PC 211, PC 459, PC 207, PC 236, PC 422 Robbery, Burglary, Kidnaping, False Imprisonment, Criminal Th
LOCATION:  35500 block HWY 190, Springville          DATE:  10-15-10          TIME:  2000
CASE NUMBER:  10-13004         VICTIM:  Amrik Singh          CITY:  Springville

On the above date and time Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the above location for a report of a robbery that had just occurred. Upon deputies arrival they discovered that the victim had been threatened, kidnaped, falsely imprisoned, and robbed for an undetermined amount of money.

Sheriff’s Detectives later arrived on scene and assisting personnel located the suspect and placed him into custody. The suspect was later transported to the Tulare County Main Jail where he was booked on the above listed charges.

 

 
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245PC/ASSUALT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON
LOCATION:  17200 Block Ave 16-Earlimart          DATE:  10-15-10          TIME:  1129hrs
CASE NUMBER:  10-12972         VICTIM:  Miguel Angel lopez          CITY:  Delano

On 10/15/10, Deputies responded to the 17200 Block of Ave 16 in Earlimart in regards to an assault victim. Upon arrival Deputies located the victim who was suffering from trauma to his upper torso. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition. Violent Crime Detectives responded to the area and conducted the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call (800) 808-0488 or (559) 733-6218.

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

 
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Visalia Court House Evacuation
LOCATION:  Burrel and Mooney          DATE:  10-14-2010          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  Tulare County          CITY:  Visalia

UPDATE: The Visalia courthouse has been re-opened.  Special thanks to the Farmersville Police Department for their assistance with their K-9 unit.  Detectives are investigating the initial call to the courthouse regarding the bomb threat.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call 800-808-0488.

 

UPDATE: The Visalia courthouse has been cleared of all staff and visitors.  Farmersville Police Department has assisted checking the building with it's specialty trained K-9.  The situation will be reevaluated at 2:00 PM.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call 800-808-0488.

 

PRIOR RELEASE: On the above date and time, personnel working at the Tulare County Courthouse in Visalia were advised of a possible bomb threat.  As a precaution, the courthouse is being evacuated and the Sheriff's bomb technician has been called.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call 800-808-0488.

 

Updates will be posted.

 
...posted by media relations
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Home Invasion Robbery
LOCATION:  33100 block of road 158, Ivanhoe          DATE:  10-13-2010          TIME:  0615 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  10-12847         VICTIM:  Numerous          CITY:  Ivanhoe

On 10-13-10 at 0637 hrs, the Tulare County Sheriff's Offices was called to a home at the 33100 block of Road 158 in Ivanhoe regarding a home invasion robbery that had just occured.  Upon investigation it was learned that two hispanic male adults armed with unknown type handguns entered the occupied residence demanding money.  Items taken include money, phone, firearm and approximately 30 marijuana plants.  The two subjects fled the scene in a truck and no victim injuries were reported.

 

Detectives are investigating the case.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff's Office at 800-808-0488.

 

Victims:
Female juvenile, age 13 of Ivanhoe
Female juvenile, age 12 of Ivanhoe
Female, age 47 of Ivanhoe
Male, age 47 of Ivanhoe
Male, age 26 of Ivanhoe

 
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664-187PC, Attempted Murder
LOCATION:  33000 block of Manzanita, Ivanhoe          DATE:  10-11-10          TIME:  1515hrs
CASE NUMBER:  2010-12758         VICTIM:  Thomas Martinez          CITY:  Ivanhoe

Narrative:

On 10/11/10, deputies responded to the Ivanhoe area regarding an assault. On arrival, the victim advised deputies that he had been stabbed by unknown subjects. Detectives responded and conducted the investigation. The suspect and the weapon are outstanding.  

***Update***

On 10/12/10, Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit and North End Investigation were able to identify, Danny Lane of Woodlake, as the suspect responsible in the stabbing of an Ivanhoe Man.

With the assistance of the Kings County Sheriff’s Office, Lane was found at a home in Armona. The suspect was taking into custody without incident and transported to Tulare County where he was booked at the Main Jail for Attempted Murder. . .  

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Joe Torres and Det J Rodriguez at (800) 808-0488 or (559) 733-6218

Case under investigation by the Tulare county Sheriff’s Office.

 
...posted by dispatch
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664-187PC, Attempted Murder
LOCATION:  33000 block of Manzanita, Ivanhoe          DATE:  10-11-10          TIME:  1515hrs
CASE NUMBER:  2010-12758         VICTIM:  Thomas Martinez          CITY:  Ivanhoe

Narrative:

 

On 10/11/10, deputies responded to the Ivanhoe area regarding an assault. On arrival, the victim advised deputies that he had been stabbed by unknown subjects. Detectives responded and conducted the investigation. The suspect and the weapon are outstanding.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. C. Fernandez or Det. J. Rodriguez at (800) 808-0488 or (559) 733-6218

Case under investigation by the Tulare county Sheriff’s Office.

 
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Suspicious Death
LOCATION:  2500 Block of Palm Rd-Pixley          DATE:  10-10-10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-12707         VICTIM:  Unidentified subject          CITY: 

UPDATE: The subject was identified as Danel Allen Schott, age 45 of Pixley.  Cause of death is pending lab results.

 

PRIOR RELEASE: On 10-10-10 at approximately 0945 hours, the Tulare County Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire on Palm road. Upon arrival the fire was suppressed and a subject was found deceased. The Violent Crimes Unit was contacted and responded to conduct a parallel investigation with Tulare County Fire Arson Investigation Unit. The Victim’s identity has not been released at this time pending identification and notification of next of kin. The Tulare County Coroner’s Office will conduct an Autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit is asking anyone with information in regards to this case to please contact  (559) 735-1898 or (800) 808-0488.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Driving under the influence of alcohol, and multiple warrant arrests
LOCATION:  North County          DATE:  10/3-10/9/          TIME:  N/A
CASE NUMBER:  10-80296 / 8         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  N/A

During the week of October 3rd through October 9th 2010, personnel from the North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit conducted suppression patrol in the North County areas of Cutler, Orosi, Goshen, Ivanhoe, Woodlake, Sultana and Seville. They also conducted surveillance and assisted the Farmersville and Woodlake Police Departments with the service of multiple search warrants tied to recent gang related homicides.

Detectives made numerous traffic stops, contacted several subjects, including those suspected of participating in gang activity and completed 29 Field Identifications. Several subjects were also counseled, arrested and/or cited in the field to appear in court.

Ignacio Cortez (34 years) was arrested on an outstanding warrant for driving while intoxicated and was booked into the Main Jail with bail set at $25,000. Eligio Mercado (18 years) was arrested for driving while intoxicated and booked into the Main Jail with bail set at $10,000. Jessica Costa (36 years) was arrested on a felony and misdemeanor warrant for sales of a controlled substance and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Costa was booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility with bail set at $15,000.

Anyone with information regarding any type of gang activity in Tulare County is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit at the toll free number of:

1-(888)-END-GANG or (1-888-363-4264). Persons who provide information can remain anonymous.

 

 
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Sheriff Bill Wittman to Promote Three Volunteers to Paid Employees
LOCATION:  Sheriff's Headquarter's, 2404 W. Burrel, Visalia CA          DATE:  10-11-2010          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  N/A         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  N/A

Sheriff Bill Wittman will be holding ceremony for three volunteers who will be sworn in as paid employees on Monday, October 11, 2010.  The ceremony will be to promote two Explorers and one Volunteer In Patrol (VIP) to the paid rank of Detention Services Officer. 

 

"We are very excided to be able to bring in our volunteers, especially during these tough economic times."

 

The Swear in ceremony will take place in the Headquarters lobby at 8:30 am.  Friends family and staff will be present.  Media is welcome to attend.

 

For more information please e-mail Sgt. Chris Douglass at cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us

 
...posted by media relations
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459 PC, Burglary
LOCATION:  Spring Road / Earlimart          DATE:  10-06-10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-12506         VICTIM:           CITY:  Delano

Narrative:

Suspect:   Salvador Mendoza

 

Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department South End Investigation Unit responded to Spring Road in Earlimart regarding a Burglary. The investigation revealed Salvador Mendoza burglarized 3 residences and 2 vehicles in the Earlimart area for a loss exceeding $10,000. Salvador was located and arrested without incident.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department South End Investigation Unit. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Det. Nathan Polk with the South End Investigation Unit at (559) 757-3527.

 
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Poss. Methamphetamine / Poss. Of Drug Paraphernalia
LOCATION:  14000 Block Imperial Road Poplar 93257          DATE:  10-04-10          TIME:  0818 Hours
CASE NUMBER:  10-12413         VICTIM:  California, State of          CITY: 

On the above date and time, deputies responded to the above location to contact Randy Shaffer (52 years old) regarding (2) confirmed active warrants for his arrest.  Deputies contacted Shaffer in his bedroom of the residence and placed him under arrest without incident.  A methamphetamine pipe containing suspected methamphetamine was located near Shaffer.  Shaffer was arrested and booked at the Tulare County Main Jail on the warrants and the above charges.
   
    This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

 
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11550 H&S, 148 PC, 11357(b) HS + several arrest warrants
LOCATION:  North County          DATE:  09/28-10/2          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-80294          VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

  During the week of September 28th through October 2nd 2010, personnel from the North End Gang Violence Suppression Unit conducted suppression patrol in the North County areas of Cutler, Orosi, Goshen, Ivanhoe, Woodlake, Traver and New London. They also participated at the Tulare County & Ruiz Foods Health Fairs to provide gang education and awareness.


Detectives made numerous traffic stops, contacted several subjects, including those suspected of participating in gang activity and completed 21 Field Identifications. Several subjects were also counseled, arrested and/or cited in the field to appear in court.

 

Gabriel Rangel (35 years) was arrested and booked for being under the influence of a controlled substance and for an outstanding felony arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotic paraphernalia and under the influence of a controlled substance. His bail was set $12,500.

Jose Mondragon (20 years) was cited and released for possession of less than an ounce of processed marijuana and for being an unlicensed driver. A male juvenile (16 years) was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Justice Center for being in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and for resisting/delaying a peace officer.

Carlos Velasquez (39 years) was arrested and booked on four outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants for public intoxication with bail totaling $17,500. Carlos Mendoza (22 years) was arrested and booked on a no bail arrest warrant for driving on a suspended license.

Desiree Garza (22 years) was cited and released on two misdemeanor arrest warrants for theft and under the influence of a controlled substance.

Anyone with information regarding any type of gang activity in Tulare County is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit at the toll free number of:

1-(888)-END-GANG or (1-888-363-4264). Persons who provide information can remain anonymous.

 

 

 
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11377 HS Possession methamphetamine
LOCATION:  Ave 95 / Rd 237          DATE:  10-01-10          TIME:  0100
CASE NUMBER:  10-12321         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect contacted in the Terra Bella area and found to be in possession of a small amount of Methamphetamine. Suspect was taken in to custody without incident and booked at the Porterville Sub-Station.

 
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664/187 Attempted Murder, 186.22 PC Participation in a Gang Crime, 211 PC Armed Robbery, 207 PC Kidn
LOCATION:  Church and Sutter, State and Sutter, Earlimart          DATE:  07/01/10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-7892         VICTIM:           CITY:  Earlimart

 ***NEWS RELEASE UPDATE - ADDITIONAL ARREST MADE***

An arrest warrant for a 17 year old juvenile had been issued for attempted murder in this case. Detectives learned that suspect initially fled to Mexico, but was currently hiding out at the apartment in Bakersfield.

On Friday, 10/1/2010 at 1605 hours Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit, Gang Crimes Unit and Narcotics Unit served a search warrant and the arrest warrant with the assistance of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team at an apartment in the 1200 bock of E. Flower in Bakersfield. The suspect initially refused to come out of the apartment but after a short stand off, the suspect came out without further incident and was taken into custody. During a search of the apartment, gang indicia was located along with evidence related to the incident.

During this investigation, evidence also linked the suspect to two armed robberies that occurred in the Pixley and Terra Bella areas. The first armed robbery occurred on May 24th, 2010. In that case an employee at a recycling center, Sergio Coria, 42, out of Porterville, had been robbed at gunpoint, had been duct taped and kidnaped. He was left in a field several miles east of Pixley. The victims vehicle was stolen along with an undermined amount of cash and a cell phone. The victim was not injured in that case.

Evidence also linked the 17 year old suspect to an armed robbery that occurred at the Blanca Market on 6/24/10 in the 19100 block of Ave 96 in Terra Bella. In that case several suspects entered the market with handguns and duct taped employees. None of the victims were injured during this incident. The suspects stole an undetermined amount of cash along with several other items from the store.

The juvenile suspect was booked into the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility on the attempted murder warrant and on the above listed charges. There warrant issued was a "No Bail" warrant.

PREVIOUS ATTEMPTED MURDER NEWS RELEASE INFORMATION:

As previously reported, on 7/01/2010 at 1850 hours, deputies from the Pixely substation responded to a call of shots fired at Church and Sutter, and 1 block west at State and Sutter. Deputies arrived and found three gun shot wound victims, listed above, on scene. Victim #1 was air lifted to an area hospital for the above listed injuries. He underwent surgery at the time. Victims 2 and 3 were transported by ambulance to another area hospital for non life threatening injuries. Both were treated and released

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit responded to investigate. During the investigation it was discovered that victims 1 and 3 were walking in the area of Church and Sutter when the suspects arrived in a vehicle and fired at the victims. As the suspects were leaving they fired at Victim #2 at State and Sutter.

On 07/13/2010, detectives from the Violent Crimes Investigations Unit and the South County Gang Unit served two search warrants in the 1800 block of West Sierra in Earlimart. There, suspect Robert Rivera, 20 years old, was arrested at his residence. The vehicle used in the crime was located and taken as evidence, along with gang indicia.

The case remains under investigation at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jose Torres or Sgt. Gary Hunt at the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Violent Crimes Unit at 559-733-6218 or 1-800-808-0488.

 

 

 

 
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Two In custody on Fradulent Checks
LOCATION:  various          DATE:  09-22-10          TIME:  N/A
CASE NUMBER:  10-12183         VICTIM:  varius          CITY:  varius

The Tulare County Sherff's OFfice North County Investigations unit received several altered checks that were drawn on a Sheriff's Department Account.  The investigation revealed two suspects who were located and arrested in relation to the fraudulent checks.  The two parties arreted were:

 

Jerod Sylvester, age 31, Kingsburg

Marty Lee Gault, age 48, kingsburg

 
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Coroner Case - Suicide
LOCATION:  Overpass at HWY 99 and Ave 280          DATE:  09-29-2010          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-12163         VICTIM:  Charles Choate, age 77          CITY:  Visalia

On 9-29-10 at approximately 0825 hrs, the Tulare County Sheriff's Dispatch received numerous calls regarding a subject on an overpass. Tulare County Sheriff's Deputy responded to the overpass at Ave 280 and Hwy 99 in Visalia.  The deputy located and adult male sitting on the railing. Upon  arrival the subject jumped from the railing.  Emergency medical transported the subject to a local area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

 
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Transportation of Marijuana
LOCATION:  Dry creek Drive/Lomitas Drive, Woodlake          DATE:  9-29-10          TIME:  0355
CASE NUMBER:  10-60803         VICTIM:  Sate of CA          CITY:  N/A

On Wednesday, 9-29-10, at 0355 Hours, Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (STEP) initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at the above listed location for a vehicle code violation.  The driver of the vehicle, (S) Charles Branson, consented to a search of his vehicle and during which, detectives located approximately 3.7 ounces of processed marijuana within the vehicle.  (S) Branson claimed ownership of the marijuana and also advised he did not have a medical marijuana card. (S) Branson was taken into custody for the above listed charges and booked at the Tulare County Main Jail.

 

(S) Charlse Branson, age 37 of Dinuba - In Custody

 
...posted by media relations
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**UPDATE**Home invasion burglary
LOCATION:  500 block of Conner, Porterville          DATE:  9-28-10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-12108         VICTIM:  Male and Female adult          CITY:  Porterville

UPDATE: Detectives have been advised there may have been 5-8 male adult suspects invlolved.  The items stolen are listed as: 3lbs of processed marijuana, two marijuan plants, two televisions and one wallet.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 800-808-0488.

 

PRIOR RELEASE: Tulare County Sheriff's Detectives are investigating a home invasion burglary.  Two people, an adult male and an adult female were in the home when they awoke to multiple subjects within the residence.  A weapon was brandished and items were taken from thehome. These items included processed marijuana.  The marijuana is reportedly for medicinal purposes and the location is also being checked to verify it is in compliance. 

 

Additional information may be released if it does not interfere with the investigations.  Please refer questions to the P.I.O. Sgt. Chris Douglass, cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us (preferred) or Office (559) 735-1825.

 
...posted by media relations
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261 PC, Rape
LOCATION:  Confidential Per 293 pc          DATE:  09/27/10          TIME:  1600 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  10-12079         VICTIM:  Confidential Per 293 pc          CITY:  Confidential Per 293 pc

Narrative:

Suspect:  Not released ongoing investigation

 

On the above date and time Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office responded to a confidential address in the Visalia area regarding a report of a rape. Upon arrival Deputies contacted the victim who stated she had been raped by a known person on 9/26/10. The victim required no medical treatment at the scene. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Gary Marks at (559) 733-6218.

 
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Possession of Marijuana for Sales - Transportation for Sales - Conspiracy
LOCATION:  150 Block of North "H" St. Dinuba          DATE:  09-23-10          TIME:  2330
CASE NUMBER:  10-60789         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Dinuba

Suspects in Custody:

Castrejon, Vicente 21 yoa, Dinuba

Garduno, Jeremias 47 yoa, Sanger

On 09-23-10 the Dinuba Police Department initiated a marijuana investigation resulting from a report of a strong marijuana odor in the 150 Block of North “H” St., Dinuba. Officers located a large amount of marijuana plants and processed marijuana. The Tulare County Inter-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team consisting of personnel from the Visalia Police Department, Farmersville Police Department, Exeter Police Department, Tulare County Probation Department and the Tulare County Sheriff Department, along with the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel Team assisted the Dinuba Police Department with this investigation. Detectives served a narcotic search warrant on two residences located in the 150 Block of North “H” St., Dinuba. Detectives also located a large trailer containing a large amount of marijuana behind one of the residences. Marijuana plants were also located in a storage shed and were hung on ropes to dry the plants. Detectives located two small scales in the residence. Detectives seized approximately 1,600 pounds of marijuana plants and approximately 16 pounds of processed marijuana. Detectives towed two vehicles and seized one trailer.
Suspect Castrejon, Vicente Jonathon and Suspect Garduno, Jeremias Espino were arrested and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for the following charges.  

11359 H&S = Possession of marijuana for sales.
11360 H&S = Possession of marijuana for transportation and sales.
182 P.C. = Conspriracy

Suspect Castrejon and Suspect Garduno’s bail was set at $100,000.00.
 
This case is still under investigation.

 
...posted by media relations
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Marijuana Cultivation Investigation
LOCATION:  Lewis Creek (East of Lindsay)          DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-60729         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 9/24/10 at 1400 hrs. Detectives of the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, S.T.E.P. Unit concluded a three month investigation into the illegal cultivation of marijuana in Lewis Creek, east of Lindsay. During the entry and securing of the garden site suspect Antonio Ramirez (26 yoa) from Lindsay was detained after he attempted to flee the area.  A camp with bedding, stove and food was located within the grow site.

Approx. 1203 mature marijuana plants were eradicated from the location. The plants were ready for harvest, the estimated street value of the processed marijuana from this site would be approx. $4,812,000. This investigation is on-going.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Jim Franks or Det. Gabe Macias from the S.T.E.P. unit at 713-2990

 

 
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Incident
LOCATION:  Akers/Riggin          DATE:  09-23-10          TIME:  1813 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  10-11871         VICTIM:  Roland Longpre          CITY:  Visalia

Tulare county deputies were dispatched to the area of N. Akers St. and Riggin Ave. for a reported plane crash.

Deputies arrived on scene and located a downed Ultralight aircraft with a solo occupant, Roland Longpre. The aircraft had been flying west along Riggin Ave when it struck overhead power lines causing it to crash land into an empty field west of Akers St. Longpre walked away from the crash with only minor injuries and was treated and released on scene.

 
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Media Invited to Marijuana Grow Site Eradication
LOCATION:  N/A          DATE:  9-24-2010          TIME:  0730
CASE NUMBER:  N/A         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  N/A

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office STEP Unit is allowing media to accompany them into a marijuana grow site eradication on 9-24-2010.  Any media interested in atending are requested to notify Sgt. Chris Douglass by e-mail at cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us .  Media are requested to meet in the west parking lot at the Government Plaza in Visalia Ca at 7:30 AM.  The team will leave promplty at 7:45.  Please have your media credentials available for review. Additional information will be provided at the meeting site.  Sgt. Chris Douglass (559) 735-1825

 
...posted by media relations
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TCSO Assists Dinuba Police Department with Officer Involved Shooting
LOCATION:  Villa / Davis in Dinuba          DATE:  09-22-10          TIME:  0300
CASE NUMBER:  10-11784         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Dinuba

UPDATE

 

CRIME: Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Motor Vehicle Theft, Possession of Stolen Property and Felony Evading.

 

SUSPECT: Ronald Allen Patala, 24 years, Dinuba, Ca.

 

DETAILS:At approximately 0300 on 9-22-10, a Sergeant with the Dinuba Police Department checked out with a suspected stolen vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex located in the 1100 block of Villa Avenue. The Sergeant believed the vehicle to be unoccupied at the time and exited his vehicle, approaching on foot. The vehicle was confirmed to be stolen out of Fresno as the Sergeant approached the vehicle. The vehicle was found to be occupied by 24 year-old suspect Ronald Allen Patala of Dinuba, who placed the stolen vehicle in reverse and attempted to strike the Sergeant, ramming his marked patrol unit two times. The Sergeant fired one round striking the suspect vehicle.

 

The stolen vehicle then fled the area at a high rate of speed attempting to evade the Sergeant. A pursuit of the vehicle was initiated and a high speed chase ensued into Fresno County. The assistance of CHP and the Fresno County Sheriffs Department were requested as the pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, the stolen vehicle eluded officers of the Dinuba Police Department north of Reedley. The Fresno County Sheriffs Department later observed the vehicle in the rear section of a mobile home park located in the 17000 block of E. Kings Canyon and a search of the area was conducted with the assistance of CHP and air support from H-40.  A search of the wilderness area where the vehicle was located was conducted and the suspect was observed crouching near a tree next to the Kings River utilizing the FLIR camera on the helicopter. A perimeter was established a search was conducted with the assistance of a Kingsburg Officer and his K-9. The suspect was apprehended a short time later utilizing the K-9 and all assisting law enforcement personnel on scene. The suspect was treated for his injuries sustained from the K-9 apprehension at a local area hospital and later booked at the Tulare County Jail on the above charges. The officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave and the investigation is being conducted by the Tulare County Sheriffs department.

 
...posted by media relations
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Operation Trident Update - Numerous Search Warrants Served
LOCATION:  Various locations throughout Tulare County          DATE:  9-22-10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  Various         VICTIM:  Sate of CA          CITY:  N/A

On 9-22-2010, the Tulare County Sheriff's Tactical Enforcement Personnel Unit(STEP), Clandestine Lab Enforcement Unit (CLEU) and the Interagency Narcotic Taskforce (INET)in conjunction with our Operation Trident partners, completed a six month investigation into a drug trafficking organization (DTO) cultivating marijuana on public and private lands within Fresno, Madera and Tulare Counties. Additional public land grow sites were located within Monterey, Riverside and Santa Clara Counties. In the Tulare County area alone, this organization was responsible for illegal grow sites on public lands near Badger, Eshom, Kennedy Meadows,Three Rivers, Springville and a private land grow site in an okra field near Ivanhoe, totaling over 65,000 marijuana plants. In addition we are investigating the possibility of falsified medical marijuana referrals used to grow marijuana in backyards of residences throughout Tulare County.

 

Federal Search warrants were served at six locations around Tulare County. Federal Search warrants were also served in Fresno and Riverside Counties. Seven individuals are being sought on Federal arrest warrants, multiple additional subjects are facing state charges. It should be noted that all backyard medical marijuana grow sites associated with this group are being seized and the subjects involved will face federal charges on marijuana cultivation as this medical marijuana was being grown by an organization attempting to use the California medical marijuana laws as a cover for drug trafficking.

 
...posted by media relations
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Robbery, Kidnapping, Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  Rd 244 / Ave 216 Lindsay          DATE:  09-14-10          TIME:  2326
CASE NUMBER:  10-11455         VICTIM:  v1 Gustavo Gonzalez 21 years , v2 Justin Jolly 22 yoa, v3 Geoustin Craven 21 yoa          CITY:  Lindsay

UPDATED INFORMATION

 

The victim, a 17 year old juvenile, died on 9/21/10 as a result of the injuries he received during this incident.

 

During the investigation, Violent Crimes detectives discovered the juvenile; along with 3 other suspects, arrived in the area of Road 144 and Ave 216 and contacted victims Jacinto Gomez and Justin Jolly. The suspects were armed with handguns and the stole marijuana from Gomez’ legal marijuana garden.

 

At one point during the robbery the suspects fled on foot with stolen marijuana. During the robbery, Geoustin Craven, a neighbor received a call and was told his neighbors were being robbed. Craven came outside armed with a handgun to assist Jolly and Gomez.

 

Craven came across the suspects who were still armed. The juvenile, while armed, grabbed Craven and Craven fired one round resulting in the juvenile’s injury.

 

Victim Gomez received an abrasion to his elbow during the incident. One of the handguns the suspects were using was recovered near the scene. Craven’s handgun was also turned over to detectives.

 

On Monday, 9/20/10, S-1: Gustavo Gonzalez 21 years from Porterville and S-2: Jorge Mendoza 32 years, out of Poplar, were both arrested and charged with Robbery and kidnapping. Gonzalez was already in custody at the Tulare County Main Jail on unrelated charges. Mendoza was arrested at his residence without incident. A search warrant was served at Mendoza’s residence and gang indicia were located. This did appear to be a gang crime.

 

S- Carlos “Chucks” Hernandez is still outstanding and is wanted for questioning. Anyone with information should contact Det. Joe Torres or Sgt. Gary Hunt at the Violent Crimes Office at 559-735-1898 or 800-808-0488

 

 

 
...posted by dispatch
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286 pc, Sodomy
LOCATION:  26400 block of Hwy 99 Tulare Ca          DATE:  09/21/10          TIME:  0932 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  10-11748         VICTIM:  Confidential Per 293 pc          CITY:  Confidential

Narrative:

 

On the above date and time Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office responded to an undisclosed location in Porterville regarding a report of Sodomy. Detectives contacted the victim who reported a known person had committed the act of Sodomy at a location in Tulare. Detectives responded to the Tulare location and took the suspect into custody without incident. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Titus at (559)733-6218

 
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187 PC, Murder and 2 counts of 664/187, Attempted Murder.
LOCATION:  12255 Ave 408 Cutler, Ca          DATE:  091810          TIME:  2233 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  10-11643         VICTIM:  V1 Hernandez, Robert John 22 YOA,V2: Espinoza,Noel 21 yoa Orosi, V3: Villegas, Jose 41 Yoa Tul          CITY: 

 

UPDATED INFORMATION:

During the investigation, it was discovered a party was being thrown at the Cutler Latin American Club at 12255 Ave 408. The suspect, Ambriz, and V-Hernandez reportedly got into an argument. During the argument, the suspect shot V-Hernandez. After shooting V-Hernandez, he also shot V-Espinoza several times. V-3 Villegas was working as an armed security guard at the time and when he confronted S-Ambriz, S-Ambriz and V-Villegas shot each other. S-Ambriz fled, but was pursued and captured by another security guard a short distance from the party, and detained until deputies arrived.

V-Espinoza, V-Villegas and S-Ambriz were all transported to area hospitals. All are still at area hospitals and are currently in stable condition.

No photos are being released at this time for investigative purposes. Photos should be available for release at a later time.

Anyone with information in regards to this case, please contact Sgt. Hunt or Det. Garcia at (559) 735-1898 or (800) 808-0488.

 

AS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

On 9-18-10, at approx. 2233 hours, Orosi Patrol deputies responded to the crime scene regarding a subject suffering from a gun shot wound. Upon arrival, deputies located a subject that was non-responsive and was confirmed deceased. Members of the Tulare County Violent Crimes Unit responded and took over the investigation.

The victim’s identity has not been released pending notification of the next of kin. The Tulare County Coroners Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

The Tulare County Violent Crimes Unit is asking anyone with information in regards to this case, please contact Sgt. Hunt or Det. Garcia at (559) 735-1898 or (800) 808-0488.
 

 
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Homicide
LOCATION:  12255 Ave 408 Cutler, Ca          DATE:  9-18-10          TIME:  2233 hours
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  Male Adult          CITY: 

Narrative: 

Suspect: Bolivar Ambriz (Adult).

Dinuba, Ca

 

 

On 9-18-10, at approx. 2233 hours, Orosi Patrol deputies responded to the crime scene regarding a subject suffering from a gun shot wound. Upon arrival, deputies located a subject that was non-responsive and was confirmed deceased. Members of the Tulare County Violent Crimes Unit responded and took over the investigation.

The victim’s identity has not been released pending notification of the next of kin. The Tulare County Coroners Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

The Tulare County Violent Crimes Unit is asking anyone with information in regards to this case, please contact Sgt. Hunt or Det. Garcia at (559) 735-1898 or (800) 808-0488.

 
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Attempt homicide
LOCATION:  30600 block of rd 72          DATE:  09/18/10          TIME:  11 P.M.
CASE NUMBER:  10-11639          VICTIM:  Anthony Marquez          CITY: 

Narrative:

On 09/18/10, Deputies responded to the 30600 block of Rd 72 regarding a stab wound victim. Upon arriving Deputies located a male adult , later identified as Florentino Acosta, who had suffered from a laceration to his head. Information lead the deputies two a second victim who was located at Kaweah Delta Hospital. During the investigation it was later learned that Acosta was the suspect of the assault on the second victim. Through continued investigation Deputies placed Acxosta under arrest for attempt homicide. Acosta was later booked at the Tulare County Main Jail. The victim is currently listed in stable condition.

 
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Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-back Day
LOCATION:  N/A          DATE:  9-25-10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  N/A         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  Tulare County

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration, local governments, community, public health and law enforcement officials in announcing a nationwide prescription drug take-back day in hopes of preventing pill abuse and theft.

 

 

Expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs will be collected for destruction from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at sites throughout the country.
This is the first national organized prescription take-back day. The service is free and anonymous.

 

 

The Tulare County Sheriff's Department will have four stations where unused prescription drugs can be collected. No appointment is necessary.

 

 

Participating sites are:
Sheriff’s Headquarters, 2404 W. Burrel Visalia, Ca.
Pixley Sheriff’s  Substation, 161 N. Pine Pixly, Ca.
Porterville Sheriff’s Substation,  379 N. Third Porterville, Ca.
Cutler/ Orosi Sheriff’s Substation, 41414 Road 128, Orosi, CA

 

 

For information please contact Lt. Marsh Carter  559-713-2950

 
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11377 H&S,11378 H&S, 11550 H&S, 11364 H&S
LOCATION:  800 Block of West Visalia Rd., Exeter          DATE:  09-16-10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-40208         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Narrative:

Suspect: Moles, Michael Troy                 Age: 38

On 09-16-10 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 three week narcotic investigation by serving a search warrant in the 800 Block of West Visalia Road, Exeter.

Detectives searched the residence and located methamphetamine, a small scale and packaging material along with drug paraphernalia. Suspect Moles, Michael was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession for sales of a controlled substance,  under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Suspect Moles was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail with his bail set at

$ 10,000.00.

 

 

 

 
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245/211 PC/ Assault with a deadly weapon/Robbery
LOCATION:  A55          DATE:  09-15-10          TIME:  2000 Hrs.
CASE NUMBER:  10-11496         VICTIM:  Alfredo Maciel          CITY:  Ducor

Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department South End Investigation Unit  responded to Avenue 55 in Ducor  regarding an Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  The investigation revealed known suspects began throwing bricks and bottles at each other during an altercation. This resulted in injuries in which 3 victim’s were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and later released.

    Detectives later located   5 suspects and they were booked into jail for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

    The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department South End Investigation Unit.  Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Det. Nathan Polk with the South End Investigation Unit at (559) 757-3527.

Suspects:
(4) Juveniles between the ages of 13 years and 16 years of age.
(1) Adult 18 years of age. (Alfredo Maciel of Ducor)

 
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COUNTY TO REPLACE NATURAL GAS DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM; MOVE INMATES AND EMPLOYEES
LOCATION:  36000 Road 112, Visalai          DATE:  09-15-2010          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  NA         VICTIM:  Tulare County          CITY:  Visalia, CA

Inmates and Tulare County Sheriff's Department employees housed at the Tulare County Correctional Center at Sequoia Field will be moved to a nearby facility in conjunction with a capital project to replace an aging natural gas distribution system, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced today.

 

 

Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Worthley said the facility was constructed in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s and the county has maintained the system and made needed repairs over the years.

 

 

"In light of the recent events in San Bruno, Tulare County has decided to take a more proactive approach by completely replacing the gas lines to ensure the safety of the inmates and county staff," Chairman Worthley said.

 

 

According to the County Administrative Office, all natural gas lines will be shut off to the facilities until the project can be completed. The new distribution system will serve the site well into the future. The project is expected to take approximately six months to complete.

 

 

During the next few days, approximately 240 inmates currently housed at the site will be moved to the nearby Pre-Trail Facility. Sheriff’s Alternative Work Program and Day Reporting Center functions will also be relocated to the Pre-Trial Facility. Anyone needing specific information regarding inmate visiting or programs may call the Pre-Trial Facility 559/735-1750.

 

 

According to the Sheriff’s Department, all inmates should be moved to alternate facilities by Sunday. In addition to the detention functions, Sheriff’s staff assigned to the site, which includes detective and administrative personnel, will be relocated to alternate facilities.

 
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Marijuana Cultivation Case
LOCATION:  Area of Balch Park, Pine Creek, Bear Creek          DATE:  9-14-10          TIME:  1000
CASE NUMBER:  Numerous         VICTIM:  Sate of CA          CITY:  Tipton, Visalia, Posey

On 9/15/10 at 1200 hrs. detectives of the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (S.T.E.P.) Team completed a month long investigation of illegal marijuana gardens located in the foothill and mountain area of Tulare County near Balch Park. These investigations culminated in two days of eradication operations during which four marijuana gardens containing over 19,700 live growing marijuana plants. These plants were fully budded and ready for harvest. If harvested the marijuana would have a street value in excess of $78,808,000. In addition to the marijuana plants several firearms and ammunition were also recovered in the sites.

The grow sites were found to be using natural creeks and springs which had been dug out and dammed up to create large reservoirs, into which fertilizers were added, then distributed throughout the grow sites with a drip irrigation system. Several hundred pounds of fertilizers, pesticides and rat poisons were also found at the various sites. As part of the ongoing Operation Trident these sites will be reclaimanted in the near future in an attempt to put the land back into a natural state.

No suspects were located at the scenes, the cases are under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Franks of the STEP Unit. 559-713-2990

Plants counts from individual grow sites are as follows.

Pine Creek #1 - 3227 plants eradicated
Pine Creek #2 - 6598 plants eradicated
Tracy Flat - 5399 plants eradicated
Bear Creek - 4478 plants eradicated

 
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Assault with Deadly Weapon, Lindsay Area
LOCATION:  Rd 244 / Ave 216 Lindsay          DATE:  9-14-10          TIME:  2326 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  10-11455         VICTIM:  Juvenile Male, age 17          CITY:  N/A

Involved parties (1) juv male, age 17 (2) Jacinto Gomez age 58 of Lindsay, (3) Geoustin Craven age 32 of Lindsay

Deputies responded to the area of Rd 244 and Ave 216 in regards to report of shots heard and located a juvenile male who was bleeding from the head. The juvenile provided some information prior to becoming unconscious and being transported to the hospital.

Detectives were called to investigate the incident. Detectives were advised a subject had contacted the Sheriff's Office stating his son was involved in an altercation where shots were fired and a second location in the area may have been involved.

Detectives had discovered residences in the area have medical marijuana grows along with documentation. These locations had not been disclosed to the Sheriff's Office prior to the incident. Detectives are investigating the incident to determine if the marijuana grows are involved.

The victim of the shooting was listed in critical condition.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes, Narcotics and Forensic Investigations units are currently working on the case.

This is a preliminary report and will provide updates as they become available.

If anyone has any information regarding the incidents please contact the Sheriff's Office at 800-808-0488.

 
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Rec Stolen Property, Poss of Controlled Substance, Child Endangerment, Poss Drug Paraphanelia
LOCATION:  34800 Block Ave 236 Lindsay Ca, 1100 Block Maple Lindsay Ca          DATE:  09-14-10          TIME:  0830 hrs
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

S-1 Redmon, Melba 53 YOA Lindsay Ca Charges Receiving Stolen Property, Child Endangerment, Possession of a controlled substance
S-2 Bankhead, Rebecca 21 YOA Lindsay Ca Charges Possession of a Controlled Substance Child Endangerment
S-3 Flynn, Bryan 38 YOA Lindsay Ca Parole Violation 

 On the above date and time Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, CLEU, INET and Farmersville PD conducted two search warrants located at the 1100 block of Maple and the 14800 block of Ave 236 in Lindsay. The search warrants were a result of a six week joint investigation. Upon serving the search warrants Detectives located an undetermined amount of stolen property ranging from antique signs, coins, tools and construction equipment.
 
 Located at the 34800 block of Ave 236 in Lindsay was an undetermined amount of Methamphetamine. The Methamphetamine was located and determined accecable to juveniles in the home.

 The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office North End Investigations Unit. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Gary Marks at (559) 733-6218 or (559)735-1856.
    

 
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Gang Suppression Detail
LOCATION:  Visalia, Traver, Ivanhoe, Cutler, Orosi, Farmersville, Exeter and Three Rivers          DATE:  9-11-10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-80283          VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

NEWS ITEM

Case Number- 10-80283 to 10-80289

Crime- Possession of a Controlled Substance/Possession of Marijuana/Possession of a Controlled Substance For Sale/Possession of Marijuana For Sale/Under The Influence of a Controlled Substance/Driving Under the Influence/Felon In Possession of a Handgun/4 Felony Warrants/10 Misdemeanor Warrants

Date and Time Occurred- 9-9-10 to 9-11-10

Victim- State of California

Taken into custody were:

Narrative: Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit conducted routine patrol in the towns of Visalia, Traver, Ivanhoe, Cutler, Orosi, Farmersville, Exeter and Three Rivers. During their contacts, detectives arrested 13 people for various Penal Code, Vehicle Code and Health & Safety Code violations. Detectives also seized a handgun, marijuana and methamphetamine.

1. Garcia, Michael 25 years Orosi Felony Warrant

2. Rua, Erica 22 years Cutler 11377 HS, 11550 HS/ Misdemeanor Warrant

3. Rebellero, Amador 23 years Traver 11357 HS, 14601 CVC

4. Belman, Ramiro 26 years Ivanhoe 23152 CVC/ Misdemeanor

5. Sanchez, Giovani 20 years Traver Felony Warrant

6. Mendez, Jose Manuel 36 years Orosi 2 Misdemeanor Warrants

7. Torres, Felipe 40 years Orosi 2 Misdemeanor Warrants

8. Zepeda, Roxanne 24 years Orosi Misdemeanor Warrant

9. Taylor, Isiah 23 years Visalia 11378 HS, 11359 HS, 12021 PC

10. Rivera, Clarissa 22 years Visalia 11378 HS, 11359 HS/ Misdemeanor Warrant

11. Huerta, David 21 years Visalia 11550 HS

12. Garcia, Donaciano 26 years Visalia 3 Misdemeanor Warrants

13. Gordon, Robert 53 years Exeter 2 Felony Warrants

This case remains under investigation by the Tulare County sheriff’ departments Gang Violence Suppression Unit.

 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or any type of gang activity in Tulare County is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’ Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit at the toll free number of :

 

 

1-888-END-GANG (1-888-363-4264)

Persons giving information can remain anonymous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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P.C 207
LOCATION:  5800 block of Denver Ave.          DATE:  09-10-10          TIME:  1916 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  10-11271         VICTIM:  Confidential-DV victim          CITY:  New London

Suspect: Wilson, Matthew 28Yrs.

 

On 09-10-10 at approximately 1916 hrs, Deputies responded to the 5800 block of Denver Ave. in New London, regarding a domestic violence case. Upon arrival the suspect, Matthew Wilson, fled the scene on foot, leading the Deputy in a foot pursuit. The Deputy apprehended the suspect after deploying his Taser. Upon searching the suspect, the Deputy discovered a loaded 357 Magnum revolver on his person, in addition to a bag of methamphetamine, a smoking glass pipe and marijuana. The suspect was arrested for domestic violence, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine’s and resisting arrest. The suspect was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

Case Status: Active

 
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Arrest made for failure to update 290 registration
LOCATION:  Visalia area          DATE:  3-1-2010          TIME:  0915
CASE NUMBER:  10-6392         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Visalia, CA

Arrested:  Richard Tamez age 38 of Visalia

 

During an approximate 5 month investigation to verify his whereabouts, Sex Registrant Richard Tamez was arrested in the Visalia area. Tamez had not been forthcoming of his new residence to authorities. He was arrested and booked on felony charges of failing to update registration and failure to register at a dual address. He was arrested and booked at Main Jail without incident.

 

Case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. If anyone has information you are encouraged to contact Detective Jason Wall with the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement @ 559-735-1888.

 

The SAFE team is grant funded by the California Emergency Management Agency.

 
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