The Tulare County Sheriff's Office is currently searching for a missing man who left Porterville on Sunday night and has not been seen or heard from since.
69-year-old Billy Pippin was reported missing by his friends on June 10. He was last seen on June 9 around 12:30 a.m., in the Porterville area.
Pippin said he was heading to his house in Coarsegold at the time of his disappearance.
He is described as a 69-year-old white Male, 5’8”, 220 lbs, medium build with grey hair.
Pippin was last seen driving his Black, 2005 Dodge 1500 single cab pickup with chrome rims (CA lic# 52500F2) and wearing a white t-shirt, tan shorts and sandals.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Billy Pippin is encouraged to contact Det. Miguel Franco, Sgt. Gary Marks or Lt. Jose Torres with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Detective Bureau at (559) 802-9563, Dispatch (559) 733-6218, (800) 808-0488, Tip Now Line: (559) 725-4194, or by e-mail email@example.com.
Man pulled from Tulare ponding basin identified
TCSO has identified the man pulled from a ponding basin in the area of Road 44 and Ave 228 in Tulare as 46-year-old Francisco Radillo.
On Wednesday, June 12, an autopsy was completed on Radillo, but additional testing is needed to determine an official cause of death.
On June 8, deputies received a 911 call of a body discovered in the Tulare ponding basin. They arrived on scene and found a body was submerged in water at that location. Members of the TCSO Dive Team were able to pull him out.
Detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding Radillo’s family. Anyone with information on this case, please contact Detective Greg Burns 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
TCSO searching for suspect in fatal shooting in Cutler
On Tuesday, June 11, TCSO completed an autopsy on 41-year-old Gilberto Serna of Cutler and determined the cause of death to be a single gunshot wound to the upper torso.
Serna was shot to death on June 5, in the 12900 Block of Sierra Ave in Cutler. He was working in his front yard at the time of the shooting.
Detectives continue to work around the clock to identify Serna's killer, but have received few clues. Detectives believe the suspects were possibly driving a silver-colored sedan and drove off shortly after the shooting.
Anyone who might have been in the Cutler area at the time of the shooting or who has information on the suspect(s), is asked to 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 email@example.com.
Visalia man found guilty of 14 counts of child molestation
On June 12, in Department 6 of the Tulare County Superior Court, Visalia Division, Judge Gary Paden presiding, a Tulare County jury found Pedro Salinas, age 47, guilty of one count of forcible lewd act upon a child under the age of 14, seven counts of lewd act upon a child under the age of 14, one count of attempted lewd act upon a child under the age of 14, one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child, two counts of forcible sodomy on a child 14 years or older and two counts of forcible sexual penetration on a child 14 years or older. The jury also found true the special allegation of substantial sexual conduct and that some of the crimes were committed against multiple victims. Each count is a felony and thirteen of the counts are strike offenses.
Twelve of the crimes occurred between October 5, 2008, and July 20, 2017, against a female victim, who was between 7 and 15-years-old at the time of the sexual assaults. The other two crimes occurred between January 5, 2009, and January 4, 2017 against a separate female victim who was between the ages of 9 and10-years-old at the time of the sexual assaults. Thirteen of the crimes occurred in the City of Visalia and one of the crimes occurred in Fresno County.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 15, 2019, in Superior Court where Salinas faces 132 years-to-life years to life in state prison. Salinas will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Chelsea Wayt of the Crimes against Children Division and was investigated by Detective Bryan Somavia of the Visalia Police Department.