Residential Burglary
LOCATION:  1000 Block N Jaye          DATE:  4-3-14          TIME:  2200
CASE NUMBER:  14-4075         VICTIM:  Marlene Medina          CITY:  Porterville

0645 hrs/ 4-3-14, Deputies responded to the 1000 block of North Jaye St, Porterville regarding a possible burglary in progress.  The caller advised the suspect vehicle was still on-scene at the residence.  Upon arrival Deputies contacted three suspects inside the residence and detained them for further investigation.  Detectives from the South End Detectives unit were assigned this case. During the investigation the three suspects were booked for the residential burglary. 

(S-1) Torrez, Roberto, 39 yrs old, Lindsay CA

(S-2) Duran, Mario, 35 yrs old, Lindsay CA

(S-3) Gomez, Graciano, 39 yrs old, Lindsay CA

 

Case Status:  Active

 

 

 
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11377/11378/11366/11370.1H&S/273A/496 PC
LOCATION:  Lindsay/Porterville          DATE:  4-3-14          TIME:  0900
CASE NUMBER:  14-60015         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY: 

On the above date Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Porterville patrol division responded to a report of a burglary in the 1050 Blk. of Jayne Street in Porterville. Deputies contacted and detained three suspects inside the residence. Ensuing investigation lead them to the 1290 blk. of E. Hermosa in the City of Lindsay. Deputies noted narcotics in the residence and requested Tulare County Sheriff’s narcotics detectives. A search was obtained for the residence. The search warrant revealed that the suspects were in possession of approximately eighty three (83) grams of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine was located in a false compartment of a soda can and a Miracle Grow box. The Methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $8300.00. Detectives located several firearms, scales, packaging materials and large sum of US currency. Also located were several items taken during recent burglaries.  A four (4) year old minor was located in the residence an exposed and was able to access the narcotics and firearms. The Child was turned over to Child Protective Service.

 

 

As a result of the search warrant four people were taken into custody on the below charges.

 

 

Taken into custody were:

1) Roberto Torrez       41Yrs.               Lindsay resident         Date of arrest: 04-03-14

Charges: 11377/11378/11366/11370.1H&S/273A/496 PC possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics /sales of narcotics/child endangerment/possession of stolen property/burglary

 

2) Patricia Jimenez      43Yrs.            Lindsay resident          Date of arrest:     04-03-14

Charges: 11377/11378/11366/11370.1H&S/273A/496 PC possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics /sales of narcotics/child endangerment/possession of stolen property/burglary

 

3) Mario Duran             35 Yrs.            Lindsay resident          Date of arrest:    04-03-14

Charges: 459/496 PC /possession of stolen property/burglary

 

4) Granacio Gomez       34 Yrs.            Lindsay resident          Date of arrest:    04-03-14

Charges: 459/496 PC /possession of stolen property/burglary

 
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11359/11379.6 11366 H&S 273A PC
LOCATION:  Exeter          DATE:  4-2-14          TIME:  1700
CASE NUMBER:  14-40030         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY: 

Detectives from the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) consisting of personnel from Exeter P.D., Farmersville P.D., and the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division were led to a residence in the 300 blk. of Jacob regarding illegal marijuana activity. The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately one pound of Marijuana, with a street value of $700.00, packaging materials, and scales. A Butane Clandestine Extraction Lab was seized as well. Three children ages 12, 10 and 4 resides at the residence and were exposed an able to access the narcotics.  Child Protective Service was notified.

 

Taken into custody were:

1) Ross Vincet Laro  31Yrs.             Exeter resident          Date of arrest: 04-02-14

Charges: 11377/11378/11366/11379.6/273A PC  H&S   possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics /Butane Extraction Clandestine Lab/ Child endangerment

 

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

 
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211 PC
LOCATION:  100 Block of Hwy 99          DATE:  4-3-14          TIME:  2110
CASE NUMBER:  14-4120         VICTIM:  Ramona Pasillas, Tyronne Ebaniz          CITY:  Delano

4-13-14/ 2110 hrs:  Deputies responded to the 1600 block of Hwy 99 regarding a robbery in progress.  Upon arrival Deputies contacted the victims and witnesses.  The suspects are described as wearing blue hooded sweatshirts, blue jeans; one suspect covered his face with a light blue bandanna.  Suspects appeared to have been in late 20’s early 30’s.  This case is currently under investigation with the Tulare County S/E Detective’s Unit.  If anyone has any information please contact Det Hunziger or Sgt Wheeler at 1-800-808-0488 or TCSO@tipnow.com, by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

 

Case Status:  Active 

 

 
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Probation / Parole Compliance Detail
LOCATION:  Exeter, Farmersville, Woodlake, Ivanhoe areas          DATE:  04-03-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Narrative:   On 04-03-14 Detectives from the Sheriff’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit conducted a multi- agency Probation and Parole compliance detail in the Exeter, Farmersville, Woodlake and Ivanhoe areas.  This detail was part of the continuing efforts to curb gang violence in the northern portion of Tulare County.  Gang Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Exeter, Farmersville, Visalia, Tulare and Dinuba Police Departments, Agents from California State Parole and Tulare County Probation as well as Investigators from the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office participated in this detail.  This detail focused on those individuals’ currently on probation or parole to ensure the terms and conditions of their parole or probation were being adhered to.  

 

A total of 41 compliance checks were conducted resulting in the arrest of 10 persons. 

 

Arrested were:

       1)  Robert Huerta (21 yrs old from Farmersville)  Weapons related charges

       2)  Luis Ramirez  (29 yrs old from Ivanhoe)   Weapons related charges / Parole violation

       3)  Marcos Alonzo (26 yrs old from Farmersville)   Narcotics related charges

       4)  Juardo Gonzalez (31 yrs old from Exeter)  Narcotics related charges

       5)  Juan Osegura (27 years old from Farmersville)  Parole Violation / resisting arrest charges

       6)  Jose Luna  (22 yrs old from Farmersville)  Probation Violation

       7)  Kayla Hatfield  (18 yrs old from Farmersville)  Narcotics related charges

       8)  Abraham Madrigal (19 yrs old from Exeter)  Weapons related charges / Auto Theft

       9)  Rudy Conteras  (54 years old from Farmersville)  Probation Violation 

     10)   17 year old male juvenile (Farmersville area)  Narcotics related charges. 

 

Detectives recovered three hand guns, narcotics, one stolen off road vehicle, and conducted 21 gang field interviews. 

 

These cases are still being investigated by the Gang Violence Suppression Unit.  Anyone with information regarding these cases is encouraged to contact the Gang Violence Suppression Unit (559) 735-1862 or toll free (800) 808-0488.  Also anonymous tips regarding this case or other gang related information can be left at (559) 725-4194.

 
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Follow up to Suspicious Death
LOCATION:  Road 220/Ave 337          DATE:  4-2-14          TIME:  1730 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-4054         VICTIM:  Undisclosed          CITY: 

Victim/ Decedent: 

Caucasian  Male Adult  35 to 45 years old 5’09 to 6’00  195 to 210 lbs.  Brown Eyes  Lt. Brn to Blonde Hair Wearing black long sleeve t-shirt, black jeans. 

 

On 04-02-14 at 1730hrs the Tulare County Sheriff Department received a 911 call of a man down, possibly deceased in the area of Rd 220 and Ave 337 in the unincorporated area of Woodlake. Upon deputies arrival they located a Caucasian male subject deceased in a grove in the listed area. 

The Sheriff’s Departments Violent Crimes Unit was called to take over the investigation. The ensuing investigation revealed an unidentified deceased male was located by citizens walking in the area and found him to be unresponsive and contacted the sheriff’s department. There are no obvious signs of trauma or foul play and the death is being treated as suspicious at this time.

The cause of death is pending an autopsy by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division, as well as the identity of the decedent. The case remains under investigation and no other information is being released at this time. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff Department Violent Crimes Unit, Detective Merced Zamora at (559) 735-1898 or 24 hours at 733-6211 or 800-808-0488 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW

 

 
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Suspicious Death
LOCATION:  Road 220/Ave 337          DATE:  04-02-14          TIME:  1723 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-4054         VICTIM:  Not disclosed          CITY:  Woodlake

Tulare County Sheriff's Department is investigating a suspicious death in the Woodlake area. A follow up press release to follow as more information becomes available.

 
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PC 273(a)476, 530.5, 496 HS 11364
LOCATION:  1000 Block N Jaye          DATE:  4-1-14          TIME:  1000
CASE NUMBER:  14-13552         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Taken into custody were:

Marlene Medina, 34 of Bakersfield

 

Charges:

476PC              Forgery

530.5PC           Identity Theft

496PC              Possession of Stolen Property

11364HS          Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia

273(a)PC         Child Endangerment

 

On 04/01/2014, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies completed a six month investigation of Marlene Medina, 34 of Bakersfield. In October of 2013, Deputies began an investigation in regards to an unlawful inhabitant in a vacant residence which was being sold by the homeowner. The lawful owner of the property who resides out of state, advised Medina unlawfully took residence at the property and had no rental agreement, either verbal or written. During the investigation, Deputies identified Medina and discovered she was a professional and sophisticated identity thief. Deputies conducted a search warrant at the residence and located counterfeit currency, washed currency, credit cards, ID’s, social security cards, checks and counterfeit checks. As a result of the ongoing investigation, Deputies have identified numerous victims of identity theft perpetrated by Medina.  Medina was arrested pursuant to charges including forgery, identity theft, possession of stolen property, possession of narcotics paraphernalia and child endangerment.

Medina was booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility with a $100,000 bail. This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Deputy Michael Coldren or Sergeant Kevin Kemmerling at The Tulare County Sheriff's Department Porterville Substation at 559-782-9650 or 559-733-6218.  

 
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Narcotics Arrest - Terra Bella
LOCATION:  8400 block of Road 232, Terra Bella          DATE:  03/31/2014          TIME:  1239 Hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-3953         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Taken into custody were:

Marcus Wilton Daniel, 32 of Springville

Antonio Ceballos, 31 of Terra Bella

Salvador Esquivel, 26 of Lindsay

 

Charges:

11378HS               Possession of Methamphetamine for sale

11366 HS              Maintaining a Drug House

11379.6HS            Manufacturing Narcotics 

11357HS               Possession of Concentrated Cannabis

476PC                   Forgery

 

Deputies responded to the 8400 block of Road 232 in Terra Bella after receiving reports of possible narcotics activity at a residence. Deputies contacted  Marcus Wilton Daniel, 32 of Springville; Antonio Ceballos, 31 of Terra Bella and Salvador Esquivel, 26 of Lindsay. All three suspects were in possession of methamphetamine packaged for sale totaling approximately 20 grams. During the investigation, Deputies also located a honey oil extraction lab and a sophisticated forgery operation being run by Marcus Daniel. Daniel was in possession of numerous blank and washed counterfeit bills, completed counterfeit bills, fictitious checks, printers, credit card readers and computer software all of which was being used in the manufacturing of counterfeit currency and notes.   

 

All suspects were arrested and booked into the Tulare County Jail. This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 
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664/451 PC- Attempted Arson, 11377(a) Poss of Meth, 11550(a) Under the Influence of Drugs
LOCATION:  23400 block of Owens          DATE:  3-31-14          TIME:  2212
CASE NUMBER:  14-3976         VICTIM:           CITY:  Ducor

Taken into custody were:

Avelardo Quintana (40 years old) resident of Ducor

On the above date and time, deputies responded to the 23400 Block of Owens Ave in Ducor in regards to a family disturbance. Deputies from the Porterville Substation arrived on scene and were advised by the suspect’s family the suspect Avelardo Quintana was inside the residence threatening to burn down the residence. Deputies arrived on scene and immediately could smell a strong odor of gasoline coming from within the residence. A short standoff ensued in which the suspect barracked himself inside the residence. A short time later, deputies managed to take the suspects into custody. 

Quintana was later booked at the Porterville Substation on the above charges.

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

 

 

 

 
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11377/11378/11366/H&S/273 A/ PC
LOCATION:  Farmersville          DATE:  3-27-14          TIME:  0600
CASE NUMBER:  14-40028         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

After an approximate two (2) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the Farmersville area, Investigators from the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) consisting of personnel from Farmersville P.D., Lindsay P.D., Exeter P.D,Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel team  were led to a residence in the 680 blk. of Rose. The ensuing investigation and search revealed methamphetamine, packaging materials, scales and drug paraphernalia. There was a 16, located in the residence exposed an able to access the narcotics. The teenager was turned over to Child Protective Service.

 

As a result of the search warrant two people were taken into custody on the below charges.

 

Taken into custody were:

1) Rachel Lopez              33Yrs.              Farmersville resident          Date of arrest: 03-27-14

Charges: possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics / Child endangerment

2) Rito Guadlupe Vasquez  39Yrs  Farmersville resident          Date of arrest: 03-27-14

Charges : Child endangerment

 

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

 
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POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.
LOCATION:  SIERRA/VALENTE, EARLIMART          DATE:  3-25-14          TIME:  1900
CASE NUMBER:  14-3696         VICTIM:  STATE OF CALIFORNIA          CITY: 

On 3-25-14 @ 1900 hours Deputies noticed a vehicle with expired registration near the intersection of Sierra and Valente streets in Earlimart.  A traffic stop was executed and Deputies contacted the driver who was identified as Aguedo Hernandez Rodriguez (51 years old).   During the contact, Rodriguez was found to be unlicensed, and removed from the vehicle.  A visual inspection of his person revealed a clear plastic bindle protruding from his pant pocket.  The bindle was consistent with the way narcotics are known to be commonly packaged. Deputies seized the bindle, which was found to contain approximately 0.2 grams of methamphetamine.  Incident to arrest, Rodriguez was also found to have two (2) outstanding warrants for his arrest out of Kern and Fresno Counties with a total bail of $25,000 dollars.  Rodriguez was arrested without incident and booked at Main Jail in Visalia.

 

This case remains under investigation by TCSO.     

 
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FAILURE TO YIELD / EVADING POLICE
LOCATION:  ALPAUGH          DATE:  3-25-14          TIME:  2134
CASE NUMBER:  14-3702         VICTIM:  STATE OF CALIFORNIA          CITY: 

On 3-25-14 at 2134 hours Deputies noticed a white, 1990’s model, 4 door, Mercury Sable station wagon speeding through the Community of Alpaugh.  Based on their observations, Deputies attempted to execute a traffic stop on the vehicle.  However, the driver failed to yield and attempted to evade contact by fleeing at a high rate of speed.  A pursuit ensued and Deputies followed the suspect to the area of Avenue 50 and Road 46 where Deputies terminated the pursuit for public safety reasons.  The driver was able to get away, and remains at large.  Due to the seriousness of this offense, Deputies are seeking community assistance in identifying the suspect, and whereabouts of the vehicle.  

 

Anyone with information is urged to contact Deputy Michael Benas or Sergeant Larry Camacho at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, via telephone at #1800-808-0488 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at #559-725-4194. 

 
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11377 H&S- Possession of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  15200 block of Ave 280          DATE:  3-23-14          TIME:  0939 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-3587         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Visalia

S) Joshua Lee Wright 

 

On 3-23-14 at 0939 hours, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Headquarters Division, were dispatched to a residence located in the 15200 block of Ave 280 regarding drugs found.  Deputies arrived on scene and took possession of the drugs. 

An investigation ensued at which time (S) Joshua Lee Wright was contacted and subsequently booked for being in possession of narcotics.  Deputies located approximately 9.4 grams of methamphetamine which had an approximate street value of $400 dollars.

(S) Joshua Lee Wright was taken into custody without further incident. 

 

 

 
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Sheriff One Aircraft Assists in Arrest of Felony Suspect
LOCATION:  200 Block S Front          DATE:  3-19-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

On Wednesday 3-19-14 at 1815 Deputy Franco of the Air Support Unit responded to a call in the 200 block area of South Front. This area is known to have frequent narcotics sales. From the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s Sheriff One aircraft, Deputy Franco observed the suspect in the area advised, as well as marked units closing in around a perimeter. When the suspect saw these marked units he fled the area, jumping fences into several neighboring yards in the process. Deputy Franco followed the suspect in Sheriff One, keeping contact with patrol units on the ground to advise them of his location. A short time later, the suspect was apprehended by Deputy Evans and his canine partner, Kaytu.

The Sheriff One aircraft is often used as support for patrol units on the ground not just by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, but by many surrounding agencies – excluding California Highway Patrol. The pilots, often members of our Aero Squadron Unit, volunteer their time five days a week, for eight hours a day and six of those hours are spend in the air. A team of a pilot and TFO – Tactical Flight Ops – fly together, while the TFO acts as an observer. They man the cameras, coordinate efforts with units on the ground, and work the radio. 

Sheriff One is a light sport airplane manufactured by Flight Design, a German manufacturer that makes more light sport air crafts than all other manufacturers combined. It runs on standard automobile fuel rather than aircraft fuel. The air craft utilizes both infrared and standard cameras, whose images can be put side by side with a map to help coordinate with ground units in difficult conditions or after dark. 

 
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UPDATE: Homicide
LOCATION:  24000 Block of Avenue 95          DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-3437         VICTIM:  Rubio, Demetrius          CITY:  Terra Bella

On 3-21-2014, at approx. 1000 hrs, an autopsy was performed on the decedent. Upon the conclusion of the autopsy it was revealed that the cause of death was due to multiple gunshot wounds to the body.  

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Gary Marks or Sgt. Rodney Parker at 559-733-6218. You are also encouraged to leave an anonymous tip at tcso@tipnow.com or call/ text 559-725-4194.

 

Original Press Release:

On today's date, 03-19-2014, at approx 0655 hours, Porterville patrol deputies were dispatched to above listed address for a man-down call.  At approximately 0708 hours, officers and medical personnel arrived and located a subject lying on the ground.  Upon further inspection of the subject, he displayed no signs of life.  The subject appeared to have taken a gunshot wound to the upper torso and succumbed to his injuries at the scene.  Official cause of death is pending an autopsy.

 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Gary Marks or Sgt. Rodney Parker at 559-733-6218. You are also encouraged to leave an anonymous tip at tcso@tipnow.com or call/ text 559-725-4194.

 
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HOMICIDE
LOCATION:  24000 A95 , TERRA BELLA          DATE:  03-19-2014          TIME:  0655 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  14-3437         VICTIM:  DEMETRIUS RUBIO 40 YEARS OLD          CITY: 

On today's date, 03-19-2014, at approx 0655 hours, Porterville patrol deputies were dispatched to above listed address for a man-down call.  At approximately 0708 hours, officers and medical personnel arrived and located a subject lying on the ground.  Upon further inspection of the subject, he displayed no signs of life.  The subject appeared to have taken a gunshot wound to the upper torso and succumbed to his injuries at the scene.  Official cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Gary Marks or Sgt. Rodney Parker at 559-733-6218. You are also encouraged to leave an anonymous tip at tcso@tipnow.com or call/ text 559-725-4194.

 
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REDACTED: Tulare City Council requests assistance of TCSD
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 316-14 in the evening hours, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department was contacted by the California Highway Patrol. Allegations of domestic violence had been reported to them by the victim and made against Tulare Police Chief Jerry Breckinridge, and were then sent on to our department. A Tulare City official was contacted and requested that our agency conduct the investigation.

Jerry Breckinridge was booked on PC 273.5 with a bail amount of $50,000. He has since bailed out.

All further media inquiries regarding this case should be made to the Tulare City Manager's Office. Please contact them at 559-684-4200. 

Original Press Release:

On 3-16-14 in the evening hours, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department was asked by the Tulare City Council and asked to conduct an investigation into allegations of domestic violence by Chief Breckenridge. All further media inquiries regarding this case should be made to the Tulare City Council. Please contact them at 559-684-4200. 

 
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Cultivation and Possession of Marijuana for Sale
LOCATION:  Road 252 north of Strathmore          DATE:  03-16-2014          TIME:  1400 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-3334         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff's Dept. Porterville Patrol Unit were conducting a investigation into possible child endangerment.  The deputies contacted subjects at a residence on R252, north of Strathmore, and while there located a large amount of marijuana being cultivated in the rear of the residence.  The suspect, Gabriel Ville, was contacted and advised he had a medical recommendation to grow 99 plants due to illness.  The marijuana growing was extremely larger that 99 plants.  The marijuana was eradicated and found to contain 2106 live marijuana plants.  If allowed to grow to maturity, the plants in question would have produced in excess of 2106 pounds of processed marijuana.  This would have a street value in excess of $8,424,000.00 dollars.   The suspect was arrested and booked for cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale.  Anyone with information in regards to illegal marijuana cultivation is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff's Dept. (559)733-6218 or online at TIPNOW.com.  

 

 (S)Garbriel Ville     61 yrs

 

Case status: Active investigation ongoing

 
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11550 H&S / 11377 H&S
LOCATION:  Court / Park, Pixley          DATE:  03-13-14          TIME:  2235hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-3212         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 3-13-14 @ 2235 hours Deputies were dispatched to the Pixley Post Office in regard to a suspicious person in the area. While checking the area, Deputies contacted a person identified as Sergio Gutierrez near the intersection of Court and Park. Gutierrez was wearing the same type of clothing reportedly worn by the suspicious person. During the investigation, Gutierrez was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Incident to arrest, he was searched and found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine, and marijuana which was hidden in his waistband. The drugs were seized, and he was arrested without incident. Gutierrez admitted ownership of the contraband and was booked into County Jail in Visalia.

The case remains under investigation by TCSO.

 
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Possession of controlled substance for sale
LOCATION:  Porterville          DATE:  3-12-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-60011         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY: 

After an approximate two (2) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the Porterville area, Investigators from Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division and the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) consisting of personnel from Farmersville P.D., Lindsay P.D., and Exeter P.D were led to a residence in the 1450 blk. of S. Plano. The ensuing investigation and search revealed methamphetamine and heroin package for sales. Also located were scales and packaging material.  

 

Taken into custody were:

 

1) Monica Johnson    48Yrs.     Porterville resident                Date of arrest: 03-12-14

Charges: 11350/1177/11378/11366 H&S   possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics

 

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

 
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Assault with a deadly weapon, evading with gross negligence, theft, resisting arrest
LOCATION:  45400 Block Rd. 128 Orange Cove, Ca          DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY:  ****UPDATE SUSEPCT IN CUSTODY****

NEWS  ITEM

Case Number: 14-03078

Crime: 245 PC, 2800 VC, 488 PC, 148 PC – Officer Involved Shooting

Assault with a deadly weapon, evading with gross negligence, theft, resisting arrest

Area Occurred: 45400 Block Rd. 128 Orange Cove, Ca.

Date and Time Occurred: 3-10-14 / 2215 hours

 

On 3-10-14 at about 10:15 pm, two veteran deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Orosi substation responded to the 45400 Block of Road 128 in rural Orange Cove in regards to a suspected theft in progress. Upon arrival, deputies located a male suspect during the commission of the crime.  Deputies attempted to contact and detain the suspect for further investigation, at which time he entered a vehicle and drove it towards a deputy to be used as a deadly weapon.  Deputies attempted to stop the suspect from using the vehicle as a deadly weapon by firing their department issued handguns.  The suspect still managed to ram one of the stationary patrol vehicles with the deputy still inside.  He then fled the scene blacked out at a high rate of speed northbound Road 128 to the area of Avenue 460 where he managed to elude pursuing deputies involved in the shooting.  The deputies were uninjured during the incident and on-going efforts are being made in trying to locate the vehicle and identify the suspect.  As departmental procedure, the deputies were placed on paid administrative leave pending their return to work.

 

The suspect is described as a male adult, bald, wearing glasses, last seen wearing an unknown colored t-shirt with a distinctive logo of a female wearing a ball cap with a circle and a star in the center, shorts, and unknown type light color shoes.  The suspect vehicle is described as maroon in color, mid-size sedan (possibly a Chevy Malibu or Honda Accord) with four doors a sunroof and chrome wheels.

 

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit.  Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective F. Cotton or Sgt. R. Parker at (559)733-6218.

 

Anyone with information can also report anonymously to tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at (559) 725-4194.

 

 

 

 

Updated News release:

 

Suspect information:

 

Harp, Rodney    7-28-1971

 

1400 Block of Green St. Dinuba, Ca

 

 

            Investigators from Tulare County Violent Crimes Unit gleaned possible suspect information through the course of this investigation. Possible locations of the suspect were developed and several subjects were contacted. 

 

            On 3-11-2014, at approx. 1900 hours, Investigators from Tulare County Violent Crimes Unit, working in concert with Tulare County Gang Unit and officers from Dinuba Police Department, arrived at a residence located on the 1400 block of Green St. Dinuba. Upon arriving at this location, Suspect Harp was located and taken into custody without incident. Harp was taken to the hospital where he received medical attention for non-life threatening injuries to his left, upper arm.

 

 

            Harp was transported to Visalia Main Jail where he was booked and lodged on the above listed charges. Case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for filing of formal charges. 

 

 
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Assault with a deadly weapon, evading with gross negligence, theft, resisting arrest
LOCATION:  45400 Block Rd. 128 Orange Cove, Ca.          DATE:  03-10-2014          TIME:  2215 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-3078         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 3-10-14 at about 10:15 pm, two veteran deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Orosi substation responded to the 45400 Block of Road 128 in rural Orange Cove in regards to a suspected theft in progress. Upon arrival, deputies located a male suspect during the commission of the crime.  Deputies attempted to contact and detain the suspect for further investigation, at which time he entered a vehicle and drove it towards a deputy to be used as a deadly weapon.  Deputies attempted to stop the suspect from using the vehicle as a deadly weapon by firing their department issued handguns.  The suspect still managed to ram one of the stationary patrol vehicles with the deputy still inside.  He then fled the scene blacked out at a high rate of speed northbound Road 128 to the area of Avenue 460 where he managed to elude pursuing deputies involved in the shooting.  The deputies were uninjured during the incident and on-going efforts are being made in trying to locate the vehicle and identify the suspect.  As departmental procedure, the deputies were placed on paid administrative leave pending their return to work.

The suspect is described as a male adult, bald, wearing glasses, last seen wearing an unknown colored t-shirt with a distinctive logo of a female wearing a ball cap with a circle and a star in the center, shorts, and unknown type light color shoes.  The suspect vehicle is described as maroon in color, mid-size sedan (possibly a Chevy Malibu or Honda Accord) with four doors a sunroof and chrome wheels.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit.  Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective F. Cotton or Sgt. R. Parker at (559)733-6218.

Anyone with information can also report anonymously to tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at (559) 725-4194.

 
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New Booking Location for Female and North County Arrestees Effective 3-17-14
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

As a part of the Sheriff's Office efficiency improvement plan, Acting Sheriff Mike Boudreaux has authorized a change in booking locations for females and north county male arrestees.  Effective March 17, 2014 all female and north county male arrestees will be booked at the Adult Pre Trial Facility instead of Bob Wiley Detention Facility and Main Jail.

Main Jail is and has been the primary male booking facility in the County since its opening in 1963.

Bob Wiley Detention Facility has been the primary female booking facility in the County since its opening in 1987.

Adult Pre Trial Facility which was opened in 1999 was designed with a high work flow booking design floor plan.  

North county agencies will no longer be required to drive the extra distance to Visalia to book male arrestees, thus improving efficiency. This change is a tiered approach to the future transition of all bookings to Adult Pre Trial Facility.

 

With the future opening of the South County Detention Facility (AB900) in Porterville all south county arrestees will be booked in that facility further improving the efficiency of the booking process in Tulare County.

 

 

 

 
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664-187 PC- Attempted Homicide
LOCATION:  20900 block of Ave 322          DATE:  2-6-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-2895         VICTIM:  Confidential per PC 293          CITY:  Woodlake

On the above date and Deputies responded to the above location regarding an assault. Upon arrival Deputies contacted the victim, who advised she had been assaulted with an edged weapon by a known suspect who had fled the area prior to Deputies arriving at the scene . The victim sustained severe injuries to her person and was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for treatment.  The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. Gary Marks or Sgt. Rodney Parker at (559)733-6218

 

Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow

email tcso@tipnow.net 

text or voicemail at 559-725-4194

or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

 
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Trespassing, Warrants and Narcotics related arrest.
LOCATION:  12800 block of A416.          DATE:  3-4-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-2810          VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

 

SUSPECT 1:  Florencio Jurado.  63 years old                CITY:  Orosi, Ca. 

 

On 3-4-14 at approx. 2130 hours, Deputies from the Cutler / Orosi Substation responded to a report of a subject who refused to leave the Family Dollar store located in the community of Orosi.  Upon arrival, Deputies made contact with (S) Florencio Jurado who was taken into custody for trespassing.  A search of his person resulted in the discovery of 0.5 grams of methamphetamine, which had an estimated street value of $50 dollars; and narcotic paraphernalia.  Also, Jurado was observed to be under the influence of a controlled substance.  Jurado was 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.   

 
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Criminal Threats
LOCATION:  Tule Indian Reservation          DATE:  3-1-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-02497         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 03/01/2014 at approximately 0345 hours Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Reservation and located Garfield exiting the driveway of the 100 block of N. Reservation Road. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle which Garfield was driving. Garfield fled off road, driving crosscountry down a mountainside. A pursuit ensued with units following Garfield on paved roads. The pursuit was terminated near Chololo Campground (approx. 2 mi east) due to muddy and dangerous road conditions.

 

            At approximately 0810 hours, Deputies re-located Garfield on foot near the 100 block of N. Reservation road and a chase ensued. Garfield was seen running into family member’s residence and imminently exiting. Garfield eventually ran into a house on the 100 block of N. Reservation Rd and barricaded himself. Garfield made multiple threats to TCSO Deputies while being barricaded. Deputies attempted to reason with Garfield and he eventually exited the house without further incident. 

 

Larry Garfield was booked for P.C. 836, P.C. 422, P.C. 245, P.C. 69, P.C. 602 and CVC 2800.2        

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Det. Merced Zamora or Det. Rodney Klassen at (559) 735-1898, or anonymously using Tipnow by phone or text to (559) 725-4194, or by email: tcso@tipnow.com.

Bail was set at $300,000 and was also placed under a parole hold.

 
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PC 664/187
LOCATION:  500 Block West Beacon          DATE:  3-1-14          TIME:  2039
CASE NUMBER:  14-02665         VICTIM:           CITY: 

03-01-2014 / 2039 hours.  Deputies responded to the 500 block of W. Beacon, Tulare, regarding gunshots heard in the area.  Upon arrival deputies discovered a female gunshot wound victim.  The victim reported she was in her residence when a gunshot projectile came through the wall and struck the victim.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

 

This is an active investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Detective Paul Gezzer at Tulare County Sheriff's Department at 559-733-6218, or by accessing the anonymous tip line "Tip-Now" at tcsotipnow.com.

 
...posted by media relations
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Burglary, Possesion of Stolen Property and Possesion of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  5100 Block of Road 144          DATE:  2-28-14          TIME:  1705 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-2618         VICTIM:  Zaninovich Farms          CITY:  Earlimart

On 2-28-14 at 1705 hours Deputies responded to a theft in progress.  While responding to the call Deputies were advised the suspect was fleeing the area on a tractor, which was taken from the crime scene.  Within minutes Deputies were told the suspect was being detained by employees in a grove near the intersection of Road 144 and Avenue 48 in Earlimart.  Upon arrival Deputies immediately identified the suspect as a wanted fugitive named Arnulfo Galaviz Montano (24 years of age). 

 

Deputies contacted the Reporting Party who said a second suspect fled the crime scene in a skip loader (Bobcat).  Based on this information, Deputies quickly searched the area and found the skip loader several miles from the scene.  Deputies then contacted a subject named Chrisoforo Ontiveros (33 years of age) at a nearby residence.  He was found to be the person driving the skip loader.  A search revealed Ontiveros was in possession of a concealed machete, and a small amount of methamphetamine.  Montano and Ontiveros were transported to the violent crimes office pending further investigation.  Later, they were both booked into custody at Main Jail in Visalia.

 

A recovery of $55,300 was made in this case, which remains under investigation by TCSO.

 

The case remains under investigation by TCSO.    

 
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UPDATE- PC 187-Homicide
LOCATION:  500 Block of South Elm          DATE:  11-28-2013          TIME:  0802 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-15632         VICTIM:  Carranza, Pablo          CITY:  Earlimart

On 11/28/13 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit responded to the 500 block of S. Elm St in Earlimart, regarding a gunshot wound victim who had succumbed to his injuries at the scene. During the investigation Detectives identified a suspect as Arnulfo Galaviz Montano. On 2/28/14 at 1725 hrs, Deputies from the Pixley Substation were investigating a theft report in the area of Rd 144 and Ave 48 in Earlimart. During the investigation Deputies contacted Arnulfo Galaviz Montano and he was taken into custody regarding the above homicide investigation. Arnulfo Montano was subsequently booked into the Tulare County Main Jail without incident. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. Gary Marks or Sgt. Rodney Parker at (559)733-6218

 

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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ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON
LOCATION:  TULARE          DATE:  2-27-2014          TIME:  1700 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  14-2574         VICTIM:  CONFIDENTIAL          CITY: 

On Thursday, 02-27-14 at approximately 1700 hours Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Area of Ave. 264 and Hwy. 99 regarding a victim of a gunshot wound. Victim was taken to Kaweah Delta Hospital by ambulance and is in stable condition. A second witness at the scene was not injuried.


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

 
...posted by dispatch
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UPDATE: Assault with deadly weapon
LOCATION:  Tule Indian Reservation          DATE:  2-25-14          TIME:  2115
CASE NUMBER:  14-02497         VICTIM:  Sgt. Heiden, Dep. McLean, Ofc. Vizcano          CITY: 

On 2/26/2014, personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department and Tule Indian Reservation Department of Public Safety (DPS) have continued efforts to find the whereabouts and apprehend suspect Larry Garfield Jr. (23 years). 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559) 733-6218 or tcso@tipnow.com.  Information can remain anaonymous.

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Assault with deadly weapon LOCATION:  Reservation          DATE:  2/25/2014          TIME:  2115 hours  CASE NUMBER:  14-02497         VICTIM:  Sgt. Hieden, Dep. McLean, Officer Vizcano          On 2/25/2014 – at 2115 hours, the above suspect created a disturbance and fired shots from a rife near his residence.  The suspect then fired shots at responding deputies which initiated a SWAT call out.  The suspect fled the area on foot and is still at large.

 
...posted by media relations
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Grand Theft & Possession of Stolen Property
LOCATION:  2800 Block of Ave 368          DATE:  2-22-14          TIME:  Unknown
CASE NUMBER:  14-02400         VICTIM:  Michael Ward          CITY:  Kingsburg, Ca.

On 2-24-14, 0800 hrs. Tulare County Sheriff Deputies responded to the 2800 block of Ave. 368 regarding a theft investigation. Upon arrival the victim reported sometime over the weekend unknown suspects removed a farm tractor trailer from his property valued at $1500.

 

On 2-25-14, 1230hrs.  While patrolling the small community of London, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies located the victims trailer. The trailer was in the possession of suspect Salvador Pacheco Lopez.  Suspect Lopez had the trailer attached to his vehicle and was pulling it while driving.  A traffic stop was initiated, suspect Lopez was detained.  Evidence at the crime scene linked suspect Lopez to the theft. He was taken into custody and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

 

Suspect:  Salvador Pacheco Lopez   26 years old from Traver, Ca. He is being charged for violations of PC 487 Grand Theft, and  PC 496 Possession of Stolen Property.

 

The case remains under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriffs Department.       

 
...posted by dispatch
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Assault with deadly weapon
LOCATION:  Reservation          DATE:  2/25/2014          TIME:  2115 hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-02497         VICTIM:  Sgt. Hieden, Dep. McLean, Officer Vizcano          CITY: 

On 2/25/2014 – at 2115 hours, the above suspect created a disturbance and fired shots from a rife near his residence.  The suspect then fired shots at responding deputies which initiated a SWAT call out.  The suspect fled the area on foot and is still at large.

 

Case investigated by TCSO 

 
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ACTING SHERIFF BOUDREAUX TO PROMOTE NEW LIEUTENANT
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Lieutenant Cyrena Robles was born in August in 1976 and grew up in the Porterville area. She attended Monache High School and graduated in 1994 before being hired with our department as a Detention Services Officer in November of 1999.

 

In August of 2004, she was promoted to a Sheriff’s Trainee where she worked at both the Bob Wiley Detention Facility and the Adult Pre-Trial Facility. Two years later, Cyrena was promoted to Correctional Sergeant, and was assigned to the Men’s Correctional Facility where she has worked until now.

 

During her time as a Sergeant, Cyrena worked as the Administration Sergeant, Terrorist Liason Officer, Pro Pers Liason Officer, and in 2010 was awarded the Latino Peace Officer of the Year Award.

 

She is supported in her career by her husband, Deputy Francisco Robles, and her three boys. Lieutenant Robles would also like to extend special thanks to Captain Cheri Lehner, Lieutenant Tim Fosnaugh, Sheriff Boudreaux, and the rest of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department command staff. 

Please join us at 1:00PM on Wednesday, February 26th for a formal promotional ceremony.

 
...posted by media relations
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PC 664/187 (Attempt Homicide), PC 451 (Arson)
LOCATION:  200 block south Holcomb Street          DATE:  02-23-2014          TIME:  2222 hours
CASE NUMBER:  #14-02346         VICTIM:  41-year-old female - Porterville          CITY:  Porterville

On 02-23-14 at 2222 Hours, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department and Tulare County Fire Fighters responded to a residence in the 200 block of south Holcomb Street in the City of Porterville for a report of a structure fire and shots fired. Upon arrival, Deputies located the residence fully engulfed and a female suffering from severe burns. Investigators also located evidence of arson and gunshots fired into the residence. The 41-year old female was airlifted to a local hospital and is listed in critical condition with life threatening injuries. The residence was a complete loss. Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department and Investigators with Tulare County Fire responded for the investigation.

 

This case remains under investigation and anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to call Detective Sgt. Parker or Detective Steve Sanchez at (559) 733-6211 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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11377 HS Possession of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  Washington and Market          DATE:  02-22-14          TIME:  2246 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-2347         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Earlimart

On 2-22-14 at 2246 hours Deputies contacted Joel Franco Tellez (37 years old) of Earlimart during a consensual encounter. Tellez was found to be intoxicated, and detained without incident. Subsequent to his arrest an inventory of his personal property revealed (1) bindle of a clear crystal-like substance in his right coin pocket. The substance was tested and found to be approximately 0.5 grams of methamphetamine. Tellez was transported, and later booked into custody at Main Jail in Visalia.

The case remains under investigation by TCSO.

 
...posted by dispatch
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187 PC, 182 pc (Homicide, Conspiracy)
LOCATION:  Rd 124 and the St. Johns River Visalia          DATE:  10-16-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-1819         VICTIM:           CITY:  Lemon Cove

Victim-V-1 Undisclosed Pending notification to the victim’s family

Suspect S-1 Jones, Danny Leo 47 YOA Lemon Cove Resident

Suspect S-2 Cain, Sonny Del   25 YOA Lemon Cove Resident

 

On 2/10/14 Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit initiated a missing adult investigation. The missing adult had not contacted any family members since October 2013.  During the investigation Detectives learned the missing person may have been killed and buried in the Lemon Cove area. The missing person’s body was located near a fire Rd on Hwy 245 West of Dry Creek in the Badger area. During the investigation Detectives located and arrested Danny Jones and Sonny Cain for the crime of homicide. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Gary Marks or Sgt. Rodney Parker with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit at (559)733-6218

 

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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11650HS/POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
LOCATION:  CHURCH/WASHINGTON, EARLIMART          DATE:  02-21-14          TIME:  2148
CASE NUMBER:  14-2301         VICTIM:  STATE OF CALIFORNIA          CITY: 

On 2-21-14 at 2148 hours Deputies contacted Ramon Manriquez (51 years of age) during a traffic stop near the intersection of Church and Washington street(s) in Earlimart.  During the contact, Manriquez was found to be intoxicated and arrested without incident.  After his arrest, he was transported to the Pixley Substation where he was found to be in Possession of one bindle of cocaine.  Manriquez was later booked into custody at Main Jail in Visalia.


The case remains under investigation by TCSO.    

 
...posted by dispatch
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25400(a)(1)PC/POSSESSION OF A FIREARM WITHIN A VEHICLE
LOCATION:  Church/Washington- Earlimart          DATE:  02-21-14          TIME:  2148
CASE NUMBER:  14-2297         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 2-21-14 at 2148 hours Deputies contacted Norma Otero (49 years of age) during a traffic stop near the intersection of Church and Washington street(s) in Earlimart.  During the traffic stop, Otero was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and was arrested by the California Highway Patrol.  During the investigation, Otero gave Deputies permission to search her vehicle. 

A search of the car revealed one unloaded .22 caliber handgun in the back seat.  A passenger identified as Gerardo Carrranza was sitting in the back seat where the gun was found.  Both subjects were interviewed, but refused to provide statements.  Otero was arrested and booked by the California Highway Patrol and Carranza was transported and booked at main jail in Visalia.  The case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review.


The case remains under investigation by TCSO.

 
...posted by dispatch
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