Gangs still active in small towns despite drops in crime and incidents

Two 17-year-olds are caught with gang tattoos, clothing; 15-year-old caught with alcohol


LINDSAY – The Lindsay Unified School District and the Lindsay Department of Public Safety have made significant strides in preventing juveniles from joining gangs and preventing gangs from spreading among its youth. But a recent arrest reminds residents it is important to remain vigilant in the efforts to keep children out of gangs.

At 6:33 p.m. on March 12, an officer was on patrol when he contacted three male juveniles in the 400 block of N. Mirage Ave. The two 17-year-old males had gang related tattoos and were wearing gang attire. The 15-year-old male was in possession of alcohol and was arrested without incident. The juvenile was later dropped off at his home and released to his mother on a signed promise to appear in court.

Lindsay Police Logs

Wednesday, March 7
At 9:42 a.m. in the 200 block E. Lindsay Street, officers responded to a report of a physical altercation that occurred. Officers contacted 41-year-old Virginia Herrera who was found to have an active infraction warrant for parole violation and with a total bail of $192. Herrera was also found to be in possession of 3.18 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe with possible drug residue. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Lindsay Police Department where she was processed and released on a promise to appear in court. The reporting person advised the incident between her and Herrera was verbal only and requested to be transported to the hospital for a pre-existing medical condition.

Sunday, March 11
At 3:40 p.m. at Fastrip,195 W. Hermosa St., an officer was flagged down regarding a vehicle that had crashed into a parked car. The driver, later identified as 20-year-old Constantino Rodriguez, provided several false names and date of births. He was found to be extremely intoxicated and later placed in police custody without further incident. The necessary information was gathered for the traffic collision. The registered owner of the parked vehicle was notified of the collision. Rodriguez was transported to the Lindsay PD where he provided breath samples with a blood alcohol ratio of .25 and .27, more than three times the legal limit. Rodriguez was later transported to the TCSO Porterville Sub-Station and booked/lodged on the above listed charges.

Tuesday, March 13
At 12:26 p.m., an officer Nave responded to Washington Elementary for a report of four juveniles in possession of an alcoholic beverage.  Upon arrival, the juveniles were cited to the Probation Department’s Thunderbolt program and released to their parents on a signed promise to appear in court.

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