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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245PC/ Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  Rd. 220 & Ave. 304, Woodlake          DATE:  09-05-10          TIME:  0051
CASE NUMBER:  10-10999         VICTIM:  Emanuel Espino Martinez /24yrs          CITY:  Woodlake

On 09/05/10, deputies responded to a call regarding a subject that had been assaulted during a gathering. On arrival, deputies discovered the victim had been stabbed. The victim advised he had been attacked by three to four men. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit responded and conducted the investigation. The victim was transported and admitted to a local hospital and is being treated for his non- life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Cesar Fernandez at the Violent Crimes Unit (559) 733-6218 or (800) 808-0488

 
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Various Penal code, Vehicle Code and Health and Safety Violations
LOCATION:  Porterville, Strathmore, Poplar, Woodville, Terra Bella, Ducor and Richgrove          DATE:  09-03-10          TIME:  1600
CASE NUMBER:  10-90175         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s South County Gang Violence Suppression Unit, Tulare County Sheriff Department’s Community Based Officers, Tulare County Probation, Porterville Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Dinuba Police Department, Tulare Police Department, Tulare County District Attorney Investigative unit and US Marshals conducted a series of warrant, probation and parole searches in a high profile suppression operation in the South county towns of Porterville, Strathmore, Poplar, Woodville, Terra Bella, Ducor and Richgrove areas.

During the operation Porterville patrol received a service call regarding a drive by shooting that just occurred in the 20900 block of Ave 8 Ave in the town of Richgrove. Detectives were just arriving in the area and quickly responded. The suspect was located and taken into custody without an incident.

 

Agents involved in the operation attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Union and Villa for a traffic violation. The subjects discarded several plastic bags of narcotics out of the vehicle window and attempted to flee on foot. They were quickly apprehended. One of the subjects had a loaded firearm in his waistband. All the subjects were validated gang members. Also during the operation a wanted high risk sex offender was located. It was discovered that this subject had removed their electronic monitoring device.

 

As a result of the gang operation conducted, approximately forty gang members identified and thirty one people were taken into custody, on the below listed charges.

They also issued seven citations and towed four vehicles. Detectives also seized several items of gang indicia and approximately three ounces of narcotics during the operation.

Taken into custody were:

1) Steven Viveros 18Yrs.      Strathmore resident

Charges: 246, 245, 186.22/ PC/ shooting in a dwelling/assault with a deadly weapon/gang enhancement

 

2) Robert Gomez 34Yrs.        Richgrove resident

Charges: 246, 245, 186.22/ PC/ shooting in a dwelling/assault with a deadly weapon/gang enhancement

3) Jose Alvardo 23 Yrs.          Porterville resident

 Charges: 11377 H&S/ Possession of narcotics

4) Jose Ruelas 23 Yrs.           Terra Bella resident

Charges: 11550 H&S/ under the influence

5) Tomas Juarez 45Yrs.          Terra Bella resident

Charges: Outstanding warrants

6) Karla Gudino 28 Yrs.           Porterville resident

Charges: 11377 H&S/ possession of narcotics/outstanding warrants

7) Anthony Cobarruviaz 24Yrs. Porterville resident

Charges: Outstanding warrants

8) Samuel Sierra 29Yrs.           Porterville resident

Charges: 11550 H&S/ under the influence / possession of narcotic parphernaila

9) Male Juvenile 15Yrs.            Porterville resident

Charges: Outstanding warrants

10) Michael Federighi 47 Yrs.    Strathmore resident

 Charges:14601 VC/suspended license

11) Ralph Yorba 22 Yrs.            Porterville resident

 Charges: 23152 VC/ driving under the influence

12) Anthony Ignacio 19 Yrs.       Lemoore resident

Charges: 11550 H&S/ under the influence

13) Manuel Soto 25 Yrs.            Porterville resident 

Charges: 11377 H&S, 3056 PC/ Possession of narcotics/ Parole violation

14) Johnnie Ramos 25Yrs.         Poplar resident

Charges: 647 (f)/ under the influence

15) Cindy Roberts 49Yrs.           Poplar resident

Charges: Outstanding warrants

16) Sherri Daniel 38 Yrs.            Porterville resident

Charges: 3056 PC/ Parole violation/Outstanding warrants

17) Sergio Estrda 30 Yrs.           Porterville resident

Charges: 23152 VC/ driving under the influence

18) Rene Rodriguez 21 Yrs.       Delano resident

 Charges: 11377 H&S,/ Possession of narcotics

19) Steven Rodriguez 23 Yrs.     Terra Bella resident

Charges: 11377, 11379 H&S,/ transportation and Possession of narcotics for sales

20) Guadlupe Lira 38Yrs.           Lindsay resident

Charges: Outstanding warrants 

21) Luiz Roa 30 Yrs.                 Terra Bella resident

 Charges: 23152 VC/ driving under the influence

22) Armando Ceballos 26 Yrs.   Porterville resident

Charges: 11379, 11370.1 186.22/ PC/transportation and Possession of narcotics for sales/ possession of firearm //gang enhancement

23) Christian Tapia 22 Yrs.       Porterville resident

Charges: 11379, 11370.1 186.22/ PC/transportation and Possession of narcotics for sales/ possession of firearm //gang enhancement 

24) Mason Navarro 18 Yrs.       Porterville resident

Charges: 11379, 11370.1 186.22/ PC/transportation and Possession of narcotics for sales/ possession of firearm //gang enhancement

 25) Richard Guzman 28 Yrs.   Porterville resident

Charges: 11379, 11370.1 186.22/ PC/transportation and Possession of narcotics for sales/ possession of firearm //gang enhancement

26) Male Juvenile 15Yrs.         Terra Bella resident

Charges: 148 PC/ resisting and delaying

27) Male Juvenile 16Yrs.         Terra Bella resident

Charges: 148 PC/ resisting and delaying

28) Male Juvenile 16Yrs.         Terra Bella resident

Charges: 148 PC/ resisting and delaying

29) Male Juvenile 17Yrs.         Terra Bella resident

Charges: 148 PC/ resisting and delaying

30) Male Juvenile 15Yrs.         Terra bella resident

Charges: 148 PC/ resisting and delaying

31) Male Juvenile 17Yrs.         Strathmore resident

Charges: 12101 9a)/ violation of probation/ possession of ammunition

This case remains under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s - 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’s 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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Arrest for Possession and Under Influence of Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  300 block of S. Crispi, Exeter          DATE:  09-02-10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-40198         VICTIM:  Sate if CA          CITY:  Exeter Ca

In Custody:
Kimberley Renee Griffin, age 39 of Exeter
Eric Jayson Walker, age 49 of Exeter

On 09-02-10 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 300 Block of South Crispi Street, Exeter.
Detectives searched the residence and located methamphetamine, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia. Suspect Griffen, Kimberly Renee was arrested for possession of a controlled substance,  under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Suspect Walker, Eric Jayson was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of prescription pills, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Suspect Griffen was booked into the Tulare County Bob Wiley Detention Facility and Suspect Walker was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail with their bail set at
$ 10,000.00.
 

This Case is still under investigation.

 
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PC 12020 /Carrying a concealed weapon
LOCATION:  Bullard/ Church, Traver          DATE:  09-01-10          TIME:  1815hr
CASE NUMBER:  10-80278         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

SUSPECT: Carbajal, Miguel Angel 18 Yrs old

While conducting gang suppression in the Traver Area, Tulare County Sheriff Gang Detectives contacted (S) Miguel Angel Carbajal at the above listed location. Carbajal was carrying a concealed weapon in his shorts pockets. He was taken into custody and booked at the main jail.

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

 
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Burglary into an Inhabited Dwelling
LOCATION:  41900 Block of Rd. 96, Dinuba          DATE:  08/30/2010          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-10709          VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

On the above date and time Deputies were contacted by the victim on Ave 416 and Rd. 104, Sultana. The victim stated an unknown person(s) entered her residence while she was sleeping and took miscellaneous items and cash.

Case is still currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.  Anyone with any further information, contact the North End Property Detectives at (559) 735-1877.

 
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11358H&S/Marijuana Cultivation
LOCATION:  37400 Block of Rd 156-Visalia          DATE:  08-27-10          TIME:  1130hrs
CASE NUMBER:  10-60745         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On Friday, 8-27-10 at 1130hours, Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff's Tactical Enforcement Personnel were at a residence in the 37400 block of Road 156, Visalia investigating the cultivation of marijuana. Detectives came in contact with the suspect identified as Abel Murillo Morales, who was tending to 68 marijuana plants. The suspect was taken into custody and booked at the Tulare County Main Jail.

 
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246PC/Shooting into an occupied dwelling
LOCATION:  36300 block, Burke Street, Traver          DATE:  08/29/10          TIME:  0240
CASE NUMBER:  10-10636         VICTIM:  Aguirre, Mary          CITY:  Traver

On Saturday 8-28-10 at approximately 0240 hours, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies responded to the 36300 block of Burke Street in Traver regarding a report of a shooting. Upon arrival Deputies contacted Mary Agurrie who advised she observed an unknown male suspect in her back yard who fled the scene. She advised moments later, she heard approximately 3 gunshots which struck her residence causing no injuries.

Case remains active with TCSO Gang Unit.

 
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Various Penal code and Vehicle Code violation
LOCATION:  Earlimart. Pixley, and Tipton          DATE:  08/27/10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-90169         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments South County Gang Violence Suppression Unit, Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Community Base Officers, Tulare County Probation, Visalia Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Dinuba Police Department, College of Sequoias Police Department, Tulare County District Attorney Investigative unit and US Marshals conducted a series of warrant service, probation, parole searches and high profile suppression operation in the South county towns of Pixley, Earlimart, and Tipton area. As a result of the gang operation conducted, approximately twenty six gang members identified, ten people were taken into custody, on the below listed charges.

They also issued four citations and towed three vehicles. Detectives also seized several items of gang indicia during the operation.

Taken into custody were:

1) Saul Esparza 26Yrs. Earlimart resident

Charges: Outstanding warrants

 

2) Maria Ruiz 40Yrs. Tipton resident

Charges: Outstanding warrants

3) Armando Padilla 29 Yrs. Earlimart resident

Charges:14601 VC/suspended license

4) Christopher Reeder 19 Yrs. Pixley resident

Charges: 11550 H&S/ under the influence

5) Carlos Eudave 19 Yrs. Tipton resident

Charges: 647(f)PC/ under the influence

6) Male Juvenile 17 Yrs. Pixley resident

Charges: 11550 H&S/ under the influence

7) Pedro Soto 22Yrs. Pixley resident

Charges: Outstanding warrants

8)Ambruce Sierra 29Yrs. Tipton resident

Charges: 148/273A, PC / resisting arrest/ child endangerment/ Outstanding warrants

9) Jamone Williams 31Yrs. Pixley resident

Charges: Outstanding warrants

10) Danny Rodriguez 21 Yrs. Earlimart resident

Charges:14601 VC/suspended license

This case remains under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s - 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’s 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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Possession of a Loaded Firearm/Negligent Discharge of a Firearm/Transportation of a Controlled Subst
LOCATION:  Orosi, Cutler, Ivanhoe, Traver and London          DATE:  8/26-8/28          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-80270          VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit patrolled the towns of Orosi, Cutler, Ivanhoe, Traver and London. Detectives arrested 9 people for various Penal Code, Vehicle Code and Health & Safety Cade violations. Detectives also seized an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine and three handguns. They also towed 4 vehicles and served a felony and misdemeanor arrest warrant. All arrested subjects were booked at the Tulare County Main Jail or the Bob Wiley Detention Facility.

In-custody;

1. Canela, Francisco 21 years Visalia 647(f) PC

2. Dimas, Johnathan 18 years Orosi 12553 PC

3. Ortiz, Amador 23 years Orosi 246.3 PC, 12031 PC

4. Ortiz, Nathan 21 years Visalia 246.3 PC, 12031 PC

5. Guzman, Roman 28 years Orosi 246.3 PC, 12031 PC

6. Rodriguez, Augustine 19 years Tulare Felony Warrant

7. Carrillo, Christine 45 years Orosi 11379 HS

8. Alcala, Antonio 25 years Orosi Misdemeanor Warrant

9. Garcia, Cesar 26 years Reedley 2800.2 VC, 3056 PC, 148 PC, 23152 VC

 

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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187 PC Murder, 186.22 PC Gang Crime.
LOCATION:  McNeely & Church, Alpaugh          DATE:  08/22/10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-10327          VICTIM:  Francisco Campana Zazueta,          CITY:  Alpaugh

AS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

 

On 08/22/10 at 0255 hrs Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Pixley Substation were dispatched to the area of McNeely and Church for a report of a man down. Upon their arrival the deputies found the victim bleeding from a wound from the upper torso area. The victim was airlifted to a local hospital where he was admitted for treatment of his injuries. The Sheriff’s Departments Violent Crimes Unit was called to investigate the incident.

 

 

NEW INFORMATION

 

The victim died of his injuries and was pronounced dead on Tuesday, 08/24/2010. He has been identified as Francisco Campana Zazueta, 20 years old, from Alpaugh.

 

During the investigation, it was discovered the victim and suspect Humberto “Junior” Vasquez had been at a party together in Alpaugh earlier in the evening. They left together with several other subjects. At one point they got out of the vehicle and Vasquez shot Zazueta because of a disagreement.

 

On 08/26/10 at approximately 0900 hours, Detectives located Vasquez at his residence in Alpaugh and detained him without incident for investigation of murder. 3 search warrants were then served in the Alpaugh area and evidence was seized that was related to the case.

 

Vasquez was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail on the above listed charges.

  

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Francisco Zaragoza or Sgt. Gary Hunt at (800) 808-0488 or (559) 735-1898

 

 

Autopsy results:
On Friday, August 27, 2010, an autopsy was conducted. The cause of death was determined exanguination due to penetrating gun shot wound to the head.

 

 

 

 
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Assault with Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  Ave 93 in Terra Bella          DATE:  8-23-10          TIME:  2223 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  10-10403         VICTIM:  Victor Ruiz          CITY:  NA

On 8-23-10, detectives from the Tulare County South End Investigation Unit were assigned a case involving Assault with a Deadly Weapon. During the investigation, it was determined unknown suspects shot a gun from a moving vehicle and struck the victim. He was transported to the hospital with non life threatening wounds.

 

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department South End Investigation Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Polk with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 733-6218.

 
...posted by media relations
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Possession of Illegal Firearm
LOCATION:  Lynch Road / Porterville          DATE:  08-23-10          TIME:  0300 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  10-10366         VICTIM:  Sate of CA          CITY:  Porterville

On 8-23-10, detectives from the Tulare County South End Investigation Unit were assigned a case involving Possession of Illegal Firearms. During the investigation, a search warrant  was served in the 17000 block of Lynch Road in Porterville.  Detectives assisted patrol deputies with the recovery of several illegal firearms. 

Daniel Jose Arias was arrested for 12020 PC and later booked into Tulare County Jail.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.


Suspect Information:
Daniel Jose Arias (51 Years old)
Porterville

 
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Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale/Transportation of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  Cutler, Orosi, Ivanhoe, Visalia, Yettem, Sultana and Woodlake.          DATE:  8-22-10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-80257         VICTIM:  Victim-State of California          CITY: 

NEWS ITEM

Case Number-10-80257 to 10-80269

Crime- Possession of a Controlled Substance/ Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale/Transportation of a Controlled Substance/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance/Driving Under The Influence/Resisting a Peace Officer by Force/Resisting Arrest/ False Information to a Peace Officer/Public Intoxication

Date and Time Occurred- 8-19-10 to 8-22-10

Victim-State of California

 Narrative:

 

Over the past four days, Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit conducted area patrols in the towns of Cutler, Orosi, Ivanhoe, Visalia, Yettem, Sultana and Woodlake. Detectives arrested 22 people for various Penal Code, Vehicle Code and Health & Safety Code violations. They also seized an undisclosed amount of Methamphetamine, towed 3 vehicles, contacted and identified 15 suspected gang members and served 15 arrest warrants. All those arrested were booked at the Tulare County Main Jail or the Bob Wiley Detention Facility.

 

 

In-Custody:

1. Aguirre, Alberto 19 years Orosi 11550 HS, 11364 HS

2. Pinedo, Pedro 28 years Yettem Felony Warrant, Misdemeanor Warrant

3. Ploneda, Rosa 32 years Yettem Misdemeanor Warrant

4. Barajas, Lorenzo 27 years Orosi 11377 HS

5. Cerda, Armando 27 years Cutler 11378 HS, 11377 HS

6. Martinez, Guadalupe 19 years Ivanhoe 23152 CVC

7. Ramirez, Maria Ritchie 52 years Ivanhoe Misdemeanor Warrant

8. Parra-Martinez, Antonio 22 years Orosi 23152 CVC

9. Martinez, Maria 41 years Orosi 69 PC

10. Racicot, James 51 years Cutler 11377 HS

11. Ledesma-Amezquita, Jose 20 years Orosi 647 (f) PC

12. Ceballos-Martinez, Leonel 24 years Orosi 647 (f) PC

13. Razo, David 20 years Orosi 647 (f) PC

14. Hernandez de la Cruz, Silverio 21 years Orosi 647 (f) PC

15. Garza, Desiree Monique 22 years Sultana Misdemeanor Warrant

16. Villagomez, Armando 40 years Orosi 11378 HS, 11379 HS

17. Moreno, Miguel 35 years Cutler 11550 HS, 11364 HS

18. Wilson, Emilia 51 years Woodlake 11377 HS & Misdemeanor Warrant

19. Ramos, George 44 years Woodlake 3056 PC, 148 PC, 148.9 PC

20. Whited, Christina 28 years Visalia Misdemeanor Warrant

21. Florez, Sylvia 28 years Woodlake 6 Misdemeanor Warrants

22. McDaniels, Lewis 60 years Ivanhoe 2 Misdemeanor 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).

 

 

 
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664/187 PC / Attempted Homicide
LOCATION:  McNeely & Church, Alpaugh          DATE:  08/22/10          TIME:  0255
CASE NUMBER:  10-10327         VICTIM:  Male Hispanic          CITY:  Alpaugh

On 08/22/10 at 0255 hrs Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Pixley Substation were dispatched to the area of McNeely and Church for a report of a man down. Upon their arrival at 0300 hrs the deputies found the victim bleeding from a wound from the upper torso area. The victim was airlifted to a local hospital where he was admitted for treatment of his injuries. The Sheriff’s Departments Violent Crimes Unit were called to investigate the incident.

The ensuing investigation determined the victim had sustained a gunshot wound to his upper torso area. The victim is in critical condition at the undisclosed hospital. The victims name is not being release pending contact with his relatives. The investigation is continuing, no suspects are in custody and no other information is being released at this time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Francisco Zaragoza at (800) 808-0488 or (559) 735-1898

 
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Marijuana Cultivation, 11358 H&S
LOCATION:  Three Rivers, Posey, Kennedy Meadows          DATE:  8/20/10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY:  State of California

Narrative:

On 8/20/10 at 1700 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 wilderness areas near Three Rivers, Posey and in the Giant Sequoia National Monument near Kennedy Meadows These cases were tied to ongoing investigations from Operation Trident. Operation Trident is a three county, multi-agency operation, aimed at investigation and eradication of marijuana from public lands

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 are

Posey Garden - 2,661 plants eradicated

Three Rivers Garden - 3,603 plants eradicated

9 mile Rd/Kennedy Meadows - 9,963 plants eradicated

 

 
...posted by dispatch
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Update to Inmate Death
LOCATION:  Bob Wiley Detention Facility          DATE:  08-17-10          TIME:  1200
CASE NUMBER:  10-10095         VICTIM:  Louis Morales Romirez, age 59          CITY:  Visalia

UPDATE:  An autopsy has been conducted on the in custody death of Louis Morales Ramirez.  Cause of death was determined to be stroke due to hypertension.

 

Prior Update:
Updated information from the previous new release. Notification to the next of kin was made on 08/17/10. The male inmate has been identified as Louis Morales Ramirez 59 year old of Visalia. The cause of death is pending the autopsy.

 

Prior Release:
On 08/17/10 at 1200hrs, Deputies were alerted of male inmate who collapsed while in his cell. Deputies rendered first aid until emergency services arrived. A local ambulance transported the subject to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit responded and conducted the investigation.

 

The investigation is on going and the male subject’s name is being withheld until notification to the next of kin. No trauma was observed on the subject and the cause of death is pending the autopsy.

 
...posted by media relations
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UPDATE: Search Warrant in Exeter, CA
LOCATION:  200 block of North B, Exeter          DATE:  08-18-10          TIME:  0700 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  N/A         VICTIM:  Confidential per 293 PC          CITY: 

Update:
The Tulare County Sheriff's Office has concluded the search warrant served at a home on the 200 block of North B in Exeter.  The home's interior and exterior were searched for any items that may be of interest in the investigation.  This investigation is of a sensitive nature and victims are confidential per 293 P.C.  T.C.S.O. Requested the assistance of the FBI Evidence Response Team and the Santa Clara Sheriff's Office Canine Specialized Search Team due to the resources they had available for this type of search.  Heavy equipment was also utilized in the back yard area to assist in the search.  Various items were collected from the location and will need to be processed to determine their evidentiary value.  The investigation is still ongoing.  No one is in custody at this time.  When the investigation is completed a report will be filed with the District Attorneys Office for review.  Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Tulare County Sheriff's Office at (800) 808-0488.

Prior Release:
The Tulare County Sheriff's Office is currently serving a search warrant at a home on the 200 block of North B in Exeter.  An adult male has been detained for questioning and resources have been called in to assist in the possible collection of evidence located during the search warrant.  The type of crime is of a sensitive nature and vicitms are confidential per 293 PC.  When additional information is obtained an update will be issued.  PIO Sgt. Chris Douglass is on scene and may also be available through e-mail cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us

 
...posted by dispatch
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Update-Inmate death
LOCATION:  Bob Wiley Detention Facility          DATE:  8-17-10          TIME:  1200 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  10-10095         VICTIM:  Adult Male          CITY:  Visalia

                                     ******* Updated New Release*******
Updated information from the previous new release. Notification to the next of kin was made on 08/17/10. The male inmate has been identified as Louis Morales Ramirez 59 year old of Visalia. The cause of death is pending the autopsy.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit at (559) 735-1898 or (800) 808-0488

 
...posted by dispatch
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Inmate death
LOCATION:  Bob Wiley Detention Facility          DATE:  08-17-10          TIME:  1200 Hrs.
CASE NUMBER:  10-10095         VICTIM:  Adult Male          CITY:  Visalia

On 08/17/10 at 1200hrs, Deputies were alerted of male inmate who collapsed while in his cell. Deputies rendered first aid until emergency services arrived. A local ambulance transported the subject to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit responded and conducted the investigation.

The investigation is on going and the male subject’s name is being withheld until notification to the next of kin. No trauma was observed on the subject and the cause of death is pending the autopsy.
 
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit Office at (559) 735-1898 or (800) 808-0488

 
...posted by dispatch
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Various Penal Code & Vehicle Code Violations
LOCATION:  Earlimart. Pixley, Richgrove, Poplar, Terra Bella, and Porterville          DATE:  8/13*8/14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-90156         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriffs Departments South County Gang Violence Suppression Unit conducted patrol in the South County towns of Pixley, Earlimart, Richgrove, Terra Bella , Poplar and Porterville area.

As a result of the gang patrol suppression conducted, approximately twenty gang members identified, eight people were taken into custody for various Penal Code and Vehicle Code violations. They also issued six citations and towed three vehicles. Detectives also seized Narcotics and gang indicia during the suppression.

Taken into custody were:

1)Raul Raya 20yrs.     Porterville resident

Charges: 12500 VC/Unlicensed driver

2)Fernando Cantor 25yrs    Porterville resident

Charges:  Outstanding warrants

3)Xavier Medrano 21yrs     Pixley resident

Charges: 14601 VC/suspended license

4)Charles Mauldin 49yrs.     Three Rivers resident

Charges:  11550 H&S/ under the influence of narcotics

5)Gabriel Castillo 38yrs            Poplar resident

Charges: 148/148.9PC/ resisting and delaying/false information

6)Eduardo Baltazar 35yrs          Richgrove resident

Charges: 11379 H&S/ possession and transportation of a controlled substance

7)Janice Bradshaw 44yrs          Three Rivers resident

Charges:  11550 H&S/ under the influence

8)Carlos Panchillo 22yrs    Porterville resident

Charges: 647F PC/Public intoxication

This case remains under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriffs 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 Sheriffs Departments - Gang Violence Suppression Unit at the toll free number of :

 

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

.

Persons giving information can remain anonymous

 
...posted by dispatch
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Various Penal Code, Vehicle Code and Health & Safety Code Violations
LOCATION:  Traver, London, Cutler, Orosi, Ivanhoe and Goshen          DATE:  8/13*8/14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-80248          VICTIM:  State Of California          CITY: 

Over this past weekend, Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff's Gang Violence Supperssion Unit conducted patrol in the towns of Traver, London, Orosi, Cutler, Ivanhoe and Goshen. During their contacts, Detectives arrested 9 subjects for various Penal Code, Vehicle Code and Health & Safety Code violations. Detectives seized an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine, towed 4 vehicles and contacted 26 suspected gang members.

Detectives also got into a short pursuit in the town of London with a suspected drunk driver, Jose Lara, 19 years old from London. This investigation was turned over to the California Highway Patrol.

 

Taken into custody were:

1. Male Juvenile 17 Ivanhoe Felony Warrant

2. Maldonado-Mateo, Edgar 21 Visalia Misdemeanor Warrant

3. Abarca, Arturo 44 Visalia Misdemeanor Warrant

4. Munoz, Jose Raul 39 Goshen Felony Warrant

5. Ladesma, Jose 19 London 2800.1 CVC/23152 CVC

6. Romero, Ignacio 32 Orange Cove 11550 HS

7. Garcia, Luis 21 Orosi 23152 CVC

8. Fries, Curt 28 Dinuba 11379 HS, 11378 HS, 12022 PC, 148 PC, 4573.6 PC

9. Magao, Amor 33 Orosi 11550 HS, 11364 HS

This case remains under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's department 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.

 

 

 
...posted by dispatch
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Marijuana Cultivation, 11358 H&S
LOCATION:  Area of Tipton, Visalia and Posey          DATE:  8/10/10          TIME:  1000 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  Several         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Narrative:On

8/12/10 at 1600 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 corn fields near Tipton and Visalia and in the ranch land near Posey In the corn field grow sites, areas of corn were destroyed and the marijuana planted in the middle of the crops to conceal it from legitimate dairy workers and law enforcement. In the Posey grow site plants were hidden in a heavily wooded drainage. Growers diverted water for the plants from a cattle watering system

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 are

Posey Garden - 551 plants eradicated

Tipton Corn field garden - 2503 plants eradicated

Visalia Corn Field garden - 850 plants eradicated

 

 
...posted by dispatch
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Arrest in Homicide - Robbery Investigation
LOCATION:  1599 Mehlert, Kingsburg          DATE:  04-04-09          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  09-04415         VICTIM:  Nahal, Gartaj S.          CITY:  Kingsburg, CA

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department will be holding a press conference on 8-12-10 at 1300 hours in the Headquarters lobby in regard to this investigation.

 

On April 4, 2009 the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department initiated an investigation  following a robbery homicide that occurred at the Super Stop market in Kingsburg off of Highway 99.  During the preliminary investigation, it was learned that the victim, Gurtaj Nahal, was working as the store clerk when he was confronted by an armed subject who robbed the store.  During the commission of the robbery, on of the suspects fired at Nahal fatally wounding him.

 

Since the date of the murder, the case has remained active with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Violent Crimes Unit.  As a result of the ongoing investigation, Detectives  developed leads implicating two suspects identified as Abraham Del Toro of  Dinuba and Raymond Woodward of Van Nuys.

 

On August 11, 2010 both suspects were taken into custody as a result of a coordinated law enforcement effort headed by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.  With the assistance of the United States Marshal’s Service and the Los Angeles Police Department, Raymond Woodward was apprehended in the Los Angeles area.  Simultaneously, Abraham Del Toro was arrested in the Dinuba area with the assistance of the Dinuba Police Department.

 

Additional efforts in the investigation  include  multiple search warrants served in the Gilroy area with the assistance of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department as well as in the City of Dinuba in collaboration with the Dinuba Police Department.  An additional search warrant was served in the Fresno area in connection with the case.  Both suspects in the investigation have been booked on charges of murder and robbery without the possibility to post bail.

 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Sgt. Gary Hunt or Det. Joe Torres with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Violent Crimes Unit at (559) 735-1898.

 

Suspect Information:
Abraham Del Toro
DOB: 11-29-87
Dinuba, Ca

 


Raymond Woodward
DOB: 7-22-87
Van Nuys, Ca

(Suspect photos are available upon request)

 
...posted by media relations
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Missing Person Adult - Recovery - Identified
LOCATION:  Lake Kaweah          DATE:  08-10-10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-06515         VICTIM:  Burgess, Mark          CITY:  Tulare

On Wednesday, August 10, 2010, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Unit performed an autopsy on the body recovered from Lake Kaweah.  During the course of the autopsy the body was positively identified as Mark Burgess 46 years out of Tulare.  The identification was made by dental record comparison.  Burgess’ cause of death was determined to be from fresh water drowning.  No obvious signs of trauma were observed.  A toxicology report is pending.

 

On Sunday, May 30, 2010 at approximately 1645 hours there was a boating accident near the Greasy Cove area of Lake Kaweah.  It was determined Mark Burgess was missing as a result of the accident.  Divers from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office searched in the area he was last reported in.  Divers were unable to locate Burgess.  The lake level was at it’s capacity at the time of the accident.  The divers continued to search several times in the following days.  The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers volunteered to assist with the assistance of their underwater submersible with video and sonar capabilities.  The Office of Emergency Services was contacted and cadaver detection dogs were requested and deployed on boats in an attempt to locate emerging scent off the water of the lake.  None of these attempts were successful in locating Burgess.

 

On July 7, 2010 Commander James Buttrey from the Merced County Sheriff’s Department arrived with equipment to assist in the attempt to locate Burgess.  Merced County utilized their dive barge and SeaBotix ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) to search the general area of the accident site.  Merced County searched the water for the remainder of the day with negative results.

 

The water temperature was estimated at 70 degrees at the surface and below 40 degrees at a depth lower than 150 feet.  This is in part by the cold winter water filling the lake.

 

Over the course of the next 71 days members of the Tulare County Sheriff Dive Team have made numerous dives in attempts to locate Burgess.  Numerous helicopter fly-overs were conducted as well.  With the assistance of the Tulare County Lake Patrol, a Sheriff’s Deputy was on a Lake Patrol boat every day since the date of the accident.

 

On Monday, August 9, 2010 Commander James Buttrey from the Merced County Sheriff’s Department arrived with equipment to assist in the attempt to locate Burgess.  In addition to the ROV a side search sonar unit with onboard GPS was deployed.  This piece of equipment had just been obtained by Commander Buttrey.  The barge was deployed into the area of the accident.  The water level had dropped approximately 65 feet since the time of the accident.  The side search sonar located a possible image of Burgess at a depth of approximately 110 feet.  Utilizing the GPS coordinates of the sonar, the barge moved into a position closer to the area of the image.  The ROV was deployed and a video image of Burgess was obtained.  The ROV attempted to grab Burgess with the robotic arm of the ROV.  As this was underway the fiber optic control cable became entangled in the barge propeller.  The robotic arm was rendered unusable.  Due to the depth and the time of day, no recovery divers were deployed into the water.

 

On Tuesday, August 10, 2010 with the assistance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers form Pine Flat Reservoir and utilizing a similar ROV the search continued.  Within a few hours Burgess was located and recovery began.  Utilizing the robotic arm of the ROV Burgess was removed from the indention (sunken area of lake floor).  Several large rocks were around Burgess masking his image from prior sonar scan attempts.  Once on the surface, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released control of the body to the Sheriff’s Department Dive Team.  Burges was placed on a Lake Patrol boat and transported to the Lemon Hill Boat ramp where the body was released to the Coroner’s Unit.

 

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank the Merced County Sheriff’s Department for their vital assistance in the search and ultimate finding of Burgess in the water.

 

Also our thanks go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tulare County Lake Patrol for their continued support and assistance during this search and investigation.

 

We would like to thank the members of the Dive team for the countless hours of searching the dark waters trying to locate Burgess.

 

Lt. Keith Douglass

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Missing Person Adult - Recovery
LOCATION:  Lake Kaweah          DATE:  08-10-10          TIME:  1605
CASE NUMBER:  10-06515         VICTIM:  Unknown          CITY: 

On 8/10/10 at approximately 1605 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dive Team located and recovered the body of an unidentified subject at Kaweah Lake.

Violent Crimes Detectives also responded to the scene.  There has been no identification of the subject at this time.  No additional information available at this time and the case is pending autopsy.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Merced County Sheriff’s Office, Army Corps of Engineers and Tulare County Lake Patrol for their assistance.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

The case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit.  Anyone with information can contact Detective Maria Garcia at (559)733-6218.

 
...posted by media relations
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Crime-Various Penal code and Vehicle Code violation//186.22 PC/Gang Enhancement
LOCATION:  Earlimart. Pixley, Tipton Cutler, Orosi          DATE:  8-6/9-7-10          TIME:  1900 Hrs.
CASE NUMBER:  10-90144         VICTIM:  State Of California          CITY: 

Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments County Gang Violence Suppression Units and Community Base officer conducted a series of Search warrants and high profile suppression operation in the South and North County towns from the Pixley, Earlimart, Tipton, Orosi and Cutler area.

As a result of the gang operation conducted, approximately forty gang members identified, twenty four people were taken into custody for various Penal Code and Vehicle Code violations. They also issued ten citations and towed four vehicles. A stolen vehicle, narcotics and gang indicia were also recovered during the operation

Taken into custody were:

1) Juan Gomes 29Yrs. Earlimart resident Date of arrest:8-6-10  Charges: 12500 VC/ Unlicensed driver

2) Richard Anthony Gutierrez 26Yrs. Earlimart resident Date of arrest 08-6-10 Charges: Outstanding warrants

3) Samuel Ortega 26 Yrs. Earlimart resident Date of arrest: 08-06-10 Charges:14601 VC/suspended license

4) Raymuneo Rivera 19 Yrs. Pixley resident Date of arrest 08-06-10 Charges: 11550 H&S/ under the influence of narcotics

5) Lee Paxton 37Yrs Visalia resident Date of arrest 08-06-10 Charges: 148.9 PC/ resisting and delaying

6) Alonzo Orosco 21 Yrs. Earlimart resident Date of arrest 08-06-10 Charges:148.9 PC/ resisting and delaying

7)Javier Zapien 21 Yrs. Pixley resident Date of arrest 08-06-10 Charges: 11550 H&S/ under the influence of narcotics

8) Kerry Alves 39 Yrs. Pixley resident Date of arrest 08-06-10 Charges:11379 H&S/ possession and transportation of a controlled substance

9) Shawn Woods: 28 Yrs: Lindsay resident Date of arrest 08-07-10 Charges: outstanding felony warrant

10) Leonardo Ambriz 24 Yrs. Pixley resident Date of arrest 08-07-10Charges: 23152 VC/ Driving under the influence

11)Gabino Gomez: 20 Yrs Earlimart resident Date of arrest 08-07-10 Charges:11350/11377 H&S/ possession and transportation of a controlled substance

12) Jose Uribe: 29Yrs. Earlimart resident Date of arrest: 08-07-10 Charges: 12500 VC/ Unlicensed driver

13) Arasmo Gonzalez: 28Yrs. Earlimart resident Date of arrest: 08-07-10  Charges: 10851 2800.1 VC/ stolen vehicle and failure to yield/outstanding felony warrant

14)Tracy Savole: 28Yrs. Earlimart resident Date of arrest: 08-07-10 Charges: 10851VC/ 148 PC/ stolen vehicle and resisting arrest

15)Male Juvenile: 17 Yrs. Earlimart resident Date of arrest: 08-07-10 Charges: 10851VC/ 148 PC/ stolen vehicle and resisting arrest

16) John Delfin : 36Yrs Earlimart resident Date of arrest: 08-07-10  Charges: 475 & 135 PC/ 11550 H&S/ under the influence of a controlled substance/ possession of fictitious currency.

17)Jose Ricardo Ramirez: 19 Yrs. Porterville resident Date of arrest:08-07-10 Charges:245 & 186.22 PC/ outstanding warrant for assault with a deadly weapon/ Gang enhancement

18)Edgar Manriquez: 21 Yrs. Porterville resident Date of arrest:08-07-10 Charges:245 & 186.22 PC/ outstanding warrant for assault with a deadly weapon/ Gang enhancement

19)Francisco Perez: 30 Yrs. Woodville resident Date of arrest:08-06-10 Charges: outstanding warrant

 20) Natash Perkin: 32 Yrs London resident Date of arrest 08-06-10 Charges: 11350/11377 H&S/ possession and transportation of a controlled substance

21) Ismael Gonzalez: 20 Yrs Reedley resident Date of arrest 08-06-10 Charges:11364 H&S/ possession of drug paraphernalia

22) Nick Gonzalez: 18 Yrs Orosi resident Date of arrest 08-06-10 Charges:647(f) PC/ public intoxication

23) Omar Orozco: 23 Yrs Cutler resident Date of arrest 08-06-10 Charges: 166.4 PC / restraining order violation

24) Noel Espinoza: 21 Yrs Cutler resident Date of arrest 08-06-10 Charges: 166.4 PC / restraining order violation

This case remains under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s - 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’s 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

 
 
...posted by DISPATCH
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245PC/ Assualt with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  E. Lincoln / S.Fourth St, Porterville Ca.          DATE:  08/07/10          TIME:  0111hrs
CASE NUMBER:  10-9622         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

On 8-7-10, at 0111 hours, The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a fight between multiple subjects near the intersection of Lincoln / Fourth St, Porterville. Upon arrival no subjects were located and the area was deserted. 0156 hours, the same date, Sierra View Hospital contacted the Sheriff’s Department reporting a victim from a fight had been brought in and had sustained a strike to his head. The subject was transported to Community Regional Medical Center where he was treated and later released.

 

 

Case under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department

 
...posted by dispatch
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487/496/182 PC,Grand Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Conspiracy to commit Grand Theft
LOCATION:  Visalia area          DATE:  08-05-10          TIME:  07-15-10
CASE NUMBER:  10-08611         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Visalia

Narrative:

Suspect-1: Ramiro Salas Munoz, 31 years out of the Lindsay area.

Suspect-2: Andrew Carl Bassett, 31 years out of the Visalia area.

On 7-15-10 during the early morning hours, the above listed suspects entered the property of a Visalia area residence and removed several antique signs as well as a antique gas pump. A two week investigation performed by Deputies from the Visalia, Headquarters Station developed leads that were taken over by The North County Investigations Unit. Further investigations conducted by North County Detectives resulted in the arrest of the two above mentioned suspects.

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office as there is property from this theft that is still outstanding. Anyone with any information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Sgt. Moore of the North County Investigations Unit at 559-733-6218 or toll free at 1-800-808-0488.

 
...posted by DISPATCH
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PC 459, PC 496, Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property
LOCATION:  14600 Block Walker Rd., Poplar          DATE:  08-04-10          TIME:  0800 hrs.
CASE NUMBER:  10-09499         VICTIM:  Miriam Garcia          CITY:  Poplar

Narrative:

Three Known Male Juveniles

On Thursday, 08-05-10 at approximately 1800 hrs. Tulare County Sheriff’s detectives responded to the Porterville Police Department where they met with Porterville Police detectives who had arrested three juveniles for being in possession of a stolen vehicle. Through their investigation it was determined that the stolen vehicle was taken during a burglary that occurred in the 14600 block of Walker, Rd., Poplar.

Detectives interviewed the three male juveniles who were arrested for being in possession of the stolen vehicle. The juveniles admitted to stealing the vehicle as well as property from inside the residence during the commission of the burglary. The juveniles were arrested for burglary, possession of stolen property, and vehicle theft. They were later transported to the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility where they were booked on the aforementioned charges.

Detectives later responded to multiple residences located in the Poplar area where they recovered additional stolen items that were taken during the burglary. The items include but are not limited to articles of clothing and miscellaneous electronic equipment. The recovered property was later positively identified as belonging to the victim(s) and was returned.

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information regarding this burglary or location of stolen property is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department South End Property Crimes Unit at (559) 782-9674.

 
...posted by DISPATCH
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Attempt Homicide/Conspiracy/Committing a Crime for a Criminal Street Gang/Violation of a Court Orde
LOCATION:  Orosi          DATE:  8-5-10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-9294         VICTIM:  17 year old male juvenile          CITY: 

Case Number- 10-9294

Crime- Attempt Homicide/Conspiracy/Committing a Crime for a Criminal Street Gang/Violation of a Court Order

Date and Time Occurred- 07-30-10 @ 1350 hrs. & 8-5-10 @ 0800 hrs

Victim- 17 year old male juvenile

Narrative:

Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit conducted an investigation into a gang related shooting that occurred last Friday, 7-30-10, in the town of Orosi. A 17 year old male victim was shot once in his left leg by possible rival gang members.

The investigation culminated today, 8-5-10, in the service of three Search Warrants at residences in Cutler and Orosi. One Search Warrant was served at a residence in the 12700 block of 2nd Drive in Cutler, a second Search Warrant was served at a residence in the 12500 block of Aceves Avenue in Orosi. The third Search Warrant was served at a residence in the 12600 block of Avenue 424 in Orosi.

As a result of the investigation and Search Warrants, Gang Unit Detectives arrested two suspects. Both suspects were charged with the listed violations and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

Taken into custody were:

1) Name: Valverde, Alejandro Age: 21 Resident: Orosi

Charges: 664-187 PC, 182 PC, 186.22 PC

2) Name: Soto, Christian Age: 19 Resident: Cutler

Charges:664-187 PC, 182 PC, 186.22 PC, 166.4 PC

 

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).

 
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Burglary, Possession Stolen Property, Poss. Of loaded firearm
LOCATION:  Ave. 40/Rd. 192, Ducor          DATE:  8-2-10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-9398         VICTIM:  Wilson Farms/King Fresh Produce          CITY:  Ducor

Narrative:(S)#1: 17 yr. old male juvenile, Earlimart

(S)#2: Rolando Tut, AKA Mariano Escovar, 25 yrs, Earlimart

On 8-2-10 at approx. 0730 hours, Wilson farms reported the theft of approx. $15,000 worth of grape harvesting equipment. This case was referred to the Agricultural Crimes Unit for follow up. During this investigation AG Crime Detectives developed information of subjects in the Earlimart area selling some of the victims stolen property. Ag Crime detectives set up an undercover operation and made arrangements to meet with the suspects and purchase the stolen items. Upon meeting with the suspects they were immediately taken into custody without incident. One of the suspects was found to be in possession of a loaded and concealed handgun.

(V)s property was located in the suspects vehicle and a search warrant was authored for the suspects residence where additional property was located. During this investigation, additional stolen property from a previous robbery/kidnapping case was located and an additional male juvenile suspect was identified in that case. Both of these cases are still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to please contact Sgt. Jody Cox or Det. Mike Hallum of the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Agricultural Crimes Unit at 559-735-1853 or 559-733-6218.

 
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Marijuana Cultivation 11358 H&S
LOCATION:  Area of Rd. 160 & Ave 324          DATE:  8/3/10          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  10-60680         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Narrative:

On 8/3/10 at 1000 hrs. detectives of the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (S.T.E.P.) Team responded to an Okra field in the area of Ave. 324 and Rd. 160 for a suspected marijuana garden. Detectives located 16,004 plants growing among the Okra crop on a 5 acre parcel. The plants had been tied down to grow close to the ground to avoid detection from passers-by. No suspects were located at the scene, the case is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Franks of the STEP Unit. 559-713-2990

 
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Sheriff's Office Explorers and Scouts to Host 2 day Camp
LOCATION:  12915 Ave 419          DATE:  08/04/2010          TIME:  1000
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY:  Orosi

On August 4, 2010 starting at 1000 hours, opening ceremonies for the Orosi Traveling Day Camp 2010 will commence.  This two day event is hosted by the Cub Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America and the Tulare County Sheriff's Office Explorer program.  The funding for this event was received through a $8,000 grant authorized by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors  The theme of this event is All American Sports.  This event is designed to entice youth between the ages of 7 to 11 and pair them with current Explorers for mentoring and leadership.  Activities include Arts / Crafts, Archery, Camping, Basketball and much more.

Come and join Sheriff Bill Wittman at the Opening Flag Ceremony on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 10:00, at Palm Elementary School, 12915 Ave 419
Orosi, CA 93647-1916

For questions regarding this event, please contact
Lt. Gary Chambers  591-5810
Lt. Keith Douglass  735-1825

 
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