Crime blotter 11/09/12
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, Nov. 9, 2012
Officers observed John Valencia, 41, on F Street north of Olive Avenue. Valencia had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and issued a citation for his warrant.
Mental Health Evaluation
Officers responded to the 200 block of South C Street regarding an overdose. Upon arrival, officers contacted the subject, a 53-year-old-male, who consumed over 30 pills of a combination of prescription medications. The subject was transported to Sierra View District Hospital, where he was released to SVDH Staff.
Officers contacted Rosa Valadez, 36, during verbal altercation in the 300 block of south H Street. Valadez had an active warrant which was served. She was cited and released at the scene on a promise to appear.
DUI / Possession of Methamphetamine / Parole Violation / Public Intoxication / Resist Arrest / Warrant Arrest
Officers responded to the Mecca Bar regarding subjects causing a disturbance. Officers contacted several subjects inside and the bartender requested the subjects be counseled only. Officers later observed one of the subjects, Alfonso Pena, 22, driving from the bar with no headlights on. Once Pena noticed Officer Coggins, he pulled into a parking lot and walked away from his vehicle as the officer initiated a traffic stop. The officer attempted to contact him; however, he did not comply and continued to walk away from her. He was subsequently taken into custody after a short struggle and was determined to be DUI. During the struggle, Miguel Gallegos, 25, (who was with Pena earlier) walked out of the bar with an open container. Officers attempted to contact him; however, he did not comply and attempted to walk back into the Mecca. Officers went to detain Gallegos; however, he resisted arrest. Gallegos was taken into custody for resisting arrest and public intoxication. Two other associates, Jose Arroyo, 24, and Daniel Martinez, 21, were contacted inside the bar. Arroyo had an active warrant for his arrest and was taken into custody. Martinez was in possession of methamphetamine and on active CDC parole. All four subjects were transported to TCSO where they were booked and housed on their individual charges.
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