Crime blotter 1/2/13
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.
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
Officers observed a GMC pick up truck with expired registration. A traffic stop was made at Prospect Street and Westfield Avenue. When the driver stopped, the front passenger exited the vehicle and ran north on Prospect Street. Additional officers responded to check the area for the subject but he was not located. The driver, Mark Hearne, and middle passenger, Santos Apodaca, were contacted. Apodaca was on county probation. During a search of the vehicle, methamphetamine was located. Mark and Santos were booked at the Porterville Substation.
Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2100 block of West White Chapel Way regarding a stolen vehicle. The victim stated unknown subject(s) took his 1993 red Mitsubishi Eclipse from in front of his residence. The victim said the vehicle was unlocked and running when he ran into his residence to grab something inside. When the victim returned outside, the vehicle was gone and did not see the direction it fled.
Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of North Prospect Street regarding a stolen vehicle. The victim stated unknown subject(s) took his 2003 red Chevy Silverado pick up truck from the carport in front of his residence.
Injury Traffic Collision
Officers at the police department heard a traffic collision outside. Officers responded outside and saw a traffic collision had occurred at Thurman Avenue and D Street. During the investigation, it was learned that driver-1 (driving a Honda Accord) crossed D Street eastbound on Thurman Avenue and was struck by an oncoming United States Postal Vehicle that was traveling north on D Street. Driver-1 did not yield to the Postal vehicle that had the right away. Driver-1 and her passenger complained of pain at the scene. The passenger was transported to Sierra View District Hospital for complaint of pain to his head and neck.
Officers were contacted at the police department regarding a stolen vehicle. The victim stated unknown subject(s) took her 1991 grey Toyota Tercel from 93 East Date Avenue. The vehicle was locked and secured behind the apartment building’s security gate.
Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of North Porter Street regarding a stolen vehicle. The victim stated unknown subject(s) took her vehicle. It was later determined that Brad McGee had been caught driving the vehicle by Porterville Police Department in the early morning hours and he had been cited for driving on a suspended driver license and the vehicle had been towed. The victim stated Brad did not have permission to drive her vehicle. Later in the evening, officers conducted follow up investigation and located McGee at the Tav-Cam Inn. He was arrested without incident and later booked at the Main Jail.
Officers responded to Highway 65 and Scranton Avenue regarding a possible traffic collision. When officers arrived, they found there was no collision; however, a tractor-trailer had attempted a u-turn on Highway 65, north of Scranton, and jackknifed, blocking the entire roadway. The highway was shut down between Highway 190 and Scranton Avenue as the truck driver attempted to move the truck. At approximately 7:00pm the truck was moved and the roadway was opened. During the incident, there was one minor traffic collision (non-injury) resulting from the traffic back up. The driver of the semi-truck was cited for a turning violation.
Officers stopped a vehicle at Morton Avenue Lowery Street and contacted the driver, Cynthia Lara, 40. Lara had (4) misdemeanor warrants for her arrest with a total bail of $100,000. She was arrested without incident and later booked at BWDF.
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