PC 245 (Assault with a deadly weapon)
LOCATION:  Tobias Rd and Hwy 190, Poplar          DATE:  05-02-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-5620         VICTIM:  21 Year old male          CITY:  Poplar

On the above date and time, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area of Tobias Rd and Hwy 190 in Poplar for a report of shots fired. While en-route to the call, Deputies received an additional call of a gunshot wound victim. Deputies arrived on scene and contacted a 21 year old male who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The victim was transported to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition.

During the investigation, it was determined an unknown subject confronted the victim and used a firearm to assault him. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

This case remains under investigation and anyone with information regarding the shooting is encouraged to call Detectives of the Violent Crimes Division at (559) 733-6211 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW   

 
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Suspicious death
LOCATION:  AVE 124/ RD 248-Porterville          DATE:  05-02-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-5600         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 5-2-13, at approx. 1445 hrs, deputies were despatched to the area of Ave 124 and Road 248 Porterville, regarding a possible deceased person found.

Deputies responded and located the person laying in an orange grove. upon checking the person for signs of life, none were located.  Notification of next to kin is pending identification of the decedent. Cause of death is pending autopsy results.



Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Detectives of Tulare County Sheriff Violent Crimes unit at 559-733-6218. Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow email tcso@tipnow.net

 
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Narcotics and Child Endangerment Arrests
LOCATION:  400 Blk of S. Beverly, Porterville          DATE:  05/01/13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-40063         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect:    #1 Ismael Sanchez    Age:    31
City of Residence:     Porterville ,  Ca. Charges:  273(a) PC 11378/ 11366 H&S 12022 (c) PC
Suspect:    #2  Daniel Sanchez Sr.      Age:    52
City of Residence:     Porterville, Ca  Charges: 11364/ 11550 (e) H&S 496 PC

 

After an approximate three (3) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the Porterville area, Investigators from the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) and the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division were led to a residence in the 400 Blk of S. Beverly. The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately ten (10) ounces of Methamphetamine, glass smoking pipes, packaging materials, scales and a stolen firearm. A large sum of currency related to the sales of narcotics was seized as well. A seven (7) year old minor was located in the residence well and exposed to the suspects actions and was able to access the narcotics and firearms.

Both suspects are in custody and were booked at the Porterville Sheriff’s Substation for the listed charges. 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.

Scene photos on FLickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157633398424038/

 
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Seven Arrested on Marijuana Case
LOCATION:  (2) locations in the 42800 Block of Rd 144, Orosi          DATE:  04-29-13          TIME:  0700 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-60658         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Orosi

Additional Case Number 13-60663

S1 - Eugene Garcia, 48 yoa, Orosi,  Charged with 11358 & 11359 H&S
S2 - Kao Xiong, 30 yoa, Orosi, Charged with 11358, 11359, & 11377 H&S
S3 – Keng Thor, 45 yoa, Orosi, Charged with 11358 & 11359 H&S

S4 – Sirena Paredez, 30 yoa, Orosi,  Charged with Child Endangerment
S5 – Daniel Paredez, 33 yoa, Dinuba, Charged with 11358 & 11359 H&S
S6 – Javier Chavez, 29 yoa, Orosi, Charged with Child Endangerment & possession of an illegal Assault rifle
S7 – Servandio Rocha, 35 yoa, Orosi,  Charged with Child Endangerment & possession of an illegal Assault rifle

On 4/29/13 at 0700 hrs members of the Tulare County Sheriff's Dept. S.T.E.P. Unit, Narcotics and Gang Units responded to the above listed location for the service of a Search Warrant on a marijuana grow reported by neighbors concerned about their safety. Upon arrival detectives contacted the first three of the above listed suspects for service of the warrant at one residence, The other three were contacted at a second residence after unknown subjects fled from one of the large marijuana grow enclosures into the yard of an adjacent residence resulting in an additional search warrant being written.  S-5 was contacted a short time later in connection to the investigation at the second residence.

The investigation revealed that several of the suspects tending the grows at the primary residence did not have medical marijuana recommends for themselves; however, they had paid others to use their recommends to grow marijuana, reportedly for medical purposes. It was found that the number of plants being grown at this location was clearly in excess of medical needs. A total of 1,040 marijuana plants were eradicated from this location. Additionally located at the first residence was a large amount of methamphetamine and several firearms including a sawed-off rifle.

The Search Warrant and subsequent investigation at the second residence found 780 marijuana plants being grown without a medical recommendation present. Inside the residence (2) loaded, AK-47 type Assault Rifles were located along with a loaded handgun, processed marijuana and a large amount of cash. Also at the second residence it was found that four small children had free access to the loaded firearms and the marijuana. The children were removed from the home and turned over to C.W.S. , all adults at the residence were arrested.  All marijuana from both locations was eradicated and later destroyed.


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

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157633396846824/

 
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Sierra K9 Association Comprised of the Tulare County Sheriff's Dept & the Visalia Police Dept
LOCATION:           DATE:  May 4th          TIME:  7:00 am
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

The Sierra K9 Association, comprised of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department and the Visalia Police Department K-9 Units, would like to invite the community to the 28th Annual Sierra K-9 Trial to be held May 4th starting at 7:00 am. This year’s trial will be held at the Visalia Plaza Park Raceway. Please bring an umbrella and stay all day, to watch officers from all over the west coast and their four legged friends compete. The competition will include obedience, area search, building search, and in the afternoon, the audience favorite, handler protection. The Sierra K9 Association will be selling tri-tip sandwiches, snacks and cold drinks. The Sierra K9 Association would like to ask for you to leave all dogs and other pets at home, as they will not be allowed into the viewing area. Outside animals are a distraction to the police dogs competing on the field. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday May 4th from 7am-4pm for a day of family fun.



 
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Burglary
LOCATION:  40400 block of Orosi Dr. Cutler, Ca.          DATE:  04-27-13          TIME:  1633 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-05363         VICTIM:  Cutler Bakery          CITY:  Cutler, Ca.

On above date and time Deputies were dispatched to the Cutler Bakery regarding a burglary in progress.  Upon arrival, Deputies located both Edgar Camarena and Mike Camarena inside the vacant business.  Both subjects were taken into custody without incident and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.
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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Possession of a controlled substance,Transportation of drugs, 11364 H&S - Possession of drug paraph
LOCATION:  Hwy 99 / Ave 384, Traver, Ca.          DATE:  04-27-13          TIME:  1130 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-05352         VICTIM:  STATE OF CALIFORNIA          CITY:  Traver

On above date and time CHP, Visalia Division, requested assistance from TCSO Deputies regarding a complaint they received of a man with a gun.  The gunman was reported to be at the Rest Stop near a vehicle.  CHP Officers and TCSO Deputies arrived on scene and located both Cardenas and Chavarria. 
As a result of the contact, Chavarria and Cardenas were observed to be in possession of drugs (about $500.00 worth), to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and to be under the influence of a controlled substance. 
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.  

 

SUSPECT #1:   Felipe Rodriguez Cardenas, (40 years old).  Van Nuys, Ca.
SUSPECT #2:  Luciano Villanueva Chavarria, (26 years old). Van Nuys, Ca. 

 
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Suspicious death
LOCATION:  Walnut orchard on Road 208 at Ave. 168, Porterville          DATE:  04-25-13          TIME:  1902
CASE NUMBER:  13-5280         VICTIM:  unknown male          CITY: 

On the above date and time a field worker located the body of an adult, male lying in an orchard.  The Tulare County Sheriff's Department is investigating this incident as a suspicious death.  The deceased has not been identified and the cause of death is unknown.  If you have any information please contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 733-6218.

 
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245 PC Assault with Deadly Weapon firearm
LOCATION:  13800 Block of Ave 400 Cutler, Ca.          DATE:  4-20-2013          TIME:  2257 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-5056         VICTIM:  Confidential Male          CITY:  Cutler, Ca.

Narrative:   Tulare County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the 1300 block of Ave 400 in cutler regarding a shooting investigation.  Upon arrival Deputies contacted an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound.  The injury was not life threatening.

Investigation revealed the victim was attending a party at this location when unknown suspect (s) arrived and fired several shots into the party striking the victim.  The suspect(s) fled the scene in an unknown type vehicle.

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

 
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Possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine for sales and transportation of meth
LOCATION:  30300 Hwy 190, Porterville, Lake Success          DATE:  04-20-13          TIME:  1744
CASE NUMBER:  13-5041         VICTIM:  STATE OF CALIFORNIA          CITY: 

04-20-13 at 1744 hours, Gary West was contacted during a traffic stop on the back side of Lake Success. West was found to have an active Felony warrant for possession of methamphetamine with a bail of $25,000. West was also found to be in possession of eight small baggies containing a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, which later tested positive for methamphetamine. The baggies, when weighed together, had an estimated total weight of 3.7 grams. West was also in possession of drug paraphernalia, which was a glass smoking pipe used to smoke methamphetamine.

West was booked at the Porterville substation on the warrant and fresh charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine for sales and transportation of methamphetamine.

Taken into custody were: West, Gary 56 yrs old

Charges: HS 11364, 11378, 11379

 
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Cultivation of Marijuana for Sales
LOCATION:  27600 Block of Ave 146, Porterville          DATE:  04-19-13          TIME:  1800
CASE NUMBER:  13-4999         VICTIM:  STATE OF CALIFORNIA          CITY: 

04-19-13 at approximately 1800 hours, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 27600 block of Ave 146, Porterville in regards to a wanted subject who was at the property.

During a search of the property for the suspect, a large marijuana grow was discovered. The owner of the property, Manuel Chavez, was in possession of a medical recommendation but he was over the allotted amount of marijuana he was allowed to cultivate. Chavez was arrested and booked at the Porterville Substation.

Suspect was arrested on 08-30-12 on a prior cultivation charge, refer case 12-70115.


Taken into custody were:
Chavez, Manuel 67 yrs
Charges: HS 11358, HS 11359

 
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under influence of controlled substance, possession of controlled substance & drug paraphenalia
LOCATION:  2200 block of El Monte Way, Dinuba,CA          DATE:  04072013          TIME:  1048 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-4392         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

 

SUSPECT: Edwardo Cervantez (45 years old)

 

On above date and time a Deputy from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department was patrolling the unincorporated areas of Dinuba when he observed Cervantez riding a bicycle and nearly causing a collision between the two. As the Deputy attempted to make the traffic stop, Cervantez failed to yield.

After a short pursuit, Cervantez was apprehended and detained. Cervantez was found to be in possession of controlled substance, to be in possession of narcotic paraphernalia and observed to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Cervantez 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 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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PC 664/187, PC 215, PC 207 (Attempt Homicide, Carjacking, Kidnapping)
LOCATION:  200 block of S. Anderson, Exeter          DATE:  04-04-2013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-4286         VICTIM:  24 Year old female          CITY:  Exeter

 

 

UPDATE: 04-08-12/1939 hrs

The remaing three suspects are in custody. With the assistance of the US Marshal's, Logan Heath, Wyatt Valle and Ronald Jones were located in the Las Vegas area and taken into custody.

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Suspects:

Pete Spray – 17 yrs old (IN CUSTODY)

Logan Heath – 13 yrs old

Wyatt Valle – 14 yrs old

Ronald "RJ" Jones – 13 yrs old

On the above date and time, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 200 block of S. Anderson in Exeter regarding a carjacking. Upon arriving on scene, Deputies contacted the victim and determined her vehicle was taken by gunpoint. It was also determined the victim had been tied up and forced into a residence against her will. The suspects fled in the victim’s vehicle and remain at large.

****Updated News Release****

04-07-2013 / 1200 Hours

Officers with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department contacted suspect Pete Spray at a local business in Las Vegas and detained him on other unrelated charges. During the investigation, Las Vegas PD also located the victim’s Mazda sedan in the parking lot of the business and secured it as evidence. Las Vegas PD checked the surrounding area for the other suspects involved, but were met with negative results. Spray was arrested and later booked in the Las Vegas Juvenile Hall on a Tulare County warrant for attempted homicide, kidnapping, and carjacking. Spray is currently being held without Bail.

This case remains under investigation and anyone with information regarding Logan Heath, Wyatt Valle, or Ronald "RJ" Jones, is encouraged to call Detective Steve Sanchez or Detective Sgt. Kennedy with the Violent Crimes Unit at (559) 733-6211 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to

Photos posted at:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/

or call 1-800-TIPNOW

TCSO@tipnow.com

 

 

 
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possession of a billy clu
LOCATION:  Lake Success          DATE:  04052013          TIME:  13-4331
CASE NUMBER:  13-4331         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 04-05-13 a deputy contacted a male juvenile on the back side of Lake Success who was the driver of a vehicle parked at the lake. Upon contacting the juvenile, he was found to be in possession of a Billy Club. The Juvenile was arrested and booked at the Juvenile Detention Center.

 

 

Taken into custody were:

Male Juvenile 17 yrs

Charges:

PC 22210

 
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Attempted Murder and Kidnapping
LOCATION:  Exeter Area          DATE:  04042013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-04286         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Tulare County Sheriff

Detectives are investigating an incident that occurred on 4/4/13 at approximately 1610 hours in the Exeter area. The female victim had been working when she was confronted by four male juveniles who assaulted, robbed, kidnapped and attempted to murder her and then took her car at gun point. An undetermined amount of cash was taken. The four juveniles have been identified as 13 year old Logan Heath, 13 year old Ronald Jones, 14 year old Wyatt Valle and 17 year old Pete Spray, their pictures are shown above.

After assaulting the victim the four juveniles fled from the scene in the victims 2005 red colored Mazda MZ6 Hatchback vehicle California license 6BEE350, similar to the one in the picture above. All four juveniles were last seen in the area of the 200 block of S. Anderson in Exeter. The four juveniles were said to be armed with unknown type firearms. The juveniles also made threats to hurt civilians. The victim sustained non life threatening injuries, which she was treated for at a local hospital.

If these subjects or vehicle are seen please do not approach them and contact your local law enforcement agency.

The case is being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Violent Crimes Unit, Detective Steve Sanchez or Sgt. Kennedy at (559)733-6218 or (800)808-0488.

 
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215PC-Carjacking
LOCATION:  200 blk S Anderson-Exeter          DATE:  04-04-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-4286         VICTIM:  24 Year old female          CITY:  Exeter

Suspects:
Four male juveniles

On the above date and time, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 200 block of S. Anderson in Exeter regarding a carjacking. Upon arriving on scene, Deputies contacted the victim and determined her vehicle was taken by gunpoint. It was also determined the victim had been tied up and forced into a residence against her will. The suspects fled in the victim’s vehicle and remain at large.  

This case remains under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to call detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit at (559) 733-6211 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW

 
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478pc/475pc-Making Fraudulent documents, forged or fraudulent bills
LOCATION:  300 block N Third St, Porterville CA          DATE:  04-02-13          TIME:  04-02-13
CASE NUMBER:  13-4176         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

04-02-13/1530hrs Detectives from the South End Property Crimes Unit responded to a residence located in the 300 block of North Third St, Porterville regarding a follow up to a check fraud case. While at the residence several items were located including items to make fraudulent money, checks and identification cards. The suspect was arrested and later booked at the Porterville Substation.

 
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K9 Use During Warrant Service, Resisting Arrest.
LOCATION:  14300 Block of Wilson, Poplar          DATE:  04/01/2013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-4090         VICTIM:           CITY: 

S1: Beltran, Juan Martinez

On 04/01/2013 Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff's Department attempted to serve numerous outstanding felony warrants on a Juan Martinez Beltran, 38 of Poplar. Beltran who was identified by Deputies at his residence, attempted to flee on foot. After a short foot pursuit, a Tulare County Sheriff's Department K9 apprehended Beltran after he attempted to evade Deputies by jumping numerous fences. Beltran received superficial wounds and was treated at a local Hosptital. He was later booked on charges of resisting arrest and seven (7) outstanding narcotic warrants with a total bail of $245,000.00.

 
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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.

 
...posted by DISPATCH
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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.

 
...posted by dispatch
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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. 

 

 
...posted by dispatch
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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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