Over Due hiker ***Update****
LOCATION:  Black Rock Trail Head          DATE:  08/23/2013          TIME:  13-11062
CASE NUMBER:  13-11062         VICTIM:  Michael Canevari          CITY:  Laguna Niguel, CA

Over due hiker Michael Canevari 28 yrs from Laguna Niguel, Ca. was located in good health and return to the Black Rock Ranger Station with the assistance of the Tulare ounty Sheriff Departments Search and Rescue team, the Kern County Sheriff Department Helicopter, U.S. forest Service (Sequoia), and the Office of Emergency Services.

 
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Over Due Hiker
LOCATION:  Black Rock Trail Head          DATE:  08232013          TIME:  2203 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-11062         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  N/A

The Tulare County Sheriff Dept. is currently conducting a search of the Black Rock Trail for a overdue hiker, as information is forth coming we will updated our press release. The black Rock trail is located in the Kern River area.

 
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Narcotics Arrest - Lindsay
LOCATION:  Lindsay          DATE:  08-22-13          TIME:  0700 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-40107         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY: 

After an approximate two (2) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the Lindsay area, Investigators from the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) consisting of personnel from Farmersville P.D., Lindsay P.D., Exeter P.D and the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division were led to a residence in the 20700 blk. of Rd 204. The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately five grams (5) grams of Methamphetamine, two pounds of marijuana(2) and eighteen marijuana plants with a street value of $4500.00, glass smoking pipes, packaging materials, and scales.  Also located were several stolen items from recent burglaries.   Four children ages 8, 7, 4, and 2  were located in the residence lying next to a loaded handgun and exposed an able to access the narcotics. The children were turned over to Child Protective Service.

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

Taken into custody were:
1) Rogelio  Perez Buenrostro   39 Yrs.             Lindsay resident          Date of arrest: 08-22-13
Charges: 11377/11378/11366/273A PC  H&S   possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics / Child endangerment

2) Juan Carlos Ibarra      32 Yrs.                         Lindsay resident          Date of arrest: 08-22-13
Charges: 11377/11378/11366/273A PC H&S   possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics / Child endangerment

3) Maria Elena Ramos   30 Yrs.                         Lindsay resident          Date of arrest: 08-22-13
Charges: 273A PC  H&S   Child endangerment


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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HOME INVASION ROBBERY
LOCATION:  COUNTY AREA OF NORTHEAST DINUBA          DATE:  082113          TIME:  0429 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  13-10904         VICTIM:           CITY:  DINUBA

08-21-2013 / 0429 hours, deputies responded to the area of Avenue 420 and R92 regarding a home invasion.  The female caller reported someone had just kicked open the front door of her home.  The female caller was calling from her locked bedroom and indicated the intruders may have been scared off by her dogs.  Deputies checked the area but were unable to locate any suspects.

Later this same morning, the Sheriff’s Department received a call from a couple who reported they were also victims of a home invasion robbery.  The couple reported the crime occurred between 0400 and 0430 hours, and their residence is in close proximity to the first caller.  The couple report 3 males with weapons forced entry into their home.  The men demanded money and jewelry.  The men physically assaulted the male victim causing him to seek treatment at a nearby medical facility, where he was treated and released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Paul Gezzer at 733-6218.  Anonymous tips can be reported at tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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Sheriff Wittman to Promote Two Operations Sergeants
LOCATION:  2404 W. Burrel, Visalia - Lobby of Sheriff's Headquarter's          DATE:  08-19-2013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  Christal Derington & Buddy Hirayama          CITY: 

     Sheriff Bill Wittman will be holding a ceremony to promote Detective Christal Derington and Detective Buddy Hirayama to the rank of Sergeant on Monday, August 19, 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 Christal Derington was born and raised in Visalia, California and graduated from Redwood high School.  In 1997 she earned an Associate of Arts degree in Animal Science from the College of Sequoias.  She later continued her education earning Certificates in Emergency Medical Dispatch and the Peace Officer Standards for Training Dispatch Academy.  In July of 2003, Christal completed the Tulare-Kings Counties Peace Officer’s Training Academy allowing her to work as a peace officer.

     Christal began her career in law enforcement as a Communications Operator for the Santa Barbara Police Department.  She then returned to Tulare County working for the Visalia Police Department as a Communications Officer then Community Service Officer.

     In May of 2004, Christal was hired as a Deputy Sheriff I with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.  Her first assignment was within the Corrections Branch at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility.  There she worked many stations, from housing and supervision of inmates to intake and release.  Christal transferred to the Culter-Orosi Substation and began working patrol duties.  There she effected numerous arrests and investigations and earned a transfer to the Investigations Division. 

     Christal was assigned to the South County Gang Violence Suppression Unit in 2006.  While in the unit she authored and served over 25 gang related search warrants and has become a court certified expert in criminal street gangs.  During this time, she has been part of the Sheriff’s Specialized Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and also assisted the Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Investigations Unit with a number of homicides and recently contributed to closing six homicide cold cases. She has specialized training in SWAT, identification of subjects under the influence of controlled substances, recognition and identification of narcotics, illegal marijuana and narcotics investigations regarding cultivations, sales, transportation and use and criminal street gangs.

     Sergeant Christal Derington will be continuing her career as a supervisor of patrol deputies at the Sheriff’s Pixley Substation.  She is supported in her career by her mother Holly, grandmother Susie, her entire family, friends and coworkers.

     Sergeant Buddy Hirayama was born and raised in Tulare, California.  As a teen, Buddy helped the community by coaching soccer, baseball and swimming. After high school, he coached water polo at Tulare Western for four years and the summer league program for two.  Buddy later attended Merced Community College and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  While attending college, Buddy also worked in the restaurant management business.  In 2006, Buddy moved to Japan where he taught English to both juveniles and adults.  Buddy returned to Tulare County in 2007 where he attended the Tulare-Kings County Police Academy through the College of Sequoias, graduating in the spring.

     Buddy Hirayama began his career with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office in September of 2007, assigned to the Porterville Substation.  While in Porterville, he worked in the station’s temporary holding facility and patrol.  Buddy’s teaching ability was quickly identified and he was trained and assigned the position of Field Training Officer.  Buddy received multiple letters commendation for his hard work and also received an Officer of the Year award from the community.

     In May of 2010, Buddy Hirayama transferred to the Narcotics Investigations Bureau assigned to the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Team (STEP) as a detective.  There his past experience and talents were quickly identified again.  His experience with swimming and water polo earned him a spot on the Sheriff’s Dive Team and his teaching experience quickly moved him into the position of team leader and instructor for the STEP Unit.

     Buddy Hirayama is a valuable asset to the Training Unit as well.  He is a certified instructor for drugs in jails, explosive breech devices, SWAT tactics, active shooter, rangemaster and armorer.

     In his latest position as a team leader with the STEP Unit, Buddy has earned the title of expert in the field of identification of subjects under the influence of controlled substances, recognition and identification of narcotics, illegal marijuana and narcotics investigations regarding cultivations, sales, transportation and use, as well as firearms recognition and operations.  He also assisted in establishing and participating in one of the department’s first FBI task forces that worked high profile cases in and out of Tulare County.  His training and experience will be a valuable asset in his new position as Sergeant, supervising and teaching patrol deputies at the Sheriff’s Headquarter’s Patrol Station.

     Sergeant Buddy Hirayama is supported in his new assignment by his wife, seven year old son, three year old daughter, his mother, grandfather, friends, family and coworkers.

     The public is welcome to join the department, friends and family in the Sheriff’s Headquarters’ Lobby Monday, August 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM to celebrate the promotion of Sergeant Christal Derington and Sergeant Buddy Hirayama.  Refreshments will follow.

 

Photos available on the Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/

 
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Incident
LOCATION:  Road 264 and Ave 128          DATE:  08/16/13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13 - 10665         VICTIM:  Confidential per 964 PC and the People of the State of California          CITY:  Porterville, Ca

  

 

On 08/16/13 at approximately 1200 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department was contacted in regards to found explosive material. 

 

Upon Deputies arrival it was discovered the home owner and a family friend was cleaning out a storage building which belonged to the home owners deceased husband.  While removing items from the building they located a box which contained the explosives and immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

 

Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies then requested the assistance of the Tulare County Consolidated Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit.  The EOD Unit responded and discovered the decedent previously worked as a demolition expert.  The explosives found were then removed from the building and rendered safe. 

 

The Tulare County Consolidated Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit is comprised of Law Enforcement staff from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and the Visalia City Police Department.    

 

 
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664-187PC- Attempted Homicide
LOCATION:  Road 136/Ave 412          DATE:  8-16-13          TIME:  1520 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-10671         VICTIM:  Moran, Omar          CITY:  Orosi

Suspect 1 - Castro, Fernando Velasquez Age 20

Suspect 2 – Rodriguez, Antonio  Age 22 

Suspect 3 – juvenile, male Age 17

 

On the above date and time the three suspects were driving by when they saw the victim walking down the street.  The suspects got out of the car and assaulted the victim stabbing him several times.  The victim was transported by ambulance and is in critical but stable condition.  The suspects are Northern Gang Members and that is what is believed to be the motivation.  All three suspects have been taken into custody.

 

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Rodney Klassen with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit at 735-1970 or dispatch at 733-6218 or you can call the Tip Now hotline at 559-725-4194 or email to tcso@tipnow.com.  

 

 

 
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Identification Made on Body Found in Canal Near Woodlake
LOCATION:  Avenue 344 and Millwood Drive          DATE:  02-25-2013          TIME:  1001
CASE NUMBER:  multiple         VICTIM:  Lenora Linda Castillo, age 49          CITY:  Orosi

Case #12-20128 and 13-2420

On 02-25-2013 at 1001 hours the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Friant-Kern Canal at the intersection of Ave. 344 and Millwood Dr. in Woodlake regarding a suspicious circumstance.  A Friant Water Authority employee had discovered an object that resembled a human body caught in a buoy line. 

The Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit, Forensic Investigations and Coroner were called to the scene to begin an investigation.   The Sheriff’s Dive Team also responded and removed the decedent from the canal.  The decedent appeared to have been in the water for an extended amount of time.

On 02-26-2013 an autopsy was conducted.  The decedent was identified as female.  There were no obvious signs of trauma and the decedent had evidence of long exposure to the elements. 

The Cause of death was listed as undetermined.  DNA was submitted for comparison to possible missing persons.

On 8-12-2013, the Sheriff’s Department received a report from the California Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services regarding the DNA sample submitted.

The Sheriff’s Office has identified the decedent as Lenora Linda Costilla, age 49 of Orosi.
Lenora Costilla was reported missing on 2-16-2012.

Lenora Costilla was last seen on 02-12-2012 at approximately 1800 hours walking southbound on Road 126 near Avenue 417.  The reporting person stated Lenora had been in an argument with her boyfriend, packed a dufflebag and left their residence, in this area, on foot.  Lenora left her cellular phone and had only $400 cash with her when she left. 

Lenora was last seen wearing a blue denim jacket and blue jeans.

This case is still active. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 800-808-0488.

You may also submit information anonymously through the Sheriff's TipNow program.  Send a text or voice mail to 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com

 

 
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Detectives responding to possible stabbings in Cutler-Orosi Area
LOCATION:  Road 136 and Ave 416          DATE:  0816-13          TIME:  1540 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-10671         VICTIM:  2 victims          CITY:  unk

On 08-16-2013 at approximately 1540 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office received two calls for assistance.  The first call was in regards to a possible stabbing victim located inside an apartment complex at Road 136 near Avenue 416.  The second call was in regards to a possible stabbing victim located in a filed near the apartment complex at Road 136 near Avenue 416.  Both subjects are being transported to local area hospitals.

Detectives are responding to investigate the case.  As updates are made available they will be posted.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents are encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 800-808-0488. 

You may also submit information anonymously through the Sheriff's TipNow program.  Send a text or voice mail to 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com

 
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Autopsy completed on Johhnie Jean Daniel
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  Johnnie Jean Daniel          CITY: 

An autopsy was conducted on Johnnie Jean Daniel.  The cause of death is listed as a cardiac event resulting in a fall.  Altitude and exertion are contributing factors.

For additional information regarding Johnnie Jean Daniel please visit the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' webpage at http://www.nps.gov/seki/parknews/newsreleases.htm.

 
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Arrests made on marijuana case
LOCATION:  7100 block of Ave. 400, Dinuba          DATE:  08-14-2013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-60801         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Dinuba

S-1 Janice Cocklin, 30 yoa, Dinuba, Ca – Charged with 11358 & 11359 H&S
S2 Juan Delgadillo, 45 yoa, Invanhoe, Ca, – Charged with 11358 & 11359 H&S

On 8/14/13 Detectives of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department S.T.E.P. Unit responded to the 7100 block of Ave. 400 in Dinuba for the service of a Search Warrant.  This was a marijuana grow reported by neighbors concerned about their safety. Upon arrival detectives contacted Cocklin and Delgadillo during the service of the warrant at the residence. The investigation revealed that suspect Delgadillo, who was caught tending the marijuana, did not have a medical marijuana recommend. He had been paid by Cocklin to plant and tend to the marijuana which was admittedly being grown for sale to dispensaries. It was found that the number of plants being grown were clearly in excess of Cocklin’s medical needs.

 It is an ongoing problem that criminal groups pay unwitting subjects to obtain medical recommends from doctors who allow them to grow plants well in excess of their medical needs. Subjects who are recommend holders turn over their documents then have nothing to do with the marijuana. Upon harvest is sold on the street, shipped out of state or to a dispensary out of the area.

Cocklin and Delgadillo were arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana and possession for sales.


This case is still under investigation by the TCSO STEP Unit.

Photos available under this case number at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/

 
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UPDATE: Arrest made on armed robbery in Poplar
LOCATION:  14000 block of Road 192          DATE:  02-24-2013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-2400         VICTIM:  Poplar Market          CITY:  Poplar

On 02-24-2013 at 1952 hours The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office was called to respond to the 14000 block of Road 192, Poplar Market, regarding a robbery that just occurred.

Deputies were advised between approximately 1930 and 1940 hours a clerk was working at the cash register when an unknown male wearing a black sweater, a black ski mask, black pants, black shoes and black gloves entered the store through the front entrance.  He walked up to the cash register, pointed a black handgun at the clerk telling him to "open it". The register was opened and the suspect took the money.  The suspect attempted to take money from a second register after threatening a patron. The suspect then walked out of the front door. He was last seen walking away heading south and out of view.

During the investigation the surveillance video was obtained which showed the suspect clothing and the type of handgun used during the robbery.

On 8-8-13 Deputies and Tulare County Probation Officers conducted a routine probation search at a residence in Poplar. During that search the Deputy recognized items of clothing that were similar to what was worn in the robbery. Upon further investigation of suspect Garcia, it was determined that he had been involved with the armed robbery and was arrested. He was booked at the Porterville Sheriff's Station.

(Suspect) Garcia, Gilberto Cervantes. 18 yrs old of Poplar

 
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Recognition of VIP's
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

On August 22, 2013 at 1830 hours, the HQ VIP's will hold their general membership meeting at the Board of Supervisors room A/B. During this meeting, they will honor VIP's Gwen McLaughlin, Ron Vigario and Kris Gray. Each of them has given over 15 years of volunteer service to Sheriff's Department. 

Sheriff Wittman will also present Gwen with a badge acknowledging her 32,000 hours of service to the department.

For additional information please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Lt. larry Micari at lmicari@co.tulare.ca.us.

 
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211 PC - Robbery
LOCATION:  12381 Ave 416 - Orosi          DATE:  8/9/13          TIME:  2200 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-10346         VICTIM:  Orosi Mart and Deli          CITY:  Orosi

V-2: Jimenez, Keshia -  adult
12381 Ave 416 - Orosi
Clerk

 

V-3: Barragan, Joshua  -  adult
12381 Ave 416 - Orosi
Clerk

 

Property Taken: Approx. $500.00 US Currency

SUSPECT:
Hispanic Male Adult
Approx. 25 - 30 years of age
Approx. 5-09 to 5-10
Approx. 140 to 160 pounds
Wearing dark clothing, dark beannie, dark bandanna, dark clothes

SYNOPSIS:
On above date and time an unknown hispanic male subject walked into the Orosi Mart and Deli and demanded money from the clerk behind the counter. The suspect was armed with what appeared to be a handgun in the front pocket of his pants. The suspect left the store on foot with approximately $500.00 in US currency. No injuries were reported and the case is under investigation.

Anyone with information on the above incident should contact the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559)733-6218 or Detective Jesse Cox at (559)735-1888. Information can also be given at the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Tip Line at tcso@tipnow.com or by texting to (559)725-4194.

 
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Attempt homicide on a peace officer / Officer Involved Shooting
LOCATION:  Crime scene location: Rd 152 and Ave 128, Tipton          DATE:  08-09-2013          TIME:  0306 Hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-10310         VICTIM:  Tulare County Deputy Sheriff          CITY: 

On the above date and time, a Deputy with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department was on patrol in the area of Rd 152 and Ave 128 in the rural area of Tipton and conducted a suspicious vehicle check on a motorcycle. During the contact, the driver of the motorcycle produced a handgun and fired several rounds at the Deputy. The Deputy returned fire and the suspect fled the area. The Deputy did no sustain any injuries and the suspect is still outstanding. 

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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211 PC-Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  200 block of Burnett          DATE:  8-8-13          TIME:  2050 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-10304         VICTIM:  Talpa Taco Truck          CITY:  Tipton

On 8-8-13, TCSO deputies were dispatched to a taco truck located in the 200 block of Burnett in Tipton regarding and amed robbery. Upon arrival it was discovered that an armed suspect entered the taco truck and demanded cash from the register. The subject fled on foot southbound through the alley. No subjects were injured during the incident.

The case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff Department.

 
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Update on Porterville area Homicide - Johhny Cervantez
LOCATION:  900 block of East Orange, Porterville          DATE:  08-06-13          TIME:  2101 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-10152         VICTIM:  Johnny Cervantez          CITY:  Porterville

Update 08-08-13:
On 8-8-13, an autopsy was conducted on the victim, Johnny Cervantez.  Cause of death is listed as homicide, exsanguination due to single gunshot wound to the torso.
The investigation has revealed the case to be a drive by shooting and possibly gang related.  The victim was outside the residence when the incident occurred. A second victim, a Hispanic male adult, was also injured with a superficial wound and was treated and released.

Prior release 8-6-13:
On 8-6-13 at 2101 hours, Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit responded to the above location, regarding a report of a gunshot wound victim. EMS personnel arrived and transported the decedent to Sierra View District Hospital, where the victim succumbed to his injuries.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective F. Cotton with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office 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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Missing Persons - Visalia Area
LOCATION:  29800 block of Road 48, Visalia          DATE:  08-07-13          TIME:  2200
CASE NUMBER:  13-10254/5         VICTIM:  Matthew and Donna Rogers          CITY:  Visalia

On 08-07-13, at approximately 2000 hours, a relative of the couple last saw them sitting in their vehicle (white 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass, CA lic. # 3EQF351) in front of their residence. The family member believed they were returning from having dinner.  At approximately 2200 hours, the family member noticed the couple and their vehicle was gone.  Family began checking the area as well as the Jack in the Box at Akers and Cypress they are known to frequent.  They were told a couple matching this description had been there earlier that evening.  After contacting multiple family members who had not seen or heard from the couple, the Sheriff’s Department was contacted and a missing person report was taken.  The couple does not have cell phone.  The couple is also known to have some medical issues which is a concern for the family.  The couple is not known to say out past 2200 hours or overnight.
 
Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts can contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (800) 808-0488.

Photos are available on the Sheriff’s Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/

 
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ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON
LOCATION:  600 BLK OF E RIVER          DATE:  08-08-13          TIME:  0015
CASE NUMBER:  13-10252         VICTIM:  ADULT MALE 31 YRS OF AGE          CITY:  PORTERVILLE

08-08-13 at 0015 hours, deputies responded to the 600 block of E. River, Porterville for a report of a 31 year old male victim, who had been stabbed. Upon arrival of deputies, the victim was transported to Kaweah Delta Hospital by ambulance, with a non life threatening injury, to his upper left torso and later released after treatment.

The suspect in this case, was still on scene when deputies arrived. The suspect was arrested and booked at the Visalia Main Jail without incident. 

Taken into custody were:
Adult male 23 yrs of age

Charges: Assault with a deadly weapon

 
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459pc burglary
LOCATION:  2100 block of Ave 245, Lindsay          DATE:  8-1-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-10006         VICTIM:  Jorge Espinoza          CITY:  Lindsay Ca.

Suspect Info: Francisco Hernandez 11-12-85
                      Brenda Flores 2-1-89
                      Porterville Ca.

Suspect vehicle: white 1990 Honda 4 door

Loss: $140.00 (wallet and cash)

On 8-2-13 the victim reported a burglary to his residence.  On 8-1-13 the victim reportedly confronted a male and female, in a small white vehicle at his residence, but did not discover the burglary until the next day.

An extensive investigation by Tulare County Sheriff's Department Detectives lead to the identification and apprehension of Francisco Hernandez and Brenda Flores of Porterville.
Both were booked into the Tulare County Jail for 182/459 PC (Conspiracy and burglary).  Brenda Flores had an additional outstanding $100,000.00 bail warrant for possession of stolen property.

Case status: Active

 
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SEARCH AND RESCUE
LOCATION:  THARPS PEAK          DATE:  080613          TIME:  1713 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  13-10195         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 08/6/13 at approximately 1713 hours deputies were dispatched to the area of the horse creek bridge in regards to a para-glider that collided into the rock face on Tharps Peak. The victim was immediately identified near the top of the peak. There was a multi-agency response to the area comprised of Cal-Fire, Tulare County Fire, and the Tulare County Sheriff's Office. A rescue team was established and began their hike to the location of the victim. When they reached the victim, he was assisted into an awaiting helicopter and air-lifted to a local area hospital.

Deputy S. Doyle
Three Rivers Resident Deputy
Hazardous Device Technician
Tulare County Sheriff's Department
Headquarters Patrol
2404 W. Burrel Ave
Visalia, CA 93291
559.733.6218 (24 Hours)
Cell 559.740.8894
Fax 559.730.2701
sdoyle@co.tulare.ca.us

 
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Arrest made on marijuana case
LOCATION:  25300 block of Ave. 102, Terra Bella          DATE:  08-06-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-60770         VICTIM:  Sate of CA          CITY:  Terra Bella

Suspect #1:  Salvador Ortiz, age 30 of Terra Bella, Ca.
Charged with 11377, 11358, 11359 H&S 273a PC

Suspect #2:  Estela Torres Garcia, age 20 of Terra Bella
Charged with 11377, 11358, 11359 H&S 273a PC

On 8-6-2013, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (STEP) detectives responded to the 25300 block of Avenue 102 in Terra Bella to conclude a two week investigation into marijuana cultivation and sales behind a medical marijuana recommend.  A search warrant was served at residence. Upon arrival officers found 54 standing marijuana plants, most fully budded, a large scale hashish extraction lab and evidence of sales of narcotics. A search of the residence found approximately 400 pounds of packaged processed marijuana hidden in various locations around the residence. One location included a hidden trap door located under the carpet in the master bedroom closet. Also located was approximately $50,000 in U.S. currency and several vehicles paid for in cash transactions.

A medical recommend was located at the residence for Ortiz, who claimed all the marijuana present was for personnel use. Also seized was 2060 pounds of marijuana used in the manufacture of hashish. The Hashish manufacturing lab consisted of the several thousand pounds of raw marijuana, (4) large grade chest freezers, used to drop the temperature of the raw marijuana which protects the extraction of the Tricomes, (4) washing machines and other equipment known for use in processing and packaging of marijuana.  Children were also found at the residence with easy access to marijuana.  The marijuana was located  in various forms and locations around the house and property.

Ortiz was found to be out of compliance with state laws regarding medical marijuana. Ortiz and Garcia were arrested for charges including cultivation and sales of marijuana and child endangerment. 

This case is still under investigation by the TCSO STEP Unit.

Photographs related to this case can be found on the Sheriff's Flickr page under case #13-60070 at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/

 
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187 pc (Homicide)
LOCATION:  900 block of East Orange Porterville Ca          DATE:  8/6/13          TIME:  2101 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-10152         VICTIM:  Cervantes, Johnny 44 YOA          CITY: 

On the above date and time Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit responded to the above location, regarding a report of a gunshot wound victim. EMS personnel arrived and transported the decedent to Sierra View District Hospital, where the victim succumbed to his injuries. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective F. Cotton with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office 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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UPDATE: Dinuba area Homicide
LOCATION:  39100 block of Road 96          DATE:  07-26-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-9664         VICTIM:  Rigoberto Guzman Guytan, age 50          CITY:  Dinuba

Update 08-05-13:
An autopsy has been conducted.  Identification has been made and next of kin has been notified.  The victim has been identified as Rigoberto Guzman Guytan, age 50 of Dinuba.  His cause of death is listed as homicide, exsanguination due to gunshot wound to the head.

The Case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 559-735-1862.

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.

Update 08-01-13:
On 08/01/2013 the victim in this investigation succumbed to his wounds and passed away at a local hospital where he was being treated. The victim’s name in not being released at this time pending notification of the next of kin and a cause of death is pending an autopsy by the Tulare County Coroner’s Office.

Original Release:
On 07/26/2013 at 2110 hours, Deputies were dispatched to the 39100 block of Rd 96, Dinuba in regards to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the reporting party who advised he heard two gunshots and found the victim lying on the ground in front of his residence. The victim was found by deputies to be unresponsive and was transported by ambulance to a local area hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. The unknown suspect(s) fled the scene prior to deputies’ arrival. The Sheriff's Departments Violent Crimes Unit detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

 
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Narcotics Arrest - Farmersville
LOCATION:           DATE:  8/5/13          TIME:  0700 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-40098         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

After an approximate two (2) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the Farmersville area, Investigators from the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) consisting of personnel from Farmersville P.D., Lindsay P.D., Exeter P.D and the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division were led to a residence in the 200 blk. of N. Stevens. The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately thirty three grams (33) grams of Methamphetamine, with a street value of $3300.00, glass smoking pipes, packaging materials, and scales.  A large sum of US currency related to the sales of narcotics. A Butane Clandestine Extraction Lab was seized as well. Three children ages 5, 2 and 6 months were located in the residence and were exposed and able to access the narcotics. The children were turned over to Child Protective Service.

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

Taken into custody were:
1) Ricardo Renteria   20Yrs.             Farmersville resident          Date of arrest: 08-05-13
Charges: 11377/11378/11366/11379.6/273A PC  H&S   possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics /Butane Extraction Clandestine Lab/ Child endangerment

2) Denise Martinez       20Yrs.             Farmersville resident          Date of arrest: 08-05-13
Charges: 11377/11378/11366/11379.6/273A PC  H&S   possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics /Butane Extraction Clandestine Lab/ Child endangerment



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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273.5 PC, 422 PC -Domestic Violence/Criminal Threats
LOCATION:  Road 136/Ave 72          DATE:  08-03-13          TIME:  2050 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-10072         VICTIM:  Confidential per PC 293          CITY:  Pixley

On 8-3-13 Deputies from Tulare County Sheriff’s Department arrested Jesus Navarette for Domestic Violence and Criminal Threats. The suspect struck his girlfriend with a closed fist and threatened her life. He was booked into Tulare County Jail without incident.

Suspect: Jesus Garcia Navarette (31 years)

 

 

 
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11351 HS Possession of Cocaine for sale 11350 HS Possession of Cocaine
LOCATION:  21000 blk of Road 244 Lindsay          DATE:  08022013          TIME:  1330 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-10001         VICTIM:           CITY: 

In Custody:  Rodriguez, Jose (34 years) Lindsay

 

On the above date and time, deputies responded to a residence on the 21000 block of Road 244 in Lindsay to attempt to contact a subject with a felony warrant.  While at the residence, deputies located (30) baggies of cocaine and additional cocaine not in baggies.  A total of (19) grams of cocaine was located at the residence.  Deputies also located indicia indicating sales of illegal narcotics.  Jose Rodriguez (34 Years) was arrested on the above charges and booked at the Porterville Substation.

 

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

 

 
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Armed Robbery in Terra Bella Area
LOCATION:  23700 Block of Ave 95          DATE:  08-02-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-9994         VICTIM:  Friendly Market          CITY:  Terra Bella

On August 2, 2013 at approximately 1037 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office was advised of an armed robbery that had just occurred.  Deputies responded to the Friendly Market, in the 23700 block of Avenue 95 in Terra Bella where they were advised a masked man brandished a weapon and demanded money.  Two victims were in the store during the incident.  None of the victims were injured.  The suspect took money form the register and a purse which also contained money. 

The suspect was described as approximately 6’ tall, Spanish speaking male wearing a white long sleeve shirt with blue stripes.  The suspect also wore dark glasses and a blue bandana, green camouflage pants, a dark baseball cap, gloves and brandished a black handgun.  The suspect fled in a pearl white 1991 Nissan Maxima, four door vehicle that was previously reported stolen. 

Deputies in the area located the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop.  The vehicle failed to yield and a short pursuit was initiated.  Deputies were not able to stop the vehicle.  The suspect and vehicle are still outstanding.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 800-808-0488.

You may also provide your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow Program.  You can send a text or voice mail to 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com.  Only the message not the contact information is forwarded to the Sheriff’s Office.

 
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245 PC- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  Whittaker Ave/Road 125          DATE:  8-1-13          TIME:  2230 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-9970         VICTIM:  20 and 25 yr old males          CITY:  Orosi

Victims: 20 year old male - Orosi

    25 year old male – Orosi 

 

On the above date and time, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area of Whittaker Ave and Rd 125 in the Community of Orosi for a report of a gunshot wound victim. Deputies arrived on scene and located two male adults suffering from several gunshots. Both male victims were transported to a local hospital and are listed in stable condition. 

 

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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187 PC Homicide
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-9664         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Narrative:

**UPDATE**

LOCATION:  39100 block of Road 96          DATE:  08/01/13          TIME:  2110

VICTIM:  Confidential- Hispanic male adult          CITY:  Dinuba

On 07/26/2013 at 2110 hours, Deputies were dispatched to the 39100 block of Rd 96, Dinuba in regards to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the reporting party who advised he heard two gunshots and found the victim lying on the ground in front of his residence. The victim was found by deputies to be unresponsive and was transported by ambulance to a local area hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. The unknown suspect(s) fled the scene prior to deputies’ arrival. The Sheriff's Departments Violent Crimes Unit detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

**UPDATE**

On 08/01/2013 the victim in this investigation succumbed to his wounds and passed away at a local hospital where he was being treated. The victim’s name in not being released at this time pending notification of the next of kin and a cause of death is pending an autopsy by the Tulare County Coroner’s Office.

The Case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 559-735-1862.

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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Marijuana Eradication Details and Arrests
LOCATION:  Various sites in Tulare County          DATE:  07-31-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  State of Ca, County of Tulare          CITY: 

7/30/13
13-60777
S-Antonio Ochoa, 31yoa, Strathmore – Charged with 11377, 11358, 11359 H&S 273a PC
 STEP detectives responded to the 19700 block of Oklahoma Ave., Plainview to conclude a two week investigation into marijuana cultivation and sales behind a medical marijuana recommend with the service of a search warrant at a residence. Upon arrival officers found 56 standing marijuana plants, some fully budded, several firearms, including a loaded high powered rifle, an ounce of methamphetamine and evidence of sales of narcotics. S-Ochoa was found to be out of compliance with state laws regarding medical marijuana. S-Ochoa was charged with the above listed narcotic related crimes. In addition he was charged with possession of a loaded firearm in commission of a felony and Child endangerment.

13-60757
STEP detectives responded to the 19200 block of Rd 144 with Tulare County R.M.A. Marijuana Code Compliance Officer for a routine compliance check of a marijuana grow. Upon arrival and investigation, this marijuana grow was found to be out of compliance with state law in that the marijuana was to be sold to a dispensary after being harvested. The (212) marijuana plants on site were eradicated from the property. Several suspects are being sought. The sale of marijuana is a crime under California law. It has become common practice for people to grow excessive amounts of marijuana hiding behind a medical recommend, then sell it on the street or to a dispensary. With each marijuana plant able to produce in excess of one pound of processed bud and the street price for high quality marijuana in the $3,000 per pound range, illegal sales of marijuana can be very profitable. This case is still under investigation.

Several additional compliance checks were conducted in and around the community of Poplar, subjects were contacted during these routine compliance checks and were found to be in compliance with state law, but out of compliance with Tulare County Zoning ordinances banning the outdoor growing of medicinal marijuana. After being educated and advised of the zoning violations, which include fines per plant/ per day leading up to abatement at owner expense, property owners decided to removed their marijuana and asked the Sheriff’s department to transport and dispose of the eradicated marijuana.

7/31/13
13-60771
STEP detectives and the Marijuana Code Compliance officer executed a Civil Abatement Warrant in the 2801 block of Rd 84 in the community of Allensworth. This grow had been inspected by STEP detectives a month ago and was found to be in compliance with state laws. The owners of the grow were advised of the Zoning violations and possible fines associated with the outdoor growing of marijuana in Tulare county. The owners refused to bring their property into compliance with the zoning laws, ultimately after a period of time, during which fines were being charged to the property for non-compliance, a civil abatement warrant was obtained for the county to abate the nuisance at the owner expense. Because of the incidents of violence and firearms encountered at marijuana grows, STEP detectives serve these civil warrants for R.M.A Code Compliance. In this case 95 marijuana plants were eradicated.

13-60781
STEP detectives then responded to the 5600 block of Schot Rd near Earlimart for a marijuana  compliance check. Upon detectives arrival into the area several subjects fled into a near-by corn field. A check of the marijuana grow at this location found it was out of compliance with state laws, evidence of sales was obtained. Based on evidence collected the 385 marijuana plants at the location were eradicated. Several suspects are being sought for questioning in regards to this case.


These cases are still under investigation by the TCSO STEP Unit.

Photos associated with these case numbers can be found on the Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/

 
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Under the influence of a controlled substance,Possession of a controlled substance,Possession of par
LOCATION:  Ave 424 / Rd. 114          DATE:  07-30-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-9848         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 07-30-13 at approximately 1555 hours, a Tulare County Patrol Deputy from the Orosi Substation was dispatched to the above location regarding a theft report.
Deputies responded and checked the area. The suspect, Justino Villegas Lopez, was subsequently contacted and showed objective symptoms of recent drug use. Deputies searched Lopez’s person and found he was in possession of methamphetamine with associated narcotic paraphernalia.
Deputies responded to Lopez’s residence and located additional methamphetamine and narcotic paraphernalia. The suspect was in possession of less than 1 gram narcotic which had a street value of $20.00.
Lopez was transported to the Tulare County Main Jail without further incident and booked on the listed 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.  

 

Justino Villegas Lopez  57 years old

 
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Sheriff Bill Wittman to Promote New Lieutenant
LOCATION:  HQ Lobby          DATE:  07-29-13          TIME:  1330 hrs
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  John Gonzalez          CITY:  Sanger, CA

Sheriff Bill Wittman will be holding a ceremony to promote Sergeant John Gonzalez to the rank of Lieutenant on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 1:30 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 John Gonzalez was born and raised in Sanger California.  He graduated from Sanger High School in 1983 and began attending Fresno City College.  In January of 1986 John started the Police Academy.  In June of that year he began working as a Level I Reserve Officer with the Dinuba Police Department.  In July the Sheriff’s Office offered him a full time position to start later that year.

John Gonzalez began his career with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office on November 17, 1986 assigned to work at the Main Jail.  After one year he was assigned to Jail Transport.  In July of 1989 he was assigned a special detail to work undercover as a student at Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia.  In January of 1990 he returned to the Jail Transport Unit.  In May of that year, John transferred to Headquarters Patrol where he worked for four years.  During that time he was assigned to a burglary task force for several months.

In September of 1994, John Gonzalez was transferred to the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (STEP) Team as a Detective.  His first task was to work with a team to help shape and create the Gang Task Force that is still in place.

John Gonzalez was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in December of 1998.  He returned to the Custody Division where he worked at the Tulare County Correctional Center.  In September of 2001 John transferred to Pixley Substation supervising the Patrol Unit.

In October of 2004, Sergeant John Gonzalez returned to the STEP Unit.  While there he worked a number of high profile cases.  Operation LOCCUST was one of the largest scale multiagency details the Department had coordinated. John was instrumental in this detail which received national recognition from the President of the United States and a visit during the detail from the Drug Czar.  In September of 2009 John transferred to the Narcotics Unit and continued to assist with these large details like Operation Trident. 

John Gonzalez transferred to his most recent assignment as a Sergeant in Internal Affairs in June of 2012.  His promotion to Lieutenant is effective as of Sunday, July 28, 2013 with a promotional ceremony on Monday, July 29, 2013 where he will be assigned as the Station Commander of Headquarter Patrol.  John has been supported in career and in his new assignment by his father, John Gonzalez, his mother who recently passed away, Cora Gonzalez, and his daughters Charlie age 21, Hallie age 14, and son John age 15.

The public is welcome to join the department, friends and family in the Sheriff’s Headquarters’ Lobby Monday, July 29, 2013 at 1:30 PM to celebrate the promotion.  Refreshments will follow.

Photograph available on Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/9384277049/

 
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245 PC- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  39100 block of Road 96          DATE:  7-26-13          TIME:  2110
CASE NUMBER:  13-9664         VICTIM:  Confidential- Hispanic male adult          CITY:  Dinuba

On 07/26/2013 at 2110 hours, Deputies were dispatched to the 39100 block of Rd 96,  Dinuba in regards to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the reporting party who advised he heard two gunshots and found the victim lying on the ground in front of his residence. The victim  was found by deputies to be unresponsive and was transported by ambulance to a local area hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. The unknown suspect(s) fled the scene prior to deputies’ arrival.The Sheriff's Departments Violent Crimes Unit detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The Case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 559-735-1862.

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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Residential Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Brandishing, Att. grand theft
LOCATION:  Area of Ave 416 and Road 52          DATE:  07252013          TIME:  0600 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-09524         VICTIM:           CITY: 

 

07-24-2013 / 0600 hours, deputies responded to the area of A416 and R52 regarding a suspicious person. The reporting party stated Romo had attempted to steal a tractor, then brandished a knife when contacted by the reporting party. Deputies responded to the area, but Romo had fled prior to their arrival. Deputies received assistance from outside agencies, resulting in the capture of Romo.

During the capture process, TCSO dispatch received a call of a burglary that occurred on A400 near R48. Romo was found in possession of some of the stolen property from that burglary.

Also in Romo

s possession was mail from a residence on A400 near R52. Deputies contacted that residence and discovered another unreported residential burglary.

Through investigation, Deputies discovered Romo had also stolen a battery from a tractor near the intersection of A400 and R56.

Most of the stolen property was recovered and returned to the victims. Romo was arrested and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for Burglary.

This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information should contact Detective Paul G

 

 
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Attempted Homicide, Attempted Carjacking
LOCATION:  Kennedy Meadow Camp Ground 12800 Kennedy Rd          DATE:  7/23/13          TIME:  1317 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-9492         VICTIM:  V-1 Klette, Russell 67 YOA          CITY: 

Suspect Pulido, Johnny  24 YOA  Los Angeles Resident

On the above date and time Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office responded to Kennedy Meadow camp ground regarding a report of an assault. The victim reported an unknown male had attacked him with a knife. The victim was transported to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield where he was treated for moderate injuries. The suspect was later located by campers in the area. The campers had notified Officers with the California Highway Patrol where the suspect was hiding. The suspect was located and taken into custody without incident. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Gary Marks with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office 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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Domestic Violence
LOCATION:  15700 block of Ave. 327          DATE:  07/23/2013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-9474         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

On Tuesday, 07/23/13 at 0744 hours, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the 32900 block of Rd. 159 in Ivanhoe regarding a report of domestic violence. 

Deputies arrived to find the victim who had sustained a visible injury.  The victim was transported to Kaweah Delta Hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released.

The suspect, Valerio Guerrero, was contacted, taken into custody and booked into a Tulare County Main Jail.

 
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664-187 PC- Attempted Homicide, 245 PC- Assault w/ a Deadly Weapon, 236 PC False Imprisonment
LOCATION:  20500 block of Ave 200          DATE:  7-20-13          TIME:  2030 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-9373         VICTIM:  Jose Espinoza and Essa Gill          CITY:  Strathmore

On 7-20-13 at 2335 hrs, Deputies were dispatched to a reported assault and stabbing in the 20500 block of Ave 200 in Strathmore.

 

Deputies arrived to find V1 Jose Espinoza suffering from a single stab wound to the upper chest. He was transported to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center, where he was admitted and listed in stable condition.

 

V2 Essa Gill reported S1 Pedro Villarreal had started a verbal argument with her and V1 Jose Espinoza.  The argument escalated and S1 Pedro Villarreal brandished a weapon, and then assaulted V1 Jose Espinoza, stabbing him one time to the upper body.  Both V1 Jose Espinoza and V2 Essa Gill fled to a neighbor and summoned help.

 

S1 was located walking in the roadway a short distance from the residence and crime scene.  He was detained and subsequently booked at the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Porterville Substation for violation of 664/187 (Attempt Homicide), 245 (Assault with a Deadly weapon) and 236 (False Imprisonment) PC.

 

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Joe Rodriguez of the South End Property Crimes Division or contact the Tulare County Sheriff's Department anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or (559) 725-4194.

 
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PC 459, PC 243(d), PC 422, PC 242
LOCATION:  12400 BLOCK OF AVENUE 416- OROSI          DATE:  07-20-13          TIME:  1610 HOURS
CASE NUMBER:  13- 9356         VICTIM:  Confidential/ Female adult          CITY: 

On 07/20/13 at approximately 1610 hours, Deputies responded to an apartment complex located in the 12400 block of Avenue 416 in Orosi, during a report of a physical fight in progress. As Deputies arrived, a Hispanic male adult, who was possibly involved in the fight, was observed leaving the area and was detained.

Deputies contacted a female adult victim nearby, who stated a Hispanic male adult entered her apartment by force, assaulted her, then fled the scene. The female victim was treated at the scene by medical personnel and was later transported to a local hospital for further treatment.

The detained Hispanic male adult, later identified as Gabriel Gonzalez, was arrested at the scene and later transported to the Tulare County Main Jail, where he was booked on the above charges.

 Taken into custody:

Gabriel Gonzalez 33 yrs. old

Case under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

 
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PC 664/187Pc, 646.9,245, 273.6, Attempt Murder, Stalking, Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  Orosi          DATE:  07-19-2013          TIME:  0810
CASE NUMBER:  13-09292         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Confidential

On 07/19/13 at 0810 hours, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the 12000 block of Avenue 416, Orosi, regarding a woman who had reportedly just been stabbed.

Upon arrival, Sheriff Deputies learned the victim’s ex-boyfriend, Albert Diaz, had walked into the victim’s work place this morning and stabbed her multiple times for unknown reasons. Victim was transported to KDDH for immediate medical attention. She is currently in stable condition.

After the assault, suspect Diaz fled in a vehicle west bound. Minutes later, Sheriff Deputies located S-Diaz driving west on Avenue 416 and after a brief car chase was subsequently apprehended. S- Diaz was also found to be in violation of a Domestic Violence Restraining Order he had been served just weeks prior to this incident. He was transported to the Tulare County Main Jail where he is being held on a $500,000 bail.

This case is still being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff=s Department

 
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