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Family sues Lindsay over in-custody death

Man died in April of 2015A father is suing the City of Lindsay for wrongful death and excessive force after his grown son stopped breathing in the back of a Lindsay police car while reportedly hog-tied and unable to breathe.

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Friday 04/29/2016
PC’s Carlson honored
Posted: April 29, 2016

Educators honored at PUSD banquet

Dr. Rosa Carlson, president of Porterville College, is 2016’s Porterville Unified School District (PUSD) Friend of Education. 

LA physician arrested for peddling pot recommends
Posted: April 29, 2016

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Los Angeles obstetrician-gynecologist on Tuesday for illegally issuing medical marijuana recommendations.

Plainview gets a park
Posted: April 29, 2016

In just a few short weeks, families in Plainview will have their very own park.

LDS church members to improve city pool and park
Posted: April 29, 2016

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the communities of Porterville, Lindsay and Tulare will meet Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. to provide service at Murry and Henry Street parks. 

Toy gun brings police to campus
Posted: April 29, 2016

A Bartlett Middle School student who brought a toy gun to school on Thursday was taken into custody after police responded to the campus at just after 11:30 a.m.

Burning on Valley floor suspended
Posted: April 29, 2016

Effective Monday, CalFire will suspend burn permits for hazard reduction burning in the State Responsibility Areas (SRA) below 3,000 feet in elevation in Tulare County.  

Moore named executive director of CASA
Posted: April 29, 2016

Long-time director Marilyn Barr retiring

Paul Moore has first-hand experience working with troubled children. He has worked as a therapist and spent several years as a CASA advocate. Now he is taking the reins of CASA Tulare County when Marilyn Barr retires as executive director at the end of June.

Cairos Gourmet Deli now open in Porterville
Posted: April 29, 2016

Residents of Porterville now have another option for fast and healthy foods.

Cairos Gourmet Deli, owned and operated by the Nagi family, who also own the Red Onion Hamburger drive-through restaurants in Porterville, opened on Thursday. A grand-opening is set for Sunday, May 1.

CATTCH catches another fugitive
Posted: April 29, 2016

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s County Apprehension Team Tracking Criminals in Hiding (CATTCH) struck again on Wednesday, capturing a fugitive on the Sheriff’s Top 10 Most Wanted list.

Porterville police seize marijuana plants
Posted: April 29, 2016

A Porterville man was arrested and 182 marijuana plants were seized after a marijuana compliance check at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the 800 block of West Putnam Avenue in Porterville.

Bank of Sierra first quarter earnings up 8 percent
Posted: April 29, 2016

Sierra Bancorp, parent of Bank of the Sierra, reported an 8 percent improvement in earnings in the first quarter of 2016.

Bank of Sierra opens Sanger branch
Posted: April 29, 2016

Bank of the Sierra announced that its newest branch location is scheduled to open on Monday, May 2 in Sanger. Centrally located at 1500 7th St. in downtown Sanger, the 2,900 square-foot branch includes a fully remodeled lobby and exterior. The branch will offer a range of consumer and business financial products and services, including checking and savings accounts, loans, and lines of credit.

Pump stolen
Posted: April 29, 2016

DUCOR — Someone stole an acid pump valued at $2,500 from an orchard in the 5000 block of Road 208 in Ducor.

Death Notices: Friday, April 29, 2016
Posted: April 29, 2016

Sara Garcia

Sara Garcia, a resident of Porterville, died Sunday, April 24, 2016, at the age of 52.

Historical Museum hosting a dinner
Posted: April 29, 2016

PORTERVILLE — The Porterville Historical Museum will host “Wine and Dine at the Depot” on May 7. 

Porterville Crime Blotter: 4-27-16
Posted: April 29, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Shooting at Inhabited Dwelling

Officers responded at 9:50 p.m. to the 2100 block of West Morton Avenue to a report of a drive-by shooting. 

Sheriff’s Office worker arrested
Posted: April 29, 2016

VISALIA — A records clerk at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department has been arrested on suspicion of fraudulently accessing computer data.

Thursday 04/28/2016
Cinco de Mayo Parade will step off at 10 a.m. on Saturday
Posted: April 28, 2016

With the crowning of the 2016 Cinco de Mayo queen tonight, Comision Honorifica Mexicana Americana in Porterville begins the community’s 89th observance of Cinco de Mayo, the day Mexican forces defeated the French at Puebla.

Lindsay may charge to rent park pavillions
Posted: April 28, 2016

As early as Mother’s Day weekend, Lindsay residents may need to pay to use one Centennial Park arbors for birthday parties and other events.

During Tuesday’s city council meeting, a staff request to establish fees based on arbor size and allow for reservations was approved. Previously, the park had a first-come, first-served policy for park visitors, and the use of the arbors was free. The fee would be part of the city’s quest to bring in revenue to help offset its nearly $500,000 general fund deficit.

Disabled step up for poor; old wheelchairs donated to those in need
Posted: April 28, 2016

Approximately 25 used wheelchairs were picked up Wednesday at the Bethesda Lutheran Communities office on Main Street that will be repaired and refurbished and then given to people in need in countries where wheelchairs are not readily available.

Panther Band to present annual concert
Posted: April 28, 2016

Porterville High School’s annual Panther Band Concert will be held this Friday at 8 p.m. at Frank “Buck” Shaffer Theater in the Porterville Memorial Auditorium.

Deputy placed on leave after opening fire; shot at vehicle during pursuit
Posted: April 28, 2016

A woman was arrested and a Tulare County Sheriff’s deputy was placed on administrative leave after a vehicle chase near Visalia on Tuesday.

According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, the officer fired at the suspect’s Chevrolet Blazer SUV in an attempt to disable the vehicle and end the pursuit.

Porterville Crime Blotter: 4-26-16
Posted: April 28, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Residential Burglary

Officers responded at 7:02 p.m. to the 1300 block of South Main Street to a report of a residential burglary. 

Death Notices: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Posted: April 28, 2016

Ascencion Santillon

Ascencion Santillon, a resident of Lindsay, died Monday, April 25, 2016, at the age of 87.

Mariachi Academy to grace park stage
Posted: April 28, 2016

The Mariachi Academy will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Centennial Park gazebo as part of the Music on Main Street concert series.

Rawhide slate Mental Health Awareness Night
Posted: April 28, 2016

In observance of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, Tulare County Health and Human Services’ Mental Health Branch is sponsoring the Friday, May 13 Visalia Rawhide minor league baseball game.

PC to unveil bust on Friday
Posted: April 28, 2016

The public is invited to the unveiling of the Andrew “Andy” Messchaert Memorial Bust at noon on Friday, April 29 in the lobby of the Porterville College (PC) Library.

Star Wars story time slated at City Library
Posted: April 28, 2016

Princess Leia and Darth Vader will visit the Porterville City Library from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 during a Star Wars-themed story time.

Water pump stolen
Posted: April 28, 2016

A booster pump valued at $2,500 was stolen from an orchard owned by Wonderful Citrus at Road 208 and Avenue 48 near Ducor.

Locals charged with armed robbery
Posted: April 28, 2016

A pair of Porterville residents were arrested in connection with an armed robbery in the sub-100 block of West Date Avenue on Monday.

According to the Porterville Police Department, Saul Samano, 20, and a 17-year-old male juvenile are in custody. They are charged with robbery, conspiracy, possession of a loaded firearm, and possession of stolen property.

Busy month ahead for area schools
Posted: April 28, 2016

Local schools, teachers, students and graduates have a busy month ahead with a slew of scholarship nights, graduations and related activities.

Wednesday 04/27/2016
Bayer steps up fight against HLB
Posted: April 27, 2016

Company offers funds to remove citrus trees

Bayer, a crop science company, and California Citrus Mutual (CCM) have teamed up to further the fight against the Asian citrus psyllid, which can carry the deadly citrus tree disease Huanglongbing (HLB), by working to removed abandon citrus trees or orchards.

Harmony set to present “Little Women”
Posted: April 27, 2016

Production to run Thursday to Saturday

On a sleepy Tuesday afternoon at Harmony Magnet Academy in Strathmore, a storm is brewing in the school’s multipurpose room.

Foster parent orientation slated
Posted: April 27, 2016

Tulare County Foster Care Licensing (TCFCL) will hold orientation meetings for prospective foster parents at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 and Thursday, May 19 at its office at 26500 S. Mooney Blvd. in Visalia.

Drug drop-off day is Saturday
Posted: April 27, 2016

Unwanted prescriptions to be safely discarded

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department is participating in the national Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.

Annual Arbor Day ceremony planned
Posted: April 27, 2016

PORTERVILLE — The City of Porterville will observe the 144th anniversary of Arbor Day with a tree planting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Veterans Park.

Forest reopening for summer
Posted: April 27, 2016

DUNLAP — The seasonal opening of recreation areas throughout the Sequoia National Forest and the Giant Sequoia National Monument is beginning with the arrival of warmer weather, but some areas will remain closed due to fire damage from this past summer. 

Sheriff honors five citizens; two of those honored are 9 years old
Posted: April 27, 2016

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux recognized five residents, two of whom were children, for their actions in the face of a crisis.

The sheriff Tuesday handed out his STAR (Sheriff of Tulare Action Recognition) awards to Brenden Doyle, Lava Timpson, Josefina Ramirez Uribe, Tony Calvillo and John Gong. Doyle and Timpson are children who remained calm and helpful in the aftermath of a vehicle crash near Lemon Cove in which Brenden’s mother was critically injured.

Death Notices: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Posted: April 27, 2016

James Ronald Ellis

James Ronald Ellis, a resident of Porterville, died Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the age of 70.

Brent Gill commentary: The Gate in the Fence
Posted: April 27, 2016

Wire gates are indeed effective, but are difficult and time consuming to use, especially if they are opened and closed frequently. Farmers and rancher usually replace the wire gate with something hung on hinges that swings open and closes a little easier.

Home burglarized
Posted: April 27, 2016

STRATHMORE — Lawn-care equipment and a bicycle stolen from a vacant residence in Strathmore were recovered by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

Dallas Pattee receives award
Posted: April 27, 2016

Dallas Pattee received the Women in American History medal and award on Saturday, April 16, at the Chapter Alta Mira of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution annual spring tea.

Porterville Crime Blotter: 4-22-16/4-25-16
Posted: April 27, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

Under the Influence

Officers contacted James Neal at 9:01 a.m. in the 400 block of West Putnam Avenue. 

Tuesday 04/26/2016
CATTCH detail lives up to name
Posted: April 26, 2016

In existence for just six months, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s special CATTCH unit has put more than three dozen wanted criminals behind bars.

The special unit — the Country Apprehension Team Tracking Criminals in Hiding — was formed in October and is designed to capture wanted fugitives. It has had more success than anyone imagined.

Cinco de Mayo queen to be crowned
Posted: April 26, 2016

A trio of young ladies will vie Thursday night for Porterville’s 2016 Cinco de Mayo queen title.

The queen and her court will be selected during the annual Cinco de Mayo pageant at 6 p.m. at the Comision Honorifica Mexicana Americana Community Center at 466 E. Putnam Ave. in Porterville.

Lindsay Council ponders response
Posted: April 26, 2016

Lindsay City Council members will consider approving the city’s official response to the grand jury’s less-than-favorable evaluation of past council actions during tonight’s council meeting.

Collision sends three to hospital
Posted: April 26, 2016

A collision early Friday morning sent three people to the hospital, one with major injuries, and spilled bee hives on the roadway, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Tulare County Fire Department report.

Storms bring clouds and wind
Posted: April 26, 2016

As the chance for substantial rain diminishes with every day with warm weather approaching, the storms that passed over Porterville over the weekend brought only milder temperatures, a few clouds and maybe a light sprinkle here and there.

14-year-old girl shot
Posted: April 26, 2016

A 14-year-old girl was shot in Exeter on Saturday, and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident as a case of attempted murder.

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