Suspect in custody on numerous thefts
LOCATION:  various locations in South Tulare County          DATE:  09-08-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  various         VICTIM:  various          CITY:  various

Crime: 459 PC (vehicle burglary)
Location of Occurrence: 19840 Orange Belt - Strathmore

Suspect: Barrientos, Luis Orlando     1/5/76
               22889 Lawson - Strathmore
          

Associated Tulare County Sheriff's Department Cases:
     11-9700: 459 PC (vehicle burglary)
      Location of Occurrence: 23200 block of Ave 198 - Strathmore

     11-11412:  459 PC (vehicle burglary)
     Location of Occurrence: 12000 block of Ave 128 - Tipton

     11-11629:  459 PC (vehicle burglary)
     Location of Occurrence: 1500 block of N. Main St - Porterville

    
On 9/8/11 the Tulare County Sheriff's Department was contacted by Porterville Police Department in regards to a fraudulent credit card use that had occurred in the city of Porterville. Through investigation it was determined the credit card had been stolen from a vehicle in the city of Strathmore and the suspect was identified as Luis Barrientos. Tulare County Sheriff's Department Detectives and Porterville Police Department Detectives arrived at Barrientos' residence in Strathmore. He was detained on (5) active warrants and it was discovered he was on felony probation. A search of Barrientos' residence revealed numerous identification cards, Ca driver's licenses, credit cards and checks that belonged to several different people. After further investigation Detectives were able to locate the owners of several of those items and determined they were stolen from vehicles in city and county areas (four from county areas and one from the city of Porterville). Barrientos was arrested on four counts of vehicle burglary by Tulare County Sheriff's Department. One count of vehicle burglary, one count of fraudulent credit card use, and one count of possession of methamphetamine by Porterville PD and the five active warrants. He was booked at the Porterville Substation.

 
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Two in custody on theft charges
LOCATION:  30000 block of Hamilton Drive, Visalia          DATE:  8-26-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-11559         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Exeter

08/26/11, a Tulare County Sheriff Deputy responded to the 30000 block of Hamilton Dr., Exeter, regarding the fraudulent use of an access card.  Upon arrival, the Deputy learned that Jessica Andrade and Nikki Fox of Visalia took this card and used it without authorization.  The Deputy located both women and recovered the stolen card. 

 

08/30/11, the same victim in this case reported to a Tulare County Sheriff Detective that she recently discovered that Jessica Andrade and Nikki Fox had taken over $10,000 worth of her jewelry from her home and sold it to a local Visalia Jewelry Store.  The jewelry in question was located and recovered at the Visalia Jewelry Store. 

 

Jessica Andrade and Nikki Fox were located on 09/07/11 and arrested for the selling of the stolen jewelry.  They were booked at the Tulare County Bob Wiley Detention Facility.  Andrade is being held on bail in the amount of $20,000.  Fox was found to have three misdemeanor arrest warrants and is being held on bail in the total amount of $100,000.

 

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

 
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11377 (a)/ 11378/ 11379 H&S Possession of a controlled substance/ Possession of a controlled substan
LOCATION:  Poplar, Ca          DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-70130         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

After an approximate one (1) month investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the unincorporated town of Poplar investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Unit served a search warrant in the 19600 blk of Ave 132. The focus of the investigation was Sergio Barragan Anaya. The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately 7.1 grams of ICE ( Methamphetamine) packaged for sales, indicia related to the sales of illegal narcotics as well as the transportation of a controlled substance for sales. It was also determined that Anaya was a previously deported felon and Immigration and Customs Enforcement was contacted.
Anaya was transported and booked at the Sheriffs Department’s Porterville substation on the listed charges and is being held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail. He has a hold issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

Photo available through the Main Jail.

 
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Suspect arrested in Grand Theft
LOCATION:  11800 Block of Road 224          DATE:  09-06-2011          TIME:  1007 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-12043         VICTIM:  Research For Hire          CITY:  Porterville

On 9-6-2011 the victim reported an unknown person broke into three storage sheds and stole video camera’s and DVR’s. Evidence at the scene indicated the suspect utilized a bicycle and small trailer during the theft.

 

While investigating the theft, Detectives located a subject riding a bicycle with a small trailer in tow on highway 190 near Lake Success. A traffic stop was conducted and the subject was contacted. The subject was found to be in possession of the stolen video equipment and camera’s. The subject was arrested and booked at the Porterville substation for burglary, grand theft and possession of stolen property.

 

The case is currently being investigated by the Tulare County Agricultural Crimes Unit. For any information please contact the Sheriff’s Department at 559 733-6218.



Suspect Information:
Chad Armstrong, age 32 of Porterville

 
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UPDATE: 187 PC-Homicide
LOCATION:  38600 Block Rd 64-Dinuba          DATE:  09-05-11          TIME:  1545
CASE NUMBER:  11-12020         VICTIM:  Cesar Ramirez, age 39          CITY:  Hayward, CA

UPDATE:
The victim has been identified as Cesar Ramirez, age 39 of Hayward, California.  Ramirez was staying on the property where the crime occurred although he is listed as a resident of Hayward, California. 

Numerous shots were heard when a call was made to 911.  Ramirez was located in the grow site he was tending. The grow site had approximately 316 plants. The property was being rented for this grow site and there were additional separate grow sites on the property.

The Sheriff's Office is looking for two subjects who may have information on the case and were last seen leaving the area on Road 64 and Avenue 384.  They were last seen in a black 2004-2005 Dodge pickup truck, four doors with stock body.

The first person was identified by the name of Gregorio, with an unknown last name.  He was also known as "Goyo" or "Gollo".  He is a hispanic, male, adult  approximately 38 years of age with a medium build of 5' 9", black hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a white long sleeve shirt, blue-green jeans and boots.

The second person was identified by a nickname of "Toricato".  He is a Hispanic, male, adult approximately 25-27 years of age with a medium build of 5' 6", black hair and brown eyes and moustache. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap with a logo, blue t-shirt, blue jeans and white shoes with a black stripe.

If anyone has information regarding this case, the vehicle or subjects please contact the Sheriff's Office at 800-808-0488.  You may also remain anonymous by sending a text, call or e-mail to 559-725-4194, tcso@tipnow.com.  This information is passed through a server that removes identifying information before it is sent to the Sheriff's Office.  Any information is useful.

The Sheriff's Marijuana Suppression Program / STEP Team were called to investigate the legality of the grow site.

An autopsy is scheduled for Ramirez on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011.  Additional information will be released after the autopsy is completed. 

PRIOR RELEASE:
On 09-05-11 approx 1545 hrs Tulare County Sheriff Department received a 911 call reporting a shooting at the above listed location. Deputies arrived on scene to find a victim of a gun shot wound.  The victim succumbed to injuries on scene. Case is still under investigation.

When additional information is available for release an update will be issued. 

 

 
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11377- Possession of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  Ivanhoe          DATE:  9-4-2011          TIME:  2230 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-11998         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

During a routine traffic stop (S) Robert Glispey was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine, a glass pipe (drug paraphernalia) and marijuana.  (S) Glispey was subsequently taken into custody and booked at the Tulare County Main Jail. 

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


 
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North End Gang Violence Suppression Detail
LOCATION:  Cutler, Orosi, Ivanhoe, Goshen          DATE:  See Below          TIME:  See Below
CASE NUMBER:  See Below         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Same

NEWS  ITEM
Case Number: 11-80194, 80195, 80196, 80197, 80198, 80199, 80200, 80201, 80202
Crime: 11358 HS, 11377 HS, 11364 HS, 11550 HS, 11357(c) HS, 182 PC, 272 PC, 166.4 PC, 3056 PC, along with two felony & two misdemeanor warrant arrests.

Area Occurred: Cutler, Orosi, Ivanhoe, Goshen
Date and Time Occurred: 8-31-11 through 9-03-11
Victim: State of California
 
During the week of 8-31-11 through 9-03-11, personnel from the sheriff departments North End - Gang Violence Suppression Unit concentrated their efforts in the communities of Cutler, Orosi, Ivanhoe and Goshen.  In addition to enforcement patrol, they conducted several Parole and Probation searches in the above communities.  Overall, (13) subjects were arrested and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail, Bob Wiley Detention Facility and Juvenile Justice Center. 

Miguel Cruz (18 years) violation of preliminary civil gang injunction / court order.  No Bail

Eddy Alvarado (18 years) violation of preliminary civil gang injunction / court order.  No Bail

Nancy Calixto (21 years) cultivation and possession of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a felony and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  Bail $20,000. 

Luis Sanchez (18 years) cultivation and possession of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a felony and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  Bail $20,000.

Cesar Frias (18 years) cultivation and possession of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a felony and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  Bail $20,000.

Male Juvenile (15 years) cultivation and possession of marijuana, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Steve Sanchez (44 years) cultivation of marijuana, under the influence of a controlled substance with accompanying parole hold.  Bail $20,000 with Hold.

Jimmy Cook (55 years) possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotic paraphernalia with accompanying parole hold.  Bail $20,000 with Hold.

Doyl Lloyd (27 years) under the influence of a controlled substance and two misdemeanor arrest warrants.  Bail $30,000.

Erick Razo (20 years) felony arrest warrant.  Bail $50,000.

Ricky Trevizo (33 years) felony arrest warrant.  Bail $25,000.

Gilberto Arellano (34 years) under the influence of a controlled substance.  Bail $10,000.

Stephanie Carmona (19 years) under the influence of a controlled substance.  Bail $10,000.

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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246.3 - Negligent discharge of a firearm
LOCATION:  12400 block of First Dr          DATE:  09-03-2011          TIME:  2115 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-11958         VICTIM:  Jose Esquivel          CITY:  Cutler

NEWS  ITEM
Case Number- 11-11958
Crime- NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM

Area Occurred- CUTLER       
Date and Time Occurred- 09/03/2011 AT APPROXIMATELY 2115 HOURS       
Victim- JOSE ESQUIVEL

 On the above date and time Deputies responded to the Cutler area, regarding shots fired into a residence call. Upon arrival Deputies contacted the victim who stated an unknown suspect in a black vehicle fire approximately five shots at the residence. There were no injuries to the occupants at the residence. 






Charges: PC 246.3

 
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460 PC (Home Invasion)
LOCATION:  2600 Block of Zumwalt          DATE:  0831/0902          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-11883         VICTIM:  Aubrey Riddle (90)          CITY:  Tulare

On 09-02-2011, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a residence west of the City of Tulare regarding an elderly subject located inside his residence. Upon arrival it was determined that the victim had been restrained and his home ransacked. The victim was transported to the Kaweah Delta Hospital where he is currently being treated for non life threatening injuries.

Detectives of the Investigation Bureau responded to the crime scene and took over the investigation.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218.

 

 
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PC 215 (CAR JACKING)
LOCATION:  AVENUE 400/ROAD 104          DATE:  09-02-201          TIME:  0235
CASE NUMBER:  11-11873         VICTIM:  Mayolo Lopez Jr (23), Jacob Lopez (19)          CITY:  Dinuab


On 09-02-2011 at 0235, (V-1) Lopez was driving northbound on Road 104, in his silver Honda civic, when he approached the intersection at Road 104 and Avenue 400. Lopez stated two unknown suspects came from the shadows of the intersection and pointed what he believed were handguns at him and (V-2) J. Lopez. Lopez stated the suspects ordered them out of the vehicle and they complied.

The suspects took control of the vehicle and drove northbound on Road 104. Lopez lost sight of the suspect and could not provide any further information.

Case under investigation with TCSO

 
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Four booked on Homicide Charges From Terra Bella Shooting
LOCATION:  23600 Block Ave 96, Terra Bella          DATE:  08-29-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-16337         VICTIM:  Victor Lopez          CITY:  Terra Bella

On Monday, August 29, 2011, 4 Suspects were booked on charges of Murder and Commission of a Gang Crime for the December 27th, 2010 murder of Victor Lopez.

As previously reported, Lopez was walking near Road 236 and Avenue 96 in Terra Bella with several friends. The suspects approached in a vehicle, got out, and fired multiple rounds, striking Lopez and striking another 14 year old male in the leg.  All 4 suspects are Southern gang members or associates.

After 8 months of investigation, arrest warrants were issued for the 4 suspects. All for were already in custody on unrelated charges. All were booked respectively

SUSPECTS:
S-1) Male Juvenile, 14 years, Porterville, Booked at Juvenile Detention Facility
S-2) Male Juvenile, 17 years, Porterville, Booked at Juvenile Detention Facility 
S-3) Male Juvenile, 15 years, Porterville, Booked at Juvenile Detention Facility
S-4) Rodriguez, Laura Diaz, 21 years, Woodville, Booked at Bob Wiley Detention Facility

CHARGES:
187(A) PC, Murder, 190.2(a) Murder in furtherance of a Criminal Street Gang, 186.22 Participation in a Criminal Street Gang, 12022.53, Use of a Firearm, 664/187 PC Attempted Murder

Editors note:  as of  8-29-11, original news releases listed on news page 14.

 
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245(c ) PC x2, 2800.2 VC, 148 PC, 11378 HS, 11377 HS, 11366 HS, 135 PC, 23152 VC, + (5) felony
LOCATION:  Cutler, Orosi & Traver          DATE:  8/23-26/11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  State of California and County of Tulare          CITY: 

From 8-23-11 through 8-26-11, personnel from the Sheriff’s Departments North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit conducted proactive enforcement within several communities and arrested five subjects for numerous felonies and misdemeanors, in addition to the service of multiple arrest warrants, along with parole and probations checks. 

The below listed subjects were arrested and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail;

Rodolfo Martinez (52 years) for possession and possession for sale of a controlled substance and maintaining a residence for the sale/use of a controlled substance.  Approximately five grams of purported methamphetamine that was prepackaged for sale was seized, in addition to a digital scale, packaging materials and more than $1,500.00 in U.S. Currency.

Jorge Pacheco (24 years) for obstruction of justice/resisting arrest, and for one felony and one misdemeanor arrest warrant.

Jose Valencia (29 years) for possession of a controlled substance, destruction of evidence, resisting arrest, in addition to three felony and three misdemeanor arrest warrants.

Carlito Watson (56 years) for being under the influence of a controlled substance and for one felony arrest warrant.

Jose Alfredo Gaona (36 years) for assault with a deadly weapon upon peace officers, felony evading, resisting arrest, driving while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and one misdemeanor arrest warrant.  Personnel from GVSU attempted an enforcement stop on him for a moving violation.  Gaona initially stopped and when detectives made their approach he sped away at a high rate of speed with pure disregard for public safety.  A short pursuit ensued and at one point he intentionally swerved his vehicle at an assisting patrol deputy.  Shortly thereafter, he intentionally struck another patrol deputy’s vehicle head-on, at which time Gaona veered off the roadway and crashed into a nearby ditch and attempted to flee on foot.  Gaona was subdued after a brief struggle and booked without further incident.  The deputy that was struck in his vehicle did not receive any injury.     

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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Gang Sweep in South County- Twenty Three Search Warrants Served
LOCATION:  Numerous - see below          DATE:  08-25-11          TIME:  0700 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-90051         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  Richgrove - Delano areas

On Thursday, August 25, 2011 at seven in the morning, eighteen search warrants were served in the community of Richgrove and five in the City of Delano.  Numerous agencies assisted in the detail as one of the key elements was to conduct the searches at the same time on known gang members. These search warrants are known in the law enforcement community as “Gang Association” search warrants.

“Serving each location at the same time allows us to keep evidence from being moved from one location to another and deters communication between gang associates during the detail.”  Stated Sergeant Rob Moore, the lead for this detail and supervisor for the South County Team of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit.  

“Gang Association” search warrants differ from a regular search warrant in that they don’t just identify a specific item, person or location.  These search warrants identify a specific gang and its members who are involved in criminal activities. It allows the search for items that may be related to key evidence of crimes that are known to have been committed by these specific gangs along with indicia identifying the gang and gang members.   The “Gang Association” search warrant also gives law enforcement the opportunity to search property of known gang members for evidence from crimes such as weapons or narcotics.  Conducting numerous search warrants at the same and on multiple members of the same gang allows law enforcement to keep any possible key evidence from being moved from one location to another in the attempt to hide it from law enforcement. 

An example of a common situation would be after a shooting occurs, and law enforcement has produced a lead that identifies the shooter as “John Smith” of “ABC Gang”. “John Smith” knows law enforcement will be looking for him and the weapon. He then moves any key evidence to his fellow “ABC Gang” member’s for concealment.  A normal search warrant would be served on “John Smith” and his residence, which would not produce any evidence for the criminal investigation.  The “Gang Association” search warrant allows law enforcement to serve “John Smith” and various other known members of his “ABC Gang” who may assist him in concealing evidence of the crime.

In the determination of which locations and persons to include in a “Gang Association” search warrant, various investigative leads are utilized.  Law enforcement must identify the crimes being investigated, the lead suspect or suspects and their connection with known gang members who may assist them. This is established with case information, history of the home and its residents, known family and friends, prior contact with law enforcement and community information.  This information is used to determine if there is probable cause to justify the request for the search warrant.  A judge will review the request and determines the validity of the search before giving their signed approval.

Since April of 2011, ongoing investigations have been conducted regarding multiple assaults with deadly weapons and drive by shootings in the community of Richgrove.  Through a thorough investigation, it was discovered that several subjects and addresses for these cases are associated with the Northern and Southern criminal street gangs.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Gang Violence and Suppression Unit have chosen to utilize the “Gang Association” search warrant for this particular detail.  Captain Mike Boudreaux, of Tulare County Sheriff’s Investigations Bureau describes a “Gang Association” search warrant as a tool that allows the detectives to seek out known gang members and their associations as a whole. 

“It provides them with an opportunity to put an actual dent in their day to day operations and hinders the passing of information and evidence away from law enforcement.”

The Operation:There were a total of twenty-three (23) teams assigned to the locations listed in the operation. Over 181 staff were involved, 128 in the Richgrove area with approximately 53 in the City of Delano.

Agencies Involved:
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
        Parole Office
        Special Service Unit
        Fugitive Apprehension Team (Kern County Office)
Fresno County MAGEC
        Fresno Police Department
        Fresno County Sheriff’s Office (with air support)
        Selma Police Department
Kern County Sheriff’s Office (with air support)
Kings County Gang Task Force
        Kings County Sheriff’s Office
        Hanford Police Department
        Lemoore Police Department
Porterville Police Department
Special Enforcement Team (S.E.T.)
        Exeter Police Department (tactical)
        Farmersville Police Department (tactical)
        American Ambulance of Visalia Tac-Medical Team
Tulare County Probation Department (with K-9)
Tulare County Sheriff’s Office
        North and South County Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU)
        North and South County Property Crimes
        Crimes Against Persons (including Juvenile and Violent Crimes)
        Narcotics Unit (including INET, CLEU, NTF)
        Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (STEP)
        Community Based Officers (from various stations)
        Detentions Personnel (booking and transport)
        Communications Unit and civilian support staff
Tulare Police Department (with K-9)
US Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security
       Drug Enforcement Administration (including FAST team)
       Alcohol Tobacco Fire Administration
       Marshal’s Office
       Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Visalia Police Department Gang Unit

Notified and on call:
Sierra View District Hospital
Life Star Ambulance /American Ambulance
Tulare County Fire
Child Welfare Services

Locations served:
20600  block Dooley, Richgrove Ca  00 block
20700 block Dooley, Richgrove Ca
20700 block Dooley, Richgrove Ca
400 block Richgrove Dr., Richgrove Ca
20800 block Ensign, Richgrove Ca
700 block Rolland, Richgrove Ca
1200 block County Line Rd., Delano Ca
1900 block Dover, Delano Ca
300 block Ellington, Delano Ca
1500 block Clark, Delano Ca
1500 block 14th St., Delano Ca
20700 block Chaney, Richgrove Ca
20900 block Hernandez, Richgrove Ca
20900 block Ave 8, Richgrove Ca
20900 block Ave 8, Richgrove Ca
20900 block Bibee, Richgrove Ca
20700 block Bibee, Richgrove Ca
20900 block Francis Dr., Richgrove Ca
20700 block Francis Dr., Richgrove Ca
20700 block Francis Dr., Richgrove Ca
20800 block Francis Dr., Richgrove Ca
20800 block Francis Dr., Richgrove Ca
20800 block Ensign Dr., Richgrove Ca


Statistics:
Field Interviews (56)
Fresh Felony Arrests (2)
Statistics:
Fresh Misdemeanor Arrest (1)
Felony Warrant (1)
Misdemeanor Warrant (1)
Handguns (6)
Rifles (10)
Assault Rifles (2)
Other weapons (2)
             Baton (1)
             Nunchucks (1)
Other items seized:  gang indicia, cellular phones, laptops, cameras, flash drives and ammunition

Arrests:
PC 273(a), PC 166.4, HS 11364, HS 11377, PC 12020

Victor Castro, age 20 of Richgrove
Felony child endangerment Bail: $100,000

Veronica Lucia Perez, age 33 of Richgrove
Outstanding misdemeanor warrant Bail: $35,000
Violation of a court order Bail: $10,000

Luis Cortez, age 19 of Richgrove
Outstanding felony warrant Bail: $50,000

Jose Salazar, age 33 of Richgrove
Possession of dangerous weapons Bail: $25,000
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Possession of a controlled substance

Suspicious activity in your area?  See it. Text it.  Anonymously!
tcso@tipnow.com or  559-725-4194
Call, Text or e-mail

Editor’s note:
Photos from scenes under Case #11-90051 are on the "Tulare County Sheriff" Flikr page at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/
Three videos are available under Case #11-90051 on the "Tulare County Sheriff" YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/TulareCountySheriff
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PC 496/ POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY
LOCATION:  Lindsay          DATE:  082411          TIME:  1900
CASE NUMBER:  11-11118         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 8-18-11 a victim reported that her truck had been broken into and purse stolen. Contained inside the purse was personal property, money and several pawn slips. Further investigation into the theft lead South County Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department to a local pawn shop where the suspect was identified as removing the pawned items using the stolen receipts. A search warrant was served at the suspect’s business, Cabrera’s Jewelry in Lindsay, where other stolen items were located and the owner was subsequently arrested for possession of stolen property.

Suspect: Jose Cabrera Hernandez  Age 56

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 
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Patrol vehicle involved in Traffic Accident
LOCATION:  32900 block of Reservation Road          DATE:  08-23-11          TIME:  1033
CASE NUMBER:  11-11374         VICTIM:  County of Tulare          CITY:  Porterville

While returning from a call in the Porterville area, a Tulare County Sheriff's patrol unit was involved in a single vehicle traffic accident.  The driver, a Sheriff's Deputy from the Porterville Station, was treated and released for minor injuries.  California Highway Patrol is handling the case.

 
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Arrest made on tractor theft
LOCATION:  Road 208 and Ave. 160, Porterville          DATE:  08-21-11          TIME:  1947 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-11281         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  Porterville

On the above date and time Deputies responded to the area for a suspicious activity and possible theft of a tractor. While checking the area for the tractor a telephone pole was found to have been knocked down with an estimated repair cost of $10,000.

Upon checking further a suspect was observed driving the tractor and fled on foot. The tractor which was still in motion knocked over two trees.

During further investigation it was discovered that a Swather was damaged with an estimated repair cost of $25,000.

The suspect was taken into custody and booked into the Tulare County Sheriff Office, Porterville Substation.

The tractor had a recovered value of $150,000.  

Taken into custody:  Jonathon Dunning- 20 YOA from Porterville
Charges: 487 PC, 594 PC, 148 PC, 20002 VC, 23152 VC

 
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Armed Robbery at Woodville Liquor & Grocery Mart
LOCATION:  16700 block of Ave 168          DATE:  08-19-2011          TIME:  2258
CASE NUMBER:  11-11196         VICTIM:  Woodville Liquor & Grocery Mart          CITY:  Woodville


On the above date and time Deputies responded to the business for a report of an armed robbery. Employees of the business reported being robbed by armed suspects who fled with an unknown amount of cash. No employees or customers were injured.

 The case is under investigation by TCSO and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Judd Hembree at (559) 782-9674   or use tcso@tipnow.com or text a message to (559) 725-4194.

 
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Theft at Lawrence Tractor
LOCATION:  300 block of N. Burnett          DATE:  08-20-11          TIME:  0418
CASE NUMBER:  11-11207         VICTIM:  Lawrence Tractor          CITY:  Tipton

On the above date and time deputies responded to a burglary alarm at the business. Deputies discovered that entry had been made into the business.  A representative of the business responded to the scene and discovered equipment missing described as chainsaws, line trimmers and blowers. The estimated loss value of $7,600. 

The case is under investigation by TCSO and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Nathan Polk at (559) 685-2666 or use tcso@tipnow.com or text a message to
(559) 725-4194

 
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Multiple Marijuana Grow Sites Eradicated in Kern River Canyon area
LOCATION:  Kern River Canyon Area          DATE:  08-19-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  multiple         VICTIM:  State of Ca          CITY: 

On 8/19/11 Detectives of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. S.T.E.P. Unit along with U.S. Forest Service Personnel and C.A.M.P. / D.O.J. Personnel completed several days of marijuana eradication operations in the Kern River Canyon area. Suspects fled the area as officers were air lifted into the garden sites through the STABO, short haul, system. Officers eradicated and destroyed 20,260 marijuana plants from four grow sites in the National Forest. The investigation found that the suspects had dammed up several streams and diverted the water to man-made ponding basins where chemicals were added to the supply. This water was then used to irrigate the marijuana plants through a system of plastic hoses and drip irrigation lines.

In addition to the marijuana seized, several types of rodent poisons, insecticides and fertilizers were located and removed.  The areas were marked for later cleanup/ rehabilitation operations aimed at removing trash, hose and camping supplies and restoring the area to its natural state.

If allowed to mature the marijuana crop produced from these sites would have easily produced in excess of 20,260 pounds of marijuana which would have then been sold to medical marijuana dispensaries or directly on the street. The marijuana produced would have a street value in excess of $ 80,000,000. It has been shown in the past that illegally grown California marijuana enters into the state medical marijuana system through dispensaries and, additionally, is transported as far away as the east coast where the price is much higher.


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

Photos from scene are listed under "Kern Canyon Detail 8-19-11"  on the "Tulare County Sheriff" Flikr page at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/  

Follow our news blog on twitter at TulareSheriff  http://twitter.com/#!/tularesheriff

Related story can be located at: http://www.nps.gov/seki/parknews/newsreleases.htm

 
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211 PC, 186.22 PC, 166.4 PC, 11377 HS, 23152 VC (AOA CHP)
LOCATION:  Ivanhoe, Cutler, Orosi and other rural north county communities          DATE:  8-17/8-21          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  multiple         VICTIM:  State of California and an undisclosed adult male          CITY: 

Narrative:

Case Number:

11-80183, 11-80184, 11-80185, 11-80186, and 11-11088

 During the week of 8-17-11 through 8-20-11, personnel from the sheriff department’s north end gang violence suppression unit concentrated their efforts within the communities of Ivanhoe, Cutler, Orosi, Goshen, Sultana, London, Traver and Yettem. Saturation patrol efforts and collateral investigations resulted in the seven below subjects being arrested for the below charges. The unit also checked several subjects and residences for being on active probation and parole. Bail amounts ranged between $10,000 to No Bail.

Male Juvenile (16 years) violation of the preliminary civil gang injunction / court order

Male Juvenile (17 years) violation of the preliminary civil gang injunction / court order

Israel Muniz (18 years) violation of the preliminary civil gang injunction / court order

Albert Fuentes (29 years) robbery and criminal street gang activity

Brenda Enriquez (30 years) possession of a controlled substance

Raul Reynoso (18 years) misdemeanor arrest warrant and disobeying/delaying lawful order

Antonio De La Cruz (20 years) driving while under the influence of alcohol

 

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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459 PC, 496 PC, 182 PC, 466 PC, 12031 PC, 12025 PC & 12020 pc
LOCATION:  Terra Bella & City of Porterville          DATE:  08-18-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-11128         VICTIM:  Confidential per 964 PC          CITY: 

On the above date and time frame, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriffs Office, Porterville Substation responded to a residence in the Terra Bella area regarding a report of a burglary. A computer system, gaming system as well as other items were report stolen with an estimated loss value of $972.

Witnesses provided a description of the suspects and the suspect vehicle.

Deputies located the suspects and the vehicle in the City of Porterville. The stolen property was recovered. In addition to the stolen property, the suspects were found to be in possession of a concealed loaded handgun and concealed knife.

The suspects were arrested and booked at the Porterville Substation.

 Taken into custody were:

Ramiro Martinez 19 YOA from Terra Bella

Miguel Garcia 20 YOA from Terra Bella

Clemencia Romero-Garcia 30 YOA from Terra Bella

Charges:

459 PC -burglary

496 PC -possession of stolen property

182 PC -conspiracy

466 PC -possession of burglary tools

12031 PC -possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle

12025 PC -possession of a concealed firearm

12020 PC -possession of a dangerous weapon

 

 
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459 PC, 496 PC, 182 PC, 466 PC, 12031 PC, 12025 PC & 12020 pc
LOCATION:  Terra Bella & City of Porterville          DATE:  08-18-11          TIME:  30-1640 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-11128         VICTIM:  Confidential per 964 PC          CITY: 

On the above date and time frame, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriffs Office, Porterville Substation responded to a residence in the Terra Bella area regarding a report of a burglary. A computer system, gaming system as well as other items were report stolen with an estimated loss value of $972.

Witnesses provided a description of the suspects and the suspect vehicle.

Deputies located the suspects and the vehicle in the City of Porterville. The stolen property was recovered. In addition to the stolen property, the suspects were found to be in possession of a concealed loaded handgun and concealed knife.

The suspects were arrested and booked at the Porterville Substation.

 Taken into custody were:

 

Ramiro Martinez 19 YOA from Terra Bella

Miguel Garcia 20 YOA from Terra Bella

Clemencia Romero-Garcia 30 YOA from Terra Bella

 

Charges:

459 PC -burglary

496 PC -possession of stolen property

182 PC -conspiracy

466 PC -possession of burglary tools

12031 PC -possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle

12025 PC -possession of a concealed firearm

12020 PC -possession of a dangerous weapon

 
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Numerous arrests on Medicinal Marijuana Case
LOCATION:  Various          DATE:  8-8-2011          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-60883         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Various

The Tulare County Sheriff's Marijuana Suppression Program, which includes staff from the Sheriff's Tactical Enforcement Personnel Unit, have been working diligently on one particular case that has led to numerous search warrants, arrests and eradication of plants being cultivated under the guise of "medicinal marijuana". 

There has been a rise in marijuana cultivation on the valley floor and a noticeable drop in cultivation in the hills and mountainous areas.  When asked why the grow sites have moved to the valley floor, the team sited the loosely written law, the ease of cultivation under the guise of medicinal marijuana, and available water sources in the valley.

"We have been witnessing more and more abuse of the California medicinal marijuana laws.  These groups are hiding behind the loosely written rules and have brought these gardens into communities and back yards without regard for public welfare and safety."

Grow sites in back yards or within agricultural crops are not new to the Suppression Team, but the scale of the grow sites and the loopholes these drug cartels are using with "recommends" are on the rise.  The Marijuana Suppression Team has begun to track grow sites and medical recommends being used within the county. 

"This case alone has used medical recommends for at least two individuals at multiple sites." stated the case lead detective and STEP team member Mike Yandell.  "Some of the people who have recommends posted at these sites, don't even use marijuana or have any idea where the marijuana is being grown.  They were just paid to get the recommend and have no further involvement."

The people who are getting paid for their recommends can be charged with felony conspiracy and cultivation, regardless of their further involvement.  The Sheriff's Office is warning people to stay away from this type of scam.

"If you are approached by someone who would like you to lie to a Doctor who is willing to provide you with a recommend, then pay you for your paperwork, you need to walk away and report the information to your local law enforcement agency. "  Advises Sgt. Jim Franks.

Following the paper trail of recommends found at the grow sites has led to multiple arrests and other grow sites allowing the detectives to connect cases.  In the past week, what started as one grow site in Plainview, has grown in to the eradication of multiple grow sites, numerous search warrants  and arrests on over a 7.5 million dollar operation.   Of the evidence and items seized were at least three vehicles, weapons including illegal assault rifles, over $56,000 in US currency, marijuana pay/owes, packaging materials and evidence showing the marijuana was for sale and not for medical use. The team also eradicated over 2,500 plants and arrested the following individuals in connection with this case:

8-8-2011: all arrested for cultivation, possession and conspiracy
Alexander Hernandez, age 20 of Farmersville
Adrian Hernandez, age 20 of Strathmore
Francisco Sanchez, age 87 of Farmersville

8-11-11: all arrested for cultivation and conspiracy
Jesus Manuel Hernandez, age 29 of Visalia
Salvador Alvarez, age 49 of Farmersville
Martha Castaneda, age 50 of Farmersville

08-15-11: arrested for cultivation and conspiracy
Guadalupe Gutierrez, age 18 of Farmersville
 
8-17-11:  arrested for possession of an assault rifle and obliterating the ID of a firearm
Antonio Gutierrez, age 48 of Farmersville

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office has also looked to the assistance of other county entities to join the marijuana suppression efforts. 

Animal control was notified of the continuous animal health issues that are observed at grow sites.  Dogs are often located at grow sites as they can alert the cultivators of someone's approach or deter intruders.  Most of the animals located are malnourished, unhealthy and living in very poor conditions.

The Agricultural Commissioner’s Office along with Environmental Control was advised due to the number of grow sites being located on agriculture zoned property and the pesticides and chemicals being located. Currently the Tulare County Ordinance states the medicinal marijuana can only be grown in commercial zones, not agricultural or residential areas.  Also, no pesticides or chemicals have been authorized for use on medicinal marijuana.

Code Complaisance has been called in on occasion due to the types of fencing and structures being built at grow sites. The county ordinance calls for medicinal marijuana to be grown indoors with proper ventilation etc.

Child Protective Services has also been put on alert as there have been occasions where children were present at grow sites or homes that are served with search warrants or parents being arrested.

The Sheriff's Office encourages anyone who has information that can help eradicate this type of criminal activity from our county, to please contact your local law enforcement agency.  If you have information regarding non-emergency illegal activity in the county area, you may call or text that information to 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com .  Your information is sent anonymously to the Sheriff's Office for processing.

Editor’s note:

Photos from scenes under Case #11-60883 are on the "Tulare County Sheriff" Flikr page at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/ 
Five Videos are available under Case #11-60883 on the "Tulare County Sheriff" YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/TulareCountySheriff 
Follow our news blog on twitter at TulareSheriff  http://twitter.com/#!/tularesheriff

 
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Fraudulent Junior Deputy Program Investigation
LOCATION:  Porterville, CA          DATE:  08-16-2011          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-10949         VICTIM:  (2) 20 year old males          CITY:  Lindsay area

Victim Info:
(V-1) male, age 20 from Lindsay
(V-2) male, age 20 from Lindsay

Suspect Info:
(S-1) Birchfield, Brandon, age 19 from Porterville, booked at Main Jail, bail $30,000.00
(S-2) Husted, Hannah age 24 from Strathmore, case being submitted to District Attorney

On 8-16-11, a 20 year-old male responded to the Tulare County Sheriff's Porterville Substation and requested information on continuing training that he had been a part of for the past three months. The young man advised that he was a “Tulare County Junior Deputy”. Sheriff’s staff was not aware of a “Junior Deputy” program and immediately began asking additional questions. 

An investigation by Sheriff’s Detectives revealed that two 20 year old men had been part of what they believed to be a “Junior Deputy Training Program” for approximately three months.  They were provided training by two individuals, one male and one female who were wearing Tulare County Sheriff’s Office uniforms.  The victim’s described the "training" they received as how to conduct traffic stops, handcuffing techniques, pedestrian contacts, hand to hand combat, baton weapon training and various other law enforcement skills. As part of the “training”, the victims were also exposed to OC Spray.  This “training program” was being held at an apartment located in the Porterville area.

During the program the victim’s were also provided a uniform as well as a fraudulent handbook that signified the program being the “TCSO Junior Deputy Training Program”.

Sheriff’s Detectives conducted a search warrant at the Birchfield’s residence.  They located several items including multiple Tulare County Deputy Sheriff uniforms, a complete duty belt with a BB gun located in the holster and the computer utilized to create a false training manual.

Both suspects had been part of the Sheriff’s Explorer program in the past.  Birchfield was terminated from the program in 2006 for possessing Sheriff’s Office equipment not issued to him.  Husted left the program due to exceeding the 21 year age limit.  Neither party worked for the Sheriff’s Office nor, should they have been in possession of the uniforms. 

Birchfield was arrest and booked at the Main Jail for charges of  P.C. 146, 182, 245. Husted is not in custody at this time, and her case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review.  The investigation is ongoing.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office does not have a “Junior Deputy” program.  There are “Junior Deputy” stickers that are disbursed to children during crime prevention events or friendly contacts with deputies.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office has an official “Explorer” program for people age 14 through 21.  Information on this program can be located at the following link:
http://co.tulare.ca.us/government/sheriff/volunteers/sheriffs_explorers.asp

The Sheriff’s Office is making contact with all uniform shops in Tulare County advising them to remain diligent in asking for and verifying identification and current employment for purchase of all law enforcement uniforms regardless of how familiar they are with the person.

Interview with Sgt. Chris Douglass is available on the "Tulare County Sheriff" YouTube channel under the title "Fraudulent Jr. Deputy Program" or by following this link:  http://youtu.be/EGauVUQBBOc

 
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FRAUD ALERT
LOCATION:  Tulare County          DATE:  08-17-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Recently The Tulare county Sheriff’s Office was advised of a possible fraud where subjects are posing as family members claiming to have been arrested overseas.  The caller requests money be sent electronically overseas in order to be released from custody and return to the United States.

This fraud appears to target the elderly.  The suspects will make contact only using generic terms like “Hi grandma” or “grandpa” without having to use specific names.  They do not provide their own name until the victim tries to identify the caller with a name of one of their grandchildren they think the caller may be.  The caller will continue to use that name and provide information about a trip taken overseas.  The caller will then hand the phone off to someone they claim is the official requesting the money for bail.

Both parties talking to the victim are part of the fraud. 
The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office recommends the following, should you receive a call requesting money be transferred electronically:

1.  Try to obtain complete information on the person and the company / agency they claim to be from.  Get a telephone number for the caller so you can “call them back”.  (You can provide this information to your local law enforcement agency should you feel it is a fraud.)

2. Contact your family member directly and verify the information.  If they are not available, contact additional family who may be able to verify the location of the family member.

3. Do not provide any personal information to the caller.  This includes your phone number, even though they appear to have called it, your address, social security numbers, date of birth or names of family.

4. If you feel the call is fraudulent, contact your local law enforcement and provide them with as much information that you can.  If you have caller ID, provide the name, number and time of call as well.

There are numerous other types of frauds being run that target people willing to send money electronically.  These cases may try to get people to claim prizes, collect inheritance, sell items that don’t get delivered or services that do not end up performed.

Another type of fraud to be aware of is anyone who overpays for a service with a check.  They will then ask you to cash the check anyway and pay them back with cash. The check is usually fraudulent or has insufficient funds, but will not be noticeable until the money has already exchanged hands.
Please always double check your resources, and never send money electronically unless you are sure of the situation.  When presented with checks to cash, you can take the check to your financial institution to verify the funds.

Contact your local law enforcement agency if you feel you are in a suspicious situation,  or are a victim of fraud.

Video interview with Sgt. Chris Douglass is available on the "Tulare County Sheriff"  YouTube Channel under the title "Fraud Alert" or by following this link:  http://youtu.be/oEzz_Tm0lGk

 
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Cultivation of Marijuana/ Possession for sales of Marijuana
LOCATION:  14400 Blk of Rd 191 Poplar, Ca          DATE:  08/16/11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-60066         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Narrative:

 

Charges- 11358 H&S 11359 H&S

Suspect #1- Rodolfo Bravo MH/ 54 yrs Poplar, Ca. Charges- 11358 H&S 11359 H&S

Suspect #2- Juan Jose Bravo MH? 26 yrs Glendale, Az. Charges- 11350 H&S 12280 (b) PC

On August 15, 2011 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Task Force received complaints of illegal Marijuana cultivation in the 14400 blk of Rd 191 in the community of Poplar. The detectives located the source of the illegal Marijuana grow and served a search warrant on August 16, 2011 in the 14400 blk of Rd 191. The two listed suspects were contacted at the residence during the service of the search warrant and taken into custody with out incident.

The investigators located approximately one (1) pound of processed marijuana, scales and other indica that indicated the cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana. There were thirty one (31) full grown marijuana plants in the back yard. Also located were prescription drugs without a prescription, one (1) unregistered assault type rifle, and three other firearms.

The investigation revealed that Rudolfo Bravo was involved in the cultivation and sales of Marijuana and was arrested on the listed charges. Juan Bravo was in possession of the assault rifle and prescription drugs and was arrested on the listed charges. Both Suspects were booked at Tulare County Main Jail.

Had the marijuana plants been allowed to mature the street value would have been $124,000.00.

Photos available thru the Main Jail.

Anyone with information is encouaged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Task Force at (559) 713-2950 or (800) 808-0488.

 
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Unresponsive inmate transported, passes away at hospital.
LOCATION:  Tulare County Main Jail, Visalia          DATE:  08-14-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-10888         VICTIM:  Chan Tong Lotakoon, age 25          CITY:  Richmond

On Sunday, August 14, 2011 at approximately 0743 hours, a deputy was conducting an inmate check and observed the inmate to be unresponsive.  The deputy called for emergency medical and Lotakoon was transported to a local hospital for an attempted suicide.
 
Lotakoon was pronounced deceased by asphyxiation on 08-14-2011 at 2340.
 
Lotakoon was arrested by the Visalia Police Department on 08-13-2011 possession of a controlled substance.

 
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Pursuit ends with arrest of one on numerous charges from multiple jurisdictions
LOCATION:  3200 block of Loyola, Visalia          DATE:  08-14-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-10914          VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  Visalia / Tulare

Suspect:
Jeffery Downing, age 24 of Tulare


On 7-22-11, it was reported to the Tulare Police Department that suspect Downing assaulted his estranged girlfriend by biting and stabbing her.  Her injuries were reported as non-life threatening.

On 8-14-11, at approximately 1745 hours the suspect broke into his parent's residence while they were home and threatened them at knife point, demanding money.  He fled the Visalia residence with cash, a television and their vehicle.


On 08-15-11, at 1122 hours, a Visalia CHP TRATT Officer in an unmarked vehicle, observed the suspect and vehicle northbound on Road 204 south of Avenue 256.  A pursuit ensued, where the suspect traveled westbound toward Visalia on Avenue 256 with speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.  Due to the potential hazards to the community, CHP terminated the pursuit when he entered the City of Visalia.  Within minutes, the suspect vehicle was located abandoned in the 3400 block of Chatham, Visalia.  A perimeter was established with the assistance of the following agencies; CHP ground and air units, Visalia PD, Tulare PD, Farmersville PD and canine, State Parole and the Tulare County Sheriff's Office.  Two hours later, the suspect was located in the backyard of a vacant residence in the 3200 block of Loyola, Visalia. The suspect resisted arrest and a Taser was deployed by Visalia PD, and was taken into custody.


After medical clearance, the suspect was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail with the following charges; armed robbery, home invasion, carjacking, felony evading, resisting arrest and vandalism.  His bail is currently set at $135,000.00.  Additional charges from other agencies are pending further investigation.

 
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459pc, Burglary
LOCATION:  24800 Block of Ave 102 Porterville          DATE:  8-12-2011          TIME:  1420hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-10785         VICTIM:  Kevin Missner          CITY:  Porterville

Narrative:

On 8-12-2011 at approx. 1400hrs the victim observed the suspect back up to his garage and remove a Lincoln arc welder from inside the garage. Responding deputies located the vehicle near the City of Porterville and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle stopped and three suspects fled the from the vehicle into an orange orchard. Adan Garcia 19 YOA was located inside the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident. The stolen welder was located inside the vehicle. Adan Garcia was subsequently booked into the Porterville substation for burglary and possession of stolen property.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Agricultural Crimes Unit.

Any information contact Detective Mike Hallum 733-6218.

 
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Missing Person
LOCATION:  1700 block of East Crabtree          DATE:  8-12-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-10777         VICTIM:  Edgar Ivan Munoz          CITY:  Porterville

********* MISSING PERSON LOCATED***********

MISSING PERSON-Picture available


NAME:           Edgar Ivan Munoz
Age:             18 years old
HEIGHT:        5'7"
WEIGHT:       140 lbs
EYES:            Brown
HAIR:            Black
TATTOOS:     Of a cross on the right hand
LAST SEEN WEARING:    A white t-shirt, red shorts and brown shoes


On 8/12/11 Edgar Munoz was reported missing by his family members.  He was last seen walking away from his home located at the 1700 block of East Crabtree in the city of Porterville, Ca.  According to family members it is unlikely for him to not return or contact family and they are concerned for his well being.   

Anybody with information regarding the whereabouts of Edgar Munoz is encouraged to contact Detective Maria Lomeli of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Violent Crimes Unit at (559) 733-6218.

 
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Pursuit leads to arrest of two in stolen vehicle
LOCATION:  Began at Ave 432 at road 120          DATE:  08-11-11          TIME:  1257
CASE NUMBER:  11-10743         VICTIM:           CITY: 

During a patrol check and Orosi Station Deputy observed a suspicious vehicle and checked the license plate.  The vehicle was identified as stolen.  The driver of the vehicle was also identified as a possible suspect Deputies were attempting to locate for other crimes of the past few months.  A traffic stop was initiated at 1257 hours and the driver, male adult, failed to yeild.  The pursuit continued into Fresno County, Reedly City, Orange Cove and Kings County.  All agencies were notified and assisted with support vehicle and helicopter.  Reedly Police took over the pursuit in their city, with CHP taking over when it returned back into county area.  California Highway Patrol was able to apprehend the driver and a female passenger at approximately 1424 hours. 

Please contact the California Highway Patrol for arrest information and identification.

 
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11377 H&S, 11378 H&S, 11366 H&S, 11550 H&S /Possession of a controlled substance, possession of a co
LOCATION:  100 Blk S H St. Exeter          DATE:  08-10-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-40229         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect: Flores, Esau Age: 30 yrs.

Arriaga, David Juvenal Age: 22 yrs.

On 8-10-11 the Tulare County Inter Agency Enforcement Team (I.N.E.T) consisting of personnel from Exeter P.D., Farmersville P. D., Lindsay P.D., Visalia P.D. Tulare County Probation and the Tulare County Sheriff Department concluded a month long investigation by serving a search warrant in the 100 Block of South "H" Street in the City of Exeter.

Detectives detained several subjects at the residence including a suspect, who had run from the house at the time of the service of the warrant. Detectives located several bindles of methamphetamine and packaging material in the house. Suspect Flores, Esau was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales and maintaining a location for sale/use of a narcotic. Suspect Flores was the original suspect that had run from the residence. Suspect Arriaga, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Both suspects were transported and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

 

This case is still under investigation.

 
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HS11358, HS11377, PC148, HS11364 CULTIVATION OF MARIJUANA, POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
LOCATION:  28000 BLOCK OF E. WORTH DRIVE PORTERVILLE          DATE:  08-09-11          TIME:  2227hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-10660         VICTIM:  State of Calif          CITY: 

SUSPECT: MARK BOGGESS AGE 46
On the above date and time, Deputies responded to the above listed location in regards to a neighbor problem. After contacting the original complainant, deputies contacted Mark Boggess at his residence. During the contact with Boggess,  deputies discovered an illegal marijuana grow at the location. Boggess was not in compliance with the terms of his medicinal marijuana and deputies attempted to detain Boggess for the violation and further investigation. Boggess resisted arrest and was tased in order for him to be taken into custody.  Boggess was also found to be in possession of .4 grams of methamphetamine on his person when he was taken into custody.

Boggess was booked at the Porterville Substation for HS 11358 (Cultivation of Marijuana), HS 11377 (Possession of a controlled substance), PC 148(a)(1) (Resisting arrest), HS 11364 (Possession of drug paraphernalia).

Case is under investigation by T.C.S.O.

 

 
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246PC/Shooting at inhabited dwelling
LOCATION:  15200 block of Rd 208-Porterville          DATE:  08-10-11          TIME:  0245
CASE NUMBER:  11-10663         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 08-10-11 at 0245 hours, Deputies were dispatched to a residence located in the 15200 block of Road 208 in Porterville in regards to a shooting.  The (V) stated that an unknown subject(s) fired 12 shots from an unknown type of firearm at the residence.  The (V) stated no one was injured during the incident.
     This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

 
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HS11377(A)POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
LOCATION:  Plano/Corona-Porterville          DATE:  08-09-11          TIME:  1945
CASE NUMBER:  11-10652         VICTIM:  State of Calif          CITY: 

Suspect: Stephen Parham age 54

On the above date and time, Deputies contacted Stephen Parham at Plano/Corona. Stephen was found to have two active warrants for his arrest. A search of Stephen’s person incident to arrest revealed .3 grams of a white crystal substance which presumptivly tested positive for methamphetamine and clear glass pipe with an off white powdery residue (Meth pipe). Stephen was booked into Tulare County Jail on his active warrants and drug possession charges.

 
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HS 11377, HS 11364 Possession of narcotics and narcotic paraphernalia
LOCATION:  29100 block of Highway 190-Porterville          DATE:  08-08-2011          TIME:  2225hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-10606         VICTIM:  State of Calif          CITY: 

Suspects:

Johnny Hurst  age 43

Paul Knight age 44

On 8-8-11, at approximately 2225 hours, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office were conducting a patrol check at Success Lake Trailer Park and observed a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a residence.  Deputies contacted two adult males at the residence, Johnny Hurst and Paul Knight. 

During the investigation related to the suspicious vehicle, Deputies located a small amount of methamphetamine, as well as narcotic paraphernalia.  Both suspects were subsequently arrested for drug related charges.  Knight was found to be a CDCR Parolee At Large, both subjects were later booked into the Tulare County Jail. Case still under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff Department.

 
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H&S 11377, H&S 11364,P.C.529,P.C.12020, P.C.69, P.C. 148 Possession of Illegal narcotics, illegal id
LOCATION:  23000 Block of Ave 94-Terra Bella          DATE:  08-08-2011          TIME:  2355
CASE NUMBER:  11-10608         VICTIM:  State of Calif          CITY: 

Suspect: 
Dana Gray 
Age: 28

A Deputy was patrolling the Terra Bella area in a marked Tulare County Sheriff’s Department vehicle. The Deputy observed a subject trying to hide behind a vehicle. Upon contacting the subject she fled the scene. A short foot pursuit, then a physical altercation occurred. The female detained and was later identified. Upon searching the female's purse illegal weapons were found, illegal narcotics and a false identification card. Case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

 
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Arrests made on cultivation of marijuana and possession for sale
LOCATION:  see bleow          DATE:  08-02-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  various         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  see below

On 8/2/11 members of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department S.T.E.P. Unit responded to various locations around the county for medical marijuana compliance checks. Upon arrival at two locations officers found subjects with excessive numbers of plants and other crimes.

#1      5800 blk of Rd. 42, Alpaugh
 S1- Sergio Rivera, 29 yoa, Lompoc, Ca
 S2- Luis Aleman, 21 yoa, Aberdeen, Wa


Detectives responded to the above listed address after local citizens reported a possible marijuana grow at this location. Upon arrival the above listed subjects were observed with what appeared to be a rifle. Upon seeing the officers they attempted to flee from the scene. Upon being contacted it was found that the rifle was in fact a BB gun. Subsequent investigation found that S-Aleman had a medical recommendation, however it was found he was over his allowed amount by approx. 500 plants. S-Rivera was assisting in cultivating the marijuana but had no recommendation for marijuana at that location. It was also discovered that S-Rivera is a previously deported felon. 600 marijuana plants were eradicated from the site. If allowed to mature these plants would have produced in excess of 600 pounds of processed marijuana bud. Immigration holds were placed on both subjects.

#2 25300 blk of Ave 102
 S1- Fidel Rosales, 40 yrs, Bakersfield,Ca.


In early June Detectives received complaints from local citizens about a suspect marijuana garden at this location. Detectives conducted an overflight and observed a large marijuana grow in a football sized field which was surrounded by a eight foot high dirt berm.  Detectives obtained a search warrant for the property. On 8/2/11 the warrant was served, S-Rosales was contacted at the scene. Subsequent investigation found that Rosales had a medical marijuana recommendation allowing him to have 99 plants another subject not present at the time had a recommendation at the property allowing 12 plants. Detectives inspected the marijuana in the dirt pit and counted 296 mature marijuana plants, a number clearly in excess of Rosales medical needs. Detectives then searched the residence, they found that four rooms had been turned into indoor grow rooms with an additional 607 healthy mature plants. Also located inside residence were four loaded firearms, including two illegal Assault Weapons, high capacity magazines, Camouflage clothing, a large amount of ammunition for the firearms, scales, packaging and a large amount of U.S. Currency. The grow site was covered with a video surveillance system and several large dogs. S-Rosales was also found to have a captive Owl which was turned over to Fish and Game personnel. A total of 903 marijuana plants were eradicated, the above listed items were seized as evidence. If allowed to mature the plants in this case would produce in excess of 903 pounds of marijuana bud.

All three of the above listed subjects were arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana and possession for sales. The marijuana, if allowed to mature would have a street value in excess of $3,000 per plant.

It is an ongoing problem that persons are obtaining medical marijuana recommends from doctors who allow them to grow plants in excess of their medical needs. Growers then sell their excess marijuana to dispensaries or directly to buyers on the street. 

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

Photos from scene are on the “Tulare County Sheriff” Flikr page at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/

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Fraudulent Checks Cashed on TCSO Inmate Account
LOCATION:  various          DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-9543         VICTIM:  NA          CITY:  NA

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating over 15 altered/counterfeit checks from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Account.  Detectives from the Sheriff’s Property Crimes unit are working three different cases.

“We have discovered a number of these checks are being cashed using identification cards from people who were also prior victims of theft.  It makes it more complicated to determine who the suspect is.” Stated Det. Joe Rodriguez, who is working the majority of these cases.

The Sheriff’s Office also received information from the Visalia Police Department who recovered an altered Inmate Account check prior to being cashed.

The Sheriff’s Office is working a number of leads but would like to ask the assistance of Tulare County residents in locating Rayleen Mejia for questioning.  Rayleen Majia is a Hispanic female, age 23 who is known to the Visalia and Woodlake areas.  She has brown hair that is sometimes died a lighter shade, brown eyes, dark complexion and medium build, at 5’7” and approximately 180 pounds.  A photograph and flyer are available on the “Tulare County Sheriff” Flickr account (see below for link).


A plea to merchants who are presented a Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Imamate Account check for cashing:


Merchants are being asked to please assist in deterring the cashing of fraudulent checks by taking the following steps to assist the department:

Please make note of the following ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER, NOT ONLY ON THE CHECK ITSELF:

The Sheriff’s Office would also like to promote the TipNow program.  If you have information regarding the location of Rayleen Mejia, information on these cases or others, you can call, text or e-mail the information anonymously through the TipNow number or e-mail.  The information is routed through a server that removes your identifying information and sends it to the Sheriff’s Office.  Your tip could help solve a case.


Call or text (559) 725-4194.  You can also e-mail tcso@tipnow.com .


Photo, wanted flyer are available under this case # on the “Tulare County Sheriff” Flikr page at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/

 
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245PC, Assault with Deadl Weapon
LOCATION:  Strathmore          DATE:  8-2-11          TIME:  2245
CASE NUMBER:  11-10291         VICTIM:  Hispanic Male Adult          CITY: 

Narrative:

On 8-2-11 at 2245 hrs, Deputies responded to a shots fired call in the 22900 block of Ave 196 in Strathmore. Upon arrival Deputies located a single victim with a gunshot wound to the lower back. The victim was transported to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center where he underwent surgery for non-life threatening wounds and subsequently admitted for observation.

 

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Victor Bonilla at 559-733-6218

 
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