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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H&S 11377 / 11350
LOCATION:  36500 block of Bowhay          DATE:  03-03-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-2826         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 03-03-12 at approximately 1024 hrs, Deputies contacted James Heard on the 36500 block of Bowhay in Traver.  Upon making contact Deputies found him in possession of methamphetamine and Heroin.  Heard was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail. 

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

Taken into custody were:  James Heard 



Charges:   H&S 11377 / H&S 11350

 
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591PC
LOCATION:  Burke Dr. Traver          DATE:  03-02-12          TIME:  1323 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-2781         VICTIM:  Norma Rodriguez          CITY:  Traver

On 03-02-12 at approximately 1330 hrs, deputies from the Orosi Substation responded to an address in Traver, regarding a report of a cut phone line.  Once on scene deputies found the cut phone line.  The victim identified Walberto Galvan as the suspect who cut her phone line during an argument.  Deputies later contacted the suspect Walberto Galvan and arrested him for Felony PC 591.

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

Taken into custody were:
 Galvan, Walberto


Charges:   591PC

 
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11377H&S
LOCATION:  Avenue 400 & Rd. 128,Cutler California          DATE:  3-3-12          TIME:  2053Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-2853          VICTIM:           CITY: 

Narrative:

Suspect: Mike Carillo 56yrs. Dinuba resident

On 3-3-12 at about 2100Hrs., TCSD deputies observed an SUV travelling South Bound on Rd. 128 from the Cutler area with no headlights on and appearing to have been involved in an accident. Deputies followed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation. The driver of the vehicle, Mike Carillo, was contacted and it was discovered that Carillo had just been involved in a traffic accident in which he failed to stop at. Upon further investigation, Carillo was found to be in possession of a small amount of Methamphetamine. Suspect Carillo was taken into custody for possession of narcotics and was transported to and booked at the Tulare County main jail.

In addition, the California Highway Patrol responded to the above location and conducted the traffic accident investigation in which the suspect had been involved in and was determined to have occurred on Rd. 128 at Railroad Drive in Cutler. The second vehicle involved in the accident was on scene and no injuries were reported as a result of the collision.

 Case Under investigation by TCSD

 
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PC 69, PC 243(b), PC 242, PC 647(f),Resisting Arrest, Battery on Peace Officer, Battery on Security
LOCATION:  10414 Avenue 416, Redwood Inn          DATE:  3/3/12          TIME:  0206 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-02815         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Narrative:

 

On 3/3/12 at 0206 hours sheriff deputies responded to the Redwood Inn night club in Sultana regarding a fight involving security officers. Upon arrival, deputies attempted to take the suspect, Arnulfo Garcia of Parlier, into custody. Garcia physically resisted and fought with deputies. Garcia was ultimately taken into custody and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for the above listed offenses.

 

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

 

Taken into custody were:

Arnulfo Garcia Arroyo, age 29, Parlier

 

 
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One in custody on narcotics case
LOCATION:  Porterville area          DATE:  03-01-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-70050         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Porterville

Suspect arrested:

James David Cox, age 48 pf Porterville

On March 01, 2012 Narcotics Investigators from the Sheriff’s Department were contacted after a traffic stop of a subject identified as James David Cox who was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of approximately 0.7 grams of methamphetamine.

Further investigation led back to Cox’s residence in the 2300 Blk of W. Morton and approximately one (1) ounce of Methamphetamine being recovered.


Cox was booked at the Tulare County Main jail and is being held in lieu of $150,000.00 bail.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments Narcotics Division at (559) 713-2950. Photo available through the Main Jail.

 
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One in custody for Possession of child pornography and other charges
LOCATION:  Strathmore          DATE:  12-29-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-2686         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Confidential

Suspect arrested on 03-01-2012:

Paul Corona III, age 25 of Porterville

Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Strathmore High School regarding a report that a cell phone had been located, and that cell phone contained explicit images of a student and staff member.  The cell phone had been turned over to school staff.

Deputies examined the cell phone and discovered that Paul Corona III, a Coach/Campus Supervisor at the school, had been communicating with a student through cell phone text messages.  The communication occurred in late October and early November 2011, and included explicit image exchanging between the student and Paul Corona.

Paul Corona was arrested and charged with possession of child Pornography and Distribution of harmful matter.  Paul Corona was booked into the Porterville Sub Station.  Bail was set at $35,000.00.

This case is still under investigation.


Mugshot available:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/6947185139/in/photostream/

 
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1377-11364 H&S, 4573 PC
LOCATION:  1200 Block of Blackstone St. Tulare, Ca. 93274          DATE:  03/01/12          TIME:  2025 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-02737          VICTIM:           CITY: 

Narrative:

Suspect Arrested: (S) Julie Cloyd. (35 yrs.)

On Thursday, 03/01/2012 at 2000 hours, Deputies contacted (S) in the city of Tulare. (S) was found to have a small bag of methamphetamine in her possession. (S) was transported to the jail and a further search located two additional bags of methamphetamine. (S) was booked for possession and bringing narcotics into a jail facility.

 
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Homicide Investigation - Delano Area
LOCATION:  Canal bank west of Road 40 and County Line Road          DATE:  03-01-2012          TIME:  1136
CASE NUMBER:  12-2712         VICTIM:  Hispanic, Male          CITY:  Unknown

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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ATT HOMICIDE , ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON, ASSAULT ON A POLICE OFFICER
LOCATION:  CAMP DR/A308 & 30600 BLK OF IVY RD GOSHEN          DATE:  02-29-12          TIME:  1446 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  12-2682         VICTIM:  UNDISCLOSED 28 YR OLD MALE & UNDISCLOSED TCSO DEP          CITY: 

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.
 

 

 

 


Prepared by Sgt. Gist #G1943

 
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Cultivation of Marijuana/ Possession of Cocaine/ Possession of Methamphetamine/ Possession of an SKS
LOCATION:  19700 Blk of Oklahoma Ave          DATE:  2-28-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12- 60656         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect: Jose Ochoa Alverez 36yrs old

 

After an approximate two (2) week investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the unincorporated area of Plainview, investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments Narcotics Division were lead to a residence in the 19700 Blk of Oklahoma Ave where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately 8.2 grams of Cocaine, .1 gram of methamphetamine, 1 pound of processed marijuana, 30 pounds of shake marijuana and 112 grams of marijuana seeds, scales, packaging materials and indicia related to the sales of illegal narcotics. Located as well was an SKS assault rifle, a .22 caliber rifle and 15 growing marijuana plants.
The suspect was booked at Tulare County Main Jail for the listed charges.

Photo for suspect available through the Main Jail.

 
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Possession and Possession for sales of Methamphetamine.
LOCATION:  90 Blk of Kessing Ave          DATE:  2-28-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-70036         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville, ca

suspect:  Irma Boron Sanchez age 38 

 

After an approximate three (3) week investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the Porterville area investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments Narcotics Division were lead to a residence in the 90 Blk of Kessing Ave where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed 4.5 grams of Methamphetamine packaged for sales, scales, packaging materials and indicia related to the sales of illegal narcotics.

The suspect was booked at BWDF for the listed charges.

Photo for suspect available through the Main Jail.

 
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