suspect’s residence, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Suspect: Goodrick, Gary Jr. was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for the following charge:
11378 H&S                 Possession of a controlled substance for sales
11366 H&S                 Maintain place for unlawfully providing controlled substance
11364 H&S                 Possession of drug paraphernalia
273a(a) PC                  Child Abuse
135 PC                        Destroying evidence

Suspect: Gomez, Josephine was arrested, transported and booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility for the following charges:
11378 H&S                 Possession of a controlled substance for sales
11366 H&S                 Maintain place for unlawfully providing controlled substance
273a(a) PC                  Child Abuse

This case is still under investigation.

 






 
...posted by dispatch
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211 PC-Strong Arm Robbery
LOCATION:  Ave 124/ Road 248          DATE:  12-12-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  See Below         VICTIM:  See Below          CITY:  Porterville

Suspects:
S1: De La Trinidad, Maribel age 19 of Lindsay, in custody
S2: Salazar, Oscar age 22 of Porterville, in custody
S3: male juvenile, age 15 not in custody
S4 male juvenile, age 17 not in custody

Multiple cases were reported, Victims include:
Sanchez Market, loss of Budweiser Beer
Male juvenile age 14, attempted theft of cell phone
Male, unk age, battery
Male juvenile age 15, theft of headphones and portable speakers
Female juvenile, age 12, Male juvenile, age 13, Female juvenile, age 15, Female juvenile age 15-17, Male juvenile age 15, theft of iPhone.


On Wednesday, December 12th at approximately 1549 hours, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies responded to Redwood Summit Charter Academy in Porterville for a report of a strong arm robbery. During the investigation Deputies discovered the suspect vehicle and suspect descriptions matched that of a commercial burglary and four similar robberies and assaults which had occurred in the Strathmore and Porterville areas during the same time frame. Sheriff’s Deputies along with Officers from the Porterville Police Department and California Highway Patrol actively began seeking the suspect vehicle.

At approximately 1615 hours, CHP Officers located the vehicle and attempted to perform an enforcement stop. After a short pursuit, the vehicle crashed in an orchard near Avenue 124 and Road 248 in Terra Bella. Two suspects, Maribel De La Trinidad, 19 of Lindsay and Oscar Salazar, 22 of Porterville were taken into custody at the scene without incident. Two additional known suspects fled the scene. De La Trinidad was taken into custody by Tulare County Sheriff Deputies pursuant to charges of commercial burglary, four counts of robbery, conspiracy and driving under the influence of alcohol. Salazar was also taken into custody by Deputies pursuant to the charges of commercial burglary, four counts of robbery, two counts of battery and conspiracy. Salazar was also arrested pursuant to two active warrants for armed robbery and resisting arrest.

This case is under investigation by The Tulare County Sheriff's Department, Porterville Police Department and California Highway Patrol.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office at 800-808-0488.  You can also send your information anonymously through the SHeriff's TipNow program by sending a text or voicemail to 559-725-4194.  You can also send an anonymous email to tcso@tipnow.com.  Only your messages are forwarded to the department, not your contact information.

 
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PC 215- Car Jacking
LOCATION:  10000 block of Ave 56          DATE:  12-12-12          TIME:  1530 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-16200         VICTIM:  Undisclosed          CITY:  Earlimart

On 12/12/12 at approximately 1530 hours, Pixley Patrol Deputies responded to the 10000 Block of Avenue 56 in Earlimart regarding a carjacking/robbery report.

The victim reported he had been driving down an isolated dirt access road in the area of the 10000 Block of Avenue 56 pulling an inoperable pick up truck when he was flagged down by two unknown Hispanic males.  Upon the victim driving up to the two male suspects they produced handguns and at gun point ordered him out of his vehicle and physically assaulted him.  The suspects then took the victim’s personal property and drove off in his pick up truck, also taking the pick up truck he had been pulling.  

Both vehicles were located shortly after by Patrol Deputies abandoned on the side of the road approximately two miles east of the original scene.

The victim sustained minor bumps and bruises as a result of the assault.

The case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s South End Investigations Unit.  Anyone with information can contact Detective Maria Lomeli at (559)733-6218.       

 
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Sheriff's P.A.L. Programs helps over 700 Children in 2012
LOCATION:  N/A          DATE:  N/A          TIME:  N/A
CASE NUMBER:  N/A         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  N/A

Contact:  P.A.L. Director, Lieutenant Al Galafate
Message Phone:  (559) 757-3526


Sheriff Bill Wittman has supported the Police Activities League for over 36 years.  This year the Sheriff’s P.A.L. program has involved over 700 children in activities that unite law enforcement with youth in the communities of Tulare County. 

The Sheriff’s P.A.L. program is a non-profit chapter of the California Police Activities League.  The Sheriff’s PAL board consist of approximately 20 members ranging from community based officers to civilian volunteers.  The program targets underprivileged and at risk youth, who demonstrate good character while keeping them involved in safe activities that reduce the risk of juvenile delinquency.   PAL brings law enforcement, community volunteers and children together.  This program provides coaches, mentors role models and friends to children in a safe environment with planned activities.  P.A.L. also provides self-esteem, mutual trust and respect between children and adults while rewarding children for making good choices.

Each year the Sheriff’s P.A.L. program holds fund raisers and hosts events for hundreds of children.  Below is a list of accomplishments for this year:  (Samples)

February 2012 Each year PAL hosts a food booth at the Tulare County Farm Equipment Show.  Volunteers, explorers and Community Based Officers work at the booth giving all the proceeds to the P.A.L. Program.  The proceeds from this booth help pay for many of the events and supplies provided to the youth at the various functions throughout the year.

March -2012 Sierra K9 Trials, Children whom would not have the opportunity to attend the K9 competition are selected from the
Various communities in Tulare County. They are provided with various memorabilia from the K9 competition directors.

June  2012  Each year P.A.L. travels to the coast with a group of children for a camping trip.  Sheriff Bill Wittman is always present to participate in the activities.  This year P.A.L. hosted approximately 200 children for four days providing each with a sweatshirt, food, lodging and games. 

September 2012 The Tulare County Fair hosted AKids Day@ where they provided free entry and rides.  Deputies and volunteers escorted over 100 children in our P.A.L. program to the Fair this year

November 2012 Community Based Deputies and P.A.L. Volunteers took 140 children to see the Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker at the William Saroyan Theatre in Fresno.  Tickets were donated by Fresno Ballet.  This was the first time most of the children have ever dressed up and been to a live event.

Upcoming events:

Dec. 12, 2012 10:00 am, Sheriff’s Headquarters’ Lobby Sheriff Bill Wittman will be presenting 20 bicycles to children in the P.A.L. program with another 110 being delivered between December 13th through the 22nd.

Dec. 15, 2012  10:00 am, Tulare Fairgrounds Building, Sheriff’s P.A.L. program will be hosting a Christmas lunch for over 200 children.  Each of these children will be receiving a sweatshirt, new shoes, a toy and a stocking filled with items donated by various community businesses.  The children have already been chosen and provided their invitation to the event.

Dec. 15, 2012 The Tulare County Deputy Sheriff’s Association received a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic that was donated by Giant Chevrolet of Visalia.  The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is being raffled and the winner will be announced at the Tulare County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Annual Christmas Party on December 15, 2012.  Proceeds from this raffle will be donated to the Sheriff’s Police Activities League to help fund the 2013 events.

The children involved in the Sheriff’s P.A.L. program are selected by schools, teachers, counselors and community based officers.  The children selected are underprivileged children who demonstrate good character and need encouragement to keep making good decision.  These activities are part of a reward system that encourages youth to maintain good citizenship and decision making skills while providing supplies and activities to strengthen the bond between children and law enforcement.

The Sheriff’s P.A.L. Program is always looking for volunteers and donations that will help maintain the program while helping the youth in Tulare County.  If you would like to help please call and leave a message for the 2013 P.A.L. President, Anna Ceballos, at (559) 685-2666. The citizens of Tulare County are what make this program possible.

Photos and video of the December 12, 2012 bicycle giveaway are available on the Sheriff’s Flickr and Youtube pages at:
Flickr http://www.flickr.com/people/tularecountysheriff
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/TulareCountySheriff

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207-Kidnapping, 273.5-Domestic Violence, 273(a) Child Endangerment
LOCATION:  Elm/Armstrong          DATE:  12-11-12          TIME:  1900 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-16152         VICTIM:  Undisclosed female and juvenile male          CITY:  Earlimart

Suspect Manuel Acosta 29 yrs

Victim Female Adult 25 yrs

Victim male juvenile 5 yrs

 

Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. Pixley Substation were dispatched to the area of Elm and Armstrong in the city of Earlimart about a report of a female being attacked by a male.  Upon arrival the female was contacted and she advised she had been attacked by her boyfriend and he had attempted to drive her away in his vehicle.  During this the male also placed the juvenile victim in danger.  

 

The suspect was located a short time later at a residence in the area.  When deputies attempted to arrest the subject he resisted and a physical altercation ensued.  A taser was deployed and the suspect was handcuffed, but continued to resist.  After several minutes the suspect was finally secured inside a marked patrol unit.  

 

The suspect was examined by medical staff due to the taser usage.  The suspect sustained no significant injuries during the altercation and was booked into the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. Main Jail for Spousal Battery, Kidnapping, Child Endangerment, Felony Battery on a Peace Officer, resisting arrest, and the State of California Parole office placed a parole hold as he was on active parole.  

 

Three deputies sustained injuries during this altercation requiring two of them to seek medical aid at local hospitals.  Both deputies are going to be placed on medical leave at this time due to injuries sustained during this incident.  

 

Sgt. M.Wallace

Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept.

 
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459 PC, 496 PC, 273a(b) PC Burglary, possession of stolen property and child endangerment
LOCATION:  36000 block of Road 112 Visalia, California and 12700 block of Road 128 Orosi, California          DATE:  12-10-12          TIME:  0110 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-16065         VICTIM:           CITY: 

 

 

 

Victim 1: County of Tulare, Sheriff’s Department – Daily Reporting Cente

Victim 2:  Undisclosed 1 year old male Cutler, California

Victim 3:  Undisclosed 3 year old male Cutler, California

 

On 12-10-12 at about 1:10 am, the Daily Reporting Center of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department sustained a burglary in one of its buildings in the 36000 block of Road 112 Visalia, and lost more than $1,000.00 in tools and power equipment.

At about 2:50 am, deputies from the sheriff’s Orosi substation were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle parked in the 12700 block of Road 128 Orosi and they made contact with the occupant of the vehicle who was identified as Sarah Rodriguez (25 years). Also inside the vehicle were her two children, ages one and three. During the investigation, detectives were called out to assist patrol, because the vehicle that Rodriguez and her children were in contained the stolen items from the Daily Reporting Center. Rodriguez was also under the influence of alcohol and another controlled substance.

The children were placed into protective custody through Child Welfare Services and Rodriguez was arrested for burglary, possession of the stolen equipment and child endangerment. She was booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility with bail set at $50,000.00. The stolen equipment was all recovered and returned to the Daily Reporting Center.

 

It is believed that additional suspects were involved in the theft of the items and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or you can remain anonymous by sending your information to tcso@tipnow.com or by texting to (559) 725-4194

 
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Multiple homicides on Tule Indian Reservation
LOCATION:  100 block of Chimney Road, Tule Indian Reservation          DATE:  12-08-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-19009         VICTIM:  Two male adults, one female adult deceased, one juvenile male injured          CITY:  Tule Indian Reservation

Update 12-14-12:
Autopsies were conducted on Hector Celaya, Alyssa Celaya, Irene Celaya, Bernard Moreno, and Francisco Moreno, with the following results:

Hector Celaya’s cause of death was determined to be multiple penetrating gunshot wounds. He was struck multiple times by officers and had one apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Alyssa Celaya died of exsanguination due to multiple penetrating gunshot wounds.  All wounds were the result of shots fired from close contact with the suspect’s weapon.

These determinations were based on evidence found during the autopsies including evidence of close contact gunshot wounds and bullet types. Ballistic evidence has been forwarded for forensic examination; however ballistic evidence is being processed at this time.

Irene Celaya was shot twice in the head. The cause of death was determined to be gunshot wounds to the head.

Bernard Moreno was shot multiple times in the upper body. The cause of death was multiple penetrating gunshot wounds.

Francisco Moreno was shot in the head and upper body. The cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

Linea Celaya was found to have a single gunshot wound to the head and was admitted to the hospital for treatment.  The wound was not life threatening and she was treated and released on 12-13-2012. The projectile fragment has been forwarded for forensic examination and is not yet available.


Update 12-11-12:
Additional information is being released:

The suspect was related to all parties in the shooting.  As noted earlier, the suspect was the father of all three juveniles.  The deceased female adult was his mother and the two deceased males were his uncles.

Autopsies are being conducted on all parties and results will be posted upon completion.  The suspect reportedly has a history of methamphetamine use, toxicology will be requested.

The original 911 call was from a male juvenile relative who was staying at the property at the time.  The property had numerous seprate living quarters.  The suspect was also staying in one of the living quarters on the property.  The suspect had been at the residence throughout the day.

The Tule River Police assisted in responding to the initial call with Sheriff's Deputies. They assisted with the preliminary investigation with deputies at the scene, and responded to detectives requests for information, as other law enforcement agencies do in the regular course of business. The Sheriff's Department has jurisdiction in this case as California is one of several states where by law, authority was given to Sheriff to enforce state laws on tribal land.

The suspect was granted custody of his children on the weekends.  The mother of the children has custody during the week.  The mother of the children was not present during the time of the shooting.

The suspect's location was unaccounted for from the time the original call came in at 7:47 PM until 1:32 am.

The suspect weapon was located.  The gun was a .38 caliber revolver. Detectives are investigating if he had any weapons permits.

As additional informationis made available an update will be posted.  PIO is available through email at cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us.

Update:

Identifications and notifications have been made regarding the shooting victims in this case.

The victims located in the trailer were identified as:

Irene Celaya, age 60 of the Tule Indiana Reservation (deceased)
Francisco Moreno, age 61 of the Tule Indian Reservation (deceased)
Andrew Celaya, age 6 of the Tule Indian Reservation (admitted to hospital for treatment) son of suspect.

The victim located in the shed was identified as
Bernard Franco - AKA Moreno, age 53  of the Tule Indian Reservation (deceased)

The two victims located in the suspect vehicle were identified the suspect's daughters:
Alyssa Celaya, age 8 of the Tule Indian Reservation (deceased)
Linea Celaya, age 5 of the Tule Indian Reservation (admitted to hospital for treatment)

All of the victims were related to the suspect.

Multiple officers were involved in the shooting and were placed on paid administrative leave per standard protocol during officer involved shootings.

Update:
The suspect from the vehicle has been positivly identified as Hector Celaya.  Hector Celaya has been declared deceased.

Identification and status of victims will be posted when confirmations and notifications have been made.

Update:
Detectives were able to use Hector Celaya's cellular phone in order to attempt to locate him.  A deputy located a green Jeep Grand Cherokee in the area of Avenue 220 and Road 254.  A traffic stop was attempted and the driver failed to stop.  A pursuit began that stayed below normal speeds, even driving at speeds less than 15 miles per hour.  The suspect vehicle drove westbound on Avenue 256 from Bur and stopped on the side of the road just east of Road 216 at approximately 0148. The suspect fired his weapon and Detectives fired at the suspect.

The suspect was taken into custody and is being treated for life threatening injuries.
One child  received non-life threatening injuries and is being transported for treatment.  The second child was located in the vehicle with life threatening injuries.  The child was transported for treatment as well.
During the preliminary investigation, detectives learned the suspect had shot the children. 
Detectives are on scene to investigate.

Prior Release:
On Saturday, December 8th, 2012 at approximately 1947 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call regarding shots fired on the 100 block of Chimney Road of the Tule Indian Reservation. 

Deputies responded to the location and found two crime scenes.  At the first location, a trailer on the property, Deputies located an adult male and adult female deceased.  Deputies also located a male juvenile with an apparent gunshot wound  who was transported to a local area hospital.
At the second scene, a shed on the property, Deputies located another deceased male.
The person who contacted the department advised the suspect fled the scene in a green Jeep Cherokee, unknown year or license plate.

The suspect was identified as Hector Celaya, age 31 of the Tule Indian Reservation.  He is 5'03", weighs 180 pounds, black hair with brown eyes. Hector Celaya has a tattoo with the name Alyssa on his right leg and a tattoo of a shark on his stomach.  Hector is known to law enforcement, is known to use drugs and is considered armed and dangerous.

Hector Celaya left the scene with his two daughters, Alyssa and Linea.
Alyssa,  age 8, is described as  2'08', approximately 70 pounds with  brown shoulder length hair and brown eyes.
Linea, age 5, is described as 2'04", approximately 70 pounds with brown shoulder length hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information regarding this case, the location of the suspect or Alyssa and Linea is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 800-808-0488.

Photo of Hector Celaya available on the Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/tularecountysheriff/8257329102/

 
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Cultivation of Marijuana & Theft of Power
LOCATION:  2800 block of E. Oakdale Ave., Tulare          DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60855         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Tulare

On 12/6/12 at 1000 hrs. Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department S.T.E.P. Unit responded to the above listed location for the service of a marijuana search warrant. Detectives became aware of the scene after a Probation search was conducted at the location on an unrelated case.

Upon arrival, detectives found rooms inside the residence had been converted into a indoor marijuana grow, however the person responsible for the marijuana was not located at the residence. The operation was sophisticated utilizing air conditioners, CO2 generators and grow lights on timers. 118 live marijuana plants were located within the grow rooms. On this type of Indoor grow each plant would yield approx. ½ pound of processed marijuana from each of the 118 plants.  High potency marijuana of the types being grown in this operation would have a street value in excess of $4,000 per pound.  The plants were eradicated.

Further investigation found that the suspects had by-passed the electrical meter and were stealing power to run the lighting and environmental systems. It was estimated by Edison employees that a grow operation this extensive would use in excess of $1,500 in power per month. Additional charges are pending for the theft of electricity that had been stolen through this operation.

One medical marijuana card was located at the scene. Suspects are outstanding. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Det. Holguin at the S.T.E.P. unit.

 

Information may also be submitted anonymously through the Sheriff's TipNow program.  Send a voice or text message to 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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