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.

 
...posted by Media Relations
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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.

 
...posted by Media Relations
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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

 
...posted by dispatch
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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

 
...posted by DISPATCH
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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

 

 
...posted by dispatch
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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.

 
...posted by media relations
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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/

 
...posted by media relations
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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.

 
...posted by media relations
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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.

 
...posted by dispatch
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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.

 
...posted by dispatch
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EMBEZZLEMENT,PASSING FICTITIOUS CHECKS, CONSPIRACY
LOCATION:  Cutler Area          DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-2592         VICTIM:  P&R Brar Farms LLC          CITY: 

 On February 28th 2012 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office North End Investigations Unit were contacted regarding a report of embezzlement from P&R Brar Farms LLC. The complainant advised deputies that a known suspect and her husband had embezzled $83,039.20 from October 2009 through February 2012. During the course of the investigation Detectives developed leads that resulted in a search warrant served in the 1800 Block of Auburn Ct. in the City of Visalia. As a result of the search conducted, detectives located several items that were possibly used in the crime.  The two suspects were located and taken into custody without incident.


 
 
Taken into custody were
1)    Ruben Aquino               53 Years of age                      Visalia    Resident
2)    Noreen Aquino               35 Years of age                     Visalia    Resident


Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Gary Marks at (559)733-6218 

 
...posted by dispatch
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POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA & TRANSPORTATION OF MARIJUANA
LOCATION:  Seville Ave & R153          DATE:  02-28-12          TIME:  0224 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-2621         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On-2-28-2012 at approximately 0024hrs. Tulare County Sheriff Deputies initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for suspicion of driving under the influence. The driver of the vehicle Vincent Garay was contacted and found to be under the influence of alcohol.  Further investigation revealed 276 grams of marijuana in the vehicle. Two other passengers in the vehicle were contacted Salvador DeLeon and a juvenile.  All three subjects denied ownership of the Marijuana. All three subjects were arrested and booked for Possession and Transportation of Marijuana.

Arrested:                                                Charges:
Vincent Garay 27yrs. From Seville         DUI, Possession & transportation of  Marijuana
Salvador DeLeon 23Yrs. From Yettem   Possession & Transportation of Marijuana 
17yr. old male from Seville                      Possession & Transportation of Marijuana

 The case is still under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department

 
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245 PC-Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  40915 Sierra Dr          DATE:  02-26-12          TIME:  1831 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-2558         VICTIM:  Gilbert Navarette          CITY:  Exeter

On 2-26-12 at approx. 1843 hrs. deputies were dispatched to the Pizza Factory restaurant at 40915 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers for a report of a stabbing.  Deputies responded and learned that Gilbert Navarrette and Joseph Sherman had been involved in a physical fight in which Navarrette was stabbed.  He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening wounds.  Sherman was subsequently arrested with the assistance of the Farmersville Police Department and booked at the Tulare County Main Jail for assault with a deadly weapon.

Case is under investigation by TCSO

 
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11378HS, 11358HS, 11359HS
LOCATION:  19700 block of Oklahoma          DATE:  02/26/201          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-2538         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Narrative:

S1: Ibarra, Juan Carlos 03/27/1980

S2: Garza, Javier 10/18/1963

S3: Lopez, Alfredo Rojas 01/22/1976

On 02/26/2012, Tulare County Sheriff's Deputies executed a narcotic search warrant in the 19700 block of Oklahoma in the community of Plainview. Deputies located a sophisticated outdoor marijuana grow which contained approximately 900 growing marijuana plants. The plants had an estimated street value of approximately $3,000,000.00 if they had grown to maturity. Deputies also located over one quarter (1/4LB) pound of crystal methamphetamine and a loaded handgun. Three suspects were taken into custody pursuant to charges including weapons possession, possession of a controlled substance for sale and cultivation of marijuana. This is an active investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department's Narcotics Division.

 
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12020 PC -Concealing a dangerous weapon
LOCATION:  41600 block of Sultana Rd          DATE:  02-25-12          TIME:  2100 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-2521         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Sultana

Taken into custody were:
Jacinto Lopez 20 years old

Charges:

On the above date and time, Tulare County Sheriffs Deputies contacted 20 year old Jacinto Lopez on the 41600 block of Sultana Rd attempting to hide from Deputies. Upon conducting a pat search Lopez was found to be concealing a dangerous weapon in his front right jean pocket. Lopez was arrested and booked into Tulare County Main Jail.

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

 
...posted by dispatch
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11377 HS, 11364 HS
LOCATION:  Ave 308/Road 60          DATE:  02-25-12          TIME:  2305 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-80044         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Visalia

On 2-25-12 at about 1105 pm, personnel from the sheriff department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit made an enforcement stop upon a vehicle in the area of Ave. 308 and Rd. 60 in rural Visalia.  During the investigation, a passenger identified as Evangelina Velasquez (27 years) was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and narcotic paraphernalia.  Velasquez was arrested and booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility without incident for possession of a controlled substance and for being in possession of narcotic paraphernalia.  Her bail was set 10,000.00
 
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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11379 HS, 11377 HS, 11550 HS
LOCATION:  Ave 416/Road 128          DATE:  02-25-12          TIME:  0200 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-80042         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Orosi

On 2-25-12 at about 2:00 am, personnel with the sheriff department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit made an enforcement stop on a vehicle for a moving violation near Ave. 416 and Rd. 128 Orosi, Ca.  The driver and sole occupant, identified as Frank Gonzalez (30 years) was found to be in possession of a few bindles of methamphetamine and under the influence of a controlled substance.  Gonzalez was arrested and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail without incident for possession and transportation of methamphetamine, and for being under the influence of a controlled substance.  Bail was set at $20,000.00  
 
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.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  Cutler          DATE:  022212          TIME:  0800 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-2354         VICTIM:  14 year old male Juvenile          CITY: 

On the above date and time, Tulare County Sheriffs Deputies responded to the 14100 block of Ave. 384 regarding a victim of an assault and a strong armed robbery. Tulare County Sheriff Deputies were advised that Juvenile Victim had been robbed and assaulted while standing at a bus stop in Cutler before school. The 14 year old Juvenile Victim suffered no substantial injuries as a result of the incident. The three juvenile suspects were later identified and arrested and booked into Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility.

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

 

 
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Carrying a Concealed, Loaded Firearm in a vehicle & Possession of Stolen Property
LOCATION:  Johnson Dr west of Rd 152- Orosi, CA          DATE:  2-22-12          TIME:  1107
CASE NUMBER:  12-2359         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Tulare County Sheriff Deputies initiated a traffic stop on a pick-up truck for a traffic violation.  The driver of the truck had a passenger in the bed of his truck. Further investigation revealed a rifle and two loaded hand guns in the vehicle. Investigation revealed one of the hand guns to be stolen. The driver admitted ownership to one of the hand guns.  The other occupants of the vehicle denied ownership of the other two firearms. The firearms were within reach to all occupants. All the occupants of the vehicle were arrested for possession of a loaded firearms and possession of stolen property.

Suspect #1: Juan Manuel Rodriguez 22 yrs from Cutler
Suspect #2: Carlos Armando Luna  21yrs from Cutler
Suspect #3: Jose Carlos Rodriguez Flores  23yrs from Ivanhoe
Suspect #4: Miguel Angel Rodriguez 18yrs from Cutler
Suspect #5: Miguel Angel Almanza 22yrs from Ivanhoe
Suspect #6: Luis Manuel Mendoza Gutierrez 27yrs from Parlier

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

 

 
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Traffic Accident
LOCATION:  Rd 284/Worth-Porterville          DATE:  02-22-12          TIME:  1459
CASE NUMBER:  12-2371         VICTIM:  County of Tulare          CITY: 

   A Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. Deputy was involved in a single vehicle traffic accident at Worth and Rd 284, Porterville.  The deputy was transported to Kaweah Delta Hospital with non life threatening injuries.  California Highway Patrol is conducting a investigation into the traffic accident.

 
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187PC/Suicide
LOCATION:  Yokohl Valley Drive near Balch Park Road          DATE:  02-12-22          TIME:  1520
CASE NUMBER:  12-2129         VICTIM:           CITY: 

UPDATE: 

On Tuesday, 02/21/2012 autopsies were conducted in this case. The subjects were identified as:

Benjamin Franklin Arnold, 81 years old, from Springville
Cause of death: Single gun shot wound to the head

Ellen Babel Arnold, 80 years old, from Springville
Cause of death: Single gun shot wound to the head

Evidence in this case indicates both subjects were in the vehicle when Benjamin first shot Ellen, then himself. Benjamin’s foot was holding down the accelerator at the time, causing the engine to race for an extended period, resulting in an engine fire.

Fire investigators from Tulare County Fire assisted in this investigation.

For questions please contact Sgt. Chris Douglass at cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us.

PRIOR RELEASE: On 2-16-2012 at approximately 1600 hrs, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office received an alarm call and dispached deputies to the area of Yokohl Valley Drive near Balch Park Road.  While in route to the area the Sheriff's Office received information that a vehicle file may also be involved.  Upon arrival deputies located a vehicle that was on fire.  Cal Fire was also called to assist.  Two people were located in the vehicle deceased.  Detectives from the Violent Crimes and Forensic Investigations units were called to investigate the suspicious death. As additional information is received an update will be issued.  Identities and cause of death are still under investigation. media inquiries to cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us 

 
...posted by dispatch
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Arrest made on marijuana case
LOCATION:  41500 block of Road 136, Orosi          DATE:  02-20-2012          TIME:  1200 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-60653         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Orosi

S-Jose Luis Montemayor 44 yoa, Orosi

On 2/20/12 at 1200 hrs members of the Tulare County Sheriff's Office S.T.E.P. Unit responded to the above listed location to follow-up on a reported marijuana grow. Upon arrival detectives contacted the above listed suspect for a routine compliance check. This check revealed the suspect was growing over the allowed number of plants for the posted medical recommendations.  Three valid medical recommends were located at the residence allowing a total of 270 medical marijuana plants to be grown.

It should be noted that doctors recommending marijuana, routinely allow the arbitrary number of 90 plants to be grown solely because this is under the 100 plant threshold for federal prosecutions. This number of outdoor marijuana plants is able to produce several hundred pounds of usable bud over the course of a season when under the care of a competent grower. This amount is clearly in excess of any single persons “medical needs.”

Detectives counted a total of 765 live growing plants, started from clones. Upon determination of the count being over what was legally allowed the suspect was detained and further questioned.

It is an ongoing problem that persons are obtaining medical marijuana recommends from doctors who allow them to grow plants well in excess of their medical needs then sell the excess to a dispensary or on the street. The above suspect was arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana and possession for sales.

The marijuana bud if allowed to mature would have a street value in excess of $3,000 per plant
This case is still under investigation by the TCSO STEP Unit.

 
...posted by media relations
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WANTED SUBJECT - Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  Earlimart and Polar areas          DATE:  02-18-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-2193/98         VICTIM:  multiple          CITY:  Earlimart and Polar areas

UPDATE: 02-21-2012 / 1723 hrs
Suspect is in custody.  Porterville Police Department made contact and arrested the suspect at approximately 1130 hrs on 02-21-2012. 

Casillas is in custody for five TCSO cases.

Case #12-1668, PC 211 on 02-07-2012, Victim was a taxi driver in the County area of Delano

Case #12-1983, PC 211 on 02-13-2012, Victim was La Tienda Market in Earlimart

Case #12-2043, PC 211 on 02-13-2012, Victim was a street vendor selling flowers in Earlimart

Case #12-2193, PC 211 on 02-18-2012, Victim worked at a recycling center in Earlimart

Case #12-2198, PC 211 on 02-18-2012, Victim was Poplar Mini Mart

Luis Antonio Casillas
26 years old
Hispanic male adult
Height: 603”
Weight: 210 lbs
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown

TCSO Case# 12-2193/ 12-2198

On Saturday 02/18/2012, at approximately 1230hrs, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Pixley Substation were dispatched to the area of Washington Ave and State Rd in the community of Earlimart, in regards to a report of a possible robbery of a Recycling business. 

Deputies arrived and discovered that the suspect contacted the clerk at the business, brandished a firearm and demanded money.  The suspect then fled the area with the property. 

Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division responded and took over the investigation.  Detectives identified the suspect as Luis Casillas of Delano. 

On Saturday 02/18/2012, at approximately 1300hrs, Deputies from the Porterville Substation responded to the Poplar Mini Mart, which is located in the area of Ave 144 and Rd 192, in the community of Poplar. 

Deputies arrived and discovered that the suspect entered the business, brandished a firearm and demanded money from the store clerk.  The suspect then fled the area. 

The suspect in this case was later identified as Luis Casillas of Delano. 

Anyone with information regarding these cases or the whereabouts of Luis Antonio Casillas is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 800-808-0488.

You may also send your information anonymously through email at TCSO@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at (559) 725-4194.

Photo and flyer located on Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157629380345805/

 
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Suspicius Death Investigation
LOCATION:  Yokohl Valley Drive near Balch Park Road          DATE:  2-16-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-2129         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  N/A

UPDATE:  02-17-12/1315 hrs
Initial findings have led investigators to believe this incident is a case of murder/suicide with a firearm.  Autopsies to confirm the preliminary findings have been scheduled for early next week.  The identities of the decedents are being withheld at this time pending verification and next of kin notification.

The subjects located in the vehicle were an elderly couple from the Springville area.  Investigation revealed the couple also had deteriorating health issues.  The male subject was identified as having used the firearm.

When identities are verified, an update will be issued.

UPDATE 02-17-2012 / 0844hrs:
The Sheriff's Office is attempting to make contact with next of kin regarding this case.  Detectives ask that media not report any further until next of kin are notified. The Sheriff's Office will post an update as soon as notification is made.  For questions please contact Sgt. Chris Douglass at cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us.

 

PRIOR RELEASE:
On 2-16-2012 at approximately 1600 hrs, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office received an alarm call and dispached deputies to the area of Yokohl Valley Drive near Balch Park Road.  While in route to the area the Sheriff's Office received information that a vehicle file may also be involved.  Upon arrival deputies located a vehicle that was on fire.  Cal Fire was also called to assist.  Two people were located in the vehicle deceased.  Detectives from the Violent Crimes and Forensic Investigations units were called to investigate the suspicious death.

 

As additional information is received an update will be issued.  Identities and cause of death are still under investigation.

 

media inquiries to cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us

 
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11379 HS, 11378 HS, 11377 HS, 11364, HS, 14601 VC
LOCATION:  13000 block of Ave. 416 Orosi          DATE:  2-16-12          TIME:  1359
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 2-16-12 at about 1:59 pm, personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit performed an enforcement stop upon a vehicle for a moving violation near Rd. 136 and Ave. 416 Orosi, Ca.  The driver was found to be driving on a suspended license and in possession of about one ounce of crystal methamphetamine, packaging materials, digital scales, narcotic paraphernalia and more than $600.00 in U.S. Currency.  A follow up investigation was done at the suspect’s residence in the 13000 block of Ave. 416 Orosi and approximately five more grams of methamphetamine was located.  The street value of the seized narcotics was more than $1,200.00. 

Mike Franco (48 years) was arrested without incident and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for transportation of a controlled substance for sale, possession and possession for sale of a controlled substance, possession of narcotic paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle while having a suspended/revoked license.  His bail was set at $30,000.00
 
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 Search/Arrest Warrant service
LOCATION:  Poplar area          DATE:  2-16-2012          TIME:  0735
CASE NUMBER:  12-90006/12-         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

Taken into custody were:

1)  Rodrigo Bedolla 18 years, out of the Poplar area. 
 
Charges:  30605(a) PC, possession of an assault weapon
11359/11366/11370.1 H&S, Drug charges for possession and possession for sales as well as weapon with drugs. (Bail of $50,000.00)  

2)  Jorge Bedolla 27 years, out of the Poplar area.

Charges:  664/187 PC, Attempted murder (Bail of $1,000,000.00)
11377/11364/11359/11366/11370.1 H&S, Drug charges for possession and possession for sales. (Bail of $35,000.00) 
 Also booked on two outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants. (Bail of
    $20,000.00)

Narcotics seized:  Approximately 2.3 grams of suspected Methamphetamine
    Over 16 lbs. of Marijuana
    Approximately .35 oz. of Hashish

Firearms seized:  AK-47 Assault weapon  

On Thursday, February 16, 2012 at approximately 0730 hours, members of the Tulare County Sheriff's Departments Gang, STEP and Narcotics teams served a search and arrest warrant in the 15800 block of Rd 192 of Poplar.  An on going investigation by the Gang Violence Suppression Unit’s South County Team led detectives to the above location.  This investigation is in relation to a shooting in Poplar that occurred on January 20th, 2012 that left a man seriously injured and who is still recovering from his injuries. 

During the service of the warrant, numerous items of evidence were seized as related to the above listed charges on the above listed suspects.  Both suspects were taken into custody and booked into the Tulare County Jail without incident.    

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff=s Office, Gang Violence Suppression Unit.  Anyone with information as to this case is encouraged to call TCSO Detectives at 559-733-6218 or 1-800-END-GANG.  You can also remain anonymous by logging onto TCSO@TIPNOW.com or text to 559-725-4194.

 
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Possession of Stolen Property, Vehicle Pursuit
LOCATION:  R128/A444          DATE:  02-14-12          TIME:  2259 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-2054         VICTIM:           CITY:  Dinuba

Responding Agencies: Tulare County Sheriffs Department Orosi patrol / Fresno County Sheriffs Department Eagle One Helicopter / Dinuba PD / Reedley PD / Orange Cove PD / Visalia CHP
Suspects In Custody: 16 year old male juvenile from Orosi, on active felony probation for Grand Theft, booked at Juv. Hall
                                    14 year old male juvenile from Orosi, booked at Juv. Hall
                                     17 year old male juvenile from Dinuba, booked at Juv. Hall

Recovered property: three stolen vehicle stereos, valued at $600.00

Summary:  02-14-12 / 2259 hrs., TCSO Orosi Deputies were dispatched to assist other agency call, from Dinuba PD, where a citizen was reportedly following a suspect vehicle with four suspects, who had been observed breaking into vehicles in the City of Dinuba.  The witness was following the suspects as they traveled out of town towards the Orosi area on Ave. 424 and Road 120.

Deputy spotted the suspect vehicle, which began to flee the scene at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued the suspect vehicle, a 2005 Toyota SUV, Northbound on Road 128.  The suspect reached speeds of 100 MPH, and failed to negotiate an S turn at Road 128 and Ave. 444. The suspect driver lost control and crashed into the East raised bank of an old railroad track road. 

The four suspects got out of the vehicle and began to flee from deputies.  A TCSO Orosi K-9 was deployed and one suspect was taken into custody by K-9, a second suspect was also arrested.
Responding units from Dinuba PD, Orange Cove PD, Reedley PD, Vis. CHP, and Fresno County Sheriffs Department Helicopter Eagle One responded for a search.

Eagle One was able to locate a third suspect hiding in cover, near the crash scene, Eagle One directed ground units to the suspect, who was arrested.

All suspects medically cleared and booked at Tulare County Juvenile Hall.
Victim from Dinuba city able to recover stolen vehicle stereo

 
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Two Arrested for Narcotics Charges
LOCATION:  160 Block of South Ashland, Lindsay          DATE:  02-15-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-40023         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Lindsay

On 02 15 11 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 Office concluded a two month narcotic investigation by serving a narcotic search warrant in the 160 block of South Ashland in the city of Lindsay. Detectives secured the residence and detained two adults and two children. Detectives searched the residence and located drug paraphernalia, a small hand scale, a small amount of methamphetamine which was packaged in several plastic bindles. These items were located in a safe that was disguised as a book. Approximately 5 grams of concentrated cannabis was located in a kitchen cabinet accessible to the children.

Suspect Francis Arredondo, age 33 of Lindsay, 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
11366 H&S     Maintaining a location for sales/use of narcotics
11364 H&S     Possession of drug paraphernalia
11357 H&S     Possession of concentrated cannabis

Suspect Johnny Navarrette, age 33 of Lindsay, was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for two misdemeanor arrest warrants for under the influence of a controlled substance and violation of probation, bail was set at $ 25,000.00 for each warrant.

This case is still under investigation.

 
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Unlicensed Roadside/Mobile Vendors
LOCATION:  Roadside locations throughout Tulare County          DATE:  02-14-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  State of Calif./ County of Tulare          CITY: 

Members of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Agricultural Crimes Unit conducted a compliance check detail of road side vendors throughout Tulare County on Tuesday February 14th, 2012. The Ag Crimes Unit conducts periodic random checks of these vendors to comply with Grant funding requirements.
During the detail, numerous roadside vendor locations were checked, Licensing and Permit compliance checks were conducted and 25 individuals were issued misdemeanor citations for various violations of the California Health & Safety Code, the California Food & Agriculture Code and the California Revenue and Taxation Code.

One subject, Juan Romero Morales, was arrested for an outstanding warrant related to previous citations for the same violations.

 
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Attempted Robbery
LOCATION:  Front & Sierra          DATE:  02-14-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-2043         VICTIM:  Adalie Cortez          CITY:  Delano

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.   

 

 
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Robbery
LOCATION:  800 Block S Front          DATE:  02-13-12          TIME:  1300
CASE NUMBER:  12-1983         VICTIM:  La Tiendita Market          CITY:  Earlimart

Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. Pixley Patrol were dispatched to the La Tiendita Market in Earlimart in the regards to a robbery.  Upon arrival Deputies were advised a male subject entered the store and brandished a firearm at the clerk, demanding money.  The subject fled the store prior to law enforcement arriving with a undetermined amount of US currency.  The store clerk was not injured during the robbery.   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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459PC, 496PC, 182PC
LOCATION:  19900 Block of Avenue 196          DATE:  02/10/12          TIME:  1000 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-1844         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Property Loss: $4,800.00
Property Recovery: $4,500.00

S1:                    Mendoza, Carlos of Plainview
S2:                    Known Suspect - Confidential

On 02/10/2012 at approximately 1000 Hours, Tulare County Sheriff's Deputies from the Porterville Substation responded to an in-progress residential burglary in the community of Plainview. Suspects forcibly entered the residence, removing approximately $4,800.00 worth of televisions, computers and electronics. Deputies obtained a vehicle description and were able to locate the suspect vehicle where it was followed to a residence in Plainview. Deputies contacted the suspects at the residence who were still in possession of a majority of the stolen property taken during the burglary.

Pursuant to the investigation, Deputies successfully recovered approximately $4,500.00 of the victim's property and arrested Carlos Mendoza of Plainview. One known suspect is still actively being sought by Sheriff's Deputies. This is an active investigation by the Sheriff's Department.



Kevin Kemmerling
Sergeant
Tulare County Sheriff's Department
Porterville Division
Search & Rescue / Swiftwater/Dive Rescue
379 N. Third Street
Porterville, CA 93257

 
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11377/11378/11366/ H&S, 273(a)A PC, 261.5(c) PC
LOCATION:  5600 block of Lawrence          DATE:  02-11-12          TIME:  0700 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-70031         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Dinuba

CHARGES:  Possession and possession for sales of Methamphetamine/ Maintaining a residence for illicit sales of narcotics/ Possession of Marijuana for sales/ Child Endangerment/ Unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

Suspect: Miguel Mendoza     Age:    31

Suspect: Female Juvenile Age:    17
 
Victim # 1  Male Juvenile 1 yr 4 mos

After an approximate Two (2) week investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the unincorporated area of  Dinuba/ Delft Colony area investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments Narcotics Division were lead to a residence in the 5600 Blk of Lawrence Ave where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately 38.7 grams of Methamphetamine packaged for sales, 2.5 pounds of processed marijuana packaged for sales, scales, packaging materials and indicia related to the sales of illegal narcotics as well as maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales. There was a 16 month old child in the residence that was exposed to this activity in the residence. It was also determined that the 17 yr old suspect was in a sexual relationship with the 31 yr old suspect.
The child was released to the care of Tulare County CWS and the suspects were booked at Tulare County Main Jail and the Juvenile Detention Facility for the listed charges.

Miguel Mendoza was booked for 11377/ 11378/ 11366/ 11359 H&S 273(a) PC 261.5 (c) PC
Female Juvenile 17 yrs was booked for 11377/ 11378/ 11366/ 11359 H&S 273(a)



Photo for suspect #1 available through the Main Jail.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
    Case Agent: Det. M. Price        Supervisor:  S. Kennedy, Sgt.

 
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11358/11359 H&S, 182 PC
LOCATION:  16500 block of A168          DATE:  02-11-12          TIME:  1330 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-60019         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Woodville

Suspect: #1 Servando Duque Torres  40 yrs Porterville, Ca. Charges:  11358/ 11359 H&S 182 PC

Suspect: #2  Moses Villegas 43 yrs  Porterville, Ca     Charges: 11358/ 11359 H&S 182 PC

Suspect #3 Joel Castillo  32 yrs    Porterville, Ca.    Charges 11358/ 11359 H&S   182PC

Suspect #4 Sam Padilla  49 yrs     Porterville, Ca.    Charges 11358/ 11359 H&S  182 PC

Suspect #5 Jesus Hernandez 44 yrs Woodville, Ca. Charges 11358/ 11359 H&S  182PC

Suspect #6  Fabian Zarco Flores 48 yrs  Visalia, Ca. Charges 11358/ 11359 H&S 182 PC  12025 PC
                          
Suspect #7 Elisanpro Carranza Sandoval 37 yrs Dinuba, Ca. 11358/ 11359 H&S 182 PC 12025 PC 148 PC     

After a long term investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the unincorporated area of Woodville, Ca. investigators from the South Tri-Counties HIDTA and the  Sheriff’s Departments Narcotics Division were lead to a residence in the 16500 Blk of Ave 168 where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed that a Drug Trafficking Organization was dealing and selling in large amounts of Marijuana under the guise of the medicinal marijuana laws. Ninety-five (95) pounds of processed marijuana packaged for sales, scales, packaging materials and indicia related to the sales of illegal narcotics was seized. One hundred twenty-one (121) marijuana plants were growing in a garden at the rear of the residence were eradicated. During the service of the warrant one suspect fled on foot and was captured and two suspects had firearms in their possession.
All suspects were booked at the Tulare County Jail on the listed charges.

Anyone with information in encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department narcotics Division with information.

Photos available through the Tulare County Main Jail.














 
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664-187 PC, 246 PC, 245 PC, 182 PC, 186.22 PC
LOCATION:  13000 block of Quintero Crt.          DATE:  02-10-12          TIME:  1212 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-16386         VICTIM:  Undisclosed male adult, female and child          CITY:  Cutler

On 2-10-12 at about 12:12 pm, personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff Departments North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the 13000 block of Quinto Ct. in Cutler, Ca.  Members from the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel and narcotic division assisted during the service of the search warrant.  The warrant was in the furtherance of an on-going investigation for an attempt homicide that occurred back on 12-12-11 in the 14300 block of Avenue 384 Yettem, Ca. 

Upon completion, detectives arrested Angel Benavente (19 years) for conspiracy of attempted homicide and criminal street gang activity.  He was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail with bail set at $500,000.00.  This case still remains under investigation with future arrests 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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