SCE employees save man’s life in Visalia

(Visalia Police Department)

The life-saving efforts of Southern California Edison linemen prove crucial in a car accident rescue on Walnut Avenue and Mooney Boulevard

VISALIA – Quick-thinking Southern California Edison linemen save the life of a man through CPR efforts after they happen upon the scene of a car accident while on their way to work.

Just before 8:30 a.m., the Visalia Police Department traffic unit was called to the area of Walnut Avenue and Mooney Boulevard for a report of a traffic accident with injuries. Officers were told there was an unresponsive man inside the car.

A lineman and apprentice with Southern California Edison’s Tulare District were driving to a work site when the accident occurred. The good Samaritans pulled over and immediately began conducting CPR on the man. A defibrillator was also used. Because of their efforts, they were able to revive the man before first responders arrived on the scene.

“Had they not taken immediate action, the victim likely would not have survived. It is clear that their actions saved a life, and we commend them for their bravery and dedication to helping others,” Visalia Sergeant Henry Martinez said via announcement.

The Visalia Police Department would like to thank these two Samaritans for their selfless and incredible actions.

“These SCE/IBEW employees truly make a difference in our community,” VPD stated via announcement.
“Southern California Edison, you have amazing people working for you.”

Oct. 28

Around 9:25 p.m., VPD officers were called to The Bar Method on Walnut Avenue for a burglary that had just occurred.

(Visalia Police Department)
(Visalia Police Department)

Officers were told the suspect had entered the closed business through the back door, stole items and fled on foot.

Officers found Jason Wise, 38, of Fresno, in the area of Kent Street and Coppola Court with the stolen items.

Wise was arrested without incident and booked at the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility for burglary. The stolen property was recovered and returned to the business.

Oct. 27

The Visalia Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Carlos Casteneda-Arellano, 21.

Just after 1 p.m. on Oct. 22, VPD officers were called to the Houston Avenue Market on Court Street for a report of an armed robbery. Violent Crimes Detectives were called to take over the investigation.

During the investigation, detectives identified Casteneda-Arellano, and a 17-year-old, as the suspects.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the arrest of the teenager. Two search warrants were also served in the 2400 block of N. Court St. Evidence of the robbery was found during the search.

The juvenile was booked at the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility for robbery, conspiracy, and participation in a criminal street gang. Casteneda is still outstanding and wanted.

If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, please contact Detective Luis Berrocales at 559-713-4727 or Sergeant Nate Flaws at 559-713-4092. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact the Anonymous Tip Line at 559-713-4738.

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