On June 7, at approximately 6:08 p.m., detectives with the Porterville Police Department (PPD) Special Investigations Unit responded to a residence located within the 1800 block of East Crabtree Avenue in Porterville after developing information there were stolen vehicles at the residence. 

Upon arrival, detectives made contact with Moses Garcia, who initially provided a false name.  Also contacted were Naomi Martinez, Travis Aldridge, and a 2-year-old juvenile victim. Aldridge and Martinez were found to have active confirmed warrants for their arrest and all three adults were determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Detectives located a partially stripped Chevy Silverado on the property, which was found to be a reported stolen vehicle from the City of Visalia. 

Detectives authored a search warrant for the residence and property, and during the execution of the search warrant, detectives located a loaded revolver, drug paraphernalia, and ammunition within reach of the juvenile victim. Detective also determined the property was used for dismantling stolen vehicles. The stolen Chevy was released to the registered owner. The juvenile victim was released to her mother. 

Travis Aldridge was arrested and booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Pre-Trial Facility for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Operating a Chop Shop, Possession of a Firearm while Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Child Endangerment, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and an arrest warrant. Aldridge is being held in lieu of $110,000 bail. 

Moses Garcia was arrested and booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Porterville Sub-Station for Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Child Endangerment, and Providing a False Name to a Peace Officer. Garcia is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. 

Naomi Martinez was arrested and booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Pre-Trial Facility for Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Child Endangerment, and five arrest warrants. Martinez is being held in lieu of $305,000 bail. 

Missing man reported at Lake Kaweah

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) were called to Lake Kaweah over the weekend, after receiving reports of a missing man.

Around 9:30 p.m. on the night of June 9, TCSO deputies were called to Kaweah Lake, east of Horse Creek Campground.

A woman told deputies that she’d been jet skiiing with a man she’d recently met, when the jet ski flipped over and she couldn’t find him. She swam back to shore looking for help.

When deputies searched the area, they found the man’s Black Ford F-150 parked in a paid parking lot at Slick Rock. Two hours later, deputies found the jet ski, but there was no sign of the missing man.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) helicopter, the TCSO plane, as well as department personnel and the TCSO boating unit, searched the area throughout the night. Reports identified the man as last seen wearing a blue and white tank top, blue and white shorts and a blue life jacket.

To the relief of TCSO deputies, the man missing at Kaweah Lake was safely found in the morning of June 10. He told deputies he spent the night on a remote shore of the lake.

Body of man recovered from Tulare ponding basin

On June 8, TCSO received a 911 call of a body discovered in a ponding basin in the area of Road 44 and Ave 228 in Tulare. Deputies arrived on scene, and found a body was submerged in water.

Homicide investigators, along with the TCSO dive team were on scene trying to recover the body. 

The body of a man between the ages of 50-70 years old was recovered by the TCSO Dive Team around 11:45 a.m.

The victim’s name has yet to be released.

Although it is still unknown if foul play is involved, homicide investigators are treating the case as a homicide. Anyone with information on this case, please contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6218, or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting (559)725-4194, or through email at tcso@tipnow.com.

TCSO on the hunt for unidentified suspect who shot a man to death in Cutler

On June 5, TCSO deputies were called to the 12900 Block of Sierra in Cutler for a Hispanic man in his 40’s who was had been shot in his upper torso. The man had been in his front yard at the time of the incident. 

The victim was taken to Kaweah Delta Hospital, where he died. 

Homicide detectives identified Gilberto Serna as the person who was shot to death.

Gilberto was working in his front yard at the time of the shooting. 

Detectives are continuing to work around the clock to identify the suspects responsible for the shooting, but have received few clues. 

Detectives believe the suspects possibly were driving a silver colored sedan and fled shortly after the shooting.

Anyone who might have been in the Cutler area at the time of the shooting or have information on the suspect(s), please contact Detective Brandon VanCuren or Sgt. Gary Marks with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6218 or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting (559)725-4194 or through email at tcso@tipnow.com.

 

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