Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  Hwy 99 and Main St., Pixley          DATE:  06-05-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-7258         VICTIM:  20 year old male          CITY:  Earlimart

06-05-13 / 1950 hours:

Deputies responded to the area of Hwy 99 and Main Street in Pixley regarding a subject who had been shot. Deputies determined the victim was a rear passenger in a vehicle when another vehicle began to follow. Hand gestures were exchanged and shots were fired from the suspect vehicle. One of the bullets penetrated the trunk and back seat causing a superficial wound to the victim's back. He was treated and released from Kern Medical Center.

The suspect vehicle was described as possibly a red Dodge Neon, with three hispanic occupants.

Anyone with information please contact the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 
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Homicide in Porterville area
LOCATION:  800 block of S. Prospect          DATE:  06-06-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-07264         VICTIM:  Juan Jesus Martinez, age 24          CITY:  Porterville

Update 06-06-13 / 0844 hrs:
A 24 year old female also sustained an non-life threatening gunshot wound to her arm during this incident and is being treated at a local area hospital.

 

06-06-13 / 0005 hrs
On the above date and time, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 800 Block of S. Prospect in Porterville for a report of a gunshot wound victim.  Upon arrival, Deputies located Jesus Martinez in front of a residence. Martinez suffered a gunshot wound and was deceased upon arrival. Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and took over the investigation.  

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

 
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PC 187 Homicide
LOCATION:  800 Block of South Prospect St. Porterville          DATE:  06062013          TIME:  0005 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-07264         VICTIM:  Martinez, Juan Jesus 24 years          CITY: 

On the above date and time, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 800 Block of S. Prospect in Porterville for a report of a gunshot wound victim. Upon arrival, Deputies located Jesus Martinez in front of a residence. Martinez suffered a fatal gunshot wound and was deceased upon arrival. Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

This case remains under investigation and anyone with information regarding the shooting is encouraged to c

 

 

all Detective Steve Sanchez or Detective Sgt. Parker at (559) 733-6211 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to

TCSO@tipnow.com

or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 

 
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273(d) -Corporal Injury to a Child
LOCATION:  Indian Reservation-Porterville          DATE:  05-30-13          TIME:  1800
CASE NUMBER:  13-7252         VICTIM:  13 Yoa female and 10 Yoa female          CITY: 

Suspect: Ronnii Santos (34 years)

Deputies responded to the Reservation in Porterville regarding child neglect. Upon arrival Deputies contacted the suspect, Ronnii Santos. They also contacted her 13 year old daughter.  The 13 year old stated her mother left her for several days without food or shelter. The child stayed at a nearby residence and no medical attention was required.

Deputies also searched the Reservation for her 10 year old sister who was later located at a residence in Porterville. There were no physical injuries on either child. Ronnii was arrested and booked for Child Endangerment.

 
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Possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales, maintain a pl
LOCATION:  Dinuba          DATE:  06-05-2013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-40039         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Narrative:
On 06-05-13, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division along with the Inter-agency Narcotics task Force (Lindsay PD and Exeter PD and personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel team concluded a two week narcotics investigation by serving two narcotic search warrants in the 700 block of E. Harvard Street and 600 Block of S. Kamm Ave, in the City of Dinuba.

Detectives secured the residences and detained five subjects. Detectives searched the residences and located approximately one (1) pound of methamphetamine, ten (10) marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia, scales and drug packaging material valued at $45,000. A large sum of currency, vehicle and a rifle related to the sales of narcotics were seized as well.  Four children were located in the residence and exposed to the suspects actions and were able to access the narcotics. The Children were turned over to Child Welfare Service.

Suspect: Alejandro Torres: 39 YOA,  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.      
 11377H&S           Possession of a controlled substance
 11366 H&S          Maintain a place for selling any controlled substance.   
 273 A                    Child Endangerment



Suspect: Yadira Torres: 35 YOA, was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Bob Wiley Detention Facility for the following charges:

 11378 H&S          Possession of a controlled substance for sales.      
 11377H&S           Possession of a controlled substance
 11366 H&S          Maintain a place for selling any controlled substance.   
 273 A                    Child Endangerment



Suspect: Israel Morales: 41 YOA was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Sheriff's Department’s Main Jail for the following charges:

11377 H&S          Possession of a controlled substance.
11378 H&S          Possession of a controlled substance for sales.
11358 H&S          Cultivation of Marijuana
11366 H&S          Maintain a place for selling any controlled substance.   
23900 PC              Possession of firearm with the serial removed


Suspect: Lydia Laura Orozco: 22 YOA was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Sheriff's Department’s Bob Wiley Detention Facility for the following charges:

 
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Possession/transportation of Methamphetamine for sales
LOCATION:  HWY 99/ H198-VISALIA          DATE:  06-04-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-70046         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect: Maria Calderon Age 39  and Alma Arroyo   Age 36

On the above date Officers from The California Highway Patrol, Visalia division conducted a traffic stop for traffic violations at Highway 99 and Highway 198 in Visalia. Investigation revealed Arroyo was an unlicensed driver. The officer observed suspicious activity during the traffic stop. He requested a Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotic dog to respond. The Dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.  A search warrant was served by Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit.  The search warrant revealed that both suspects were in possession of approximately fifteen (15) pounds of methamphetamine that was located in bags of dog and cat food, which had a street value of $681,000.  The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division responded and took over the investigation. 

The suspects were booked at Bob Wiley Detention Facility for the listed charges.

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

Photos available:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157633953793606/



 
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Update to Homicide in Linnel Camp
LOCATION:  15600 Ave 288, Visalia          DATE:  05-30-13          TIME:  2211
CASE NUMBER:  13-06982         VICTIM:  Ivan Uriel Martinez, age 20          CITY:  Visalia

Update:
The victim's identity has been confirmed through fingerprints as 20 year old, Ivan Uriel Martinez of Visalia. 

An autopsy has been conducted and cause of death has been determined to be exanguination due to single shotgun wound to the head.

The case appears to be gang related and the victim was known to be affiliated with a gang as well.

The Sheriff's Office is asking if anyone has information regarding this case to please call 800-808-0488.  You may also use the anonymous TipNow program by sending your information through the secured server where only your messages ar forwarded without contact information.  Send a text or leave a voicemial at 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com.

Prior Release:
On the above date and time, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Linnel Camp in the 15600 block of Ave 288 in Visalia for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, Deputies located a 21 yr old male who suffered a fatal gun shot wound.  Identification of victim withheld pending notification of family.

This case remains under investigation and anyone with information regarding the shooting is encouraged to call Detectives at (559) 733-6211 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 
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Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  39600 Rd 56, Delf Colony, Ca          DATE:  06-01-13          TIME:  0130 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-7052         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

On above date and time Deputies were dispatched to a local area hospital were a victim of an assault was being treated.  The victim claimed to have been assaulted in the 39600 block of Rd 56, in the community of Delf Colony.  The victim had injuries consistent with her report. Deputies responded to the scene and located (S) Rebollosa.  Rebollosa was taken into custody without further incident and booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility on the above charges.  
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.  

 
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Brandishing a weapon
LOCATION:  12800 Ave 416, Orosi, Ca.          DATE:  06-01-13          TIME:  0202 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-7048         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

On above date and time Deputies were dispatched to the 12800 block of Ave 416, in the community of Orosi regarding and assault.  Deputies located (S) Salgado in the area. Salgado was taken into custody without further incident and booked into the Main Jail on the above charge.  

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

 
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Domestic Violence, False imprisonment
LOCATION:  36500 Church Street, Traver, Ca          DATE:  05-31-13          TIME:  2000 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-7029         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

On above date and time Deputies were dispatched to the 36500 block of Church Street, in the community of Traver, regarding a domestic violence call for service.  Upon arrival, Deputies met with the victim who had injuries consistent with her statement; and claimed she was held against her will.  The Suspect Belgara was taken into custody without incident after he was determined to be the primary aggressor.  Belgara was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail. 
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 
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Parolee at large, Drug paraphernalia, Under the influence
LOCATION:  37700 Rd 60, London, Ca          DATE:  05-31-13          TIME:  1757 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-7026         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On above date and time Deputies were dispatched to the 37700 block of Rd 60, in the community of London, regarding a public disturbance.  Upon arrival, Deputies met with Suspect Vera who was in possession of drug paraphernalia, was under the influence of a controlled substance and was wanted by State Parole.  Vera was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail. 
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW. 

 
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Attempted Homicide
LOCATION:  Pixley          DATE:  06-01-2013          TIME:  2232
CASE NUMBER:  13-7088         VICTIM:  24 year old Male          CITY: 

(S) Sal Aguilar 32 yrs
(S) Mauricio Aguilar 28 yrs
(S) Luis Aguilar 31 yrs
(S) Jose Torrescillas 22 yrs


On 6-1-13 at about 2230 hrs. Tulare County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area of Elm and Ellsworth regarding a shooting. Upon arrival, Deputies learned the victim a male 24 years old was struck one time by gunfire and struck multiple times during an assault after the shooting. The above suspects were identified during investigation and taken into custody at multiple locations.

If anyone has any additional information please contact Det F. Cotton at 733-6218.

 
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PC 187 (Homicide)
LOCATION:  Linnel Camp, 15600 Ave 288, Visalia          DATE:  05-30-13          TIME:  2211
CASE NUMBER:  13-06982         VICTIM:  21 Year old male-Visalia          CITY: 

On the above date and time, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Linnel Camp in the 15600 block of Ave 288 in Visalia for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, Deputies located a 21 yr old male who suffered a fatal gun shot wound.  Identification of victim withheld pending notification of family.

This case remains under investigation and anyone with information regarding the shooting is encouraged to call Detectives at (559) 733-6211 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 
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Missing Person
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  Fred Porter          CITY: 

This is a curtsey post for the Bakersfield Police Department.  Questions regarding this post should be directed to:
Contact: Michaela Beard Public Information Office 661-326-3803 mbeard@bakersfieldpd.us For Immediate Release May 30, 2013
The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in locating a missing person at risk, due to a medical condition. Fred Porter, pictured below, is a White male, 63, 6’01” tall, 180 lbs., gray hair and brown eyes.
Porter was last seen on May 28, 2013, around 8:30 a.m., in the 8200 block of North Laurelglen Boulevard. He was last seen in a maroon 2002 Toyota Tundra pickup truck with a California License plate of 6S15636. Investigators believe he may be in the area of Lemon Cove, California in Tulare County. Anyone with information regarding Porter’s whereabouts is encouraged to call Detective Jim Moore at (661) 326-3540.
Photo available at:
http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/tularecountysheriff/8897392358/

 
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Resisting Arrest /Attempted Escape / Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  15200 block of Road 223- Porterville          DATE:  05-28-13          TIME:  2038
CASE NUMBER:  13-06892         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On the above date and time, deputies responded to a residence on the 15200 block of Road 223 to contact Luis Trevino (38 Years old) regarding (7) active warrants for his arrest.  Upon arrival, Trevino briefly barricaded himself in a rear room of the residence, however, entry was made and he surrendered without further incident.  Illegal narcotics paraphernalia was later located in the room Trevino surrendered in. 

While being escorted to a TCSO patrol vehicle, Trevino assaulted a deputy and unsuccessfully attempted to escape. Trevino was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was later booked into the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Main Jail on his (7) warrants and the above fresh charges.
 
This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 
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Arrest made on school grounds
LOCATION:  Woodville Elementary School          DATE:  05-28-13          TIME:  1145 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-6866         VICTIM:  Woodville Elementary School          CITY:  Woodville

243.6 PC / 415.5 PC / 11550 H&S

(S) Sagrero Fernando Lopez (34 years)

Occurred: 5-28-13 / 1145 hours

Officials from Woodville Elementary School called Tulare County Sheriff’s Department and advised there was a male subject on the school grounds causing a disturbance. The subject was running on school campus and was restrained by school officials.

During the incident school was locked down. Deputies arrived and contacted the subject. It was determined he did not have any business at the school and was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and battery on a school official.

There were no injuries to school staff and no children were contacted by the suspect during the incident. 

 
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SEARCH AND RESCUE
LOCATION:  GOLDEN TROUT AREA JOHNSONDALE          DATE:  052713          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-6789         VICTIM:  35 YOA FEMALE          CITY: 

UPDATE:

35 Year old female from Southern California was located by a Law enforcement helipcopter this morning uninjured and in good health.

Tulare Co Sheriff Department's Search and Rescue team is in the Golden Trout Wilderness looking for a 35 yoa female from Southern California. Any information notify TCSO. Further updates will be added when available.

 
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CRIMINAL THREATS, BATTERY, CHILD ENDANGERMENT
LOCATION:  15400 BLOCK OF INYO          DATE:  052613          TIME:  1910
CASE NUMBER:  13-6778         VICTIM:  CONFIDENTIAL          CITY:  YETTEM

VICTIM 1:  Confidential                 CITY:  Yettem, Ca.
VICTIM 2:  Confidential                 CITY:  Yettem, Ca.
VICTIM 3:  Confidential                 CITY:  Yettem, Ca.


SUSPECT #1:  Areli Cristobal Quiroz (21 years old).  Yettem , Ca.
 CHARGES:  422 PC – Criminal threats.  242 PC – Battery.  273a PC – Child endangerment.
On above date and time Deputies were dispatched to the 15400 block of Inyo, in the community of Yettem, regarding an adult female who physically assaulted a juvenile and her sister.  It was reported that Quiroz was the primary aggressor and elected to assault the victims while holding her infant child in her arms. 
Quiroz was taken into custody and booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility without further incident.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.  


 
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Murder - Suicide in Orosi Area
LOCATION:  12900 Block of Clyde Ave, Orosi          DATE:  5-27-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-6788         VICTIM:  Multiple          CITY:  Orosi

Update 5-30-13 / 1800 hrs:

An autospy has been conducted on Anthony Alvarez and Jennifre Kimble.

The Cause of death for Anthonly Alvarez is listed as exanguination due to self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  The toxicology report is pending.

The cause of death for Jennifer Kimble is also listed as exanguination due to multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso.  

Jennifer Kimble sustained three gunshot wounds to the upper torso.  Anthony  Alvarez fired two rounds at Valarie Alvarez, striking her only once in the upper torso. A total of six shots were fired including his self inflicted gunshot.

 

Update 5-28-13 / 1554 hrs:

Deputies located a 45 caliber revolver next to the suspect.  Detectives will be checking to verify if this was the weapon used.  The weapon was not registered. There were additional firearms in a locked safe in the home.  Family asked that we take all of the weapons for safekeeping.

Autopsy are scheduled for Thursday.

Valerie Alvarez is in critical but stable condition as of this afternoon.

Update 5-27-13/1029 hrs:

Victims have beenen identified as:

Jennifer Kimble, age 37 of Orosi - Deceased (mother of the three children)

Valerie Alvarez, age 33 of Orosi - Critical Condition

Suspect:

Anthony Alvarez, age 63 of Orosi - deceased

Anthony Alvarez is the father of both victims.  The children in the home were his grandchildren, two boys age 13 and 11, and one girl age 8. 

 

Prior release:

Detectives are investigation what appears to be a murder - suicide with a second victim having been air lifted to a Fresno hospital in Critical condition.  

On 5-27-13 at approximately 4:39 in the morning, the Sheriff's Office received a call from an 8 year old female regarding shots fired in the house.  Deputies arrived on scene and located a decease adult male and female, with another adult female injured.  Three children ages 13, 11 and 8 were also located in the home unharmed.  The children were removed from the home and reunited with their father who was at work at the time of the incident.  The injured adult female was transported by life flight to a Fresno hospital in critial condition with at least one possible gun shot wound.

The deceased male appears to have taken his own life. The deceased female appears to have multiple gunshot wounds.  All victims in this case are related.

Identification is not being released until all notifications have been made.

When additional information is available for release, and update will be posted.

 
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4532(b)(1) PC- Escape
LOCATION:  Porterville area          DATE:  05-24-2013          TIME:  1330 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-6688         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

On 5/24/13 during a transport to a local hospital, Edgar Briseno, who had been arrested for active warrants, escaped.  Detectives were called to investigate.  On 5/26/13 at 1300 hours, Edgar was located and arrested in the Porterville area without incident.  Edgar was subsequently booked into the Tulare County Jail for 4532 PC charges.

 
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Strong Arm Robbery
LOCATION:  Tulare/Oak St          DATE:  052513          TIME:  1448 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-6719         VICTIM:  CONFIDENTIAL          CITY:  Earlimart

Suspect/ Maria Rosales (8-8-82)

Deputies contacted the victim in the intersection of Tulare and Oak, Earlimart in regards to an assault. The Victim said she was approached by the suspect in regards to an argument they had. Suspect started assaulting the victim , causing visible injury. Suspect  grabbed victim’s purse from her shoulder. Suspect  dumped all of victim’s belongings out of the purse. Suspect  then picked up a $6.00 lottery ticket and pictures belonging to the victim. Suspect then reached into victim’s pocket  and took more currency. Suspect fled and was later contacted and arrested. She was transported to Bob Wiley Detention Facility where she was booked. Victim required no medical attention for her injuries. 

 
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664-187PC- Attempted Homicide
LOCATION:  19000 block of Ave 242          DATE:  5-25-13          TIME:  1758 Hrs.
CASE NUMBER:  13-6731         VICTIM:  Undisclosed          CITY:  Exeter

On the above date and time Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit responded to the 19000 block of Ave 242 in Exeter, regarding a report of a gun shot wound. The victim was transported to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Gary Marks with the Violent Crimes Unit at (559)733-6218

 

 Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow

email tcso@tipnow.net 

txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194

or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

 
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273 a PC 11378/11379/ 11366 H&S
LOCATION:  Dinuba/Visalia/Farmersville          DATE:  05-24-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-40065         VICTIM:           CITY: 

    Suspect:    #1 Jesus Abraham Alvarez    Age:    35   
    City of Residence:     Dinuba ,  Ca. Charges:  273(a) PC 11378/11379/ 11366 H&S    
    Suspect:    #2  Rocio Gutierrez     Age:    34   
    City of Residence:     Dinuba, Ca  Charges:273(a) 11378/11379 H&S 182 PC   

 

After an approximately (4) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the Dinuba, Visalia, Farmersville area, Investigators from the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), consisting of personnel from Lindsay P.D., Exeter P.D., the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), TARGET and  S. HIDTA were led to a residence in the 1900 Blk. of N. Crawford In the City of Dinuba, 1100 Blk. of Virginia in the City of Farmersville and 2800 Blk. of S. Aspen in the City of Visalia. The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately ten (10) pounds of Methamphetamine valued at $150,000 also located was one pound of marijuana and packaging materials. Two juveniles were turned over to Child Welfare Service.

The female suspect was booked at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility. The male suspect was taken into Federal Custody for the listed charges. 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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Grand Theft
LOCATION:  Ave 384/ Rd 172 Seville Ca          DATE:  05/17/2013          TIME:  0752hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-6315         VICTIM:  Confidential per PC 293          CITY: 

On Friday May 17th 2013, Deputies from the Orosi Substation responded to the area of Ave 384 and Rd 172, in regards to a report of numerous almond trees being stolen.

Deputies arrived and discovered that during the evening hours of 05/16/2013, unknown suspects entered a newly planted almond grove in the area of Ave 384 and Rd 172, in Tulare County.

The suspects removed 796 newly planted almond trees from the grove. The victim estimated the value of the trees to be approximately $4776.00.

Anyone with information in regards to the possible location of the above items listed above or the possible location of any newly planted almond groves, that the stolen trees may have been planted in, is asked to contact  the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Agricultural Crimes Unit.

 
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211pc-Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  855 S STATE-EARLIMART          DATE:  03-02-13          TIME:  2330
CASE NUMBER:  13-2676         VICTIM:  Gas Wars Convenience Store          CITY:  Earlimart

3-2-13/ 2330 hrs Deputies responded to the Gas Wars convenience store for a report of an armed robbery. The Deputies were able to obtain the surveillance video of the robbery.  The case was taken over by Detectives and after several interviews and tips the suspect was identified and contacted at his residence.  The male juvenile was arrested and later booked at Juvenile Hall for robbery (211 PC).  The suspect’s name was not released due to his being a juvenile. 

Case Status:  Active Pending District Attorney review

 
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Suicidal/Barricaded Subject
LOCATION:  700 Block E River-Porterville          DATE:  05-21-13          TIME:  2053
CASE NUMBER:  13-6563         VICTIM:  26 old Male          CITY:  Porterville


On May 21,2013 at approximately 2053 hours Tulare County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 700 Block of East River in Porterville in regards to a suicidal subject. Deputies arrived on scene and contacted the victims family who advised the victim was suicidal and was armed with a kitchen knife. Deputies attempted to contact the victim who barricaded himself inside the residence. The Tulare County Sheriff Department SWAT Team and Negotiation Team responded to the scene. Several hours later the victim surrender to deputies and was taken into custody without incident. The victim was transported to a local area hospital due to him sustaining several self inflected stab wounds to his upper torso.

 
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273 a PC 11379/ H&S-
LOCATION:  Child endangerment/ Possession of Methamphetamine for sales          DATE:  5-20-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-6490         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect:    Maria Luisa Contreras    Age:    33

On the above date Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Headquarters division conducted a traffic stop for traffic violations at Highway 99 and Cartmill Ave in Tulare. Investigation revealed Contreras had two outstanding warrants for her arrest. Further investigation revealed that Contreras’ possession of approximately two pounds of methamphetamine that was located in a baby diaper bag.  In the vehicle with Contreras were her 3 year old and 10 month old sons, 15 year old sister and her mother.
The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division responded and took over the investigation.

The suspect was booked at Bob Wiley Detention Facility for the listed charges. The children were turned over to Child Protective Service. 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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Animal Cruelty
LOCATION:  R212 / A256 in Lindsay          DATE:  05-19-13          TIME:  1000 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-6421         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 5-19-13 Deputies from Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to an orchard near Road 212 and Avenue 256 regarding several subject’s fighting roosters.

    Deputies arrived on scene and detained 5 male adults and towed several vehicles. The subjects were later cited for 597 PC. Tulare County Animal Control arrived and took possession of the roosters at the scene.

Suspects:
(5) Male adults.

 
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664/187 pc (Attempted Homicide)
LOCATION:  Orosi          DATE:  5/19/13          TIME:  2208 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-6448         VICTIM:  Undisclosed          CITY: 

On the above date and time Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit responded to the 41500 block of Rd 128 in Orosi, regarding a report of a gun shot wound. The victim was transported to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Gary Marks with the Violent Crimes Unit at (559)733-6218

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

 
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664-211, 245(A)(1) PC Attempt Robbery, Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  22000 block of Ave 196, Strathmore          DATE:  05-19-13          TIME:  0745
CASE NUMBER:  13-6413         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect:    unknown Hispanic male 40-45 years, 5' 7" tall, 175-185 lbs., gray and black hair, possible birth mark on left cheek, wearing blue sweat shirt and black sweat pants   

Restaurant employees reported an unknown suspect entered the restaurant, brandished a knife, and demanded money.  During an altercation between the suspect and one of the victims, the suspect stabbed the victim. The suspect fled the scene  prior to deputies' arrival. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was treated and released for the injury.  Detectives responded to the scene for the investigation.  Anyone with information is requested to contact the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow
email tcso@tipnow.net
txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194
or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

 
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HS 11550, PC 422, PC 245- Under the influence, Terrorist Threats, Assault w/a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  14500 block of Road 190          DATE:  5-18-13          TIME:  1809 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-6398         VICTIM:  Tererio, Gregoria 62 yrs          CITY:  Poplar

05-18-13 at approximately 1800 hours, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 14500 block of Road 190, Poplar in regards to a family member who had vandalized the residence and assaulted his mother and threatened to kill her. 

Suspect was located in the residence and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Suspect was taken into custody without incident and booked at the Porterville Substation. 

Taken into custody were:

Rosas, Antonio 27 yrs

Charges: HS 11550, PC 422, 245

 

 
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11378, 11379 HS-Possession of a controlled substance for sales
LOCATION:  Terra Bella          DATE:  05-17-2013          TIME:  0200 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-6361         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Terra Bella

On 05-17-13, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Terra Bella area. A passenger in the vehicle, who was identified as Larry Norrod, was wanted on two active felony warrants. Norrod was also found to be in possession of a small quantity of a controlled substance, packaging material and a scale. Norrod was arrested for the warrants and the fresh charges of possession of a controlled substance for sales and booked at the Porterville Substation. 

Taken into custody were: Norrod, Larry 38 yrs

 

 

 
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Spousal Abuse & Narcotics Arrest
LOCATION:  21100 Block of Ave 245          DATE:  05/15/13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-40060         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect:  Diaz, Jose Lopez    Age:    41

 

After an approximate three (3) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the Lindsay area, Investigators from the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) and the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division were led to a residence in the 21100 Block of Ave 245. The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately 4 grams of Methamphetamine, 254 grams of marijuana (36) marijuana plants, glass smoking pipes, packaging materials and a bullet proof vest. The suspect was also wanted for spousal abuse.

 Lopez was booked at the Porterville Sheriff’s Substation for the listed charges. The investigation is continuing. 

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

Booking photos available through the Main Jail.

 

 
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PIO will be out of office May 10-28, 2013
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

From Sgt. Chris Douglass, PIO:

I will be out of the office beginning Friday May,10 and return on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

For media requests during business hours you may call Personnel at 735-1825 and leave a detailed message including the case number or news item you are referring to. The message will be forwarded to the appropriate station commander.

For media requests after business hours please call our non-emergency dispatch line at 733-6218 and leave a detailed message including the case number or news item you are referring to. The message will be forwarded to the appropriate station commander.

For booking photos please contact the on duty Sergeant at the jail facilities.

For Personnel & Training Division issues please contact the main office at 735-1825. Please note the Personnel & Training Office is only open Monday through Friday from 8 am - 5 pm and is closed for holidays.

All other requests will be reviewed upon return.

Email non urgent information to cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us.

 
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Request for Assistance on Pixley Park Homicide
LOCATION:  Pixley Park          DATE:  05-04-13          TIME:  1951
CASE NUMBER:  13-5705         VICTIM:  Jorge Sanchez          CITY:  Pixley

UPDATE 5-8-13:

A photograph of the victim has been posted. 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/8722037256/in/photostream

Due to the fact there were a number of people at the park during the incident the Sheriff's Office is asking for any information that can assist investigators in the case.

The public can utilize the anonymous TipNow program by sending a text or voicemail to 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com.  The information is routed through a server so no identifying information from the tipster is relayed, only the message.

 

UPDATE 5-6-13/1600 hrs:
The deceased victim has been identified as Jorge Sanchez, age 18, of Pixley.  The case appears to possibly be gang related.

An autopsy was conducted and the cause of death is listed as exanguination due to multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.

The suspect vehicle was described as a dark green Honda Accord '90's model.

Due to the fact there were a number of people at the park during the incident the Sheriff's Office is asking for any information that can assist investigators in the case.

The public can utilize the anonymous TipNow program by sending a text or voicemail to 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com.  The information is routed through a server so no identifying information from the tipster is relayed, only the message.

 

PRIOR RELEASE:
Date 5/4/2013 - 1951 hours
(v-1) Identification not being released at this time (deceased)
(v-2) Juvenile (confidential)
(v-3) Juvenile (confidential)
Location:  Pixley Park

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a shots fired call at the Pixley Park.  Two unknown Hispanic men drove to the Pixley park exited their vehicle and walked up to the victims who were seated at a picnic table.  Without warning one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and shot all three victims killing one and wounding the other two.  The suspects then returned to their vehicle and fled the area.  There were several people from the Pixley community at the park during this incident and the Sheriff's department is asking for your assistance in solving this case. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Department TIP NOW hot line at 559-725-4194 or online at tcso@tipnow.com.  You can also contact Detective Rodney Klassen or Sergeant Rodney Parker at the Violent Crimes Unit at 735-1970 or 733-6218.

 
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South County Search Warrants - Home Invasion Arrests
LOCATION:  Various          DATE:  May 7, 201          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  Various         VICTIM:  Various          CITY:  Various

Over the past seven months, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office has received calls for service on approximately 17 home invasions in the south county areas.  Some of these cases involved suspects forcing entry into homes dressed in police style looking gear, attempting to maneuver and impersonate law enforcement.  Some victims were detained in a variety of methods.  Fortunately, none of the victims were critically injured.

These crimes occurred predominately in southern Tulare County.  During the investigation of these crimes, Sheriff’s Detectives were able to determine similar cases may have occurred in Kern County.  Detectives were also able to determine gang members were involved.  Detectives from the South County Property Crimes and Gang Violence Suppression Units were able to identify several gang members and locations associated with them. 

In January, in response to these crimes, Sheriff Bill Wittman formed a task force comprised of investigators from the Sheriff’s Property Crimes Investigations and Gang Violence Suppression Units with support from the Department’s Crime Analyst and Narcotics Units. In February, the task force made the first two arrests in relation to these cases.

Once the scale of the investigation reached a point that numerous search warrants would be served, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office began to request the assistance of numerous law enforcement agencies for a large scale operation.  During the morning of May 7, 2013, thirteen law enforcement agencies with over 166 combined personnel, joined forces conducting numerous probation searches and served numerous search warrants in the Earlimart and Pixley areas. Due to the manner in which these crimes were committed and the firepower and gear suspects were observed with by victims of these crimes, the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (STEP) and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams  requested additional SWAT teams from Visalia, Tulare and Porterville Police Departments.  Additional Canine Units from Porterville and Probation were also made available to supplement the Sheriff’s Office team.

This unified task force made eight arrests and seized evidence of crimes that tied some of the suspects to specific cases.  Numerous firearms were seized as well as camouflage clothing, ballistic vests, masks, police scanners, over 100 cell phones, and a handheld radio and set of handcuffs stolen from Kern County Sheriff’s Office. 

Suspects arrested on May 7, 2013 are listed as follows:

Jose Ontiveros, age 22 of Tipton
PC 30605(a)---Possession of Assault weapon
PC 148--Resist Arrest
PC 496--Possession Stolen Property
Bail ---$35K

Edgar Montero, age 21 of Earlimart
PC 30605(a)--Possession of Assault Weapon
HS 11358--Cultivation Marijuana
HS 11359--Possess Marijuana for Sale
PC 496--Receiving Stolen Property
BAIL--$35k

Gonzalo Gomez Rivera, age 22 of Earlimart
PC 460—Burglary
PC 215—Carjacking
BAIL--$350K

Efrain Carrillo Soto, age 27 of Earlimart
VC 14601.5 (a)--Drive suspended / revoked
BAIL----$5K
PC 496--Receive Stolen Property
BAIL--$20K

Manuel Hernandez Chavez, age 26 of Earlimart
PC 29800(b)--Ex-Felon in possession of Firearm
BAIL--$10K

Daniel Gonzalez Ontiveros, age 22 of Earlimart
PC 466--Possession Burglary tools
PC 166.4--Disobey Court Order
PC 1203.2(A)--Violation of Probation
BAIL ---$40K
HS 11366--Maintain Place for Sell / Use Control substance
HS 11357(A)-- Possess Concentrated Cannabis
PC 30305---Unlawful Possession Ammo
BAIL-- $25K       
VC 14601.2(A)--Drive suspended privilege (prior DUI)
VC 23247(E)-- Unlawful Vehicle Operation
VC 16028(A)-- Failure to provide financial responsibility
VC 4000(A)--Unregistered Motor Vehicle
BAIL---$10K

Roberto Lopez Tapia, age 19 of Earlimart
PC 3455(A)--Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) Warrant  
BAIL---$ NO BAIL

Zachary Wiley, age 19 of Pixley
HS 11378--Possession for Sale of Controlled Substance
PC12022(C) Special Allegation armed/ firearm Controlled Substance
HS 11359--Possession Marijuana for Sale
PC 186.22--Special Allegation Aggravated
BAIL-- $50K

The locations of the probation searches and search warrants are listed as follows:

(2) Locations in the 6900 block of Road 136, Earlimart
7800 block of Bishop, Earlimart
1800 block of W. Sierra, Earlimart
500 block of E. Bobbi, Earlimart
600 block of S. State, Earlimart
900 block of S. Ash, Pixley
100 block of S. Ash, Earlimart
200 block of N. Front, Earlimart

Agencies assisting in the detail are listed as follows, total of (166) personnel:
Tulare County Sheriff’s Office
Visalia Police Department
Tulare Police Department
Kern County Sheriff’s Department
Exeter Police Department
Porterville Police Department
Tulare County Probation
California Highway Patrol
United States Marshals Service
Homeland Security Investigations
Delano Police Department
Dinuba Police Department
Tulare County Reduce Auto Theft Task Force (T-RATT)

Location, case number and dates of the 17 home invasion cases being investigated:
13400 block of Avenue 72, Teviston #12-13687, 10/17/2012
13100 block of Williams Ave, Teviston #12-14834, 11/13/2012
13100 block of Avenue 76, Teviston #12-14875, 11/14/2012
800 block of E. Teapot Dome Ave, Porterville #12-15148, 11/20/2012
15000 block of Avenue 84, Pixley #12-15780, 12/4/2012
10700 block of Avenue 72, Teviston #12-16120, 12/11/2012
19400 block of Avenue 120, Terra Bella #12-16309, 12/15/2012
900 block of Mentz Avenue, Porterville #12-16573, 12/21/2012
7400 block of Road 232, Tulare #13-960, 1/23/2013
100 block of S. Adams Road, Tipton #13-1050, 1/25/2013
16200 block of Avenue 88, Pixley #13-1218, 1/29/2013
1500 block of E. Washington Avenue, Earlimart #13-1375, 2/1/2013 (two arrests made prior)
22100 block of Avenue 88, Terra Bella #13-2818, 3/6/2013
9500 block of Avenue 96, Pixley #13-2964, 3/9/2013
14500 block of Avenue 88, Pixley #13-3392, 3/18/2013
8600 block of Road 84, Pixley #13-5204, 4/24/2013
8500 block of Road 120, Pixley #13-5385, 4/28/2013


The Sheriffs’ Office continues to investigate these crimes and is seeking public assistance for any additional information they can provide. 

The Sheriff’s Office does have an anonymous TipNow Program that allows people to send a text or voice message to 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com.  The information is routed through a server, sending only the message to the department without the tipsters identifying information. 

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all of the community members who assisted in making these arrests possible as well as all of the staff and allied agencies.

Prior arrests on 2-1-13 included:

Tony Rodarte, age 18, Earlimart
PC25850(A)-LOADED FIREARM IN PUBLIC (PERSON OR VEHICLE)   
PC25400(A)(1)-CARRY A CONCEALED FIREARM - VEHICLE DRIVER      
PC30305(A)(1)-PERSON UNLAWFULLY POSSESSING AMMO 
PC487(A)-GRAND THEFT OF PERSONAL PROPERTY      
PC242-BATTERY: SIMPLE      
PC148-RESISTING ARREST   
VC10851-DRIVING CAR W/OUT CONSENT   
VC2800.2-EVADING AN OFFICER, WILLFUL DISREGARD  
PC243.2(A)-BATTERY ON SCHOOL , PARK, OR HOSPITAL PROPERTY      
PC12020(A)-POSSESS/MANUFACTURE/SELL DANGEROUS WEAPON 
PC209.5(A)-KIDNAPPING DURING A CARJACKING   
PC12022.53(B)-SPEC ALLEG-PERSONAL USE OF A FIREARM     
PC182(A)(1)-CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT A CRIME      
PC459-CUSTODIAL INSTITUTION BURGLARY     
PC25850(A)-LOADED FIREARM IN PUBLIC (PERSON OR VEHICLE)

17 year old juvenile of Earlimart also arrested

Photos, video and audio will be posted on the following pages under the title of “Home Invasions”:
Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157633450417444/
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/TulareCountySheriff

 
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Sheriff To Hold Press Conference
LOCATION:  2404 W. Burrel, Visalia          DATE:  05-08-13          TIME:  1400 hrs
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Sheriff Bill Wittman will be holding a press conference on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the Headquarters Lobby located at 2404 W. Burrel, in Visalia.
 
Media outlets may contact Sgt. Chris Douglass for additional embargoed information if you have not already received by email.

cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us

 
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Tulare County Peace Officer Memorial, May 8, 2013 at 0900 hrs
LOCATION:  Corner of Burrel and Woodland          DATE:  05-08-2013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

You are cordially invited to attend the
2013
Tulare County Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony

Hosted by
Sheriff Bill Wittman

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Nine o'clock am

Peace Officer Memorial Grounds
Corner of Burrel and Woodland
Visalia, CA

Master of Ceremonies
UnderSheriff Mike Boudreaux

Guest Speaker
Senator Jean Fuller

End of Watch Roll Call
Chief Cliff Bush, Exeter Police Department

 
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211PC-Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  Lake Express Market 28779 Hwy 190 Porterville, Ca          DATE:  05/06/13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-5806         VICTIM:  30 year old male          CITY: 

On 05/06/13 at approximately 2040 hrs, an unknown suspect entered the store armed with a handgun. The suspect demanded money from the victim and while the victim was complying, the suspect shot one round from his handgun at the wall. No injuries were reported. The suspect was wearing a mask and is approximately 5'7" tall weighing approximately 170 lbs to 180 lbs. The suspect was last seen wearing blue shorts and a white t-shirt. The victim advised he observed a blue four door sedan leaving the area after the robbery.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff's Office at 559-733-6218 or TCSO@TIPNOW.NET,txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194

 
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Arrest made for Assault with Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  300 block Spani Way in Pixley          DATE:  05-05-13          TIME:  2159 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-5753         VICTIM:  21 year old female          CITY:  Pixley

Suspect: Diana Ramos 
Age: 24
City: Pixley


On 5-5-13 at 2159 hours, deputies responded to a residence in the area of Spani Way in Pixley regarding a physical altercation.  Upon arrival it was determined the victim had been stabbed by the suspect with an unknown instrument.  The suspect fled the scene prior to deputies arrival.  The victim was transported to a local hospital and later released.  Detectives responded and located (S) Diana Ramos who was arrested without incident on 5/6/13 and booked for 245 PC at Bob Wiley Detention Facility.

 
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