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

On 02 15 11 the Tulare County Inter Agency Narcotic Enforcement Team, consisting of personnel from Lindsay P.D., Exeter P.D., Farmersville P.D., Tulare County Probation and the Tulare County Sheriff's Office concluded a two month narcotic investigation by serving a narcotic search warrant in the 160 block of South Ashland in the city of Lindsay. Detectives secured the residence and detained two adults and two children. Detectives searched the residence and located drug paraphernalia, a small hand scale, a small amount of methamphetamine which was packaged in several plastic bindles. These items were located in a safe that was disguised as a book. Approximately 5 grams of concentrated cannabis was located in a kitchen cabinet accessible to the children.

Suspect Francis Arredondo, age 33 of Lindsay, was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Bob Wiley Detention Facility for the following charges:
11378 H&S     Possession of a controlled substance for sales
11366 H&S     Maintaining a location for sales/use of narcotics
11364 H&S     Possession of drug paraphernalia
11357 H&S     Possession of concentrated cannabis

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

This case is still under investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. Pixley Patrol were dispatched to the La Tiendita Market in Earlimart in the regards to a robbery.  Upon arrival Deputies were advised a male subject entered the store and brandished a firearm at the clerk, demanding money.  The subject fled the store prior to law enforcement arriving with a undetermined amount of US currency.  The store clerk was not injured during the robbery.   Anyone with information in regards to this robbery is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. Southend Investigation Unit (559)733-6218.   

The case is under investigation by TCSO

 
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459PC, 496PC, 182PC
LOCATION:  19900 Block of Avenue 196          DATE:  02/10/12          TIME:  1000 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-1844         VICTIM:           CITY: 

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Suspect: Miguel Mendoza     Age:    31

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos available through the Tulare County Main Jail.














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

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

Upon completion, detectives arrested Angel Benavente (19 years) for conspiracy of attempted homicide and criminal street gang activity.  He was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail with bail set at $500,000.00.  This case still remains under investigation with future arrests anticipated.
 
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or you can remain anonymous by sending your information to tcso@tipnow.com or by texting to (559) 725-4194.

 
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Three Arrested on Narcotics Case
LOCATION:  32600 Blk of Lincoln Rd, Visalia          DATE:  02-10-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-70022         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Visalia

Suspect # 1  Maria Carreon, age 64, of Visalia, Ca
Suspect # 2  Roberto Hernandez Carreon, age 62 of Visalia, Ca.
Suspect # 3  Enrique Carreon, age 39, of Visalia, Ca


After an approximate two (2) week investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the unincorporated area of Visalia, investigators from the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division were lead to a residence in the 32600 Blk of Lincoln Rd where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately 2.0 grams of Methamphetamine packaged for sales, scales, packaging materials and indicia related to the sales of illegal narcotics as well as maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales. Also located was 181.4 grams of processed marijuana.

Maria Carreon was booked for 11377/ 11378/ 11366 H&S
Roberto Carreon was booked for  11357(c) H&S
Enrique Carreon was booked for 11550(a) H&S

All suspects booked at their respective Tulare County Jail facilities on the above listed charges.
 
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

Booking photos may be available through the Main Jail.

Scene photos are availabale on the  Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157629265184601/

 
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Strong Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  15000 block of Oak Ranch          DATE:  02-08-12          TIME:  1730 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-1763         VICTIM:  Confidencial          CITY:  Visalia

On 02-08-12 at aprox 1800 hrs Tulare County Sheriff deputies responded to 15000 blk of Oak Ranch Drive regarding a report of a robbery with a 10 yr victim. investgation revealed 16 yr old suspect and another juvenile approached the victim and took his bicycle by force. Suspect was later located in the Ivanhoe area and taken into custody on this case. If anyone has any further information regarding this case contact the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 

 
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496PC Possesion of Stolen Property
LOCATION:  1600 block of S. Main, Porterville          DATE:  02-07-2012          TIME:  1300 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-01701         VICTIM:  State of Ca          CITY: 

Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. Porterville Patrol were contacted by a subject claiming to be a victim of a burglary.  The victim provided the suspect, Jason Hunt, as a person that was seen and is now in possession of property taken from his residence.  Jason Hunt was contacted at his residence and a subsequent consent search revealed items stolen from the victim.  Jason Hunt was arrested for possession of the stolen property and booked into the Porterville Substation.     

The case is under investigation by TCSO

(S)Jason Hunt 05-01-1977

 
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Attempt Robbery
LOCATION:  600 Block of E Date          DATE:  02-06-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-1658         VICTIM:  Rainbow Market          CITY:  Porterville

On 2-6-12, deputies were dispatched to the Rainbow Market located in the 600 block of E. Date, Porterville regarding an alarm. Upon arrival it was discovered that two armed suspects entered the store and demanded cash from the register. The two subjects fled on foot to a nearby awaiting vehicle before receiving any money. No subjects were injured during the incident and no property was taken.
 

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

 
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Grand Theft
LOCATION:  17700 block of R256, Porterville          DATE:  02-06-2012          TIME:  1532
CASE NUMBER:  12-01662         VICTIM:  Rod Burkett          CITY: 

Deputies were dispatched to the 1700 block of R256, Porterville, in regards to a property owner detaining subjects stealing his farm equipment.  Upon arrival deputies contacted the property owner who advised while driving by he noted the suspects loading a trailer and pickup truck with his property. 
The suspects, Ricky Hauk and Daniel Wilson, where contacted and arrested for the theft of and possession of several thousand dollars worth of metal, chemicals, and misc farm equipment.  The stolen items were returned back to the victim and they were transported to another location for storage.  The suspects were booked into the Porterville Substation on grand theft charges.     

The case is under investigation by TCSO

(S)Ricky Hauk  06-11-1977
(S)Daniel Wilson  03-20-1975

 
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245 PC- Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  41000 block of Road 124          DATE:  2-5-12          TIME:  2045 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-1624         VICTIM:  Oracio Adame          CITY:  Orosi

On 2/5/2012 at approximately 2045 hours deputies responded to the 4100 block of Road 124 in Orosi regarding a report of gunshots fired in the area. A short time later deputies were advised that a gunshot victim, Oracio Adame of Orosi, had arrived by private vehicle at the Sierra-Kings Hospital in Reedley. Adame was transferred to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for further treatment of a gunshot wound to the torso. Adame was reported to be in stable condition.

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

Taken into custody were:  N/A 

 
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664-187 PC. Attempt Homicide
LOCATION:  14000 block of R192          DATE:  1-20-12          TIME:  2139 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-0911         VICTIM:  Confidential male          CITY:  Poplar

Suspect-1:    Candelario Vargas        20 yrs., Porterville        Bail $ 500,000.00

On 2-3-2012 at approximately 1630 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Gang Violence Suppression Unit, south county team conducted surveillance in the 600 block of Oxford, Porterville.  A search warrant had been obtained for a residence in this area pertaining to a shooting that occurred in the Polar area on 1-20-12.  During the investigation this shooting, a suspect had been positively identified. 

During the surveillance, the identified suspect was seen leaving, his residence, was stopped and taken into custody without incident. A search warrant was then executed in the 600 block of N. Oxford were several items of evidence were located and seized.

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.  Anyone with information as to this case is encouraged to call 559-733-6218 

 
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1378 HS, 11377 HS, 11550 HS and arrest warrant services
LOCATION:  Ivanhoe and Dinuba (for arrests)          DATE:  02042012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  Various         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

 

On 2-04-12 between the hours of 2:00 pm through midnight, personnel from the North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit concentrated their efforts to reduce nuisance and criminal activity through saturation patrol in most of the rural communities in northern Tulare County. Personnel also performed several probation searches as a means to further an investigation or for random compliance checks.

Overall, several subjects were arrested throughout the shift for possession and possession for sale of a controlled substance, in addition to being under the influence of a controlled substance. Other subjects were arrested or cited for outstanding warrants. Those arrested were booked into the Main Jail without incident.

Paul Marquez (42 years) possession and possession for sale of methamphetamine

Fidel Aguirre (51 years) possession of methamphetamine

Abel Parades (19 years) possession of methamphetamine

Jaime Lopez (37 years) under the influence of a controlled substance

 

 

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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215PC, 207PC, Carjacking and Kidnapping
LOCATION:  4500 Block of Pratt Rd. in Tulare          DATE:  02-03-2012          TIME:  1735 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-1533         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Fresno

Narrative:

Victim: 21 year of old male, resident of Fresno Ca

On 2/3/12 at approximately 1725 hours, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the 4500 Block of Pratt Rd in Tulare in regards to a reported carjacking. Upon arrival Deputies contacted the 21 year old male victim who reported being carjacked in the 4500 Block of Pratt Rd by an unknown male suspect. Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit responded to the area and took over the investigation.

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

 
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11378 HS, 11377 HS,11550 HS, 148 PC
LOCATION:  15800 block of Heather          DATE:  02-03-12          TIME:  1740 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  See Below         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Ivanhoe

Case Number: 12-80026, 12-80027

On 2-03-12 at about 5:40 pm, personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff Departments North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit went to a residence in the 15800 block of Heather Avenue in Ivanhoe to locate a subject wanted on active arrest warrants, coupled with anonymous information that narcotics were being sold from the same location.

Upon arrival, detectives from the unit knocked on the front door and were greeted by a suspect, later identified as Victor Castaneda holding a baggy of purported methamphetamine in his hand.  Detectives detained Castaneda after a brief struggle.  Another subject identified as Rosendo Zavala was at the residence and detained for being under the influence of a controlled substance. After further investigation additional methamphetamine and a scale was located.  Approximately ½ ounce of crystal methamphetamine was located with a street value of about $600.00.  Personnel from the department’s narcotic division assisted in the investigation.  Those arrested were;

Victor Castaneda (44 years) possession and possession for sale of a controlled substance and resisting/delaying a peace officer.

Rosendo Zavala (42 years) under the influence of a controlled substance.  
 
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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Multiple Robberies, suspects outstanding
LOCATION:  Tulare / Tipton areas          DATE:  02-03-2012          TIME:  0537
CASE NUMBER:  12-1500/1501         VICTIM:  293 PC          CITY:  Tipton

On 02/03/2012 deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to two locations in the area of Ave. 184/Rd.128 and Rd. 128/Ave. 168 regarding two seperate armed robberies.

One truck driver was hindered from driving his vehicle when a white truck with two aremed subjects approched the vehicle demanding money. A short time later a similar incident occurred with a second truck driver. Neither driver was injured.  An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from each of the drivers.

Discriptions from passers by identified a white truck for both incidents with 2-3 hispanic male adults.

Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriffs Department were contacted to assist in the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call (559) 733-6218 (24 hrs).

You can also provide your information anonymously through the Sheriff's TipNow program by calling texting or e-mailing your information to 559-725-4194 or tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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11350 H&S, and 625 W&I
LOCATION:  12800 block of Dawson Ave          DATE:  02-02-12          TIME:  1614 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  See Below         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Orosi

Case Number: 12-00460, 12-80017, 12-80025




On 2-02-12 at about 4:14 pm, personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff Departments Gang Violence Suppression Unit, coupled with Community Based Officers from the Cutler-Orosi area, served a follow up search warrant in the 12800 block of Dawson Avenue Orosi, Ca.  The warrant was for gang related items pursuant to a past felony assault case that occurred at the Kwik Korner Market on 1-10-12.

During the service of the warrant, personnel located gang related indicia and a small amount of cocaine.  One adult and two juveniles were arrested without incident and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail and Juvenile Justice Center.  Arrested were;
 
Victor Garcia (20 years) possession of a controlled substance
Male Juvenile (17 years) violation of a juvenile court order
Male Juvenile (17 years) violation of a juvenile court order
 
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or you can remain anonymous by sending your information to tcso@tipnow.com or by texting to (559) 725-4194.

 
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Suspicious death investigation in Strathmore
LOCATION:  Road 230 / Ave 194, Strathmore          DATE:  01-31-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-1397         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  Strathmore

UPDATE 02-01-2012/1600hrs:

This is an active investigation by both the Violent Crimes Unit and the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (STEP) Marijuana Suppression Program.

During the investigation it was learned, the suspect (the decedent) and his partner had pulled up to the residence in a vehicle and made contact with one victim outside the residence.  One suspect brandished a weapon, and then both suspects entered the residence with the victim.  Additional victims were located inside.  The suspects demanded items and began to look through the residence.  One of the victims was able to flee the residence and alert law enforcement of the home invasion robbery. 

A second victim was able to arm herself and gunshots were exchanged between the suspects and the victim outside the residence.  Additional calls to law enforcement were made regarding the shots fired.

Upon arrival Deputies located the one of the suspects was wounded, transported and pronounced deceased. The decedent’s identity is not being released until next of kin have been notified.  The second suspect fled on foot and is still outstanding.

During the processing of the scene the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel and Marijuana Suppression Program were called to respond.  This location had been visited twice in the past regarding compliance with medicinal marijuana issues.

During the service of a search warrant at that crime scene, detectives discovered a large amount of packaged processed marijuana, many firearms including an assault rifle and a large amount of U.S. Currency. STEP detectives took over the marijuana portion of the investigation.

STEP detectives arrived at the scene and obtained an amendment to the Violent Crimes Search Warrant for marijuana and marijuana related items. Ultimately items seized by STEP detectives included  386 pounds of packaged processed marijuana, over 40 lbs of unpackaged marijuana, multiple firearms, pay/owe sheets, scales and in excess of $23,000 in U.S. Currency.  

The resident of the property, Candelario Andrade Moran was found to possess a medical marijuana card and several Care Provider cards which enabled him to possess several pounds of processed marijuana. However the presence of over 400 pounds of marijuana, the pay/owe sheets, scales and large amount of currency led detectives to believe he was selling large amounts of marijuana for other than medical use. State law prohibits the outright sale of marijuana. Possession of an unregistered Assault weapon is a crime. Detectives at the scene determined the children at the residence were also being endangered by the conditions they were forced to live in.

Street value of the marijuana would be in excess of 1.6 million dollars. 

Candelario Andrade Moran, age 32 of Strathmore, was charged with possession of marijuana for sale, possession of an assault weapon and child endangerment.

Photo available on the Sheriff’s Flickr page under this case number:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157629135678243/

Decedents information will be posted once next of kin is notified.  The second subjects is still outstanding.  This case is still under investigation.

2011 statistics:
(20) 187 cases for TCSO, 8 related to Marijuana
(2) 187 cases in Strathmore, both related to Marijuana

This is the first shooting death and the first death related to marijuana for TCSO jurisdiction in 2012. 

PRIOR RELEASE:
On Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at approximately 1735 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office began to receive multiple 9-1-1 calls regarding a possible disturbance with shots fired. 

Upon arrival deputies located a Hispanic, male adult suffering from a possible gunshot wound.  The subject was transported to a local area hospital where he pronounced deceased.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes and Forensic Investigations Units responded to assist in the investigation.

Reports were taken of an additional subject, a Hispanic male adult, who may have been involved in the incident having left the scene on foot.

Additional reports have also come in that these two subjects may have been involved in other incidents that may have occurred in the area.

This case is still under investigation.  As additional information is obtained and update will be issued.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 800-808-0488.

You can also report your information anonymously through the Sheriff's TipNow program by text, phone or e-mail to:

559-725-4194 or tcso@tipnow.com

 
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Wanted Persons of Interest on 459 PC Case
LOCATION:  18900 block RD 152, Tulare          DATE:  01-27-12          TIME:  2021 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-1223         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY: 

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office is seeking your assistance on locating two persons of interest on this case.  Their photos and flyer with additional information is posted on the Sheriff's Flickr page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157629105310583/

Garry Lee Dunham
Age:  43
African American Adult
Height: 5’11”, Weight: 170 lbs
Black hair, brown eyes

Brian Shantes Goodman
AKA: “Dooney”
Age: 20
African American Adult
Height: 5’8”, Weight: 180 lbs
Black hair, brown eyes

PRIOR RELEASES:

On 01/27/2012 / 2021 hours, Deputies were dispatched to a residential burglary in the 18900 block of Rd. 152.

The reporting party advised that someone had forced entry into their residence while they were away from the residence.

The reporting party reported that miscellaneous jewelry, electronic equipment and several firearms had been stolen.

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

Any one with information regarding this case is asked to contacted Detective Michael Rubalcaba at (24 hours) 559-733-6218 or (7 AM to 5 PM) 559-735-1853.

Update :

The Tulare County Sheriff Investigation bureau and Crime Lab responded to the scene and continued this investigation. Evidence was located at the scene, which lead investigators to the 200 block of Minarets street, in the City of Fresno.

A search warrant was executed at the residence, at which time some of the victims property was located. The suspects have not been apprehended and this is an active investigation. Anyone with leads in this case is encouraged to phone the Tulare County Investigation Bureau at 559-733-6218.

January 28, 2012. Sgt. R.W. Parker

 
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11378 HS, 11377 HS x 2, 11550 HS x 2, 23152 VC and 3054 PC
LOCATION:  Ivanhoe, Goshen, Cutler and Orosi          DATE:  1-25-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-80021         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Narrative:

 Case Number: 12-80021, 12-80022 and 12-80023

Crime:  11378 HS, 11377 HS x 2, 11550 HS x 2, 23152 VC and 3054 PC

Area Occurred: Ivanhoe, Goshen, Cutler and Orosi

Date and Time Occurred: 1-25-12 through 1-28-12

Victim: State of California

Personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit concentrated their efforts to reduce criminal activity by patrolling several rural communities in northern Tulare County.

Overall, three subjects were arrested for various felony and misdemeanor crimes involving the possession of narcotics for sale, being under the influence of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance and for non-compliance through Tulare County Probation. Those arrested were booked without incident into the Main Jail;

Jeremy Cleveland (30 years) possession and possession for sale of a controlled substance & under the influence of a controlled substance.

Rolando Carrillo (28 years) possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance and for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Chad Ellebracht (36 years) non-compliance under the terms and conditions of Probation

 

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- Burglary
LOCATION:  38400 block of Rd 8          DATE:  1-27-1-28          TIME:  Unknown
CASE NUMBER:  12-01245         VICTIM:  Adult male age 65          CITY:  Kingsburg

On 1/28/12, at 1415 hours, deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office responded to a rural address in the Kingsburg area regarding a residential burglary that was believed to have occurred within the previous 24 hours.

The victim reported a total of $3341 in property loss which included a ride-on lawnmower and $1365 worth of assorted firearms ammunition. The suspects also attempted to steal a Jeep from the garage but got it stuck in the mud near the residence and abandoned it.

During the investigation deputies with assistance from neighbors located tire tracks from the stolen lawnmower which led away from the property. Deputies followed the tracks approximately ¼ mile to a vineyard where they located $3251 worth of the stolen property, including the lawnmower and all of the ammunition, which had been hidden away for later retrieval by the suspects.

All of the recovered property was returned to the victim.

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


Taken into custody were:  N/A 

Charges:   N/A

 
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459 PC , Burglary
LOCATION:  18900 block RD 152, Tulare          DATE:  01/27/2012          TIME:  2021 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-1223         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY: 

Narrative:

On 01/27/2012 / 2021 hours, Deputies were dispatched to a residential burglary in the 18900 block of Rd. 152.

The reporting party advised that someone had forced entry into their residence while they were away from the residence.

The reporting party reported that miscellaneous jewelry, electronic equipment and several firearms had been stolen.

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

Any one with information regarding this case is asked to contacted Detective Michael Rubalcaba at (24 hours) 559-733-6218 or (7 AM to 5 PM) 559-735-1853.

Update :

The Tulare County Sheriff Investigation bureau and Crime Lab responded to the scene and continued this investigation. Evidence was located at the scene, which lead investigators to the 200 block of Minarets street, in the City of Fresno.

A search warrant was executed at the residence, at which time some of the victims property was located. The suspects have not been apprehended and this is an active investigation. Anyone with leads in this case is encouraged to phone the Tulare County Investigation Bureau at 559-733-6218.

January 28, 2012. Sgt. R.W. Parker

 
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Sheriff Bill Wittman to Promote New Captain
LOCATION:  Sheriff's Headquarters - 2404 W. Burrel, Visalia          DATE:  01-30-2012          TIME:  1000 hrs
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Sheriff Bill Wittman will be holding a ceremony to promote Lieutenant Keith Douglass to the rank of Captain on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM. The ceremony will be held at the Tulare County Sheriff's Headquarter's Lobby. Friends and family will also be present to show their support.

Captain Keith Douglass grew up in Southern California and has resided in the Tulare County area for the past 25 years. He began his career with the Sheriff's Office as a Deputy August of 1986. Captain Douglass worked through the detentions and patrol stations, and served time with the Sheriff’s K-9 Team.  He was partnered with two dogs during his term with the unit and also served as the unit Supervisor once promoted to the Rank of Sergeant in October of 1995.  During his term as Sergeant, Keith began getting more involved with the technological side of the Department.  He was instrumental in the Patrol Unit Mobile Dispatch Terminal (MDT) Program, switching the Department to digital photography, electronic archiving and securing of digital files and became the CAL-ID Manager for Tulare County.

In April of 2002 Keith Douglass was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. While in this position he held terms of command over the Automation, Crimes Against Persons Bureau, the Main Jail, Administrative Support Services, Internal Affairs and the Personnel Bureau. 

During his twenty five years with the department, Captain Douglass has worked at nearly every station and in every division of the Sheriff's Office. Captain Douglass has been instrumental in numerous technological advancements the Department such as:
• Creation of the Sheriff’s Automation Unit which handles technology issues in house
• Assisted in the complete redesign of CLETS network to DOJ
• Implemented the GPS integration into the Patrol MDT units
• Assisted in the design phase of the County’s Unified Command Vehicle Projects
• Implementation of the Department Taser Use of Force Option and upgraded training procedures
• Retrofit and upgraded the camera recording systems throughout the Main Jail facility
• Created numerous case management databases for investigations and personnel to assist with tracking and statistical data
• Became one of the Department’s Public Information Officers, created the means for dissemination of Sheriff’s news and information to the community through use of internet web blogs, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube
• Acquired and implemented the use of electronic form routing and signatures through paperless systems for time management and tracking efficiency
• Upgrade of Department fleet vehicles and equipment issued/ installed
• Began the acquisition of the enhanced fingerprint identification system for Tulare County

Captain Keith Douglass is supported in his new career path by his wife, Cindy and his 17 year old twins, Craig and Victoria. Sheriff Bill Wittman offers his sincere congratulations to Captain Keith Douglass, and wishes him well in his new assignment as the Detention Branch, Facilities Division Captain. The public is welcome to join the department, friends and family in the Sheriff's Headquarter's Lobby Monday, January 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM to celebrate the promotion.

Refreshments to follow.

Photo avvailabe on Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157629048126107/

 

 
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Possession of Methamphetamine for sales/ Maintaining a place for illicit narcotic sales/ Possessio
LOCATION:  Plainview, Ca          DATE:  01-25-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60010         VICTIM:           CITY: 

After an approximate one (1) month investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the Plainview Area investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments Narcotics Division were lead to a residence in the 19200 Blk of Ave 192 where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately 67.8 grams of Methamphetamine packaged for sales, indicia, a large sum of U.S. Currency which were related to the sales of illegal narcotics as well as maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales.  Two firearms were located in the residence as well, one of which was reported stolen and is now recovered. The seized Methamphetamine would have had a street value of $6,780.00 had it been allowed to enter the illegal drug market.
Both suspects booked at the Tulare County Jail on the above listed charges. Both suspects bail amounts are $50,000.00 and are being held in lieu of at this time.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

Photos available through the Main Jail.


Suspects: Rene Meza & Martin Bustamonte

 
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Possession of Methamphetamine/ Possession of Marijuana/ Maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic
LOCATION:  Porterville Ca.          DATE:  01-25-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-70007         VICTIM:           CITY: 

After an approximate one (1) month investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the Porterville Area investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments Narcotics Division were lead to a residence in the 300 Blk of Cornell Ave where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately 11.2 grams of Methamphetamine packaged for sales, 8.37 ounces of Marijuana and indicia related to the sales of illegal narcotics as well as maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales.
All suspects booked at the Tulare County Jail on the above listed charges.
Both suspects bail amounts are $25,000.00 and are being held in lieu of at this time.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

Photos available through the Main Jail.

Suspects: Fred Carrillo & James Carrillo

 
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459 PC (Burglary)
LOCATION:  RESIDENT IN THE 14500 BLOCK OF WALKER, POPLAR - RESIDENT IN THE 21100 BLOCK OF AVENUE 160, POPLAR          DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

11-13141  09-21-2010
12-01074  01-24-2012

 

Deputies contact Frank Talabera 20 while investigating numerous burglaries in the Poplar area.  Frank Talabera was taken into custody for his part in those burglaries and booked into the Porterville Sub Station.



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


 
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Five Arrested for Narcotics Charges
LOCATION:  400 Blk of N/W Second Ave          DATE:  01-24-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60001         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Visalia

Suspect#1 Jaime De Santos Salas, age 38 of Visalia, Ca.
Charges:  Possession of Methamphetamine/ Possession of Methamphetamine for sales/ Maintaining a residence for narcotic sales/ Child Endangerment.
Bail: $100,000.00

Suspect #2 Maria De Pilar Torres, age 38 of Visalia, CA.
Charges:  Possession of Methamphetamine/ Possession of Methamphetamine for sales/ Maintaining a residence for narcotic sales/ Child Endangerment.
Bail: $100,000.00

Suspect #3 Joanna Aregon, age 24 of Visalia, Ca.
Charges:  Possession of Methamphetamine/ Possession of Methamphetamine for sales/ Maintaining a residence for narcotic sales/ Child Endangerment.
Bail: $100,00.00

Suspect #4 Juan Carlos Duarte, age 27 of Visalia, Ca.                                                     
Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine.
Bail: $20,000.00

Suspect #5: Abel Martinez Nevarez, age 33 of Visalia, Ca.     
Four (4) outstanding arrest warrants
Total bail  $30,235.00

After an approximate one (1) month investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the Visalia Area investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments Narcotics Division were lead to a residence in the 400 Blk of N/W Second Ave where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately 5.4 grams of Methamphetamine packaged for sales, indicia related to the sales of illegal narcotics as well as maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales.

There were six (6) minor children in the residence. The residence was deemed uninhabitable by the Visalia’s Code Enforcement division thus creating a child endangerment issue. The children were turned over to Tulare County Child Welfare Services. (male juveniles ages 2,4,5,6,8 - one female age 14)


All suspects booked at the respective Tulare County Jail facility on the above listed charges. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

Photos available through the Main Jail.

Scene photos are posted on the Sheriff's Flickr page under Case #12-60001
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157629020275449/

 
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Missing Juvenile - Selena Martinez
LOCATION:  Last seen in Visalia area          DATE:  01-23-2012          TIME:  0940
CASE NUMBER:  12-1009         VICTIM:  Selena Martinez, age 16          CITY:  Goshen

On 1-23-12 at 0940 hours, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff Department, Headquarters Division, were contacted regarding (MPJ) Selena Rebecca Martinez,16 years old, who ran away from home after a domestic disagreement. Martinez is considered an at risk juvenile. 

Martinez was last seen leaving her grandparents residence which is located in the 200 block of E. Tulare in the City of Visalia.  Martinez was wearing a black top, blue jeans and riding a blue bicycle.  Martinez’s parents live in the Goshen area.

Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department are currently investigating Martinez’s disappearance as an endangered missing; however, she knows that law enforcement is looking for her and has elected to prevent detection from relatives and TCSO Detectives.  

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. R. Ramirez or Sgt. Hunt at
(559) 733-6218 or toll free (800) 808-0488. 

Also, an anonymous tip can be left at tcso@tipnow.com or (559) 725-4194.  Reference TCSO Case # 12-1009 during the report.

 

Photo and flyer are available on the Sheriff's Flickr page at:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157629005120739/

 
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PC 245 Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  10400 block oif Ave 416          DATE:  01-23-12          TIME:  0005 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-00998         VICTIM:  18 yr old male          CITY:  Sultana

On 1/23/2012 at approximately 0005 hours Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Redwood Inn in Sultana regarding a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Upon arrival deputies located the 18 yr old security guard at the bar, who had suffered non-life-threatening stab wounds.

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

Taken into custody were:  N/A 

 
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459PC,496PC,182PC
LOCATION:  Poplar          DATE:  01-17-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-915         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Narrative:

On 01/21/2012, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff's Department uncovered a sophisticated burglary ring operating in the Poplar area of Southern Tulare County. During the investigation of two burglaries which occurred on 01/17/2012 and 01/20/2012, Deputies identified several individuals who were involved in a total of seven residential burglaries which had occurred from October 2011 to present. The total property loss was estimated to be in excess of $25,000.00. Deputies arrested two juveniles and two adults who were responsible for the burglaries. A large amount of stolen property was recovered and was subsequently returned to numerous Tulare County citizens who had been burglarized. This is currently an ongoing, active investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 
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PC 245- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  14000 block of Road 192          DATE:  01-20-12          TIME:  2230 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-911         VICTIM:  Steven Vidal          CITY:  Poplar

On today's date at approx. 2230 hours, TCSO deputies responded to the Poplar area for a report of a shooting.  A hma victim received several gunshot wounds by unk suspect(s).  Victim was transported to Sierra View Medical Center then transferred to Fresno Regional Medical Center for treatment.  The case is under investigation. 

 
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One in custoy for multiple narcotics charges
LOCATION:  100 block of East Citrus St., Farmersville          DATE:  01-17-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-40290         VICTIM:  Stae of CA          CITY:  Farmersville

On 01-17-12 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 four month narcotic investigation by arresting Suspect Miguel Deniz in the Visalia area for possession and sales of a controlled substance.  After Suspect Deniz was arrested he was found to be in possession of several bindles of methamphetamine and approximately $ 2,900.00 in U.S. Currency.

During a probation search of the suspect’s bedroom and shed at the Farmersville location, detectives located drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana.

Suspect Miguel Deniz, age 21 of Farmersville was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for the following charges:

11377 H&S           Possession of a controlled substance.
11378 H&S           Possession of a controlled substance for sales.
11379 H&S           Transportation of a controlled substance.
11366 H&S           Maintaining a location for the sales/use of narcotics.
11357 H&S           Possession of a controlled substance.
12316 (2) (1) P.C. Felon in possession of a ammunition.

Suspect Miguel Deniz’s bail was set at $ 50,000.00.


This case is still under investigation.

 
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PC 422- Criminal Threats, PC 594(b) Felony Vandalism
LOCATION:  12500 block of Aceves          DATE:  01-15-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-00668         VICTIM:  24 yr old female          CITY:  Orosi

On 1/15/2012 at approximately 1745 hours Orosi deputies were dispatched to a disturbance call at the 12500 block of Aceves Avenue. The victim reported that Francisco Ramirez Barrios of Cutler, age 24, made criminal threats during a child custody dispute and that he vandalized a vehicle on her property.
Deputies conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle Barrios was driving and after further investigation took him into custody for the above listed charges. 

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

 
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460PC, 207PC, 243(c)PC, 148PC
LOCATION:  37900 block of Rd. 58 New London          DATE:  01-13-12          TIME:  1330
CASE NUMBER:  12-572         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Narrative:

On 01-13-12 at approximately 1330 hours Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of Kate Rd. and Denver Ave for a report of a suspicious person. The suspect fought with deputies who then attempted to subdue with a taser which appeared to have no effect. The suspect fled jumping fences throughout the neighborhood until he eventually broke into an occupied home where he confronted a male inside. The suspect forcefully tried to use the male resident as a shield and was tased again. Deputies pulled the victim from the suspect and the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect and two deputies received injuries and were later treated at the Kaweah Delta district Hospital, the suspect was then booked into the Tulare County Jail.

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

 

Taken into custody were:

Cazares, Jose 22 yrs

 
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245 PC- Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  17000 block of Ave 288          DATE:  01-13-2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-593         VICTIM:  Gary Rodriguez          CITY:  Farmersville

01-13-12 1818 hrs Deputies were dispatched to the 17000 block of Ave 288 for a report of an assault.  During the course of the investigation it was discovered that the victim, Gary Rodriguez had been assaulted with a stick.  (V) refused medical attention at the scene.  After further investigation the suspect, Alfonso Cardenas, age 26 of Fresno, was contacted, arrested and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail. 

Case currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriffs Department.   

 
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Violation of Parole, Poss. of Meth for Sales, Participating in Criminal Street Gang
LOCATION:  40600 block of Road 128          DATE:  01-13-2012          TIME:  1745 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-80014         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Cutler

    On 01-13-2012 at 1745 Hours, Detectives with the North County Gang Violence Suppression Unit responded to a residence in the 40600 Block of Rd 128 in Cutler. Upon arriving at the residence, Detectives contacted Angel Alonzo and he was found to be an absconding parolee at large with the California Department of Corrections. Detectives also located approximately ONE ounce of methamphetamine packaged for sales, packaging material, and other items associated with the sales of narcotics. Alonzo was arrested and transported to the Tulare County Main Jail for booking. Alonzo is also suspected of participating in a criminal street gang.

This case is currently being investigated by The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case or gang activity is encouraged to call 1-888-END-GANG (1-888-363-4264)   

 
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Update to Martin Leon Homicide Case
LOCATION:  20800 Block of Guerrero, Richgrove          DATE:  09-26-2008          TIME:  2230 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  08-14281         VICTIM:  Martin Leon age 14          CITY:  Richgrove

On 09/27/2008, 0117 hours Deputies were dispatched to the victim's residence for a deceased subject. There they found the victim dead in his residence. It appeared he had been shot through the front door of his apartment while his other family members were away from the residence. He died as a result of the gun shot wounds.

Violent Crimes detectives responded to the scene to investigate. During the investigation it was determined there had been minor gang confrontations between members of the victim's family and rival gang members in the same apartment complex. Two suspects were identified as Julio Hernandez, 18 years (at the time) from Richgrove and Armando Gonzalez, 21 year (At the time), from the Woodville Labor Camp.

As this case was being investigated, Hernadez fled to Mexico. Gonzalez was arrested by the Porterville Police Department on 9/2/2010 on for an unrelated murder and is still incarcerated on that case at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility.

UPDATED INFORMATION:

On Sunday, 01.08.2012 Detectives followed up on a lead in McFarland. They located Hernandez there and found he moved there with family when he returned from Mexico. Detectives brought Hernandez in for questioning, without incident. He was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for investigation of murder, assault with a deadly weapon and participating in a gang crime. Gonzalez is also being charged in this case. Detectives from the Porterville Police Department assisted during the course of this investigation.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Frank Zaragoza at 800-808-0488.  You can also send your information annonymously through the TipNow Program.  Call or text 559-725-4194 or e-mail tcso@tipnow.

 
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