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

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

Suspect: Jose Barajas 26 years old out of Terra Bella


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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATED INFORMATION:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Narrative:

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

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

 

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

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

Suspect: Juan Manuel Hernandez                                        Age: 27

 

City of Residence: Woodlake, Ca.

 

Narrative:

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

 

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

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

 

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 

 

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

This case is still under investigation.

 






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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suspect Manuel Acosta 29 yrs

Victim Female Adult 25 yrs

Victim male juvenile 5 yrs

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sgt. M.Wallace

Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept.

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

 

 

 

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

Victim 2:  Undisclosed 1 year old male Cutler, California

Victim 3:  Undisclosed 3 year old male Cutler, California

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update:

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

The victims located in the trailer were identified as:

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

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

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

All of the victims were related to the suspect.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 
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Kidnapping/Impersonating a Police Officer/Brandishing a Firearm-207PC/538DPC/417PC
LOCATION:  900 block of N. Main St.-Porterville          DATE:  12-6-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-15904         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 12-6-12 two adult male suspects attempted to kidnap an adult male victim by force in the Porterville area.  The suspects physically assaulted the victim, and attempted to subdue him in handcuffs claiming to be police officers.  One of the suspects brandished a firearm during the incident.  The victim was able to free himself and flee the area.  Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene and detained the two suspects for further investigation.  Both were ultimately arrested for kidnapping, conspiracy, impersonating a police officer, and brandishing a firearm.  Both men were booked at the Porterville substation on the above listed charges.  Arrested were: William Morton 12-14-1955, and Christopher Morton 5-25-1981 both from the Porterville area. This case is actively being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 
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Narcotics and Weapons Related Charges
LOCATION:  Kingsburg area          DATE:  12-05-12          TIME:  1500 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-80193         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 12-05-12 the Tulare County Sheriff’s Gang Suppression Unit with the assistance of the U.S Marshal’s Office arrested Manuel Luna, 41 yrs old from the Delft Colony area.  Luna was wanted on two Fresno County warrants for narcotics and weapons related charges.  Deputies from the Marshal’s office spotted Luna exiting the Kings Inn at Hwy 99 and Ave 384.  Luna attempted to flee however was apprehended in the Traver area.  Subsequent investigation by the Sheriff’s Gang Unit found Luna to be in possession of two firearms, assorted ammunition, approximately 45 lbs of marijuana and several ounces of suspected methamphetamine.

Luna was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for the weapons and narcotics charges, a Parole Violation as well as the two Fresno County warrants.

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

 
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245 PC assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  15700 block of Avenue 329 Ivanhoe          DATE:  12-04-12          TIME:  0700-0800
CASE NUMBER:  12-15784         VICTIM:  Unidentified female (38 years old) Ivanhoe          CITY: 

On 12-04-12 sometime between 7:00 am and 8:00 am, one or two unknown suspects knocked on a residential door in the 15700 block of Avenue 329 in Ivanhoe.  An undisclosed 38 year old female answered the door and was immediately assaulted with physical force and a possible stabbing/cutting instrument.  The female lost consciousness for a period of time and upon wakening she summoned a neighbor for help.  A short time later, she was taken to an area hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries.
 
This investigation has been assumed by detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department 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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Home Invasion Teviston Area
LOCATION:  15000 Block of Ave 84          DATE:  12-04-2012          TIME:  0830
CASE NUMBER:  12-15780         VICTIM:  Female age 42, female age 18, male age 20          CITY:  Teviston

On Tuesday, December, 4, 2012 at approximately 0830 hours, four Hispanic male adults forced themselves through the front door of a home in the 15000 block of Avenue 84.  Two of the men were masked, one was in possession of a hammer and two brandished handguns.  The suspects demanded money and during the robbery two of the three victims, who were in the residence, were struck with the hammer.  The victim’s injuries were non-life-threatening and medical attention was not needed. The suspects fled the residence with an undisclosed amount of cash and a cellular phone.  Detectives were called out to take over the investigation. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 800-808-0488.  You may also submit your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow Program.  You can leave a voicemail or text to 559-725-4194.  You can also email the information to tcso@tipnow.com.

 
...posted by media relations
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459 PC- Burglary, 211 PC- Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  Ave 416/Road 128          DATE:  11-21-12          TIME:  0540
CASE NUMBER:  12-15186         VICTIM:  R & N Market          CITY:  Orosi

On Wednesday, 11-21-2012 at approximately 0540 hours, an unknown male broke a widow at the R-N Market in Orosi and stole merchandise from the store.  The business was closed during this burglary.

On Wednesday, 11-28-2012 at approximately 1730 hours, an unknown male robbed the R-N Market in Orosi.  The masked robber enter the store, threatened employees with a handgun, and demanded cash.  The robber left the store with an unannounced amount of US Currency.  No one was physically assaulted or injured, and no shot were fired during the robbery.  The business was open for business during this robbery.

On Thursday, 11-29-2012, members of the North End Tulare County Gang Task Force developed leads that lead them to believe that Anthony Garcia, 32-y/o of Farmersville and Orange Cove, was responsible for both thefts.  Anthony Garcia is on active parole.

Members of the Tulare County Gang Task Force and the parole Agent located Garcia and conducted a parole search of his residence.  Evidence was discovered at Garcia’s residence that tied him to both thefts.  Garica was arrested and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for the Parole Violation, The burglary, the Armed Robbery and possession of approximately 2 grams of meth-amphetamine.

 

This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.  Anyone with information should contact Detective Paul Gezzer at North End Investigations unit at 559-733-6218.

 

 
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Carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle
LOCATION:  9200 block of Ave 416, Dinuba          DATE:  11-29-12          TIME:  0137 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-15537         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 11-29-12 at approximately 0137 hours deputies from the Orosi Substation conducted a traffic stop and contacted Garrett White at the 9200 block of Ave 416 in Dinuba.  Upon contacting White(as the driver) he was suspected of DUI.  On a inventory of the vehicle a loaded handgun was found concealed.  After a DUI evaluation from CHP, White was taken into custody on the charges P.C. 25400(a)(1) and 25850(a) as well as CVC 23152(a), by CHP.  White was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

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

Taken into custody were:
Garrett White

Charges:   P.C. 25400(a)(1) and P.C. 25850(a)

 
...posted by dispatch
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PC 211 Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  Ave 416/Road 128          DATE:  11-28-12          TIME:  1730 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-15519         VICTIM:  R & N Market          CITY:  Orosi

 

On 11-28-2012 at approximately 1730 hours, an unknown male robbed the R-N Market in Orosi.  The masked robber enter the store, threatened employees with a handgun, and demanded cash.  The robber left the store with an unannounced amount of US Currency.  No one was physically assaulted or injured, and no shot were fired during the robbery.

 

This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.  Anyone with information should contact the North End Investigations unit at 559-733-6218.

 

 

 
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Burglary
LOCATION:  Porterville Area          DATE:  11/17/12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-15378         VICTIM:  Jose Zavala          CITY:  Porterville Area

On 11/25/12 Porterville Patrol Deputies responded to burglary report in the Porterville area.  Upon contacting the victims, they reported unknown suspect(s) had forced their way onto the property and home and stole misc. household goods and property including three vehicles during their absence.

With the assistance of the TRATT Unit and Porterville Police Department all three vehicles were located and recovered between 11/26/12 and 11/27/12 at an estimated value of $12,000.00.  Four suspects were also arrested in connection with the burglary and the vehicle thefts.

The suspects arrested are Alberto Mata (age 42), Ryan Ledbetter (age 28), Eric Hively (age 31) and Luke Holstine (age 29).  All four suspects were booked into the Porterville Substation.

Anyone with information regarding this case can contact Detective Maria Lomeli at (559) 733-6218. 

 
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Sheriff's K-9 Unit Retires Two and Receives Donation for New K-9
LOCATION:  N/A          DATE:  11-29-2012          TIME:  1500 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  N/A         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  N/A

On Friday, November 9, 2012 Sheriff Bill Wittman met with representative from Blain Farms who presented the department with numerous checks to help purchase a canine for the Sheriff's K-9 Unit. Blain Farms took the lead in talking with local farmers about the K-9 unit and rallied together to raise the funds to support the program.

 

"It just goes to show you how much support we get from our farmers and ranchers. " Sheriff Wittman stated after receiving the envelope.

 

The group raised $14,000.00 which is the cost to purchase the canine and complete it’s basic and narcotics training.  The support group includes Blain Farming, Iden Ranch, Gist Farms, Atlas World Food & Ag, Dooely Ranch, J & M Thomas Ranch, Hester Orchards and Olson / Pratt Farm Management.

 

The Sheriff's Canine Unit is a program that is supported in large part by donations through the Friends of Tulare County. While the department will pay for the officer's salary and care for the canine, the purchase of the dog and the training is all paid for by donations received through various groups. The Sheriff's Office Currently has eight canines working with officers as a team, all purchased and trained with funding from donations.  One of the canines is cross trained in narcotics, another is cross trained in explosive device detection, and one is solely a narcotic detection canine.

 

“This support comes at a perfect time.  We are already short one team and two of our canines are retiring this week. We are grateful for the relationships and support we continue to receive. ” Stated the K- 9 Unit Commander, Lieutenant Chris Wenzinger.

 

The two dogs that are retiring will take their final training day with the unit on Thursday, November 29, 2012.  Harley, who worked with Dep. Jerry Hunziger for over 6 years, was actually named after the Harley Davidson Group who raised the funds during a special motorcycle run. Deputy Doug Burch will be retiring K O after working together for six years as well.  K O was named after K O Ranches, which is the main supporter of the Sense Foundation who donated the funds to purchase the canine.

 

The Tulare County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit was formed over 30 years ago. Its goals are two-fold. The first is to act as goodwill ambassadors for the Sheriff's Department and the other to assist in the apprehension of criminals.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit was the first of its kind formed in the county and is an integral part of the day to day operations of the Patrol Division. Canines have assisted in making numerous felony and misdemeanor arrests. These arrests were made under very difficult circumstances and would not have been made without the canines.

The K-9 teams also do numerous public demonstrations showing their training and experience. The demonstrations have been held for various groups such as preschools, convalescent hospitals, civic organizations and the county fair.

The Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit is also available to all law enforcement agencies who request our teams to assist in the apprehension of criminals or searching for missing or lost persons. The service is provided at no charge to the requesting agency. The K-9 teams also showcase their training and experience at numerous K-9 trials held throughout California and have taken top awards in these trials.

Currently the K-9 Unit is administered by Patrol Operations Captain Jim Hinesly, managed by Lieutenant Chris Wenzinger and supervised by Sergeant Manuel Cavazos.

 

Should anyone wish to help support the Sheriff's K-9 Unit you can contact:

Sergeant Manuel Cavasoz
mcavazos@co.tulare.ca.us
800-808-0488

 

Lieutenant Chris Wenzinger
cwenzinger@co.tulare.ca.us
800-808-0488

 

Donations should be made out to the Friends of Tulare County with  TCSO K-9 Unit identified in the memo of section.  Donations through the Friends of Tulare County are tax deductible as it is a non-profit entity that supports the Sheriff’s K-9 Unit.
Mail to:

Tulare County Sheriff’s Office

K-9 Unit
2404 W. Burrel Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291

 

Media is welcome to join the K-9 Unit at their final training session on Thursday, November 2012.  They will be at the Visalia K9 training and Gun Range located at 7398 Avenue 328 in Visalia.  The team will be there from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Please contact Sgt. Chris Douglass at cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us to confirm attendance.

 

The Sheriff’s K-9 Unit webpage is located at:

http://www.tularecounty.ca.gov/sheriff/index.cfm/about-us/branches-divisions/patrol-division/k-9-unit/

 

Photos of the retiring teams are being posted on the Sheriff’s Flickr Page at:

Flickr http://www.flickr.com/people/tularecountysheriff

 

Videos from the presentation of the donation to the Sheriff are being posted on the Sheriff’s YouTube Channel at:
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/TulareCountySheriff

 
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Orois Shooting and Meth Lab Case - UPDATE
LOCATION:  Orosi Area          DATE:  11-14-12          TIME:  1331
CASE NUMBER:  12-14897         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Orosi

UPDATE:
Detectives have learned there may be a third suspect for the shooting that occurred on November 14, 2012.  This suspect is believed to have driven the vehicle that left the scene with Vizcarra Jr. and the juvenile that was previously arrested.

A photograph of Victor Vizcarra Meza Sr. has been obtained and is available on the Sheriff’s Flikr Page.

An additional photograph of Victor Vizcarra Jr. has also been obtained and is available on the Sheriff’s Flickr Page.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/?savedsettings=8225769466#photo8225769466

Detectives are actively seeking the driver of the vehicle, Victor Vizcarra Jr. for attempted homicide regarding the shooting and Victor Meza Vizcarra Sr. for the manufacturing of methamphetamine for sales and for aiding and abetting Victor Vizcarra Jr. Detectives are also asking anyone with information regarding the shooting, the meth lab case or the location of either suspect to please call the Sheriff’s Office at 800-808-0488. Refer to case #12-14897. You may also send your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program by sending a text message or leaving a voicemail at 559-725-4194. You may also send an anonymous e-mail to tcso@tipnow.com. Your information is routed through the TipNow servers so only your messages are relayed, not your contact information.

Prior:
On Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at approximately 1331 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a victim of a possible shooting at the 12700 block of Miller Avenue in Orosi. Deputies and detectives responded to the area and located one victim who had an apparent gunshot wound. One victim, a 24 year old male from Orosi, was transported to a local area hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Two other victims were present during the shooting, neither sustained any injuries, ages 26 and 20 of Orosi.


Detectives learned the three victims are cousins and were working on the interior of a vehicle in the front of a residence on Miller Avenue. Two of the victims were seated in the vehicle while one was standing outside the open passenger door. Two males wearing black mask were walking near the intersection of Claude and Miller. Both males produced handguns and fired multiple rounds toward the victims. The vehicle the victims were in was struck as was the victim standing outside the vehicle. The two male suspects fled on foot westbound on Miller Avenue.

The suspects were seen getting into a black Honda four door car with rear tinted windows. One suspect was seen wearing all black and was later identified as Victor Vizcarra Jr., a 17 year old male and known gang member. The second suspect was seen wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt.
Detectives believe the shooting to be gang related although the victim is not affiliated with any gangs. Another shooting occurred near this location in the past and the area has been known to be frequented be known gang members.


Detectives were able to check a number of leads and locations while searching for Vizcarra Jr. On 11-15-2012, detectives responded to a location at the 39000 block of Road 172 to make contact with the homeowner and ask to search the property for Vizcarra Jr. While walking up to the house, a garage window was open and a noticeable smell was coming through the window. The Detective Sergeant, who was a prior member of the narcotics unit and certified in clandestine labs, identified the smell associated with a methamphetamine lab. He immediately secured the property and removed personnel from the area. The Sheriff’s Office Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Unit (CLEU) was notified and a search warrant for the property was obtained.


A search warrant was served on the property. Agents from the Sheriff’s Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Unit (CLEU), South Tri-County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (STC-HIDTA) Taskforce, Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Science (DOJ BFS), Tulare County Environmental Health and PARC Hazardous Material Waste Haulers assisted in the search, seizure and hazardous waste removal.


Detectives located 60 one gallon zip lock bags containing finished, uncut crystal methamphetamine of various weights from ¾ pound to 2 ½ pounds, six gallons of methamphetamine in solution as well as chemicals, equipment and indicia for processing methamphetamine into crystal methamphetamine. The weight of the processed methamphetamine seized was 65.14 pounds and the methamphetamine solution would have yielded an additional 27 pounds of crystal methamphetamine for a total of 92 pounds of methamphetamine seized.


The methamphetamine that was seized was not cut with any other product. The 92 pounds seized would convert to approximately 41,730 grams. A conservative cost per gram, also known as a dose, would be approximately $80 per gram. With the amount seized, the street value of the uncut product would be conservatively $3,338,400 dollars. In most situations, the methamphetamine would be cut or mixed with another substance to double the amount of product created for sales. Should this have been done, the street value of the cut product would have been over $6.6 million dollars.


Detectives were working with the property owner regarding the methamphetamine lab. Detectives have learned the property owner had recently rented the home to Victor Meza Vizcarra Sr., age 38 of Arizona. Vizcarra Sr. is the father of Vizcarra Jr. who is wanted for the shooting that occurred on 11-14-2012. Vizcarra Sr. is wanted for the manufacturing of methamphetamine for sales and for aiding and abetting Victor Vizcarra Jr. Detectives learned Vizcarra Sr. may have assisted Vizcarra Jr. in fleeing the country.


On 11-21-2012 Detectives received information that identified the second person involved in the shooting on 11-14-2012. A search warrant was served at the 12600 block of Ira in Orosi. The suspect, a 17 year old Hispanic male from Orosi, was located and arrested for three counts of attempted homicide. The suspect is a known gang member and was booked at the Juvenile Justice Center.

Detectives are actively seeking Victor Vizcarra Jr. for attempted homicide regarding the shooting and Victor Meza Vizcarra Sr. for the manufacturing of methamphetamine for sales and for aiding and abetting Victor Vizcarra Jr. Detectives are also asking anyone with information regarding the shooting, the meth lab case or the location of either suspect to please call the Sheriff’s Office at 800-808-0488. Refer to case #12-14897. You may also send your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program by sending a text message or leaving a voicemail at 559-725-4194. You may also send an anonymous e-mail to tcso@tipnow.com. Your information is routed through the TipNow servers so only your messages are relayed, not your contact information.

The Sheriff’s Office is also asking for any photographs you may have of either Vizcarra Jr. or Sr. You may submit your photographs by email to info@tularesheriff.info or anonymously to tcso@tipnow.com.

A low quality photograph of Victor Vizcarra Jr. is available on the Sheriff’s Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/8207629302/in/photostream
Vizcarra Jr. is described as a 17 year old male, approximately 5’10” in height, weighs approximately 160 pounds with black hair and eyes.

Victor Meza Vizcarra Sr. is described as a 38 year old male. Family and friends have not been willing to provide any additional information or photographs.

Photos of the meth lab are available on the Sheriff’s Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157632067107791/

Meth Lab Videos can be located on the Sheriff’s YouTube Channel at:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TulareCountySheriff/videos?view=0

PIO contact: cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us

 

 
...posted by media relations
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Homicide
LOCATION:  Rd 156 / Ave 362, Visalia          DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-09510         VICTIM:  Cruz “Lil Rissky” Medina, 18 years old, from Orosi          CITY:  Orosi

Suspects:        Uriel “Ojo” Magallanes, 19 years old, from Orosi


UPDATE
Detectives obtained a “No bail” arrest warrant for Magallanes for murder based on new developments resulting from the search warrant at his residence (Search warrant was served on 7-27-12) and on additional interviews conducted over the past four months.

On Tuesday, 11-20-12 Magallanes was contacted at his place of business in the 12000 block of Avenue 408 and came in for questioning without incident. He was later arrested for the outstanding warrant and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail on charges of murder and participating in a gang crime. Today, 11-26-12, Magallanes was arraigned in court on the warrant.

PREVIOUS INFORMATION
07-24-12 / 1807 Hours
TCSO Dispatch received a report of a single vehicle rollover traffic accident at Rd 156 and Ave 362 in Visalia. The caller was transferred to CHP. CHP arrived on scene and located Fire and EMS already worked on (2) injured occupants. They also located the third victim, Cruz Medina, who had been underneath the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. The two surviving victims were transported to area hospitals and treated for their injuries. The driver, who survived, was found to have a gun shot wound to his face.

During the investigation, it was determined the victims were driving southbound on Road 156 when unknown subjects shot at the victims while passing in their vehicle. The driver had been shot lost control of the vehicle, causing it to crash and overturn. All three victims had gang ties.

An autopsy was conducted on 7-26-12 and Medina was found to have a gun shot wound to the ear, but the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to head, due to the traffic accident.

On 7-27-12, search warrants were conducted in the 41800 block of Ione and 13400 block of Ave 416, S- Magallanes’ residence. Evidence linking Magallanes to the crime was located at that time, including a vehicle which was later identified as the suspect vehicle, and gang materials. Magallanes was interviewed at that time, but was later released.

 
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Possession of a Contollrd Substance / Possession of Illegal Firearm.
LOCATION:  6100 block of Ave 400          DATE:  11-24-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-80190         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Narrative:

On Saturday 11-24-12 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit conducted gang suppression efforts in the Cutler / Orosi areas. During this effort, two persons were taken into custody for Narcotic and Weapons related charges:

1) Mark Fukushima (35 yrs. old from Delft Colony) was taken into custody after he was found to be in possession of approximately 1.4 ounces of a controlled substance as well as an assault rifle and 5 other firearms.

2) Manuel Sanchez (42 yrs old from Delft Colony) was taken into custody at the same location for being under the influence of a controlled substance

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

 
...posted by DISPATCH
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PC 487---Grand Theft PC 148---Resisting Arrest PC 3056--Parole violation
LOCATION:  7900 block of Peony Dr. Dinuba, Ca          DATE:  11-21-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-15193         VICTIM:  (V-1) 56 year old male (V-2) State of California          CITY: 

On 11-21-12 at approximately 0900 hours deputies from the Orosi Substation responded to an address in the 7900 block of Peony Dr. in Dinuba, regarding a theft investigation of a farm utility trailer. Once on scene deputies identified Timothy Anderson as the suspect involved in the theft and was found to be on active parole.  (S)Anderson initially fled on foot from the residence.  He was later located and taken into custody with the assistance of a Tulare County Sheriff’s K9.  (S)Anderson was later booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

The stolen farm utility trailer was recovered and later returned to the victim.  The recovered trailer was valued at approximately $1000.00 dollars. 

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

Taken into custody were:    Anderson, Timothy  44 year old male

 
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Home Invation by Police Impersonators
LOCATION:  26200 Block of Road 164, Visalia          DATE:  11-21-2012          TIME:  0445 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-15185         VICTIM:  Numerous Confidential          CITY:  Visalia

On Wednesday, 11-21-12 at about 4:45 am, several masked gunmen wearing camouflage clothing, gloves and tactical style vests with firearms arrived at two separate residences 26200 block of Road 164 Visalia.  The armed suspects had arrived in two vehicles and broke into each residence simultaneously yelling out "SWAT" in Spanish and English.  In one house there were seven victims, three of them were bound at the hands by the suspects.  The ages of the victims ranged from 7 to 48 years.  In the second house there were four victims and their ages ranged from 18 months to 23 years.

The victims were held at gun-point while each home was ransacked.  The suspects seized cell-phones as a means to prevent them from calling law enforcement.  The suspects were on scene for approximately 45 minutes.  In addition to the cell-phones, they stole a 43" flat screen television, Mig Welder, an unloaded rifle in a blue case, miscellaneous jewelry, a small amount of cash, four sets of vehicle ignition keys and about one pound of processed marijuana.  The estimated loss was valued at more than $4,000.00.

There were no injuries to the victims, and the suspects did not shoot their firearms.  The suspects fled in their vehicles southbound on Road 164 to an unknown location.  Immediately after the suspects left, one adult victim went outside and fired a weapon repeatedly into the ground to gain the attention of nearby neighbors, so they would call 911 since they did not have any phones.

At about 0554 hours, a neighbor heard the gunshots and called 911. Patrol deputies from the sheriff's department were dispatched to the scene.  A short time later, detectives from the department assumed the investigation.

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

 
...posted by media relations
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Hit and Run, Resisting Arrest, Child Endangerment
LOCATION:  Avenue 95 at Road 248, Terra Bella          DATE:  11-21-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-15200         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Terra Bella

(S)Eric Ledesma 19 yrs
(S)Juvenile 15 yrs
(S)Juvenile 16 yrs

      
Deputies attempted to perform a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Terra Bella area of southern Tulare County.  The vehicle fled after stopping for a short time.  The deputy returned to his unit and attempted to catch up to the fleeing vehicle, but it had already struck another vehicle at the intersection of A95 and R248.  Three subjects fled from the vehicle and two were detained while attempting to flee. 

A Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. K9 unit and the Tulare County Air Support Unit responded to the area to assist with apprehending the subjects who fled the area.  The driver, a 15 yr old juvenile was found hiding a short distance away.  Two subjects are still outstanding at this time. 

The driver was booked for Hit and Run, resisting or delaying a peace officer, and driving without a license.  A juvenile passenger was arrested for resisting or delaying a peace officer.  The adult in the vehicle was arrested for resisting or delaying a peace officer and three counts of child endangerment. 

The juveniles were booked into the Juvenile Detention Facility.  The adult was booked into the Porterville Substation Jail. 
  
This case under investigation by TCSO Porterville Patrol.

 
...posted by media relations
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Orosi Shooting Leads to Large Meth Lab
LOCATION:  Orosi area          DATE:  11-14-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-14897         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Orosi

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at approximately 1331 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a victim of a possible shooting at the 12700 block of Miller Avenue in Orosi.  Deputies and detectives responded to the area and located one victim who had an apparent gunshot wound.  One victim, a 24 year old male from Orosi, was transported to a local area hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.  Two other victims were present during the shooting, neither sustained any injuries, ages 26 and 20 of Orosi.


Detectives learned the three victims are cousins and were working on the interior of a vehicle in the front of a residence on Miller Avenue.  Two of the victims were seated in the vehicle while one was standing outside the open passenger door.    Two males wearing black mask were walking near the intersection of Claude and Miller. Both males produced handguns and fired multiple rounds toward the victims.  The vehicle the victims were in was struck as was the victim standing outside the vehicle.  The two male suspects fled on foot westbound on Miller Avenue. 

The suspects were seen getting into a black Honda four door car with rear tinted windows.  One suspect was seen wearing all black and was later identified as Victor Vizcarra Jr., a 17 year old male and known gang member. The second suspect was seen wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt. 
Detectives believe the shooting to be gang related although the victim is not affiliated with any gangs.  Another shooting occurred near this location in the past and the area has been known to be frequented be known gang members.


Detectives were able to check a number of leads and locations while searching for Vizcarra Jr.  On 11-15-2012, detectives responded to a location at the 39000 block of Road 172 to make contact with the homeowner and ask to search the property for Vizcarra Jr.  While walking up to the house, a garage window was open and a noticeable smell was coming through the window.  The Detective Sergeant, who was a prior member of the narcotics unit and certified in clandestine labs, identified the smell associated with a methamphetamine lab.  He immediately secured the property and removed personnel from the area.  The Sheriff’s Office Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Unit (CLEU) was notified and a search warrant for the property was obtained.


A search warrant was served on the property.  Agents from the Sheriff’s Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Unit (CLEU), South Tri-County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (STC-HIDTA) Taskforce, Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Science (DOJ BFS), Tulare County Environmental Health and PARC Hazardous Material Waste Haulers assisted in the search, seizure and hazardous waste removal.


Detectives located 60 one gallon zip lock bags containing finished, uncut crystal methamphetamine of various weights from ¾ pound to 2 ½ pounds, six gallons of methamphetamine in solution as well as chemicals, equipment and indicia for processing methamphetamine into crystal methamphetamine.  The weight of the processed methamphetamine seized was 65.14 pounds and the methamphetamine solution would have yielded an additional 27 pounds of crystal methamphetamine for a total of 92 pounds of methamphetamine seized.


The methamphetamine that was seized was not cut with any other product. The 92 pounds seized would convert to approximately 41,730 grams.  A conservative cost per gram, also known as a dose, would be approximately $80 per gram.  With the amount seized, the street value of the uncut product would be conservatively $3,338,400 dollars.  In most situations, the methamphetamine would be cut or mixed with another substance to double the amount of product created for sales.  Should this have been done, the street value of the cut product would have been over $6.6 million dollars.


Detectives were working with the property owner regarding the methamphetamine lab.  Detectives have learned the property owner had recently rented the home to Victor Meza Vizcarra Sr., age 38 of Arizona.  Vizcarra Sr. is the father of Vizcarra Jr.  who is wanted for the shooting that occurred on 11-14-2012. Vizcarra Sr. is wanted for the manufacturing of methamphetamine for sales and for aiding and abetting Victor Vizcarra Jr.  Detectives learned Vizcarra Sr. may have assisted Vizcarra Jr. in fleeing the country. 


On 11-21-2012 Detectives received information that identified the second person involved in the shooting on 11-14-2012.  A search warrant was served at the 12600 block of Ira in Orosi.  The suspect, a 17 year old Hispanic male from Orosi, was located and arrested for three counts of attempted homicide.  The suspect is a known gang member and was booked at the Juvenile Justice Center.

Detectives are actively seeking Victor Vizcarra Jr. for attempted homicide regarding the shooting and Victor Meza Vizcarra Sr. for the manufacturing of methamphetamine for sales and for aiding and abetting Victor Vizcarra Jr.   Detectives are also asking anyone with information regarding the shooting, the meth lab case or the location of either suspect to please call the Sheriff’s Office at 800-808-0488.  Refer to case #12-14897.  You may also send your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program by sending a text message or leaving a voicemail at 559-725-4194.  You may also send an anonymous e-mail to tcso@tipnow.com.  Your information is routed through the TipNow servers so only your messages are relayed, not your contact information.

The Sheriff’s Office is also asking for any photographs you may have of either Vizcarra Jr. or Sr.  You may submit your photographs by email to info@tularesheriff.info or anonymously to tcso@tipnow.com.

A low quality photograph of Victor Vizcarra Jr. is available on the Sheriff’s Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/8207629302/in/photostream
Vizcarra Jr. is described as a 17 year old male, approximately  5’10” in height, weighs approximately  160 pounds with black hair and eyes.

Victor Meza Vizcarra Sr. is described as a 38 year old male.  Family and friends have not been willing to provide any additional information or photographs. 

Photos of the meth lab are available on the Sheriff’s Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157632067107791/

Meth Lab Videos can be located on the Sheriff’s YouTube Channel at:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TulareCountySheriff/videos?view=0

PIO contact: cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us

 
...posted by media relations
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Hit and Run, resist or delay a peace officer, child endangerment
LOCATION:  A95, R248, Terra Bella          DATE:  11-21-2012          TIME:  1137 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-15200         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

(S)Eric Ledesma 19 yrs
(S)Juvenile 15 yrs
(S)Juvenile 16 yrs

      
           Deputies attempted to perform a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Terra Bella area of southern Tulare County.  The vehicle fled after stopping for a short time.  The deputy returned to his unit and attempted to catch up to the fleeing vehicle, but it had already struck another vehicle at the intersection of A95 and R248.  Three subjects fled from the vehicle and two were detained while attempting to flee. 
    A Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. K9 unit and the Tulare County Air Support Unit responded to the area to assist with apprehending the subjects who fled the area.  The driver, a 15 yr old juvenile was found hiding a short distance away.  Two subjects are still outstanding at this time. 
    The driver was booked for Hit and Run, resisting or delaying a peace officer, and driving without a license.  A juvenile passenger was arrested for resisting or delaying a peace officer.  The adult in the vehicle was arrested for resisting or delaying a peace officer and three counts of child endangerment. 
    The juveniles were booked into the Juvenile Detention Facility.  The adult was booked into the Porterville Substation Jail. 
       
This case under investigation by TCSO Porterville Patrol.

 
...posted by dispatch
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368PC/245PC/12022.7PC-lder Abuse, Assault with a deadly weapon, Great bodily injury to a victim over
LOCATION:  42300 block of South Fork Drive, Three Rivers          DATE:  11-18-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-15065         VICTIM:  88 yr old female (Confidential)          CITY: 

On 11-18-2012 at 0920 hours, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a residence in Three Rivers for a report of elder abuse. During the investigation, the victim was identified as an 88 year old female and was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. The victim was later found to have injuries.

The suspect in the assault was the victim’s caretaker and was identified as Judy Dovel from Three Rivers. The suspect was arrested for the above listed charges and booked into the Tulare County Bob Wiley Detention Facility.     

This case is currently being investigated by Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Detective Bureau at 559-733-6218. You may also e-mail information to TCSO@tipnow.com or text @ 559-725-4194.  

 
...posted by dispatch
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P.C.207 Kidnaping
LOCATION:  20400 Rd 196 Strathmore Ca          DATE:  11-15-12          TIME:  1315 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-14936         VICTIM:  54 year old female          CITY: 

On the above date and time deputies from the Porterville Substation were dispatched to 20400 block of Rd 196 in Strathmore for a report of a female who had been kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint. 

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit were called.  During the investigation it was discovered the female victim was taken by force by the male suspect who was hiding in her vehicle as she entered . Driven around the Porterville area and robbed of a large amount of US Currency, which was taken from the victims purse.  The victim received no injuries during the incident.  The suspect subsequently fled from the vehicle in an unknown direction after taking the money.       
   
The case remains under investigation.

Any information should call Detective Richard Ramirez at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.  

 
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