245PC/Assualt with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  3800 block Merritt-Traver          DATE:  02-01-13          TIME:  1700
CASE NUMBER:  13-1396         VICTIM:  49 year old male          CITY: 


On 02-01-13 at 1700 hours Orosi deputies responded to the 3800 block of Merritt Dr. in Traver, regarding an assault.  Upon arrival, it was discovered the victim had sustained a non-life threatening injury to his arm.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was later released.  The known suspect had fled the area and is currently being sought by the sheriff’s department.

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

Suspect:    35 year old Hispanic male

 
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460PC/Home Invasion
LOCATION:  1300 block of Washington-Earlimart          DATE:  02-01-13          TIME:  0800
CASE NUMBER:  13-1375         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 2-01-13, at 0800 hours, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a residence in the 1300 block in Earlimart regarding a home invasion. Upon arrival the victims, all family members, were located scared but unharmed. During the subsequent investigation it was discovered that 4 to 5 suspects entered the home through the locked door, placed each victim on the floor were they were secured at gunpoint. The residence was ransacked. The suspects then fled the scene. Detectives from the South County Property Unit responded and took over the investigation.

  
The case remains under investigation and anyone with information should call Detective Maria Lomeli or Detective Joe Rodriguez 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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Homicide Update
LOCATION:  Pixley          DATE:  01-24-13          TIME:  1500 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-1029         VICTIM:  Daniel Madrigal 34 YOA          CITY: 

UPDATED INFORMATION:
    On Monday, 01/28/2013 an autopsy was performed on Madrigal. The cause of death was determined to be exsanguination due to gunshot wound.
  
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Det. Merced Zamora or Det. Sanchez at (559) 735-1898, or anonymously using Tipnow by phone or text to (559) 725-4194, or by email: tcso@tipnow.com.



1-24-13 / 1500 hrs
case # 13-1029

On January 24, at approximately 1500 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office received a call of a shooting in the 600 block of South Main in Pixley.  Upon Arrival, Deputies located a Hispanic, male adult deceased, just off the roadway near the north east corner of Main and Compton.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes and Forensic Investigations Units were called to investigate the case.

Detectives learned the victim was standing on the property when he became involved in a verbal altercation with a subject who was seated in a vehicle.  Shots were fired from the vehicle and the vehicle fled the scene.

Detectives are still investigating the case.  Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff's Office at 800-808-0488.  You can also report your information anonymously through the Sheriff's TipNow Program by text or voicemail to 559-725-4194, or send and e-mail to tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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496 PC (Possession of Stolen Property)
LOCATION:  Francis and Wheatland, Richgrove          DATE:  1-28-13          TIME:  1445 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  Case # 13-01         VICTIM:  Adult male          CITY:  Delano

On 1-28-13 at 1445 hrs, deputies were dispatched to the 200 block of Wheatland in Richgrove, regarding four suspicious Hispanic male juveniles removing property from as white compact vehicle.

Deputies locate the vehicle at Wheatland and Francis, where a traffic stop was conducted.  During the Traffic stop it was determined the juvenile operating the vehicle was unlicensed.  A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of stolen property, from a burglary in the city of Delano.

A subsequent search of the residence in the 200 block of Wheatland resulted in the recovery of additional stolen property from the same burglary in Delano.

All four juveniles were arrested for 496 PC (Possession of Stolen Property) and booked into the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility.


Anyone with information about this crime should contact Detective Maria Lomeli or Detective Joe Rodriguez at the Tulare County Sheriff's Department South End Property Crimes Unit, (559) 782-9674 or (559) 733-6218.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Sheriff Bill Wittman to Promote (3) Sergeants
LOCATION:  Headquarts' Lobby          DATE:  01-28-2013          TIME:  1000
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Sheriff Bill Wittman will be holding a public ceremony to promote Detectives Jose Torres, Jordan Whaley and Nathan Polk to the rank of Sergeant on Monday, January 28, 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.

Sergeant Jose Torres, age 34 of Visalia, began his career in law enforcement after completing the Tulare-Kings County Police Academy in 2000.  He was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in December of that year.  Jose Torres was originally assigned to the Main Jail Facility.  In 2004, he transferred to the Porterville Patrol Station.  While there, he became a Field Training Officer and the Richgrove Community Based Officer.  He also worked with the Sheriff’s Explorer and Police Activities League Programs.  The Porterville service clubs awarded him the 2005 Officer of the Year.  In 2007, Jose Torres was transferred to the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (STEP) Unit.  He was a SWAT team member, team leader and worked numerous investigations into drug trafficking.  Jose Torres took his latest assignment with the Violent Crimes Unit in 2010.  He has worked numerous homicide, officer involved shooting and death investigation cases.  In 2011, he received the Attorney General Award for his investigative work in the Homicide Investigations Unit.

Sergeant Jose Torres is one of our bilingual officers and has specialized training in a number of areas.  This includes Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), narcotics, homicide and death investigations, and was also trained as a SWAT Team Leader.  He has also received letters of commendations for his investigative work.

Jose Torres is supported in his new assignment by his wife of 3 years, Leticia and his daughter Vivian.

Sergeant Jordan Whaley, age 28 of Visalia, is a Graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business.  He also graduated from the Alan Hancock Police Academy in Santa Maria in December of 2006. Jordan Whaley began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff for San Luis Obispo County working in patrol and investigations.  He came to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office in July of 2008 where he was stationed at the Orosi Patrol Station.  In March of 2010, he was transferred to his latest assignment in the Agricultural Crimes Investigations Unit.
 
Sergeant Jordan Whaley attended the Leadership Farm Program in 2011 and is on the Farm Bureau Board of Directors.  He is supported in his new assignment by his wife, Karen, Father, Retired Undersheriff David Whaley, mother, Kathy, sister, Jennifer Stepp and brother, Visalia Police Department Detective Jared Whaley.

Sergeant Nathan Polk, age 39 of Lemoore began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in June of 1999 assigned to the Bob Wiley Detention Facility.  He also had the opportunity to work at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility.  In 2002, he was transferred to the Pixley Patrol Station.  While stationed in Pixley, he became a Field Training Officer and the Tipton Community Based Officer.  He worked with the Sheriff’s Explorers and the Police Activities League.  In 2008, Nathan Polk was transferred to the Agricultural Crimes Investigations Unit and the following year, he moved to the South County Investigations Unit.  Nathan Polk also worked the Narcotics Investigations Unit in 2012 before returning back to his latest assignment in the Agricultural Crimes Investigations Unit.

Sergeant Nathan Polk is supported in his new assignment by his wife of 18 years, Shelly, his daughter Baily and two sons Daniel and Landon. 

Sheriff Bill Wittman offers his sincere congratulations to Sergeants Jose Torres, Jordan Whaley and Nathan Polk, and wishes them well in their new assignments. The public is welcome to join the department, friends and family in the Sheriff’s Headquarters’ Lobby Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM to celebrate the promotions.

Refreshments to follow. 

Photos of the Sergeants are available on the Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/people/tularecountysheriff

 
...posted by media relations
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Possession of a controlled substance, H&S 11377
LOCATION:  Johnson Dr / Dr 152 Orosi          DATE:  01-25-13          TIME:  0949
CASE NUMBER:  13-1055         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 01-25-13 at approximately 0949 hrs, Deputies from the Orosi Substation observed a suspicious vehicle on Johnson Dr. near Dr. 152. Once contact was made with the only occupant of the vehicle, Mario Mendoza, Deputies found him in possession of what appeared to be methamphetamine.  Mendoza was taken into custody on charges of possession of a controlled substance, H&S 11377 and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

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

Taken into custody were:
Mario Mendoza

Charges:   H&S 11377

 
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Arrest Made on Narcotics Case
LOCATION:  400 block of N. Valencia, Woodlake          DATE:  01-25-13          TIME:  0700 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-70004         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Woodlake

On 01-25-13, at approximately 0700 hrs. the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Division, along with personnel from the Interagency Narcotic Enforcement Team concluded a two week investigation by serving a search warrant in the 400 block of N. Valencia, in Woodlake

During the search of the residence detectives discovered a small amount of methamphetamine, packaging material and other drug paraphernalia. Detectives also located evidence showing the suspect is an active gang member.

Suspect Juan Carlos Iniguez, age 21 of Woodlake, was arrested for the following charges: possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal street gang activity.  Suspect Iniguez was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

This case is still under investigation.

 
...posted by media relations
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Homicide Investigation in Pixley Area
LOCATION:  600 Block of S. Main, Pixley          DATE:  01-24-2013          TIME:  1500
CASE NUMBER:  13-1029         VICTIM:  Hispanic Male Adult          CITY:  Pixley
On January 24, at approximately 1500 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office received a call of a shooting in the 600 block of South Main in Pixley. Upon Arrival, Deputies located a Hispanic, male adult deceased, just off the roadway near the north east corner of Main and Compton. Detectives from the Violent Crimes adn Forensic Investigations Units were called to investigate the case. Detectives learned the victim was standing on the property when he became involved in a verbal altercation with a subject who was seated in a vehicle. Shots were fired from the vehicle and the vehicle fled the scene. Detectives are still investigating the case. Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff's Office at 800-808-0488. You can also report youri nformation annonymously through the Sheriff's TipNow Program by text or voicemail to 559-725-4194, or send and e-mail to tcso@tipnow.com.
 
...posted by media relations
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Grand theft, Possession of stolen property
LOCATION:  9300 Block of Road 234          DATE:  01-24-13          TIME:  0220
CASE NUMBER:  13-1011         VICTIM:  Setton Farms          CITY:  Terra Bella

Taken into custody were: Justino Leon Age 29

Charges: Grand theft, Possession of stolen property

On 01-24-13, deputies responded to Setton Farms in Terra Bella in regards to a theft of pistachios. Upon contacting the plant manager, he stated a known subject who was a previous employee, had returned to the business at 0220 hours on 01-24-13 and removed 19 boxes of processed pistachios. Plant Manager advised the loss was estimated to be $2,375.

Deputies contacted the alleged suspect at his residence in the 100 block of W. Vine, Porterville and recovered the stolen pistachios. Suspect was arrested and booked at the Porterville Substation.

 
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Update to Porterville Homicide
LOCATION:  Porterville area          DATE:  01-19-2013          TIME:  2145
CASE NUMBER:  13-821         VICTIM:  Osevio Anguiano Lopez          CITY:  Porterville

UPDATED INFORMATION 01-23-13:
On Wednesday, 01/23/2013 an autopsy was performed on Lopez. The cause of death was determined to be exsanguination due to gunshot wound.
  

UPDATED INFORMATION:
The deceased victim has been identified as Osevio Anguiano Lopez 34 years old from Porterville. The case remains under investigation.

PREVIOUS INFORMATION:
On 01/19/2013 at 2145 hours, CHP Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and found the victim in the driver’s seat, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. A second victim was a passenger in the vehicle with a gunshot wound to the upper body. Deputies and medical aide were called to the scene.

The victims were reportedly in the area of the Woodville Labor Camp when unknown subject(s) fired at the victims while they were in their vehicle. Victim 1, a Hispanic male adult in his 30’s, was transported to an area hospital by helicopter where he later died. Victim 2, a Hispanic male adult in his 20’s, was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he was treated and released. Violent Crimes Detectives responded and the case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Det. Merced Zamora or Det. Jose Torres at (559) 735-1898, or anonymously using Tipnow by phone or text to (559) 725-4194, or by email: tcso@tipnow.com.

 
...posted by media relations
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Home Invasion, Robbery, Carjacking
LOCATION:  7400 block of Rd.232, Porterville          DATE:  1-23-13          TIME:  0906 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-00960         VICTIM:  Valdez, Pedro          CITY:  Porterville

On 1-23-13, at 0906 hours, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a residence in Porterville regarding a home invasion. Upon arrival the victims, all family members, were located scared but unharmed. During the subsequent investigation it was discovered that 3 suspects entered the home through the locked front door, placed each victim on the ground and secured their hands behind their backs. The residence was ransacked and as the suspects fled, they took the victims vehicle.
   

The case is under investigation by TCSO

 
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Sheriff to Promote Two New Lieutenants
LOCATION:  Headquarters' Lobby          DATE:  01-22-2013          TIME:  1300 hrs
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  Gary Hunt & Mark Gist          CITY:  Visalia, CA

 

Sheriff Bill Wittman will be holding a public ceremony to promote Sergeants Gary Hunt and Mark Gist to the rank of Lieutenant on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM.  The ceremony will be held at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Headquarters’ Lobby. Friends and family will also be present to show their support.
Lieutenant Gary Hunt, age 47 of Visalia, is a graduate of the College of Sequoias with an Associate of Arts Degree in Administration of Justice and also a graduate of Fresno State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology.  He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office as a trainee in December of 1989 stationed at Sequoia Field now referred to as the Bob Wiley Detention Facility. In 1990 he was sponsored through the Tulare-Kings County Police Academy.  Upon completion, he promoted to the rank of Deputy and was re-assigned to the Bob Wiley Detention Facility.
From 1993 to 1996, Gary Hunt worked as a Police Officer for the Dinuba Police Department.  Gary returned to the Sheriff’s Office in January of 1996 and worked at the Porterville Patrol Substation. In November of 1997 he became a Detective for the STEP Team.  Gary also worked for the South County Property Crimes Investigations Unit in 1999 and in 2002 he transferred to the Violent Crimes Unit.  
Gary Hunt was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in February of 2002 and was stationed at the Pixley Substation.  The following year he returned to the Violent Crimes Unit as their supervisor. Gary remained the Sergeant of the Violent Crimes Unit for the past three years and now is being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Gary Hunt has had specialty training in Special Weapons and Tactics as well as homicide and death investigations.  He has worked a number of cases and continues to share his knowledge and training with staff to help mold our future investigators and sergeants.  He was also an instructor for numerous courses for our department in subjects like baton, weaponless defense and report writing as well as being an instructor for the College of Sequoias and Porterville City College.
Lieutenant Gary Hunt is supported in his new career by his wife of 22 years, Linna, his three daughters Cassandra, Samantha and Dayna, his grandson James, father John Hunt, mother Dolores Wright and step-father George Wright.
Lieutenant Mark Gist, age 44 of Visalia started his law enforcement career in 1991 as a Reserve Officer with the Visalia Police Department for five years.  In addition to patrol, he worked undercover for a short period of time to shut down a multi-pound marijuana distributor.  He then came to the Sheriff’s Office in December of 1996 as a Deputy stationed at Headquarters’ Patrol.  In October of 1998 he transferred to the Investigations Division and was assigned to the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (STEP) with the collateral duties of being a SWAT team member.  In 2001, Mark transferred to the Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Unit under the department’s narcotic division, with the collateral duties of Asset Forfeiture and SWAT.
Mark Gist was then promoted to the rank of Sergeant in February of 2005.  Upon his promotion he was assigned to the Bob Wiley Detention Facility, and late in 2006 he transferred to the Adult Pre-Trial Facility as the Administrative Sergeant.  In July of 2007, he transferred to Headquarters’ Patrol and later that year he transferred back into the Narcotics Unit to supervise the daily activities of CLEU, NTF and INET.  In September of 2010, he transferred to the North County - Gang Violence Suppression Unit then in July, 2012 he was transferred from Gangs to the North County Investigations & Domestic Violence Unit.
Lieutenant Mark Gist has a variety of specialized training.  He was one of the department’s snipers and the first dedicated department Sniper Supervisor.  Besides SWAT, he attended relevant courses such as SWAT Commander and Team Leader as well as Advanced SWAT. He also helped develop & instruct POST certified curriculum for dynamic high-risk SWAT entries - which was taught to allied agencies within Tulare County.  His narcotic training was also extensive with regard to identifying and dismantling methamphetamine labs, conducting surveillance, undercover operations, large scale marijuana operations and asset forfeiture at State and Federal levels, as well as courtroom testimony.    He also was a team leader and assisted in the operational plans for large scale details like the nationally acknowledged Operation LOCCUST, and a Drug Enforcement Administration six month undercover methamphetamine detail for the narcotics division, dubbed Operation “Lazyboy”.  His training in asset forfeiture is still called upon to this date and he assisted the department in meeting compliance by teaching the NIMS/SEMS Emergency Management Systems required by the State of California.  He also participated in the final success of the department’s permanent civil gang injunction upon Northern & Southern gang members within the communities of Cutler and Orosi.  Lastly, he was a previous instructor for the Correctional Academy and a Recruit Training Officer for the Tulare-Kings Basic Police Academy.
Lieutenant Mark Gist is supported in his career by his spouse of 22 years, Shelly, his two daughters Kaycie and Melanie, his son Logan, his three grand children, his parents Sandra and Terry Gist-Langiano, and his father-in-law, James Waymire and mother-in-law, Karon Waymire.
Sheriff Bill Wittman offers his sincere congratulations to Lieutenants Gary Hunt and Mark Gist, and wishes them well in their new assignments. The public is welcome to join the department, friends and family in the Sheriff’s Headquarters’ Lobby Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM to celebrate the promotions.
Photos of both Lieutenants are posted on the Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/tularecountysheriff/

 

 
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Homicide UPDATED INFORMATION:
LOCATION:  Porterville          DATE:  01-19-2013          TIME:  2145 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-0821         VICTIM:  Osevio Anguiano Lopez          CITY:  Porterville

UPDATED INFORMATION:

The deceased victim has been identified as Osevio Anguiano Lopez 34 years old from Porterville. The case remains under investigation.

PREVIOUS INFORMATION:

On 01/19/2013 at 2145 hours, CHP Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and found the victim in the driver’s seat, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. A second victim was a passenger in the vehicle with a gunshot wound to the upper body. Deputies and medical aide were called to the scene.

The victims were reportedly in the area of the Woodville Labor Camp when unknown subject(s) fired at the victims while they were in their vehicle. Victim 1, a Hispanic male adult in his 30’s, was transported to an area hospital by helicopter where he later died. Victim 2, a Hispanic male adult in his 20’s, was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he was treated and released. Violent Crimes Detectives responded and the case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Det. Merced Zamora or Det. Jose Torres at (559) 735-1898, or anonymously using Tipnow by phone or text to (559) 725-4194, or by email: tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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211 PC-Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  6800 block of Ave 416          DATE:  01-19-13          TIME:  0100 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-790         VICTIM:  Flor De Mi Tierra- Mobile food vendor          CITY:  Dinuba

On 01/19/13 at approximately 0100 hours deputies from the Orosi Substation responded to an address in the 6800 block of Avenue 416, regarding a robbery of a mobile food vendor.  Once on scene deputies determined four to five suspects brandished firearms at victim #2.  The suspects took victim #2’s wallet and cash from the business.

 

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

 

Taken into custody were:  N/A  

 
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187 PC- Homicide
LOCATION:  Woodville Labor Camp          DATE:  01-19-2013          TIME:  2145 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-821         VICTIM:  Not disclosed          CITY: 

On 01/19/2013 at 2145 hours, CHP Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and found the victim in the driver’s seat, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. A second victim was a passenger in the vehicle with a gunshot wound to the upper body. Deputies and medical aide were called to the scene. 

 

The victims were reportedly in the area of the Woodville Labor Camp when unknown subject(s) fired at the victims while they were in their vehicle. Victim 1, a Hispanic male adult in his 30’s, was transported to an area hospital by helicopter where he later died. Victim 2, a Hispanic male adult in his 20’s, was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he was treated and released. Violent Crimes Detectives responded and the case remains under investigation. 

 

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Det. Merced Zamora or Det. Jose Torres at (559) 735-1898, or anonymously using Tipnow by phone or text to (559) 725-4194, or by email: tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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245 PC- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  Earlimart area          DATE:  1-19-13          TIME:  2230 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-826         VICTIM:  Confidential per 293 PC          CITY: 

On 1/19/13 at approximately 2252 hours, Pixley Patrol Deputies responded to shots fired in the Earlimart.

 

South End Detectives also responded and the investigation revealed that the juvenile victim had been visiting family in Earlimart when an unknown vehicle approached him and occupants within the vehicle shot at him.  As a result of the shooting the victim sustained non life threatening injuries. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries and is in stable condition.

 

Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact South End Investigations Detective Maria Lomeli at (559)733-6218. 

 

 
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459 PC-Burglary, 136.1 PC-Intimidating a witness, 646.9 PC-Stalking, 148 PC-Obstruction of Justice
LOCATION:  31000 block of Wolfe Ave          DATE:  1-18-13          TIME:  0232 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-0743         VICTIM:  Confidential per 293 PC          CITY:  Goshen

On above date and time Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the above listed residence regarding a home invasion.  Upon arrival, (V) Confidential per 293 PC, reported waking up at 0230 hours to find her rear kitchen door open and items belonging in her residence missing.  As a result, she reported a loss of $1,600.00. 

Deputies followed investigative leads and learned that (S) Anthony Castro had been spotted inside the victim’s residence.  The victim further claimed she had been having problems with Castro who had been following her for several months, harassing her over the telephone and unlawfully entering her home on more than one occasion.

At approximately 1840 hours, Deputies returned to the residence and learned that Castro had returned to the crime scene, unlawfully re-entered the home and left unwanted items of affection. Castro was subsequently located, arrested and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail without further incident. 

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to 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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Domestic Violence, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Kidnapping
LOCATION:  Rural Tule Indian Reservation Land          DATE:  1-16-13          TIME:  2200 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-00697         VICTIM:  Undisclosed female adult (21 years old) Tule Indian Reservation          CITY: 

On 1-16-13 sometime after 10:00 pm, the 21 year old victim was preparing to leave a friends residence at the Indian Reservation while standing next to her vehicle.   The victim was then confronted by Luis Teran (30 years), who assaulted the victim and forced her into her vehicle against her will.  Teran then drove the victim further into the mountain area, threatened to kill her and proceeded to physically assault her over a period of time until she lost consciousness.

On 1-17-13 during the morning hours, Teran drove the victim from the Indian Reservation into the City of Porterville and rented a room at an undisclosed motel.  During that time, family members became concerned for the whereabouts of the victim and notified the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.  A short time later, deputies from the sheriff’s Porterville substation located the victim inside her vehicle, and found Teran a short distance away at the motel room.

Teran was detained for investigation, and the victim was transported by ambulance to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.  During the investigation, detectives were called out and it was determined that Teran was suspected of committing domestic violence, terrorist threats, kidnapping, carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon upon the victim.

The victim’s injuries were considered non-life threatening, and she was later released from the hospital.  Teran was arrested and later booked into the sheriff’s Porterville substation with bail set at $100,000.00.  
 
Anyone with information about this activity 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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BURGLARY, RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY & CONSPIRACY
LOCATION:  11700 block Ave 416 Orosi          DATE:  1/14/13          TIME:  1130-1500 hr
CASE NUMBER:  13-630         VICTIM:  Victim-1 McLaughlin, Claude Victim-2 McLaughlin, Mike          CITY:  Orosi

On the above date the victims reported unknown person(s) made forced entry into a residence and shed. The unknown person(s) had taken a gun safe containing multiple firearms and a vehicle. The vehicle was subsequently located in the area the same day..

Detectives from the North End Investigations Unit as well as Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Gang Violence Suppression Unit served a search warrant at the 100 block of W. Inyo and the 1300 block of E. Whitaker in Dinuba on January 17th 2013. During the search, the gun safe was located along with an undisclosed amount of firearms. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office North End Investigations Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to Contact Detective Gary Marks (559)733-6218.

Taken Into Custody
 
Zuniga, Julian       44YOA     Dinuba Resident  (receiving stolen property)
Zuniga, Javier       34 YOA    Dinuba Resident  (receiving stolen property, Conspiracy)
Watson, Carlito    26 YOA    Concord Resident (receiving stolen property, conspiracy, burglary)

 
...posted by dispatch
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PC 459/PC 496/H&S11377-Burglary/Possession of Stolen property/Possession of a controlled substance
LOCATION:  7000 block of Ave 310-Goshen          DATE:  01-15-2013          TIME:  13-619
CASE NUMBER:  13-0619         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect: Gilbert Marquez 41/Robert Castro 57/Amanda Borges 27

On above date and time Deputies contacted two suspicious subjects in the front yard of a residence located in the 7000 blk of Ave 310 in Goshen.  Subsequent to investigation a third subject was located inside the residence.  It was then determined the subjects were burglarizing the home.  Gilbert Marquez and Amanda Borges were arrested for burglary and Robert Castro was arrested for Burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. 

After further investigation additional stolen property was located at Castros residence.  The victim estimated the damage and loss at approximately $1,000.00 dollars.   Deputies were able to recover approximately $500.00 dollars worth of property.  This case is currently under investigation  by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.  Anyone with information please contact Deputy J. Melendez at 559-733-6218.

 
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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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