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Lindsay Police Logs

Saturday, April 25

At 11:01 p.m. officers responded to a confidential location for a report of an out of control juvenile. A woman advised that she had been assaulted by her 15-year-old daughter following an argument. The juvenile confessed to striking her mother following an argument. She was arrested and transported to the Juvenile Detention Facility.

Saturday, May 2

At 10:06 a.m. in the 900 block of E. Olivewood, officers responded to a report of an unknown male subject in the backyard at a residence. Jose Sanchez entered the backyard without permission. He was arrested and later released on a signed agreement to appear.

Monday, May 4

At 5:53 p.m. in the 200 block of N. Cambridge, officers responded to a report of verbal disturbance. Ramon Villa advised he was involved in a verbal altercation with his son, Raymond Villa. Raymond was found to be on active parole and under the influence of a controlled substance. Raymond was arrested and booked at the Porterville Sub-Station on a parole violation.

Tuesday, May 5

At 6:58 a.m. in the 100 block of N. Ashland, officers responded to a report of a family disturbance involving a knife. Gerardo Cardenas advised that his father, Francisco Cardenas of Lindsay, threatened to kill him with a butcher knife. Francisco became combative with officers and was later taken into custody.

Exeter Police Logs

Thursday, April 2

Officers responded to an attempted armed robbery at the Exeter Mini Mart. Witnesses told police two subjects aimed a handgun at the clerks and then fled the scene, no loss was reported. The investigation was turned over to the Interagency Gang Enforcement Team, which is funded through JAG Grant called Closing the Circle. The ensuing investigation determined the suspect’s were local gang members and led the investigators to a residence in the 300 block of W. Visalia Rd. On April 22, the investigators went to the residence to conduct a probation compliance check and serve a search warrant. As the investigators from the Interagency Gang Enforcement Team arrived a male subject, later identified as Robert Sanchez, went into the residence and locked the door. Sanchez refused the investigators entrance into the residence and went into a bedroom and fell asleep. After a short time, family members arrived and provided investigators keys to the residence. Sanchez, 36, of Exeter was arrested for delaying an officer in the performance of his duties. The search warrant revealed evidence that linked Sanchez to two other male juveniles ages 16 and 15. Both juveniles were arrested on charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit a crime and being an active member of a criminal street gang. The case is currently under investigation by the Interagency Gang Enforcement Team and no other information is being released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. Scott McElroy or Sgt. Steve Kennedy at (559)735-1898 or (800) 808-0488.

Friday, April 24

At approximately 5:15 p.m. a resident came to the Exeter Police Department lobby reporting that she was confronted by a known suspect. The victim advised she was confronted in an alleyway and the suspect took a grocery bag with several items by force from the handle bars of her bicycle. The suspect also attempted to take her bicycle, but was unable to take it from her grasp. The victim estimated the value of stolen items to be approximately $110.

Friday, May 1

Officers with the Exeter Police Department arrested James Martinez on a traffic stop for obstructing or delaying an Officer in the performance of their duty. Martinez then continued to resist after he was told that he was under arrest. Martinez was booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Detention Facility.

Sheriff’s Log

Tuesday, April 28

At 1:03 p.m. at Lake Kaweah in Three Rivers, officers made contact with a vehicle. The passenger, identified as 27-year-old Helena Francisco of Tulare, was found to have a felony warrant and taken into custody. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located approximately 8.9 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 1.3 grams of purported heroin, and a set of digital scales. Also arrested was Jason Perez, 33, of Visalia for two counts of possession of a controlled substance for sales. Both subjects were booked at Tulare County Main Jail.

Wednesday, April 29

Deputies from Gang Violence Suppression Unit, Tulare County Probation Department, Interagency Gang Enforcement Team and the Woodlake, Exeter and Farmersville police departments, conducted 28 Probation compliance checks in Farmersville, Woodlake, Exeter and Ivanhoe. The operation identified eight gang members and three additional cases related to violation of probation that are being investigated which will later be submitted to the Tulare County District Attorney’s office for filing. Arrested were: Male juvenile, 17, of Farmersville on charges of possession of a firearm, ammunition, metal knuckles, and the makings of marijuana honey oil lab; male juvenile, 16, of Farmersville on charges of possession of a firearm, ammunition, metal knuckles, and the makings of Marijuana Honey Oil lab.; Xavier J. Solis, 20, of Woodlake on charges of possession of Marijuana for sales and the makings of a Marijuana honey oil lab; female juvenile, 15, of Exeter on a warrant arrest; Mark R. Rhodes, 18, of Exeter on charges of possession of concentrated marijuana.

The cases are currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit and the Interagency Gang Enforcement Team. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Officer J. Weatherby or Sgt. Steve Sanchez at (559)733-6218 or (800) 808-0488.

Thursday, April 30

At 11:48 p.m. in the 33600 block of Road 248 in Lemon Cove, deputies attempted to contact 24-year-old John Fernandez, the suspect of a criminal threats investigation. Fernandez fled from the scene on foot and was pursued by deputies. He later returned to the scene holding a metal pipe and waving it in a threatening manner at deputies. Fernandez refused to drop the pipe and fled once again and was contacted at a nearby residence. Fernandez dropped the pipe and was about to surrender when he began to resist arrest and fight with deputies. Fernandez was physically restrained and arrested.

Wednesday, May 6

At 1:30 p.m. in the 40800 block of Blossom in Three Rivers, a victim reported he had been assaulted on the night of May 2 while at a residence in Three Rivers. Victim advised after the assault the suspect and his girlfriend – 41-year-old Jason Castiglione and 33-year-old Katie Hollister, both of Three Rivers – took his cell phone when they left the residence. Both suspects were located at a residence in Visalia. Castiglione was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy and robbery. Hollister was arrested on charges of conspiracy and robbery. Both were booked into the Tulare County Main Jail. Anyone with additional information should contact Deputy Frick at (559) 733-6218.

Sunday, May 10

At 1:15 a.m. in the 200 block of N. Elmwood Ave. in Lindsay, detectives from the Gang Violence Suppression Unit conducted a traffic stop in a parking lot. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded firearm. Further investigation revealed three of the four suspects were convicted felons and suspected of being active gang members. The following suspects were arrested on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and being active gang members: Jacob Gentry, 22, Miguel Rosales 23, Anthony Mendoza, 24, Martin Garcia, 24, all of Hanford. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Richard Ramirez or Sergeant Steve Sanchez at (559)733-6218 or (800) 808-0488.

Monday, May 11

At 10:30 a.m. in the area of Avenue 288 and Road 180 in Exeter, deputies responded to a report of a domestic violence. The victim said she had been hit several times in the head by her boyfriend of four years and father of their child. Samuel Rivas, 22, of Exeter fled the area prior to the Deputies arrival and is still outstanding.

At 2 p.m. in the area of Road 156 and Avenue 324 in Ivanhoe, deputies responded to a report of a theft of brass valves form an orchard. The victim said unknown suspect(s) cut several pipes and took four brass valves from his orchard worth an estimated $1,000.

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