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/

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

You can now submit information anonymously on non-emergency cases through TipNow.  Call or text your anonymous tip to 559-725-4194 or e-mail tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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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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UPDATE: Homicide Investigation in Porterville Area
LOCATION:  400 Block of Mulberry, Porterville          DATE:  08-02-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-10258         VICTIM:  Flor Ojeda, age 48 of Porterville          CITY:  Porterville

UPDATE,  8-4-2011:
An autopsy was conducted today and the cause of death was determined to be a penetrating gun shot wound to the chest.

During the investigation family also revealed the victim changed her name back to Flor Sanchez.

Photo of Suspect, Emigdio Ojeda, is now available for release through the Jail Facility Booking Sergeant.

UPDATE, 08-02-2011:
The Suspect has been identified as Emigdio Guzman Ojeda, age 48 of Porterville.  He was apprehended at approximately 1418 hrs, at his home at the 400 block of Henderson by the Porterville Police Department and released to the custody of the Sheriff's Office for further investigation.

The victim has been identified as Flor Ojeda, age 48 of Porterville.  The victim and suspect are divorced.  The shooting occurred at the victim's residence.  It appears the victim may have suffered from more than one gunshot wound.  An autopsy will be conducted to verify.

PRIOR RELEASE:
08-02-11 / 1233 hrs  The Tulare County Sheriff's Office received information regarding a possible shooting at the 400 block of Mulberry in Porterville.  Deputies responded to the area.  A female subject was injured and transported to a local hospital where she passed away.  The male suspect fled the area and barricaded himself in a nearby residence within Porterville City limits.  Porterville Police Department SWAT and K9 assisted the Sheriff's Office and were able to apprehend the suspect who is now in custody and being questioned regarding the incident.  The Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes unit is investigating the case as a homicide.  As more information is made available and update will be issued.

 
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 800-808-0488.
 
You may also remain anonymous and call or text your information to 559-725-4194 or e-mail tcso@tipnow.com

Videointerview with Sgt. Chris Douglass is posted on Sheriff's YouTube Channel at  http://youtu.be/0RFTPdXLuJ0

 
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12020 PC, 166.4 PC, 186.22 PC, 11550 HS, 148 PC, 23152 VC
LOCATION:  Culter, Orosi, London, Sultana and Ivanhoe          DATE:  7-27-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-80156         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

During the week of July 27th through July 30th 2011, personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit, conducted enforcement patrol throughout the communities of Cutler, Orosi, London, Sultana and Ivanhoe.  Probation and Parole checks were also done throughout the above communities.

For that period, they arrested (14) subjects for various felonies, misdemeanors, civil gang injunction violations and arrest warrants.  The below listed subjects were subsequently booked into the Tulare County Main Jail and the Bob Wiley Detention Facility without incident.

Enrique Ortiz (22 years) possession of a sawed off shotgun, criminal street gang activity and violation of a preliminary civil gang injunction.
Ashley Moreno (19 years) under the influence of a controlled substance
Sergio Salinas Jr. (26 years) under the influence of a controlled substance
William Sears (28 years) violation of a preliminary civil gang injunction
Francine Muniz (25 years) violation of a preliminary civil gang injunction
Alvaro Murguia (21 years) felony arrest warrant
John Frescas (36 years) under the influence of a controlled substance
Alex Monzo (19 years) obstruction of justice/disobeying lawful orders
Netzhualcoytl Cerna (32 years) two felony arrest warrants
Armando Garcia (39 years) driving while under the influence of alcohol
Samantha Peovich (19 years) misdemeanor arrest warrant
Roberto Nemecio (21 years) misdemeanor arrest warrant
Paul Barnett (49 years) misdemeanor arrest warrant
Joey Chimienti (20 years) misdemeanor arrest warrant

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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487 PC, 496 PC-Grand Theft/Possession of Stolen Property
LOCATION:  4600 block of Rd 152          DATE:  7-30-11          TIME:  0700
CASE NUMBER:  11-10094         VICTIM:  Vignolo Farms          CITY:  Earlimart

On the above date and time Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 4600 block of Rd. 152, Earlimart, for a grand theft report where approximately 700 feet of steel pipe was stolen for an approximate loss of $1,000.  Soon after, deputies located a pickup truck that contained the stolen metal, parked at a nearby residence.  The property was later returned to Vignolo Farms. 

Agricultural Crimes Detectives took over this investigation and interviewed multiple suspects.  These interviews led to the arrest of Maria Nunez and an additional suspect being identified.  Nunez was arrested and transported to the Bob Wiley Detention Facility where she was booked on charges of grand theft and receiving/ possession of stolen property.  The identified accomplice remains outstanding.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is requested to contact Det. J. Whaley with the Tulare County Agricultural Crimes Unit at (559) 735-1853 or (559) 733-6218.   

 
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Water Rescue on Kern River
LOCATION:  Kern River, north of the Gold Ledge Camp Grounds          DATE:  07-29-11          TIME:  1300
CASE NUMBER:  11-10064         VICTIM:  see below          CITY:  Pamona

On the above date and time Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Resident Deputies & Search and Rescue Team members and Forest Service Staff responded to the Kern River in the area of the Gold Ledge Camp Grounds for a report of multiple persons that fell into the river from inner tubes. The area of the incident has a series of class 2, 3 and 4 rapids. The water temperature was approximately 50 degrees and flowing at approximately 2,800 cubic feet per second. 

The involved persons had been floating using inner tubes in the river and entered a class 4 rapid just north of the Gold Ledge Camp Ground. Both were thrown from their inner tubes and were able to swim to the rural side of the river. They hiked north and attempted to swim through a class two rapid and became stranded on a sand bar in the middle of the river.

TCSO Deputies and Search and Rescue Team Members conducted a rescue using an inflatable river raft. Forest Service Staff provided assistance. Neither of the involved parties was injured.

None of the involved parties had life vests, helmets or wetsuits.

During the rescue additional people attempted to enter the river on inner tubes. They were provided education on the dangers of the river and being properly prepared. Most took the warning and decided to remain on shore.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office encourages visitors of the lakes, streams and rivers to use all safety equipment and to stay out of and away from swift moving water.  

The Sheriff's Office is strongly urging all people to stay out of the Kern River this season.  Water safety is extremely important and staying out of the Kern River is the ultimate water safety tip.

For other water safety tips and information please visit the following:
Water safety information on websitehttp://www.tularesheriff.info/watersafety.html

Water safety videos on Tulare County Sheriff's YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/TulareCountySheriff

For additional information please contact Sgt. Chris Douglass by email cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us

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

You can now submit information anonymously on non-emergency cases through TipNow.  Call or text your anonymous tip to 559-725-4194 or e-mail tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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17 Arrests Made on Numerous Marijuana Supression Details
LOCATION:  various          DATE:  7-24-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  various         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  various

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel Team (S.T.E.P.) Marijuana Suppression Program has been working a number of details this week.  Numerous search warrants and 15 arrests have been made.  25,567 plants have been eradicated and additional sites are still pending.

“Marijuana season is in full force and we are doing everything we can to keep up with the shifting demand.  In the past we have seen more gardens in our hills and mountainous areas.  With the cartels hiding behind the  medical marijuana sites, we are now finding more on the valley floor in the middle of rural communities” commented Lt. Tom Sigley, commander for the Narcotics Bureau.

Below are some details regarding the cases worked this week in Tulare County:

Case # 11-9855, 42800 block of Road 144, Orosi
7-25-2011, 1513 hours
Orosi Patrol Deputies attempted to located a subject who had an outstanding warrant.  Upon arrival at the location marijuana plants were seen growing taller that the structure that was in place to obstruct view.  STEP team responded and took over the investigation.  Nine subjects were arrested on various charges as they were on scene processing marijuana.  The processed marijuana, plants and other items were seized as evidence.

Case # 11-9822, 1000 block of Holmes, Lindsay
7-25-11, 1100 hours STEP personnel were requested to assist in serving an arrest warrant for a homicide suspect.  Upon making contact and arresting the suspect a marijuana garden was located 123 plants were eradicated.

Case # 11-60798 Woodlake
STEP personnel were conducting a follow-up on a compliance check for a medicinal marijuana recommend site.  Upon arrival subjects attempted to flee the scene.  Two subjects were arrested and 178 plants were eradicated. 

Case #11-60784, Ave 100 and Road 248, Terra Bella
On 7/26/11 at 0700 hrs Members of  S.T.E.P., Sheriff’s Eradication Team, Narcotics and Gang units responded to an olive orchard in the 10000 block of Rd. 248 in Terra Bella to serve a search warrant in regards to reports of marijuana cultivation. Upon arrival detectives contacted four suspects. Approximately 4,225 marijuana plants were located growing in 21 separate enclosures hidden among the olive trees. Several pounds of processed marijuana were also located. Most of the enclosures contained medical marijuana recommendations however they were over the allowed counts. It was also found that some of the recommendation holders did not know marijuana was being grown at that location under their name. Several contacted later admitted being paid for the use of their recommendation at that location and advised they had never smoked marijuana.


Suspects, Leonicio Gonzalez, Omar Gonzalez and Fidel Lopez had medical recommendation cards however the total plant count was above what was allowed for their medical needs, several admitted to selling their excess marijuana to dispensaries for cash. Additionally Juan Gonzalez and Pedro Martinez were being paid to tend the plants. No person except the recommendation holder or their primary care provider can tend medical marijuana. A paid gardener does not qualify as a primary care provider. 

It has been 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.  In an effort to deal with drug dealers hiding behind California Medical marijuana laws staff from several Tulare County agencies responded to assist. Representatives from R.M.A. Code Compliance, Environmental Health,  Ag. Commissioner and Animal Control responded to check for compliance with their areas of responsibility. The Ag Commissioners office removed several containers of chemicals utilized on and around the marijuana. When officers arrived on the property they found a total of 23 dogs running loose and chained on the property. Several additional were found dead, one still chained to a tree

The dogs were all malnourished and in generally poor condition physical. All animals on the property were taken by animal control. All suspects will be charged with Cruelty to animals in addition to the cultivation and sale of marijuana charges. All marijuana at the location was eradicated and destroyed. The marijuana destroyed had a total weight of 20,800 pounds. It needs to be noted that all parts of a marijuana plant can be utilized to produce, not only bud, but marijuana concentrate, commonly called “Honey Oil” through a chemical extraction process. If allowed to mature to harvest the marijuana plants in this case would produce in excess of 4,225 pounds of processed marijuana bud with a street value in excess of $12,675,000

It has been an ongoing problem that drug trafficking organizations are paying people to obtain medical marijuana recommends from doctors who then allow them to grow plants in excess of their stated medical needs. Growers then sell the marijuana to dispensaries or directly to buyers on the street. 

Case #11-60873, Tule River Indian Reservation
On 7/28/11 detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department S.T.E.P. unit, Narcotics Unit and Agents from DOJ/ C.A.M.P. responded to a wilderness area on the Tule River Indian Reservation near Bond Creek in regards to a large marijuana garden. This garden had been located on a routine over flight earlier in the month. The marijuana was planted among native vegetation and under trees in an attempt to camouflage it from the air and any passers-by.

Suspects in the grow site fled into heavy brush and thick forest surrounding the location as officers approached. A search of the immediate area was conducted with negative results. Detectives found a sophisticated growing operation utilizing drip irrigation. The stream had been dammed and diverted to provide water for the grow site.

An extensive campsite was found and processed for evidence. A total of 10,249 marijuana plants were eradicated from the site. If allowed to grow to maturity these plants would have produced in excess of 10,249 pounds of processed bud. If sold to dispensaries or on the streets the total value of the crop would be in excess of $30,747,000. However it needs to be noted that all parts of a mature marijuana plant can be utilized to produce a marijuana concentrate, known as Honey Oil, this process and the ability to use the entire plant greatly increases the value of the marijuana at the site.

Case #11-60787, Shade Quarter Mountain
On 7/28/11 detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department S.T.E.P. unit, Sheriffs Eradication Team and Agents from DOJ/ C.A.M.P. responded to a wilderness area on Shade Quarter Mountain in regards to a large marijuana grow site. This grow site had been located on a routine over flight earlier in the month. The marijuana was planted among native vegetation and under trees in an attempt to camouflage it from the air.

A total of 10,729 marijuana plants were eradicated from the site. If allowed to grow to maturity these plants would have produced in excess of 10,792 pounds of processed bud. If sold to dispensaries or on the streets the total value of the crop would be in excess of $43,168,000. However it needs to be noted that all parts of a mature marijuana plant can be utilized to produce a marijuana concentrate, known as Honey Oil, this process and the ability to use the entire plant greatly increases the value of the marijuana at the site.


EDITORS NOTE:
Photographs from these cases will be posted on the Sheriff’s Flicker site for a limited time: http://www.flickr.com/people/tularecountysheriff/  Profile page
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157627311072704/  Marijuana Suppression Set

Video interviews with Lt. Tom Sigley, AG Commissioner and Animal Control as well as scene footage can be viewed on the Tulare County Sheriff YouTube Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/TulareCountySheriff

Follow our news updates on twitter at Tulare Sheriff: http://twitter.com/#!/tularesheriff

If anyone has additional information on these cases or additional information on non-emergency suspicious activity or crimes, they are encouraged to call our non-emergency line at 1-800-808-0488. 

You may also use the Sheriff’s anonymous Tip Now program and call, send a text to 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com


Arrests:
Orosi:
Jose Ramirez, age 29 of Orosi
Erik Hortiz, age 21 of Delano
Rodolfo Lozano Galvez, age 24 of Moreno Valley
Carlos Manuel Deniz, age 22 of Perris
Martin Huerta age 25, of Orosi
Javier Garcia, age 20 of Delano
Fernando Alvarado , age 25 of Delano
Jose Chavez, age 25 of Perris
Jesus Olivares, Age 31 of Orosi
Terra Bella:
S1-Leonicio Gonzalez, 62 yoa, Delano - Charged with 11358 H&S, 597 PC
S2-Omar Gonzalez, 24 yoa, Delano - Charged with 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 597 PC
S3-Juan Gonzalez, 50 yoa, Visalia - Charged with 11358 H&S, 597 PC
S4-Fidel Lopez, 59 yoa, Visalia - Charged with 11358 H&S, 597 PC, INS Hold
S5-Pedro Martinez 44 yoa, Terra Bella - Charged with 11358 H&S, 597 PC, INS Hold    
Woodlake:
Salvador Garcia 21 yoa Woodlake –charged with 11358
Jeronimo Ayala 26 yoa Woodlake- charged with 11358
Lindsay:
Elias Alberto Zurita Ramos, age 23 from Lindsay

 
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Arrest made for Possession of Stolen Property and Home Invasion
LOCATION:  13000 block of Ave 72, Pixley          DATE:  07-27-11          TIME:  1233
CASE NUMBER:  11-9946         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  Pixley

Suspect-Victor Ibanez (26), Pixley

Through further investigation of a possession of stolen property case in the Pixley area, Deputies located Victor Ibanez. Ibanez was located in the Teviston area. He fled on foot from the 7200 blk of Bishop, across the 99 Freeway to the 13000 blk of Ave 72. There  he broke into an occupied residence, was chased out of the residence by the occupants. Ibanez then hid in some bushes on the property where he was located and arrested. He was transported to the Porterville Jail, where he was booked on PC 496, 460, 148, and 4 active warrants.

 
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460 PC, 211 PC, 245 PC- Burglary in an occupied res, Robbery, Assault w/a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  Ave 16/Hwy 99 -Earlimart          DATE:  7-28-11          TIME:  2330 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-9975         VICTIM:  James Redmon          CITY:  Auburn, Indiana

On 7-28-11 Detectives responded to a report of Burglary. The victim advised he was parked in his motor home in the area of Avenue 16 an Hwy 99. He advised unknown suspects entered the motor home and struck him with an unknown object. The suspects stole items from inside and fled. The victim was taken to Delano Hospital was being treated for his injuries.

 
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Gambling Device Seized
LOCATION:  15900 block of Ave 328          DATE:  07-26-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-09917         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Ivanhoe

On 07-26-2011 at approximately 2000 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office received information regarding an illegal gambling machine located at the 15900 block of Avenue 328 in Ivanhoe.  The investigation revealed the item was placed there three weeks prior by two male subjects.  The machine was deemed an illegal gambling device per PC 330.1 and seized.

This case is still under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Office.

 

 
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Employee Recognition Award for 2010-2011
LOCATION:           DATE:  07-27-2011          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Sheriff Bill Wittman would like to recognize and congratulate the following employees as recipients of the 2010-2011 Tulare County Sheriff's - Employee Recognition Award.  The recipients are recognized for performance that exemplifies exceptional dedication and commitment to public service.

Award recipients for second half of 2010:
Maria Amaral Cook II
Larry Arechiga Farm Crew Leader
Joe Armstrong Correctional Deputy
Tom Guinn Farm Manager
Jonatte Johnson Deputy I
Tiffany Mendoza Correctional Deputy
Ylma Neal Correctional Deputy
Megan Pinheiro Correctional Deputy
Beatriz Reveles Deputy I
Miguel Rodriguez Correctional Deputy
Joe Torres Deputy I

Award recipients for first half of 2011:
Laurie Gonzales Detention Svcs Officer
William MacElvaine Correctional Deputy
Dian McKenzie Engraving Supervisor
Tamara Pinon Engraving Supervisor
Stephanie Reed Crime Syst. Specialist
Edessa Rodriguez Correctional Deputy
Anthony Rosas Correctional Deputy
Steven Sanchez Deputy - North County Gang
Stefani Vela Sergeant

Sheriff Bill Wittman stated "I am honored to have such hardworking, dedicated individuals among the ranks. I appreciate their exceptional commitment to this department and award them for their
efforts."

These employees were nominated by co-workers and supervisors. Scoring was based
on productivity, efficiency, performance, willingness to accept new responsibilities,
contributions to morale and attendance record.  They will each receive an Employee Recognition Award and an additional 8 hours of vacation. They will automatically be nominated for County Employee of the Year and they have been invited to join the Sheriff at a special ceremony and recognition lunch.

A group photograph of the recipients with the Sheriff is available: http://www.tularesheriff.info/news_072811.html

Again, Congratulations to all of the recipients!

 
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Arrest made for Possession of Stolen Property
LOCATION:  700 block of N. Park, Pixley          DATE:  07-25-11          TIME:  1635 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-9853         VICTIM:  Faria Farms          CITY:  Pixley

Suspect Maria Pulido, age 27, Pixley

Owners of Faria Farms called the Sheriffs Department stating valve caps were stolen from the Farm. Faria Farm personnel followed the suspect vehicle from the Farm to the 700 blk of N Park, Pixley at the recycling center. Deputies arrived and contacted a male subject and Maria Pulido. The male subject ran away eluding Deputies. Deputies detained Pulido. Though investigation Pulido was arrested for PC 496, possession of stolen property. The property was returned back to Faria Farms. Pulido was booked at BWDF.

 
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Update on death in Kern River - Search and Rescue
LOCATION:  Kern River, Gold Ledge Camp Grounds          DATE:  07-24-11          TIME:  1415 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-9792         VICTIM:  Oscar David Alvarez-Ramos, age 24          CITY:  Newberry Park (LA Area)

The victim of the drowning death in the Kern River has been identified as Oscar David Alvarez-Ramos, age 24 from the Newberry Park area near Los Angeles.  The second victim's name is not being released.  Oscar and the Juvenile were related.

Prior Release:
On the above date and time Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Resident Deputies & Search and Rescue Team members, Kern County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team members, Forest Service Staff, and the California Highway Patrol responded to the Kern River in the area of the Gold Ledge Camp Grounds for a report of multiple persons that fell into the river from an inflatable raft. The area of the incident has a series of class 2 and 3 rapids. The water temperature was approximately 50 degrees and flowing at approximately 3,500 cubic feet per second.  

The involved persons had been in an inflatable raft in the river, which was secured to a tree on shore by a rope. The involved persons were not intending to swim in the river, but rather float in the raft in the river above a class 3 rapid.   None of the involved parties had life vests, helmets or wetsuits.

The 24 YOA male adult was recovered deceased. The 14 YOA male juvenile was rescued. He was treated and released with minor injuries. 

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office encourages visitors of the lakes, streams and rivers to use all safety equipment and to stay out of and away from swift moving water.  

The Sheriff's Office is strongly urging all people to stay out of the Kern River this season.  Water safety is extremely important and staying out of the Kern River is the ultimate water safety tip. 

For other water safety tips and information please visit the following:

Water safety information on website
http://www.tularesheriff.info/watersafety.html

Water safety videos on Tulare County Sheriff's YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/TulareCountySheriff

For additional information please contact Sgt. Chris Douglass by email cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us.  Follow our news blog on twitter at TulareSheriff  http://twitter.com/#!/tularesheriff

You can now submit information anonymously on non-emergency cases through TipNow.  Call or text your anonymous tip to 559-725-4194 or e-mail tcso@tipnow.com.

 

 
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UPDATE on Exter Homicide: Suspect In Custody
LOCATION:  21000 Block of Ave 296          DATE:  07-25-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-9822         VICTIM:  Frederico Acuna          CITY:  Exeter

UPDATE 1713hrs:
The Tulare County Sheriff's Office has detained the suspect on this case.  The suspect has been identified as Elias Alberto Zurita Ramos, age 23 from Lindsay.  Detectives are still questioning the suspect who will be booked at the Tulare County Main Jail on homicide charges upon completion.

PRIOR UPDATE:

Tulare County Sheriff's Detectives have a suspect detained for questioning and are serving a search warrant on his residence in the Lindsay area.  The suspect's name is not being released until the interview is completed.  Updates will be posted as they are available.

Victim photograph and photograph at the scene are available here http://www.tularesheriff.info/news_072511.html .

Video from the scene and an interview with Sergeant Chris Douglass are available on the TulareCountySheriff  YouTube Channel at  http://www.youtube.com/user/TulareCountySheriff  under this case number  #11-9822.

PRIOR RELEASE: see entry below

 
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Exeter Homicide Investigation
LOCATION:  21000 block of Ave 296          DATE:  07-25-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-9822         VICTIM:  Frederico Acuna, age 30          CITY:  Exeter

On Monday, July 25, 2011 the Tulare County Sheriff's Office received a call of an apparent gunshot victim at the 21000 block of Ave 296.  Deputies arrived and medical emergency transported the victim to the Kaweah Delta District Hospital.  The vicitm was identified as Frederico Acuna, age 30 of Exeter.  Acuna was pronounced deceased at approximately 0645 hours at KDH.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes and Forensic Investigations Units were called to take over the case.  Detectives learned the victim was outside waiting for a ride to work when he was shot possibly multiple times in the upper body.  Residents in the area called 911 for assistance.  The case does not appear to be gang related.

Detectives are still working on the case.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call 800-808-0488. 

 

You may also send your anonymous tips to the TipNow line.  Call, text or e-mail:

559-725-4194 or tcso@tipnow.com

 
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PC 148.1(d), Planting a false Explosive Device
LOCATION:  31900 Block of Bear Creek Dr, Springville          DATE:  07-24-11          TIME:  1200 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-09789         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Narrative:

On the above date and time the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a suspicious device.  Sheriff’s Deputies, Detectives, and the Tulare County Consolidated Bomb Unit responded to the above location and determined the suspicious device was a hoax.  Information and evidence gathered at the crime scene ultimately led to the arrest of two male juveniles.  The juveniles were booked at the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility on charges of planting a false explosive device. 

 

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff Department.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. J. Whaley or Sgt. H. Liles at (559) 733-6218

 
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Search and Rescue
LOCATION:  Kern River, Gold Ledge Camp Grounds          DATE:  07-24-11          TIME:  1415 hours
CASE NUMBER:  11-9792         VICTIM:  Male Juvenile 14 YOA, Male Juvenile 14 YOA          CITY: 

Narrative:

On the above date and time Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Resident Deputies & Search and Rescue Team members, Kern County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team members, Forest Service Staff, and the California Highway Patrol responded to the Kern River in the area of the Gold Ledge Camp Grounds for a report of multiple persons that fell into the river from an inflatable raft. The area of the incident has a series of class 2 and 3 rapids. The water temperature was approximately 50 degrees and flowing at approximately 3,500 cubic feet per second.  

 The involved persons had been in an inflatable raft in the river, which was secured to a tree on shore by a rope. The involved persons were not intending to swim in the river, but rather float in the raft in the river above a class 3 rapid.   None of the involved parties had life vests, helmets or wetsuits.

 The 24 YOA male adult was recovered deceased. The 14 YOA male juvenile was rescued. He was treated and released with minor injuries.

 

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office encourages visitors of the lakes, streams and rivers to use all safety equipment and to stay out of and away from swift moving water.  

 

 
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Kidnapping, Flase Imprisonment,Threats to Terrorize, Assault w/a Deadly Weapon, Domestic Violence,
LOCATION:  Poplar          DATE:  7/20-23/11          TIME:  12PM
CASE NUMBER:  11-0741         VICTIM:  Confidential Per 293 PC          CITY:  N/A

Narrative:

On 7/23/11 at approximately 1140 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Porterville Patrol Deputies responded to the area of Poplar regarding a domestic violence report.

            Violent Crimes Detectives also responded and the investigation revealed the Suspect, Guillermo Hernandez (Hispanic, Male, Adult) is the live in boyfriend of the Victim and has been physically abusing her. 

The victim reported that on 7/20/11 Suspect Hernadez had argued with her, struck her, stabbed her and then kept her against her will in the home.  Suspect Hernandez also threatened to kill the victim.  She said that on 7/23/11 Suspect Hernendez had again argued with her and struck her while she held their infant child.  During the altercation, Suspect Hernandez also struck the child on the body.  Suspect Hernandez then forced the Victim into his vehicle and drove her around the town.  When the victim attempted to escape, Suspect Hernandez stabbed her and forced her to stay in the vehicle and returned her to his home.  

Once the victim was at his home, her relative came to check on her and found she had been assaulted.  The relative took the victim from the home and contacted the Sheriff’s Department to make the report.

 The victim was transported to a local hospital by ambulance for treatment.  The victim

was treated for non life threatening injuries and later released.  The child was also treated for non life threatening injuries and released.

Suspect Guillermo Hernandez was located in the Porterville area.  He was arrested and booked into the Porterville Substation for the above listed charges.

The case is currently being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Violent Crimes Unit.  Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Detective Maria Lomeli at (559)733-6218.   

 

 
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11377 H&S, 11358 H&S, 11364 H&S, 11366 H&S , 11357 (b) H&S, 3056 P.C., 12316 (b)(1) P.C
LOCATION:  12300 Block of Ave. 120 near the town of Pixley.          DATE:  02-03-2011          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12300 Block          VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect: Suniga, Rick    Age: 54 yrs

Suspect: Youngblood, Wylie   Age: 39 yrs

Narrative:

On 07-22-11 the Inter Agency Narcotic Enforcement Team (I.N.E.T.) consisting of personnel from Farmersville Police Department, Visalia Police Department, Lindsay Police Department, Exeter Police Department, Tulare County Probation and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department concluded a three week narcotic investigation by serving a search warrant in the 12300 Block of Ave. 120, near the town of Pixley.

Upon securing the residence detectives searched the residence and located a small amount of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the house. Detectives located several marijuana plants in the backyard of the residence.

Suspect Rick Suniga was arrested and booked into the Tulare County Jail for the following charges

11377 H&S       Possession of a controlled substance.

11358 H&S       Cultivation of marijuana.

11364 H&S       Possession of drug paraphernalia

11357 (b) H&S  Possession of marijuana (less than an ounce)

11366 H&S        Maintaining a location for the Use/sales of a narcotic.

 

Suspect Wylie Youngblood was arrested and booked into the Tulare County Jail for the following charges:

3056 P.C.       Parole violation.

12316 (b)(1)   Illegal possession of ammunition by a felon.

 

 

This case is still under investigation.

 

 

 
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273.5 / 211/ 245/ 664-187 PC
LOCATION:  4100 Blk of Blackstone, Tulare, Ca.          DATE:  07/14/11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-9336         VICTIM:  Withheld per 293 PC          CITY:  Goshen

Narrative:

Suspect:  Irvin Gonzalez                    Age:  29

 

                                                            **Update** 

On 7-14-11 Deputies were dispatched to a reported assault at Ave 306 and Farr in Goshen.  Deputies arrived and located the victim down on the ground with moderate trauma to the head. The victim was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center and subsequently to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for his injuries.

The investigation determined the victim had been assault twice, once by his ex-girlfriend, Diane Murphy, and once by the ex-girlfriends current boyfriend.  The ex-girlfriend also removed property from the victim after the second assault occurred.

Diane Murphy, was arrested for spouse abuse, robbery and being under the influence of a controlled substance.  She was booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility.

The boyfriend fled the scene and is currently being sought for assault with a deadly weapon.

 

*Update* 

On 07-16-11 deputies received information that the second suspect in this case was at a known location in the City of Tulare. This information was passed on to the investigators of the Violent Crimes Unit of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators with the Violent Crimes Unit along with Investigators from the Gang Units Fugitive Apprehension Team and Patrol Deputies went to the 4100 Blk of Blackstone in Tulare and located Irvin Gonzalez who was wanted in regards to this investigation. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Tulare County jail on Attempted Homicide charges

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

Photo available through man jail.

 
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Derrick Rush Located In Kern River
LOCATION:  Campsite #3, Near Space 42          DATE:  07-08-11          TIME:  1430 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-9026         VICTIM:  Derrick Rush Age 28          CITY:  Arroyo Grande

On Satruday, July 17, 2011, Just after noon, Tulare County Sheriff's Deputies began to receive information from campers that debris and body appeard to be in in the Kern River.  Deputies and non-affiliated volunteers responded to the area of Campsite #3, near space #12.  This area is approximately 1.5 miles south of the location Derrick Rush was last seen in the water.  Deputies verified the body located was that of Derrick Rush, age 28 from Arroyo Grande.  Derrick appeared to have visible trauma as well as ripped clothing which could be fromthe force and watter pressure while moving down stream in the river. 

The Sheriff's Office would like to send their appreciation to all of the agencies who assisted in the search for Mr. Derrick Rush. 

The Sheriff's Office is strongly urging all people to stay out of the Kern River this season.  Water safety is extremely important and staying out of the Kern River is the ultimate water safety tip. 

For other water safety tips and information please visit the following:

Water safety information on website
http://www.tularesheriff.info/watersafety.html

Water safety videos on Tulare County Sheriff's YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/TulareCountySheriff

For additional information please contact Sgt. Chris Douglass by email cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us.  Follow our news blog on twitter at TulareSheriff  http://twitter.com/#!/tularesheriff

You can now submit information anonymously on non-emergency cases through TipNow.  Call or text your anonymous tip to 559-725-4194 or e-mail tcso@tipnow.com.

PRIOR RELEASE:
On Friday, July 8th, 2011 at approximately 1430 hours, friends of Derrick Robert Rush contacted the Tulare County Sheriff's Office in regards to needing assistance in locating their friend.  Derrick was on an inner tube in the upper Kern River near the Whiteside campsite, south of Corral Creek when he fell off his inner tube and entered the water.  Friends stated they did not see him resurface and contacted emergency personnel.  The Sheriff's Office along with allied agencies began a search and continue to search for Derrick Rush.  The water in the upper Kern River was 50 degrees and flowing at approximately 4700 cubic feet per second.  Derrick Rush was not wearing cold water gear nor protective gear such as a life jacket or helmet at the time he was seen entering the water.  Derrick Robert Rush is 28 years of age from the Arroyo Grande area.

Searches continue daily for Derrick Rush and will continue until he is located.  Bank searches, water surface searches as well as four areal searches have been conducted with additional scheduled.

The Sheriff's Office Swift water team is unable to enter the water as the pressure and temperatures are still at levels that are too dangerous for even trained personnel.  Depending on the time of day and the air temperature, the water temperature and flow rates change adding additional challenges to the search conditions.

The search details, staffing and available resources vary daily as additional incidents on land and in water continue to occur.  The Sheriff's Office is using State and County Resources along with other local agencies for this and other calls for service.

Derrick Rush is considered a missing person and the Sheriff's Office sworn and volunteer members of the Search and Rescue team continues to search.  Some members of the Search and Rescue Team are also trained in Swift Water Rescues and have identified a number of hazards that could hinder searching should Derrick Rush still be in the water.  Class IV and V rapids as well as hydraulics, keepers and strainers are located in the areas as well.  Derrick was also known to be wearing a camel pack that could cause issues if the straps were to catch on any debris or vegetation.

Numerous civilian volunteers have offered their assistance and the outreach is commended.  We encourage only trained personnel in search and rescue, first aid and CPR to offer assistance with these types of details as it is not  uncommon for untrained volunteers to become victims themselves.

 
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273.5, 245, 211 PC Spouse abuse, Assault with deadly weapon, Robbery
LOCATION:  Farr Rd/Ave 306-Goshen          DATE:  07-14-11          TIME:  2045
CASE NUMBER:  11-9336         VICTIM:  Withheld per 293 PC          CITY: 


On 7-14-11 Deputies were dispatched to a reported assault at Ave 306 and Farr in Goshen.  Deputies arrived and located the victim down on the ground with moderate trauma to the head. The victim was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center and subsequently to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for his injuries.

The investigation determined the victim had been assault twice, once by his ex-girlfriend, Diane Murphy, and once by the ex-girlfriends current boyfriend.  The ex-girlfriend also removed property from the victim after the second assault occurred.

Diane Murphy, was arrested for spouse abuse, robbery and being under the influence of a controlled substance.  She was booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility.

The boyfriend fled the scene and is currently being sought for assault with a deadly weapon.

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

 
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11378 HS, 11377 HS, 11366 HS, 11358 HS and 12022(c) PC
LOCATION:  1300 block of N. Rinaldi Visalia & 40400 Block of Cindy Rd. Cutler, Ca.          DATE:  07-14-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-80138         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On July 14th 2011, personnel from the Tulare County sheriff departments Gang Violence Suppression Unit ended a two week investigation by serving narcotic search warrants in the 1300 block of North Rinaldi Visalia and 40400 block of Cindy Road Cutler, Ca.  Members from the Interagency Narcotic Enforcement Team and Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel assisted in the operation. 
     Detectives located and seized a firearm, about ½ ounce of crystal methamphetamine, a digital scale, numerous marijuana plants and more than $1,300.00 in U.S. currency believed to be from illicit drug proceeds.
     Two subjects were arrested and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail and the Bob Wiley Detention Facility without incident for the below charges;  
 
Taken into custody were:
Rafael Dominic Delarosa (19 years) resides out of Visalia and Cutler, Ca.
Charges: possession and possession for sale of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, maintaining a residence for the use/sale of a controlled substance and cultivation of marijuana.  Bail $30,000

Jeanette Ortiz (21 years) resides out of Visalia and Cutler, Ca.
Charges: possession and possession for sale of a controlled substance and maintaining a residence for the use/sale of a controlled substance.  Bail $25,000   

     Anyone with information regarding gang activity is encouraged to call the sheriff’s department and can remain confidential by reporting it to tcso@tipnow.com or by texting to (559) 725-4194.  You may also call 1-(800) END-GANG or (559) 733-6218.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Update on search efforts for Derrick Rush
LOCATION:  Whiteside campsite, south of Corral Creek          DATE:  7-8-11          TIME:  1430 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-9026         VICTIM:  Derrick Rush, age 28          CITY:  Arroyo Grande

On Friday, July 8th, 2011 at approximately 1430 hours, friends of Derrick Robert Rush contacted the Tulare County Sheriff's Office in regards to needing assistance in locating their friend.  Derrick was on an inner tube in the upper Kern River near the Whiteside campsite, south of Corral Creek when he fell off his inner tube and entered the water.  Friends stated they did not see him resurface and contacted emergency personnel.  The Sheriff's Office along with allied agencies began a search and continue to search for Derrick Rush.  The water in the upper Kern River was 50 degrees and flowing at approximately 4700 cubic feet per second.  Derrick Rush was not wearing cold water gear nor protective gear such as a life jacket or helmet at the time he was seen entering the water.  Derrick Robert Rush is 28 years of age from the Arroyo Grande area.
 
Searches continue daily for Derrick Rush and will continue until he is located.  Bank searches, water surface searches as well as four areal searches have been conducted with additional scheduled.
 
The Sheriff's Office Swift water team is unable to enter the water as the pressure and temperatures are still at levels that are too dangerous for even trained personnel.  Depending on the time of day and the air temperature, the water temperature and flow rates change adding additional challenges to the search conditions.
 
The search details, staffing and available resources vary daily as additional incidents on land and in water continue to occur.  The Sheriff's Office is using State and County Resources along with other local agencies for this and other calls for service.
 
Derrick Rush is considered a missing person and the Sheriff's Office sworn and volunteer members of the Search and Rescue team continues to search.  Some members of the Search and Rescue Team are also trained in Swift Water Rescues and have identified a number of hazards that could hinder searching should Derrick Rush still be in the water.  Class IV and V rapids as well as hydraulics, keepers and strainers are located in the areas as well.  Derrick was also known to be wearing a camel pack that could cause issues if the straps were to catch on any debris or vegetation.
 
Numerous civilian volunteers have offered their assistance and the outreach is commended.  We encourage only trained personnel in search and rescue, first aid and CPR to offer assistance with these types of details as it is not uncommon for untrained volunteers to become victims themselves.
 
The Sheriff's Office is strongly urging all people to stay out of the Kern River this season.  Water safety is extremely important and staying out of the Kern River is the ultimate water safety tip.  For other water safety tips and information please visit the following:
 
Water safety information on website
http://www.tularesheriff.info/watersafety.html
 
Water safety videos on Tulare County Sheriff's YouTube Channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/TulareCountySheriff

For additional information please contact Sgt. Chris Douglass during business hours at 559-735-1825 or by email cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us.  After hours please contact our non-emergency dispatch line at 559-733-6218.

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

You can now submit information anonymously on non-emergency cases through TipNow.  Call or text your anonymous tip to 559-725-4194 or e-mail tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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River rescue at "The Stairs"
LOCATION:  "Stairs" river area, Tule River above Springville          DATE:  07-13-11          TIME:  1900 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-9287         VICTIM:  Nichole Vargas, age 18          CITY:  Wasco

On 7-13-2001, Vargas and her friends arrived at the "Stairs" day use area on the Tule River above Springville at 1630 hours. The group entered the river in a large pool with a rapid below. The group swam to the river-left (far) side and became stranded on the bank. Vargas is three months pregnant and was scarred to return to the safe river-right bank. Four of Vargas' friends make it back across, leaving her alone at approximately 1900hours.  Friends waitied to call 911 until approximately 2000 hours.

CAL Fire, TC Fire and Life Star Ambulance arrive on scene. With the assistance of CAL Fire, Deputies were able to safely rescue Vargas and return her to river-right. Vargas suffered no injuries and was released at the scene by LifeStar Paramedics.

This will be the fourth (4th) incident between the Stairs and Coffee Camp this summer.

We strongly urge people to stay out of the river during this season.  The rivers are moving swiftly and are still very cold in temperature.  Safety gear should always be worn if you do enter the water, including cold weather gear, lifejackets and helmets.  Additional safety gear should always be ready available to assist anyone in the water who may need assistance, such as rope and a life ring an never swim alone if you do enter the water.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office wants to encourage media to please continue to put out water safety information. 

Water safety information on website
http://www.tularesheriff.info/watersafety.html 

Water safety videos on Tulare County Sheriff's YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/TulareCountySheriff 

 
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11550 H&S, 11364 H&S Under the Influence of a controlled substance, Possession of drug paraphernalia
LOCATION:  400 Block of North Orange, Exeter          DATE:  07-13-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-40195         VICTIM:           CITY: 

 Suspect: Estrada, Aaron  Age: 19 yrs

Suspect: Esquible, Freddie Age: 24 yrs

Suspect: Pina, Samantha      Age: 22 yrs.

Suspect: Padilla, Linda          Age: 29 yrs.

On 07-13-11 the Inter Agency Narcotic Enforcement Team (I.N.E.T.) consisting of personnel from Exeter Police Department, Visalia Police Department, Lindsay Police Department, Farmersville Police Department, Tulare County Probation and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department concluded a four week narcotic investigation by serving a search warrant in the 400 Block of North Orange in the City of Exeter.
 
Detectives secured and searched the residence. Detectives arrested the above suspects for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Suspect Padilla was charged with an additional charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. The two female suspects were transported and booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility and the two male suspects were transported and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

 

 

 

 

This Case is still under investigation.

 
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11357 c H&S, 11357 (a) H&S, 11379.6 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11358 H&S, 11350 H&S, 11351 H&S, 496 P.C. 12582
LOCATION:  1400 Block of E. Dianna, Pixley          DATE:  07-13-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-70085         VICTIM:  State of Calif          CITY: 

On 07-13 the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division, along with personnel from the Interagency Narcotic Enforcement Team concluded an three week investigation by serving a search warrant in the 1400 Block of East Dianna in the town of Pixley.    
 During the search of the residence detectives located the following items of evidence in the residence: a small amount of methamphetamine, approximately 13 marijuana plants in the back yard, a small amount of concentrated marijuana, honey oil marijuana, equipment to produce the honey oil, processed marijuana, prescription pills, scales, packaging material, a stolen handgun, a firearm with the serial number filed off and one blowgun. 
 
Suspect Roberts, Lennie Lee was arrested for the following charges: Possession of marijuana (above an ounce), Possession of concentrated marijuana, manufacturing concentrated marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales, cultivating marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales, possession of stolen property, possession of a blowgun, possession of a firearm with the serial number removed. 

Suspect Roberts, Bonnie was arrested for the following charges: Possession of marijuana (above an ounce), Possession of concentrated marijuana, manufacturing concentrated marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales, cultivating marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales.

This case is still under investigation.

 
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Arrest made on burglary case
LOCATION:  6500 Block of Ave 304, Visalia          DATE:  07-13-11          TIME:  0745
CASE NUMBER:  11-09238         VICTIM:  C&L Towing          CITY:  Visalia

On 07/13/11, at 0745 hours, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies responded to C & L Towing located at 6484 Ave. 304, Visalia, regarding a commercial burglary.  Upon their arrival, the victim reported that unknown suspect(s) entered his property and took several different types of shop tools.  The victim estimated the value to be $1,500.  

During the Sheriff Deputies investigation, they were led to the adjoining property of 6572 Ave.304, Visalia.  It was at this location they located and arrested 27 year old Joseph Enos.  Enos was found to be in possession of the reported stolen property and subsequently arrested and booked at the Tulare County Main Jail where he is being held on $50,000 bond.  

The stolen property was identified by the victim and returned. 

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

 
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