11377 H&S,11378 H&S, 11550 H&S, 11366 H&S, 10851 CVC, 135 PC, 182 PC
LOCATION:  4700 block of W. Crowley Court          DATE:  4-12-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-40060         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Visalia

Cont. Suspects:
Eads, Teresa                Age: 42 yrs.
Craig, Wiley Dean       Age: 48 yrs.
Jimenez, Jonathon       Age: 18

Narrative:
On 04-12-12 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 month long narcotic investigation by serving a narcotic search warrant in the 4700 block of West Crowley Court in the city of Visalia. Detectives secured the residence and detained five adults. Detectives searched the property and located approximately 3 ounces of methamphetamine, packaging material, digital hand scales, a small amount of processed marijuana and a stolen motorcycle that was located in the garage. A sophisticated camera system was located on the front two corners of the residence with the viewing monitor located in the master bedroom. All five suspects were arrested on the following charges:

Suspect Ford, Jeffrey was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail Facility for the following charges:
11377 H&S     Possession of a controlled substance
11378 H&S     Possession of a controlled substance for sales
11366 H&S     Maintaining a location for sales/use of narcotics
11550 H&S     Under the influence of a controlled substance.

Suspect Eads, Teresa was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Bob Wiley Detention Facility for the following charges:
11378 H&S      Possession of a controlled substance for sales.
182 P.C.           conspiracy to commit a felony
11550 H&S      Under the influence of a controlled substance.

Suspect Laski, Jim was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail Facility for the following charges: 

11550 H&S        Under the influence of a controlled substance.
11377 H&S        Possession of a controlled substance.
135 P.C.             Destruction of evidence.

Suspect Craig, Wiley Dean was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail Facility for the following charges: 
11550 H&S        Under the influence of a controlled substance.
10851 VC           Possession of a stolen vehicle.

Suspect Jimenez, Jonathon was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail Facility for the following charges: 

11550 H&S        Under the influence of a controlled substance.


 
This case is still under investigation.



Case Agent: Det. Mark Frick        Supervisor: Sgt. John Gonzalez



 
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245 PC- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  100 block of East yates          DATE:  04-08-12          TIME:  1730 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-4435         VICTIM:  Adult Male          CITY:  Porterville

Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. Porterville substation were dispatched to a report  of  a subject bleeding in the area of Yates and Main Street, Porterville.  Upon arrival a male adult was located who had sustained injuries to his head.  The male was transported to Sierra View Hospital for treatment of the non life threatening injuries.  The male was able to identify who had attacked him.  Detectives from the South End Investigative Unit of the Sheriff’s Dept. assisted and a subject identified by the male was arrested at a nearby residence.  This subject was booked into the Porterville Substation on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. Anyone with additional information to this assault is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Dept. at 559-733-6218. 


(Suspect)
Carlos Sanchez 29 yrs


The case is under investigation by TCSO


 
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11377 HS, 148 PC- Possession of Narcotics and Resisting Arrest
LOCATION:  800 block of East Scranton          DATE:  4-8-12          TIME:  2034 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-4443         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. Porterville substation and South End Investigation Unit Detectives were attempting to locate a suspect in regards to an assault with a deadly weapon.  Contact was being attempted at a residence on the east side of Porterville when subjects fled after seeing the uniformed deputies.  The subjects fleeing matched those of the suspect in question and the deputies gave chase. One of the subjects was able to elude the deputies, but one was arrested a short distance away.  This subject was found to be in possession of narcotics and had additional warrants for his arrest.  This subject was booked into the Porterville Substation for the possession of the narcotics, resisting arrest, and the additional warrants.  

(Suspect)
Michael Espinoza 30 yrs


The case is under investigation by TCSO

 
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245 P.C. Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  12500 block of Walnut Orosi, Ca.          DATE:  04-07-12          TIME:  2329
CASE NUMBER:  12-4409         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Victim 1: undisclosed male (19 years) 12500 block of Walnut Orosi, Ca.
Victim 2: undisclosed male (35 years) 12500 block of Walnut Orosi, Ca.
Suspect: Sergio Zavala (29 years) 12500 block of Albert Orosi, Ca.

On 4-07-12 at about 11:29 pm, two undisclosed male victims were at a party in the 12500 block of Walnut Orosi, Ca.  The victims, ages 19 and 35 were contacted by a group of subjects who wanted to attend the party, but they were refused entry.  A little later, the victims left the party on foot and were contacted by a larger group of subjects.  The victims were then assaulted by several of the subjects and ultimately stabbed.  The victims were able to flee to a safe area to report the crime.  The victims were treated and released with non life threatening injuries from a local hospital.

On 4-08-12 at about 1:00 pm, a victim observed one of the suspects in the area of Golden Valley Elementary, at which time he was detained by patrol.  Suspect Sergio Zavala (29 years) was arrested in connection to the crime for assault and booked without incident into the Tulare County Main Jail with bail set at $30,000.00.

The case remains under investigation.

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

 
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2002 VC / 25400(a) PC / 25850(a) PC
LOCATION:  Road 127 and Ella Avenue in Orosi          DATE:  04-07-12          TIME:  1730
CASE NUMBER:  12-4393          VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Deputies were dispatched to a possible fight in progress in the area of Road 127 and Ella Avenue in Orosi. Deputies responded and did not locate any subjects fighting, however, they were flagged down by citizens who reported a black Ford Mustang had driven Southbound on Road 127, and struck a parked vehicle, causing damage.  The suspects license plate was obtained by witnesses and from evidence at the scene.
At the same time, a motorist in the area, advised she and a male driver were driving in the area of Road 128 and Miller, when a black Mustang drove up along side them and almost struck their vehicle. A subject in the Mustang was reported to have brandished a pistol at the subjects.
Deputies responded to an address in Orosi, where the Mustang was possibly registered to. The Mustang was located at the residence, and the 19 year old suspect was also contacted at the scene. Investigation revealed  the suspect was the owner of the vehicle. A consent search was performed on the Mustang, which revealed  a loaded 9 mm handgun inside the vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. CHP responded for the traffic accident and hit and run portion of the case.

 
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211 PC, 215 PC- Armed Robbery and Car Jacking
LOCATION:  Earlimart          DATE:  4/4 & 4/5          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  124219/4320         VICTIM:  Akal Truck Stop          CITY:  Pixley- Earlimart area

On 04-04-2012, a truck driver was in the bathroom at the Akal Truck Stop when he was approached by a male subject, later identified as David Danny Hernandez 26 y/o of Earlimart.  Hernandez brandished a knife and demanded the victims wallet.  The victim handed over the wallet and Hernandez ran from the area.

On 04-05-2012, a male victim encountered Hernandez in the Pixley area.  The male victim agreed to give Hernandez a ride to the Earlimart area.  While in route to Earlimart, Hernandez brandished a knife and took the victims car.

Hernandez is suspected of other Armed Robberies and Car Jacking in the Porterville, Delano, and Kern County area.

Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department conducted a 2 day investigation which led to the identity and location of Hernandez.  Combined efforts of Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s North and South County Investigations Unit, North and South County Gang Unit, and the Narc Unit converged on a residence on Locust Street, Porterville. Hernandez was located and captured without incident.  Hernandez was later booked into the Porterville Sub Station Jail.




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

 
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Cultivation of marijuana, Poss. For sale
LOCATION:  42700 block of Rd. 104, Sultana          DATE:  04-06-12          TIME:  1230
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

S1. Raul Madrid,  54 yoa, Out of Sultana                 
S2. Gabino Sanchez Chavez, 18 yoa, Out of Orosi Ca.
S3. Mario Rodriguez Silva, 21 yoa, Out of Rialto Ca.

On the above date and time detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office S.T.E.P. Unit responded to the 42700 block of Rd. 104 for compliance check on reported marijuana grow. Local neighbors had called in to report that large plywood fences were being put up at the location and they feared subjects would be growing marijuana inside the enclosure potentially bringing violence into the area.

Upon arrival detectives observed subjects working inside the structure, when the subjects observed the marked Sheriff Patrol units several fled into the surrounding orange grove.  Subsequent investigation found that the large property contained three separate fenced enclosures being rented out, each had their own medical marijuana recommends posted inside; however the sites shared a common watering system. It was found that each enclosure had more than the allowed number of plants covered on the medical recommends present. A total of (1626) growing marijuana plants were counted within all three enclosures, medical recommends present only allowed for (457) plants. Upon questioning the above listed suspects it was determined that even (457) plants were excessive for their stated medical needs. It should be noted that the commonly accepted yield for an outdoor marijuana plant for court purposes is one pound per mature plant, however suspects themselves often brag about getting 3 to 5 pounds of 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 should be noted that 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 or 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. They make multiple copies of marijuana recommends and scatter them around many grow sites where an officer investigating has no mechanism to check if the recommend might be posted in other areas.

Due to the excessive amount of marijuana present all plants were eradicated and the above suspects arrested. They were transported and booked without incident at the Tulare County Jail.

The property owners who were renting out the space were also contacted and advised the Federal Government is starting a program to advise the owners of the property where marijuana is being grown that allowing marijuana cultivation is a Federal Felony, if the owner knowingly allows marijuana growing by a renter or grows marijuana themselves, their property can be seized by the Federal Government. California’s medical marijuana laws are no defense in Federal Courts and this notification by local law enforcement serves to eliminate the “Innocent Owner” defense for Federal Cases.


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

 
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Attempted auto theft/vandalism,Under the Influence of a controlled susbstance, indecent exposure
LOCATION:  3300 Block of N Anderson          DATE:  04-05-2012          TIME:  1905hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-4315         VICTIM:  Gloria Valdez          CITY:  Exeter

Narrative:

On 4/5/12, 1905 hour, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 3300 block of N. Anderson regarding a subject trying to steal a vehicle. The Suspect was observed by the victims as only wearing a T-shirt and nude from the waist down. The Suspect fled the area on foot when confronted by the victims. While fleeing the scene the suspect jumped on top of another vehicle causing approximately $2000.00 in damage to the roof and body of the vehicle. The suspect fled once again and was quickly detained by other assisting officers. While the suspect was being transported to the Main Jail he became combative. The Deputy transporting the suspect attempted to gain control of him but as a result the Deputy injured his hand. The suspect was subdued and subsequently booked at the Tulare County Main Jail without further incident. The Deputy received medical attention at Kaweah Delta Hospital for his injured hand and was later released. The Suspect was booked on the charges of attempted auto theft, felony vandalism, indecent exposure, Felony resisting arrest and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

 
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BURGLARY
LOCATION:  PORTERVILLE          DATE:  032012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-3586,3592         VICTIM:  MULTIPLE          CITY:  PORTERVILLE

On 3-20-12, in the area of east Porterville, several residential burglaries were reported. The burglaries were all during the daytime, with similar entry points and during each, only jewelry and small items were taken. No suspects were immediately identified.
            During an unrelated traffic stop by Lindsay Police, three subjects were contacted and found with property matching the stolen items from the Tulare County burglaries, as well as one in the City of Lindsay.
            Sheriff’s Detectives with the South County Investigations Unit later arrived on scene and assisted with the investigation.  The 3 suspect’s were later booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for the above listed charges.
         

SUSPECTS:

Freddie Ariel Perez 21 yo
Juan Antonio Gonzalez 21 yo
Heriberto Nunez 19 yo

 

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

 
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TERRORIST THREATS
LOCATION:  VISALIA          DATE:  03-21-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-3609         VICTIM:  TULARE COUNTY          CITY:  VISALIA

Suspect Tonette White of Reedley was arrested by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Investigations Unit after Collections Clerks at the Tulare County Superior Court reported the suspect had called the courthouse identified herself and threaten staff. The suspect then stated  she was going to blow up the courthouse, and set fire to the employees, because she was angry over fines she was required to pay. During the course of the investigation the suspect was arrested in the Reedley area without incident. The suspect was booked at the Tulare County Bob Wiley Detention Facility for felony criminal threats, and is being held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.

This case is currently under investigation anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Detective Katherine Garcia at 559-735-1970 or 559-733-6218

 
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UPDATE** ATTEMPT HOMICIDE, ASSAULT W/A DEADLY WEAPON, CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACTIVITY
LOCATION:  Camp/A305          DATE:  03-23-2012          TIME:  1800 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-3434         VICTIM:  Undisclosed male 18 yrs/Undisclosed juvenile 17 yrs old          CITY:  Goshen

NEWS ITEM  ***UPDATE***
Case Number: 12-3434
Crime: 664-187 PC, 245 PC, 186.22 PC

Area Occurred: 8700 block of Elkway St. Elk Grove, Ca.
Date and Time Occurred: 3-23-12/1800 hours
Victim 1 – undisclosed male 18 years
Victim 2 – undisclosed male juvenile 17 years
 
On Friday, 3-23-12, detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff Departments North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit, along with members from the Elk Grove Police Department and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department responded to the 8700 block of Elkway Street in Elk Grove Ca., and served a search warrant and arrest warrant for a suspect wanted in connection to the attempt homicide in Goshen on 3-16-12.

During the investigation in Elk Grove, detectives arrested Goshen resident, Andrew Analla (18 years) for attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal street gang activity.  He was later booked into the Tulare County Main Jail with bail set at $500,000.00.

The case remains under investigation by the gang unit and future arrests are anticipated.

Prior Release:
On Friday, March 16 at approximately 1451 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an assault that had just occurred in the area of Camp and Avenue 305 in Goshen.  Deputies were dispatched to the scene.  While in route a second call was received advising of the incident and the victims were being transported by private vehicle.

Deputies were flagged down on Highway 198 near Plaza Drive by the driver for the victims who were heading eastbound on 198.  Visalia Police and Fire also responded to assist.
The victims were transported to a local area hospital for treatment.

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

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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UPDATE**ATT HOMICIDE,ASSAULT W/A DEADLY WEAPON,ROBBERY,CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACTIVITY
LOCATION:  30700 block of road 70          DATE:  02-29-12          TIME:  1426 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-2682          VICTIM:  Undisclosed male 28 yrs          CITY:  Goshen

NEWS ITEM ***UPDATE***
Case Number: 12-2682
Crime: 664-187 PC, 245 PC, 211 PC, 186.22 PC

Area Occurred: 8700 block of Elkway St. Elk Grove, Ca.
Date and Time Occurred: 3-23-12/1800 hours
Victim: undisclosed male (28 years)
 
On Friday, 3-23-12, detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff Departments North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit, along with members from the Elk Grove Police Department and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department responded to the 8700 block of Elkway Street in Elk Grove, Ca. and served an arrest warrant for a juvenile suspect wanted in connection to the attempt homicide in Goshen on 2-29-12.

During the investigation in Elk Grove, detectives arrested a male juvenile (17 years) who was from Goshen for attempted homicide.  He was later booked into the Tulare County Juvenile Justice Center with bail set at $500,000.00.

The case remains under investigation by the gang unit.
 
Prior Release:
On 2-29-12 at about 2:46 pm, deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the 30700 block of Rd. 70 for a subject who was assaulted by several suspects and stabbed in the area of Camp Drive and Ave. 308 Goshen, Ca.
Personnel from the departments Gang Violence Suppression Unit assumed the investigation with assistance from the Violent Crimes Unit and Patrol Division.  Several search warrants were served for residences in the 30600 block of Ivy Rd, 30800 block of Rd. 72 and 30600 block of Rd. 71 all in Goshen, Ca.
During the service of the warrants, suspect Juan Reyes (22 years) was located at a residence in the 30800 block of Rd. 72 and later arrested for attempt homicide, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal street gang activity.  A (16 year old) male juvenile suspect was located at a residence in the 30600 block of Ivy Rd and also arrested for attempt homicide, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal street gang activity.  Suspect Albert Romo (21 years) was contacted in the 30600 block of Ivy Rd and assaulted a deputy sheriff at the scene.  Romo was subsequently arrested for battery upon a peace officer with an accompanying parole hold.
Reyes was later booked into the Main Jail with bail set at 500,000.00.  Romo was also booked into the Main Jail with no bail, and the juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Justice Center with no bail.
The case remains under investigation and additional arrests are anticipated. 
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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ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACTIVITY
LOCATION:  12900 block of Sierra St          DATE:  03-24-12          TIME:  1804 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-3776         VICTIM:  Undisclosed male 23 yrs old          CITY:  Cutler

On Saturday, 3-24-12 at about 6:04 p.m. an undisclosed adult male was standing outside in the 12900 block of Sierra St. Cutler attending a family function when two suspects approached him.  The suspects then assaulted the victim with an unknown type of object and left the scene by vehicle.  The victim sustained injuries and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

The victim was treated for his injuries and later booked into the Main Jail for an outstanding felony warrant.  The sheriff department’s gang violence suppression unit has assumed the investigation, and future arrests are anticipated.
 
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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Suspicious death investigation in Porterville Area
LOCATION:  24500 block of Ave 184, Porterville          DATE:  03-29-12          TIME:  0824
CASE NUMBER:  12-03958         VICTIM:  Unknown          CITY: 

UPDATE: (03-30-12)
An Autopsy has been conducted and additional testing an results are pending.The decedent is a male with the age range of late teens to early thirties.

The investigation is now classified as a homicide and there were obvious signs of trauma.  Cause of death and identification is pending.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 800-808-0488.

You may also send your tips anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow Program.  Send your text or voicemail to 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com.

UPDATE:
The autopsy is scheduled for the morining of 03-30-2012.  Additional information will be posted upon completion.

PRIOR RELASE:
On Thursday, March 29, 2012 at approximately 0824 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a fire in an abandoned shop in 24500 block of Ave 184.


Fire and Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the scene.  Upon arrival, burned human remains were located and a suspicious death investigation was started.  Detectives from the Violent Crimes and Forensic Investigations Unit are working on the case.


Cause of death, identity and gender will not be available until an autopsy has been completed.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 800-808-0488.


You may also send your tips anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow Program.  Send your text or voicemail to 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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Possession of Stolen Property
LOCATION:  1800 Block of Ave. 56, Earlimart          DATE:  03-29-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-3097          VICTIM:  Crop Production Services          CITY:  Pixley

Narrative:
On 03/08/2012 deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area of Ave. 96 and Rd. 140 in the Pixley area and had taken a report regarding the theft of two empty liquid tanks which were mounted on trailers.   The two tanks were valued at $6000.

On 03/29/2012 deputies were dispatched to the area of Rd 120 and Ave. 56 in the Earlimart area and met with a representative from the victim company.  They were informed by the representative that he had located the two stolen trailers and tanks.

Detectives from the Ag Crimes Unit were contacted to assist in the investigation.    One person was detained and subsequently arrested and booked into jail for possession of stolen property.

 

Photos of tanks posted on Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157629333386060/

 
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417 PC, 422 PC- Brandishing a firearm and Terrorists threats
LOCATION:  12200 block of Ave 440          DATE:  03-29-12          TIME:  1200 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-3979          VICTIM:  See below          CITY:  Orosi

On 3-29-12 at about 12:00 p.m., victims Mariano Nestor and Juan Gallegos went to suspect Good’ residence to get information about their vehicle being towed from his property on the previous day.  While on the property, Good’s brandished a shotgun and verbally threatened them and their family members with death.  The victims then left the property and reported the incident to authorities at Orange Cove PD.  The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department took over the investigation, seized the loaded shotgun from Good’ property and booked him into the Tulare County Main Jail without incident.

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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664-187 PC- Attempt Homicide
LOCATION:  Main/Teapot Dome          DATE:  3-29-12          TIME:  2254 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-3993          VICTIM:  Salazar, Alejandro          CITY:  Richgrove

The victim was discovered by a passing motorist laying on the side of the road.  He had suffered several gunshot wounds to the upper body.  He was airlifted to Fresno Regional Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Rodney Klassen of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit at 733-6218. Anonymous tips can be made to the TipNow hotline at 559-725-4194 or online at tcso@tipnow.com.

Case is under investigation by TCSO

 
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11378 HS, 11379 HS, 182PC, 11359 HS and 11358 HS**See Below**
LOCATION:  30000 block of Road 58          DATE:  03-30-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60040         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 03-30-12 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriffs Department Narcotics Task Force with the assistance of the South Valley HIDTA Drug Task Force and the Tulare County Inter-agency Narcotics Task Force (Farmersville PD, Lindsay PD, Exeter PD, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office) concluded a narcotics investigation by serving a narcotic search warrant in the 30000 Block of Road 58 in the town of New London.
Detectives searched the residence and located approximately 2 ½ pounds of methamphetamine, approximately 12 pounds of processed marijuana and 902 marijuana plants. Detectives also located 1 rifle and one hand handgun inside the house. A small digital hand scale was taken off of Suspect Aguirre. If the methamphetamine had been allowed to sell at street level value the approximate value would be just above
$90,000.00 dollars.

Suspect Gonzalez, Cleofas was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for the following charges: possession of a controlled substance for sales, possession of marijuana for sales, cultivation of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a crime. Suspect Gonzalez’s bail was set at $ 500,000.00.
Suspect Aguirre, Jason Joel was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Jail for the following charges: possession of a controlled substance for sales, transportation of a controlled substance for sales, conspiracy to commit a crime. Suspect Aguirre’s bail was set at $ 500,000.00.        


The case is still under investigation
  
  
Case Agent: Det. Josh Howser        Supervisor:  Sgt. John Gonzalez

 
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Attempt Robbery
LOCATION:  Front/Sierra          DATE:  02-14-12          TIME:  1730 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-02043         VICTIM:  Cortez, Adalie          CITY:  Earlimart

Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. Pixley Patrol were dispatched to the intersection of Sierra and Front, Earlimart, in regards to a subject with a weapon.  Upon arrival a female selling flowERs on the roadway was contacted and she made the following statement.  She advised that a male Hispanic adult had brandished a weapon at her and demanded any money she had made selling the flowers.  A customer arrived at the location as this was happening and the male fled the area.  Anyone with information in regards to this robbery is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. Southend Investigation Unit (559)733-6218.    

The case is under investigation by TCSO

 
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245 Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  4500 Block of Pratt Rd, tulare          DATE:  04-02-12          TIME:  1900
CASE NUMBER:  12-4157          VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Porterville, ca

Victim: 27 year of old Male, resident of Porterville Ca

 

On 4/2/12 at approximately 1900 hours, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the 1700 Block of East Tyler in Porterville in regards to gun shot wound victim. Deputies arrived on scene and found a 27 year old male suffering from gun shot wounds to his torso. The victim was transported to a local area hospital for treatment. Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit responded to the area and took over the investigation.

 

The incident is still under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Jose Torres from the Violent Crimes Unit at (559)733-6218.

 
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Homicide
LOCATION:  Strathmore          DATE:  03-29-12          TIME:  0824 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-3958          VICTIM:  Jorge Luis Nunez Ayon          CITY:  Bakersfield

On 3-29-12 at approx. 0824 hrs, Deputies were dispatched to an abandoned building located in the 24000 block of Ave 184, in the community of Strathmore, regarding a deceased subject.  Deputies arrived on scene and discovered a burnt body.  The victim was subsequently transported to the Tulare County Morgue for an autopsy and investigation by the Violent Crimes Division.

Update:  On 4-4-12, the burnt remains were identified as those belonging to Jorge Luis Nunez Ayon of the Bakersfield area.  The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information should contact Det. Frank Zaragoza or Sgt. Hunt at (559) 735-1898, or Tipnow by phone (559) 725-4194, or email: tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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459 PC (Burglary)
LOCATION:  100 block N. Ash, Pixley Ca          DATE:  4-4-12          TIME:  1200 HOURS
CASE NUMBER:  12-4236         VICTIM:  Bettty Mathenia          CITY:  Pixley

Deputies responded to the victim’s residence regarding a burglary which had just occurred. Upon arrival and during the investigation it was determined the suspects entered the victim’s unlocked residence and took 1 42” flat screen TV and fled. During the investigation the property was found in Suspect Delgado’s residence. As the investigation proceeded it was determined Suspect Cisneros was also involved in the burglary.
Both Suspects were subsequently arrested and booked into the Tulare County Jail on 1st degree Residential Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 800-808-0488 or 559-733-6218 or at the Pixley Substation at 559-757-3526.

 
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H&S 11377
LOCATION:  Ave 228 / Rd. 52 Tulare          DATE:  4-4-12          TIME:  1128 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-4237         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Joseph Enos, 27 years of age.
On the above date and time Sheriffs Deputies were dispatched to the area regarding a suspicious vehicle. During there investigation the vehicle was located and the driver was found to be in possession of an off white crystal like substance consistent with methamphetamine.

This case is currently under the investigation of the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.
Suspect was booked and is currently being held at Tulare County Main Jail.

 
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LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 
 
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460 PC- Burglary into an occupied residence
LOCATION:  200 block of Teapot Dome          DATE:  03-18-2012          TIME:  2330 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-3524         VICTIM:           CITY:  Porterville

Deputies responded to the 200 block of W Teapot Dome, Porterville regarding a residential burglary.  The victim’s reported they were home watching TV when 4 unknown men forced entry into their home.  3 of the men were wearing masks and at least 2 of the men had guns.  The men took money and property valued at approximately $2,000.00.  The victims were not injured.



This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.  Anyone with information should contact Detective Paul Gezzer at 559-782-9674

 
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Two Victims of Assault in Goshen Area
LOCATION:  Camp near Ave 305, Goshen          DATE:  03-16-2012          TIME:  1451 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-3434         VICTIM:  Hispanic, Male Age 18, / Hispanic Male age 17          CITY:  Goshen

On Friday, March 16 at approximately 1451 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an assault that had just occurred in the area of Camp and Avenue 305 in Goshen.  Deputies were dispatched to the scene.  While in route a second call was received advising of the incident and the victims were being transported by private vehicle.


Deputies were flagged down on Highway 198 near Plaza Drive by the driver for the victims who were heading eastbound on 198.  Visalia Police and Fire also responded to assist. 
The victims were transported to a local area hospital for treatment.


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


The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who has information regarding this case to please use TipNow Program.  You can provide your information anonymously by voicemail, text or emails to:
559-725-4194 or tcso@tipnow.com

 
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1st Degree Burglary, False Imprisonment and Attempted Homicide
LOCATION:  Confidential per 293PC          DATE:  03/14/12          TIME:  1135hrs.
CASE NUMBER:  11-11883         VICTIM:  Confidential Per 293PC          CITY:  Confidential Per 293PC

Narrative:

 

On 09/02/11, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies responded to an address near the 2600 block of W. Zumwalt, Tulare, regarding a residential burglary.

Upon arrival, Deputies learned that the 91 year old male victim had been home alone when unknown person(s) entered his home, tied him up, took items from his home and then fled to an unknown location. During the investigation, Tulare County Sheriff Detectives eventually located a witness that led to the arrest of 33 year old, Harold Shaw, of Tulare. Shaw was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail where he is being held on a $500,000.00 bond.

 

This case is still being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

 
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PC 532/Grand theft by false pretense
LOCATION:  39700 block of Rd. 36, Kingsburg          DATE:  03-12-12          TIME:  0730 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-03216         VICTIM:  Lawrence Pinheiro          CITY: 


On 03-12-12 at approximately 0730 hours Lawrence Pinheiro reported that unknown suspect(s) entered his agricultural equipment storage yard located in the 39700 block of Rd. 36, Kingsburg, and stole 3 tractors as well as multiple farm implements resulting in an estimated loss of $8,950.

Sheriff’s deputies from the Orosi substation and detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments Agricultural Crimes Unit then conducted an investigation which ultimately led to identifying the suspect as well as the recovery of the stolen property.  

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff Departments Agricultural Crimes Unit.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives at (559) 735-1853 or (559) 733-6218. 

 
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ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON/ARMED ROBBERY/ATTEMPT CAR JACKING
LOCATION:  TERRA BELLA          DATE:  03-13-12          TIME:  1635 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  12-3290         VICTIM:  MALE ADULT/FEMALE ADULT          CITY: 

SUSPECTS Two male juveniles  ADDRESS: Terra Bella ARRESTED & BOOKED

Two male juveniles, 15 and 17 years of age, attempted to car jack a male and female sitting in a vehicle in the Terra Bella area. One of the suspects was in possession of a firearm. A struggle for the car keys ensued and the victim’s fled in to a residence. A shot was fired by the suspects; no one being struck. Both suspects fled the scene with property of the victims. Porterville sub-station patrol deputies, with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Department South County Gang Unit, located the juvenile suspects at another location and they were taken in to custody. The firearm and property belonging to the victim were recovered. The suspects were booked at Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility.

 

 
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BURGLARY
LOCATION:  R124 & SPACER          DATE:  03-12-12          TIME:  2145 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  12-03258         VICTIM:           CITY:  TULARE

Deputies were dispatched to a residential burglary in the area of Road 124 and Spacer Dr in south Tulare. Victim advised suspect(s) broke into her home and took several items. Victim estimated the loss to be $20,756.00.

Case under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office

 
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11377/11550/11364 H&S
LOCATION:  ENTERPRISE/PROSPERITY Tulare          DATE:  03/10/12          TIME:  1200 HOURS
CASE NUMBER:  12-3155         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On the above date and time Tulare County Sheriff Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Gonzalez and discovered he showed objective symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance.  Through subsequent investigation Deputies located a glass pipe and a white crystalline substance that presumptively tested positive for methamphetamine.  Gonzalez was taken into custody and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail, the case is under investigation.



 
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11377 HS-Possession of a controlled substance
LOCATION:  State/Sierra          DATE:  03-12-12          TIME:  0124 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-3206         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Earlimart

On 3-12-12 @ 0124 hours Deputies executed a traffic stop near the intersection of Sierra/State streets in Earlimart.  During the stop the driver quickly exited the vehicle and proceeded to run on foot.  A short foot chase ensued and Deputies captured Jose Luis Lopez (32 years old).  During the investigation, Lopez was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.  In addition, Deputies seized what appeared to be counterfeit social security cards and other forms of identification within his vehicle. CHP Officers assisted, evaluated and arrested Lopez for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.  He was booked at Main Jail without incident.. 
       
                                   
The case is still under investigation by TCSO.    

 
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PC 245, Assault with Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  Rd. 71/Harvest Ave          DATE:  3-10-12          TIME:  2108 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-3172         VICTIM:  Male Juvenile          CITY: 

Narrative:

Suspect / Victimt#1 William Odon 25 yrs.

               Goshen area

   Suspect / Victim#2 17 yr old male Juvenile

   Goshen area

   Suspect / Victim#3 17 yr old male Juvenile

   Visalia area

On 3-10-12 at approx. 2108 hours Deputies responded to the area of Harvest and Rd. 71 in Goshen, regarding a stabbing victim.  Upon arrival Deputies learned that (S) William Odon was in a verbal altercation with (2) male Juveniles.  During the altercation a fight ensued between the three subjects.  As a result of the fight (S) Odon was struck with a beer bottle about his head by the (2) male Juveniles.  During the fight (S) Odon produced a knife and stabbed both Juvenile males.  All three subjects were transported to KDDH for treatment of their injuries.  (S) Odon was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries and later booked at the Tulare County Main Jail.  One of the male juveniles was also treated and released with non-life threatening injuries and later booked at the Juvenile Detention Facility.  The third male Juvenile remained in the Hospital in stable condition with a non-life threatening injury to his arm pending release.       

 

 

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

 

 
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664/187PC, Attempted homicide
LOCATION:  Walnut and Sarah, Pixley          DATE:  3/10/2012          TIME:  1646
CASE NUMBER:  12-03165         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

Narrative:

On the above date and time a pickup occupied by three Hispanic Male suspect drove passed the victim and fired several shots striking the victim once in the body. The victim was taken by ambulance to KDDH and is expected to survive. A short time after the shooting a pickup believed to be linked to this crime was found on fire and completely engulfed in Earlimart.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Rodney Klassen of the Violent Crimes Investigation Unit at our 24 hours number 559-733-6218 or call the TipNow hot line at 559-725-4194.

Case under investigation by TCSO.

 
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Atempted Homicide
LOCATION:  Hwy 99 and Ave 384, Kingsburg          DATE:  03-09-2012          TIME:  0050 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-3082         VICTIM:  Laurence Charles Bierman, age 29          CITY: 

Suspect- Unknown

On 3-9-12 at 0050 hrs, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, Orosi Patrol Division, were dispatched regarding a victim of a shooting, which the victim of the shooting was contacted at Hwy 99 and Ave 384 Kingsburg.  Victim Bierman was subsequently transported to a local Medical Center and admitted in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his left hand and chest area.  The shooting occurred over an argument concerning the theft of marijuana. 

Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department are currently investigating the shooting of Bierman. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Rich Ramirez with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Violent Crimes Investigations Unit at (559) 733-6218 or toll free (800) 808-0488. 

Also an anonymous tip can be left at (559) 725-4194.  Reference T.C.S.O. Case #12-3082 

 
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MEDIA ALERT - PRESS CONFERENCE - $60 Million Grant Awarded
LOCATION:           DATE:  03-09-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

On Thursday, March 8, 2012 the California’s Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) approved a conditional grant award to Tulare County for $60 million in AB 900 funding to be used for the construction of a detention facility in the Porterville area.
The announcement was made during the CSA Bard meeting set to vote on the recommendations proposed by the CSA Advising AB 900 Phase II executive Steering Committee. Sheriff Bill Witman and representatives from the Board of Supervisors and the County Administrator’s Office traveled to Sacramento to find out if the CSA Board approved their recommendation.
A press conference was held on Friday, March 9, 2012 was held at 8:00 AM outside the Porterville Substation to address the public and media who may have questions regarding the project.
Tulare County Sheriff Bill Wittman said the new facility could house up to 514 inmates and will help in meeting space needs due to the expected growth in inmate population based on a 2009 analysis of the County’s present and future detention needs.

Sheriff Wittman went before the Tulare County Board of Supervisors in December to seek approval and partnership to apply for the funding.  This project has been a joint effort with the Tulare County Sheriff's Office, the Board of Supervisors and The County Administrators Office.

This funding will afford an opportunity to plan for future growth in the jail population while also filling an immediate need in an underserved area of the County,” Sheriff Wittman said.

The need for more jail space will grow even more as a result of the 2011 Public Safety Realignment Act – AB 109. AB 109 transfers responsibility for supervising specified lower level inmates and parolees - non-violent, non-serious, non-sex offenders - from state to local jurisdictions.

The $60 million in funding comes under Phase II of the AB 900 Jail Construction Financing Program. AB 900 was signed into law on May 3, 2007 appropriating $1.2 billion in jail construction funding through state lease-revenue bonds. The grant will pay for 90 percent of construction, with the remaining 10 percent, or $6 million, financed by Tulare County. Construction would be scheduled to start in 2016 and finish in 2018.

Bullet points regarding the history and topics discussed are available here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157629184463560/

Video Footage of the Press Conference will be posted on the Sheriff’s YouTube Channel at:
http://www.youtube.com/TulareCountySheriff

Additional information regarding this award is also available on the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation news page at:
http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/News/Press_Releases.html
or by visiting the news item link directly at:
http://cdcrtoday.blogspot.com/2012/03/state-awards-602-million-to-counties.html

 
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11378/ 11366/ 11366.5/ 11359 H7S/ 136.1/ 148 PC
LOCATION:  Pixley, Ca.          DATE:  03/08/2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-70049         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

After an approximate one (1) month investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the Pixley Area investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments Narcotics Division were lead to a residence in the 800 Blk of Maple Ave where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately 7 grams of Methamphetamine packaged for sales, 1 pound 9 ounces of Marijuana packaged for sales, scales, approx. $700.00 in U.S. Currency and indicia related to the sales of illegal narcotics as well as maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales. The residence was fortified thus delaying the Investigators from entering the residence and allowing the suspect to attempt to destroy the evidence.
All suspects booked at the respective Tulare County Jail Facilities on the above listed charges.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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Arrests Made on Narcotics Case
LOCATION:  800 block of West Alameda in Lindsay          DATE:  03-06-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-40041         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Lindsay

Suspects:
Sergio Rocha, age 41 of Lindsay
Cournet Ann Machado, age 30 Lindsay

On 03-06-12 the Tulare County Inter Agency Narcotic Enforcement Team, consisting of personnel from Lindsay P.D., Exeter P.D., Farmersville P.D., Tulare County Probation and the Tulare County Sheriff's Department concluded a month long narcotic investigation by serving a narcotic search warrant in the 800 block of West Alameda in the city of Lindsay. Detectives secured the residence and detained two adults. Detectives searched the property and located the following evidence in the residence, approximately 30 grams of methamphetamine packaged in various weights, drug paraphernalia and packaging material. 

Suspect Sergio Rocha was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail Facility for the following charges:
11377 H&S     Possession of a controlled substance
11378 H&S     Possession of a controlled substance for sales
11366 H&S     Maintaining a location for sales/use of narcotics
11364 H&S     Possession of drug paraphernalia

Suspect Courtney Machado was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Bob Wiley Detention Facility for the following charges:
11550 H&S     Under the Influence of a controlled substance
11364 H&S      Possession of drug paraphernalia
This case is still under investigation.

 
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ROBBERY
LOCATION:  A304 & R68          DATE:  03-05-12          TIME:  0848 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-2898         VICTIM:  Goshen Recycling Center          CITY:  Goshen

Tulare county deputies were dispatched to the Goshen Recycling Center on Ave 304 near Rd 68 for a reported armed robbery. Investigation revealed the suspect entered the business after it opened and $1300 was stolen from an employee. The suspect produced a handgun during the incident and fled in a vehicle afterward.

If anyone has information regarding this incident please contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 733-6218   

 
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Update to Homicide Investigation - Delano Area
LOCATION:  Canal bank west of Road 40 and County Line Road          DATE:  03-01-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-2712         VICTIM:  Humberto Robles Ruvalcaba, age 37          CITY:  Pixley

UPDATE:
The decedent has been identified as Humberto Robles Ruvalcaba, age 37 of Pixley. 

An autopsy was conducted and cause of death is listed as gun shot to upper body.

The Sheriff's Office is asking if anyone has information regarding this case to please call, text or email 559-725-4194, tcso@tipnow.com.  Your information will remain anonymous. 

A photograph of the victim is also posted ont he Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/6810483194/in/photostream


PRIOR RELEASE:
On Thursday, March 1, 2012 at approximately 1136 hours, the Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a deceased person located on a canal bank west of Road 40 and County Line Road in Delano.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes, Forensic Investigations and Coroners Unit responded to investigate the case.

The deceased appeares to be a Hispanic male in his late teens or early twenties.  The subject also has apparent trauma to his upper body.

The case is currently under investigation.  As additional information is provided, an update will be posted.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call or text 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com.  Your information can remain anonymous.

 
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