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County green lights first stretch of Ave. 280 widening project

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN tulare county – The first leg of a project to create an expressway stretching from Highway 99 to Exeter may begin later this month. At its June 20 meeting, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to award a contract to widen a two-mile segment of Avenue 280 (Caldwell Avenue) […]

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Woman gets prison for trafficking a minor

@TheSunGazette visalia – A woman who lured a young girl into a Tulare County sex trafficking operation was sentenced to five years in prison last week. On June 30, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Harry Papadakis sentenced 20-year-old Talia Vasquez of Patterson, Calif. to five years in state prison for human trafficking. Vasquez had previously […]

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Crime Lines: Three kids taken from meth house

@TheSunGazette visalia – A Visalia woman was arrested last week for running a drug house while three children were living there. At 5:33 p.m. on June 27, officers with the Visalia Police Department’s Narcotics Unit and the TARGET task force served a search warrant in the 1300 block of N. Park St. During the search, […]

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Councilman’s aquatic center proposal swimming in support

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – One local councilman was swimming in support for an idea to build an aquatic center in downtown. On June 28, Visalia City Councilmember Greg Collins, along with Councilmember Steve Nelson, held a meeting in Council Chambers to gage interest in building a 50-meter competition swimming pool, surrounding grandstands, a […]

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Drone lands thief in prison

@TheSunGazette visalia – A Woodlake man’s attempt to steal a drone last year landed him in prison last week. On June 26, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Montejano sentenced Samuel Cabrera, 33, of Woodlake, to 11 years in state prison for stealing a drone from a Visalia hobby store. On March 29, 2017, Cabrera […]

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Animal shelter finds ‘purrfect’ new home

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Tulare County’s shelter for homeless animals has finally found a permanent home. Valley Oak SPCA received approval from the Visalia Planning Commission on June 12 to begin improvements for a new animal adoption, animal training and education center. The location ends a six-month search for a facility allowing the […]

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Rotary grants $97k to local non-profits

@TheSunGazette visalia – The Visalia Rotary Community Foundation this year will donate $97,500 to six local organizations, bringing the total awarded to $1.271 million since the Foundation was formed in 1990. The recipient organizations, and the purpose of each grant, are: • The Open Arms House, a hospice care facility to be named in honor […]

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CASA to light up the night

By Mackenzie Carmen @MCarmen549 visalia- The Fourth of July sky has lacked the loud, colorful explosions of fireworks for the last two years. The Visalia City Council chose to end the fireworks show in 2014, but fireworks will once again light up the night at Groppetti Stadium this Independence Day. Court Appointed Special Advocates of […]

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Suspect found hiding in Mexico 11 years after murder

@TheSunGazette visalia – An 11-year-old homicide case was finally closed last week thanks to some diligent detective work, field work by the feds and cooperation from another country. Visalia Police Department detectives took custody of 34-year-old Andres Rivera Espindola on June 17 after he was turned over by FBI Agents at the Fresno International Airport. […]

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