Grand Theft - 487 PC
LOCATION:  13000 block of Ave 368-Visalia          DATE:  03-30-13          TIME:  0615hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-3994         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Deputies were dispatched to a grand theft from a dairy in the 13000 block of Ave 368, Visalia. The victim advised the responding deputies that two Kubota RTVs had been taken from his dairy’s property without his permission.  The victim estimated the loss to be $20,000.

During the investigation deputies located two Kubota RTVs in the area of 13000 Ave 416. The RTVs were positively identified by the victim as belonging to him.

Deputies located a suspect in a nearby home and detained him for further questioning.  During questioning by detectives it was determined the suspect had in fact been involved in the theft of the RTVs.

The suspect, who is a juvenile, was arrested and booked into the Tulare County Juvenile Detention facility.

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

 
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11379 H&S, 182 PC 4576.3PC
LOCATION:  600 Block of S. Church, Visalia          DATE:  03-29-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-60034         VICTIM:  State Of California          CITY: 

Suspect:   Anita Garcia, 52 YOA

On 3-29-13, at 1300 hours, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department intercepted mail with narcotics being sent to an Inmate at the Tulare County Pre -Trail Facility. Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit responded and took over the investigation.

During the course of the investigation Detectives develop leads that resulted in a search warrant served in the 600 Block of S.Church in Visalia. As result of the search conducted, detectives located several items possible used to facilitate the operation. Garcia was taken into custody, on the above listed charges.

She is being held at Bob Wiley Detention Facility in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.

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

Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit responded and took over the investigation

 
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245PC/422PC/460PC
LOCATION:  4100 Block of Ave 404 Kingsburg, Ca.          DATE:  03-30-13          TIME:  0212
CASE NUMBER:  13-3991         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Tulare County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the 4100 block of Ave. 404 in Kingsburg regarding an assault investigation.  Upon arrival Deputies contacted the victim and two suspects. The victim reported the two suspects known to him, forced their way into his residence and began to physically assault him. The suspects attempted to stab the victim stating they were going to kill him. The victim was able to defend himself with the assistance of a family member. The suspects were detained by the victim until Deputies arrived.

The suspects identified as Grant Griffin  24 yrs. old from Kingsburg and James Griffin 21 yrs. old from Hanford were arrested and booked into the Tulare County Mail Jail.
They are being held on suspicion of Assault with a Deadly Weapon 245 PC, making Criminal Threats 422 PC, and unlawful entry into an inhabited dwelling with intent to commit a felony 460 PC.

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

 
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470PC/ Possession of Counterfeit Currency
LOCATION:  41600 Block of Rd 128- Orosi          DATE:  03-29-13          TIME:  1045hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-03973         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect: Osvaldo Hinojosa (26 years old)

On above date and time a Deputy from the Tulare County Sheriff's Department was patrolling the community of Orosi and initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Hinojosa. As a result of the stop, Hinojosa was found to be in possession of five U.S. counterfeit bills. Hinojosa was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail without incident and the currency was logged into evidence.

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

 

 
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Marijuana Eradication Detail Dinuba
LOCATION:  10200 Block of Ave. 404, Dinuba          DATE:  03-27-13          TIME:  0700 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-60626         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Dinuba

S1 – Richard Burkart, 53 yoa, Dinuba – Charges 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 182 PC, 273(a) PC
S2 – Chadwick Burkart, 19 yoa, Dinuba – 11350 H&S. 11351 H&S, 11352 H&S, 11364 H&S
S3 – Jose Jimenez,  36 yoa,  Dinuba – 11359 H&S, 273(a) PC, 182 PC, 12022.5a PC

On 3/27/13 at 0700 hrs members of the Tulare County Sheriff's Dept. S.T.E.P. Unit, Narcotics Unit and Gang Unit responded to the above listed location for the service of a Search Warrant on a marijuana growing operation. The search warrant was written for the property after a one month investigation showed marijuana being grown and sold, a crime under California law.   Upon arrival detectives contacted the above listed suspects for service of the warrant at both the primary and a secondary residence on the property.  The investigation revealed that the S1 – Burkart was found to be responsible for a large marijuana grow located in a green house on the property. The green house contained 1386 mature marijuana plants. Well in excess of the medical recommendations located on the property. S-2 Chad Burkart was found to be in possession of Heroin and to possess heroin for sales. S-3 was contacted at a secondary residence on the property. The investigation showed he was also involved in the marijuana grow and working for S-1 on the marijuana operation. Additionally (19) firearms were located inside the two residences, including (2) assault weapons and (8) handguns. 

It was found that the number of plants being grown at the location were clearly in excess of medical needs, A total of 1,386 marijuana plants were eradicated from the locations.

Also seized during the search was approx. (500) pounds of processed packaged marijuana in one pound bags, (19) firearms including (2) Assault weapons and (8) handguns, various packaging materials and scales. Approx. $150,000 in U.S. Currency was also seized. At the time of the search warrant service small children were playing in the immediate area and had easy access to marijuana and firearms around the property.

It is an ongoing problem that criminal groups pay unwitting subjects to obtain medical recommends from doctors who allow them to grow plants well in excess of their medical needs. Subjects who are recommend holders turn over their documents then have nothing to do with the marijuana, which upon harvest is then sold on the street, shipped out of state or to a dispensary out of the area. In this case evidence of out of state marijuana shipments and shipments to dispensaries in Southern California where marijuana from this location was sold for between $2,500 and $4,500 per pound, were also collected. The above suspects were arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession for sales, conspiracy, Child endangerment and firearms charges.

In addition to the above, the owner of the property was provided notification advising that allowing cultivation of marijuana is a Federal felony.  Growing marijuana or allowing it to be grown on your property exposes the property to seizure by the Federal government through the Asset Forfeiture Process which allows the government to seize property obtained or maintained through drug trafficking proceeds.

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

Photos available on the Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157633108076282/

 
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Missing Juveniles - Tipton Area
LOCATION:  200 block of North Callison Rd. , Tipton          DATE:  03-25-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  Multiple         VICTIM:  Xavier and Derek Macedo          CITY:  Tipton

UPDATE: The juveniles have been located at a neighboring residence. They are in good health and had gone to the residence on their own without advising anyone of their location.

Prior release:
At 0330 hours, Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 200 block of north Callison Rd, in Tipton for an occupied residential burglary. According to the victim unknown subjects forcibly entered the residence and took electronics and assorted jewelry. 

When the deputies arrived, it was also discovered that two children, Xavier Macedo Age 12, and Derek Macedo age 10 were missing from their bedroom at an adjacent residence on the same property. At this point in the investigation there is no connection between the incidents. For more information on the missing juveniles please refer to the accompanying flyer. 

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the children or information on the crime can contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit, Detective Gary Marks or Sgt.M. Cavazos at (559)733-6218 or (800)808-0488 

Photos and Flyer are available on the Sheriff’s Flickr page at:http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157633085807099/

 
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Home Invasion / Homicide
LOCATION:  37000 Block of Millwood Drive, Woodlake          DATE:  03-24-13          TIME:  2301
CASE NUMBER:  13-3713         VICTIM:  Raul Gonzalez, Age 30 of Woodlake          CITY:  Woodlake

Victim:
Raul Gonzalez, Age 30 of Woodlake

Scene:
37000 block of  Millwood Drive, Woodlake

Suspects:
Unknown, possibly 2-4 subjects, some spoke English and Spanish

03-24-13 / 2301 Hours
Deputies with Headquarters responded to 37000 block of Millwood Dr. in Woodlake for report of a home invasion with shots fired. Upon arrival, deputies located the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Medical personnel also arrived on scene and determine the victim had succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives with the violent crimes unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. Upon arriving on scene, detectives learned the victim had a marijuana grow site behind the residence.

Detectives received information there were two to four suspects in the residence, some having spoken English and Spanish.  Two other victims were in another portion of the residence at the time of the incident and were able to flee the residence without injury.  The suspects had cut the phone line, demanded money and fled the scene with and undetermined amount of processed marijuana.

Detectives are asking if anyone has information regarding this case to please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 800-808-0488.  You can also provide your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program by text or voicemail to 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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245PC Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  Maurer and E. Orange, Porterville          DATE:  3-24-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-03696         VICTIM:  McCune, Eli          CITY:  Porterville

Narrative:

On 3/24/13 at approximately 1535 hours, Porterville Patrol Deputies responded to calls of shots fired in the area of Maurer Street and E. Orange Avenue, Porterville.

South End Investigations Detectives also responded and found that the victim had been driving in the area and was shot by unknown suspects in a dark colored four door Honda type vehicle. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Any one with information regarding this incident can contact Detective Maria Lomeli at (559)733-6218.

 
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Bomb Unit Call Out
LOCATION:  800 Block of East River, Porterville          DATE:  03/24/13          TIME:  0930 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-3687         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 03/24/13 approximately 0930 hours the Tulare County Sheriff=s Department responded to the 800 block of E. River St. in Porterville regarding a suspicious object. Upon arrival, a rag wrapped in masking tape with protruding wires was located. The Tulare County Consolidated Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit was called out and responded. The unit is comprised of members from both the Tulare County Sheriff=s Department and the Visalia Police Department. A bomb robot was utilized to identify the object as blasting caps, incendiary devices capable of small explosions. The caps were safely removed without incident.

 
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Attempt Homicide
LOCATION:  Woodlake          DATE:  03/24/2013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-03676         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 03/24/2013, 0042 hours, Deputies were dispatched to the 29600 block of Rd 196, Visalia in regards to multiple gunshot victims. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the reporting party who advised deputies that the incident occurred at the 22700 Block of Ave 340, Woodlake. The victim’s were transported by ambulance to a near by hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Deputies then responded to the 22700 block of Ave 340, Woodlake where they located the crime scene and conducted an investigation. The suspects fled the scene prior to deputies’ arrival.

Case is currently still under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, Violent Crimes Unit, anyone with any information please contact Sgt. Parker or Detective Cotton at 559-735-1862.

 
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11377 H&S
LOCATION:  25600 block of Road 132          DATE:  03/21/2013          TIME:  0530 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-3547         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Narrative:

On 03/21/2013 Deputies of the Tulare County Sheriff Department responded to the area of avenue 266 and road 132 for a report of a suspicious vehicle in an orchard. Deputies contacted the drive of the vehicle and discovered he had an active warrant. Upon further investigation Deputies found the driver to be in possession of a controlled substance. The driver was taken into custody and transported to the Tulare County Main Jail facility. This case is still under investigation by the Sheriff's Department.

Suspect:   Eric Phillips     Age 47 years

 
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Narcotics / Child Endangerment Arrest - Tulare, Ca
LOCATION:  800 block of S. K, Tulare, CA          DATE:  03-19-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13- 70028         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 03-19-13, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division along with the Inter-agency Narcotics task Force (Lindsay PD and Exeter PD and personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel team concluded a two week narcotics investigation by serving narcotics three search warrants in the 800 block of S.K Street and 1370 Block of S. K Street, in the City of Tulare.

Detectives secured the residences and detained three subjects. Detectives searched the residences and located approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine, 3 grams of Cocaine, drug paraphernalia and drug packaging material. A two week old infant was turned over to Child Welfare Service.

Suspect: Terry Perez was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Bob Wiley Detention Facility for the following charges:

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


Suspect: April Nicole Salcidia was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Bob Wiley Detention Facility for the following charges:

 11378 H&S          Possession of a controlled substance for sales.      

 

 11377H&S           Possession of a controlled substance11366 H&S         

                          Maintain a place for selling any controlled substance.   
 273 A                 Child Endangerment



Suspect: Sharon Janet Armstrong was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Sheriff's Department’s Bob Wiley Detention Facility for the following charges:

11377 H&S          Possession of a controlled substance.
11378 H&S          Possession of a controlled substance for sales.
11378 H&S          Possession of a controlled substance for sales.
11350 H&S          Possession of a controlled substance.
11366 H&S          Maintain a place for selling any controlled substance.   

The case is still under investigation

 

 
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Robbery/ Battery
LOCATION:  12900 Block of Bermuda          DATE:  3-17-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-03355         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Visalia

Deputies were dispatched to a robbery and physical assault in the 12900 block of Bermuda, Visalia. Deputies arrived on scene and located the victim at a neighbor’s home. The victim advised at 0330hrs she had been physically assaulted by a known subject. The victim further advised property was physically taken from her without her consent. The victim was transported to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center by ambulance for injuries she sustained in the attack.

Suspect is still outstanding.

 

Case under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office

 

 
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245PC/ Assualt with Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  12800 block A416-Orosi          DATE:  03-15-13          TIME:  1704
CASE NUMBER:  13-3276         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On the above date and time Deputies were dispatched to the area of Rd. 126 and Ave 416, Orosi in regards to a gunshot victim. The victim stated unknown person(s) fired several rounds at him while he was walking northbound on Rd 128 just south of Ave 416.  The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was airlifted to a Fresno Hospital, where he was treated for his wounds.  The victim remained hospitalized for observation.

Case is still currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.  Anyone with any further information, contact Violent Crimes Detectives at (559) 735-1877.

 
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Burglary, Possession of sawed off shotgun, Minor in possession of a weapon
LOCATION:  1000 block of East Date, Porterville          DATE:  03-14-13          TIME:  0100
CASE NUMBER:  13-3236         VICTIM:  Gutierrez, Jose          CITY:  Porterville

On 03-14-13 at approximately 1730 hours, deputies responded to the 1000 block of East Date, Porterville in regards to a burglary. Upon contacting the victim, he stated two unknown male juveniles, had entered his residence while he was sleeping. The Juveniles removed property from the residence with an estimated loss of $1,000. $400 of the property was recovered and returned to the victim.

The two male juveniles, who are not being named due to their ages, were contacted at their residences. The 15 year old juvenile attempted to hide a backpack, after he saw a Sheriff’s Deputy at his residence. The backpack contained a sawed off shotgun. Both Juveniles were arrested and booked at the Juvenile Detention Facility. 



Taken into custody were:
Male Juvenile 14 yrs of age
Male Juvenile 15 yrs of age

Charges: PC 459 Burglary
            PC 33210 Possession of a short barreled shotgun
            PC 29610 Minor in Possession of a weapon

 
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Burglary
LOCATION:  5400 block of Wilber / Alpaugh          DATE:  03-13-13          TIME:  1515 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-3171         VICTIM:  Enrique Calderon          CITY:  Alpaugh

On 3-13-13 Deputies from Tulare County Sheriff=s Department arrested two Juveniles for Burglary to a residence in Alpaugh. The suspects stole items and caused damage totaling $1100. They were booked into Tulare County Juvenile Hall without incident.

Suspects:
(2) 13 year old males

 
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211 PC ROBBERY
LOCATION:  41536 R128          DATE:  03-10-2013          TIME:  0608
CASE NUMBER:  13-3002         VICTIM:  McDonald's Restaurant          CITY:  Orosi

On 3/10/13 Orosi Patrol Deputies responded to the Orosi Mc Donald’s Restaurant regarding a robbery.

 

South End Detectives also responded and found that an unknown masked male entered the restaurant at approximately 0600 hours armed with an unknown type handgun and demanded money from the cashier.  The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot.  No one was injured during the incident.

 

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

 
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245PC/Assualt with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  Terra Bella          DATE:  3-9-13          TIME:  1558
CASE NUMBER:  13-2983         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 3/9/13 Porterville Patrol Deputies responded to the Terra Bella area regarding a report of a subject suffering from a gunshot wound.

South End Detectives also responded and found that unknown suspects shot the victim as he walked down the road in the town of Terra Bella.  The suspect(s) fled in an unknown vehicle in and unknown direction of travel. 

As a result of the shooting the victim sustained non life threatening injuries and is being treated at a local hospital. 

The case is under investigation by South End Investigations Unit.  Anyone with information can contact Detectives  at (559)733-6218.

 
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H&S 11377/H&S 11550 (a)
LOCATION:  41500 block of Bienhorn Rd          DATE:  03-09-201          TIME:  1039 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-02968          VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Orosi

On the above date and time deputies responded to the above location on a warrant service for the suspect, Laura Eleanor Fernandez. The active warrant was for Grand Theft . Upon arrival deputies contacted the suspect. Fernandez was also found to display signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Fernandez was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance believed to be Methamphetamine.

Suspect was arrested and transported to the Tulare County Bob Wiley Detention Facility.

SUSPECT: Laura Eleanor Fernandez, 40 years

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

 
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460 PC Home Invasio Burglary
LOCATION:  N/A          DATE:  03-09-13          TIME:  0712
CASE NUMBER:  13-02964         VICTIM:  Confidential Per 964 PC          CITY:  Pixley area

 

 

 

 
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Weapons Charges / Criminal Street Gang Activity /Probation Violation
LOCATION:  15800 Block of A327          DATE:  03092013          TIME:  1800
CASE NUMBER:  13-80016-17         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Members of the Tulare County Sheriff's Department North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit contacted a known Sureno gang member from the South Side Kings gang in the 15800 block of Avenue 327 in Ivanhoe. Detectives contacted Jose Rivera, (21) and knew him to be on felony probation for gang violence and searched the residence that was linked to him. During the search of the residence, a .22 caliber handgun was located in Rivera’s room. Rivera was arrested and booked at the main jail for being convicted felon in possession of a firearm, violation of a gang injunction and being a member of a criminal street gang. This case is currently under investigation by the North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit.

 

In an unrelated incident, Gang Detectives contacted Isaul Loza (26) and Alejandro Loza (27) after hearing gun shots in an orchard north of Ivanhoe. Detectives observed a truck leaving the orchard and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Ave 332 and Rd 160.  Subsequent investigation found two hand guns in the vehicle and numerous spent shell casings. Both subjects were charged with Negligent Discharge of a Firearm as well as possession of concealed weapons in a vehicle.  This case is still under investigation by the North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit. 

 

 
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Explosive Device, 19100PC
LOCATION:  47000 block Rd128          DATE:  3-9-2013          TIME:  0800 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-2974         VICTIM:  Jaime Rojas          CITY: 

Suspect: Valentine Diaz

On 3-9-2013 at approximately 1124 hours, Deputies from the Orosi Substation responded to a location at the 47000 block of Road 128 regarding a reported detonation of an explosive device. Upon arrival, Deputies located the scene and remains of the materials used. Deputies also contacted the victim in the ER of the Adventist Medical Center in the City of Reedley. The victim stated a homemade chemical bomb detonated in the hand of a co-worker, Valentine Diaz, causing injury to his and Diaz eyes.

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

Taken into custody were: N/A

 
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UNDER INFLUENCE , OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE , POSSESSION & TRANSPORTATION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
LOCATION:  37600 BLOCK OF R158, LONDON          DATE:  03-07-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-02913         VICTIM:  STATE OF CALIFORNIA          CITY: 

On above date and time a Deputy from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department was patrolling the community of London when he observed Polino riding a bicycle without headlamp.  As the Deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, Polino failed to yield by driving his away from the traffic stop.   

After a short pursuit, the Deputy observed Polino attempt to dispose of a firearm and took him into custody. In addition, Polino was found to be in possession of controlled substance and he was also observed to be under the influence of a controlled substance.  Polino was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail without further incident. 

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

 

 

 

 
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211 PC - Robbery
LOCATION:  Superior Market          DATE:  03/06/13          TIME:  2019 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-2861         VICTIM:  Hadyeh, Juan - Owner          CITY:  Woodville

On the above date and time Deputies responded to the above location regarding an armed robbery that had just occurred.  Upon arrival Deputies learned that an armed suspect entered the business, brandished a handgun, ordered the victim to open the registers and took an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect then fled the scene on foot.
Sheriff’s Detectives responded to the scene and, through investigation, served a search warrant at a nearby residence on Claremont Rd.  At that location Detectives seized evidence in further of the robbery investigation as well as discovering a concentrated cannabis lab.  Sheriff’s STEP Detectives were contacted and responded to investigate the concentrated cannabis lab.

This case is currently under active investigation by Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Detectives.

 
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Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  Ave 112 / Road 24          DATE:  3-6-2013          TIME:  1030hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-2843         VICTIM:  35 year old male          CITY:  Corcoran

Deputies responded to a report of a robbery.  The adult male victim advised he had been driving on Ave 112 in the vicinity of Rd 24 when he was flagged down by an apparent stranded motorist.  The victim stopped and was then robbed by three Hispanic male adults, one armed with a weapon.   The suspects took the victim's wallet with approx. $900. cash, and a gold necklace. The suspects then fled the scene in the car which had appeared to be broken down.  The victim was not injured.  This case is currently being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 
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664/187 pc (Attempted Homicide) , 664/211 pc (Attempted Robbery)
LOCATION:  Orosi          DATE:  1/12/13          TIME:  0522 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-490         VICTIM:  Bejarano, Antonio          CITY:  Orosi

On 1/12/13 0522 hrs Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alley behind the 12700 block of Ave 416 in Orosi regarding an attempted armed robbery. Deputies contacted the victim who reported unknown persons(s) attempted to take his wallet at gun point. The victim was shot during the incident and sustained moderate injuries to his person. During the course of the investigation Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit conducted a search warrant at the 41200 block of Rd 130 in Orosi and arrested a male identified as Adonis Zavala. Zavala was booked at the Tulare County Main Jail. Anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to contact Detective Gary Marks at (559)733-6218.
 

Taken into custody was:

1)    Zavala, Adonis               18Yrs.                      Orosi Resident

 
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PC 459 Burglary
LOCATION:  44000 block of Sequoia Oaks          DATE:  02-28-13          TIME:  0900 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-2546         VICTIM:  Tasha Wittmore          CITY:  Three Rivers

Between 2-27-13 at approx. 1600 hrs. and 2-28-13 at approx. 0900 hrs. unknown suspects gained access to the victims residence and barn by unknown means during which time they removed property resulting in a $45,000.00 loss.

Case under investigation by TCSO

 
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Crime-PC 459
LOCATION:  42000 block of North Fork Drive          DATE:  02-28-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-2547         VICTIM:  John Rose , Zachary Roberts          CITY:  Three Rivers

Between 02-08-2013 and 02-17-2013 unknown suspects forced entry into two of the victims residences and removed items resulting in $770 loss.

Case under investigation by TCSO.

 
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Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  200 Blk of S Maurer Porterville, Ca          DATE:  2/27/2013          TIME:  1700 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-02522         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 02-27-13 at 1700 hours Porterville deputies and South End Gang detectives responded to Sierra View Hospital and the 200 block of S Maurer in Porterville, regarding a gunshot victim.  Upon arrival, it was discovered the victim had sustained a non-life threatening injury to his head.  An unknown vehicle drove by the victims’ location and fired several rounds from a weapon grazing the victim once. The victim was treated at the hospital where he was later released.  The unknown suspect(s) fled the area and is currently being sought by the sheriff’s department.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Gang Violence Suppression Unit.

 
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Home Invasion, Attempt Homicide
LOCATION:  Eshom Valley Drive in the community of Badger          DATE:  2-26-13          TIME:  2140 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-2498         VICTIM:  Adult male (42) years of age. Resides in the Badger area.          CITY: 

Suspect: Michael Serna. (29) years of age.  Resides in the Dinuba area.  (In custody)
Suspect: Tino Rosas (25) years of age. Resides in the Dinuba area. (In custody)
Suspect: Thomas Cuardos (21) years of age. Resides in the Ivanhoe area. (In custody)


On 2-26-13, at approx. 2140 hrs, Tulare County Patrol Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Eshom Valley Drive in the community of Badger, regarding an attempted home invasion robbery and shooting.

Upon their arrival, they made contact with the victim who had suffered gunshot wounds during the commission of this crime. The victim was airlifted to Fresno Regional Medical Center where surgery was performed. The victim is listed as Astable condition@. 
Deputies additional officers from Woodlake P.D. responded to assist with the call. They observed two vehicles that were leaving the area on Dry Creek Rd. The vehicles were followed a short distance and a traffic stop was initiated. One of the drivers of a vehicle yielded, while the other driver of the second vehicle evaded. The officer from Woodlake P.D. attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the driver of the second vehicle at which time the driver continued to evade. Sheriff Deputies assisted in the pursuit and a spike strip was deployed in an attempt to disable the vehicle. However, the vehicle was still operable and continued to evade pursuing officers. The pursuit continued until the driver of the vehicle failed to negotiate a corner and collided into a metal fence which rendered the vehicle disabled.   

The driver of the second vehicle was contacted and placed into custody at the scene. An area check was conducted as a passenger was seen fleeing the vehicle after the collision. The passenger was not located. Firearms were located in this vehicle and collected as evidence.  

Tulare County Violent Crimes detectives were called to the scene to investigate this matter further. It was determined that occupants of both vehicles were acting in concert while committing this crime. Search warrants were executed at the suspects residence at which time evidence was located and collected as evidence.   

 
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Violent Crimes Unit.  1-800-808-0488 Or E-mail tcso@tipnow.com. Ask for Det. Marks or Sgt. Parker

 
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RAPE/KIDNAPPING/TERRORIST THREATS
LOCATION:  A344, WOODLAKE CA          DATE:  02-13-2013          TIME:  2000 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  13-2499         VICTIM:  CONFIDENTIAL          CITY:  WOODLAKE

ON 2-27-13, The Tulare County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to Woodlake regarding rape, kidnapping, terrorist case.

It was learned that on 2-26-13, the victim was taken from A344/R172 against her will, and was threatened by the suspect and was subsequently raped.

The suspect was later contacted and was arrested for the above charges.

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

 
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Narcotics / Child Endangerment Arrest - Ivanhoe, Ca
LOCATION:  Ivanhoe, Ca          DATE:  02/27/13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-60012         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect:    #1 Laura Anna Araiza    Age: 31 City of Residence:     Ivanhoe, Ca
Suspect:    #2 Debra Giesbrect       Age: 53 City of Residence:     Farmersville, Ca.                 

 

After an approximate three (3) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the unincorporated area of Ivanhoe.
Investigators from the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division were led to a residence in the 33100 Blk of Rd 158. The ensuing investigation and search revealed 34 live Marijuana, 200 grams of processed Marijuana bud, glass smoking pipe, packaging materials and scales. Two minors ages 12 and 14 years old were located in the residence. The residence was unlivable as well and exposed to the suspects actions.

Suspect #2 was located in the residence and found to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
 
Both suspects are in custody and booked at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility for the listed charges and the investigation is continuing. 
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

Booking photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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Assault on a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Stalking
LOCATION:  800 block of S. Crystal, Porterville          DATE:  2-26-13          TIME:  1053 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-2474         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 1-4-13, at 0043 hours, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 800 block of S. Indiana in an attempt to locate a P.C. 460 Home Invasion suspect. Upon arrival  at the residence Deputies eventually contact the suspect standing at the doorway, holding a small Luger style handgun and they are challenged to shoot. Deputies maintain cover and eventually discharge a tazer, striking the suspect. The suspect falls to the ground and as Deputies are approaching the suspect fires one single round, striking a cabinet near the front entryway. A standoff ensues with the suspect ultimately escaping out a rear window and fleeing the area. No Law Enforcement personnel discharged their weapons and were unharmed during the incident.

        On 2-26-13, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by an anonymous caller advising that felony suspect Daryl Austin Young was seen in the area of the 800 block of S. Crystal, Porterville. Upon arrival Young fled on foot, jumping over multiple fences and led Deputies on a brief foot pursuit. Young was eventually captured and taken into custody. Several Deputies were injured during the pursuit, but released without emergency medical attention. Young was later booked at the Tulare County Main Jail for the fresh charges of P.C. 243(c) X2, 148.9, 646.9. Young was also arrested for his 4 outstanding warrants with a bail totaling $190,000.00.
   

The case is under investigation by TCSO

 
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Suspicious Death
LOCATION:  Woodlake          DATE:  2/25/13          TIME:  0958 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-2420         VICTIM:  Jane Doe          CITY: 

On 2/25/13, at 0958 hours, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Avenue 344 and Millwood Dr., Woodlake, regarding a report of a body floating in the Friant/Kern Canal.  Upon arrival, deputies located an unidentified female, who appeared to have been in the canal for an extended period of time.   An autopsy was performed today; however, due to the condition of the remains, all that could be determined was there were no signs of trauma other than what would be expected under the circumstances.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Gary Marks with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit at (559)733-6218.

 
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28th Annual Sierra K-9 Trials
LOCATION:  Visalia Plaza Park Raceway          DATE:  May 3 & 4          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department and the Visalia Police Department K-9 Team’s, will be out in the communities soliciting donations for the 28th annual Sierra K-9 Trials. This year’s trial will be held at the Visalia Plaza Park Raceway, on May 3rd and May 4th. The two departments will also be sponsoring youth from Tulare County, through both agencies Police Activities League organizations. The children will be treated to food, a T-Shirt, the opportunity to meet the K-9 officers and their partners and watch the trials. 

If you have any questions on how to donate to the Sierra K-9 Trials, please feel free to contact the Tulare County Deputy Sheriff’s Association at 636-1199

 
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Coronerís case.
LOCATION:  Friant-Kern canal at Millwood Dr. & Ave. 344, Woodlake.          DATE:  2-25-13          TIME:  0958 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-02420         VICTIM:  Unknown.          CITY: 

On the above date & time, a Friant Water Authority employee noticed a figure caught on the buoy line in the Friant-Kern canal close to the intersection of Millwood Dr. & Ave. 344, Woodlake. The employee called the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and deputies from HQ responded and confirmed the reporting person’s observations. Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office Dive/Rescue Team and Violent Crimes Unit responded. The body was recovered at 1200 hrs. by members of the Dive/Rescue team. The decedent’s identity, gender and cause of death are unknown and are pending further investigation.

 
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PIO and Media Relations Information - Procedures and Links
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

It is the policy of the Tulare County Sheriff's Department to cooperate with the media in establishing and maintaining procedure to disseminate information which the public has a legitimate interest. Dissemination of information to the media will be provided on a fair and equal basis and in a factual, timely and accurate manner. This department seeks a cooperative understanding which allows the news media to gather information of the public interest in a manner that does not hamper law enforcement operations.
 
In some cases, certain information must be withheld in order to protect constitutional rights, to avoid interfering with a department investigation, or because it is legally privileged. No release will be made that would compromise the integrity of any ongoing criminal investigation. In such cases media notification will be made as soon as practical. At no time will members of this department intentionally mislead or misinform members of the media.
 
The Sheriff's Office has an appointed Public Information Officer to act as a liason between the various media outlets, public entities and the department.

PIO: Sergeant Chris Douglass
http://www.tularecounty.ca.gov/sheriff/index.cfm/media/public-information-officer-pio/

The PIO works during regular business hours with weekends and holidays off.
 
The PIO may also be called out for special events on an as needed basis decided by the station commanders.
 
If you have a media request after hours, on weekends or holidays, please contact our non- emgency dispatch line at 559-733-6218 and leave a detailed message including the case number or news item you are referring to. The message will be forwarded to the appropriate station commander.
 
For booking photos please contact the on duty Sergeant at the jail facilities.
 
For presentation requests, please email info@tularesheriff.info with the event information including date, time, location, what is requested and contact information.
 
To receive news release updates you will need to subscribe to the Sheriff's News Alerts Twitter feed @TulareSheriff.  This will notify you each time we post something new to our news page.
 
The Sheriff's Office also provides photos on Flickr and video on YouTube for some incidents.  You may also subscribe to those sites to be notified when new content is posted.
 
Twitter News http://twitter.com/TulareSheriff
Flickr http://www.flickr.com/people/tularecountysheriff
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/TulareCountySheriff
Twitter Job Info http://twitter.com/TCSOJobs

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Generic Media Procedure web page:
http://www.tularecounty.ca.gov/sheriff/index.cfm/media/
 
PIO Information Page:
http://www.tularecounty.ca.gov/sheriff/index.cfm/media/public-information-officer-pio/
 
News Release Page:
http://www.tularesheriff.info/news.php
 
Coroner Information:
http://www.tularecounty.ca.gov/sheriff/index.cfm/media/coroner-information/
 
Coroner News Releases:
http://www.tularesheriff.info/coroner.php
 
Our Social Media Links:
http://www.tularecounty.ca.gov/sheriff/index.cfm/media/social-media/
 
Custody Status Info:
http://www.tularecounty.ca.gov/sheriff/?LinkServID=B4BADEBF-F07B-4F48-9AB6E390794C85F0

 
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SUSPICIOUS DEATH
LOCATION:  HIGHWAY 65 / AVE 24          DATE:  2-18-13          TIME:  1640 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  12-2140         VICTIM:  JOHN MICHAEL MALONE          CITY:  EXETER

On the above date and time a passing motorist saw the victim’s vehicle stopped on the side of the road with the victim lying on the ground next to the open driver side door.  The motorist stopped to assist and called 911.  The victim was deceased at the scene and had signs of head trauma.  The Sheriff’s Department is investigating this as a suspicious death.

No further information.

 

 
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Burglary / Elder Abuse
LOCATION:  Tipton          DATE:  02/18/2013          TIME:  1122hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-2138         VICTIM:  93 yr old Wihte Female Adult          CITY: 

Deputies were sent to the Tipton area on a theft report. Upon arrival Deputies contacted the victim, age 93. the victim said 1 HMA and 2 HFA, decently dressed knocked on the door. The victim answered the door. The victim said the HMA said he was there to advise the victim that he could fix the brown spots on the ceiling caused by rain damage. The victim said the HMA and the 2 HFA entered the victim's residence in an assuming manner. The HMA went through the residence, checking for more rain damage on the ceiling. The victim said the subjects then fled the residence stating that they would be back to fix the cieling. the victim then discovered money was missing from a room in the house.

 

Tulare county residence should be aware of possible scams that may occur similar to this incident.

 
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Assault with Great Bodily Injury, Robbery
LOCATION:  41300 Block of Rd 128 Orosi          DATE:  2-17-13          TIME:  2053 hrs.
CASE NUMBER:  13-2108         VICTIM:  Peter Yrigollen          CITY:  Orosi

Tulare County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to Sierra Kings Hospital in Reedley regarding and assault and robbery investigation. Upon arrival Deputies contacted the victim, who reported that he was assaulted and robbed of Property in the Orosi area of Tulare County.

 The suspect was identified  as  Sammy Hernandez Jr. of Orosi. The suspect was later located and arrested. He was booked into the Tulare County Mail Jail on the above charges.

Suspect: Sammy Hernandez Jr.  30 years old.

 
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