Probation check leads to guns, drug bust

(Visalia Police Department)

Two arrested in Visalia after probation compliance check uncovers firearms and cocaine

VISALIA – A routine probation check by the Visalia Police Department led to some unexpected discoveries and subsequent arrests.

On June 5 at 3:35 p.m., the Visalia Police Department Narcotics Unit and the Special Enforcement Unit conducted a probation compliance check in the 1400 block of East Douglas Avenue. Firearms, ammunition and a small quantity of cocaine were found inside the home. 

Two individuals were arrested as a result of the check. Convicted felon Jerron Johnson, 21, was arrested and booked for possession of a firearm and ammunition. Jeremiah Johnson, 27, was arrested and booked for possession of narcotics while in possession of a firearm.

Arson suspect caught in Visalia

On May 31 at approximately 2:15 AM, the Visalia Fire Department and Visalia Police Department responded to a structure fire at an apartment complex in the 300 block of East Oak Avenue. The fire, which started in a flowerbed next to the exterior wall, was quickly extinguished by residents, officers and fire personnel. Thankfully, no one was injured, but there was extensive damage to the exterior wall.

(Visalia Police Department)

Video surveillance footage revealed a man intentionally setting the fire. The suspect, identified as Christopher Jones, 40, was located and arrested several hours later. Jones was booked at the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility for arson of an inhabited dwelling.

VFD extinguishes multiple fires

In addition to a massive fire near Goshen that blazed its way into the Budget Auto Wrecking yard on Rasmussen Avenue on June 1, which was reported by The Sun-Gazette on June 4, the Visalia Fire Department responded to a handful of other fires in the Visalia area within the last week.

Firefighters with the Visalia Fire Department responding to a fire at a residential location. (Visalia Fire Department)

At 9:50 p.m. on June 6, firefighters with the Visalia Fire Department were dispatched to a grass fire near North Hermosa Street and East Riverway Drive along the St. John’s River. Crews worked quickly and had the fire under control within 20 minutes. Tulare County Fire and Cal Fire engines assisted in the response. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

On June 5, around 1:50 p.m., VFD firefighters were called to the area of Houston Avenue and McAuliff Street for a report of a grass fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Around 7:45 p.m on May 31., Visalia firefighters were called to the area of Beverly Drive and Divisadero Street for a report of a residential fire. As of report, the cause of the fire is unknown.

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