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Shop Safely This Holiday Season

Shop Safely This Holiday Season


The Better Business Bureau has some safe shopping tips for you this holiday season.

Create a budget and stick to it

Tulare Gang Awareness Event This Week

Tulare Gang Awareness Event This Week

In an effort to educate residents about the negative impacts of gangs, the City of Tulare and Tulare County will host the Tulare Gang Awareness Event, scheduled for October 25th.

The goal is to educate the public on gang prevention and suppression strategies, community safety, and how residents can get involved in combating gang activity.

"Collaboration between all partners is a must in order to inform and help educate residents about the gang presence and impacts upon our community," said District Two Supervisor Pete Vander Poel. "Knowledge is power. This event should give parents and youth the tools to fight gangs and gang influences."

The forum is scheduled 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

New Details in Tulare Homicide Investigation

Tulare Police have released the name of the victim in the city's latest homicide.

On the early morning of September 24th, officers received reports of a man down in the alleyway of the 1100 block of west Kern Street.

They have identified him as 21-year-old Reynaldo Rosales.

So far, police have not said whether any arrests have been made in the case.

Tulare Man Sentenced to Jail After "Striking Out" in Court

Tulare Man Sentenced to Jail After "Striking Out" in Court

Tulare Superior Court Judge Gary Paden has sentenced a Tulare man to five months in jail, after the man snapped during a softball game.

Frankie Gonzales was convicted of battery against a sports official.

The case arose from an incident which occurred during a softball game in the city of Tulare.

Gonzales disputed an umpire’s call, and was ultimately ejected from the game. 

Gonzales then forced the umpire against a fence before being restrained by other participants.

Along with jail time, he has also been placed on two years probation.

2012 Summer DUI Crackdown Results

2012 Summer DUI Crackdown Results

The results are in from a two-week crackdown on drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

The Tulare/Kings County AVOID DUI Campaign included Sobriety Checkpoints, Special Saturation Patrols and routine patrol from 12:01 AM Friday August 17th, through Midnight Monday September 3, 2012.

In that time, officers arrested 19 individuals.

Law enforcement officials will be conducting more AVOID anti DUI efforts throughout both counties again during Halloween and Thanksgiving Eve before planning for the December Winter Campaign periods.

Police, Sheriffs and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1 anytime you encounter a dangerous impaired driver.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Mental Health Worker Arrested for Sexual Assault

Mental Health Worker Arrested for Sexual Assault

A Cypress Mental Health worker was arrested after allegations that he sexually assaulted two of his patients.

On August 27, 2012 at approximately 5:30 p.m., the Visalia Police Department was contacted by 42-year-old confidential victim who reported that while she was a patient at Cypress Mental Health she was sexually assaulted by her assigned mental health worker, Timothy Pohl. The 42-year-old victim waited until she was released from the facility to report the incident to police.

On August 28, 2012 at approximately 7:30 p.m., a 32-year-old female, also a patient a Cypress Mental Health informed Cypress staff that she had been sexually assaulted by her assigned mental health worker Timothy Pohl.

August 28, 2012, investigators responded to Tulare to make contact Timothy Pohl at his residence. Pohl was questioned regarding the sexual assault allegations.

Refresher Campaign Spotlights 10-20-Life Law

A who's who of Valley law enforcement believes there's a new generation of criminals who were too young when 10–20–Life became law 15 years ago. Mike Reynolds co-authored the law. "Most offenders do not find out about 10–20–Life until they're standing in front of a judge. That's too little too late."

So now there's a refresher campaign that spells out the consequences of using a gun. The message will be on billboards, bumper stickers and television.

Mike Reynolds says there was a forty percent decline in gun violence after a similar media campaign in 1998. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer supports the refresher campaign. "Criminals watch television. They read the paper. They know that law enforcement has lost a significant amount of resources." Chief Dyer wants criminals to know there are severe consequences from crimes using a gun.