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Sun-Gazette CITY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2012 Crash ends up as killing I Orosi man shot, killed after shooting causes crash into Ivanhoe ditch SuN-GAZETTE An Orosi man was killed last week in what appeared to be a fatal car crash in Ivanhoe but was actually a homicide. At about 6:30 p.m. on July 24, the California Highway Patrol and Tulare County Fire Department was dispatched to a roll-over traffic accident on Road 156 north of Avenue 362 in Ivanhoe. Firefighters found a full-sized SUV on its side in a drainage ditch off the roadway. One man was laying face down halfway through the front windshield, a second male was tbund sitting next to the vehicle on the bank and a third male was standing next to the vehicle. CHP officers discovered the man partially ejected was de- ceased and that the man sitting next to the vehicle was suf- fering from a gunshot wound. The case was then turned over to the Yulare County Sheriff's Department. The deceased male was iden- tified as 18-year-old Cruz Me- dina of Orosi. The 26-year-old with the gunshot wound was only identified as being from Ivanhoe and was transported to a Community Regional Medi- cal Center (CRMC) in Fresno for non-life threatening gun shot wounds. The third man, also of Ivanhoe, was taken to the hospital for multiple abra- sions and head and neck inju- ries and was later released from theeRMC: " : During the investigation, de- tectives discovered that as the victims were driving in the area suspects shot at their SUV and hit two people in the vehicle causing them to swerve off the road and into the ditch. It is un- determined if the case is Sang related at this time. The case remains under in- vestigation. Anyone with in- tbrmation should contact Det. Steve Sanchez or Sgt. Gary Hunt at the Violent Crimes Of- rice at 559-735-1898 or 800- 808-O488. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii3i!iNiiiiiiValeiiiiiBvdiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Deputies arrest pair in murder plot Ill Woman and boyfriend were making arrangements to hire a hitman to kill a Woodlake man for $2,500 SuN-GAZETTE A Woodlake man is still alive today thanks to deputies' work in foiling a plot to kill him. On March 9, Lee Ann Jones, 19, of Woodlake and her boy- someone to kill the Wood- lake man for a sum of $2,500. Throughout March, Tulare County Sheriff's deputies re- corded several conversations between the couple as they friend, 23-year-old Cesar Arel- moved forward with plans to lano, also of Woodlake, began hire a hitman. The victim, who making arrangements to hire was only identified as aCauca- sian male adult in rural Wood- lake, was notified of the ongo- ing investigation and was kept informed of its progress. Detectives were able to ob- tain warrants for the arrest of Jones and Arellano last month and both were arrested on July 26. Jones was arrested at Oak and Floral streets in Visalia as she was seen driving in the area. She was arrested without incident on charges of solici- tation to commit murder and conspiracy to commit murder and booked into" the Bob Wi- ley Detention Facility. Arellano was seen driving in the area of Noble and Pinkham streets and arrested without incident for the same charges and booked into the Yulare County Main Jail. Bail was set at $150,000 for both of them. PHOTOS BY MO MONTGOMERY/SUN-GAZETTE The Exeter Police Department introduced their K9 units at the July 24 Exeter City Council meeting. They are: Officer Brett Inglehart and his Bianca (left) and Officer Mark Durkee and Caesar (right). Officers raised $27,000 of the $30,000+ needed to cover the cost of purchasing and training the department's newest special units. II Exeter Police Department introduces its newest officers who are sure to give criminals pause to think about fleeing the scene on foot By Me Montgomery SuN-GAzETTE Exeter's newest officers are now on duty. And while they won't be driving a patrol car or carrying a gun anytime soon, they offer Exeter PD added canine cogen- cy on the streets. Meet Caesar and Bianca, Exeter's first K9 officers. Along with their handlers, Officers Mark Durkee and Brett Ingle- hart, the dogs are a welcome addition to the department. The department began fundraising for the dogs last year. In February the offi- cers held a very successful firearms raffle that netted $5,000. And fundraising ef- forts will continue as cost of the dogs will approach $30,000. "The officers have raised about $27,000 so far," said Exeter Police Chief ciiffBush. "They will continue with fund raising efforts in order to support the on- going costs of the program. Those costs being food, vet bills and the idea that in a year or two we might add another dog to the program." Officer Inglehart works with Bianca, a two and a half year old Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois). Bianea's concentration is immense, so naturally her strength is area searches Officer Durkee works with Caesar, a two and half year old shepherd. With size and speed to spare, it's no sur- prise that Caesar's specialty is apprehen- sion. Both dogs are trained in multiple areas, and will take part in ongoing train- ing with their handlers "The dogs come to us with the majority of their training already done," said Bush. "Once we purchased them, the dogs and the officers went through five weeks of additional training to learn bond and to work together as a team. Up next will be several weeks of odor detection train- ing." The dogs have already made an impact in the way the department does its job. "Just the announcement that the de- partment would be deploying K9 teams has already had a positive effect in our work," said Bush. "We've had instances See PAWS on page A 9 PD arrests driver, search for gunman I Woodlake Police Department arrests getaway driver in July 8 armed robbery of A&H Market in Woodlake who was identified as the get- SuN-GAZETTE Woodlake Police arrested one suspect and are looking for an- other in an armed robbery. On July 26, Woodlake police officers arrested Michael Da- vid Groshelle at his mother's residence in Ivanhoe. Groshelle, away driver during the robbery, was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail on charges of conspiracy, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. The arrest came after a month- long investigation by Woodlake Detectives Vince Diaz and Ubal- do De Haro into the July 8 armed robbery and shooting of a store clerk. The robbery happened at 8 p.m. at the A&H Market, located at 810 S. Valencia Blvd. in Wood- lake. A man, identified as Robert Ivan Grajeda, entered the market and robbed the store at gunpoint, eventually firing a single shot at the clerk, Asam Alkobadi. Grajeda stole $200 before flee- ing the scene in a vehicle driven by Groshelle. Alkobadi was not hit and was unharmed during the robbery. Detectives say Grajeda is still outstanding and may be in the Visalia area. Anyone with any in- formation about the whereabouts of Grajeda or the robbery, contact Det. Diaz or Det. De Haro with the Woodlake Police Department by calling 564-3346. FIRELQG Exc ter man injured in crash in F'ville SuN-GAZETTE An Exeter man was badly in- jured after losing control of and crst g his car on Sunday. The crash happened at 10:25 a.m. on July 28 on Avenue 20 west of Brundage Road in Farmersville. According to the California Highway Patrol, a 1992 convertible Toyota car was traveling at an unknown speed when the driver steered to the left and the car left the roadway. The left front of the car crashed into a parked semi-trailer. The impact forced the car in a westerly direction then back across the traffic lane eventually stopping at the porch of a nearby residence. The driver, 61-year-old Luis Gandara of Exeter, sustained major injuries According to the Tulare County Fire Depart- ment, Gandara was transported by ambulance to Farmersville High School where he was air- lifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for his injuries. The vehicle suf- fered major damage to the en- See CRASH on page A9 CRIMELiHE$ Woodlake Police Log Wednesday, July 25 In the 200 block of Sierra St., officers responded regarding a physical altercation. Officers found the viim had injuries to the head which was caused by scissors. The suspect, Eric Ke- telsen, 52, fled the scene shortly before police arrived, but was found and detained on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Ketelsen was later booked at Tulare County Main Jail and is awaiting trial. ShedffsLog Thursday, July 26 In the 100 block of N. Foothills in Lindsay, after an approximate two week investigation into il- legal narcotics trafficking inves- tigators from the Inter-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team were led to a residence where a search warrant was served. The ensuing investigation and search revealed that suspects, Juan An- tonio Hinojosa, 25, Guadalupe Gonzalez, 18, and a 17-year- old male all of Lindsay, were in possession of approximately six ounces of Marijuana packaged for sales, indicia related to the sale of marijuana, maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales, Cultivation of marijuana, an unregistered assault weapon with magazines capable of hold- ing more than 10 rounds. A sum of cash was also seized. There was an 11 year old juvenile in the residence that was being ex- posed to these activities and was within reach of the narcotics and firearms. The all suspects were arrested. A3 innl .... _ ........ u ere; b6EeB [ht the Tulare   Mai ail Qn lhe so, of bidsay was a!re on siin of DUI; driving UBf e influence misde- eano offehses and a dv- R, Sol- ; Oo:of Exeter was arrest; ;a dr vi0g ;;; erobs rested on suspionofdriving undertheinfluence. Ve- other charges. Angel J. Campos of Lindsay v)as ar- sted on suspiciofi of beg. drunk. Rashe Murrieta of Earmersville Was airested 0n susplcion of felony !hett. Amanda Williams of Exeter was arrested on suspicion of petty theft. ue G. Ra- was arrested . Flores was arrested on sus- on suspicion marijuana, other other charges, and unknown. July 27 - John E. Brass- field of Lindsay was arrested on ;isuspicion of dangerous dsi:: Oer drugs and n- knownl Jose L Iiaz of Lind- say was-arrested on suspicion of majuana and other drugs. Frankie L Stover of Farmer- svillewas arrested on susp- cion of marijuana, other drug s, misdeafior offenses and i mom information.