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"Avoid the 18" Campaign in Full Effect to Keep Streets Safe

"Avoid the 18" Campaign in Full Effect to Keep Streets Safe

Drunk Driving remains the top cause of deaths on our local streets and highways.

During the holiday season, 18 law enforcement agencies will help protect the streets of Tulare and Kings Counties through the "Avoid the 18" campaign.

The California Office of Traffic Safety awarded the counties a $272,000 grant.

The Visalia Police Department will administer the grant for the both counties.

“The "Avoid the 18" grant has been very effective in combating impaired driving in the past, and the agencies involved, plan to continue that enforcement in both Tulare and Kings Counties.

Mystery Shopper Scam


The BBB is issuing a red alert about a Minnesota company trying to lure job seekers with phony promises of mystery shopping and lucrative salaries. In addition, the company is capitalizing on the name of a similar, legitimate company and falsely claiming to be "listed with the Better Business Bureau."

CotterWeb Market Research Inc apparently is tweaking the name of Cotterweb Enterprises, Inc., located in Mendota Heights, MN, because that company has an A+ rating with the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota.

The fraudulent company sends unsolicited letters, accompanied by a check, congratulating the recipient on being selected as a mystery shopper. The letter gives instructions on how to complete the first shopping assignment, including shopping at retail stores and then "evaluating" Western Union by wiring a significant portion of the enclosed check to an address provided by the company.

Tulare Co. Intensifies Crackdown on Drunk Drivers Thanks to Grant

Tulare Co. Intensifies Crackdown on Drunk Drivers Thanks to Grant

The Tulare County Probation Department has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries resulting from driving under the influence (DUI).  The $75,000 grant awarded by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to Tulare County will aid in the county’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and the quality of life.

Exeter Man Arrested, Accused in Tulare Strip Mall Burglary

Exeter Man Arrested, Accused in Tulare Strip Mall Burglary

An Exeter man is at the Tulare County jail, accused of trying to rob a beauty supply store in Tulare.

Police say 31-year-old Michael Bradsteen broke into the Sally Beauty Supply store, along the 1500 block of Hillman Street around 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

An employee called police after she spotted him in the store.

That's when, officers say, Bradsteen went into the attic of the shopping center-- which also has a Big Lots.

He hid there for over four hours.

Police negotiators talked with Bradsteen, and he eventually surrendered just before noon.

Officers don't know what he was trying to take.

He now faces two counts of burglary.




Deadly Shooting Investigation Underway in Tulare

Deadly Shooting Investigation Underway in Tulare

Tulare Police are investigating a murder.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, officers went to the area of South F Street and Cedar Avenue after receiving a call of shots fired.

They found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Carl Escalante.

No other details have been released.

Stay with KMPH News and KMPH.com as we continue to follow this story.

Tulare Man Sentenced to Prison for Impersonating Wife

Tulare Man Sentenced to Prison for Impersonating Wife

Tulare County Superior Court Judge Gary Paden has sentenced 36-year-old Michael Rosa of Tulare to 2 years 8 months in state prison for harassing and impersonating his former wife.  

Rosa was convicted by a Tulare County jury of stalking, false impersonation, identity theft, and electronic harassment on September 30, 2011.

Prosecutors say Rosa often threatened to kill his ex-wife should she ever leave him. They say he made harassing telephone calls to her.  In April of 2009, the threats escalated, with Rosa calling his ex-wife, telling her he was on his way to kill her.

Red Ribbons Spotlight Fight Against Drugs

Red Ribbons Spotlight Fight Against Drugs

No community is safe from the possibility of drug abuse-- which makes it even more important to reach the youth.

Research shows drug use at age 12 doubles by age 14 from over three percent to seven percent;  that number more than doubles by age 16 to 15 percent.

To combat drug abuse and raise awareness, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors proclaimed the week of October 23-31, 2011 Red Ribbon Week.

The proclamation calls on educators, business owners, and community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.

“Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community,” said Michelle Reynoso, Prevention Program Supervisor.