Crime Blotter 09/14/12
Information below is provided to The Recorder by the Porterville Police Department. It is noted that only arrests are reported and the suspects have not been found guilty of any crime.
Friday, Sept. 14, 2012
Wanted Parolee Arrest
Officers responded to the 500 block of East Olivewood Avenue regarding a report of a verbal disturbance between Zeke Franco, 33, and his wife. Officers arrived and contacted Franco hiding in the garage because he was a wanted parolee. He was arrested and booked at TCSO.
Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
Officers responded to Super 7 regarding a subject in front of the store yelling at customers. The subject was contacted and identified as Vernon Butler, 47. Butler was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was booked at TCSO.
Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Officers contacted two subjects in the area of Putnam Avenue and 3rd Street. One of the subjects contacted was identified as Leanne Taylor, 44. She was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested.
Officers responded to Motel 6 regarding a male in female in a fight. Upon arrival both parties were contacted and it was determined that Jimmy Salas, 32, had struck the female victim in the face. She refused medical attention; however, he was arrested and booked at TCSO.
Attempted Residential Burglary
Officers responded to 45 N. Salisbury regarding a possible burglary in progress. Officers arrived and the victim reported that three male juveniles kicked open his apartment door. He did not know the subjects and had no idea why they would kick his door open. Physical evidence was located at the scene and the case is under further investigation to locate and arrest the suspects.
The shift was not as busy as usual for a Friday night. Problems with the Mecca Bar being at or above capacity most of the night caused issues downtown. Officers met with the bartender(s) and advised them about being over capacity. Due to the large crowd, the bartenders stopped serving alcohol at 1:15am to help the crowd disperse. Officers maintained high visibility patrols in the downtown area due to the large bar crowd and there were no major issues. Officers arrested (2) subjects in the area for public intoxication.
DUI Saturation patrol took place throughout the evening resulting in (1) DUI arrest, (1) Public Intoxication arrest and (1) citation.
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