247.5 PC Discharge of a Laser at an Aircraft
LOCATION:  4000 Block W. Damsen Lane          DATE:  10/01/14          TIME:  8:00 PM
CASE NUMBER:  14-12327         VICTIM:  County of Tulare          CITY:  Visalia

Suspect: Brian Pennington Age: 40 Residence: Visalia

On October 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM the Sheriff's patrol aircraft was on their way to a petty theft call north of Visalia when the aircraft was struck with a green laser, resulting in both pilot and flight officer being hit in the eye with the laser light. The flight officer was able to use the aircraft camera system to identify the origin of the laser light to the backyard of a residence in the 4000 block of W. Damsen Lane. The Visalia Police Department was contacted by Sheriff's personnel in the aircraft, and quickly sent two officers to investigate. The flight officer was able to direct the officers to the suspect. The officers identified the suspect as 40 year old Brian Pennington, who had possession of the green laser. Pennington was questioned and released by the Visalia officers. The investigation will be forwarded to the District Attorney for review and possible filing of criminal charges.

David Williams, Sergeant( Captain, Retired)

Tulare County Sheriff's Department

2404 W Burrel AveVisalia, CA 93291

 
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Cultivation of marijuana, Cultivation of marijuana for sales, Illegal manufacturing, Conspiracy
LOCATION:  23600 block of Avenue 181, Porterville          DATE:  9-30-14          TIME:  0938
CASE NUMBER:  14-60803         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 9-30-14 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff Department's STEP Team and officers from the Tulare County Resource Management Agency responded to the 23600 block of Avenue 181, Porterville, in regards to a large marijuana grow on the property.  A search warrant for the property was severed at which time four subjects were detained.  During the investigation Tulare County Sheriff’s Detectives located a large outdoor marijuana grow as well as an elaborate indoor growing operation and sophisticated THC extraction laboratory use to manufacture honey oil.

In total, Detectives seized 762 marijuana plants, over 30 pounds of processed marijuana and 50 vials of honey oil that had been packaged and labeled for sale. All of the seized marijuana and honey oil is estimated to have a street value of approximately 1.4 million dollars.

Two subjects were arrested at the scene and booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility.

Suspects:

Sayamontry, Chantha (68 years old)

Chanthirat, Phouvanh (59 years old)

 

 

This case remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department STEP Team.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective T. Johnson at (559) 733-6218 or information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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Search and Rescue with Kern County in Inyo Forest
LOCATION:           DATE:  9-30-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-12282         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 9-30-14 at 1730 hours the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a male adult from the San Diego area who was horseback riding and was in need of medical aid in the Inyo National Forest, approximately twenty miles north of the Black Rock ranger station. Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue responded with the assistance of CAL OES and Kern Sheriff’s Department Air Unit. Contact was made with the subject, who was air lifted to Lone Pine for treatment of an unknown medical condition, however he passed away. The subject's name has not been released pending notification of next of kin. More information will be released as it becomes available. 

 
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11377/78/79H&S/ 496 PC Possession/transportation of a controlled substance / possession of stolen
LOCATION:  Ivanhoe          DATE:  09-30-14          TIME:  1730
CASE NUMBER:  14-60028         VICTIM:  State of Calif.          CITY: 

On the above date Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Headquarters division conducted a traffic stop for traffic violations at Ave. 328 and Road 160 in Ivanhoe. The Deputy observed suspicious activity by the two occupants during the traffic stop. After consent to search the vehicle he located narcotics inside the vehicle. Both subjects were detained. He requested Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotic Unit to respond.  A search warrant was served by Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit at the subject residence located in the 33100 block of Hawthorne in the Community of Ivanhoe.  The search warrant revealed that the suspect was in possession of approximately fifteen (15) grams of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine has estimated value of $1500.00.  Also located at the residence were stolen items from a recent burglary, scales, stun gun, scanners and surveillance cameras.

The suspects were booked at Pre Trail Facility for the listed charges. 

 

Taken into custody were:

1) Carlos Angulo  32Yrs.              Ivanhoe  resident          Date of arrest: 09-30-14

Charges: 11377/78/79H&S/ 496 PC 

 Possession/transportation of a controlled substance / possession of stolen property

 

2) Christopher Cowdery   24Yrs.     Visalia resident        Date of arrest: 09-30-14

Charges: 11377/78/79H&S

 Possession/transportation of a controlled substance

 

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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Tulare County Sheriff's Explorer Post 2355 places at CCLEEC
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

The Fifteenth Annual Central Coast Law Enforcement Explorer Competition was held on September 19 - 21, 2014 at the Paso Robles Event Center.  The Central Coast Law Enforcement Competition was started in 2000 with approximately 18 Law Enforcement agencies participating in daytime events.  Over the years it has grown to between 40 - 50 participating agencies and 400 - 500 Law Enforcement Explorers. These events have carried over to night time scenarios, and a full two days of exciting and demanding competition.  A Board of Directors now oversees the competition. 

The competition is designed to be very demanding on the physical and mental capabilities of each Explorer. Events are designed to test the strengths and limitations of a person's intelligence, personality, demeanor and physical abilities, as well as dedication and conviction to the Explorer Program.  Explorers are given the opportunity to test their skills in real life officer situations.  There are approximately twenty (20) events which include Felony Stops, DUI Stops, Vehicle Searches, Building Searches, Crisis Negotiations and a Domestic Violence situation just to name a few. The events were held both in daylight and night time scenarios. The competition tests the Explorers physical abilities and teamwork through obstacle courses, physical agility, and a tug of war.  Mental abilities are tested through a variety of events including a Medical Scenario, a Law Enforcement Entry Level Written Exam and an Oral Board Panel. 

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux was among the staff that traveled to Paso Robles to view the competition. The Sheriff visited with Explorers and watched them compete on Friday with Assistant Sheriff Robin Skiles, Captain Cheri Lehner was also present that weekend, as well as Orosi Lieutenant Jim Franks and Captain Keith Douglass.

Up to 5 scholarships were awarded to successful applicants and competition participants.  Scholarship interviews were conducted of the top ten qualifiers to determine who and in what order the scholarships would be awarded. 

Trophies were awarded for 1st through 5th place in each event and 1st through 5th place for overall scores.  Participants were encouraged to participate in every event, as points are earned for each event toward the overall trophies.

This year the CCLEEC board awarded their first "E’spirit de Corps" award. In order to determine who received the award, the Board monitored all participating teams throughout the two day event.  They focused on enthusiasm, appearance, discipline, dedication, devotion, and teamwork. Captain Douglass, as one of the Command Staff who watched the competition, noted that one of the deciding factors was that though there were four different  Tulare County Sheriff Explorer posts – one for each substation – there were no obvious divisions among them. The Posts presented themselves as one team, rather than four groups who wore the same colors. 

On Thursday October 2 at 4 PM in the Lobby of Sheriff’s Headquarters the participating Explorers as well as their Advisors will present the E’spirit de Corps award to Sheriff Mike Boudreaux and his staff for permanent display. 

 

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Explorers placed in the following events:

Event: Vehicle Search

Orosi Substation (4th Place) 

Juan Torres, Daniel Medina, Cristina Gonzalez & Carmen Rodriguez 

 

Event: Nighttime Suspicious Person 

HQ Substation (2nd Place) 

Victoria Douglass, Brandon Bottoms 

 

Event: Explorer Ride-A-Long (Male)

HQ Substation (3rd Place) 

Corey Atchison

 

Event: Explorer Ride-A-Long (Female)

HQ Substation (3rd Place) 

Victoria Douglass

 

Event: Explorer Ride-A-Long (Female) 

Orosi Substation (4th Place) 

Cristina Gonzalez

 

Event: Tug-of-War 

Pixley Substation (3rd Place) 

Hector Negrete, Junior Negrete, Mariela Gonzalez, Bridget Valencia, Manuel Infante

 

Event: Individual Obstacle (Male) 

Pixley Substation (2nd Place)

Hector Negrete

 

Event: Individual Obstacle (Female)

HQ Substation (3rd Place)

Victoria Douglass

 

Event: Written Examination 

Orosi Substation (2nd Place) 

Jaime Rodriguez , Daniel Medina, Jose De La Cruz , Juan Torres 

 

Event: Advisor Obstacle Course (Male)

HQ Substation (1st Place)

Deputy Matt Rascon

 

Scholarship Award winner: 

HQ Substation (2nd Place) 

Corey Atchison

$2,000 and a laptop

 
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Cultivation of marijuana and cultivation of marijuana for sale
LOCATION:  1000 block of South Crystal St. Porterville, Ca.          DATE:  9-25-14          TIME:  2000
CASE NUMBER:  14-60770         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

     On Friday, 9-26-14 at about 10:30 a.m. detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel unit responded to the 1000 block of S. Crystal St. Porterville as a follow up investigation to the cultivation of marijuana where a home invasion robbery occurred on 9-25-14 at about 8:00 pm.

     Detectives eventually eradicated more than 170 marijuana plants and arrested Ralph Robinson 63 years and Victor Vucio 56 years for their involvement with the grow site at the property.

     Robinson was booked for cultivation of marijuana for sale and Vucio was booked for cultivation of marijuana.  Both Robinson and Vucio are local residents and were victims of the home invasion that occurred on 9-25-14.  

     The marijuana case remains under investigation by sheriff’s department personnel.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559) 733-6218 or information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com

 
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Undetermined Death
LOCATION:  15800 Block of Azalea          DATE:  09/27/14          TIME:  0137 hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-12101         VICTIM:  Hispanic Female Adult          CITY:  Ivanhoe

Narrative

On 9/27/14 at 0137 hrs, Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit responded to the 15800 block of Azalia Avenue in Ivanhoe, regarding a report of a suspicious death. Detectives located neighbors and family members and ascertained information regarding the victim (Hispanic Female 30 years of age). The name of the victim is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. No other information is being released at this time. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding the case can contact Detective 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

 

 

 

 
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597(b) Animal Cruelty
LOCATION:  Ave 383 / Rd 156 Seville Ca          DATE:  09-26-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-12061         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect: Miguel Edmundo Pena, 52yrs, Visalia Ca

 

On September 26th 2014, members of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Ag Crimes Unit  and members of the Tulare County Animal Control Office responded to the area of Rd 156 and Ave 383, in regards to a report of horses, which were being neglected.

During the investigation, eleven horses were discovered in a fenced in lot in the Seville area with no food.   Approximately seven of the eleven horses appeared to be extremely emaciated and nearly all of the horses were suffering from superficial wounds and other health problems.

Miguel Pena who was in control of the property and admitted being responsible for the animals on the property was contacted.  Miguel was later arrested and booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility without incident.

All of the horses were removed from the property and transported to a holding facility, where they were examined by a veterinarian and are currently being treated for their injuries. 

Anyone with additional information please contact Det. Travis Shaw (559)733-6218

 
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Update: Home invasion in Porterville
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 9-26-14 two suspects were booked into the Porterville Substation following the home invasion in Porterville detailed below. Their charges are as follows, and pictures can be found on facebook.com/TulareSheriff

Suspect: Ricardo Estevan Segovia, age 28
Charges: pc207, pc273A, pc245, pc212.5, pc25850, pc17500, pc182

Suspect: Esteban Ramirez Razura, age 43
Charges: pc207, pc273A, pc245, pc212.5, pc25850, pc17500, pc182

 

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:

Charges: Home Invasion Robbery, possession of a deadly weapon with intent to assault, possession of a loaded firearm, conspiracy, child endangerment and assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping (212.5 PC, 17500 PC, 25850(a) PC, 182 PC, 273(a) PC, 245 PC, 207 PC)

On Thursday, 9-25-14 at about 8:03 pm, Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 1000 block of South Crystal Street in Porterville for the report of an in progress armed home invasion robbery, which was connected to a marijuana grow site.

Upon deputies’ arrival the residence was surrounded and a perimeter was set up for adjacent residential evacuations with assistance from Porterville PD, and the California Highway Patrol. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team and Air Unit was also activated.  Canine units from Visalia PD, Exeter PD and Tulare PD also responded to assist if needed.   

There were a total of seven victims - two minors ages 4 and 17, and five adults identified as Latesa Robinson 48 years, Ralph Robinson 63 years, Hailie Vogt 26 years, Victor Vucio 56 years and Lavina Dobbs 94 years.  Vucio was the only victim physically assaulted by the suspects and his injuries were non-life threatening.  He was treated and released from a local hospital.  All of the victims were local residents.  During the initial stand-off, coupled with law enforcement negotiations the victims were allowed to exit to safety, but the suspects remained within the residence.  Two suspects were apprehended and taken into custody by the sheriff’s department.  They were identified as Ricardo Segovia 28 years, and Estevan Razura 43 years.  It is believed that another suspect managed to flee the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.  The suspects were from another county and the investigation continues by the sheriff’s department.

The sheriff’s department is also investigating the marijuana grow site separately and will likely seek criminal charges with it, due to other unrelated evidence discovered at that scene.

Both suspects were transported and booked into the sheriff’s Porterville substation for home invasion robbery, possession of a deadly weapon with the intent to assault, possession of loaded firearm, conspiracy, child endangerment, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

Anyone with further information to this case is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559) 733-6218 or at tcso@tipnow.com.  

 
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Sheriff Boudreaux to present STAR awards
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

On Monday Septempber 29, 2014, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux will recognize the work done by citizens in Tulare County who have gone above and beyond expectation. In a ceremony in the lobby of Sheriff’s Headquarters at 3:30 PM, Sheriff Boudreaux and members of his staff will present the STAR award, which stands for Sheriff of Tulare Action Recognition, to Larry Wilkinson and Steve and Rinda Day. 

Please read below about the actions these individuals took that brought them to the attention of the Sheriff’s Department.

On 01/06/14 around 1:26 p.m., Larry Wilkinson from Springville was driving by 21599 Avenue 112, Porterville. At that time, a citizen flagged him down and told him there was a man in the orchard who was suffering from gunshot wound to the abdomen. Mr. Wilkinson called 911 and provided first aid until emergency personnel arrived and took over. 

On 07/04/14 around 0800 a.m., Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to a Medical Aid Search & Rescue in a remote area of the Golden Trout Wilderness near the Little Kern Bridge. The area is not accessible by vehicle and lacks the terrain to safely land a rescue aircraft, making it only accessible by foot.

A family group of hikers camped at the Little Kern Bridge had become ill and were unable to hike back to their vehicle located at the Lewis Camp Trail Head.  The family group consisted of three adults who were in good health, and four children who were too ill to walk.  The children's ages ranged from 12-17 years old.  

Steve and Rinda Day, of Terra Bella own a pack station about 6 miles from the location of the family. They chose to set aside their business operation, saddled seven of their horses and packed in the Deputies and a Paramedic to locate and provide immediate assistance to the ill children. The Days and the Paramedic then transported the children by horseback to their vehicle and a waiting ambulance while Deputies escorted the adults on foot.  Upon getting the children to safety, the Days returned with your horses, picked up the Deputies and adults, also returning them to the pack station by horseback.

The men and women of the Tulare County Sheriff's Department wanted to formally thank these citizens for taking risks putting personal needs aside to help a citizen in need. Please join us as we do so for the ceremony on Monday, to be held at 3:30 PM.

 
...posted by media relations
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Multiple charges, see below
LOCATION:  1000 block of South Crystal St. Porterville, Ca.          DATE:  9-25-14          TIME:  2000
CASE NUMBER:  14-12046         VICTIM:  Seven victims          CITY: 

Charges: Home Invasion Robbery, possession of a deadly weapon with intent to assault, possession of a loaded firearm, conspiracy, child endangerment and assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping (212.5 PC, 17500 PC, 25850(a) PC, 182 PC, 273(a) PC, 245 PC, 207 PC)

On Thursday, 9-25-14 at about 8:03 pm, Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 1000 block of South Crystal Street in Porterville for the report of an in progress armed home invasion robbery, which was connected to a marijuana grow site.

Upon deputies’ arrival the residence was surrounded and a perimeter was set up for adjacent residential evacuations with assistance from Porterville PD, and the California Highway Patrol. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team and Air Unit was also activated.  Canine units from Visalia PD, Exeter PD and Tulare PD also responded to assist if needed.   

There were a total of seven victims - two minors ages 4 and 17, and five adults identified as Latesa Robinson 48 years, Ralph Robinson 63 years, Hailie Vogt 26 years, Victor Vucio 56 years and Lavina Dobbs 94 years.  Vucio was the only victim physically assaulted by the suspects and his injuries were non-life threatening.  He was treated and released from a local hospital.  All of the victims were local residents.  During the initial stand-off, coupled with law enforcement negotiations the victims were allowed to exit to safety, but the suspects remained within the residence.  Two suspects were apprehended and taken into custody by the sheriff’s department.  They were identified as Ricardo Segovia 28 years, and Estevan Razura 43 years.  It is believed that another suspect managed to flee the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.  The suspects were from another county and the investigation continues by the sheriff’s department.

The sheriff’s department is also investigating the marijuana grow site separately and will likely seek criminal charges with it, due to other unrelated evidence discovered at that scene.

Both suspects were transported and booked into the sheriff’s Porterville substation for home invasion robbery, possession of a deadly weapon with the intent to assault, possession of loaded firearm, conspiracy, child endangerment, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

Anyone with further information to this case is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559) 733-6218 or at tcso@tipnow.com.  

 
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11377/11350HS Possession of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  Merritt Ave Hwy 99, Traver          DATE:  092614          TIME:  0118
CASE NUMBER:  14-12054         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 09-26-14 at approximately 0118 hours deputies from the Orosi Substation contacted Roxann Bolding near intersection of Hwy 99 and Merritt Ave riding a bicycle.  During contact with the suspect she was found in possession of methamphetamine and heroine.  Bolding was taken into custody on charges of possession of a controlled substance, H&S 11377, 11350 and H&S 11550 under the influence of a controlled substance.  She was booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility.

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

 
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Update: Attempted Homicide
LOCATION:  32400 block Lincoln Rd Visalia Ca          DATE:  08/09/2014          TIME:  1230
CASE NUMBER:  14-9953         VICTIM:  Mendez, Manuel Farias          CITY: 

On 9-23-14, the victim past away, due to the injuries he received during the commission of this crime. 

9-25-14, an autopsy was performed on the victim to determine the cause of death. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the victims head. 

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit and no other information is being released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. Gary Marks or Sgt. Rodney Parker at (559)733-6218 or (800) 808-0488.

 

Anonymous information about this incident 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.

 

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:

On the above date and time Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office responded to the above location regarding a report of an assault. Upon arrival Deputies located the victim inside of his residence. During the investigation, Deputies learned the victim had been assaulted by unknown person(s) at his residence. The victim sustained lacerations and a head injury. The victim was transported to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries. The victim is listed in stable condition.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit and no other information is being released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. Gary Marks or Sgt. Rodney Parker at (559)733-6218 or (800) 808-0488.

 

Anonymous information about this incident 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 media relations
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Possession of a controlled substance for sales/ sales of narcotics within a 1000 ft. of a School/
LOCATION:  1190 blk of Elizabeth Way,Dinuba          DATE:  9/24/14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-70093         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Dinuba

After an approximate two (2) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the Dinuba area, Investigators from Sheriffs Departments Narcotics Division and the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) consisting of personnel from Farmersville P.D. and Exeter P.D were led to the residence in the 1190 blk of Elizabeth Way. The residence was approximately two blocks from the Dinuba High School. The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately fifteen (15) grams of methamphetamine package for sales, and marijuana with a street value of $1600.00. Also located were scales and packaging material. As a result of the search warrant two people were taken into custody on the below charges. s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

Taken into custody were:

1)Robert Moraido 58Yrs. Dinuba resident Date of arrest: 09-24-14

Charges: 11377/11378/11366/ 11353.6 H&S PC possession of a controlled substance for sales/maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics/ sales of narcotics within a 1000 ft. of a School

2)Marsha Romo 36Yrs. Dinuba resident Date of arrest: 09-24-14

Charges:11550 H&S Under the influence of a controlled substance

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff

 
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Update: Homicide, Marijuana Grow
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

On Monday,  9-22-14 defendants Jose Tienda and the 16 year old juvenile were arraigned in court and held to answer to the charges of homicide and criminal street gang activity.  The Tulare County District Attorney's Office will prosecute the 16 year old as an adult.  He has been identified as Felipe Vaca.  Vaca is currently in custody with Tulare County Probation. 

An autopsy was also performed upon Eduardo Tienda.  The cause of death was from exsanguination, due to a gunshot wound to the upper torso.  Eduardo was the brother to defendant Jose Tienda.

This case remains under investigation with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Department by calling 559-733-6218, or using TipNow by anonymously calling or texting 559-725-4194 or emailing tcso@tipnow.com

For photos of Jose Tienda and Felipe Vaca, please see our Facebook at facebook.com/TulareSheriff

PREVIOUS UPDATE:

The following is an update to the homicide on 9-18-14 with information current as of 9-22-14:

The 16 year old juvenile defendant is still recovering from his injury during the crime and is in custody with Tulare County Probation.  

There was more than 70 marijuana plants seized and the grow site was very close to harvest.  Each plant was capable of producing up to three to four pounds of processed marijuana and the estimated street value of this seizure was between $222,000 to $296,000.  The street value of the marijuana could triple had it been allowed to leave California.

The relationship between Jose Tienda and Eduardo Tienda are brothers.  Eduardo Tienda succumbed to his injuries during the commission of the crime and an autopsy has been set for today.  

ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE:

Shortly after 4 AM on 9-18-14, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department received a call of shots fired at 10000 Block of Avenue 400 in the Cutler-Orosi area. Deputies arrived on scene and located a marijuana grow behind the residence surrounded by a plywood fence that had been partially pushed down. They also observed multiple firearms including a shotgun, multiple assault rifles, a handgun, police scanners, and body armor. 

The Department received a call soon after from the Cutler area Tulare County Fire station saying that a vehicle had arrived on the premises with individuals who required medical attention. The driver of the vehicle attempted to flee the scene and was detained by deputies. One of the car’s occupants, a 16 year old male, had received a gunshot wound to the leg and was air-lifted to an area hospital, and another occupant was pronounced deceased. As of the afternoon of 9-18-14 the air-lifted subject has been taken into surgery and is expected to recover well. 

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit, deputies, as well as members of the Narcotics Unit responded to the crime scene at the marijuana grow where they proceeded to process the scene. The marijuana grow was labeled as a medical grow site but was found to be out of compliance with both County and State ordinances, and in that grow site found weapons, spent shell casings, as well as blood. It is believed, and supported by information and evidence, that the injured subjects attempted to rob the marijuana grow, and were involved in a gun battle at that time. 

As of 3 PM on 9-18-14, four individuals have been detained and the deceased subject has been identified. The deceased subject is Eduardo Tienda, age 25 of Parlier. 

 

The detained subjects are as follows:

Gerardo Solario, age 31 of Orosi – booked for cultivation of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana for sale, conspiracy

Benjamin Viveros, age 31 of Orosi – booked for cultivation of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana for sale, conspiracy

Jose Luis Tienda, age 34 of Parlier – booked for homicide, criminal street gang activity

16 year old male currently being treated in an area hospital for a gunshot wound – booked for homicide, criminal street gang activity

All parties involved have been contacted, and it is believed that there are no other outstanding victims at this time. As more information becomes available it will be made available to the public. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Department by calling 559-733-6218, or using TipNow by anonymously calling or texting 559-725-4194 or emailing tcso@tipnow.com

 
...posted by media relations
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Update: Homicide, Marijuana Grow
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

The following is an update to the homicide on 9-18-14 with information current as of 9-22-14:

The 16 year old juvenile defendant is still recovering from his injury during the crime and is in custody with Tulare County Probation.  

There was more than 70 marijuana plants seized and the grow site was very close to harvest.  Each plant was capable of producing up to three to four pounds of processed marijuana and the estimated street value of this seizure was between $222,000 to $296,000.  The street value of the marijuana could triple had it been allowed to leave California.

The relationship between Jose Tienda and Eduardo Tienda are brothers.  Eduardo Tienda succumbed to his injuries during the commission of the crime and an autopsy has been set for today.  

 
...posted by media relations
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Possession of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  Market / Washington in Earlimart          DATE:  9-19-14          TIME:  2324
CASE NUMBER:  14-11804         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 9-19-14 Deputies from Tulare County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop at Market and Washington in Earlimart. 

Deputies contacted the driver, Jose Paez. He had a warrant for his arrest. During a search of his vehicle 1.7 grams of Cocaine was located. He was arrested for 11377 H&S and booked into Tulare County Jail without incident.

 

Suspect:

(S) Jose Paez (38) years from Earlimart

 
...posted by media relations
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Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  Highway 99 / Avenue 24, Earlimart Ca          DATE:  9-19-14          TIME:  2310
CASE NUMBER:  14-11805         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

Suspect: Manual Torres Barajas 23 Yrs

City of residency: Delano Ca.

 

On Friday, 9-19-04 at 2339 Hrs, Pixley patrol deputies were dispatched to a residence in the city of Delano after a male subject identified as Manuel Torress Barajas called 911 after being involved in an altercation with a female passenger in his vehicle. Barajas informed the 911 operator that he had just stabbed the female passenger whom he dropped off in the area of Highway 99 and Avenue 24 in Earlimart.  EMS was dispatched and located the victim who was transported to Kern Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Barajas was contacted at his residence and was taken into custody after detectives arrived on scene.

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County S/E Detective’s Unit.  If anyone has any information please contact Det. D. Holguin or Sgt. J. Dow at 1-800-808-0488 or TCSO@tipnow.com, by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

 
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Gang Violence Suppression Efforts
LOCATION:  North county          DATE:  See below          TIME:  See below
CASE NUMBER:  See below         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On the dates of Friday 09/19/2014 and Saturday 09/20/2014 the Gang Violence Suppression Unit, North County Area conducted gang suppression activities in an effort to combat gang violence with a zero tolerance for gang activities made the following arrests:

14- 80081 09/19/14 1610 hours  32500 Blk of Rd 158  Ivanhoe       
Suspect #1: Marco Antonio Rivas    MH/ 30 Yrs      Ivanhoe, Ca
Suspect #2 Kimberly Ann Evans      FW/ 44 Yrs Dinuba, Ca
On listed date and time Marco Rivas, a known gang member, was contacted by gang investigators during a probation check. During the subsequent search of his residence 75.4 Grams of Methamphetamine was located packaged in different quantities for sales along with scales and indicia indicating possession for sales. At the residence and assisting Rivas was Kimberly Evans. Both subjects were taken into custody without incident and booked on the following Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession for sales of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a residence for illegal Narcotic sales and Conspiracy. They were booked at the Adult Prer Trail facility

14-80082 09/19/14 2300 hours  Rd 125 and Whittaker, Orosi
Suspect # 1 Male Hispanic/ 16 yrs   Cutler, Ca
14-80083
Suspect #2 Juan Eduardo Mancera MH/ 18 yrs     Orosi, Ca
On the listed date and time the subjects were contacted in regards to a disturbance. The Gang Investigators recognized the subjects as known gang members who had been previously served with a Gang Injunction and were to obey all laws and not be in the presence of other gang members. The subjects were taken into custody without incident. The juvenile was booked at the Juvenile Detention Facility and Mancebo was booked at the APTF on the following charges, 166.4 (a)(10) PC Violation of a Court Order/ Gang Injunction.

14-80084 09/20/14 1900 hours  Rd 128 and First Dr., Cutler, Ca
Suspect #1 Arthur Michael Madrid MH/ 30 yrs Visalia, Ca.  Driver
Suspect #2 Nai Chuy Syvirathphan  MO/ 35 yrs    Visalia, Ca. Passenger
On the listed date and time the suspects were contacted on a traffic stop in which the vehicle was stopped for traffic Violations. Madrid was found to be an active gang member on probation with search conditions. There was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The ensuing search located approximately five (5) pounds of processed Marijuana bud packaged for sales. Neither suspects had a medical marijuana recommendation. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and booked at the APTF on the following charges: Transportation for sales of Marijuana and Conspiracy.

Photographs of the adult suspects can be obtained from the Main Jail.               

Anonymous information about these incidents or to report Gang activity can be reported via Tipnow, email tcso@tipnow.net text or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or (888) ENDGANG or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

 
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Homicide
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Shortly after 4 AM on 9-18-14, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department received a call of shots fired at 10000 Block of Avenue 400 in the Cutler-Orosi area. Deputies arrived on scene and located a marijuana grow behind the residence surrounded by a plywood fence that had been partially pushed down. They also observed multiple firearms including a shotgun, multiple assault rifles, a handgun, police scanners, and body armor. 

The Department received a call soon after from the Cutler area Tulare County Fire station saying that a vehicle had arrived on the premises with individuals who required medical attention. The driver of the vehicle attempted to flee the scene and was detained by deputies. One of the car’s occupants, a 16 year old male, had received a gunshot wound to the leg and was air-lifted to an area hospital, and another occupant was pronounced deceased. As of the afternoon of 9-18-14 the air-lifted subject has been taken into surgery and is expected to recover well. 

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit, deputies, as well as members of the Narcotics Unit responded to the crime scene at the marijuana grow where they proceeded to process the scene. The marijuana grow was labeled as a medical grow site but was found to be out of compliance with both County and State ordinances, and in that grow site found weapons, spent shell casings, as well as blood. It is believed, and supported by information and evidence, that the injured subjects attempted to rob the marijuana grow, and were involved in a gun battle at that time. 

As of 3 PM on 9-18-14, four individuals have been detained and the deceased subject has been identified. The deceased subject is Eduardo Tienda, age 25 of Parlier. 

The detained subjects are as follows:

Gerardo Solario, age 31 of Orosi – booked for cultivation of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana for sale, conspiracy

Benjamin Viveros, age 31 of Orosi – booked for cultivation of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana for sale, conspiracy

Jose Luis Tienda, age 34 of Parlier – booked for homicide, criminal street gang activity

16 year old male currently being treated in an area hospital for a gunshot wound – booked for homicide, criminal street gang activity

All parties involved have been contacted, and it is believed that there are no other outstanding victims at this time. As more information becomes available it will be made available to the public. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Department by calling 559-733-6218, or using TipNow by anonymously calling or texting 559-725-4194 or emailing tcso@tipnow.com

 
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211 P.C. / 459 P.C./496 P.C.
LOCATION:  Various          DATE:  9/10-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-11515         VICTIM:  Various          CITY:  Various

Victims:

State of California

Casa Blanca Mkt. – 28800 Block of Rd. 156, Visalia – 211 P.C.

In and Out Shell Station – 27900 Block Hwy. 99, Visalia – 459 P.C.

Pixley Gas Station – 100 Block S. Main, Pixley – 459 P.C.

Tipton Shell Station – 600 Block N. Thompson, Tipton – 459 P.C.

Prince Market – 200 Block E. Terra Bella, Pixley – 459 P.C.

Arco Gas Station – 30800 Block Dr. 68, Goshen – 459 P.C.

Red Barn Shell Station – 19500 block of Ave. 296, Exeter – 459 P.C.

Suhovy’s Market – 19500 block Ave. 192, Porterville

 

Suspect:

Brar, Gurpreet Singh 25 years, Visalia

 

TCSO Charges:

1 count 211 P.C., 7 counts 459 P.C.,  496 P.C.

 

During the past 5 days the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department began investigating the theft of California State lottery tickets from various locations throughout Tulare County. During the investigation Sheriff’s Detectives Began working with the Visalia Police Department and the Tulare Police Department regarding similar thefts within their cities involving the same suspect as well as the California Highway Patrol’s TTRAT Unit who was investigating the suspect for a stolen vehicle.

During the investigation California State Lottery Officials assisted in the investigation by tracking the stolen tickets which led the location and apprehension of the suspect within the Visalia City Limits on  9-14-14 at approx. 2100 hrs.

The suspect was ultimately booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Adult Pre-Trial Facility on numerous felony charges that include 211 P.C./459 P.C./496 P.C.

This investigation is ongoing at this time and anyone with information can contact Det. E. Ramos  at (559) 733-6218,  1-800-808-0488 or  Tip Now at (559) 725-4194

 
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Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  28800 Block of Road 156, Farmersville          DATE:  9-13-14          TIME:  1037
CASE NUMBER:  14-11515         VICTIM:  Casa Blanca Market          CITY: 

On 9/13/14 at approximately 1037 hours, deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 28800 Block of Road 156 in Farmersville regarding an armed robbery, which had just occurred. 

Upon the deputies’ arrival, the victim told deputies that on 9/13/14 a male adult in his  20s, approx. 5’8-5’10, approx. 180 lbs., wearing a dark green or black T-shirt, a pair of black shorts with a white stripe on the side, black sandals, and a brown Camo boonie type hat.  The male adult walked behind the counter taking approximately $1,400 in lottery tickets.  The male adult brandished a small handgun (unknown make and model) at the victim.  Each ticket had a value of $20 dollars each.

The male adult ran out of the store, traveling N/B on Road 156.  The vehicle is described as a 4-door, dark gray, possible black in color, newer model Charger, unknown license plate.

Detectives were called to the scene and this case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. 

 

Anyone with information, please call Det. Ramos with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept at:

(800) - 808-0488, or the 

Tip now line: 559 725-4194, or by e-mail

tcso@tipnow.com

 
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Assault With a deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  13000 Block of Cannon Ave, Cutler          DATE:  9-12-14          TIME:  2340
CASE NUMBER:  14-11503         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

On 9/12/14 at approximately 2350 hours, deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 13000 Block of Cannon Ave in Cutler regarding a stabbing, which had just occurred. 

Upon the deputies’ arrival, the victim told deputies that on 9/12/14 he was involved in an argument with two Hispanic male juveniles, and at some point he was stabbed by one of the juveniles.  The victim stated the male juveniles fled the residence on foot. 

The victim was transported via ambulance to Kiawah Delta District Hospital where he was threated. 

Detectives were called to the scene and this case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. 

 

Anyone with information, please call Det. Ramos with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept at:

(800) - 808-0488, or the 

Tip now line: 559 725-4194, or by e-mail

tcso@tipnow.com

 
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Burglary
LOCATION:  7000 Block of Avenue 280, Visalia Ca          DATE:  9-14-14          TIME:  2000 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-11570         VICTIM:           CITY:  Visalia Ca

Suspect #1 Hispanic Female Adult, 5’7”, 180 Lbs Brown/Brown wearing a red dress.

Suspect #2 Hispanic Male Adult, 6’1”, 250-300 Lbs, Grey Shirt, Blue Jeans

Suspect #3 Hispanic Male Adult, 6’1”, 250 -300 Lbs, Unk Colored Shirt, Blue Jeans

 

On the above date and time, deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters substation responded to the above location in regards to a home invasion robbery.  The victim reported two unidentified Hispanic male adults along with a female companion entered his residence and demanded money.  Suspect #2 brandished a black semiautomatic .45 caliber pistol as Suspect #3 bound the victim’s hands.   The victim was able to free himself once the suspects left his residence.  The victim reported the suspects took $3660.00 in U.S currency along with a $400.00 smart phone.  South County Property Crimes Detectives were called out and assumed the investigation.

 

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County S/E Detective’s Unit.  If anyone has any information please contact Det. D. Holguin or Sgt. J. Dow at 1-800-808-0488 or TCSO@tipnow.com, by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

 

Case Status:  Active 

 
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Negligent Discharge of a Firearm Resisting Arrest, Burglary & Possession of Stolen property
LOCATION:  A95 AND R248 IN TERRA BELLA          DATE:  09-14-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-11551         VICTIM:  STATE OF CALIFORNIA          CITY: 

Suspect:

 Carlos Hernandez 20yrs

Mario Hernandez  19yrs

Heraman Reyes 20yrs

Two Juveniles 17yrs 

On 09/14/14, deputies were dispatched to area of Ave 95 and Rd248 regarding subjects shooting from a vehicle. Witnesses provided a description of the vehicle which was traveling west bound on Ave 95 near Rd 224. Deputies responded to the area and located the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. The suspects attempted to evade the deputies which ensued into foot chase. Deputies checked the area and arrested five suspects in the area. The suspects two juveniles and three adults were booked for Negligent Discharge of a Firearm, Resisting arrest and Burglary.     

 

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

 

 
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ROBBERY
LOCATION:  A264 & MOONEY BLVD , VISALIA          DATE:  09-12-14          TIME:  1130
CASE NUMBER:  14-11461         VICTIM:  SK (DRIVER) CHECKERS TAXI SERVICE          CITY: 

On 10-12-14 at 1130 hrs, Deputies were called for a report of a robbery. Deputies contacted the victim who said he picked up the suspect in Visalia, brought him to a pawn shop then took him to a residence near Mooney and Ave 264. The victim said the suspect demanded money, he (victim) knew the suspect had a knife and complied with his demands, giving him $30. Suspect fled on foot. 

 

Deputies checked the area. A lead was developed, and with comparison to previous booking photographs and surveillance video, the suspect was identified. An area check was done as well as the residence. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect, and a broadcast was put out to surrounding agencies. 

 

The Suspect returned to the pawn shop attempting to pawn other items. Deputies responded and detained the suspect who was identified as Justin Lee (25 YOA). Lee was interviewed and booked at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility without incident. The Case will be forwarded to the District Attorney. 

 
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Update: Homicide, Strathmore
LOCATION:  Avenue 196          DATE:  9-11-14          TIME:  1748
CASE NUMBER:  14-11428         VICTIM:  Samantha Bosquez          CITY:  Strathmore

On 9-12-14 the Tulare County Coroner performed an autopsy on Samantha Bosquez, age 19 of Strathmore. It was determined that the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head. 

 

Original News Release:

On 9-11-14 at about 5:48 pm, detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit were dispatched to 23200 block of Avenue 196 Strathmore in regards to a gunshot wound victim. 

The victim was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where she succumbed from her injuries.  The victim was identified as Samantha Bosquez 19 years out of Strathmore, Ca.

The suspect(s) were last seen fleeing the area in a dark older model compact vehicle, occupied by a Hispanic male driver. 

 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Gary Marks or Sgt. Rodney Parker of the Sheriff’s Departments Violent Crimes Unit @ (559) 735-1898 or (800) 808-0488 or may send your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program: 

Text or voicemail: 559-725-4194 or E-mail: tcso@tipnow.com

 
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HOMICIDE
LOCATION:  23200 BLOCK OF AVE 196 STRATHMORE          DATE:  09-11-14          TIME:  1748 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  14-11428         VICTIM:  SAMANTHA BOSQUEZ          CITY: 

On 9-11-14 at about 5:48 pm, detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit were dispatched to 23200 block of Avenue 196 Strathmore in regards to a gunshot wound victim. 

 

The victim was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where she succumbed from her injuries.  The victim was identified as Samantha Bosquez 19 years out of Strathmore, Ca.

 

The suspect(s) were last seen fleeing the area in a dark older model compact vehicle, occupied by a Hispanic male driver. 

 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Gary Marks or Sgt. Rodney Parker of the Sheriff’s Departments Violent Crimes Unit @ (559) 735-1898 or (800) 808-0488 or may send your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program: 

Text or voicemail: 559-725-4194 or E-mail: tcso@tipnow.com

 

 
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GRAND THEFT
LOCATION:  R124/A352          DATE:  09-10-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-11383         VICTIM:  GRUBER FARMS          CITY:  VISALIA

Deputies responded to the above location and met with a business employee who stated an agricultural vehicle had been taken from the business property. The employee checked the area and located a juvenile suspect fleeing in the vehicle near Road 138 and Ave 320. The juvenile was followed onto a nearby property where he left the vehicle and fled on foot. The vehicle was returned to the owner and the juvenile suspect was not located.

 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218.

 
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Sheriff's P.A.L. to host over 100 kids at the Tulare County Fair
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Tulare County Sheriff’s Police Activities League (P.A.L.) Program is hosting over 100 children, ages 8-12 at this year’s Tulare County Fair.  

On Wednesday September 10th, students from the various Tulare County communities will be gathered at the Tulare County fair location. The kids will watch and support the local entries of the Tulare County Fair Parade.  Once the parade is completed the kids will be treated to a lunch and then an afternoon of fun and rides.   

This is an annual program that provides underprivileged children with an opportunity to experience a day at the fair. The event also encourages a positive relationship between children and members of law enforcement. The Sheriff and a variety of community based officers, P.A.L members and explorers will be present at this outing. The Sheriff's Explorers are each assigned 3-5 children that they mentor throughout the event.  

P.A.L. Director Lieutenant Al Galafate wants to extend the gratitude from the Sheriff’s PAL program to the Tulare County Fair Board for their continuous support.   

 
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Possession of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:           DATE:  9-7-14          TIME:  2230
CASE NUMBER:  14-11267         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect: Steven Diniz  37 years old

On the above date and time Deputies conducted a traffic stop for a Vehicle Code violation.  A subsequent search of the vehicle located a bag containg a crystal like substance.  The above suspect was arrested without incident and booked into the Pre-Trial Facility without incident.

 

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

 
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Possession of Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  Beacon/Canal, Tulare          DATE:  09-07-14          TIME:  2130
CASE NUMBER:  14-11258         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect: Michael Angelo Montez  41 years old

On the above date and time Deputies contacted the above suspect riding a bike.  A subsequent search located a Crystal like substance on the person of the suspect.  A check also located an active warrant for his arrest.  The suspect was booked at the Pre-Trial Facility without incident.

 

This case was forwarded to the DA’s Office for review

 
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Press Release Regarding Jose Manuel Martinez, "El Mano Negro"
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Since June 20th 2014, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department in cooperation with the Tulare County District Attorney's Office worked on the out of State extradition of Jose Manuel Martinez aka: El Mano Negro (52 years old).  At the time of this process, Mr. Martinez was housed in an Alabama prison answering to one count of homicide.  He later pled out to a 50 year sentence in Alabama.  

With the assistance of the U.S. Marshal's Office, on September 3, 2014, Mr. Martinez was extradited back to California and booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial facility for a no bail arrest warrant.  The warrant was for nine counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide, meaning six counts of homicide in Tulare County, two counts of homicide in Kern County and one count of homicide and one count of attempted homicide in Santa Barbara County. 

Mr. Martinez is set to be arraigned this Friday afternoon in Tulare County for the following charges.  Through a mutual agreement, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office will be prosecuting the homicides from the counties of Kern and Santa Barbara as well.

The State of Florida and nine other States are also seeking out Mr. Martinez as a person of interest for homicides within their jurisdictions.

The following information comes from the original press release, put out by the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office (http://www.da-tulareco.org/Press_Releases/Press_Release-2014.04.08-A.pdf) :

On Tuesday April 8, 2014, Jose Manuel Martinez, age 51, of Richgrove, CA was charged with nine counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. He was also charged with special circumstance allegations of multiple murders, lying in wait, kidnapping, and murder for financial gain. These circumstances made him eligible for the death penalty.

Of the nine murder charges, six originated in Tulare County, two in Kern County, and one in Santa Barbara County, where Martinez was also charged with attempted murder.

In chronological order, the crimes charged are as follows:

October 21, 1980 – 23 year old David Bedolla of Lindsay, was shot while driving his vehicle to work with his wife, brother, and brother-in-law. The shooting took place between Lindsay and Strathmore.

October 1, 1982 – 30 year old Sylvester Ayon and a 17 year old were both shot while working on a ranch near Santa Ynez in Santa Barbara County. Ayon died from multiple gunshot wounds, while the teenager survived.

October 19, 1982 – 22 year old Raul Gonzalez of Earlimart was shot and stabbed multiple times. He was last seen at his home on the 19th, and his body was located two days later by ranchers east of Porterville.

April 8, 1995 – Domingo Perez, age 29 of Earlimart, was reported missing by his family. Nearly two months later, on May 23, his body was located in an orange grove just north of Richgrove. He had been shot multiple times.

February 14, 2000 – 56 year old Santiago Perez of Pixley was shot to death in his bed in the early morning hours of February 14. His four children, all minors, were in the home at the time of the shooting.

February 15, 2007 – 25 year old Jose Alvarado was located on a dirt access road just outside of McFarland in Kern County. He had been shot multiple times.

March 23, 2009 – Juan Bautista Moreno, 52, was located in an orange grove south of Elmo Highway near McFarland, in Kern County. He had been shot multiple times.

September 30, 2009 – 45 year old Joaquin Barragan of Earlimart was located on the bank of Deer Creek canal, east of Earlimart, by ranchers working in that area. He had been missing since September 27 of that year. He had been shot multiple times.

February 7, 2011 – Gonzalo Urquieta had been missing since February 5 of that year. The victim was located in an orange grove just outside of Richgrove, and had been shot multiple times.

 

For a graphic depicting the locations mentioned above, please contact the Office of the District Attorney at (559) 636-5494.

 
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Sheriff Boudreaux Introduces New Station Commanders
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Effective August 27, 2014, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux announced the re-assignment of two Operations Lieutenants. Lieutenant Gary Hunt, previously assigned to the Porterville substation, has now been assigned to Headquarters Patrol. Lieutenant Robert Moore, previously assigned to Headquarters Patrol, has now been assigned to the Porterville substation. Sheriff Boudreaux would like to wish these Lieutenants luck in their new assignments.

 

Gary Hunt, of Visalia, is married with three children, and is a proud grandfather. He has an Associates of Arts degree from COS, and an Associates of Science degree in Criminology from Fresno State. He started working with the Sheriff’s Department in 1989 in the Bob Wiley Detention Facility. During his time with the Sheriff’s Department, he has worked as a deputy in the Porterville substation, the STEP Unit, as a detective in Property Crimes and Violent Crimes, and after his promotion to Sergeant in 2008 worked in the Pixley substation and again in the Violent Crimes unit. In 2013, he promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned as a Station Commander in Porterville prior to his re-assignment to Headquarters in Visalia.

 

Lieutenant Hunt has also worked as an instructor in the Police Academies at Porterville College and COS. 

 

Lieutenant Moore, also of Visalia, is married with five children, two of which are still living at home.  He started working with the Sheriff’s Department in 1988 in the Main Jail Facility. As a Deputy, he has worked in Headquarters Patrol as a Field Training Officer, as well as in the Gang Unit in 1997. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1999 and worked in the Bob Wiley Detention Facility, Main Jail, Headquarters Patrol, North End Property Crimes, and the South County Gang Unit.  In 2012, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to the Custody Division, and worked in the Main Jail and Bob Wiley Detention Facility. In 2014, he was re-assigned to the Operations Division and served as the Station Commander for Headquarters prior to his re-assignment to the Porterville substation.

 

 

 
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Possession/Sale of narcotics/Under the influence of a controlled substance
LOCATION:  Exeter and Farmersville area          DATE:  9-4-14          TIME:  1400 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-40092         VICTIM:  State of Califormia          CITY: 

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division unit, Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) consisting of personnel from Exeter P.D., Farmersville P.D. and Patrol Division conducted a high profile narcotic suppression operation in the Cities of Exeter and Farmersville. As a result of the Narcotic operation conducted, approximately forty people were contacted and identified; seventeen (17) people were taken into custody for various narcotic charges.  Drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and illegal pills were also recovered during the operation.  

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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Forgery - Tulare and Fresno Counties
LOCATION:  Multiple          DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-11016         VICTIM:  Multiple          CITY: 

In recent weeks deputies at the Cutler-Orosi Substation have received multiple reports of forged checks from their personal bank accounts at local banks. The suspects are creating fictitious checks and utilizing the victims account number and bank routing number and passing the checks in the Fresno area. The community is cautioned to monitor bank activity and report any unauthorized transactions or suspicious activity to law enforcement.

 

The cases remain 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 email to tcso@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 
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Home invasion burglary
LOCATION:  900 block of E. Compton, Pixley          DATE:  9-2-14          TIME:  1400 hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-11034         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Deputies responded to a report of a home invasion burglary at the above location.  Victim reported that at approx. 1400 hours he was home alone, and asleep in bed.  He heard a knocking at his door, but did not get up to see who it was.  The Victim observed the Suspect walking down his hallway past his bedroom.  The Victim got dressed in a hurry, and confronted the Suspect who was then reportedly in a rear bedroom, with Victim’s TV in his hands.  The Victim confronted the Suspect and advised he would be calling the police.  The Suspect fled the scene, not taking any property.  The Victim advised the Suspect was known, as it was his neighbor a few doors to the west.  Deputies processed the scene, finding physical evidence.  Suspect was located and placed under arrest.   The Suspect was booked at the Porterville sub. 

 
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Possession of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  Rd 56 Ave 400 Delft Colony          DATE:  08-30-14          TIME:  2323 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-10917         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 08-30-14 at approximately 2323 hours deputies from the Orosi Substation contacted Manuel Moreno near intersection of Rd. 56 and Ave 400 during a check of a suspicious vehicle.  During contact with the suspect he was found in possession of  methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe.  Moreno was taken into custody on charges of possession of a controlled substance, H&S 11377, possession of drug paraphernalia, H&S 11364 and booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility.

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

 
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Assault on a Peace Officer
LOCATION:  40500 block Johnston Cutler, Ca          DATE:  09-02-2014          TIME:  0400hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-11006         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 9-2-2014, 0400hrs. The Tulare County Sheriff Department was dispatched to the 40500 block of Johnston Rd. in Cutler regarding an out of control juvenile. Upon arrival Deputies were confronted by a 17 year old juvenile who challenged Deputies to a fight. The juvenile assaulted a Tulare County Sheriff Deputy. The juvenile was eventually subdued and placed under arrest. 

Arrested: 17 year old male Juvenile.  

 
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HS 11377- Possession of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  Armstrong/Church          DATE:  8-31-14          TIME:  1600 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-10973         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Earlimart

On 9-01-14 Deputies from Tulare County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop at Armstrong and Church in Earlimart. Deputies contacted the passenger, Herminio Alamo. He had a warrant for his arrest. During a search of his person a small bindle of Methamphetamine was located in his pocket. He was arrested for 11377 H&S and booked into Tulare County Jail without incident.

Suspect:  (S) Herminio Alamo (31) years from Earlimart

 

 
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