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Chief McBee will retire on May 10 after six years with the VFD, 42 years in fire service

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The quaint San Joaquin Valley of sunny California seemed like a paradise to Doug McBee when he agreed to become the next fire chief of the Visalia Fire Department. The Colorado native and outdoorsman was astounded to find a place that was two and a half hours from the sights […]

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Kevin Light, 34, sexually assaulted a minor in 2016 in the Porterville area

@TheSunGazette VISALIA– Another rapist if off the streets following a recent decision by a local jury. Late in the afternoon of March 8, 2019, a Tulare County jury found Kevin Light, 34, of Visalia guilty of forcible rape of a minor, a felony that carries up to 11 years in prison. The crime occurred in […]

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Traffic stop takes drug dealer off the streets

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Probation was a mere suggestion for one local man. Javier Guerrero-Viveros, 21, couldn’t even be bothered to obey traffic laws while he was driving around with guns and drugs. At 4:27 p.m. on March 15, an officer with the Visalia Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit Guerrero-Viveros’ vehicle for a traffic violation. After […]

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Police administration building seizes civic center project in Visalia

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Twelve years and $1.5 million later, the City of Visalia has finally narrowed down a piece of property to build a new civic center. They just aren’t going to do it any time soon. At its March 4 meeting, the Visalia City Council voted to construct a new public safety […]

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Visalia contracts with new company to manage its 1,200 acres of farmland

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – If you had to guess who the top pecan grower is in Tulare County names like Paramount, Premier, and South Valley Farms may come to mind. But none of the agribusiness giants has cracked the Tulare County pecan market quite like the City of Visalia. And their staff did it […]

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Gang member found guilty of murder in 2016 shooting at gas station

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – A Visalia man is facing 118 years in prison after killing one and injuring another during a gang shooting more than two years ago. On March 4, a Tulare County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Montejano found Apfu See, 28, guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and shooting at an occupied vehicle. Each […]

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ID thief sentenced to prison after stealing 85 identities

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – A Visalia woman was running a prolific identity theft business out of a car just to keep up with her drug habit. On March 5, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Gary Paden sentenced 27-year-old Jessica Murphy to 12 years in state prison for financial and drug crimes. On Jan. 29, Murphy pleaded […]

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Ceremony signals end of intersection construction

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – After nine months of constant construction, lane closures, and delays due to detours, the project to improve the intersection of Goshen Avenue and Demaree Street has officially finished. Mayor Bob Link, Vice Mayor Steve Nelsen, and Councilmember Brian Poochigian handled the ceremonial honors of cutting the yellow construction tape during a ribbon […]

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Visalia store sales push to keep doors open

JC Penney, Foot Locker, Victoria’s Secret announce massive store closings but Visalia Mall locations will probably survive By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The Visalia Mall got some seemingly terrible news last week as national retailers continued to announce massive store closings across the country. But Visalia Mall general manager Rick Feder remained unfazed by the […]

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