Home Invasion Teviston Area
LOCATION:  15000 Block of Ave 84          DATE:  12-04-2012          TIME:  0830
CASE NUMBER:  12-15780         VICTIM:  Female age 42, female age 18, male age 20          CITY:  Teviston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Taken into custody were:
Garrett White

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Tulare County Sheriff’s Office

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Narrative:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
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Marijuana Eradication Case in Alpaugh Area
LOCATION:  5200 Block of Road 42, Alpaugh          DATE:  11-13-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60886         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Alpaugh

S1 – Michael Coleman,  age 35 , Out of Apple Valley Ca.

On November 13, 2012, detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office S.T.E.P. Unit concluded a two month long investigation into the cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana in Alpaugh. At 0830 hrs on the above date detectives responded to the 5200 block of Rd. 42 in Alpaugh for the service of a search warrant on a large marijuana grow site. Upon arrival Detectives found a large plywood enclosure adjacent to a residential area. The above listed suspect was contacted and found to be cultivating marijuana for sales. Over (40) medical marijuana recommends were found at the location, all for subjects out of the Southern California area. Evidence and statements obtained at the scene gave detectives probable cause to believe the marijuana was being cultivated for sales. Detectives eradicated 140 fully mature and heavily budded marijuana plants. The plants were guarded by a vicious Pit Bull that was contained within the grow site.


It should be noted that the commonly accepted yield for an outdoor marijuana plant for court purposes is one pound per mature plant, however the plants at these locations could easily have yielded 2 to 3 pounds of high grade marijuana bud per plant. If each plant yielded one pound the street value of the marijuana produced would be approx. $4,000 per pound, more when shipped out of state.


It has become common for Drug Trafficking Organizations to hide behind California’s poorly written medical marijuana laws which do not limit the number of plants a person can have.  Issuing doctors charge by how many plants the grower wants listed on the recommend. California does not have a central register of who is growing marijuana at what locations. Large Drug Trafficking Organizations set-up these “Plywood Grows” on farmland around the valley. Suspects make multiple copies of marijuana recommends, paying top dollar to have doctors endorse the recommend for 99 plants, then copy and scatter the recommends around many grow sites where local law enforcement officer’s investigating have no mechanism to check if the recommend might be posted in other areas. By hiding behind the loosely written California medicinal marijuana laws, officers are forced to do extensive, time consuming, investigations to get past the medical defense and prove criminal cases against suspects.


Detectives have found that some large land owners are renting out 1 to 5 acre portions of their property for up to $25,000 for out of the area growers to cultivate marijuana for the Southern California market. Alpaugh soil is generally to alkali to sustain marijuana plants.  Because of this, these and other marijuana plants in the Alpaugh area are planted in large containers which are placed on pallets or partially dug into the ground and filled with potting soil. A support system is erected over the plant to provide support.


Due to the excessive amount of marijuana present at this site, all plants were eradicated and the above suspect arrested. The suspect was transported and booked without incident at the Tulare County Jail.


Local Alpaugh residents have been calling in to report that large plywood fences were being put up at several locations in the area and they feared subjects growing marijuana would bring violence into the area.

This case and several others in the Alpaugh area are still under investigation by the TCSO STEP Unit.

Photos available on the Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157632007233707/

 
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Officer involved shooting in Pixley area
LOCATION:  Center and Allen, Pixley          DATE:  11-13-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-14852         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Update:
The Tulare County Sheriff's Office has positively identified the decedent as Cecil Ray Elkins, also known as Tiger.  He is a Caucasian, male, age 32 from the Pixley area.  Cecil was wanted by the Tulare Police Department.

The Tulare Police Department was seeking Elkins as wanted felon for two counts of attempted homicide.  Elkins was the suspect in a case involving a stolen vehicle on Monday November 12, 2012.  Tulare Police Department attempted to approach Elkins on the 1400 block of West Inyo Street in Tulare.  Elkins intentionally rammed a patrol car that was occupied by and officer  and attempted to strike another officer who was on foot, which resulted in an officer firing their weapon at Elkins.  Please refer to Tulare Police Department's news release for information regarding this portion of the case.

Tulare Police Department received a tip Cecil Elkins was in the Pixley area on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.  Due to the nature of Elkin's prior behaviors, the Tulare Police Department requested assistance from the TARGET team, as well as the Tulare County Sheriff's Air Support Unit in an attempt to apprehend Elkins and minimize confrontation or escape.

Elkins was seen getting into the passenger side of a vehicle that stopped at a local business.  When Officers attempted to make contact, Elkins fled on foot.  Officers followed and one discharaged his weapon multiple times at the suspect.  This officer worked on the TARGET team as a representative from the California Highway Patrol.  He is a nine year vetereran with the department and was placed on administrative leave as per reglular policy. 

A total of seven officers from the allied agencies along with the Sheriff's Air Support Unit were involved in the incident.

The officer involved shooting portion of this case is still under investigation by the Tulare County Sherif's Office.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call 800-808-0488.  You may also submit your information anonymously through the Shriff's Office TipNow program by voicemail or text to 559-725-4194 or by email to tcso@tipnow.com.

A photo of Cecil Ray Elkins is available on the Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/people/tularecountysheriff

PRIOR:
On November 13th, 2012 at approximately 3:41 p.m. the Tulare  County Sheriff's Office received a call in regards to an officer involved shooting in the Pixley area. Detectives responded to investigate the shooting. Detectives learned that the Tulare County Area Regional Gang Enforcement Team had received a tip regarding a wanted felon who was in the Pixley area. Officers from the task force attempted to make contact with the suspect. The suspect fled on foot and ran to the dirt lot near Center and Allen in Pixley. One Officer from the task force discharged their firearm at the suspect. The suspect, a Caucasian male adult, was pronounced deceased on scene. The Tulare County Sheriff's Office will continue the investigation.  As additional information is made available for release an update will be posted.

 
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Shooting Victim in Tulare Area
LOCATION:  Road128 south of Avenue 176, Tulare          DATE:  11-09-12          TIME:  1535 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-14696         VICTIM:  Hispanic Male Adult          CITY: 

On Friday, November 9, 2012 a passerby saw a man lying on the ground outside his truck on the side of the roadway.  The passerby stopped to check on him.  The man, a Hispanic male adult, was conscious and appeared to have a wound to the upper leg.  The passerby called the Sheriff’s Office for help at 1535.

The victim advised he stopped his truck on ranch he was working at.  He was walking outside his vehicle in the dirt field east of Road 128 South of Ave 176. A black Honda drove by with possibly two adult males in the vehicle.  The victim heard a gunshot and felt pain to his leg. The vehicle continued driving southbound on Road 128.

Detectives were called out to investigate the case.  Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 800-808-0488.  You can also send your info anonymously through voicemail or text at 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com.

 
...posted by media relations
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Narcotics Arrest - Dinuba
LOCATION:  Dinuba, Ca.          DATE:  11-08-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60131         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

 

Suspect:    #1 Fernando Galindo Jr.    Age:    31
City of Residence:     Dinuba, Ca                                       Charges: See above
Suspect:    #2  Hispanic Female  (Out of Custody)     Age:    36
City of Residence:     Dinuba, Ca.                                        Charges; 11364 H&S
Suspect #3   Joshua Galindo                                       29 years
                     Visalia, Ca.                        Charges: Arrest warrant for 11378 H&S

 

 

After an approximate four (4) week investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the Dinuba area, investigators from the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division were lead to a residence in the 1500 Blk of E. Park Way where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed that the listed suspect was in possession of approximately 14 grams of Methamphetamine, 2.8 grams of Cocaine, indicia related to the sale of illegal narcotics, maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales, Possession of a stolen firearm, a weapon with narcotics and maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales. He is also a known gang member.
Suspect #2, the Hispanic female, was in possession of narcotics paraphernalia and was not taken into custody.
Suspect #3 was at the residence when the search warrant was served and found to have an active arrest warrant for Possession for sales of Methamphetamine. 

Suspects 1 and 3 booked at the Tulare County Mail Jail on the listed charges.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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664 211 PC- Attempt Robbery, 459 PC-Burglary, 245 PC- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  7000 Block of Ave 310          DATE:  11-5-12          TIME:  2000 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-14515         VICTIM:  Hispanic male adult 19 yrs old          CITY:  Goshen

Victim: confidential: 19 year old Hispanic male adult

Suspect #1: 14 year old black male juvenile

Suspect #2: 14 year old black male juvenile

 

On 11-5-12 at approx. 2001 hrs. Deputies were dispatched to the 7000 block of Ave. 310, Goshen regarding a 245 P.C. Upon arrival Deputies contacted the victim who stated he located the suspects in his garage who then demanded property from him at gunpoint then assaulted him with the handle of a garden tool which caused minor injury. Deputies developed leads which led to the 30900 block of Farr Rd., Goshen where they were able to contact both suspect's. During their contact with the suspect's Deputies were able to recover items used in the crime. Both suspect's were later transported to and booked into the Juvenile Detention Facility on the above charges.

 

This case is under investigation by TCSO.

 

Sgt. J. Mayberry

 
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Defendant assaults public defender in court
LOCATION:  Department Six, Visalia Court          DATE:  11-05-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-14490         VICTIM:  John Shepard          CITY: 

UPDATE:
Mendoza booked on new charges:  PC 664/187, PC 205, PC 12022(B), PC 4502

PRIOR:
On Monday, November 5, 2012 at approximately 10:05 AM a defendant, on trial for homicide, assaulted his Public Defender while in court.

The defendant, Rafael Mendoza age 29, was in court starting his third week of jury trial for homicide and various other charges.  As the jury began to enter the courtroom, the defendant produced a makeshift weapon and cut his public defenders face. The Tulare County Sheriff's Office Deputy assigned as the courtroom Bailiff along with Tulare Police Department Officers that were in court were able to detain the defendant and render first aid to the victim.

The victim, John Shepard a seven year veteran with the Public Defender's Office, was assigned this case and had just begun the third week of jury trial with the defendant.  They were in Department Six, presided by Judge Saucedo. This case has been declared a mistrial due to the incident.
The Tulare County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes and Forensic Investigations Unit were called to take over the investigation of the case.

Rafael, Mendoza age 29, of Watsonville
Arrested on 5-26-2010 by Tulare Police Department for a homicide that occurred in their jurisdiction.
In custody on charges: PC 187(A), PC 12022 ( B)(1), PC 1170.12, PC 667(A)(1), PC 667.5(B) and a parole hold PC 3056

Booking photo is available on Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/tularecountysheriff/8158966106/

 
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Arrest Made on Narcotics Case
LOCATION:  200 Block of Baxley St., Porterville          DATE:  11-01-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-40153         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Porterville

On 11-01-12 the Tulare County Inter Agency Narcotic Enforcement Team, consisting of personnel from Lindsay P.D., Exeter P.D., Farmersville P.D. and the Tulare County Sheriff's Department concluded a two week narcotic investigation by serving a narcotic search warrant in the 200 block of Baxley St, in the city of Porterville. Detectives secured the residence and detained four adults. Two juveniles were turned over to Child Welfare Services.  Detectives searched the property and located the following evidence in the suspect’s residence:

Methamphetamine, Marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a loaded firearm. 

Suspect: Balderas, Donna age 25 of Porterville, was arrested, transported and booked into the Porterville Substation Jail for the following charges:

11378 H&S                 Possession of a controlled substance for sales
11366 H&S                 Maintenance of location for unlawful activities
273a(a) PC                Child Endangerment
135 PC                      Evidence destruction
12022(a)(1) PC          Committing a felony with a firearm

 

Suspect: Zepeda, Eduardo age 35 of Porterville, was arrested, transported and booked into the Porterville Substation Jail for the following charge:

11378 H&S                 Possession of a controlled substance for sales
11366 H&S                 Maintenance of location for unlawful activities
11357(c) H&S             Possession of marijuana more than 28.5 grams
273a(a) PC                Child Endangerment
135 PC                      Evidence destruction
12022(a)(1) PC          Committing a felony with a firearm
148 PC                      Obstructing a peace officer

Additional Suspects:
Mandrelle, Christopher (25 yrs) Porterville, cited & released at scene
Ressurrection, Julie (25 yrs) Porterville, cited & released at scene
Charges:
11357(c) H&S             Possession of marijuana more than 28.5 grams
11364 H&S                 Possession of drug paraphernalia
4140 B&P                   Possession of a syringe


This case is still under investigation.

 
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Possession of a controlled substance, H&S 11350
LOCATION:  10400 block of Ave 416, Sultana(Redwood Inn Bar)          DATE:  11-01-12          TIME:  0006 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-14286         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 11-01-12 at approximately 0006 hours deputies from the Orosi Substation contacted Rogelio Hernandez-Viera at the 10400 block of Ave 416 in Sultana, inside the Redwood Inn Bar.  Upon contacting Hernandez he was found to be in possession of  what appeared to be illegal narcotics.  Hernandez-Viera was taken into custody on the fresh charges of possession of a controlled substance, H&S 11350.   He was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail without further incident.

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

Taken into custody were:
Rogelio Hernandez-Viera

Charges:   H&S 11350

 
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11358 HS-Cultivation of Marijuana, 11359 HS-Possession of Marijuana for sale
LOCATION:  14769 Kilroy          DATE:  10-31-2012          TIME:  1700 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-14275         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Poplar

On 10/31/2012 at approximately 1700 hours, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff Department's Porterville Substation responded to a residence in the 14700 block of Kilroy in Poplar for a report of a disturbance. Deputies contacted Jose Luis Carranza, 33 at the residence. During the investigation, Deputies located a sophisticated marijuana cultivation and processing operation. Patrol Deputies discovered three hundred ninety-two marijuana plants in various stages of maturity, approximately forty (40) pounds of processed marijuana package for sale, clones, scales and packaging materials. The marijuana seized by Patrol Deputies was estimated to have a street value at over $700,000. Carranza was booked into the Tulare County Jail pursuant to the charges of cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale. This case is actively under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 
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Arrest made on sexual assault case
LOCATION:  Woodville area          DATE:  10-31-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-12782         VICTIM:  Confidential Juvenile          CITY:  N/A

On 9/29/2012 the Tulare County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children, Investigations Unit was contacted by Tulare County Child Welfare Service. Detectives were advised that a confidential juvenile reported that Franco Toledo had sexually assaulted him. An investigation was conducted and Franco Toledo was arrested on 10-31-2012 for three counts of PC 288(a).  Toledo was a volunteer for Granite Hills High school Band and Pioneer Middle School Band. He was also employed with Youth Experience Success Program through the Porterville Unified School District. 

 

Franco Toledo, age 22 of Woodville, was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail with bail set at $300,000.00.

 

Anybody with additional information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Crimes Against Children’s Unit Detective Ronna Brewer or Sgt. Harold Liles 559-735-1970.

 
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Defendant in court attempts assault on peace officer
LOCATION:  Visalia Courthouse Department Four          DATE:  10-31-12          TIME:  1059 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-14262         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Visalia

On Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at approximately 1059 hours a defendant who was being read the verdict on his case assaulted the lead detective on the case while in court. 

The defendant, Michael Risenhoover age 34 of Tulare, was a former Correctional Deputy for the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.  Risenhoover was in court, Department Four with presiding Judge Seviere for allegations of sexual assault of a minor.  Additional court security were present in the courtroom at the request of the Judge and Sheriff’s Management based on the sensitivity of the case, the defendants knowledge of our courtroom security and past statements in relation to safety  issues made by the defendant.

The defendant’s verdicts were as follows:
PC 288.7 PC – 2 counts, Guilty
PC 288(A) – 6 counts, Guilty
PC 288 (B)(1) – 2 counts, Guilty

After the verdicts for a few charges had been read as guilty, Reisenhoover quickly reached past his attorney and grabbed the Tulare County Sheriff’s Detective, who was lead investigator.  The detective was seated approximately six to eight feet away.  Resenhoover was able to reach the detective’s neck then attempted to grab her service weapon.  Bailiffs grabbed Risenhoover and deployed a taser in order to gain compliance and restrain him.  Risenhoover was successfully restrained without any further incident and removed from the courtroom.  The detective, a 13 year veteran of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, was medically cleared and is on leave pending the investigation.  The defendant was later returned to the courtroom to continue the reading of his verdict under additional security.

Tulare County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating the assault case.  The current charges being sought for this case are PC 243 (C) and PC 69. The case is still under investigation as all parties who were present in the courtroom at the time of the incident are being interviewed.

Upon completion of the court proceedings, Risenhoover was immediately transported back to his housing facility in Kings County under additional transport security.

 
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Shooting Investigation in Plainview Area
LOCATION:  14600 Block Vista, Plainview          DATE:  10-30-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-14230         VICTIM:  Hispanic, Male age 40 of Plainview          CITY:  Plainview

UPDATE 10-31-12:
The Sheriff's Tactical Enforcement Personnel Unit is conducting the investigation into the medicinal marijuana issues regarding this case. Detectives located 131 pounds of processed marijuana for sales in one pound packages.  There was an additional 30 pounds of partially processed marijuana that would yield approximately 24 additional pounds of marijuana bud.  The total weight of useable/sellable marijuana would be approximately 155 pounds.  Based on the information in the posted recommendations this amount is in excess of at least 125 pounds of what was allowed and was packaged for sales. Street value for marijuana ranges anywhere from $1000 per pound and up depending on if it sold to or in a dispensary, on the street or transported out of state where it would yield over $3000 per pound or more.

The Sheriff's Office has had various cases regarding theft, attempted theft, homicides or assaults over medicinal marijuana.  County Ordinances have been created to help protect those who obtain medicinal marijuana recommendations and operate within these guidelines.  A majority of cases where medicinal marijuana is present have found the recommend holders to be out of compliance with County Ordinances.  Specific zoning and security issues are listed to help protect community residents also.

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. 

Another issue recommend holders face is harvesting.  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. Recommendations commonly list a specific amount of allowable "processed" marijuana. 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" and is counted toward the allowable amount listed on the recommend.  The plant count is converted to a weight of useable bud and transferred to the processed amount. A majority of cases prove to be well over the allowable processed amount.

 

UPDATE:
After further investigation, it was determined the victim was shot while inside a residence during an attempted robbery of medicinal marijuana.  Several subjects entered the residence attempting to steal a large amount of processed marijuana.  The victim was inside this residence when the suspects arrived and shots were fired.  The suspects fled and the victim was transported by a personal vehicle to a local hospital. 

Medicinal marijuana recommendations were located at the residence along with a large amount of processed marijuana.  The marijuana was seized as evidence and the Sheriff's Tactical Enforcement Personnel Team was called to take over the marijuana investigation portion of the case.  They will determine if the amount of processed marijuana is in compliance with the recommendations that were on scene.

PRIOR RELEASE:
On Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at approximately 1516 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local area hospital regarding a possible shooting victim.  Deputies learned that a possible shooting occurred at the 14600 block of Vista in Plainview where the victim was struck.  The victim was transported by private vehicle to the local hospital where he was admitted.  No other injuries were reported. 

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

The Sheriff’s Office is asking if anyone has any information regarding this case to please call 1-800-808-0488.  You may also submit your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program by text or voicemail to 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com

As additional information is obtained an update will be posted.

 
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Arrest made on pursuit of stolen vehicle
LOCATION:  Ivanhoe Area          DATE:  10-29-12          TIME:  1034 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-14162         VICTIM:  State of CA, Gropetti Automotive of Visalia, Don Rose Oil of Visalia          CITY:  Visalia area

On 10-29-2012 at approximately 1034 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a possible stolen vehicle in the area of Road 160 and Avenue 330 in Ivanhoe.  Deputies responded to the area and were able to locate the vehicle driving northbound on Road 156 from Avenue 328.  A traffic stop was initiated but the suspect failed to stop and a pursuit began.  Due to the time of day, traffic conditions and area the original pursuit was cancelled but deputies remained in the area checking through several orchards and roadways.  The Sheriff’s Air Unit was able to locate the vehicle again and with the assistance of Woodlake Police Department, California Highway Patrol and the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (STEP) Unit the suspect vehicle was stopped in the area of Saint Johns River at Road 160, Ivanhoe Drive.  The suspect ran from the vehicle and was taken into custody after a short chase on foot.


After further investigation, it was discovered the vehicle was a stolen truck from Visalia Gropetti Automotive.  There were also several stolen tires and rims from Don Rose Oil of Visalia.  The suspect was also found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of a useable amount of a crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine.


The suspect was identified as Chesley McMains, age 40 from Woodlake.  The suspect was arrested on charges of:
VC 2800.2 Evading and officer
PC 496D Purchase or receipt of stolen vehicle
PC 148 Resisting arrest
HS 11377(A) Possession of a controlled substance
PC 496(A) Receiving stolen property
HS 11550 Under the influence of a controlled substance
Active Warrant for HS 11550 (A) under the influence of a controlled substance
Total Bail:  $110,000.00


The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the reporting party for calling in the information regarding the stolen vehicle along with the support units and allied agencies that made this arrest possible.

Booking photo:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/8136925411/in/photostream

 
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Officer Involved Shooting, Goshen Area
LOCATION:  Road 69 and Avenue 304, Goshen          DATE:  10-26-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-14072         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Goshen

On 10-26-2012 at approximately 2330 hours VPD officers witnessed a white Hyundai Sonata run through a stop sign intersection at Locust and Grove in Visalia.  They attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle while continuing south on Locust toward Mineral King.  The vehicle failed to stop and continued to drive away.  A second VPD unit with a K-9 followed in pursuit.  The suspect vehicle entered west bound 198 then transferred to northbound HWY 99.  The suspect vehicle exited HWY 99 at avenue 304 where it lost control and rolled over in a dirt lot at the 30400 block of Road 69 in Goshen.

 

VPD officers exited their vehicles, began to approach the suspect vehicle ordering the suspects to show their hands.  Three suspects exited the vehicle through the windows and began shooting at the officers.  The Officers returned fire striking all three suspects.  Two suspects remained inside the vehicle.  Initially the K-9 Officer deployed his K-9.  When shots were heard, the K-9 was called off and returned to the officer.  None of the Officers nor K-9 was injured. 

 

One suspect, Ruben Molina age 22 of Earlimart, was pronounced deceased on scene.  The second suspect, Edwardo Maduena age 19 or Earlimart, was transported and pronounced deceased at a local area hospital.  The third suspect, Nicholas Chavez, age 18 of Pixley, was transported to a local hospital where he has been admitted and under care for his injuries.

 

The two suspects that remained in the vehicle were arrested.  Robert Ruiz, age 21 of Tipton, is in custody for attempted homicide and homicide.  A seventeen year old female from Visalia was also arrested for attempted homicide and homicide.  Edwardo Maduena was a wanted felon who has been known to carry a firearm.  Investigation is still ongoing to determine if there is any connection to gangs in the area.  

 

All three officers from Visalia Police Department discharged their service weapons.  Each officer has over seven years of experience in law enforcement.  Per standard procedure with the Visalia Police Department, all three officers were placed on paid administrative leave.

 

Suspects:
Robert Ruiz, age 21 of Tipton, in-custody PC 664/187, PC 187
Female, age 17 of Visalia, in-custody PC 664/187, PC 187
Nicholas Chavez,   age 18 of Pixley, admitted into hospital, in custody PC 664/187, PC 187
Edwardo Maduena, age 19 of Earlimart, deceased on scene
Ruben Molina, age 22 of Earlimart, deceased at hospital

 

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation regarding this case.  The Sheriff’s Office is asking if anyone has any information regarding this case to please call 1-800-808-0488.  You can also provide anonymous information through the Sheriff’s TipNow program by sending a text or voicemail to 559-725-4194 or e-mail tcso@tipnow.com.  Your information is routed through the TipNow server to keep your contact information anonymous.

 

Photos posted of all subjects except the juvenile on the Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157631883928701/

 
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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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