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Bull, calf shot and killed in Yokohl Valley

Bull, calf shot and killed in Yokohl Valley

Sheriff’s detectives report that animals were shot during the night in separate pastures


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 ranch hands for the Boswell Cattle Company discovered that a bull and a calf were shot and killed. The workers were feeding livestock when they discovered the dead animals at 8 a.m. on Dec. 28 near the roadway of Yokohl Drive but in two separate locations about a half mile apart. Workers reported the crime to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department and told detectives with the Agriculture Crimes unit that the animals were last seen alive at 3 p.m. on Dec. 27.

Detectives processed the scenes and collected evidence from both locations. The loss of the animals was estimated at $5,500. Anyone with more information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Sergeant  Rhyman or Detective Armstrong with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Agricultuarl Crimes Unit at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

Sheriff’s Log

Sunday, Dec. 31
Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office’s TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team) conducted gang suppression throughout Tulare County. As a result, six firearms were seized as evidence from two locations in Woodville and Seville.

At 7:49 p.m., detectives responded to the Woodville Labor Camp, 16153 Road 192, regarding a report of gunshots fired. Upon arrival, they contacted a large group of gang members in the area and observed one holding a handgun. The subjects fled to a residence nearby and discarded three firearms. Detectives responded to the residence and located two additional firearms. Three of the firearms were reported as stolen. During the investigation, a male juvenile, 15, was booked for a stolen firearm and seven more were arrested for child endangerment: Franklin Romero, 19; Reynaldo Lara, 23; Tony Martinez, 18; Gabriela Ruiz Gonzalez, 19; Jennifer Aguilar, 22; Aliyah Cabeje, 22; and Itzel Vasquez, 23.

At midnight, detectives responded to the 15300 block of Avenue 381 in the Seville area for multiple gunshots being heard. Detectives contacted the occupants in the backyard of the residence and located multiple spent rounds of ammunition on the ground. A search of the backyard ultimately revealed an assault rifle with a high capacity magazine. The assault rifle was also reported as stolen.

During the investigation, 20-year-old Everardo Sarmiento, was arrested on charges of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a controlled substance, under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of an assault rifle, and negligent discharge of a firearm.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 559-725-4194. Anyone with information regarding gang activity is encouraged to call the Tulare County gang hotline at 1-888-END-GANG (1-888-363-4264).

Sunday, Jan. 7
At 12:21 p.m., deputies at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility responded to a disturbance within the facility. Eric Wyatt, a 33-year-old inmate, had physically assaulted another inmate, 68-year-old Roy Martin. Martin sustained multiple injuries to his upper body and was transported to an area hospital for medical treatment. Wyatt was placed under arrest and booked for attempted homicide and mayhem.

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