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DUI Crackdown Begins This Week in Tulare/Kings Counties

DUI Crackdown Begins This Week in Tulare/Kings Counties

The "Avoid the 18" Tulare/Kings Counties DUI Taskforce will begin its crackdown on Drunk Drivers and those driving without a license this week.

Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force deployments and DUI saturation patrols will be scheduled around the two counties during the Winter Holiday Anti-DUI Campaign December 14 through January 1, 2013.

The Avoid the 18 DUI Task Force is composed of 18 local law enforcement agencies throughout Tulare/Kings Counties which have joined together to combat drunk driving in the cities and unincorporated areas.

The program is called the Avoid DUI Campaign because motorists can "avoid" being arrested by planning for safe, sober rides before the celebration and never drinking and driving.

 

Tulare Man Sentenced for Elder Abuse, Theft

A man who was trusted to take care of his elderly aunt and uncle, will now serve time for stealing half a million dollars from them.

This week, Judge James Hollman sentenced 48-year-old Keith Little of Tulare to five years probation, and a five year state prison sentence was suspended.  As a condition of probation, Little must serve one year in county jail. 

He will begin to serve the one year term in county jail on May 20, 2013. He will also serve a six month term in federal custody on related charges. 

On October 23, 2012, Little pled no contest to two counts of felony theft from an elder, and one misdemeanor count of elder abuse.  From 2004 to 2010, while operating as the trustee for the estates of his elderly aunt and uncle, Keith Little stole more than $500,000 from them. 

He also failed to authorize necessary medical treatment for his aunt while she was in a nursing facility. 

Shop Safely This Holiday Season

Shop Safely This Holiday Season

 

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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.