Burglary
LOCATION:  18800 Block Rd 112          DATE:  5-5/6-14          TIME:  1530
CASE NUMBER:  14-5582         VICTIM:  Frazier Corp/Boneso Bros. Construction          CITY:  Tulare

            Suspect-1 Adilio Lopez-Salinas  34 yrs. LA area.

 

Suspect-2 Jimmy Contreras-Zuniga  28 yrs. LA area.

 

 

Narrative:

 

On 05-06-14 at about 0700 hours Deputies responded to the area of Rd 112 and Ave 184 in Tulare regarding a commercial burglary report. Upon arrival Deputies contacted the above victims.  They reported two sea trains and two office trailers had been broken into with numerous tools taken. Deputies collected evidence at the scene and a later received a call from Kern County Sheriff’s Department which led to the arrest of the two above suspects.  All of the reported stolen items were found in the suspects’ possession and ultimately recovered.

 

 

 

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

 
...posted by media relations
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Under the influence of a controlled substance
LOCATION:  41000 Block of Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA          DATE:  5-6-14          TIME:  1358
CASE NUMBER:  14-5598          VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Three Rivers

On May 6, 2014, at approximately 1358 hours, Deputies conducted a traffic stop in the 41000 Block of Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA. During the stop deputies determined the suspect, Joseph Mestaz, age 70, was under the influence of a controlled substance. Mestaz was arrested and booked into Tulare County Main Jail for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

 
...posted by media relations
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ACTING SHERIFF MIKE BOUDREAUX TO PROMOTE THREE NEW SERGEANTS
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
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Today, Tuesday May 6th, at 1 PM in the lobby of Sheriff's Headquarters, Acting Sheriff Mike Boudreaux will promote three new Sergeants. Pelase join us for the promotion of the following:

Gilbert Rodriguez was raised in Lindsay by parents Debra and Robert Rodriguez. He graduated from Lindsay High School in 2000, and was hired as a Sheriff’s Trainee four years later. In 2005 he graduated from the College of the Sequoias Correctional Academy and was made a Correctional Deputy in October of 2006. Gilbert has worked at both the Men’s Correctional Facility as well as the Adult Pre-Trial Facility, and worked as the Lead Intake Deputy in the teams he was assigned to at both facilities. 

As someone who has been a leader and involved with leadership his whole life, Gilbert became involved with the Correctional Deputy Advisory Committee. This stems from his experience of helping others in leadership classes, student government, church group leader, camp counselor, and tutor. 

Gilbert is supported in this promotion as he is in all things by his wife Edessa of seven years, and his two little girls Emma and Hayley Ann, 5 and 2 respectively. 

 

Richard Scotti was born in Glendale and raised in Selma, where he graduated from Selma High School. In his 17 years in law enforcement, he has worked with not only the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department but also the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department and the California Department of Corrections. 

After being hired in November of 2006 with our department, Scotti became involved in the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT), and is also a member of the Strategic Response Unit (SRU) which is an investigative unit. His training includes specialized tactical training through a specific SERT academy.

Richard is supported in his career by his family, including his wife and two children.

 

Stephanie Negrete, raised by parents Arthur and Jenny Negrete, attended Fresno State to pursue a major in Criminology. She was hired with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department in 2007 and has been with our department since then.  We are proud to welcome her to the rank of Sergeant, and look forward to her future in law enforcement.

 

 
...posted by media relations
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Possession of drug paraphernalia & possession of methamphetamine.
LOCATION:  600 Block Reservation Road, Porterville          DATE:  5-1-14          TIME:  1105
CASE NUMBER:  14-5380         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY: 

Taken into custody were:  Oscar Rosales, 38 Yrs, Bakersfield                                          

Charges: Possession of drug paraphernalia & possession of methamphetamine.

 

On 05-01-14 at approximately 1105 hours, a deputy responded to the 600 block of Reservation Road, for a report of a subject being detained by Tule River Tribal Police. The suspect, Oscar Rosales was found parked on the side of the roadway in his vehicle in possession of a baggie of methamphetamine for personal use and a glass pipe. Rosales was turned over to deputy from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and booked at the Porterville Substation. 

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

 
...posted by media relations
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Water and personal safety education for lakes and rivers in Tulare Co
LOCATION:           DATE:  5-5-2014          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office, is wanting to remind those visiting our beautiful lakes and rivers this summer to be careful. Not only for the hidden dangers in the waters but also for personal belongings left in vehicles. Each year, hundreds of valley residents, flock to the area lakes and rivers to cool off in the water and enjoy the day with family. The Tulare County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to remember while they are enjoying the water, to be sure and wear a life jacket, as the water may have sudden drop offs and the bottom can have hidden hazards. Also we are asking everyone to be vigilant and keep all valuables out of sight. If possible, take personal belongings with you to your destination, but if you can't, then we are asking that you lock those valuables in the trunk of the vehicle. Every year, after people have had an enjoyable day with family, some return to their vehicles to find a broken window and their purse, wallet and or cell phones taken.  We want to educate the public and help them have a great time and also return to their vehicles and still have their valuables locked securely in the trunk. Each summer, deputies are called to the popular swimming areas along Highway 190, Highway 198 and other popular locations, for stolen items that were left locked in the vehicle, but left laying on the front seat in plain view.  We are also asking everyone to be vigilant and if you see a suspicious vehicle driving in the area or persons looking into vehicles, please call the Sheriff's Office at 733-6218 or 1-800-808-0488 and report the suspicious vehicles and persons. Be ready to provide a description of the person or persons and vehicle with a license plate number if possible. We want everyone to have an enjoyable day and not have it ruined, by a few who prey on those who may have forgotten to lock there valuables in the trunk of the vehicle. 

 
...posted by dispatch
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PC 459- Burglary
LOCATION:  6400 block on Ave. 308          DATE:           TIME:  5/4 to 5/5
CASE NUMBER:  14-5534         VICTIM:  PC 293          CITY:  Goshen, Ca

Date of Occurrence: 5/04/14 to 5/05/14

Time of Occurrence: 0900 to 0600 hours

On 5/05/14 at 1004 hours, Deputies from the TCSO HQ Division were dispatched to a residential burglary. Deputies contacted the victim who advised between 5/04/14 0900 hours and 05/05/15 0600 hours unknown suspect(s) enter his attached garage, attached shop and residence. The victim advised miscellaneous hand tools were taken from the shop and garage. The victim also advised garden tools and a vacuum cleaner was taken from the attached shop. The victim estimated the total loss to be $6,450 and $300 damage to the doors.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 

 
...posted by dispatch
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Endangering Health of a Child
LOCATION:  32600 block of Road 124-Visalia          DATE:  05-03-14          TIME:  1049
CASE NUMBER:  14-5474         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect 1: 16 year old juvenile
Suspect 2: 14 year old juvenile   

Deputies responded to the 32600 block of road 124 for two brothers who had been in a physical altercation.  During the course of the investigation deputies determined two juvenile brothers had assaulted each other in the residence in the presence of three additional younger siblings.  Both juvenile suspects were taken into custody for endangering the health and safety of their younger siblings and booked into the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Center.  Child Welfare Services were contacted regarding this incident.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Grand Theft
LOCATION:  Road 148 / Avenue 313 -Visalia          DATE:  05-02-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-5473         VICTIM:           CITY:  Visalia

Deputies responded to an orchard in the area of Road 148 and Avenue 313 for copper wire theft.  Copper wire was removed from two water pumps between 05/02/2014 and 05/03/2014. 
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Threats and brandishing a weapon
LOCATION:  Plainview          DATE:  05-03-14          TIME:  0240
CASE NUMBER:  14-5464         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 05-03-14, deputies were dispatched to the 19600 block of Oklahoma Avenue in Plainview in regards to a male pointing a handgun at his ex-girlfriend. The male was contacted during a traffic stop in the same area and was positively identified by the victim. The male was arrested for threats and brandishing a weapon. The male was booked at the Porterville Substation.


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

 
...posted by dispatch
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Cultivation of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a residence for narcotic use, pos
LOCATION:  Pixley          DATE:  050214          TIME:  1530
CASE NUMBER:  14-5436         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Taken into custody were:  Octavio Castaneda, 36 yrs Pixley & Benjamin Villanueva, 50 yrs of Pixley

On 05-02-14 at approximately 1530 hours, deputies responded to a residence in the 2800 block of North School in Pixley to investigate reports of possible narcotics activity and an illegal marijuana grow. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the suspects who both reside on the property and discovered Castaneda to have an illegal marijuana cultivation operation. Upon contact with Villanueva, he was found to be in possession of a pipe and .7grams of methamphetamine. 178 immature marijuana plants were eradicated at the grow site. Both suspects were arrested and booked at the Porterville Substation.

Both cases are under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

 
...posted by dispatch
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K9 Trials Results
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On Friday, April 25th began the first day of the 29th annual Sierra K9 Trials. The event is co-hosted by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department and the Visalia City Police Department K9 Units. K9 teams from all over California are invited, and this year attendees included teams from Fresno City, Coalinga State Hospital Police, Bakersfield City, and many other areas totaling more than 20 teams competing in most of the categories.

The first day had competition in narcotic and evidence detection. This included searching a vehicle for narcotics, and evidence search. This part of the competition was held in another area outside of the Plaza Park Raceway, while on the second day the “main events” – obedience, agility, and protection – took place in the Raceway on Saturday. Other events also featured on Saturday were building search, area search, protection, open class, novice class, top team and top dog. 

During the obedience, agility, and protection events the stands held friends and family of the competitors, as well as co-workers when not competing and members of the public. While there had been inclement weather the day before, Saturday’s competition started off cold and grey, and while people nursed warm tri-tip sandwiches and huddled in sweatshirts and blankets, handlers and dogs lined up to show the judges how well they worked together as a team. 

The first section of competition, obedience, consisted of a facilitator giving directions to the handler to walk, run, turn certain directions, or order their canine to sit, stay, and come back to their side at different intervals. Agility, the second section, showed handlers leading their dog around an obstacle course that included jumping over fences, walking on tall platforms like wooden beams, climbing up stairs, and walking over a “teeter totter”. After agility was area search, which included an Explorer hiding in one of several wooden boxes on the field, and the dog was ordered to find them. This event was timed, and the dog had to find the Explorer in a certain amount of time, and either bark repeatedly or lay down to indicate that they had found them. 

Canines and handlers were taken off site to compete in building search and returned for what may be considered the “main event” of the trials – protection. Volunteers were fitted in “bite suits” that would protect them from the canine’s bite, and were set up into scenarios. The canines and handlers were introduced to those scenarios with specific directions that included ordering a dog to chase after and stop a suspect in a stabbing, and to let a “jogger” run by before stopping a gunman – who, for this situation, had a gun with blanks, or fake bullets. 

Below you will find the results for the two days of competition. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department & Visalia City Police Department, co- hosted this year’s event, would like to thank all those who contributed, attended, and participated. Without those people and groups, the K9 Trials would not be what they are today, and they are very much appreciated. 

 

In the narcotics building search category the top five teams were;

(20 teams competed)

1st place Geoff Tushnet & Kubo, Fresno City Police Department.

2nd place Brian Freer & Cash, Fresno City Police Department

3rd place Adrian Enriquez & Arco, Colinga State Hospital Police

4th place Wayne Brabant & Drago, Kings County Sheriff's Office

5th place Molly Hessler & Carson, Bakersfield City Police Department.

 

In the narcotics vehicle search category the top five teams were;

(20 teams competed)

1st place Ryan Lasalde & Mack, Visalia City Police Department

2nd place Scott Mackey & Rocket, Tulare County Sheriff's Department

3rd place Brian Freer & Cash, Fresno City Police Department 

4th place James Jones & Rico, Bakersfield City Police Department

5th place Thomas Hernandez & Kane, Bakersfield City Police Department

 

In the evidence area search category the top four teams were;

(19 teams competed)

1st place Geoff Tushnet & Kubo, Fresno City Police Department

2nd place Mark Sotelo & Tico, Fresno City Police Department 

3rd place Matt Vincent & Turbo, Fresno City Police Department

4th place Brian Freer & Cash, Fresno City Police Department

 

The second day had competition in obedience, agility, building search, area search, protection, open class, novice class, top team and top dog:

In the obedience category the top five teams were;

(26 teams competed)

1st place Daniel Roberts & Xero, Visalia City Police Department

2nd place Matthew Vincent & Turbo, Fresno City Police Department

3rd place Jerry Hunter & Jax, Kings County Sheriff's Office

4th place Wayne Brabant & Drago, Kings County Sheriff's Office

5th place Rick Johnson & Duece, Visalia City Police Department

 

In the agility category the top five teams were;

(26 teams competed)

1st place Matt Cramer & Rudy, Riverside County Sheriff's Department

2nd place Mark Sotelo & Tico, Fresno City Police Department

3rd place Joe England & Roscoe, Tulare County Sheriff's Department

4th place Geoff Tushnet & Kubo, Fresno City Police Department

5th place Scott Mackey & Rocket, Tulare County Sheriff's Department

 

In the building search category the top five teams were;

(26 teams competed)

1st place Daniel Roberts & Xero, Visalia City Police Department

2nd place Ryan Lasalde & Mack, Visalia City Police Department

3rd place Mark Sotelo & Tico, Fresno City Police Department

4th place James Jones & Rico, Bakersfield City Police Department

5th place Rick Johnson & Duece, Visalia City Police Department

 

In the area search category the top five teams were;

(26 teams competed)

1st place Matthew Vincent & Turbo, Fresno City Police Department

2nd place Daniel Roberts & Xero, Visalia City Police Department

3rd place Mark Sotelo & Tico, Fresno City Police Department

4th place Ryan Lasalde & Mack, Visalia City Police Department

5th place Chad Haskins & Rex, Bakersfield City Police Department

 

In the protection category the top five teams were;

(26 teams competed)

1st place Brian Sturgeon & Jack, Fresno City Police Department

2nd place Ryan Lasalde & Mack, Visalia City Police Department

3rd place Tony Rodriguez & Blade, Tulare County Sheriff's Department

4th place Daniel Roberts & Xero, Visalia City Police Department

5th place Mark Sotelo & Tico, Fresno City Police Department

 

In the open category the top five teams were;

(17 teams competed)

1st place Daniel Roberts & Xero, Visalia City Police Department

2nd place Mark Sotelo & Tico, Fresno City Police Department

3rd place Geoff Tushnet & Kubo, Fresno City Police Department

4th place Matthew Vincent & Turbo, Fresno City Police Department

5th place Wayne Brabant & Drago, Kings County Sheriff's Office

 

In the novice category the top five teams were;

(8 teams competed)

1st place Dan Scott & Loki, Tulare City Police Department

2nd place Josh Lowry & Aries, Exeter City Police Department

3rd place Jerry Hunter & Jax, Kings County Sheriff's Office

4th place Eric Johnson & Bos, Kings County Sheriff's Office

5th place Doug Burch & Daisy, Tulare County Sheriff's Department

 

The top team pair competition winners were;

Ryan Lasalde & Mack / Daniel Roberts & Xero, Visalia City Police Department

 

The overall Top Dog winner;

(26 teams competed)
Ryan Lasalde & Mack, Visalia City Police Department

 

And this year the host agency competition perpetual trophy was awarded to the Visalia City Police Department.

Both agencies would like to thank the agencies who competed in the 29th Sierra K9 Trials as well as the public who attended the event.

 
...posted by media relations
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FRAUD ALERT
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

It has been brought to the attention of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department that there is an individual who is claiming to be a member of the office of The Assessor/Clerk-Recorder. The individual is contacting members of the public over the phone, claiming that they have missed jury duty and that if they don’t pay a fine, a warrant will be issed for their arrest.

 

The Assessor/Clerk-Recorder’s office does not collect monies for missed jury duty. Any phone calls of this nature should be reported to your local law enforcement agency as soon as possible. 

 
...posted by media relations
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11377/11364 H&S- Possession of a Controlled Substance/Possession of Marijuana
LOCATION:  Road 130/Ave 224          DATE:  05-1-14          TIME:  1130
CASE NUMBER:  14-5379         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Tulare

Suspect: Tony Oliveira (06-15-77)

 

Deputies made contact with the above suspect regarding two Warrants for his arrest.  A subsequent search located a small bag containing Methamphetamine, and a bag of marijuana. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Tulare County Jail for the warrants and the two possession charges.  

 

This case is being forwarded to the Tulare County DA’s Office for review

 
...posted by dispatch
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11358HS - Cultivation of Marijuana,11366HS Maintaining a residence for narcotics use
LOCATION:  9900 Block of Road 246, Terra Bella          DATE:  04/29/2014          TIME:  0644 Hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-05261         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Taken into custody were:

S1: Chanthadouangsy, Somsanit, 69 of Terra Bella

S2: Khaithianthong, Phouthone, 51 of Terra Bella

On 04/29/2014 at approximately 0644 hours, Deputies received a call from the Tulare County Fire Department regarding an illegal burn at a residence in the 9900 block of Road 256 in Terra Bella. Upon arrival, Deputies contacted the suspects who both reside at the residence and discovered they were operating an illegal marijuana cultivation operation. Deputies received permission to check the residence with the suspects for their Medical Marijuana License paperwork at which time they discovered approximately twenty five (25) pounds of processed marijuana packaged for sales in one (1) pound bags. The estimated street value of the marijuana is approximately $76,000.00. Ten (10) immature plants were eradicated at the grow site as well. This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact Deputy Bill Wilson at

559-733-6218, 1-800-TIPNOW or TCSO@tipnow.com.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Full Press Release from Today's Press Conference
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

14-4796   459PC   

Victims:   Fruit Growers Supply   Porterville

Location of occurrence:   934 W. Scranton

Porterville   Date & Time occurred:    04/17/14 to 04/18/14 @ 2100 hrs.  

Date & Time assigned: 04/18/14 @ 0800 hrs.

Date & Time of call out:  Same as above

 

Suspects: (S1) Rafael Gomez 58 yrs.   City of Hawthorne

                (S2) Israel Garcia   23yrs.  City of Hawthorne  

 

Over the past several months, The Tulare County Sheriff's Department has been investigating numerous agricultural related commercial burglaries with similar MO's.  As a result of these investigations, Investigators contacted surrounding allied agencies which consisted of Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, Kings County, Fresno County, Kern County, Hanford PD, Visalia PD and Farmersville PD, who advised that they were also investigating thefts similar to those experienced in Tulare County. As a result, TCSD investigators teamed up with investigators from those agencies in an effort to exchange information and develop leads regarding the thefts in our area as well as their areas.

On Friday, 4-25-14, investigators from the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Agricultural Crimes Unit received information from investigators with the Kern County Sheriff's Department Agricultural Crimes Unit regarding a subject in the City of Hawthorne California, who was in possession of possible stolen property taken as a result of the recent thefts. Based on this information, TCSD Investigators reached out to investigators with the Hawthorne Police Department who responded to the subject’s residence and ultimately found stolen property belonging to Fruit Growers Supply out of Porterville.  Based on Hawthorne PD's preliminary findings, Investigators from the Tulare County Sheriff's Department responded to the City of Hawthorne where they met with Hawthorne PD investigators and continued a joint investigation where further leads were developed over a 3 day period.  As a result of this joint investigation, Investigators with the Hawthorne Police Department and the Tulare County Sheriff's Department served search warrants on the suspects residence in the City of Hawthorne and 4 storage units in the City of Gardena resulting in the recovery of numerous items belonging to victims in Tulare County as well as victims from up and down the State of California and as far East as the State of Ohio.  During investigation, the two above suspects, Rafael Gomez, age 58, and Israel Garcia, age 23, both residents of Hawthorne, were contacted at their residence and taken into custody for PC 496 possession of stolen property by Hawthorne Police Department.  

During the time investigators were in Southern California, Over 1100 items of suspected stolen property consisting primarily of new Stihl brand power tools / yard and farm equipment as well as other items were seized during the execution of the search warrants. 

The Tulare County Sheriff's Department recovered an approximate total of $59,000 of property with a large amount of additional items being left with Hawthorne Police for additional investigation.  Home Depot was identified by Hawthorne PD as being the victim of over $41,000 of equipment located. Of 172 items returned to Tulare County, 42 of them were positively identified as belonging to Fruit Growers Supply out of Porterville. These items are worth $300 each, totaling $12,600.

The approximate total value of recovered property is $320,000. This includes items that have yet to be identified and returned. 

Some Items recovered were identified as being reported stolen from Madera County, Colusa County, Hanford Police Department, San Luis Obispo County and numerous other locations throughout the United States. 

These investigations are ongoing and investigators are working to identify any additional suspects involved. 

 

 
...posted by media relations
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211PC/Robbery
LOCATION:  22300 block of Ave 196, Strathmore          DATE:  04-29-14          TIME:  1321
CASE NUMBER:  14-5286         VICTIM:  Orange Works          CITY: 

4-29-14 hrs:  Deputies responded to the 22300 block of Ave 196, Strathmore regarding a report of an armed robbery that just occurred.  Upon arrival Deputies contacted the victims and witnesses.  No injuries occurred during the robbery.   

The suspect entered the café, pointed a handgun at the clerk and took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register.  The suspect then fled the scene in an awaiting dark blue or black Volvo 4 door sedan.  The vehicle was last seen traveling north on Rd 216 from Ave 208. 

The suspect is described as being a Hispanic male wearing a black t-shirt, khaki shorts, black shoes and a black hat.  The suspect appeared to be in the late teens to early 20’s. 

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office South End Detective’s Unit.  If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact Det Hunziger or Sgt Wheeler at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at TCSO@tipnow.com, by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

Case Status:  Active

 
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MEDIA ADVISORY: ACTING SHERIFF MIKE BOUDREAUX TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE AT FRUIT GROWERS SUPPLY
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

WHO: Members of the press

WHAT: Press Conference held by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department

WHEN: Wednesday April 30, 2014, 10 AM

WHERE: Fruit Growers Supply, 934 W. Scranton

DETAILS: Over the past several months, The Tulare County Sheriff's Department has been investigating numerous agricultural related commercial burglaries with similar MO's.  As a result of these investigations, Investigators contacted surrounding allied agencies which consisted of Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, Kings County, Fresno County, Kern County, Hanford PD, Visalia PD and Farmersville PD, who advised that they were also investigating thefts similar to those experienced in Tulare County. Information regarding these investigations, as well as property returned, will be presented at this conference.

Approximately 1100 items worth $300,000 were recovered.

 

Any press interested in attending the conference must contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department PIO. You will be provided with additional information regarding the press conference. Please contact the PIO via email, at sheriffpio@co.tulare.ca.us , or call 559-636-4695. If you are directed to voicemail, leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. 

 
...posted by media relations
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Burglary - Three Rivers
LOCATION:  Three Rivers Cemetery          DATE:  4-28-14          TIME:  1200
CASE NUMBER:  14-5230         VICTIM:  Three Rivers Cemetery          CITY:  Three Rivers

Suspects:
Janine Salisbury, age 52
Jessica Funk, age 32
Wesley Epler, age 18

On 4-28-14 at 1200 hours, Deputies responded to the address 41841 Sierra Dr, Three Rivers for a report of a burglary. Upon arrival, Deputies were told that sometime between 4-22 and 4-28, unknown suspect(s) entered a storage shed and took a backpack blower, extension cord, battery charger, gas can, and weed eater. There was no information regarding the identity of the suspect(s).

A witness later identified a vehicle that had been seen at the cemetery. Deputies located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop, contacting two individuals in the vehicle. All of the stolen items except for the weed eater were located inside the vehicle and returned. 

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with information regarding this or other cases should contact 559-733-6218 or leave a tip anonymously using TipNow by calling or texting 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com

 

 
...posted by media relations
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245 PC, 460 PC, 273.6 PC, 594(b)(1) PC
LOCATION:  700 block of N. Reservation Rd.          DATE:  04/26/14          TIME:  0420 Hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-05147          VICTIM:  Confidential- Hispanic male adult, Confidential-Hispanic female adult          CITY:  Porterville

 

 

Suspect: Pedro Christman

 

 

LOCATION: 700 block of N. Reservation Rd. DATE:04/26/2014        

TIME: 0420 Hours

VICTIM:  Confidential- Hispanic male adult

Confidential-Hispanic female adult          CITY:  Porterville

On 04/26/2014 at 0420 hours, Deputies were dispatched to the 700 block of Reservation Rd, Porterville in regards to an assault w/ deadly weapon. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the reporting party -V1 who advised the suspect had arrived at the residence vandalized his vehicle and then forced entry into the residence. V1 stated the suspect attacked him with a metal pipe. V1 stated he struck the suspect with a blunt object in self- defense.

The suspect was transported to an area hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. The suspect is currently being detained for the above listed charges. The Sheriff's Departments detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

The Case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 559-735-1862.

Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow-email tcso@tipnow.net txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

 

 
...posted by DISPATCH
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ACTING SHERIFF MIKE BOUDREAUX TO PROMOTE NEW SERGEANT
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Sergeant Bobby Saldana was born in Bakersfield, to Sophia and Ralph Saldana, the fourth of five children. He spent most of his youth in Texas, living there for twelve years before returning to the Central Valley. He attended Fresno High School, where he graduated with the class of 1989, and later attended the Academy at Fresno City College. 

In January of 1999, he was hired as a Deputy I with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department and began a long and varied career that spanned two years as a Deputy I and thirteen years as a Deputy II. 

Early in his career he worked in the Jail facilities, quickly moving up from a floor deputy to a leading intake deputy. Later on, working in Transport he earned his Class B license, which allowed him to drive any and all transport vehicles for the department. In Property Crimes, he was the lead investigator in a multi-jurisdictional investigation which led to the largest amount of recovered stolen property a single investigation has yielded in Tulare County - $150,000 in property. These are just a few highlights of the time he has spent with our department.

Saldana carries with him the unique perspective that comes with having worked in nearly every area or unit the Sheriff’s Department has to offer, including taking extra shifts as a bailiff at every courthouse in the County and the newly formed Cyber Crimes unit. When asked where he has worked, it’s easier to list where he hasn’t – STEP, Narcotics, Gangs, and Violent Crimes. 

While working in the Crime Lab, Saldana received extensive training in technological advances. When he was first assigned to that unit, he became the only certified Video Clarification Technician in the department. Other trainings included Crime Scene Investigations, Fingerprint Analysis, Forensic Computer and Cell Phone Analysis, as well as training in Investigations, Interrogations, and Crimes Against Children.

He is the type of person who shows up every day willing to do whatever he is asked to the best of his ability, and often takes that work above and beyond expectations. That attitude has brought not only the attention of supervisors in the department, but also of people who have worked with the Sheriff’s Department. Saldana received a commendation from the Recording Industry Association in a letter to then-Lieutenant Scott Logue for his assistance in an investigation into pirated music in Orosi. He is also mentioned in a commendation letter from FEMA to Sheriff Wittman in reference to his assistance executing Federal arrest and search warrants in Poplar. Saldana was commended for his expertise, professionalism, and was called “a credit to the law enforcement community”.

Outside of the work he has put in with the Sheriff’s Department, Bobby Saldana has spent many hours working in the community, including forming and leading youth sports programs. Over the years he has been involved in running many programs whose reach extends even outside of Tulare County.

Bobby is supported in his promotion, as he has been during the course of his career, by his family - including his wife Lilian, and children Alex, Reuben, Natalie and Nathan.

Please join us on Monday, April 28, 2014 for the promotion ceremony for Bobby Saldana. The ceremony will be held in the lobby of Sheriff’s Headquarters and will start at 11 AM.

 
...posted by media relations
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11377 H&S,11364 H&S,11550 H&S , and 148 PC - Resisting arrest
LOCATION:  30700 block of Kame          DATE:  4-24-14          TIME:  1241 hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-5069          VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Goshen

SUSPECT 1:  Villarreal, Carlos. 35 YOA        CITY:  Goshen, Ca.

SUSPECT 2: Pena, Federico. 43 YOA

CHARGES:    11377 H&S – Possession of a controlled substance 11364 H&S – Possession of narcotic paraphernalia 11550 H&S – Under the influence of a controlled substance 148 PC - Resisting arrest
3 Misdemeanor warrants for Villarreal’s arrest with a total bail of $45,000 dollars.
On 4/24/14 at approx. 1241 hours, Deputies from the TCSO HQ Division were patrolling the community of Goshen and observed Carlos Villarreal walking in the area of Camp and A308.  Villarreal, who had three active warrants for his arrest, with a bail totaling $45,000 dollars, ran from Deputies. Deputies tracked and subsequently apprehended Villarreal in the 30700 block of Kame - a residence belonging to (S2) Federico Pena. After receiving consent to enter the property for Villarreal, Deputies observed in plain sight a white plastic baggie containing approximately 0.2 grams of methamphetamine with associated paraphernalia. The methamphetamine had an estimated street value of $20 dollars. Both Villarreal and Pena were observed to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Pena and Villarreal were booked into the TCSO Main Jail without incident.The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 
...posted by dispatch
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MEDIA ADVISORY: 2014 TULARE COUNTY PEACE OFFICER MEMORIAL CEREMONY
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

MEDIA ADVISORY: 2014 TULARE COUNTY PEACE OFFICER MEMORIAL CEREMONY

WHO: Members of the public and press

WHAT: 2014 Tulare County Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony

WHEN: Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 9 AM

WHERE: Tulare County Peace Officer Memorial, corner of Woodland and Burrel, Visalia

WHY: Remembering and honoring fallen law enforcement of years past and adding the name of Deputy Jeremy Meyst (End of Watch: December 24, 2013).

DETAILS:

Every year, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department hosts the Tulare County Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony. This year holds particular significance for our department and county as we are adding the name of Deputy Jeremy Meyst (End of Watch: December 24, 2013). Representatives from local government, law enforcement, and members of the public gather together to remember and honor the fallen law enforcement of years past, family, friends, and to remember that those who paid the ultimate sacrifice did not do so in vain, and that they will not be forgotten. 

This year’s program includes Acting Sheriff Mike Boudreaux as Master of Ceremonies, Merrily Rapozo-Wilson – 1998 surviving spouse – as Guest Speaker, and Megan Rapozo reading the End of Watch Roll Call, as well as performances by the El Diamante High School Choir and bagpiping by Mark Little. 

 

It is requested that media interested in attending contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer at sheriffpio@co.tulare.ca.us or at 559-636-4695. If you call outside of regular business hours or when the PIO is out of the office, you may be forwarded to her voicemail or another phone line.  You will be provided with information regarding the event including arrival time, designated media area (if applicable) and location.

 
...posted by media relations
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Burglary at Lawrence Tractor
LOCATION:  30 Block of N. Burnett, Tipton          DATE:  4-24-14          TIME:  0745
CASE NUMBER:  14-5061         VICTIM:  Lawrence Tractor          CITY:  Tipton

On 04/24/14, deputies were dispatched to Lawrence Tractor regarding a burglary.  On arrival deputies were advised unknown suspects cut through the fence which surrounds the property and stole several John Deere generators and air compressors.  The loss was estimated at approximately $6,700.   The case is being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.  Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department (559) 733-6218; or send anonymous information by sending a text message; or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW. 

 
...posted by media relations
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487 Grand Theft
LOCATION:  Tipton          DATE:  04/24/14          TIME:  14:13
CASE NUMBER:  14-5061          VICTIM:  Lawrence Tractor          CITY:  Tipton

On 04/24/14, deputies were dispatched to Lawrence Tractor regarding a burglary. On arrival deputies were advised unknown suspects cut through the fence which surrounds the property and stole several John Deere generators and air compressors. The loss was estimated at approximately $6,700. The case is being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department (559) 733-6218; or send anonymous information by sending a text message; or email to

 

TCSO@tipnow.com

or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 
...posted by dispatch
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K-9 Trials This Weekend
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CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

The 29th Annual Sierra K9 Trials will be held Saturday April 26th from 8am-4pm at Plaza Park Raceway, just south of Highway 198 off Plaza Park Drive in Visalia next to the Visalia Airport. The event is sponsored by the K9 Teams of the Tulare County Sheriff's Office and Visalia Police Department. Admission and parking is free. Food and beverages will be sold, including tri tip sandwiches and hot dogs. Bring a blanket and umbrella and stay all day. Officers from the Central Valley and throughout the state from as far north as the Bay Area and from the south in Riverside, come to compete in a great friendly competition with their canine partners. Please come support your favorite team and have a great day at Plaza Park. 

 
...posted by media relations
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459 PC- Burglary and 496 PC -Receiving Stolen Property
LOCATION:  2200 Block of E. Springville Dr          DATE:  4-23-14          TIME:  1930 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-5026         VICTIM:  Ariana Quintana          CITY:  Porterville

Suspect: Jorge Balderama-20 yrs old out of the Fresno area.

On today's date at approx. 1930 hours, Deputies responded to a residence in the 2200 block of E. Springville , Porterville, regarding a follow up to a burglary investigation.  Through investigative leads, a suspect had been developed and was believed to be at this location.  A male who matched the physical description of the suspect was located at the residence and fled on foot.  He was apprehended leaving the rear of the residence.  The suspect was found to be in possession of the stolen property from the initial burglary.  The property was positively identified by the victim, and subsequently returned to the victim. The suspect was arrested and booked at the Tulare County Sheriff's Office Porterville substation.    

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

 
...posted by dispatch
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See Below
LOCATION:  27400 Block of Ave 146          DATE:  04-22-14          TIME:  1100 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-4974         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

Charges:

11378HS - Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale

11379HS - Transportation of a Controlled Substance

11358HS - Cultivation of Marijuana

29800(a)(1)PC - Felon in Possession of a Firearm

 

On 04/22/2014 at approximately 1100 hours, Deputies conducted a traffic stop of Antione Glasper, 51 of Porterville in the area of Worth and Road 284. During the stop, Deputies located approximately 1.4 grams of methamphetamine packaged for sale. Believing that Glasper was engaged in the sales and transportation of narcotics, a search warrant was obtained for his residence in furtherance of their investigation. Deputies executed the search warrant at Glasper's residence located in the 27400 block of Avenue 146 and located a large  marijuana grow, sawed off shotgun, ammunition, numerous meth pipes and narcotics packaging material. Deputies eradicated 627 immature plants which if allowed to mature would have produced a potential estimated 1.5 million dollars worth of marijuana. Isai Barrera, 19 of Porterville was also arrested for the cultivation of marijuana during the investigation. This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. 

 

Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact Deputy Daniel Linares or Deputy Bill Wilson at 559-733-6218, 1-800-TIPNOW or TCSO@tipnow.com.  

 
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UPDATE: Exeter Double Homicide
LOCATION:  Avenue 314, Exeter          DATE:  4-15-14          TIME:  2235
CASE NUMBER:  14-4707         VICTIM:           CITY: 

One victim of the double homicide that took place in Exeter on 4-15-14 have been identified.

Victim 1:
David Rico
Age: 36 of Strathmore
Cause of death: Multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.

Victim 2:
John Doe, Hispanic Male
Age: mid 20s
Cause of death: Multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Department is still seeking information regarding the identity of the second victim, as well as any information regarding the shooting. 

This case is being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with any information can contact the Department in the following ways:

Anonymously through TipNow by calling or texting 559-735-4194 or by emailing tcso@tipnow.com 
Or call 559-733-6218. Please ask for Detective Klassen or Detective Zamora.

 

Additional Press Release:

On 4-15-14 at 2235 the Tulare County Sheriff's Department received calls of multiple shots fired in the 22500 Block area of Avenue 314. Deputies responded to the cal and upon discovery of two deceased individuals, Detectives were called out at 2300 hours. There was evidence of multiple shots fired in the area, and the only known injuries or deaths were the two deceased individuals. There are no known gang ties at this time, and no definite motive. According to witnesses, two vehicles that were property of the residents of the house are no longer at the residence.

This case is being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with any information can contact the Department in the following ways:

 

Anonymously through TipNow by calling or texting 559-735-4194 or by emailing tcso@tipnow.com 

Or call 559-733-6218. Please ask for Detective Klassen or Detective Zamora.

 
...posted by media relations
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Resist arrest by force, 69PC
LOCATION:  12600 block Ave 416          DATE:  04/22/14          TIME:  2240 hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-05006         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect-    Rosa Isela Aranzasu-Benavides 25 year old female

 

On 04-22-14, at approximately 2240 hours deputies from the Orosi Substation responded to an address in the 12600 block of avenue 416, regarding a report of a suspicious vehicle. Once on scene deputies contacted the driver of the vehicle, who was found to have two active warrants for her arrest.  While attempting to take the female suspect into custody, the female resisted by force.  She was eventually taken into custody with no further incident.  No injuries were reported from the deputies or the suspect.

 

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

 
...posted by dispatch
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Possession of Concealed Firearm, Negligent Discharge of Firearm
LOCATION:  13000 block of Albert Avenue          DATE:  4-21-14          TIME:  1830 hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-4941          VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

CASE NUMBER:  14-4941                         DATE:  4-21-14 @ TIME:  1830 hours 

LOCATION:  13000 block of Albert Avenue             CITY:  Orosi, Ca.   

SUSPECT 1:  Villagomez, Jose   20 years old

     

           CHARGES:     5400(a)(2) PC - Possession of Concealed Firearm                 246.3 PC- Negligent Discharge of Firearm                                           166.4 PC - Violation of Gang Injunction                                  30305(b)(1) PC - Gang Injunction position of ammunition

 

On 4-21-14 at approx. 1830 hours, Deputies from the Cutler / Orosi Substation responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Avenue 412 and Road 130 on the Sand Creek Canal Bank. Upon arrival to the area suspect Jose Villagomez was contacted and found to be in possession of .22 Cal. ammunition. Jose Villagomez also has an active Norteno Gang injunction. A check of the area revealed a .22 Revolver Handgun which belonged to Villagomez. Villagomez was arrested without incident and transported to Pre-Trail for booking on the above charges. 

 

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 
...posted by dispatch
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See Below
LOCATION:  1800 Block of West Poplar Ave          DATE:  4-21-14          TIME:  1756 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-4934         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

Taken into custody were:

Crawford, Jennifer (35 Years) – 11350 H&S – Possession of a Controlled Substance, 529 PC – False Personating Another, 11364.1(A) H&S – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, (1) Felony and (3) Misdemeanor Warrants.

On the above date and time, Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies from the Porterville Substation consensually contacted a female walking in the 1800 block of West Poplar Avenue in Porterville.  Upon being contacted by deputies, the female gave a name and date of birth.  The female was subsequently found to be in possession of prescription narcotic medication and drug paraphernalia.  The female was arrested and transported to the Porterville Substation for processing.  Upon arrival at the Porterville Substation, the female admitted her true name was Jennifer Crawford (35 Years).  Crawford was found to have (1) confirmed active felony warrant and (3) confirmed active misdemeanor warrants for her arrest. Crawford was later transported to the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility and booked on the above charges.This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Departm

 

 
...posted by dispatch
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Possession of methamphetamine for sale, battery on a peace officer
LOCATION:  500 Block S Rut, Porterville          DATE:  4-21-14          TIME:  0605
CASE NUMBER:  14-4908         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Taken into custody were: Neal Jackson McCoy, 31 of Exeter

Charges:

11378HS Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale
30305(A)(1)PC Felon in Possession of Ammunition
243(C)(1)PC Battery on a Peace Officer
148PC Resisting Arrest
12022.1PC Commission of a Felony while released on Bail

Deputies responded to a call in the 500 block of S. Ruth in Porterville for a report of a suspicious person trespassing in a garage with a flashlight. Deputies arrived and contacted Neal Jackson McCoy, 31 of Exeter. While attempting to acquire McCoy's identifying information and conduct a pat down search for weapons, McCoy attempted to reach into his pants pocket. McCoy disregarded orders to keep his hands in view and became combative with the Deputies. McCoy was found to be in possession of approximately 20.5 grams of methamphetamine and a digital scale. During the struggle to control and arrest McCoy, a Deputy suffered a laceration in the upper thigh by a large folding knife which McCoy had in the open locked position in his right rear pants pocket.  The Deputy was later treated at Sierra View District Hospital for a one inch puncture to his thigh.  

McCoy had been released on bail with two separate bond agencies relating to two current felony cases involving the possession of narcotics, resisting arrest and domestic violence. He was arrested pursuant to charges of Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale, Felon in Possession of Ammunition, Battery on a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest and Commission of a Felony while released on Bail. This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. 

 
...posted by media relations
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Search and Rescue
LOCATION:  Kaweah River near Slick Rock          DATE:  04-19-2014          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-4872         VICTIM:  Edgar Macias          CITY:  Three Rivers

On 04-19-14 at approximately 1953 hours the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a subject that was swept away in the current of the Kaweah River near the Slick Rock boat ramp; causing him to be stranded on the north side of the river. 

Sheriff’s deputies from the Headquarters station and members of the Sheriff’s Department’s Search and Rescue team responded and located the stranded subject along the northern bank of the Kaweah River, north of where he was last seen.  The uninjured subject was later rescued without incident.

For safety tips and more information regarding the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Search and Rescue team please visit our website at www.tcsosar.com or contact us at (559) 733-6220.

 

 
...posted by dispatch
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11377 HS-Possession of a controlled substance, 11550 HS Under the influence
LOCATION:  Hwy 190/Newcomb          DATE:  04-20-14          TIME:  0150 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-4876         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

04-20-14 at approximately 0150 hours, deputies made contact with Patrick Wynn who was parked on the side of the roadway on Highway 190 just west of Newcomb. Due to the numerous recent thefts of agricultural products, Wynn was contacted. During the contact, Wynn was not found to be involved in any type of theft, but was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and under the influence of methamphetamine. Wynn was arrested and booked at the Porterville Substation. 

 

 

Taken into custody were:

Wynn, Patrick 44 yrs. Porterville

Charges: HS 11379 & 11550

 
...posted by dispatch
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368PC/ Elder Abuse
LOCATION:  46000 block of Sierra Dr. - Three Rivers          DATE:  04-19-14          TIME:  1445
CASE NUMBER:  14-4860         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 4-19-14 at approx. 1445 hours, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Headquarters Division, responded to a verbal dispute call for service in the 46000 block of Sierra Drive in Three Rivers. Upon arrival, Deputies made contact with (S) Eugene Chun who was taken into custody for physically assaulting a 71 year old elderly person.  The victim, who had sustained non-life threatening wounds, was evaluated on scene. Chun was booked into the TCSD Main Jail without further incident.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department (559) 733-6218; or send anonymous information by sending a text message; or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.  

 
...posted by dispatch
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459pc, Burglary
LOCATION:  900 block Scranton-Porterville          DATE:  04-18-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-4796         VICTIM:  Fruit Grower Supply          CITY: 

On 04/18/14, deputies were dispatched to Fruit Grower Supply regarding a burglary. On arrival deputies were advised unknown suspects had cut a hole in the fence which surrounds the property and then proceeded to cut hole on the side of the building entering the business. The suspects stole several Honda water pumps and motors as well as several pieces of Stihl lawn equipment. The victim estimated his loss at approximately $10,000.00 dollars.  

The case is being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Agricultural Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Possession of controlled substance, marijuana, paraphernalia
LOCATION:  32800 Block of Hwy 190          DATE:  4-16-14          TIME:  0700
CASE NUMBER:  14-70037         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY: 

After an approximate one (1) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the Springville area, Investigators from Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division were led to a residence in the 32800 blk. of Hwy 190. The ensuing investigation and search revealed Methamphetamine, Marijuana and narcotic paraphernalia.

As a result of the search one subject was taken into custody on the below charges.

Taken into custody were:

1) Charles Danny Vanni  54Yrs.             Springville resident          Date of arrest: 04-15-14

Charges:    11377/11357/11364 H&S /

 Possession of a controlled substance / possession of marijuana/ possession of paraphernalia

 

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

 
...posted by media relations
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Narcotics Arrest
LOCATION:  AVENUE 54 & BORCHARDT DRIVE, ALPAUGH          DATE:  4-16-14          TIME:  2153 hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-4739         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 4-16-14 at approximately 2153 hours Deputies noticed a vehicle being driven at a high rate of speed in the area of Avenue 54 and Borchardt Drive in Alpaugh.  As Deputies attempted to catch up to the car they noticed the driver slightly veered off the roadway and stopped after getting stuck in soft dirt.  The driver quickly exited the car and Deputies immediately contacted him to ascertain why he was speeding.  The driver was seen with a knife on his waist and given verbal commands, which he refused to follow.  Deputies tried to control his movement, but the driver resisted and had to be subdued.  Incident to arrest, the driver was identified as Cesar Zazueta Campana (22 years old).  A search of his pockets revealed he was in possession of approximately .04 grams of methamphetamine, a glass pipe and a .25 caliber handgun beneath the front seat of his truck.  Campana was arrested and later transported to Main Jail in Visalia where he was booked without incident.    

 

 

The case remains under investigation by TCSO.

 
...posted by dispatch
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11377 HS-Possession of a controlled substance
LOCATION:  Front/Wilson          DATE:  4-15-14          TIME:  2205 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-4705         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Earlimart

On 4-15-14 @ 2205 hours Deputies contacted a subject identified as Antonio Estrada during a consensual encounter near the intersection of Front and Wilson streets in Earlimart.  After speaking with him for several minutes, a warrant check revealed he was on Probation with a search clause.  Based on this information, Estrada was asked if he could be search and agreed.  Deputies searched his pockets and found approximately .05 grams of methamphetamine wrapped in a clear plastic bindle.  Estrada admitted ownership of the contraband and was arrested without incident.  He was later transported and booked at Main Jail in Visalia.

The case remains under investigation by TCSO.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Double Homicide
LOCATION:  22500 Block of Avenue 314          DATE:  4-15-14          TIME:  2235
CASE NUMBER:  14-4707         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

On 4-15-14 at 2235 the Tulare County Sheriff's Department received calls of multiple shots fired in the 22500 Block area of Avenue 314. Deputies responded to the cal and upon discovery of two deceased individuals, Detectives were called out at 2300 hours. There was evidence of multiple shots fired in the area, and the only known injuries or deaths were the two deceased individuals. There are no known gang ties at this time, and no definite motive. According to witnesses, two vehicles that were property of the residents of the house are no longer at the residence.

 

This case is being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with any information can contact the Department in the following ways:

Anonymously through TipNow by calling or texting 559-735-4194 or by emailing tcso@tipnow.com 

Or call 559-733-6218. Please ask for Detective Klassen or Detective Zamora.

 
...posted by media relations
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