Lindsay Police Log

Wednesday, Sept. 19

At 2:10 a.m., while conducting targeted foot patrol in the 500 block of N. Sweetbrier, officers, contacted Pedro Murillo Lemus, who was found to be in possession of a dagger and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and transported to the police department for processing prior to being lodged at the Porterville Substation.

Friday, Sept. 21

At 8:17 a.m., Porterville Police Department Dispatch advised that a female had called from the 800 block of N. Ash and gave a brief description regarding her infant child being taken by her ex-husband’s son. Dispatch stated the female hung up and did not provide any additional information. Upon arrival, Police contacted Lorraine Robles, in the parking lot of the complex who stated her infant son had been abducted. Police determined the infant was asleep and safe inside the residence. Robles was uncooperative and extremely intoxicated. She was arrested for public intoxication and later booked at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility.

At 11:12 p.m., in the 900 block of W. Mariposa, officers responded for a report of a family disturbance. Police contacted the reporting person who stated her father had kicked in her front door and smashed her car’s windshield. Police gathered the information necessary for a report. Officer Higginbotham located Frank Oviedo, in the area of Westwood and Tulare. Oviedo was found to be extremely intoxicated and also had an out of county, cite and release warrant for his arrest. Oviedo was taken into custody and later booked at the Porterville Sub-Station for public intoxication. He was issued a citation for the Madera County warrant.

Saturday, Sept. 22

At 11:57 p.m., at the Memorial Building, officers responded regarding a suspicious person. Upon arrival officers contacted security staff who advised an unknown subject was lying in a parked vehicle in the parking lot. Officers located a blue 1989 Chevy Cavalier and contacted Rene Ortiz-Campos, who was found to be too intoxicated to care for his safety or the safety of others. While attempted to place Ortiz-Campos into custody he became uncooperative and was late placed into handcuffs. He was later transported and booked at the Porterville Sub-Station. His vehicle was later towed and stored by Sequoia Tow.

At 1:36 p.m., police were contacted by a woman, who advised that her husband, Jose Ibarra Lemus, pushed her to the floor, pulled her hair, and struck her in the face and head on today’s date at about 7:20 a.m. The victim had visible marks to her face, arms, and back. Lemus and the victims children witnessed the incident and an warrant was issued for Lemus.

At 8:47 p.m., in the 700 block of E. Honolulu, Lindsay Units responded to a report of a disturbance in progress. The victim advised that she had been struck in the face by her boyfriend, Samuel Estrella Rodriguez. Rodriguez was located inside the residence and arrested. He was transported to the police department for processing prior to being lodged at the Porterville Sub-Station.


Sheriff’s Log

Friday, Sept. 28

In the 22300 block of Avenue 340 in Woodlake, detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s STEP team assisted Tulare County Code Compliance officers in serving an Abatement Warrant on a marijuana grow at the above listed location. Abatement Warrants are written after the Civil fine process fails to induce a property owner to remove a Public Nuisance. In this case the marijuana in question was being grown outside of the approved zone and outdoors. Property owners had been notified, served and fined over a period of several months. After failing to abate the marijuana an Abatement Warrant was requested and signed by a Judge of the Superior Court directing the county to enter the property and remove the marijuana plants. 156 fully budded marijuana plants were removed from the property. The fence surrounding the property was torn down as it was also out of compliance with County Codes. Due to the frequency of armed subjects at marijuana grows the Tulare County Resource Management Agency requests the Sheriff’s department to assist in these abatement operations. The cost of the Abatement operation will be passed on to the property owner.


Visalia Police Log

Visalia Police Chief Colleen Mestas would like to make the public aware of increased theft of recyclable metal wire. The number of wire theft reports has doubled to date in 2012, compared to the full calendar year 2011.

There was a reported loss of $26 thousand dollars to victims of wire theft in 2011. In 2012, we have received a reported loss totaling $86 thousand dollars with the final quarter of the year remaining. These thefts are occurring citywide. The increase has been seen in copper wire because the market for copper is high making recycling theft of metal more profitable.

These wire thefts not only, are severe financial losses for the victim. In many cases commercial losses are ultimately transferred to consumers.

Some tips for reducing the likelihood of becoming a wire theft victim are; keep wire areas illuminated at night, use surveillance cameras in and around the business, keep wire in secured enclosures, and mark wire with identifiable markings or colored paint to enhance recovery efforts.

The Visalia Police Department encourages citizens to report any information regarding wire theft to the police department at 734-8117 or the Anonymous Tip Line at 713-4738.

– Police logs are generously provided by the aforementioned agencies which are not required by law to compile them for the general public.

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