Exeter Police Department warns of fake news—no really

Police Department debunks report from fake news site that Exeter City Council approved a 6 p.m. curfew due to a rise in COVID-19 cases

The Sun-Gazette

EXETER – You shouldn’t trust everything you read on Facebook, especially if it is from Channel 45 news. That’s because Channel 45 news doesn’t exist. 

A screen shot of a news story with the headline “Exeter Ca 194 residence test positive for covid 19 virus small town life’s now in danger,” is not only a run-on sentence, but it improperly uses the word residence instead of residents. The post, according to the fabricated Channel45news.com, goes onto claim that the Exeter City Council had an emergency council meeting where the council allegedly approved a 6 p.m. curfew and that violators will be fined and possibly serve jail time. 

“We can say in simple terms, that this ‘news story’ is completely false with no truth to it,” the Exeter Police Department posted on Facebook. “There was no emergency City Council meeting and there is no citywide curfew in effect.” 

Exeter PD goes on to state that the so-called news site is actually a website that allows people to create fake news stories. It also incorrectly states that there are 194 cases of coronavirus in Exeter. Tulare County Public Health does not break down COVID-19 cases by zip code but rather gives a total number for the Exeter, Lindsay, Farmersville area, totaling just 84 cases as of press time. 

“When receiving a forwarded story, especially if the story seems extreme, we would encourage everyone to take a moment and do a little fact-checking before forwarding it to others and helping to spread unfounded rumors,” Exeter PD reminded residents on its post. “We hope that this will help put an end to this ‘news story.’”

Exeter Police arrest teen driver in shooting

Screeching tires and the popping of gunfire rang out through Exeter in the evening of April 20. At 5:15 p.m. the Exeter Police Department responded to the area of Fairway Drive and Belmont Road for a report of shots fired. A victim called 911 and reported being chased by a white Honda Civic, occupied by multiple males. As the suspects were chasing the victims, the suspects fired multiple rounds at the victim’s vehicle, striking the vehicle. Fortunately, nobody was struck by the gunfire and no injuries were sustained. The suspects then turned around and fled the area.

The investigation positively identified a 16-year-old Visalia male as the driver of the shooter’s vehicle. He was contacted at his residence and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility where he was lodged. Anyone with any information regarding this matter is urged to contact Sergeant Brett Inglehart or Detective Paul Walker at 559-592-3103 or 559-733-6218. Callers can remain anonymous.

Help officers ‘bridge’ the gap to catch thief

Exeter Police officers are asking for the public’s help in finding a stolen bridge. On April 16, a wooden decorative bridge was stolen from a business in Exeter. Video surveillance revealed the bridge was taken at approximately 9:05 p.m. by a white female adult, wearing a light-colored tank top, plaid shorts and athletic shoes. The female is seen dragging the bridge away from the business.

An early to mid 2000’s Chevrolet pickup, extended or crew cab, lowered with customized wheels is seen in the area immediately before and after the theft. While it is not yet conclusively known if the vehicle was involved in the theft, its presence during the time frame of the theft leaves investigators wanting to talk to the driver. Anyone with information regarding this theft, should contact Officer Tim Guzman at 559-592-3103 or 559-733-6218. 

Deputies search for armed robber

On April 22, Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 200 block of East Sierra in Earlimart for an armed robbery at the Speedway Gas Station. Surveillance video shows a man wearing all black, including a black mask, walk into the store armed with a silver revolver. He demanded money from the clerk and ran off. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Guerrero in the TCSO Investigations Unit at 559-802-9563. You can also call 24 hours a day at 559-733-6128 or anonymously, by accessing the TipNow page at [email protected].

Lindsay toddler, 2, dies in shallow pool

A Lindsay toddler fell into a pool and died last week. At 4:30 p.m. on April 22, deputies were called to the 800 block of Page Avenue in Lindsay for an unresponsive 2-year-old who fell in a semi-filled pool. The child was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Violent Crimes Investigations Unit. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218. 

Deputies break up cockfighting ring

Just before 11 a.m. on April 26, deputies were called to the 43700 block of Road 136 in Orosi for a possible cock fight in the middle of an orange orchard. When they arrived, several people scattered leaving behind 11 caged roosters and about 30 dead roosters near the portable arena. Deputies also found several “gaffs,” small knives tied to the rooster’s legs during a fight, and other paraphernalia used in rooster fights. 

Tulare County Animal Control responded to the location and took possession of the roosters. Deputies later found a 65 year-old man hiding in a neighboring orchard, who was later arrested for being involved in the rooster fight. Anyone with more information about this investigation is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at [email protected] or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

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