Crime Blotter Friday, Sept. 28, 2012
PORTERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
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. 28, 2012
Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of North Sunnyside Street regarding a suspicious subject at the residence. John Salais was found removing items from the residence without the owners’ consent. Salais was arrested for burglary and he was booked.
Officers investigated a vehicle burglary in the 600 block of East Isham Avenue. The vehicle was burglarized overnight and a GPS system, radar detector, knife and flashlight were taken. Physical evidence was located at the scene and the case remains open.
Officers investigated a residential burglary in the 300 block of North Lindale Street. A suspect broke into the residence by forcing the door locking mechanism. A laptop computer and various items were taken. Physical evidence was located at the scene and the case remains under investigation.
Officers responded to Porterville Convalescent regarding a vehicle burglary. It was reported that suspects smashed out the window to the victim’s vehicle and took her purse.
Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance / Parole Violation
Officers were dispatched to Cherry Tree Catering regarding a suspicious subject near the business with a flashlight. Officers contacted Phillip Pitts, 36, who was found to be on parole. Pitts was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and a parole warrant was issued. He was booked at Main Jail.
DUI / Resist Arrest
During the above-listed call, officers observed a vehicle pull behind the business and start to throw trash into a dumpster. As officers attempted to contact the occupants, the truck drove away at a high rate of speed. Officers followed the vehicle to a residence in the 900 block of West Kanai Avenue. Officers arrived in time to observe the driver and two passengers flee into the open garage door and shut it. Assisting officers arrived and located an open door. Entry was made into the residence and officers located the driver, John Halopoff, 46, in the living room. Halopoff was belligerent and uncooperative and was taken into custody for resisting arrest. He also determined to be DUI and additionally charged. Halopoff was booked at the Main Jail. The two passengers were released at the scene to family.
Officers were dispatched to Sierra View District Hospital regarding a female in the Emergency Department who possibly assaulted a male. When officers arrived they contacted Melina Pulhamus, 42, and she had a no-bail warrant. The assault was determined to be unfounded and Pulhamus was arrested for her warrant.
Officers responded to the 2100 block of West Morton Avenue to conduct follow up on a case. When officers arrived, they contacted Stacey Norris, 39, who was very intoxicated to the extent that she was unable to care for herself. Although she was inside her residence, she was responsible for her three children (ages 8, 10 and 12 years). Norris was arrested for Child Endangerent and booked. The children were transported to the police department and released to the care of Child Welfare Services.