Sheriff’s Department still searching for cattle killer

Cattle deaths happened about the same time in Yokohl Valley a year ago


EXETER – There are times when livestock have to be put down because they are suffering from sickness or lameness, a job that can be difficult both financially and emotionally for farmers depending on the animal and its job. But killing a perfectly healthy animal simply grazing in the pasture is grounds for animal cruelty.

That’s what happened late last month when the Tulare County Sheriff’s Ag Crimes Investigators were alerted to several cows that were shot and killed along Yokohl Valley Dr., east of Exeter. On Dec. 17, detectives with the ag crimes unit went to the scene and found evidence to suggest three mature cows were shot and killed from the roadway with what appeared to be a shotgun. Last week, deputies asked for the public’s help in catching the cow killers. The suspects were described as two Hispanic men, one with a “man bun”, driving a early 90s model Ford Ranger. The pickup is black in color with red interior and with what appears to be a spray-painted Ford emblem on the front grill. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective R. Gunderman, or Sgt. B. Rader with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Investigations Unit at (559) 802-9563. They can also call 24 hours a day at (559) 733-6218 or anonymously, by accessing the TipNow page at [email protected].

It’s unknown if these cattle killings are related to the shooting of two more cattle in the same area a year earlier. On Dec. 28, 2017, ranch hands working for the Boswell Cattle Company discovered a bull and a calf that were shot near the roadway. The dead animals were found in two separate locations about a half mile apart on Yokohl Valley Drive. The animals were shot sometime between 3 p.m. the day before at 8 a.m. that morning.

Sheriff’s Log

Friday, Jan. 4
In the 3100 block of Meadow Lane in Visalia, detectives with the Tulare Area Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team (TAGNET), Tulare Regional Auto Theft Team (TRATT), and Tulare County Probation served a search warrant at the home of 33-year-old Richard Griffith of Visalia. There, they found a classic 1942 Harley Davidson in the backyard that had been reported stolen on Christmas Eve in Tulare. Detectives also found a gun, ammunition, an additional stolen license plate, and methamphetamine. Griffith was arrested on charges of theft of a motorcycle, possession of a stolen motorcycle, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and felon in possession of ammunition. Griffith was already on Tulare County Probation for burglary and had a previous arrest for a stolen vehicle investigation. He was booked into the Adult Pre-Trial Facility.

Thursday, Jan. 10
A Tipton woman was running a drug house while her three grandchildren were living with her.

At 7:10 a.m. in the 100 block of S. La Fond Tipton, detectives with TAGNET served a narcotics search warrant at the home of 55-year-old Feliza Aguilera Alvarado. During the search, detectives found a total of 46.8 grams of methamphetamine in individual packaging (totaling at 51 bindles) on. Detectives also found a scale and other items associated with drug sales. Alvarado’s three grandchildren were living with her while she was dealing drugs out of her home. Detectives arrested Alvarado for possession of a controlled substance for sales, maintaining a residence for narcotics use and child endangerment. She was booked at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Detective S. Mendes or Sergeant D. De La Cruz with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Offce at (559) 733-6218. Or send anonymous information by text or email to [email protected] or call (559) 725-4194.

Sunday, Jan. 13
Deputies are searching for a red, four-door vehicle that was carjacked in Woodville last week. The carjacking happened at 8:17 p.m. in the labor camp community located south of Farmersville. The victim advised unknown male suspects armed with a firearm approached him and demanded his property and vehicle. The victim did not receive any injuries as a result of the incident. The suspects fled the area in a red four door vehicle and the victim’s vehicle with an undetermined amount of money from the victim. This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6218 or (800) 808-0488.

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