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.

 
...posted by dispatch
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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.

 
...posted by media relations
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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.

 
...posted by dispatch
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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.

 
...posted by media relations
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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 

 
...posted by media relations
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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.

 
...posted by dispatch
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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.

 
...posted by dispatch
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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.

 
...posted by media relations
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Carjacking, Armed Robbery, Burglar, Spousal abuse, stolen vehicle
LOCATION:  New London          DATE:  07-11-2011          TIME:  1600 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-8599         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Tulare County Sheriff Department Orosi Patrol /Community Base Officers and North End Property Unit conducted a two week investigation regarding several burglaries, car jacking, armed robbery, stolen vehicles and spousal abuse that occurred in the Community of New London.   During the investigation Deputies located Matthew Wilson driving the vehicle that was reported stolen in the area of Rd 88 and Ave 400 in Dinuba. Deputies attempted to stop Wilson when he led Deputies on a short pursuit. During the pursuit, Wilson discarded a loaded handgun into the streets.  Deputies along with assistance from Dinuba Police Department were able to detain Wilson and a passenger in the area of Ave 408 and Road 96 with no further incident.
 
The subjects were taken into custody, on the below listed charges.
 

Taken into custody were:

1)    Matthew Lee Wilson               28 Yrs.                      Resident       New London  Ca.
 
Charges: 215 PC , 211 PC 496 PC, 460, 273.5, 12020  PC, 10851, 2800 VC:  Carjacking, Armed Robbery, burglary, spousal abuse, stolen vehicle  failure to yield, possession of stolen property/firearm

2) Diane  Fuentes                          26Yrs                        Resident       Selma Ca. 

Charges:  496 PC, 460, 12020 PC   possession of stolen property/firearm

 
...posted by dispatch
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Poss of a cont substance, Poss of drug paraph, Under the influence of a cont substance
LOCATION:  14100 Block of Ave. 420, Orosi          DATE:  07-11-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-40178         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 07-11-11 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 14100 Block of Ave. 420, near the town of Orosi.

Upon securing the residence detectives detained several subjects on the property. Suspect Villarreal, Cadelario was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and his bail was set at $ 20,000.00. Suspect Luevanos, Liberado was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and a misdemeanor arrest warrant with a bail set at $ 30,000.00.  Suspect Marquez, Demetrio was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for 11550 H&S, where he was later cited to appear in court.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Search and rescue details 7-08-11 and 7-9-11
LOCATION:  Upper Kern River, Whiteside camping area (south of Corral Creek)          DATE:  7-8-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  See below          CITY:  See below

Detail on 7-8-11:
On Friday, July 8th, 2011 at approximately 1430 hours, friends of Derrick Robert Rush contacted the 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 running at 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.

Detail on 7-9-11:
On Saturday, July 9th, 2011 while the Sheriff's Search and Rescue team were searching for Derrick Rush in  upper Kern River near the Whiteside campsite, south of Corral Creek, a deputy observed a man being swept down river in the current while holding onto his inner tube.  A rescue detail was initiated for this subject as well.  Deputies learned the subject was previously told to stay out of the water but chose to enter the water with his inner tube that was tied with a string to shore.  The string broke and he was swept away in the current.  The subject was not wearing cold water gear nor protective gear such as a life jacket or helmet.  The Sheriff's Office requested the assistance of the Kern County Sheriff's Rescue team to assist in manning the boat that was needed to retrieve the subject.  During the rescue the team was almost swept done river as well.  The river is running at dangerous speeds and temperatures and people are encouraged to stay out of the water.  The subject was rescued and identified as Alfredo Reyes, age 23 from North Hills.

 

THE SEARCH FOR DERRICK RUSH IS CONTINUING.


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 

 

 
...posted by media relations
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594 PC, 166.4 PC, 186.22 PC, 148 PC, 11550 H&S
LOCATION:  Cutler & Orosi          DATE:  7/6-7/9          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-80137         VICTIM:  State of Calif          CITY: 

During the week of July 6th through July 9th, personnel from the sheriff department’s north end gang violence suppression unit concentrated their efforts in the communities of Cutler and Orosi, with several probation searches and saturation patrol.  Those efforts resulted in seven arrests for various felonies, misdemeanors and preliminary civil gang injunction violations.  Those arrested were booked into the Juvenile Justice Center, Tulare County Main Jail and the Bob Wiley Detention Facility without incident.

Valentine Garcia (32 years) arrested for a felony warrant
Porfirio Mejia (26 years) arrested for a felony warrant and misdemeanor warrant
Doyle Lloyd (27 years) arrested for two misdemeanor warrants
Patricia Lopez (34 years) arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and for a felony and misdemeanor warrant
Candelario Villarreal (38 years) arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance
Miguel Santana (21 years) arrested for violation of court order / preliminary gang injunction
Male Juvenile (16 years) arrested for felony vandalism/graffiti, resisting arrest, criminal street gang activity and violation of court order / preliminary gang injunction

 
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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Cultivation of marijuana, Poss. Of Marijuana for Sale, Child Endangerment
LOCATION:  1200 Block of W Slaughter, Porterville & 400 block of Cedar Brook Trail, California Hot Springs          DATE:  5/1/2011          TIME:  to present
CASE NUMBER:  11-60743         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Narratice:

S-1 Dustin Benson, 31 yoa, From Porterville

S-2 Jared Matteucci, 21 yoa, From Porterville

S-3 Lindsay Young, 27 yoa, from Porterville

S-4 Male Juvenile, 17 yoa, From Porterville

 

On the above date and time members of the Tulare County Sheriff's  Dept. S.T.E.P. and Narcotics Units responded to the above listed residences in regards to reports of marijuana cultivation and sales to serve search warrants. The service of the search warrants was the result of a two month investigation into the selling of marijuana over the internet. Upon arrival detectives contacted the above listed suspects. The subsequent search’s found large indoor/outdoor grows of medical marijuana at both locations far in excess of the allowed amounts. It was further found that several minor children had access to and were playing in the marijuana, in one case a 17 year old male was assisting in the cultivation of the plants.

 

S-Benson had several medical marijuana recommends on the property allowing him to grow enough medical marijuana to cover his and another subject’s current medical needs.  Detectives eradicated a total of 587 marijuana plants in various stages of growth from seedlings to fully budded from both locations.. This amount of marijuana was clearly in excess of the recommend holders medical needs. Additionally S-1 Benson had been offering marijuana for sale on “You Tube” videos

 

 
...posted by dispatch
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11377H&S, 11378 H&S, 11364 H&S
LOCATION:  12900 BLK ELLA-OROSI          DATE:  07-06-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-40174         VICTIM:  State of Calif          CITY: 

On 07-06-11 the Inter Agency Narcotic Enforcement Team (I.N.E.T.) consisting of personnel from Visalia Police Department, Farmersville Police Department, Lindsay Police Department, Exeter Police Department, Tulare County Probation, Tulare County Sheriff’s Department concluded a three week narcotic investigation by serving a search warrant in the 12900 Block of Ella in the Town of Orosi.
Detectives searched the residence and located a small amount of methamphetamine.  Detectives located three hand digital scales. Suspect Marquez was arrested and booked into the Tulare County Jail for the following charges: 

11377 H&S     Possession of a controlled substance.

11378 H&S     Possession of a controlled substance for sales.

11364 H&S     Possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

This case is still under investigation.

 
...posted by dispatch
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496 PC, Possession of stolen property
LOCATION:  28900 block of Road 156          DATE:  7-2-11          TIME:  1700 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-8516         VICTIM:           CITY:  Visalia

Deputies were investigating a theft and found a motor driven four wheeler on the property.  This item was found to be stolen and a further search revealed additional stolen items.  Victims were contacted and confirmed certain items from the suspect’s residence had been taken from their residence.  The victim’s recovered their property which consisted of a Rhino four wheeler, dirt bike, power tools, vehicle engine parts and other various tools.  Enos was booked into the Tulare County Jail without incident. 

 
...posted by dispatch
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Search and Rescue at Tule River "Stairs" area near Springville
LOCATION:  Tule River Hwy 190 .5 miles south of Wishon Drive          DATE:  6-5-11          TIME:  2030 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-7433         VICTIM:  Juan Valencia, Age 19          CITY:  Visalia

On 6-5-11 at approximately 2030 hours Deputies were dispatched to an area known as "The Stairs" on HWY 190 approximately 1/2 mile south of Wishon Drive, near SPringville.  The call was in regards to an adult male who had swam across the Tule River and was unable to come back across because of the cold temperature and swiftness of the river.  The call came in as a 911 call from a person who was with the victim at the time of the incident but on the correct side of the river.

 

Deputies arrived on scene alond with County fire and utilized the necessary rope and gear bags to decend the stairway to the river where the victim was located.  The victim was approximately 50 feet from the deputies who threw him a "Rope bag" line attached flotation vest and chest harness.  Teh victim put on the vest and harness and was brought back across the river. 

 

The victim was assisted back up the stairway to the parking lot of "The Stairs" and medically evaluated and cleared on scene my medical staff.

 

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone seekeing out recreation in the Couties water sources to make sure they take the necessary precautions.

Additional safety tips are provided here:  http://www.tularesheriff.info/watersafety.html

 
...posted by Media Relations
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Swift Water Rescue in Tule River Near Lower Coffee Camp
LOCATION:  West of Lower Coffee Camp area, Springville          DATE:  6-14-11          TIME:  1430
CASE NUMBER:  11-7864         VICTIM:  Genoveva Arroyo-Penaloza, age 46          CITY:  Lindsay

On Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at approximately 1430 hrs, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office received a call of a person who was swept away by the current in the Tule River near the lower Coffee Camp area in Springville.

 

Deputies responded and met with Tulare County Fire who requested the assistance of a Helicopter for the search.  It was discoverd that the vcitim was swiming with her family in the river when the current caught her and moved her to the far side of the river.  For a short time she was able to hold on to a tree branch before she was swept down river by the current.  Family followed her by walking down the embankment and viewed her go through some heavy rapids.  When the terrain became too rough they lost sight of the victim. 

 

The Medi-Vac helicopter located the victim clinging to a rock and Tulare County Fire was able to throw her a life jacket attached to a rope and pull her to the embankment. The victim was carried to the roadside where and ambulance was waiting to treat her.  She was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released for some minor bruses and mild trauma to her head.  The victim is home safe with family.

 

The Sheriff's Office strongly urges people to learn water safety.  Some tips are listed on the sheriff's website at  http://www.tularesheriff.info/watersafety.html

 
...posted by media relations
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Update to two missing persons in Kern River
LOCATION:  Ant Canyon area of Kern River          DATE:  6-13-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-07865         VICTIM:  Scott Neacato and Minh Tu Quang Nguyen          CITY:  Los Angeles area

MISSING #1: Neacato , Scott age 22 of Los Angeles CA
Last seen wearing: Brown T-shirt/Red Shorts

 

MISSING #2: Nguyen , Minh Tu Quang age 25 of Westminster CA
Last seen wearing: Light Green Polo Shirt / Brown Shorts

 

Both missing persons were on a camping trip with approximately 11 friends in the area of Ant Canyon, an unimproved campsite on the Kern River in Tulare County. On 06/13/2011 at approximately 1840 hours a 911 call was placed at a business in River Kern, Kern County. The group had tied a line across the river and then tied a small, two-man raft to the line. Both Neacato and Nguyen were in the raft which was in the middle of the river, approximately fifty (50) yards from the north shore. It appears the raft was pulled into a boil (turbulence) and subsequently was partially submerged and capsized due to the extreme current. Both subjects were swept down-river, river-center. Friends and family advised Neacato did not know how to swim. Neither subject was wearing a life jacket or exposure protection. The area where both subjects went in the water is approximately 200 yards above multiple class four and class five rapids. The Kern River flow is estimated to be running at approximately 4,800 CFS (Cubic Feet per Second.) Due to this year's above average snowpack and current high air temperatures, the flow is expected to peak at 6,000 CFS within the next few days. The water temperature is estimated to be approximately 42-45 degrees. 

 

Deputies and US Forest Service personnel arrived on scene within approximately twenty (20) minutes of the call and began a hasty search of the area with negative results for either subject. The first operational period was postponed at 2400 hours on 06/14/2011 due to darkness. The search and rescue (SAR) was initiated to begin the second operational period at 0800 hours on 06/14/2011. TCSO SAR and Swiftwater/Dive personnel began bank searches of the area at 0500 hours. TCSO Divers were inserted above the point last seen (PLS) in an effort to bank search the far south west side of the river. TCSO SAR personnel performed a copious search of both river banks approximately two (2) miles down from the PLS. CHP Helicopter arrived in the area at approximately 1100 hours  and began air operations within the search area which included the Whiskey Flat trail which runs the south west side of the river in its entirety to Kernville. Due to terrain difficulties and the dangerous conditions of the river's flow, divers were unable to continue the bank search on the far side of the river as the south west river bank cliffs-out. Divers were unable to probe any pools, hydraulics or obvious eddies which may have held a body. It was not possible to safely or effectively construct technical highlines to aid in the search. As of 1800 hours on 06/14/2011, there was no sign of either subject. The search was scaled back with active SAR Operations ending and will continue by personnel from TCSO, USFS, CHP and KCSO until both subjects are located.

 

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office wants to encourage media to please continue to put out water safety information.  http://www.tularesheriff.info/watersafety.html .

 

Photos  http://www.tularesheriff.info/news_sar_061511.html
ID photos available by e-mail request to cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us .

 

Two videos On Tulare County Sheriff's YouTube Channel under case # 11-7865  http://www.youtube.com/user/TulareCountySheriff

 
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Possession of stolen property
LOCATION:  15700 Block of Jasmine Ave          DATE:  06-14-11          TIME:  1956
CASE NUMBER:  11-7189         VICTIM:  KRC Safety Inc.          CITY:  Visalia

On 5-30-11 representatives of KRC Safety reported the theft of a large tractor forklift from the area of Hwy 198 and Rd 164.  The forklift was valued at $45,000.00.

 

On 6-14-11 the owner of KRC Safety contacted the Tulare County Sheriff's Department and reported he had located his stolen forklift in the 15700 block of Jasmine Ave in the town of Ivanhoe.  Deputies responded and observed the Forklift inside a secured vacant storage lot. 

 

Detectives were summoned to the scene and a search warrant was executed on the property.  During a search of the property, the following items were recovered.  The stolen forklift, a Case 590 backhoe reported stolen to the Visalia Police Department on 6-6-11 and a stolen Mitsubishi truck reported stolen to the Visalia Police Department in March 2011.  The Backhoe was valued at $90,000.00 and the truck was valued at $5,000.00.

 

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

 

 
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Burglary
LOCATION:  1200 Block E Fir          DATE:  06-14-11          TIME:  1430
CASE NUMBER:  11-7863         VICTIM:  Luis Ochoa/Collete Zavala          CITY:  Lindsay

On 6-14-11, the victim received a call from her bank requesting authorization to cash several personal checks. When the victim advised she did not issue the checks the Lindsay Police Department was contacted. Upon arrival of the Police Departments the two suspects were located and lead LPD Officers on a short vehicle pursuit where their vehicle eventually crashed and both subjects were arrested. Further investigation lead Tulare County Sheriff's Detectives to the victim’s residence where they located the break in. All property was recovered.

 
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Two Missing in Kern River Near Johnsondale
LOCATION:  Ant Canyon, one mile north of Gold Ledge Johnsondale area of Kern River          DATE:  6-13-11          TIME:  1840
CASE NUMBER:  11-07865         VICTIM:  Scott Neacato and Minh Tu Quang Nguyen          CITY:  Los Angeles area

Two men are missing after a reported raft flipped in the Kern River and the two riders did not surface.

Tulare County Sheriff's Resident Deputies along with members of the Sheriff's Dive Team began a search for  Scott Neacato age 22 of Los Angeles and Minh Nguyen age 26 of Westminster at approximately 8:00 AM on June 14, 2011.  The search lasted through the day and into the evening hours. The California Highway Patrol helecopter also assisted in the search.

The Sheriff's Department was advised by a local shop owner that two women came into the business stating they had seen the two men riding in a raft when it flipped and the men did not resurface.  The The incident was said to occur near Ant Canyon, one mile north of Gold Ledge in the Johnsondale area on June 13, 2011 at approximately 6:00 PM.

"The river is running at about 5000 cubic feet per second which is limiting our search efforts in the river." Stated Lt. Lary Micari.

The Sheriff's Office is strongly urging people to be careful this summer.  As the weather heats up, more people will seek out water sources to cool down and tragedy can happen when they are not prepared for it.

The Sheriff's Office supports the reach, throw, don't go program which advises people who find someone in a water hazard to reach for them, throw something out to them but not to go in the water themselves as it could be dangerous for you as well. 

 
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Attempted Robbery
LOCATION:  700 Blk S Main          DATE:  06-13-11          TIME:  1920 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-7831         VICTIM:  El Chivo Meat Market          CITY:  Pixley

Suspects:

Trivion Hooks (23 years) of Pixley

On 6-13-11 Detectives responded to the 700 Block of Main Street in Pixley. The victim stated a known suspect entered his store and pointed a handgun at him demanding money. A struggle ensued and the suspect fled the store.

The above suspect was located at his residence and arrested. He was booked into Tulare County Main Jail for the above charge.

 
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Anonymous tip from TipNow leads to ID of man found in Lake Kaweah
LOCATION:  Lake Kaweah, Horse Creek Campground          DATE:  06-06-11          TIME:  1115 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-7459         VICTIM:  Mark Anthony Baribeault, age 42          CITY:  Three Rivers

An anonymous call in on the Sheriff's new TipNow line provided information that led to the identity of the man found in Lake Kaweah on June 6, 2011.

"We were very fortunate someone heard the discription we gave on the radio and called in information that led to the identifiation"  said Sgt. Douglass.

Mark Anthony Baribeault, age 42 of Three Rivers was located in Lake Kaweah by a Tulare County Lake Patrol Officer.  A Sheriff's dive team member responded to remove the body from the water.  The Sheriff's Coroner and Violent Crimes Units took over the investigation.

An autopsy was conducted and no signs of foul play were noted.  Due to the lenght of time the subject was in the water it has not been determined the exact cause of death.

The Coroner's office has asked if anyone has information as to how Mr. Mark Anthony Baribeault came to be in the water to please call our non-emergency line at 800-808-0488, or if you wish to remain anoymous you may use our TipNow lines.

Email tcso@tipnow.com  or you can call or text 559-725-4194.

Editors note:  video on this case number located on the Tulare County Sheriff YouTube channel at

http://www.youtube.com/user/TulareCountySheriff?feature=mhee#p/u/0/_qFZ3I8Ab-4 

 

 

 

 
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245 PC- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  12500 block of Ave 336          DATE:  6-10-11          TIME:  2052 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-7679         VICTIM:  Paul Garza          CITY:  Visalia

On 6/10/11 at 2052 hours Deputies were dispatched to the 12500 block of Ave. 336 in Visalia regarding a verbal argument. Deputies arrived and observed a HMA, Paul Garza in his 40’s inside the residence stabbed in the left forearm. The victim was later transported to Kaweah Delta Hospital where he did not suffer any life threatening injuries. The victim was later released from the hospital. The Suspect, Mary Walker (DOB 4/8/57) was found and taken into custody with out incident. The suspect was booked into Bob Wiley Detention Facility for PC 245- Assault with a deadly weapon.

 
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Anonymous Tip Leads to Arrest of Five on Narcotics Case
LOCATION:  18800 block of Lort Drive, Visalia          DATE:  6-8-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-60674         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Visalia

The case began approximately three weeks prior when an anonymous tip was received through the Sheriff's new TipNow program.  

 

"Information was provided about a possible marijuana grow site and firearms in the area." stated STEP Sgt. Jim Franks.

 

Detectives conducted an aerial over flight to confirm the presence of a two marijuana grow sites and obtained a search warrant for the property.  The two grow sites were located on the back portion of the property which consisted of 19 acres. 

 

On June 8, 2011 at approximately 1350 hrs, members of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. S.T.E.P. Unit, I.N.E.T. Unit, Narcotics Task Force and Property Detectives  responded to the 18800 block of Lort Dr. in Visalia in regards to reports of marijuana cultivation. Upon arrival detectives contacted the subjects listed below. Subsequent investigation led to the determination that those subjects with medical recommendations for the marijuana were significantly over their allowed amount. Approximately 690 marijuana plants were eradicated. In addition many items of stolen property were recovered by Property Detectives.

 

Suspect Chad Cloyd was found to be a felon in possession of firearms and in possession of stolen property. Suspect John Moore was found to be in possession of a switch blade, possession of prescription medication without a prescription and in possession of stolen property from a recent burglary in the city of Visalia. Suspect Brandin Bullock was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and under the influence of a controlled substance. Suspect Kari Ramos-Kent was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and under the influence of a controlled substance. Joseph Wheemes was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

 

Suspects were arrested and booked without incident at the Tulare County Main Jail. Suspect Bullock was advised she was in violation of the Tulare County Ordinance banning outdoor growing of marijuana.

 

It has become common for some medical marijuana cultivators to hide behind California’s written law in their effort to sell excess marijuana for a profit either on the streets or to dispensaries. County ordinance ban the sale of medicinal marijuana for profit and outdoor unsecured cultivation.  If allowed to mature the 690 plants eradicated in this case could have produced in excess of 690 pounds of marijuana bud with a street value in excess of $2,760,000. The typical medicinal marijuana user consumes between 3 to 5 pounds of marijuana annually.

 

Suspects arrested:
Brandin Bullock 29 yoa, Visalia - Charges 11377 H&S, 11550 H&S, 11366 H&S, 11370.1 H&S
John Wesley Moore 29 yoa Visalia - 496 PC, 11350 H&S, 653 K PC
Chad Cloyd 35 yoa Visalia - 496 PC, 12021 PC, 11550 H&S
Joseph Wheemes 25 yoa Visalia - 11550 H&S
Kari Ramos-Kent, 35 yoa Visalia - 11377 H&S, 11364 H&S 11550 H&S

 

The Sheriff's Office would like to encourage people to utilize the TipNow system.

"The information we received from TipNow led to the arrest of five people.  That is all thanks to the concerned citizen who made use the resources provided that can help make our county a safer place." stated Sheriff Bill Wittman.

TipNow is an anonymous tip line where a person may call, text or e-mail information to the Sheriff's Department regarding suspicious activity.  You may e-mail tcso#tipnow.com or call/text 559-725-4194

 

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

 

Editors note:  Some video footage is availabe under this case number on our YouTube Channel TulareCountySHeriff  http://youtu.be/--uNnQeVBrM .  You may also send e-mail request to cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us.  You will receive a reply e-mail with the link to sign in and download the footage. 

 
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Arrest made on residential burglary case
LOCATION:  26000 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia          DATE:  06-07-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-06289         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Visalia

On 05/13/11, Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a residential burglary at the 26000 block of S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia.  Deputies there learned that an unknown suspect gained entry into this home and took approximately one hundred thousand dollars worth of property.  Sheriff Detectives at that time assumed the investigation.

On 06/07/11, Sheriff Detectives were able to identify the suspect as being 31 year old Chad Villanueva of Visalia.  Villanueva was arrested on this day and booked at the Tulare County Main Jail where he is being held on a $50,000 bond.  On 06/08/11, Sheriff Detectives were also able to locate and recover $42,000 worth of the stolen property from a local Visalia Jewelry store whom purchased the property as scrap gold. 

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

 
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Burglary
LOCATION:  Visalia          DATE:  06-01-11          TIME:  2147 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-7351         VICTIM:           CITY:  Visalia

An ongoing five day burglary investigation lead to the arrest of two suspects in the city of Visalia.  

 

The investigation lead detective from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and the Visalia Police Department to a residence in the 1700 block of S. Central in the city of Visalia.  Doug Wadkins and Jeanna Huss were located at the residence and arrested for possession of stolen property. 

 

A subsequent search warrant was executed and additional stolen property from crimes in both the County of Tulare and City of Visalia was located.

 

Doug Wadkins was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

 

Jenna Huss was booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility.

 

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

 
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Body located in Lake Kaweah
LOCATION:  Lake Kaweah, Horse Creek Campground          DATE:  06-06-11          TIME:  1115
CASE NUMBER:  11-7459         VICTIM:  Male Adult          CITY:  Unknown

On Monday, June 06, 2011 at 1115 hours, A Tulare County Lake Patrol Officer located a body floating in Kaweah Lake near the Horse Creek campground area. The body appears to be that of a Hispanic or white male adult with dark, medium length hair and goatee beard wearing a brown jacket, t-shirt and jeans. The body appeared to have been in the water for several days. Attempts are being made to identify the body and circumstances surrounding the death at this time. The cause of death will be pending autopsy.

The case is being investigated as a suspicious death by the Violent Crimes Unit as usual when cause of death and identity are unknown. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Frank Zaragoza or Sgt. Gary Hunt at the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, Violent Crimes Unit at 559-733-6211 or 800-808-0488.

The anonymous tip line is also available for calls, text or e-mail at:

tcso@tipnow.com  or 559-725-4194

 
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211 PC, 186.2 PC, 182 PC, 245 PC
LOCATION:  12500 A416          DATE:  5-24-11          TIME:  2153 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-6845         VICTIM:  Undisclosed Male and Female          CITY:  Orosi

NEWS  ITEM 

Case Number: 11-6845

Crime: 211 PC, 186.22 PC, 182 PC, 245 PC

 

Area Occurred: 12500 Block of Ave 416 Orosi, Ca.

Date and Time Occurred: 5-24-11/2153 hours

Victim 1: undisclosed male adult (26 years)

Victim 2: undisclosed female adult (44 years)

 

On 5-24-11 at about 9:53 p.m., an undisclosed male and female adult were approached by several alleged gang members in the 12500 block of Ave 416 in Orosi and subsequently assaulted.  The suspects then took U.S. currency from the victims by force and fled the scene by vehicle.

 

Through further investigation, on 6-04-11 at about 5:00 p.m., personnel from the North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit, along with patrol served two search warrants in the 12500 block of Ave 432 Orosi and 40200 block of Cindy Road Cutler, Ca.  Upon completion, suspect Jose Diaz (18 years) was taken into custody without incident for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and criminal street gang activity.  Diaz was booked into the main jail with bail set at $50,000. 

 

This case is still being investigated by personnel from the Gang Violence Suppression Unit.

 

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (559) 733-6218 or 1-(888)-End-Gang.  Persons who call can remain anonymous and have the option of sending information confidentially through tcso@tipnow.com or by texting (559) 725-4194.

 

 

 

 
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Narcotic Case Arrest
LOCATION:  500 Block of North Westwood, Lindsay          DATE:  6-3-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-40139         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Lindsay

On 06-03-11 the Tulare County Inter-Agency Narcotic Enforcement Unit consisting of personnel from Lindsay Police Department, Farmersville Police Department, Exeter Police Department, Visalia Police Department, Tulare County Probation Department and the Tulare County Sheriff's Department concluded a three week investigation by serving a narcotic search warrant in the 500 Block of Westwood in the city of Lindsay.

Detectives searched the residence and located a small amount of methamphetamine packaged for sales, a small hand scale, several smoking pipes and a small amount of marijuana.

Suspect Benitez, Agustine Junior was arrested and booked into the Tulare County Jail for the following charges: 

11378 H&S             Possession of a controlled substance for sales.
11377 H&S             Possession of a controlled substance.
11364 H&S             Possession of drug paraphernalia.
11357 b H&S          Possession of marijuana (under a ounce)

       
Suspect Benitez bail was set at $ 25,000.00.


This case is still under investigation.

 
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Cultivation of Marijuana
LOCATION:  12500 block of Ave. 322, Visalia          DATE:  06-03-11          TIME:  1100 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-60733         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Visalia

S-1 Liborio Gutierrez Martinez 45 yoa, Visalia,  Charged with 11358 H&S,

On the above date and time members of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. S.T.E.P. unit  responded to the 12500 block of Ave. 322 in Visalia in regards to reports of marijuana cultivation. Upon arrival detectives contacted resident Liborio Gutierrez Martinez. Subsequent investigation led investigators to write a search warrant for the location.  The search found a large outdoor marijuana growing operation.

S-Martinez was found to have substantially more marijuana than he was allowed for his sole medical needs under California law for medical marijuana. S-Martinez was  130 marijuana plants above his doctor recommended limit of 90 plants. He was arrested at the scene and booked without incident at the Tulare County Main Jail. S-Martinez was also advised he was in violation of the Tulare County Ordinance banning outdoor growing of marijuana

It has become common for some medical marijuana cultivators to hide behind California’s  law in their effort to sell excess marijuana for a profit either on the streets or to dispensaries. It is illegal to sell sell medicinal marijuana for profit.  If allowed to mature the excess 130 plants in this case could have produced more than 130 pounds of marijuana bud with a street value over $500,000. The typical medicinal marijuana user consumes between 3 to 5 pounds of marijuana annually.
 
This case is still under investigation by the TCSO STEP Unit.

 
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Exeter PD: Arrest Made on Acosta Case
LOCATION:           DATE:  6-2-11          TIME:  2130 hrs
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Exeter Police Department has announced an arrest has been made on the Acosta case.  

 

Detectives will be available for media questions today, Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 9:30 PM at the Exeter Police Station.  

 

The Exeter Police station is located at 100 N. "C" St., Exeter

 

Media is directed to contact Exeter Police Department for any questions.  (559) 592-3103

 

Editors note: This message is posted as a courtesy to Exeter Police Department.  The Tulare County Sheriff's Office will not me answering any media questions regarding this case.

 

 
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Possession of Stolen Property, Identity Theft, receiving a stolen vehicle, Possession of Forged/Alte
LOCATION:  Tulare          DATE:  06-1-11          TIME:  1600
CASE NUMBER:  11-7229         VICTIM:  Visalia resident          CITY:  Visalia

Deputies from the Headquarters station conducted a traffic stop on M St and Oaks St in the City of Tulare. Deputies determined the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the year. During a search of the vehicle additional stolen property was located from a resident in the Visalia area. Also located were forged checks in the victim’s name. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Gary Marks with the North End Investigations Unit at (559)735-1856.

 

 

Taken into custody were:

 

1)    Lewis, Tara                23Yrs.                      Visalia    Resident

 

 
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Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  A152/R208          DATE:  05-30-11          TIME:  2005
CASE NUMBER:  11-7152         VICTIM:  Male Juvenile 15 yoa          CITY:  Porterville

On the above date and time deputies responded to a 911 call for shots fired in the area of Avenue 152 and Road 208. Within minutes after receiving the 911 call a GSW victim arrived at Sierra View Hospital in a personal vehicle. Upon further investigation it was learned that the GSW victim, a fifteen year old Hispanic male was shot one time by an unknown suspect. The victim was transported to Fresno Regional Medical Center for treatment. His injuries are non-life threatening.

 

This case remains under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with information can call Detective Rodney  Klassen

 
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215 PC, 211 PC, 12025 PC, 182 PC 186.22 PC 417 PC
LOCATION:  Ave296/Rd 156-Visalia          DATE:  05-30-11          TIME:  0015
CASE NUMBER:  11-7113         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 5-30-11 at about 0015 hrs. Tulare County Sheriffs Deputies responded to the Ivanhoe area regarding a car jacking case. Investigation revealed the suspects brandished a firearm at the victims and demanded their vehicle.

The vehicle was located in the 15600 block of Ave 296 with two suspects still inside it. The suspects were apprehended after a short foot chase.

Suspect -Eduardo Lopez 25yrs

Suspect- Martin cuellar 26yrs

This case remains under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Sheriffs Department at (559) 733-6218 Persons who call can remain anonymous, and may also report information to www.tcso@tipnow.com or text to (559) 725-4194.

 
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UPDATE-664-187 PC, 245 PC,10851 VC, 186.22 PC
LOCATION:  Ave 392 / Rd 120-Cutler          DATE:  5-29-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-5669         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On Friday, 5-27-11 at about 6:00 p.m., through on-going investigation, personnel from the North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit, along with patrol were able to identify, locate and apprehend a second suspect involved in an attempt homicide case that originally occurred on 5-01-11 near the intersection of Ave. 392 and Rd. 120 Cutler, Ca.

The second suspect taken into custody was 19 year old Hector Flores. He was picked up from his residence in the 38700 block of Rd. 140 Yettem, Ca. He was later booked into the main jail without incident for the charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit a crime and criminal street gang activity.

This case remains under investigation and it is believed there may be additional suspects. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Sheriffs Department at (559) 733-6218 or 1-(888)-End-Gang. Persons who call can remain anonymous, and may also report information to www.tcso@tipnow.com or text to (559) 725-4194.

 
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Possession of Controlled Substance for Sales/ Transporting Controlled Substance for Sales
LOCATION:  300 Blk of South Locke, Lindsay, Ca          DATE:  05-25-2011          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-60037         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspects in Custody:                                      

#1 Roberto Ayala  MH/ 39 yrs Lindsay  

Charges:  11359 H&S/ 11366 H&S/ 11377H&S 11378 H&S/ 11379 H&S

 

 #2 Trinidad Sandoval FH/ 40 yrs Lindsay, Ca.  

Charges:  11359 H&S/ 11366H&S, 11377H&S, 11378 H&S/ 11379 H&S

#3 Ismael Ramirez Romero 34 yrs Lindsay, Ca.     

Charges:   11550 H&S

 

            After a six month investigation into the trafficking of illegal narcotics in the Lindsay and Porterville areas by the Southern Tri-Counties High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the suspects in this investigation were contacted and arrested on traffic stop in the unincorporated area of Porterville. The investigation then led to the service of a search warrant in the 300 blk of Locke Ave in Lindsay. The STC-HIDTA Task Force was assisted by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Clandestine Laboratory Unit, Inter Agency Narcotic Enforcement Team and the STEP Team.  The search warrant revealed approx. 4.65 ounces of Methamphetamine and 2.68 pounds of processed Marijuana. Also seized was scales, packaging material, a handgun and other items detailing the illegal sales of controlled substances.

            The suspects were arrested on the listed charges. Suspect Ayala and Sandoval are being held in lieu of $30,000.00 bail. Romero is being held in lieu of $10,000.00 bail.  Suspects Sandoval and Romero are also being held on an Immigration Detainer issued by the Immigration and Customs Service.

 

            Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments Narcotics Division.

            Photos of the suspects available through the Main Jail.

 
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Grand theft / Possession of stolen property
LOCATION:  Ave 264 and Rd 204 , Exeter          DATE:  05/23/11          TIME:  05/24/11
CASE NUMBER:  11-6812         VICTIM:           CITY:  Exeter , Ca

Narrative:

Suspect: (S)  George Soto 38 yrs of age   

David Esquivel 31 yrs of age

Address:  Lindsay area

On the morning of 05/24/11 the victim who resides in the Exeter area contacted the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department to report the theft of a Kubota tractor.

Later in the afternoon the victim was in the Orosi area and located his stolen tractor. He contacted the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department to report that he had located his tractor. Deputies from the Orosi sub station responded to the area of Rd. 144 and Ave. 420, where they detained the two subjects. Detectives from the Ag Crimes Unit responded to assist in the investigation.

Both subjects were subsequently arrested for possession of stolen property and were booked at the Tulare County main Jail.

Any one with information regarding this case is asked to contacted Detective Michael Rubalcaba at (24 hours) 559-733-6218 or (730 AM to 5 PM) 559-735-1853.

 
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Arrest made in narcotic investigation
LOCATION:  1400 block of North Court St., Visalia          DATE:  05-18-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-40130         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Visalia

On 05-18-11 the Inter Agency Narcotic Enforcement Team (I.N.E.T.) consisting of personnel from Visalia Police Department, Farmersville 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 1400 Block of North Court in the City of Visalia. 

Suspect: Contreas, Julian  age 30 of Visalia
Arrested for the following chargers:

11377 H&S       Possession of a controlled substance.
11550 H&S       Under the influence of a controlled substance.
11364 H&S       Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Suspect Contreas’s bail was set at  $ 20,000.00.


This case is still under investigation.

 
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