On Sunday, June 23rd at 1:14 a.m, the Tule River Fire Department from the Tule Indian Reservation received a report of a loud explosion and vehicle fire in the area of Chimney & Reservation Road in Porterville.  Cal-Fire responded to the scene with the assistance of Tulare County Fire and upon arrival they located a grass fire and a vehicle, which was fully engulfed.  

Fire Officials were able to gain control and extinguish the fire.  During their investigation, Fire Officials located a deceased person inside the vehicle.  

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office was notified and responded to the scene.  Detectives from the Homicide Unit and General Investigations unit have taken over the investigation and are currently treating the case as a suspicious death, pending an autopsy.  The identity of the decedent remains unknown at this time, but Detectives are currently working on developing leads.  

Anyone with more information about this case is urged to contact Detective Greg Burns at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department via telephone at #1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at #559-725-4194.

Corcoran State Prison investigating battery on Peace Officers

Officials at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran (SATF) are investigating an inmate’s attack on correctional officers.

At 5:46 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, inmate Tylo Felix entered a housing unit on Facility C and, without warning, struck an officer in the head with his fist. Felix fought with responding staff members, who used batons and physical force to restrain him and remove him from the area.

The officer who was initially struck lost consciousness during the incident. He was treated by medical personnel at the institution and taken by ambulance to an outside hospital for treatment. That officer was later released from the hospital and is recovering at home from a cut to his nose, facial swelling and swelling of his shoulder.

Three more officers who responded to the incident were treated and released from outside hospitals for minor injuries, including a swollen elbow, hand/wrist injuries/swelling and ankle swelling. All four officers injured in the attack are currently on leave from work, pending follow-up medical appointments.

Felix, 31, sustained facial lacerations and was treated and released from an outside hospital. He is being housed at the Administrative Segregation Unit at California State Prison, Corcoran while the incident is investigated. Felix was received from Contra Costa County on April 23, 2009 with a sentence of 19 years for two counts of second-degree robbery, which are second-strike offenses. He received enhancements to his sentence for use of a firearm.

Following Wednesday’s attack, movement on SATF’s Facility C has been limited while the incident is being investigated by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit. The Office of the Inspector General was also notified and CDCR’s Peer Support Program (PSP) was activated. PSP ensures CDCR employees involved in work-related critical incidents are provided with intervention and resources to cope with traumatic events.

One of TCSO’s Top Ten captured

Thanks to tips from the community, TCSO was able to apprehend a Top 10 fugitive Thursday, June 20, in Goshen.

Frances Ortega was taken into custody by detectives with the County Apprehension Team Tracking Criminals in Hiding without incident on the 30900 block of Farr Road.

Ortega was booked into the Adult Pre-Trial Facility on two felony warrants and two misdemeanor warrants. Her bail is set at $115,000.

To view the Sheriff’s Top 10 Most Wanted Criminals in Hiding, go to https://tularecounty.ca.gov.

Report crimes and suspicious activity to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6218 or anonymously at (559) 725-4194 or tcso@tipnow.com.

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