On May 31, 2018 at approximately 2:13 p.m., Porterville Police Department officers were dispatched to the area of Birch Street and Wall Avenue after receiving emergency calls of a person who had been shot and was lying in the roadway. Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, who had multiple gunshot wounds to his back. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment for life threatening injuries, which he survived.  

Porterville Police Department Detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Detectives processed the scene, contacted neighbors, and collected evidence. After a lengthy investigation and a forensic examination of evidence collected in this case, detectives identified the suspect as Martin Martinez, an active criminal street gang member. 

Thursday at 5:34 a.m., detectives conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle leaving Martinez’s residence located in the 900 block of North Belmont Street. Martinez was a passenger in the vehicle and was arrested.  Detectives subsequently executed a search warrant at Martinez’s residence, where additional evidence was collected.  

Martin Martinez was booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Porterville Sub-Station for Attempted Murder and Participation in a Criminal Street Gang. He is being held in lieu of $540,000.00 bail. 

Anyone with any information regarding activities of criminal street gang members are urged to contact the Porterville Police Department Special Investigations Unit at (559) 782-7400. 

Former Sierra Sportsman employee arrested for embezzling over $86,000

In January, management of Sierra Sportsman in Porterville identified a potential internal embezzlement from the business, reporting the crime to the Porterville Police Department. The investigation was assumed by Porterville Police detectives, who began reviewing supporting documents and bank statements, both affirming that an internal theft was being committed. The suspect was identified as former employee, Chanda Dunlap.  

Hundreds of purchases were determined to have been billed to the business, totaling a loss of over $86,000 in a period of less than two years. None of the purchases were associated with the business; some even being the payments of personal debts and bills of Chanda Dunlap.  

Thursday at 8:15 a.m., Chanda Dunlap was located in Strathmore and was arrested. She was later booked into the custody of the Tulare County Sheriff on the above noted charges. 

Anyone with information related to this crime is urged to contact Detective Manuel Franco at (559) 782-7400. 

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