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Friday, Aug. 11 A parolee who had been burglarizing local businesses was caught last week. Visalia Police officers responded to Freedom Towing, 1920 E. Mineral King Ave., where they found 49-year-old Mark Egbert stealing property from the business. During the investigation Property Crimes detectives learned that Egbert was responsible for several other thefts/burglaries in the […]

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Murderer’s parole request shot down

@TheSunGazette soledad, calif. – A Visalia gang member was denied parole last week for his life sentence in the 1995 murder and attempted murder of two teens. Luis Rosa Amador, 44, was denied by the California parole board during an Aug. 4 hearing at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, Calif. Amador received a three-year […]

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VUSD’s top educators get raises

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – The top educators at Tulare County’s largest school district received raises last month. At its July 11 meeting, the Visalia Unified School District Board approved a 2.5% salary increase this school year and a new salary schedule for its superintendent and assistant superintendents. Dr. Todd Oto, superintendent of Visalia […]

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Woman, man hit crossing Mooney Blvd.

@TheSunGazette visalia – A Visalia woman remains in critical condition after being stuck by a car while trying to cross Mooney Boulevard. Brittany Lamb, 31, sustained major injuries while crossing Mooney just north of Orchard Street. She was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center before being transferred to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno where […]

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Passenger rail may stop in foothill towns again

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Regardless of your politics regarding high speed rail, almost everyone can agree on the need for more mass transit, preservation of rail lines and reducing the amount of emissions on the road. And the California High Speed Rail (HSR) project could bring all of those things despite its multi-billion-dollar […]

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VPD grant to reduce alcohol crimes

@TheSunGazette visalia – Alcohol-related crimes are a major concern in Tulare County, where DUI fatalities outrank its percent of statewide population and where excessive drinking is higher than both the state and national average. In 2013, the most recent numbers available, Tulare County ranked 11 out of 58 counties with 35 fatalities and injuries by those drinking […]

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Working on the homeless

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Robert Valencia started his first day of steady work in more than a decade on Monday, but more importantly, the milestone represented the first day of working toward a new life. Valencia was among three people selected to kick off the City of Visalia’s new program to pay homeless […]

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Shopping center coming to Mooney

@TheSunGazette visalia – While news of nationwide retail closures and chain contractions have hit many mid-sized cities hard in the last year, Visalia is not only holing onto its retailers but is adding space for new ones. Devon Jones, economic development manager for Visalia, said the City received a site plan on July 12 for […]

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