Possessing / Passing Forged Check
LOCATION:  Tipton Food Mart, Poplar Mini Mart          DATE:  7-22-12          TIME:  1530 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-9387         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 7-22-12, two markets in neighboring towns report that an unknown male subject was attempting to cash forged checks at their places of business. During one such action, the suspect was successful and cashed a fraudulent check.

Upon receiving the reports, Detectives of the South County Detective Bureau identified a possible suspect that was currently in custody on unrelated charges. The suspect, Gabino Nunez, was contacted and admitted to cashing the fraudulent check and attempting to cash another. Nunez was booked on fresh P.C.475 charges and later transported to the Tulare County Main Jail.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. To provide any further information regarding this crime please contact Detective Judd Hembree at (559) 782-9674.

 
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Assault with a Deadly Weapon / PC 245
LOCATION:  5600 block of Lawrence Ave.          DATE:  072012          TIME:  1920
CASE NUMBER:  2-9301         VICTIM:  Carlos Reyes          CITY:  Dinuba

Narrative:

On 7-20-2012 at approximately 1921 hours, Deputies from the Orosi Substation responded to an address at the 5600 block of Lawrence Ave. regarding a report of a man armed with a knife. Once on scene deputies determined that an assault, criminal threats, vandalism and possession of an illegal dagger had occurred which resulted in approximately $1,500.00 property damage. The suspect attempted to assault his father with the dagger, threatened to kill his juvenile sister, and caused extensive damage to the residence. The suspect was taken into custody and booked into custody at the Main Jail.

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

Taken into custody were: Juan Carlos Reyes (21 years of age)

Charges: PC 245, PC 422, PC 594 and PC 21310.

 
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Media Day Scheduled to follow Marijuana Suppression Team
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Media are invited to follow the Marijuana Suppression Team during a specifric eradication detail.

If your media group is interested in participating, you will need to e-mail the PIO, Sergeant Chris Douglass, and she will provide the specific details, date, time and meeting location.

Sergeant Chris Douglass:  cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us

 
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Home Invasion
LOCATION:  8000 block Road 151          DATE:  7-17-12          TIME:  0915 Hrs.
CASE NUMBER:  12-9131         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Pixley

Deputies responded to the 8000 block of Road 151, Pixley regarding a residential burglary.  The victim’s reported they were home asleep when three unknown men forced entry into their home.  Two of the men were wearing masks and three of them possessed hand guns.  The men took money and property valued at approximately $40.00.  The victims were not injured.  The unknown suspects fled the area in an older white Ford Mustang. 


This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.  Anyone with information should contact Deputy Luis Pineda 559-757-3526.

 
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PC 459/182
LOCATION:  41800 block of Fruitvale Road          DATE:  7/15/2012          TIME:  0300 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-09034         VICTIM:  Fancher Creek Packing          CITY:  Orosi

Narrative:

On 7/15/2012 at approximately 0300 hours deputies responded to the 41800 block of Fruitvale Road regarding a burglar alarm at a business. Upon their arrival the deputies located property from the business staged outside the fence and a suspicious pickup leaving the area. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and observed additional property in the bed of the pickup.

The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the three suspects listed below for burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.

The owner of the business later recovered the stolen property which was estimated at a value of $895.

 

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

 

Taken into custody were:    

 

Ramon Nunez, 18 yrs, Orosi

Damien Rodriguez, 18 yrs, Orosi

Isabel Nunez, 18 yrs, Orosi

 

 
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Numerous Marijuana Grow Sites Eradicated
LOCATION:  Public and private lands throughout Tulare County          DATE:  July          TIME:  N/A
CASE NUMBER:  Numerous         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  N/A

Over the past 10 days Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department S.T.E.P. Unit completed several months of investigations by conducting marijuana grow site raid/eradication operations on public and private lands throughout the mountainous areas of Tulare County. These operations were conducted with the assistance of Federal Officers from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s C.E.R.T. program (Cannabis Eradication & Reclamation Teams).  The C.E.R.T. program has replaced the state run C.A.M.P. program.

Officers raided (11) marijuana gardens over the (10) day period. Four suspects were apprehended in various grow sites during raids. Additional suspects fled into the thick underbrush and steep terrain and have not been apprehended. Approximately 106,529 live marijuana plants were seized during these operations. If allowed to fully mature each of these plants would yield in excess of one pound of usable marijuana bud with a street value over $3,000 per pound. The total combined monetary value of these grows would be over $319,587,000.

In addition to the marijuana plants seized, detectives also seized several firearms, ammunition for various pistols, rifles and shotguns and multiple pounds of fertilizer, pesticides and rat poison. Carcasses of various animals were discovered in several of the grow sites, including one of an endangered Ring-Tailed Cat and evidence of a bear cub being shot by growers on U.S. Forest lands.

Detectives and Federal Officers removed trash, water hose, pesticides and fertilizers from the public land gardens and restored, as much of the natural streams and creeks which had been diverted by growers as possible (a process known as reclamation.) Additional work will be done on these areas to restore them to their natural state after the marijuana season, to lessen the danger to workers on those projects.

Refer to below for individual garden sites

July 5th
Crawford Creek  - Western Divide highway near Walk of 100 Giants.  TCSO Case # 12-60776

S1: Isain Cruz Mercado, age 24 of Mexico – Charged with 11358 and 11359 H&S, ICE hold
S2: Hugo Alberto Flores Torres, age 28 of Mexico - Charged with 11358 and 11359 H&S, ICE hold

Deputies contacted and arrested the above listed suspects who had been living in a marijuana grow in the area of the “Walk of 100 Giants” in the Sequoia National Monument on the Great Western Divide Highway. Subsequent investigation eradicated 4541 marijuana plants from this site. This site is scheduled for later reclamation.

July 9th
Backbone Creek 1, 2 & 3 Blue Ridge near Springville   TCSO Case # 12-60745

Benito Baldovinos Mendoza, unk age of Mexico ICE hold Charged with 11358 and 11359
Jesus Aguliar, age 49 of Mexico ICE hold, Charged with 11358 and 11359 H&S

Detectives apprehended the above listed suspects in this large marijuana grow on private land.  Subsequent investigation eradicated 30,617 live marijuana plants from these connected sites

July 10th
Backbone # 4 / Pine Creek, Balch Park, TCSO Case #’s 12-60745 and 12-60784

After an early morning insertion, detectives found that suspects fled into thick brush surrounding these garden sites on U.S. Forest Service lands. Detective’s eradicated 29,238 marijuana plants from the Backbone #4 grow site and 8,160 marijuana plants from the Pine Creek location. Cleanup efforts were completed on the Pine Creek site but due to the size of the Backbone grow site,  reclamation efforts are pending.

July 11th
Dry Creek #1 & Persian Creek, Badger TCSO case #’s 12-60789 and 12-60779

After an early morning insertion detectives found that suspects fled into thick brush surrounding these garden sites on private ranch lands in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Detective’s eradicated 3,078 marijuana plants from the Dry Creek #1 grow site and 7,974 marijuana plants from the Persain Creek location.


July 12th
Bennett Creek, Three Rivers– TCSO Case # 12-60794
After an early morning insertion detectives found that suspects fled into thick brush surrounding these garden sites on private ranch lands in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Detectives eradicated 2,156 marijuana plants from this location

July 13th
Dry Creek #2 & Dry Creek #3, Badger 
Detectives found that suspects fled into thick brush surrounding these garden sites on U.S. Forest Service lands as they made entry into the sites. Detectives eradicated 7,445 marijuana plants from the Dry Creek #2 grow site and 13,361 marijuana plants from the Dry Creek #3 location. Cleanup efforts were completed on both sites.

These cases are still under investigation by the TCSO STEP Unit. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office S.T.E.P. Unit 800-808-0488 or through the TipNow Program.  Text, voicemail or email 559-725-4194 or tcso@tipnow.com.

Pictures are available on the Sheriff's Flicker page under the set titled "Marijuana Eradication - July":
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157630576275222/

 
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Search and Rescue
LOCATION:  Giant Sequoia National Monument          DATE:  07/04/12          TIME:  2300-0200 Ho
CASE NUMBER:  12-8574         VICTIM:  V1) Andrea Troupin, 31 Bakersfield, V2) Jake Hunter 32, Bakersfield          CITY:  Bakersfield

Narrative:

On 7/4/12, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue Team conducted a rescue operation of two overdue individuals who were climbing a route on the Needles within the Giant Sequoia National Monument. The climbers were completing a climb on a formation called the Wizard when they were overcome by nightfall. Due to darkness and exhaustion, the climbers were unable to make it back to their vehicle by nightfall. Another member of their group who was climbing another route nearby contacted the Sheriff's Department when they had not returned. Deputies from the Search and Rescue Team located the pair and were able to extricate them without incident. The climbers were treated by search and rescue personnel for exhaustion, dehydration and mild hypothermia.

Each year a number of National Monument and National Forest visitors will become ill, injured or incapacitated in some way. The mission of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team is to provide for the most effective and efficient use of resources to safeguard human life and hasten the recovery of lost, injured, or stranded individuals. This will be by the rapid and safe response of trained personnel with appropriate equipment, employing effective SAR techniques. Search and rescue operations are conducted on a discretionary basis. The level and necessity of the response is determined by thorough evaluation of the situation by Search and Rescue personnel. Rescuer safety is always our first priority. Visitors coming to the National Forests are expected to exhibit a degree of self-reliance and responsibility for their own safety commensurate with the difficulty of their chosen activities; that is, the higher risk the activity, the more you need to be prepared for dealing with emergency situations.

If you find yourself in a true emergency and have exhausted all means of self-rescue and need assistance, be sure to provide clear, concise information about your situation and location. Be aware that help may be several days out and your best preparation is to be ready to help yourself. Always check the weather before heading out into the mountains and make sure someone at home has explicit, detailed information about your trip. It could save your life.

 
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597i, 597j, 597b(b)
LOCATION:           DATE:  07/07/2012          TIME:  1000 Hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-8667         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Lindsay

Narrative:

S1: McPhetridge, Craig 08/24/1966 Pixley

S2: Keck, Jeffrey 07/14/1965 Pixley

S3: Keck, Brandon 03/30/1990 Pixley

S4: Keck, Billy Ray 07/06/1986 Pixley

S5: Seaton, Gregory 04/10/1965 Pixley

On 07/07/2012 Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff Department's Porterville Division received information regarding an illegal cock fight which was taking place within an olive grove north of Lindsay. Deputies responded to the area of Road 216 and Avenue 252 and discovered numerous individuals who were preparing and setting up a bird fighting event.

When Deputies made entered the grove in order to make contact, numerous individuals attempted to flee the scene. Deputies were able to detain five individuals, all from the Pixley area. Deputies seized seven (7) fighting birds, a large number of fighting gaffs, cages, betting cards and over $2,000.00 in cash. Tulare County Animal Control Officers responded to the scene and took possession of the birds. All five suspects were booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for charges including possession of fighting animals, possession of fighting bird tools and conducting an animal fight. This case is actively under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 
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187 PC-Homicide Suspect Info
LOCATION:  Rd 196/Ave 192          DATE:  7-4-12          TIME:  1900 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-8580         VICTIM:  Not disclosed          CITY:  Plainview

Suspect: Javier Ochoa Valdovinos, HMA, 29 years of age, Resident of the Strathmore-Plainview area.

On 07-05-2012, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the 19700 block of Ave 195 in Plainview for an unattended death. Upon arrival, Deputies located the victim inside a travel trailer in the back of the property. During the investigation, Detectives discovered the victim had been involved in a physical fight at a convenience store at Rd 196 and Ave 192 in Plainview at 1900 hours on the afternoon prior. 

On 07-06-2012, an autopsy was performed on the victim. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the chest and head caused during the fight. 

During the investigation, Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department were able to identify Javier Ochoa Valdovinos as being involved in the assault of the victim. photographs Were taken from the store video surveillance during the incident and are available to the media. Contact TCSO Dispatch so photo's can be e-mailed 559-733-6218. The suspect was last seen leaving northbound on Rd 196 in a white Dodge Ram P/U. 

This case is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this investigation or a current location on Valdovinos is encouraged to contact Detective Sanchez or Detective Torres from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Violent Crimes Unit at 559-733-6218. Or you can remain anonymous and text or email the Sheriff’s Department at tcso@tipnow.com or 559-725-4194. 

 
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288.7PC X2 / 288(a) PC X6 / 288(b)(1)PC X2
LOCATION:  Confidential Per PC 293          DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  Confidential Per PC 293          CITY:  Confidential Per PC 293

On 3/6/2012 the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Crimes against Children Unit was contacted by staff of the Pixley Unified School District. Detectives were advised that a confidential juvenile female reported that known suspect, Michael Risenhoover had been sexually assaulting her over the course three years. The suspect, Michael Risenhoover, a Correctional Deputy is a nine year veteran Tulare County Sheriff's Department. He is currently assigned to the Detentions Division and was arrested on a warrant for the above listed charges.

He is being held at the Tulare County Main Jail in lieu of $1,300,000.00 bail.

Anybody with additional information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Crimes Against Children’s Unit Detective Katherine Garcia

559-735-1970.

Photo of suspect available at the Tulare County Jail.

 

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Michael Risenhoover resigned his position as a Tulare County Correctional Deputy effective immediately upon his arrest.

 

Lt. Cheri Lehner

Tulare County Sheriff Department

(559)735-1831

 
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496 PC 10851 VC 186.22 PC
LOCATION:  15700 Block of Paradise, Ivanhoe Ca 93235          DATE:  07/04/12          TIME:  1355 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-8551         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Ivanhoe

Narrative:

(S-1) Cesar Frias 19 yrs. (S-2) Jonathan Gallegos 21 yrs. (S3) 17yr old male Juvenile

On the above listed date and time the above mentioned suspects were found to be in possession of stolen property. The suspects were seen in a stolen vehicle and were later aprehended and taken into custody without incident. The stolen vehicle and property were recovered and released to the victim at the scene. All three suspects were Southern gang member affiliates.

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

 
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BURGLARY
LOCATION:  30000 BLOCK OF ROAD 69, GOSHEN          DATE:  070312          TIME:  0630
CASE NUMBER:  12-8483         VICTIM:  DINUBA HOUSE MOVERS          CITY:  GOSHEN

Tuesday 7/3/12 Deputies were dispatched to the 30000 block of Road 69 in Goshen regarding a burglary. The Business Owner, discovered suspects entered a trailer to his business and stole several power tools and surveillance camera equipment. The victim estimated the total loss to be worth approximately $685.00.

Evidence led to suspects Albert Romo (21yrs) out of Goshen and Carlos Romo (41yrs) out of Goshen. Both suspects were arrested, and booked at Main Jail.

 

 
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Burglary/ 459PC
LOCATION:  32000 Block of Road 164, Ivanhoe          DATE:  07-03-12          TIME:  1400
CASE NUMBER:  12-8504         VICTIM:           CITY: 

     On 07/03/12, at 1420 hours, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies responded to a home in the rural area of Ivanhoe regarding a residential burglary.
     Upon arrival, Deputies learned that unknown suspect(s) entered their home on this day and removed several items of personal property before fleeing to an unknown location. 

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

Anyone with information can remain anonymous.  Please contact 1-800-808-0488 or contact Detective J. Kennedy at 559-735-1898.

 
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VC 2800.0(a)- Evading a Police Officer
LOCATION:  Rd 80/Ave 384          DATE:  7-1-12          TIME:  1924 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-8397         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Dinuba

On 07/01/2012, Deputies from the Orosi substation were involved in a vehicle pursuit with a stolen vehicle from the Dinuba area. The pursuit ended in the city of Dinuba after the vehicle became disabled in the area of Jst and Fresno after it collided with a tree and sidewalk. The driver fled the scene and was taken into custody after a short foot chase. 

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

Taken into custody were:

Nancy Vasquez Casimiro  27 Yrs

 

 
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487 PC- Grand Theft
LOCATION:  38500 block of Road 28          DATE:  6-30-12          TIME:  0009 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-8310         VICTIM:  Presiliano Avila          CITY:  Kingsburg

On 6-30-2012 at approximately 0000 hours, Deputies from the Orosi Substation responded to an address on the 38500 block of Rd 28 regarding a report of a theft of a tractor in progress.  Once on scene Deputies determined that a theft had occurred which resulted in an approximate $2,100.00 property loss.  The suspect, and victims son Steven Avila, was located by Deputies on the stolen tractor in the Bull Frogs Bar of the Riverland RV Park.  The suspect was taken into custody and the property returned to the owner. 

 

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

 

Taken into custody was: Steven Nick Avila 42 yrs)  

 
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459 PC, 182 PC -Vehicle Burglary and Conspiracy
LOCATION:  Charter Oak/Ave 315          DATE:  6-30-12          TIME:  1600 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-8340         VICTIM:  Shaun Laird/Jessica Johnson          CITY:  Visalia

On 06-30-12 at approximately 1600 hours Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies and Agricultural Crime Detectives conducted an undercover surveillance operation in the area of Charter Oak and Ave. 315, Visalia, due to a rash of recent vehicle burglaries in the area.  During this operation, Justin Kane was observed breaking a vehicle window and stealing personal items from inside the vehicle.  He was then detained with his two accomplices, Luis Garcia and John Moore.

 

Sheriff’s deputies and detectives then recovered the property which was stolen, located the victims, and returned the property to them.  Justin Kane, Luis Garcia, and John Moore were then booked on charges of conspiracy and vehicle burglary.  Kane faces additional charges of possession of burglary tools and committing a criminal offense while out on bail.    

 

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff Departments Agricultural Crimes Unit.  Anyone with information regarding this case or similar cases is asked to contact Det. J. Whaley or Sgt. H. Liles at (559) 735-1853 or (559) 733-6218.  Anonymous information may be provided by e-mailing tcso@tipnow.com or by texting (559) 725-4194.  

 
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Narcotics Arrest - Cutler
LOCATION:  Cutler          DATE:  06/29/2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60775         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect:    #1 Fortunato Lueviano Torres    Age:    60 yrs
City of Residence:     Cutler, Ca.
Suspect:    #2 Joel Arreola Cruz    Age:    52
City of Residence:     Cutler, Ca.
Suspect     #3:  Pedro Salazar Rocha                             23 yrs
                     Cutler, Ca.

    Investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments STEP Team were conducting investigations into illegal marijuana cultivations in the unincorporated area of Cutler which led to the service of a search warrant in the 39100 Blk of RD 108.
           The ensuing search and investigation revealed that the listed suspects were cultivating marijuana under the guise of Medical Marijuana and indicia related to sales of marijuana were also located.
A total of 732 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were seized and eradicated.
All the suspects were booked at the Tulare County Main Jail on the above listed charges.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

 
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Narcotics Arrest - Lindsay
LOCATION:  unincorporated area of Lindsay          DATE:  06/28/2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60757         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect:    #1 Pablo Arjona    Age:    23
City of Residence:     Lindsay, Ca.  Charges: 11358 H&S/ 11359 H&S/ 11370.1 H&S
Suspect:    #2 Trinidad Carrillo    Age:    26
City of Residence:     Lindsay, Ca.  Charges: 11358 H&S/ 11359 H&S/ 11370.1 H&S

Suspect  #3:  Luis Ochoa                        45 yrs
                     Lindsay, Ca.    Charges: 11358 H&S/

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments STEP Team were conducting investigations into illegal marijuana cultivations in the unincorporated area of Lindsay which led to the service of six search warrants at the following locations:
Location #1- 1300 Blk E. Fir
Location #2- 1300 Blk N. Foothill
Location #3- 1100 Blk N. Harvard
Location #4- 1100 Blk N. Harvard
Location #5- 2400 Blk Rd 224
Location #6- 23100 Blk Ave 232
The ensuing searches and investigation revealed that Pablo Arajona and Trinidad Carrillo were in possession of two (2) pounds of processed marijuana, seven (7) pounds of partially processed marijuana two handguns, indicia related to sales and cultivating marijuana under the guise of Medical Marijuana.
Luis Ochoa was found to be cultivating marijuana under the guise of Medical Marijuana as well.
A total of 1800 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were seized and eradicated between all the locations..
All the suspects were booked at the Porterville Substation on the above listed charges.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

Photos available through the Main Jail.



 
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Narcotics Arrest - Visalia
LOCATION:  1200 Blk of N. Park          DATE:  06/29/12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-40176         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect:    #1 Hispanic Female (Out of Custody)    Age:    57
City of Residence:     Visalia, Ca.              11351/11352/ 11353.6/ 11366/ 11358  H&S 
Suspect:    #2 Daniel Salinas Chavez    Age:    51
City of Residence:     Visalia, Ca.             11351/11352/ 11353.6/ 11366/ 11358  H&S 

After an approximate three (3) week investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the Visalia area, investigators from the Inter-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team were lead to a residence in the 1200 Blk of N. Park where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed that the listed suspects were in possession of approximately 1.1 ounces of Heroin, 4 ounces of Marijuana, indicia related to the sale of illegal narcotics, maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales, Cultivation of marijuana. A sum of cash was also seized. It was further determined that the residence was in close proximity to an elementary school.

The following persons arrived at the residence while the narcotic investigators were there conducting the investigation and were arrested for the following charges:

Paul Navarette                    41 yrs       Visalia, Ca    11550 H&S
Yvonne Uranga                  43 yrs        Visalia, Ca   11550 H&S
Louie Lucian Uriate           55 yrs        Visalia, Ca    11350 H&S 11550 H&S
   
All suspects booked at their respective Tulare County Jail facilities on the listed charges. Suspect #1 is out of custody at this time pending charges.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division/ INET (559) 713-2950.

Photos available through the Main Jail

 
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21310 PC- Unlawful carrying and possession of weapons
LOCATION:  40400 block of Orosi Drive          DATE:  6-29-12          TIME:  2328 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-8308         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Cutler

On 6-29-12 at approximately 2328 hours Deputies from the Orosi Substation contacted a Hispanic male adult at the 40400 block of Orosi Drive, in Cutler, on a consensual encounter.  After contacting the subject he was found to be in possession of illegal weapons.  The male was later identified as Angel Gustavos Saavedra Maldonado.  Maldonado was arrested for P.C. 21310 and transported to TCMJ where he was booked for the above charges.

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

 

SUSPECT:  Angel Gustavos Saavedra Maldonado

AGE:         47

 
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Narcotics Arrest - Exeter
LOCATION:  300 blk of S. H          DATE:  06/27/12          TIME:  1030 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-40101          VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect:    #1 Carmen Puga       Male Hispanic    Age:    27
City of Residence:     Exeter, Ca.
Suspect:    #2 Sarai Gamino Duran  Female Hispanic    Age:    24
City of Residence:     Exeter, Ca.

 

On 06/27/12 at approx 1030 Officers from the Exeter Police Department were in the 300 blk of S. “H” St regarding a complaint of marijuana cultivation and city code violations. When code enforcement officers arrived they noted marijuana being cultivated and contacted the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team to continue the investigation. A search warrant was served. The ensuing investigation and search revealed that Carmen Puga and Sari Gamino Duran were in possession of approximately two (2) pounds of marijuana packaged for sales, 180 marijuana plants being cultivated in the back yard, indicia related to the sale and transportation of marijuana, maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales, three (3) rifles and one (1) handgun were seized, as well as child endangerment. There were three (3) children in the residence under the age of ten (10) that were exposed to these activities. Also located within the residence were the items relating to a lab that indicated the extraction of THC from the marijuana plants. The lab was non operational. Illegal fireworks were located in the residence and released to Tulare County Fire Department Investigators for further investigation.

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

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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Arrest made on marijuana case
LOCATION:  24000 block of Ave 95          DATE:  06-26-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60773         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Terra Bella

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office STEP Team were conducting Medical Marijuana compliance checks in the Terra Bella area when the investigators were lead to a residence in the 24000 Blk of Ave 95.  The ensuing investigation revealed that Martin Torres Garcia was out of compliance with his medical marijuana recommendation and arrested for Cultivation of Marijuana, 126 marijuana plants were seized as well as indicia related to the cultivation of marijuana all under the guise of Medical Marijuana.

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

Martin Torress Garcia, age 21 of Shingletown, CA

 
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assault with a deadly weapon 245 PC and participating in a gang crime 186.22 PC
LOCATION:  30600 Block Juniper          DATE:  6-26-12          TIME:  0005 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-08115          VICTIM:  Badillo, Kenny 31 years old          CITY:  Goshen

LOCATION:  30600 Block Juniper   DATE:  6-26-12     TIME:  0005 hrs CASE NUMBER:  12-08115 VICTIM:  Badillo, Kenny 31 years old   CITY:  Goshen

On the above date and time deputies were dispatched to Kaweah Delta Hospital for a report of a gun shot wound victim. They arrived and found the victim suffering from gunshot wound to the leg. He underwent surgery and is currently in stable condition.

During the investigation it was discovered the victim was in the front yard of a residence with several other subjects in the 30600 block of Juniper in Goshen. A gray Honda drove by and several rounds were fired at the subjects in the yard.

Deputies located the suspect vehicle a few blocks away in the 6600 block of Ave 308 and a search warrant was written for the residence. Three suspects were taken into custody and booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon 245 PC and participating in a gang crime 186.22 PC. The two adults were booked at the Tulare County Main Jail. The juvenile was booked at the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Anyone information should call Detective Richard Ramirez at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.  

SUSPECT INFORMATION:
S-1 Delgado, Luis Miguel, 18 years old, Goshen
S-2 Morales, Michael, 18 years old, Woodlake,
S-3 Male Juvenile, 16 years old, Goshen

 
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11377-Possession of a controlled substance
LOCATION:  Road 120/Ave 432          DATE:  6-23-12          TIME:  2143 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-8032         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Orosi

Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff's Dept. conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and during the consent search of the vehicle,  Deputies located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The driver was taken into custody and booked at the Tulare County Jail Facility. 

 

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

 

Taken into custody were:

Jorge Martinez - 24 yrs

 

 

 

Charges:  HS 11377, HS 11364 

 
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11360 HS, 11359 HS-Transportation and Sales of Marijuana
LOCATION:  Road 159/Ave 327          DATE:  6-21-12          TIME:  1703 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-80098         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Ivanhoe

On Thursday, 6-21-12 at about 5:03 pm, personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s Gang Unit made an enforcement stop upon a vehicle for a moving violation in the area of Road 159 and Avenue 327 in Ivanhoe.  

Through further investigation, detectives located about two pounds of processed marijuana, approximately 100 marijuana cigarettes, numerous “pay/owe” records and some packaging materials all within the vehicle. 

Dora White (50 years) was then arrested for the transportation and sales of marijuana without incident and subsequently booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility. 

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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Cultivation of Marijuana/ Possession of Marijuana for Sales
LOCATION:  Dinuba, Ca.          DATE:  06/21/2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  BI-CT-2012-0         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect #1  Rosendo Pacheco                52 yrs                  Dinuba, Ca

                     Charges: 11358/ 11359 H&S  182 PC 12035 PC 12022 PC 273(a) PC

Suspect #2  Beatrice Pacheco                 32 yrs                  Dinuba, Ca

                     Charges: 11359 H&S 273(a) PC

Suspect #3  Julio Pacheco                     21 yrs                  Dinuba, Ca.
                    Charges: 11358/ 11359 H&S  182 PC  148 PC
Suspect #4 Hector Rodriguez                22 yrs                  Dinuba, Ca.
                     Charges:  11358/ 11359 H&S  182 PC  148 PC
Suspect #5 Leonardo Pacheco               21 yrs                   Dinuba, Ca.
                     Charges: 11358/ 11359 H&S  182 PC  148 PC

After an approximate six (6) month investigation into illegal sales and cultivation of Marijuana trafficking in the unincorporated Dinuba area, investigators from the Sheriff’s Department’s STEP Team and Central Valley Marijuana Investigation Team (CVMIT) were lead to a residence in the 41600 Blk of RD 68 where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately 100 pounds of processed marijuana,  1500 live Marijuana plants being cultivated, a stolen handgun was recovered, another handgun and a shotgun were also seized and indicia related to the sales and Cultivation of Marijuana,. The Marijuana plants being cultivated under the guise of Medical Marijuana.
There were several children present and exposed to the activities at the residences and the weapons were with in reach of the children.

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

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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Arrests Made on Narcotics Case
LOCATION:  1600 block of N. Goddard, Visalia          DATE:  06-20-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-70095         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Visalia

After an approximate two (2) week investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the Visalia area, investigators from the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division were lead to a residence in the 1600 Blk of N. Goddard where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed that the listed suspects were in possession of approximately 2.11 ounces of Methamphetamine, 1.25 ounces of Marijuana, indicia related to the sale of illegal narcotics, maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales, destruction of evidence, delaying an officer as well as child endangerment and a felon in possession of ammunition.

Richard Frausto Medina, age 29 of Visalia: 11377/ 11378/ 11379/ 11366 H&S 135 PC/ 273(a) PC/ 148 PC 30305 PC
Yvette Leyba, age 30 of Visalia: 11377/ 11378/ 11366 H&S 148 PC 273(a) PC

All suspects booked at their respective Tulare County Jail facilities on the listed charges.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

 
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WANTED FOR QUESTIONING
LOCATION:  1600 block of S. Crestview, Porterville          DATE:  06-11-12          TIME:  1219
CASE NUMBER:  12-07456         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  Porterville

On 6-11-12 at 1219 hrs, Deputies responded to a residential burglary in the 1600 block of S. Crestview in Porterville. 

The investigation revealed Jose Martinez and Dustin Sheldon committed a burglary at the residence.  They were confronted by a neighbor and fled in an older model red Jeep Cherokee.  The vehicle crashed just south of the scene, rolling over, but landed upright and resumed its flight.  The vehicle became disabled at Plano and H190, where Dustin Sheldon and Jose Martinez were seen with the vehicle.  Jose Martinez fled, but Dustin Sheldon was contacted and detained near the vehicle.  The ensuing investigation has also linked Jose Martinez and Dustin Sheldon to a burglary which occurred in the 20000 block of Rd 256 in the Strathmore area on 6-10-11.

Jose Martinez is currently wanted for questioning on several burglaries in county areas. Any one with information is encouraged to contact Det. Joe Rodriguez or Sgt. Jim Mckay at T.C.S.O. South County Property Crimes Office (559)782-9674.

24 hours (559) 733-6211
Toll Free (800) 808-0488

You may also send an anonymous tip to the Sheriff's TipNow Program.  You can send a voicemail, text or e-mail to (559) 725-4194  tcso@tipnow.com

Photo of Jose Martinez available  at: 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/7408870820/in/photostream                              

 
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245PC/422PC/148PC/2800.1CVC
LOCATION:  200 block of N Thompson Tipto          DATE:  06/19/12          TIME:  1745 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-7807          VICTIM:  Rodriguez, Martha          CITY:  Tipton

Narrative:

Suspect: Rodriguez, Andy 10/14/87

At the aforementioned mentioned time, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of North Thompson Street in Tipton regarding a subject who was threatening to kill his mother. Upon arrival they learned that the suspect had attempted to strike the victim in the head with a brick, but she was able to move out of the way, escaping injury. The suspect then fled the area in his vehicle. Utilizing support from the Sheriff's Air Unit, the suspect's vehicle was discovered near the town of Woodville. A traffic stop was initiated, however the suspect refused to stop leading deputies on a short pursuit. The suspect eventually abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. Again the Sheriff's air patrol directed ground personnel to a location where the suspect was eventually apprehended by members of the Sheriff's K9 unit.

 
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Arrest made on narcotics case
LOCATION:  16800 Blk of Theresa, Farmersville          DATE:  06-19-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60772         VICTIM:  Stae of CA          CITY:  Farmersville

Eufemio Gonzalez, age 45 of Shingletown, CA

After an approximate six (6) week investigation into illegal narcotics and cultivation of Marijuana trafficking in the unincorporated Farmersville/ Visalia area, investigators from the Sheriff’s Department’s STEP Team were lead to a residence in the 16800 Blk of Theresa where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed that Eufemio Gonzalez of Shingletown, Ca.  was in possession of approximately 200 pounds of unprocessed marijuana, 40 pounds of processed Marijuana ,8 ounces of concentrated Cannabis and indicia related to the sale and transportation of Marijuana,. There were 385 Marijuana plants being cultivated at the time all under the guise of Medical Marijuana.

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

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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PC 594(b), Vandalism
LOCATION:  12400 block Avenue 416          DATE:  06-17-12          TIME:  0730
CASE NUMBER:  12-7701         VICTIM:  Benavidez, Consuelo          CITY: 

On 6/17/2012 at 0730 hours deputies responded to the 12400 block of Avenue 416 regarding a report of a vandalism following a dispute over property. The victim reported that Mario Delacruz, her ex-boyfriend, had smashed her vehicle with a block of concrete, shattering windows and causing body damage estimated at $1000.
Mario Delacruz was arrested at the scene and booked on charges for vandalism.

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

Taken into custody were:    Delacruz, Mario 27 yrs

 

 
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11377(a)-Possession of Methamphetamine
LOCATION:  26000 block of Ave 138          DATE:  06-16-12          TIME:  1815 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-7687         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

On 06-16-12 deputies contacted a female subject at a residence in the 26000 Block of Ave 138, Porterville during a felony warrant service. The female was contacted during the warrant service on another female and was found to be in possession of  Methamphetamine. Female was arrested HS 11377(a) Possession of Methamphetamine and booked at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility. 

 

Case under investigation by T.C.S.O. 

 

 

 
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11377(a)-Possession of Methamphetamine
LOCATION:  26000 block of Ave 138          DATE:  6-16-12          TIME:  1815 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-7679         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

On 06-16-12 deputies contacted a female subject at a residence in the 26000 Block of Ave 138, Porterville who was wanted on a Felony and Misdemeanor warrants. The female was located in the residence hiding. In addition to the Felony and Misdemeanor warrants, The female was also arrested for new charges of HS 11377(a) Possession of Methamphetamine and booked at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility. 

 

Case under investigation by T.C.S.O. 

 

 
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30305(A), 496(a) Felon in poss of ammunition and stolen property
LOCATION:  26000 block of Ave 138          DATE:  6-17-12          TIME:  0100 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-7696         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

On 06-17-12 deputies contacted a male subject at a residence in the 26000 Block of Ave 138, Porterville during a suspicious vehicle incident. The male subject in the vehicle was later determined to be a convicted felon who was in possession of approximately six boxes of ammunition. The male subject was also in possession of six EBT cards not belonging to him that had previously been deactivated and reported as lost or stolen. The male subject was arrested and booked at the Porterville Substation.  

 

Case under investigation by T.C.S.O. 

 

 
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187 PC-Homicide Suspect Arrested
LOCATION:  Road 144/Ave 424          DATE:  2006          TIME:  2200 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  06-15928         VICTIM:  Aqulino Moreno          CITY:  Goshen

Suspect: Cruz Barajas 30 years old, resident of Orosi  

 

 

 

On 6/16/12 at approximately 2200 hours, Tulare County Sheriff Office Gang Suppression Unit conducted a traffic stop in the area of Rd 144 and Ave 424 in Orosi. Detectives subsequently contacted the driver Cruz Barajas who was wanted in connection to a 2006 murder of Aqulino Moreno. During the 2006 incident, the victim had been shot while attending a wedding in the 30700 Block of Rd 71 in Goshen. Cruz was arrested and booked at the Tulare County Main Jail on murder charges. 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 
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597 PC- Animal Cruelty
LOCATION:  800 block of West Compton          DATE:  6-15-12          TIME:  2050 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-7650         VICTIM:  Three yr old canine          CITY:  Pixley

On 6-15-12 at about 8:50 pm, deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the 800 block of West Compton in Pixley for a report of a canine that had been shot with a firearm.  Through investigation, it was learned that a next door neighbor, identified as Edgar Mora (22 years) had become irritated with his neighbors three year old canine, at which time he shot it with a pellet gun causing injury to its neck.  Tulare County Animal Control also responded to the scene and took possession of the dog for transport to a veterinary clinic for treatment.  Mora was arrested without incident for cruelty to an animal and booked into the Sheriff’s Porterville substation.

 

 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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11377 HS
LOCATION:  Road 159/Azalea          DATE:  06-15-12          TIME:  1615 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-80093         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Ivanhoe

On 6-15-12 at about 4:15 pm, personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff Departments Gang Unit made an enforcement stop upon a vehicle for a moving violation at Road 159 and Azalea in Ivanhoe, Ca.  During the investigation, suspect Jaime Lopez (36 years) was found to be in possession of a small amount of purported methamphetamine.  Lopez was arrested without incident and booked into the Tulare County main jail.

 

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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11377 HS, 11364 HS, 11550 HS
LOCATION:  Chinowith/Goshen Ave          DATE:  6-14-12          TIME:  1330 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-80092         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Visalia

On 6-14-12 at about 1:30 pm, personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff Departments Gang Unit stopped a vehicle for a moving violation on Goshen Avenue near Chinowth and made contact with Kabarega Frazier (31 years).  Through investigation, Frazier was found to be in possession of a small amount of suspected methamphetamine, narcotic paraphernalia and also under the influence of a controlled substance.   Frazier was arrested and booked into the Tulare County main jail without incident.  

 

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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Arrests Made on Narcotics Case
LOCATION:  22900 BLock of Road 46          DATE:  06-15-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-70091         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Tulare

After an approximate four (4) week investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the unincorporated Tulare area, investigators from the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division were lead to a residence in the 22900 Blk of Rd 46 where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed that Lonnie Howard was in possession of approximately 7.8 grams of Methamphetamine, 78.3 grams of Marijuana, indicia related to the sale and transportation of illegal narcotics, maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales as well as a sum of cash was seized.

Noel Orosco was located at the residence and found to be in possession of .05 grams of methamphetamine, indicia related to the use of illicit narcotics and under the influence of controlled substance, when contacted by Detectives he attempted to destroy the evidence.

Lonnie Howard, age 68 of Tulare: 11377/ 11378/ 11379/ 11366/ 11357(c) H&S
Noel Orosco, age 45 of Tulare: 11377/ 11364/ 11550 H&S 136 PC

All suspects were booked at the Tulare County Main Jail on the listed charges.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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