Crime blotter 3/7/13
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.
Thursday, March 7
Possession of Weapon on School Grounds
Officers responded to Monache High School regarding a student found in possession of a knife at school. The student was cited into the Juvenile Diversion and released to parents.
Officers responded to the 700 block of West Montgomery Avenue regarding a theft of a blue 1994 Honda Civic. A report was taken and the victim had no idea who would have taken the car.
Officers responded to a residence in the 1700 block of West Cherry Avenue regarding trespassing. Upon arrival, a subject was located inside the residence. He reported that he had been evicted the day prior but still had property inside the residence. Contact will be made with the real estate company to confirm the suspect’s statement and a report of trespassing was taken until the real estate company is contacted.
Warrant Arrest / Under the Influence of a Controlled SubstanceOfficers responded to a verbal argument between roommates at a residence on West School Avenue. Mary Morgan, 29, and Darren Pratt, 38, were contacted at the residence. Morgan had a warrant for her arrest and Pratt was under the influence of a controlled substance. Both subjects were booked at PPD.
Disturbing the Peace / Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
Officers responded twice to a report of male yelling and possibly fighting in an apartment in the 100 block of North Main Street. During the first response, the male refused to answer the door, but complied with being quiet. When officers responded on the second call, a citizen was contacted and signed a citizen’s arrest form for disturbing the peace. Officers responded to Gregory Armstrong’s, 52, apartment and he was yelling and banging on the walls of his apartment causing a disturbance. Officers contacted Armstrong at the doorway of the apartment, and it was very apparent that he was under the influence of controlled substance. He was arrested without incident for disturbing the peace and being under the influence. He was booked at the substation.
At approximately 4:30 a.m., a local law enforcement agency (Exeter) contacted PPD for assistance in identifying a gunshot victim. It was reported that the agency was investigating a double-shooting Thursday night and they needed assistance in identifying the male who had tattoos that indicated he might be from Porterville. After obtaining details of the male’s tattoo information, PPD officers were able to identify the subject and provide information to the other agency.
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