Possible Human Remains Located Near Lake Success
LOCATION:  Rural area near Lake Success          DATE:  10-28-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-14142         VICTIM:  Unknown          CITY: 

UPDATE 10-30-2012:
Cause of death has been listed as "undetermined probable suicide".  The investigation regarding the missing person case revealed some additional information.  It is believed Noble's death is a probable result of suicide.  During the initial missing person report, detectives were advised Noble walked away from his parents home after a verbal argument.  Additional information was later received that this did not occur.  The family advised he left under good terms before being reported missing.

UPDATE 10-29-12: 
Identification of the human remains located have been verified through dental records as Gerald Noble, age 23 of Porterville.  Gerald was previousl reported missing on August, 24, 2012.  Cause of death is still under investigation and pending a coroners report, although detectives have not identified any obvious signs of foul play at the scene.


PRIOR Release 10-29-12:
On Sunday, October 28, 2012 at approximately 1836 hours, Tulare County Sheriff's Office received a call from a family who were riding horses near Lake Sucess.  The family reported locating possible human remains.  A Detective was dispatched to the area.  The Detective secured the area overnight.  Additional Detectives from the Coroner's Office, Forensic Investigations and Violent Crimes Office responded to the area during daylight conditions and examined the remains.  The remains do appear to be human and identification of the remains is under investigation as well as cause of death.  As additional information is obtained an update will be posted.

 

PRIOR RELEASE:
On 8-24-12 at approx 1400 hours, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Porterville Station, were contacted regarding a missing person, Gerald Noble, who walked away from his residence after a verbal argument with his parents.  Noble is considered an at risk missing adult. Noble was last seen leaving his parents residence, which is located in the 30000 block of Holdridge Dr in the Porterville area.  Noble was last seen wearing blue jeans, tennis shoes and unknown color of shirt. Noble is 23 three years old, 6'04" in height, weighs 170 pound, with brown hair and green eyes.
 
Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department are currently investigating Noble’s disappearance as an endangered missing adult. Noble is believed to be on foot with no means of transportation. Noble has no previous pattern of running away or disappearing.
 
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Rich Ramirez or Sgt. Hunt at (559) 733-6218 in reference to TCSO Case # 12-11089.
 
Photos of Gerald Noble are available on the Sheriff's Flicker page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157631313198278/

 

 
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11377/11379 H & S
LOCATION:  Porterville          DATE:  10-27-2012          TIME:  1935 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-14101         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  N/A

Narrative:

SUSPECT    Rosales, Cuauhtemoc  Porterville, Ca.

On 10/27/12 1935 hours a deputy observed a vehicle driving erratically and run a posted stop sign. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver and sole occupant was contacted regarding the vehicle code violations. During the contact, the driver was found to be in possession of over16 grams of Methamphetamine. The current street value would be approximately $700.00. He was arrested and booked for possession and transportation of a controlled substance

 
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Crime: 212.5 PC, 496 PC, 10851 VC, 273(a) PC, 25300(a) PC, 11359 HS, 11377 HS, 182 PC
LOCATION:  11000 block of Ave 360, Visalia          DATE:  10262012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-14023         VICTIM:  6 victims          CITY:  Visalia

Home invasion robbery, possession of stolen property, auto theft, child endangerment, possession of a firearm with mask, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit crime.

Area Occurred: 11000 block of Avenue 360 Visalia, Ca.  Date and Time Occurred: 10-26-12/0222 hours

Victim 1- undisclosed female adult (46 years) Visalia

 Victim 2 - undisclosed male adult (50 years) Visalia

Victim 3 - undisclosed female (20 years) Visalia

Victim 4- Feamale (7 Yrs) Bakersfield , Ca.

Victim 5 - Male (12 yrs) Bakersfield, Ca.

Victim 6- Female (14 yrs) Baakersfield, Ca.

 

On 10-26-12 at about 2:00 am, three suspects broke into the victim’s residence in the 11000 block of Avenue 360 in rural Visalia while they were home and held them at bay with firearms for a robbery of certain belongings, which included a fair amount of processed medical marijuana, a rifle, and their personal vehicle. Two of the suspects wore masks to disguise their identity during the commission of the crime. The suspects fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle and there were no injuries reported.

Through further investigation, personnel from the sheriff’s department served a search warrant in the 500 block of Fowne Ct. Bakersfield, Ca. Officers from the Bakersfield Police Department and Southern Tri-County HIDTA assisted with the case.

Personnel located the majority of the stolen property, arrested two adults and placed three children into protective custody. The adults arrested were identified as Julio Cruz (27 years) and Bertha Cibrian (32 years), both reside in Bakersfield and were booked into the Tulare County Main Jail and the Bob Wiley Detention Facility. The children’s ages were from seven years to 14 years.

Julio Cruz (27 years) was arrested for home invasion robbery, possession of stolen property, auto theft, child endangerment, possession of a firearm with mask, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit crime. Bail was set at $100,000.00 pending his arraignment in court.

Bertha Cibrian (32 years) was arrested for home invasion robbery, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit crime and child endangerment. Bail was set at $100,000.00.

Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department are continuing the investigation and other suspects are being sought.

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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Grand theft of Walnuts
LOCATION:  Ave 152/ Road 208, Porterville          DATE:  10-26-12          TIME:  1000
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  O’Sullivan, Thomas          CITY: 

Taken into custody were:
S1: Osborn, John         34 yrs from Porterville
S2: Scott, Jasmine       19 yrs from Porterville
S3: Creador, Bojo        29 yrs from Porterville
S4: Rollins, Mary          52 yrs from Porterville
S5: Flowers, Carolyn    40 yrs from Porterville
S6: Rollins, James       46 yrs from Porterville
S7: Scott, Gidget          36 yrs from Porterville
S8: Acosta, Jose          42 yrs from Porterville 12-14040

Charges: PC 487(B) Theft of Walnuts

10-26-12 at approximately 1000 hours, Deputies were dispatched to the northwest corner of Ave 152, Road 208, west of Porterville in regards to a theft in progress. Upon arrival, eight subjects were detained for taking approximately 700 pounds of walnuts from the orchard. The walnuts were recovered at the scene and some recovered from three vehicles at the scene. The victim reported he did not give anyone permission to remove any walnuts from his property. All eight subjects were arrested and booked at the Porterville Substation and the Bob Wiley Detention Facility. The estimated loss and recovery was $1,020.

 
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Narcotics Arrest - Exeter
LOCATION:  Exeter          DATE:  10/24/12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60863         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect #1  Mathew Ramos                      33 yrs   Charges: 69 PC
                      Exeter, Ca.
Suspect #2  Anthony Ramos                     62yrs  Charges: 11358/ 11359 H&S 69/ 182 PC
                      Exeter, Ca.
Suspect #3 Katie Rebollero                      19 yrs
                      Exeter, Ca.                      Charges 11358 H&S
Suspect #4 Lisa Annette Ramos                56 yrs
                      Exeter, Ca   


On 10/24/12 Investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments STEP Team were assisting code enforcement personnel from the Resources Management Agency in serving a Civil Marijuana Abatement notice in the 30800 Blk of Merhten Dr. Exeter, Ca.. When serving the notice the investigators came into contact with Mathew Ramos. Ramos provided the investigators with a false name and identifying information. The investigators attempted to take Ramos into custody and Ramos violently resisted arrest causing minor injuries to the investigators. Ramos was restrained. During the fight Anthony Ramos instigated and assisted Mathew Ramos. After the situation was quelled it was revealed that Mathew Ramos was a wanted parolee and had two active arrest warrants one which was out of the State of Nevada.
Investigators then served a search warrant at the residence for the cultivation of Marijuana. Rebolllero was found trimming and processing the marijuana bud. The ensuing search and investigation revealed approximately fifty four pounds of partially processed and processed marijuana, seventy two mature marijuana plants, concentrated cannabis and indicia related to the sales of marijuana. The marijuana was far in excess of any medical marijuana recommendations and was being taken care of under the guise of medical marijuana.
Lisa Ramos was found to have an active arrest warrant and was taken into custody with out incident. All the suspects were taken into custody and booked at their respective jail facilities on the listed charges.
Photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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Narcotics / Child Endagerment Arrest - Farmersville
LOCATION:  Farmersville, Ca          DATE:  10/24/12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-40151         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect #1  Rudy Navarro Age 30 - Farmersville

Suspect #2  Celia Gamez Age 27 - Farmersville

 

Victim #1 Juvenile female  9 yrs
Victim #2 Juvenile male 8 yrs

After an approximate Four (4) week investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the Farmersville area, investigators from the Inter-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team were led to a residence in the 300 Blk of Kern Ave. Farmersville, Ca. where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed that the listed suspects were in possession of approximately 3 grams of Methamphetamine, indicia related to the sale of Methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, one short barreled shotgun and maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales. One large mature marijuana plant was located in the back yard.During the service of the search warrant Gamez and Navarro delayed the investigators in the performance of their duties by denying and stalling entry into the residence. Gamez was using her children as protection, it was also determined that the illicit narcotics and weapons were with reach of the children.  Navarro is also a previously convicted felon. The suspects were taken into custody without incident. The children were taken into protective custody and released to CWS.
The suspects booked at the respective Tulare County Jail Facilities on the listed charges.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division/ INET (559) 713-2950.

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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See Below
LOCATION:  19291 Road 236          DATE:  10-22-12          TIME:  1930 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-13896         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Strathmore

Charges:

11358HS CULTIVATION OF MARIJUANA

11359HS POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA FOR SALE

11366HS MAINTENANCE OF LOCATION FOR UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES

11378HS POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE FOR SALE

25800PC POSSESSION OF A FIREARM WHILE COMMITING A FELONY

273aPC   CHILD ENDAGERMENT

10851VC STOLEN VEHICLE

10852VC REMOVING VEHICLE PARTS

496PC     POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

 

S1: Nunez-Arteaga, Natividad 07/11/1968

S2: Nunez, Ricardo 06/27/1993

S3: Valdez, Benjamin 02/21/1984

S4: Villalobos, Meraz, Pedro 01/01/1982

 

On 10/22/2012 at approximately 1930 hours, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff's Departments Porterville Division responded to the 19200 block of Road 236 in Strathmore regarding a report of a brandishing of a firearm during a custody dispute. Ricardo Nunez, 19 of Strathmore, pointed a handgun at the mother of his three children, ages 5 months to 1 year old during an argument over custody and visitation.  

 

During the investigation, Deputies located a large outdoor marijuana grow site and stolen vehicle chop shop at the property. The majority of the estimated 400+ plants had been previously harvested. Deputies pulled fifty (50) mature marijuana plants, located approximately ninety (90) pounds of fully processed marijuana packaged for sale, scales, narcotic packaging materials, methamphetamine packaged for sale, two loaded firearms, a stolen vehicle and numerous additional stolen vehicle parts. Deputies located five children between the ages of five months to seven years living in deplorable conditions within the residence. As a result of the living conditions and illegal activity, all five children were removed from the residence and placed in foster care by Child Welfare Services. 

 

Nunez was arrested along with his father, Natividad Nunez-Arteaga, 44, Benjamin Valdez, 28 and Pedro Villalobos-Meraz, 30 for numerous charges including child endangerment, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of a firearm while committing a felony, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen vehicle parts, operating a stolen vehicle chop shop and maintaining a location for unlawful activities. This case is under active investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol.     

 
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487 PC Grand Theft
LOCATION:  35100 block of Road 52          DATE:  10-22-12          TIME:  1540 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-13888         VICTIM:  Rijlaarsdam Dairy          CITY:  Traver

On 10/22/12 at approximately 1540 hours deputies responded to the 35100 block of Road 52 regarding a report of a theft in progress. Employees of the victim confronted the suspect, George Edward Boston, who was attempting to steal a commercial watering truck, having driven it a short distance but failed to release the air brakes. Boston then attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended and detained by employees while deputies were still en route. Deputies arrived and took custody of Boston. The vehicle, valued at $6000, was returned to the owner.

 

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

 

Taken into custody were:

 

George Edward Boston, 37 yrs

 
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Cultivation of Marijuana/ Possession for sales of Marijuana/ Conspiracy.
LOCATION:  Delano, CA          DATE:  10-19-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60883         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Narrative:

Suspect #1 Barajas, Marco Antonio age 26 yrs , Santa Rosa Charges: 11359 H&S 182 PC

Suspect #2 Ortiz, Josue Huerta age 23 yrs, Stockton, Ca Charges: 11359 H&S 182 PC

Aguillon, Jose Luis, 65, Santa Rosa Ca.

Campos, Gerrardo, 30, Alpaugh, Ca.

Barajas, Christain , 28, Delano, CA.

Madrigal, Arnulfo, 23, Delano, Ca.

Maldonado, Jose Angel, 23, Stockton, Ca.

Villegas, Julio Cesar, 21, Alpaugh, Ca.

Enriquez, Felipe Mendez, 29, Alpaugh, Ca.

Sandoval, Cesar Gonzalez, 27, Santa Rosa, Ca.

Madrical, Teodolo, 33, Santa Rosa, Ca.

Osorio, Jose Luis, 24, Alpaugh, Ca.

Campos, Freddy, 25, Delano, Ca.

Azendano, Asuncion, 26 Dealno, Ca.

On October 19, 2012 Investigators’ from the California Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Team were in the 10700 Blk of Ave 16, in the Delano area looking a wanted parolee. When the investigators arrived at a residence in the area several subjects fled the area on foot and the investigators uncovered a large scale marijuana processing operation. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Departments Pixley substations responded to assist the parole agents. The listed suspects were located either in the buildings or on the property assisting in the manicuring and processing of the Marijuana. The property was seized and Detectives from the STEP Team were called in to take over the investigation.

A search warrant was written for the location and the ensuing search and investigation revealed three large building on the property and marijuana was found in the buildings in the various stages of drying and processing. There was living areas as well. Approximately Five Hundred (500) pounds of partially processed Marijuana, Two Hundred fifty pounds of processed marijuana packaged for sales and distribution, scales, packaging materials, indicia related to the sales of marijuana and a large amount of US Currency. Seven (7) firearms were located as well, one of which was an assault style rifle, and several handguns with large capacity magazines. Also located was large amount of shipping material from a major US shipping company for distribution purposes. It was determined that the listed suspects were performing various duties involved in the sales of marijuana under the guise of medical marijuana.

All the suspects were taken into custody without incident for Possession for sales of Marijuana and Conspiracy and booked at the Tulare County Jail on the listed charges.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department.

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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11358/11359 H&S, 1832PC Cultivation of Marijuana/Possession for sales of Marijuana/Conspiracy
LOCATION:  Visalia, Ca.          DATE:  10-19-2012          TIME:  N/A
CASE NUMBER:  12-60782         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  Visalia

Narrative:

Suspect: #1 Steve Lee Guire   Age:32  City of Residence: Visalia, Ca  Charges: 11358/ 11359 H&S 182 PC
Suspect: #2 Gabriel Anthony Macias Age:32 City of Residence: Visalia, Ca Charges: 11358/ 11359 H&S 182 PC
Suspect #3  Bryan Edward Sweeney Age: 42 yrs City of Residence:  Visalia, Ca   Charges: 11358 H&S
Suspect #4   Yvette Borges  Age: 27 yrs   City of Residence: Exeter, Ca. Charges: 11358 H&S   
Suspect #5  Roseanna Smith  Age: 27 yrs  City of Residence: Visalia, Ca. Charges: 11358 H&S
Suspect #6  Cynthia McClain  Age: 55 yrs   City of Residence: Visalia, Ca.

  After an approximate one month investigation into the cultivation of Marijuana in the unincorporated rural area of Visalia, Investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments STEP Team were led to a residence in the 13700 Blk of Ave 352 where a search warrant was served. Upon the investigators arrival, Suspects’ Sweeney, Borges, Smith and McCain were found in the residence manicuring dried marijuana bud and Guire and Macias were located in an 84 plant marijuana grow tending to the fully mature budding plants. The ensuing search and investigation revealed approximately one hundred fifty pounds of partially processed and processed marijuana, concentrated cannabis (in various stages/ types), fifteen plants in various stages of growth in an indoor grow, grow lights, indoor and outdoor growing material, indicia related to the sales of marijuana and a time clock and time cards along with an amount f U.S. currency. The marijuana was far in excess of any medical marijuana recommendations and was being taken care of under the guise of medical marijuana.
All the suspects were taken into custody with out incident and booked at their respective jail facilities on the listed charges.

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 

 
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Two Arrested on Inter-Agency Narcotics Case
LOCATION:  1300 block of Paradise Ave., Visalia          DATE:  10-19-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-40146         VICTIM:  Stae of CA          CITY:  Visalia

After an approximate four (4) week investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the Visalia area, investigators from the Inter-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team were led to a residence in the 1300 block of W. Paradise Avenue, Visalia where a search warrant was served.  The investigation and search revealed that the listed suspects were in possession of  16-(1) gram bindles of heroin, 15.4 grams 2 ounces of marijuana, scales, over $1100.00 in cash and indicia related to the sale of marijuana.

The suspects were arrested for the following charges:

Enrique Moran, age 26 of Visalia, Charges 11351 H&S, 182 PC
Deanna Dunlap, age 22 of Visalia, Charges 11351 H&S, 182 PC

Both suspects booked at their respective Tulare County Detention Facilities on the listed charges.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division/ INET (559) 713-2950.

Photos available on the Sheriff’s Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157631808492863/

 
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Victim of shooting located outside rural school
LOCATION:  Sunnyside Elementary, Strathmore          DATE:  10-19-2012          TIME:  1247
CASE NUMBER:  12-13756         VICTIM:  Hispanic Male Adult          CITY:  N/A

On 10-19-2012 at approximately 1247 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a possible shooting in the area of Avenue 196 and Road 196 in Plainview.  Upon arrival, the Sheriff’s Deputy received information that a red vehicle had driven away eastbound on Avenue 196.  The Deputy also received information the vehicle may have stopped at an elementary school and dropped off the victim.  The Deputy arrived at the school as the victim was standing near the entry gate and the red vehicle began to drive away.  The deputy was able to stop the vehicle and detain the driver for questioning.

Emergency medical transported the victim who was admitted to a local area hospital with an apparent gunshot wound to the torso.  The victim’s identity is not being released at this time.  He is a male, Hispanic, Spanish speaking adult.   The driver of the vehicle was detained for questioning.  His identity is not being released at this time.  He is also a male, Hispanic, Spanish speaking adult. The driver of the vehicle did receive medical attention for some glass shards to the face. 

The red Ford Ranger truck was seized by the Sheriff’s Office for processing.

The school, Sunnyside Elementary, was placed on lockdown while the subjects and emergency medical personnel were on scene.  The incident only occurred outside the gate of the campus.  The lockdown was lifted after the subjects were taken off site.

The Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation regarding the shooting.  If anyone has information regarding this incident they are encouraged to call 1-800-808-0488.  They can also provide their information anonymously through the Sheirff’s TipNow program by text or voicemail to 559-725-4194, or email tcso@tipnow.com

Photos are available on the Sheriff’s Flickr page under this case number at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157631808440598/

Video is available on the Sheriff’s YouTube Channel under this case number at:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TulareCountySheriff/videos?view=0

 
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Eight arrested on various marijuana cases
LOCATION:  Various          DATE:  10-16-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  Multiple         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Various

During the week of October 14, 2012, the Tulare Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (S.T.E.P.) Units served multiple search warrants and seized numerous pounds of processed and unprocessed marijuana.  Several subjects were taken into custody.  Below is a synopsis of the cases:

10-16-2012, Case number 12-60868
The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office was contacted to assist the California Highway Patrol regarding a traffic stop that was conducted on a vehicle that contained processed marijuana.  A Detective from the Sheriff’s S.T.E.P. Unit responded and seized the trash bags taken from the vehicle that contained a total of over 56 pounds of processed marijuana. On average the street value for processed marijuana can range anywhere from $1000.00 per pound, if purchased within California, up to $4000.00 per pound, if sold out of state.  The suspect, Cristian Hernandez, age 27 of Arvin, CA, was arrested for 11359 H&S and 11360 H&S.

10-17-12, Case #12-60869
A search warrant was served at a residence on the 17800 block of Ave 128 in Porterville.  Detectives eradicated over 98 plants and seized over 100 pound of processed and partially processed marijuana.  On average the street value for processed marijuana can range anywhere from $1000.00 per pound, if purchased within California, up to $4000.00 per pound, if sold out of state.  Five subjects were arrested in connection with this case:
Terry John Bryant, age 50 of Kittas WA, Charges: 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S
Eduardo Camacho Rubio, age 49 of Porterville CA, Charges: 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S
Ruben Vasquez, age 38 of Bellflower CA, Charges: 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S
Aristeo Saabedera, age 25 of San Fernando CA, Charges: 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S
Raul Valdez, age 49 of Porterville CA, Charges: 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S
Photos from the seizure on this case are available on the Sheriff’s Flickr page under this case number:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157631799341378/

10-17-12, Case #60877
A search warrant was served at a residence on the 500 block of S. Ruth in Porterville.  Detectives eradicated over 50 plants and seized over 10 pounds of processed marijuana.  On average the street value for processed marijuana can range anywhere from $1000.00 per pound, if purchased within California, up to $4000.00 per pound, if sold out of state.  Children were present in this home as well as one subject who was bedridden.  Two subjects were arrested in connection with this case:
Spencer Brown, age 27 of Porterville CA, Charges 11357 H&S, 11358 H&S and 11359 H&S
Sharon Cuellar, age 52 of Porterville CA, Charges 4140 B&P, 182 PC, 273a PC, 11350 H&S, 11357 H&S, 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S
Photos from the seizure on this case are available on the Sheriff’s Flickr page under this case number:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157631799330366/

The above cases point out some of the problems with current marijuana laws. Doctors routinely charge their clients for the amount of plants and dried bud allowed on their recommendations with no basis on fact. The high number of 99 plants allowed is not a law; it is the mistaken belief that Federal authorities will not accept a case with less than 100 plants. While this is routinely true, Federal authorities do not take into consideration multiple recommendations at the same location. Fewer than 100 plants at a garden site can be a Federal case. This has been shown with the recent Federal cases filed under Operation Mercury.

Individuals who obtain their recommendations are often misinformed by the doctors that they can donate their excess marijuana to a dispensary which will then donate cash back to the grower. Under California law this is still considered sales of marijuana, which is a felony.  A grower with a single recommendation for 99 plants will try to hide behind that recommendation and be untouched by law enforcement until he begins to harvest the plant.  Because of the yield of most strains of marijuana currently grown in the valley, even an inexperienced grower can harvest at least one pound of product from each marijuana plant. As soon as the plants are cut down and the processing started, they are no longer “plants”.  The material is now considered “partially processed marijuana”. Detectives who have been trained in marijuana investigations use several techniques to determine how much usable “bud” is yielded from the total weight of “partially processed marijuana” seized. 

 

 

 
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Robbery - 211 PC
LOCATION:  Terra Bella Area          DATE:  10/16/12          TIME:  1830
CASE NUMBER:  12-13635         VICTIM:  Confidential Per 293 PC          CITY: 

On 10/16/12 Patrol Deputies responded to a robbery report in the Terra Bella area.  The victim a juvenile reported the suspect who was an acquaintance of his had demanded his cell phone and threatened to kill him.  Upon the suspect taking the victims cell phone, the suspect fled.

On 10/17/12 South End Investigations detectives followed up with leads and with the assistance of the patrol deputies the suspect who was identified as Arturo Solorio (Age 29) was located in the Terra Bella area and subsequently arrested for robbery and unrelated warrants.

Suspect Arturo Solorio was booked into the Porterville Substation.

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

 
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11358-Cultivation of Marijuana, 11360, Transportation of Marijuana
LOCATION:  649 S. Sunset, Porterville          DATE:  10/17/2012          TIME:  2245 Hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-13689         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

S1: REFUGIO CASTRO, FELIX 02/03/1959 PORTERVILLE
S2: GARCIA REGULO, CASTRO 04/14/1970 PORTERVILLE
S3: CAN0-GUTTIEREZ, JOSE 02/12/1985 FARMERSVILLE
S4: CASTELLANOS-GUTTIERREZ, FERNANDO 01/10/1989 FARMERSVILLE

Tulare County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an address in the 600 block of S. Sunset in Porterville regarding suspicious persons who were observed loading what was reported to be marijuana into the rear of two pick-up trucks. As Deputies responded to the area, they observed the two suspect vehicles leaving the area. Deputies conducted investigative stops on both vehicles and located approximately two-hundred and eighty five (285) marijuana plants which had been harvested. The marijuana had already been dried and partially processed. Deputies located the harvested grow site abandoned at the rear of a residence located on S. Sunset. Four suspects were taken into custody pursuant to the charges of cultivation of marijuana, transportation of marijuana and resisting arrest. This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 
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Robbery - 211 PC
LOCATION:  3000 block of Merritt Drive, Traver          DATE:  10-16-12          TIME:  2034hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-13634         VICTIM:  Confidentia          CITY:  Traver

Narrative:

10-16-12/2034hrs
Deputies were dispatched to an armed robbery at the Traver Market and Gas located in Traver. Deputies arrived and contacted the victims who advised at 1954hrs suspects arrived to the market. One of the suspects, armed with a firearm, demanded the clerk to open the cash register. When the clerk opened the registered he was ordered to the floor. The suspect took an unknown amount of money from the register. The second suspect was standing guard at the front door to the store. The store owner arrived to the store and shots were exchanged. The suspects retreated to an awaiting vehicle and then fled the area in the vehicle.

No one was injured during the exchange of gun fire. 

Case under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office

 
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Assault w/deadly weapon
LOCATION:  12800 Block of Avenue 413 / Orosi          DATE:  10-15-12          TIME:  0808
CASE NUMBER:  12-13543         VICTIM:  Hispanic male adult 55 years of age          CITY:  Orosi

On the above date and time, Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the above location, during a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. At the scene, Deputies contacted a 55 year old Hispanic male adult victim, who stated he was assaulted by an known person. The victim sustained a minor injury, provided Deputies with a suspect description/possible location and was later transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his non-life threatening injury.

While checking the area, Deputies located a Hispanic male adult, who matched the suspect description provided by the victim. After further investigation, Deputies arrested 69 year old Gonzalo Guerrero for the above charge. Guerrero was later transported to and booked at the Tulare County Main Jail.      

    

 
 
 
 Case under investigation

 
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211 PC/ Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  30821 N HWY 99, VISALIA          DATE:  10-08-12          TIME:  0041
CASE NUMBER:  12-13235         VICTIM:  Goshen Arco          CITY: 

On Monday, 10-8-12, at approximately 0040 hours, three black male adults entered the Goshen Arco Gas Station and demanded money from the store clerk. One of the suspects was armed with a black handgun. The suspects possibly fled the scene in a light colored vehicle. No one was injured during the incident and the amount of loss is undetermined at this time. The case is currently under investigation.

 
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Sheriff Bill Wittman to Promote New Sergeant
LOCATION:  2404 W. Burrel, Visalia          DATE:  10-08-2012          TIME:  1000 hrs
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Sheriff Bill Wittman will be holding a ceremony to promote Detective Frank Zaragoza to the rank of Sergeant on Monday, October 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM. The ceremony will be held at the Tulare County Sheriff's Headquarters Lobby. Friends and family will also be present to show their support.

Sergeant Frank Zaragoza was raised in the Los Angeles area and moved to Tulare County by the age of 18.  He attended College of the Sequoias, where he received an Associate of Science Degree in Administration of Justice and California State University in Fresno where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminology. 

In June of 1999, he was hired by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and started his career at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility.  After about 2 years, he transferred to Operations as a patrol deputy assigned to the Porterville Substation.

In 2004 he transferred to the Narcotics Unit where he was part of numerous State and Federal narcotic investigations that resulted in the apprehension of major drug traffickers.  Due to his efforts, he successfully disrupted drug trafficking organizations that were trying to embed themselves in the County.

By 2009, he was transferred to the Violent Crimes Unit where he succeeded in apprehending numerous suspects who were subsequently charged with murder.  While in the Violent Crimes Unit, he held an 80% murder solve rate which is higher than the states average of 60%.

Sergeant Zaragoza has been a part of the SWAT Team, Search and Rescue Team, Asset Forfeiture Unit, and the Clandestine Lab Unit. 

Sergeant Frank Zaragoza is supported in his new career path by his wife and child. Sheriff Bill Wittman offers his sincere congratulations to Sergeant Frank Zaragoza, and wishes him well in his new assignment at the Cutler-Orosi Substation supervising patrol operations. The public is welcome to join the department, friends and family in the Sheriff's Headquarters Lobby Monday, October 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM to celebrate the promotion.

Refreshments to follow.


Photograph and Flyer available on Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157631707314682/

 
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Marijuana Eradication Details 10-4-12
LOCATION:  Multiple          DATE:  10-04-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  Multiple         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Multiple

On 10-04-2012 detectives of the Tulare County Sheriff’s STEP unit completed marijuana investigations at the following locations:

36300 blk of Millwood Dr., Elderwood
TCSO Case # 12-60860
Detectives entered a new phase in a four week investigation into the cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale at the above listed location with the service of a Search Warrant at the property. Upon arrival it was found that the growers had fled into a nearby grove as officers approached, owners of the property were not directly involved in the marijuana grow, but had rented a 1 acre section of their property to several individuals to grow purported medicinal marijuana. The investigation found that the marijuana being grown was far in excess of any medical needs by the suspects causing this grow site to be in violation of California marijuana laws. The property was also less than 500 ft. from a school.

The garden contained 235 fully budded marijuana plants, each containing several pounds of bud. The garden site was eradicated and suspects are being sought for questioning. The 235 mature marijuana plants had an estimated 500 lbs of usable “bud”. Three marijuana recommends were present which, “per the doctor’s recommendation”, allowed the suspects to possess 18 pounds of marijuana for their medical needs. 

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

38600 block of Rd. 64 Dinuba
TCSO Case #12-60849
Detectives responded to the above location to assist the Tulare County Resource Management Agency Marijuana Code Compliance Officer with the service of an Abatement Warrant. An Abatement Warrant is signed by a Judge of the Superior Court after numerous letters and civil hearings with the involved property owners.  It allows County Employees to enter a property to remove what has been declared a Public Nuisance.  In this case, the marijuana and the fencing surrounding it were out of compliance with the County Ordinance banning the outdoor cultivation of marijuana. Detectives routinely assist R.M.A. Code Compliance Officers because of the violence and common presence of armed guards around marijuana gardens. In this case, the growers had removed the almost (300) marijuana plants they were allowed by recommendations present. However, the suspect pointed out almost 1,000 pounds of partially processed marijuana drying in a pole barn. It is estimated that the approx. 1,000 pounds of partially processed marijuana will yield in excess of 450 pounds of usable/sellable “bud”. When it was pointed out to the suspect that the recommendations present, including his, only allowed for 18 pounds combined, he invoked his right to silence. The suspect was arrested on charges of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.

Arrested:
Alfonso Guizar, 39 yoa, Dinuba – Charged with cultivation and Possession of marijuana for sale
This case is still under investigation by the TCSO STEP Unit.


The above cases point out some of the problems with current marijuana laws. Doctors routinely charge their clients for the amount of plants and dried bud allowed on their recommendations with no basis on fact. The high number of 99 plants allowed is not a law; it is the mistaken belief that Federal authorities will not accept a case with less than 100 plants. While this is routinely true, Federal authorities do not take into consideration multiple recommendations at the same location. Fewer than 100 plants at a garden site can be a Federal case. This has been shown with the recent Federal cases filed under Operation Mercury.

Individuals who obtain their recommendations are often told by the doctors that they can donate their excess marijuana to a dispensary which will then donate cash back to the grower. Under California law this is still considered sales of marijuana, which is a felony.  A grower with a single recommendation for 99 plants will try to hide behind that recommendation and be untouched by law enforcement until he begins to harvest the plant.  Because of the yield of most strains of marijuana currently grown in the valley, even an inexperienced grower can harvest at least one pound of product from each marijuana plant. As soon as the plants are cut down and the processing started, they are no longer “plants”.  The material is now considered “partially processed marijuana”. Detectives who have been trained in marijuana investigations use several techniques to determine how much usable “bud” is yielded from the total weight of “partially processed marijuana” seized. 
            
Photos are available on the Sheriff’s Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157631698294572/

 
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Narcotics Arrest - Lindsay
LOCATION:           DATE:  10/3/12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-40144         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

#1 Juan Antonio Hinojosa             M/H    Age:    25
City of Residence:      Lindsay, Ca.
#2 Guadalupe Vega Gonzalez       F/H    Age:    18
City of Residence:     Lindsay, Ca.

 

 

On today’s date Patrol officers from the Lindsay Police Department were investigating a report of animal cruelty in the 600 Blk of N. Westwood. During the investigation the officers contacted the listed suspects and found a large amount of processed marijuana in the residence.  Investigators from the Inter-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team were called to take over the Narcotic portion of the investigation. A search warrant was served at the residence.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed that the listed suspect ‘s were in possession of approximately 108 grams of Marijuana packaged for sales, indicia related to the sale of Marijuana, scales, packaging materials and they were maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales. The Marijuana was being sold under the guise of medical marijuana.  Also when the suspect’s were contacted by Officers, Suspect #2 attempted to destroy and conceal the evidence.

The suspect booked at the Tulare County Main Jail on the listed charges.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division/ INET (559) 713-2950.

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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Attempt Homicide 664/187PC
LOCATION:  13100 block of Ave. 422, Orosi          DATE:  09-30-12          TIME:  0730
CASE NUMBER:  12-12856         VICTIM:  Hispanic Male Adult          CITY:  Orange Cove

Narrative:

On the above date and time the victim was checking irrigation in an orange orchard when an unknown suspect approached him and shot him. The victim received a single gunshot wound which caused a none life threatening injury to his left arm and neck.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male approximately 5-11 with a thin build. He wore a light blue bandana over his face, a grey long sleeve t-shirt and blue jeans. The weapon is described as a grey or chrome hand gun, unknown type.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Rodney Klassen at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit at 735-1908 or contact the Sheriff’s Department TIPNOW hot line at 559-725-4194 or tcso@tipnow.com

 
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Narcotics and Weapons Related Charges
LOCATION:  Orosi and Visalia Areas          DATE:  09-29-12          TIME:  1600
CASE NUMBER:  12-80155         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 09-27-12 thru 09-29-12 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit continued Gang suppression efforts in the Cutler / Orosi and Visalia area.  During this effort, seven persons were taken into custody for Narcotic related charges in separate unrelated arrests

1) Jose Perdomo (36 yrs old from Dinuba) and Gilberto Lopez (25 yrs old from Fresno) were taken into custody after a large amount of Marijuana was found in the vehicle and trailer they were driving.

2) The following subjects were arrested (unrelated arrests) for possession of a controlled substance:
                             Arthur Valero (22 yrs old from Visalia)
                             Leonal Reyes  (41 yrs old from Dinuba)
                             Juan Ramos    (39 yrs old from Orosi)
                             Ever Guerra    (35 yrs old from Cutler)
                             Ron Pascua     (40 yrs old from Orosi) 

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

 

 
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11350(a) H&S /POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
LOCATION:  200 BLOCK S. STATE ROAD, EARLIMART          DATE:  09-28-12          TIME:  1520
CASE NUMBER:  12- 12778          VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 9-28-12 at approximately 1520 hours Deputies contacted Jesus Ontiveros, 27 years old of Earlimart, during a routine traffic stop.  He was unlicensed and voluntarily allowed Deputies to search his vehicle for weapons or contraband.  During the search Deputies located a bindle of cocaine weighing approximately 0.2 grams.  Ontiveros was arrested and booked into County Jail without incident.  He was charged with  possession of a controlled substance & driving without a license.
  
         

The case remains under investigation by TCSO.

 
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Marijuana Eradication Details 9-24-12 through 9-28-12
LOCATION:  Various sites in Tulare County          DATE:  09-24-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  Various         VICTIM:  Stae of CA          CITY:  Various

9/24/12  13400 Block of Ave. 72 Earlimart  TCSO case # 12-60838
S-1 Leonardo Baltier,  59 yoa., Paso Robels Ca.   11358 HS, 11359 HS 182 PC
S-2 Manuel Favela Guiano, 52 yoa., Earlimart     11358 HS, 11359 HS 182 PC

On 9/24/12 detectives of the STEP unit concluded a four week investigation into the Cultivation and sales of marijuana from the above location with the service of a search warrant. Upon arrival detectives found a large marijuana grow purportedly for medicinal usage by three individuals. However the investigation found approx. 150 pounds of usable bud had already been processed, some already packaged for sale and there were still 158 fully budded plants in the ground. Each plant had approx.. 1 to 2 pounds of marijuana bud still on the plant. It was found that this amount of marijuana was clearly in excess of what was needed by the (3) recommend holders responsible for the grow site. The above listed suspects were arrested at the scene and transported without incident. Using the conservative amounts of  1 pound per plant and the 150 pounds of processed bud already present, in excess of 300 pounds of usable bud could have come from this grow site. This marijuana would have a street value in California in excess of  $900,000.

 

9/25/12
Locations:                                   TCSO Case # 12-60766
41900 blk of Rd. 126, Orosi
300 blk of S. Ventura,
15700 blk of Rosaline Ave. Ivanhoe
 
On 9/25/2012 The Tulare County STEP team assisted the CVMIT (Central Valley Marijuana Investigation Task force) with the final stages of a nine month investigation into the cultivation and sales of marijuana in the Fresno/Tulare/Madera county areas. The CVMIT task Force is made up of officers from the California Department of Justice - Bureau of Investigations, Fresno and Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments, U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The investigation targeted a DTO (Drug Trafficking Organization) operating out of the Orosi area with ties to Mexico. This group was responsible for many marijuana grows on both public lands in both the Fresno and Tulare county mountains and on the valley floor hiding behind California medical marijuana laws, Methamphetamine trafficking and planning home invasion/ rip-off’s in the Central valley.

At 0600 hrs on 9/25/12 multiple Federal search and arrest warrants were served simultaneously at the above locations and on several suspects currently in custody on related state charges. Arrested on Federal charges were the following:

Juan Manuel Rodriguez, 32 yoa, Ivanhoe
Frank Rodriguez, 28 yoa, Orosi
Jose Carlos Flores, 24 yoa, Farmersville
Miguel Angel Rodriguez, 19 yoa, Orosi
Marisol Rodriguez,  31yoa, Ivanhoe
Carlos Armando Luna, 21 yoa, Orosi
Wesley Carlos,  19 yoa, Orosi
Edgardo Torres, 20 yoa, Orosi
Travis Dodd, 34 yoa, Dinuba
Miguel Malagon, 40 yoa, Parlier

The investigation found that the above listed subjects took part in various operations within the Rodriguez trafficking organization including cultivating marijuana in both the mountains and valley grows hiding behind California medical marijuana laws, sales of marijuana, transporting personnel, supplies and marijuana to and from grow sites, possession and possession and sales of cocaine and planning what are commonly referred to as “dope rips” where an armed group of suspects take others marijuana by force. S-9, Travis Dodd is accused of impersonating a Federal DEA agent and using a fake badge to scout out marijuana grows close to being harvested, then passing the information to a “Rip team”. Dodd was taken into custody several weeks ago by local detectives and Federal agents to prevent several planned thefts. While the operations were planned no known marijuana rips occurred by this group due to law enforcement intervention.

All the above listed suspects are in Federal custody. The search warrants were executed without incident by Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement officers. In addition to the arrested suspects over (40) pounds of processed packaged marijuana, ½ pound of cocaine and (10) firearms of various types were seized during the operation. The groups marijuana gardens totaling approx. 13,000 plants were systematically eradicated by officers during the investigation throughout the season as they came close to harvest.

This case is still under investigation by CVMIT and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. S.T.E.P. team

 

36400 Blk of Rd. 112, Visalia  TCSO Case # 12-40140
S1 - Kai Moua,  37 yoa, Visalia
S2 - Xiong Moua, 40 yoa, Visalia
S3 - May Siong, 57 yoa, Visalia
S4 - Khoua Moua, 42 yoa, Visalia

On 9/25/12 detectives of the STEP, NTF and INET units concluded a two week investigation into the Cultivation and sales of marijuana from the above location with the service of a search warrant. Upon arrival detectives found a large marijuana grow purportedly for medicinal usage by (6) individuals. However the investigation found approx. 440 pounds of usable bud already processed, some already packaged for sale and there were still 604 fully budded plants in the ground. Each plant had approx. 1 to 2 pounds of marijuana bud still on the plant. It was found that this amount of marijuana was clearly in excess of what was needed by the (6) recommend holders responsible for the grow site.  (5) firearms of various types were seized in and around the marijuana grows. The above listed suspects were arrested at the scene and transported without incident. Using the conservative amounts of  1 pound per plant and the 440 pounds of processed bud already present, in excess of 1000 pounds of usable bud could have come from this grow site. This marijuana would have a street value in California in excess of  $3,000,000.

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

9/28/2012          
22300 Blk of Ave. 340, Woodlake Ca. TCSO Case # 12-60850

On 9/28/12 Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. STEP team assisted Tulare County Code Compliance officers in serving an Abatement Warrant on a marijuana grow at the above listed location. Abatement Warrants are written after the Civil fine process fails to induce a property owner to remove a Public Nuisance. In this case the marijuana in question was being grown outside of the approved zone and outdoors. Property owners had been notified, served and fined over a period of several months. After failing to abate the marijuana an Abatement Warrant was requested and signed by a Judge of the Superior Court directing the county to enter the property and remove the marijuana plants. 156 fully budded marijuana plants were removed from the property. The fence surrounding the property was torn down as it was also out of compliance with County Codes. Due to the frequency of armed subjects at marijuana grows the Tulare County Resource Management Agency requests the Sheriff’s department to assist in these abatement operations. The cost of the Abatement operation will be passed on to the property owner.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/8034105262/in/photostream/

 
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Arrests made on narcotics case
LOCATION:  Springville, CA          DATE:  09-28-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60110         VICTIM:  Stae of CA          CITY:  Springville, CA

Arrested:
#1  James Donnary Clancy, Age: 75, City of Residence:  Springville, Ca.
#2  Marie Angela Howe, Age: 58, City of Residence:  Springville, Ca.

 

After a one (1) month investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the Springville area investigators from the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division were led to residence in the 35300 Blk of Tule River Dr. in Springville, Ca. were a search warrant was served.

 

The investigation revealed approximately 11.8 grams of Methamphetamine, 38.6 grams of Cocaine and 186.2 grams of Marijuana all packaged for sales, scales, indicia indicating sales of narcotics, a hand gun and a sum of U.S. Currency were also seized.  The suspects were maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales.

 

The suspects booked at their respective Tulare County Jail facilities on the above listed charges.
 

 

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

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157631646293731/

 
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Attempted Homicide, Terra Bella
LOCATION:  9200 Block of Road 236, Terra Bella          DATE:  09-27-12          TIME:  0420 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-12707         VICTIM:  Male adult age 28 of Tulare          CITY:  Tulare

On 9/27/12 at approximately 0420 hours, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the 9200 Block of Rd 236 in Terra Bella in regards to a gun shot wound victim. Deputies arrived on scene and contacted the victim who had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was transported to a local area hospital for treatment. 

Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The incident is still under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sgt Liles or Detective Jose Torres from the Violent Crimes Unit at (559)733-6218. 

 
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PC 211, Robbery
LOCATION:  40600 block of Emerald, Cutler Ca.          DATE:  09-26-12          TIME:  1940 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-12694         VICTIM:  Francisco Reveles          CITY: 

Narrative:

On 09-26-12 at approximately 2001 hrs, Deputies from the Orosi Substation responded to the area Rd. 128 and Emerald Ave for a report of an armed robbery.  The victim reported the suspect took approximately $75.00 in cash from the victim while brandishing a handgun.  Suspect then fled the area on foot. 

 

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

 

 
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Grand theft of Produce, Possession of Stolen Property P.C. 487(B), 496
LOCATION:  15000 block of Ave. 8, Delano Ca.          DATE:  09-26-12          TIME:  1651 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-12691         VICTIM:  Atlas Farms          CITY:  Delano, Ca.

Narrative:

On 9-26-12, Deputies of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area in the 15000 block of Ave. 8, Delano regarding a report of a theft of grapes. Upon arrival Deputies were directed to a suspect vehicle seen leaving the area and conducted a traffic stop. The two suspects were contacted and after a short investigation, 64 boxes of stolen grapes were located inside a trailer the suspects were pulling with their truck. Further investigation lead Deputies to locate 28 boxes of grapes that were packed and ready for transport at the victim’s vineyard. The total loss of the produce was estimated at $2,300.00 with a full recovery of the stolen property. The two suspects were arrested and booked for Grand theft and Possession of stolen property.

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

 
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11358HS/11359HS/11360HS-Cultivation,Possession and Transportation of Marijuana
LOCATION:  Springville Area          DATE:  09-23-12          TIME:  2030
CASE NUMBER:  12-12551         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

S1: Moreno, Sergio 06/29/67 DRIVER / Victorville
S2: Torres, Pablo 08/09/1987 MOPE / Simi Valley
S3: Rodriguez, Jose 05/11/1982 MOPE / Simi Valley
S4: Mendoza, Juvenal 08/21/1980 MOPE / Simi Valley

On 09/23/2012 at 1900 hours, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff's Department  received an anonymous tip that individuals were seen transporting what was believed to be marijuana out of a clandestine marijuana grow site in Long Canyon. Long Canyon is a desolate, isolated area of the Giant Sequoia National Monument above Springville with no established or maintained recreational trails. Patrol and Resident Deputies responded to the area and set up surveillance of known drop points used by marijuana traffickers.

At approximately 2030 hours, Deputies observed a suspicious vehicle enter the Lower Coffee Camp day use area. A subsequent law enforcement stop of the vehicle was made by Deputies who discovered approximately one-hundred thirty-five (135) pounds of processed marijuana. The marijuana was packaged into one (1) pound plastic bags, ready for sale and distribution. The marijuana was estimated to be valued at approximately $550,000.00. Four Hispanic male adults from Simi Valley and Victorville California were arrested and taken into custody pursuant to charges of the cultivation, transportation and possession of marijuana for sale.

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

 

 
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Gang Violence Suppression Detail
LOCATION:  Cutler/Orosi and Visalia area's          DATE:  9-21-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  See below         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

  On Friday 09-21-12 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit conducted suppression efforts in the Cutler / Orosi and Visalia area.  During this effort, three persons were taken into custody for Narcotic and Weapons related charges:

 

Jose Hernandez (40 yrs old from Orosi) was taken into custody after a probation search of his residence found approximately 25 pounds of marijuana as well a small amount of Methamphetamine.

 

Jesus Torres-Manjo (24 yrs old from Orosi) was taken into custody for possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle

 

 

George Borbon (24 yrs old from Visalia) was taken into custody after he was found to be in possession of a small amount of Methamphetamine.

 

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

 
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***UPDATE*** AT RISK MISSING PERSON
LOCATION:  21600 block Brooks Ave, Lindsay          DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-12310         VICTIM:  Felix Garcia 62 years old          CITY:  Lindsay

On 09/20/2012 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, working in conjunction with allied law enforcement agencies, located Missing Person Felix Garcia. He was found to be in good physical and mental health in an undisclosed location. He is no longer considered a missing person or at risk.

 
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Marijuna Eradication Details Starting 09-13-2012
LOCATION:  Multiple          DATE:  09-13-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  Multiple         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Multiple

On 9/13/12 and again on 9/18/12 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office S.T.E.P. Unit partnered with Federal Officers from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s C.E.R.T. Program (Cannabis Eradication & Reclamation Teams) to raid and eradicate two large mountain marijuana grow sites in the Sequoia National Forest near Speas Creek and Rube Creek. On both occasions several suspects fled into the thick underbrush and steep terrain. In the Speas Creek operation, approximately 7,675 live marijuana plants were seized during the operation. These marijuana plants were fully mature and the garden had already been partially harvested. In Rube Creek, most of the grow site had been harvested; however 1,478 fully mature marijuana plants were seized. These fully mature plants would yield in excess of one pound of usable marijuana bud with a street value in excess of $3,000 per pound.

 

In addition to the marijuana plants seized, detectives also seized several firearms, ammunition for several pistols, rifles and shotguns. Multiple pounds of fertilizer, pesticides and rat poison were located in addition to several types of Mexican pesticides not readily available in the U.S.

 

Detectives and Federal Officers removed trash, water hose, pesticides and fertilizers from the Public lands grow sites and restored as much as possible, the natural streams and creeks which had been diverted by growers (a process known as reclamation.) Additional work will be done on these areas to restore them to their natural state after the marijuana season, to lessen the danger to workers on those projects.

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

 

On 9/20/12 detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office S.T.E.P. and Narcotics Units concluded a two month long investigation into the cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. At 0700 hrs on the above date detectives responded to a location in the 22500 block of Ave 314 in Lindcove for the service of a search warrant on a large marijuana grow site. This location had come to detective’s attention after neighbors reported armed men guarding the marijuana garden.

 

Upon arrival, detectives contacted the below listed suspects who attempted to flee by jumping over several fences all were captured and detained by assisting officers. The suspects were found to be growing marijuana under the guise of it being medicinal; the investigation found that the marijuana was being grown for sales to marijuana dispensaries in the Los Angeles area.

S-1 Juan Javier Chavez 22 yoa, Out of Mexico, HS 11358/ 11359/ PC 148
S-2 Luis Curiel, 31 yoa, Out of Los Angles, HS 11358/ 11359/ PC 148
S-3 Raul Ortega, 41 yoa, Out of Cutler, HS 11358/ 11359/ PC 148
S-4 Armando Anaya, 30 yoa, Out of Mexico HS 11358/ 11359/ PC 148
S-5 Jose Luevanos, 19 yoa, Out of Los Angles, HS 11358/ 11359/ PC 148
S-6 David Luevanos 19 yoa, Out of Los Angles, HS 11358/ 11359/ PC 148

 

The grow site itself was found to have a sophisticated surveillance and alarm system. Several rifles and a handgun were also seized from the property.  The 266 marijuana plants seized weighed in excess of 1800 pounds. A pound of high quality marijuana bud would have a street value of over $3,000 per pound if sold in California, on the east coast the value of a pound of marijuana is worth several times the California price.

 

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

Pictures from grow site availave at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157631585133911/

 
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664.187/422PC/ Attempted Homicide/ Terrorist Threats
LOCATION:  3000 block of Ave 308-Goshen          DATE:  09-19-12          TIME:  1701
CASE NUMBER:  12-12359         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 9-19-12, deputies were dispatched to the Goshen area regarding a domestic abuse case.
Upon further investigation, I learned that on 09-19-12 the victim was physically assaulted. The victim was threatened with a knife, and was held against her will. The victim sustained several cuts and bruises. The victim was transported to the hospital where she was treated and released.

The suspect was later contacted and was arrested for the above charges, and was later booked at the Main Jail.

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

 
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11378 H&S, 11379H&S Possession for sales and transporting a controlled substance
LOCATION:  41500 Block of Rd. 128 Orosi          DATE:  09-18-12          TIME:  2357hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-12324         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 9-18-12, 2357 hrs. Tulare County Sheriff Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with expired registration. The driver was contacted and found to have a suspended drivers license. A search of his person incident to arrest revealed him to be in possession of a controlled substance.

Further investigation revealed a scale, packaging material, and additional controlled substance inside of his vehicle. A presumptive test was conducted on the substance which tested positive for methamphetamine. The substance weighed approximately 7.3 grams.

The suspect identified as 31 year old Frank Gonzalez of Orosi was booked into the Tulare County Jail on charges of transporting and possession for sales of narcotics.     

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

 

 
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At Risk Missing Person
LOCATION:  21671 Brooks Ave, Lindsay          DATE:  09-18-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-12310         VICTIM:  Felix Garcia 62 years old          CITY:  Lindsay

On the above date and time deputies responded to the Lindsay Police Department where a family member reported the Felix Garcia, 62 years old from Lindsay, missing. Garcia is considered at risk because he suffers from dementia and has other medical problems. He was last seen this morning at about 11:00am walking east from his residence in the 21600 block of Brooks Avenue, north of the community of Lindsay.

Garcia is described as an being 5’09,” 170, with grey hair and full grey beard. He was last seen wearing a red polo shirt and black pants.

A picture of Garcia can be found at the following location:  http://www.tularesheriff.info/missingperson_garcia.html


Any information should call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or 1-800-808-0488.

UPDATE:

On 09/19/2012 a neighbor of missing person Felix Garcia reported that Tuesday, 09/18/2012 at about 11:00 am, Garcia came to his residence and asked for a ride to the airport so he could fly back to Mexico. The neighbor gave Garcia a ride to LA International Airport and dropped him off there. Detectives were able to confirm this and are working with LAPD and airport personnel to locate Garcia or track where he may have gone.

Garcia is described as being 5’09,” 170, with grey hair and full grey beard. He was last seen wearing a red polo shirt and black pants.

A picture of Garcia can be found at the following location:  http://www.tularesheriff.info/missingperson_garcia.html


Any information should call the Detective Rod Klassen at (559) 733-6218 or 1-800-808-0488.

 

 
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Update--187PC-Murder***Autopsy Results****
LOCATION:  900 block N. Laurel- Lindsay          DATE:  09-14-12          TIME:  0714hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-12114         VICTIM:  Michael Avalos, 20 years old          CITY:  Lindsay

UPDATE:

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 an autopsy was conducted on the victim’s remains. The cause of death was determined to be multiple stab wounds to the neck and upper chest and blunt force trauma to the head.

Anyone information should call Detective Frank Zaragoza at (559) 733-6211 or send anonymous information by calling, emailing or sending a text message to TCSO@tipnow.com or 1-800-TIPNOW.

 
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UPDATE TO HOMICIDE
LOCATION:  900 block N. Laurel          DATE:  9-14-12          TIME:  0714 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-12101          VICTIM:  Michael Avalos          CITY:  Lindsay

Narrative:

On 09/15/12 The Tulare County Sheriff's Department Violent Crimes Unit obtained a “No bail” arrest warrant for Joshua Stepp, 23 years old, from Lindsay CA, for the murder of Michael Avalos.  

 

On Sunday, 09/16/12, 4:24 am pacific time, Joshua Stepp was arrested at an Amtrak station in Kansas City Missouri on the outstanding arrest warrant. The U.S. Marshal’s Western District of Missouri Task Force located Stepp while he was disembarking from a train. He was arrested without incident. Stepp was turned over to detectives from the Kansas City Police Department and then booked into the Jackson County Detention Facility where he will be held, pending extradition to Tulare County.

 

Anyone with information should call Detective Frank Zaragoza or Detective Steve Sanchez at (559) 733-6211 or send anonymous information by calling, emailing or sending a text message to TCSO@tipnow.com or 1-800-TIPNOW.

Mugshots available on Sheriff' Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157631544204808/

For full details of the initial murder investigation see the Tulare County Sheriff's Department website at: http://www.tularesheriff.info/news.php

 

 
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11377 HS-Possession of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  Road 128/First Dr          DATE:  09-15-12          TIME:  1859 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-12157         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Cutler

On 09-15-12 at approximately 1959 hours deputies from the Orosi Substation contacted Gerardo Jijon-Pioquinto at the intersection of Rd. 128 and First Dr. During contact with the suspect he was found in possession of a glass smoking pipe with methamphetamine inside.  Jijon was taken into custody on charges of possession of a controlled substance, H&S 11377 and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

 

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

 

Taken into custody were: 

Gerardo Jijon-Pioquinto age 23.

 

 
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11377 HS-Possession of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  Road 128/Ave 408          DATE:  09-14-12          TIME:  2141 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-12127         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Cutler

On 09-14-12 at approximately 2141 hours deputies from the Orosi Substation conducted a traffic stop in the area of Rd. 128 and Ave. 408 of a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.  Once the traffic stop was made at the intersection of Rd. 128 and Ave 408 deputies found the driver of the vehicle, Gerardo Villicana, in possession of what appeared to be methamphetamine.  Villicana was taken into custody on charges of possession of a controlled substance, H&S 11377 and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

 

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

 

Taken into custody were: 

Gerardo Villicana

 
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