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> Misc > News Releases

9/1/2014 2:05 PM
Subject:  Homicide investigation
Details:  Details:On September 1, 2014 at about 4 AM officers with the a Tehachapi Police Department responded to a peace disturbance at an apartment complex located in the 600 block of Cherry Lane. Officers were directed to apartment number 47 and when they arrived they contacted the resident Joaquin Balassa (28 years). When officers entered the apartment in question they found two adult males suffering from obvious trauma. Paramedics pronounced both victims dead at the scene. The Tehachapi Police Department requested the assistance of the Kern County Sheriff's Office Robbery/Homicide Unit. Detectives from the Sheriff's Office arrived on scene and assumed the investigation. Through the course of the investigation detectives were able to develop probable cause to arrest Joaquin Balassa for murder. Balassa was booked at the Kern county Jail for two counts of PC 187(a)-murder. Autopsies are scheduled to determine the manner and cause of death of the victims. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110 or contact Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040. Anonymous "text" tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the key word "KCSO" prior to the message.

8/29/2014 10:59 AM
Subject:  Suspect arrested for hay theft
Details:  Details: On 07/29/14 Deputies responded to a report of hay theft in the south area of Buttonwillow. The farmer reported the loss of 60 bales of hay worth approximately $1,000. Deputies processed the scene and located evidence. During the investigation, detectives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit developed probable cause to arrest Roy Henning (49), of Buttonwillow, for the theft. On 08/29/14 detectives arrested and booked Roy Henning for violation of California Penal Code Section 487(a) grand theft. At the time of his arrest, Roy Henning was in custody for an unrelated theft. Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit at 661-392-4365.

8/28/2014 3:47 PM
Subject:  Suspect arrested for stealing farm equipment near Lamont
Details:  Details: In an effort to combat and deter farm equipment theft, Detectives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit placed a piece of farm equipment under electronic surveillance in the Lamont area. On 08/27/2014, Rural Crime Detectives were notified the equipment had been stolen. Detectives from the Rural Crime Investigation Unit believed the farm equipment was being transported by a white truck driven by JILL DENNIS (54) of Arvin, Ca. Detectives conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of Bear Mountain Boulevard and North Derby Street in Arvin. During the subsequent investigation, Detectives located the stolen equipment in the bed of the truck and identified JILL DENNIS as the person responsible for the theft. DENNIS was arrested for PC 487(a), grand theft, and PC 496(a), possession of stolen property. DENNIS was booked into the Central Receiving Facility. Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit at 661-392-4365.

8/27/2014 3:48 PM
Subject:  Two suspects arrested for wooden pallet thefts
Details:  Details: Since July 2014, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Unit has received numerous reports of wooden pallets stolen from the rural areas surrounding McFarland and Delano. The total value of all of the stolen pallets was approximately $7,000. On August 20, 2014 the Kern County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a wooden pallet theft in progress near Highway 119 east of Interstate 5. Deputies responded to the area and located KEVIN ORELLANA (20) from Bakersfield and NARCISO AVALOS (34) from Bakersfield in possession of the stolen wooden pallets. Both ORELLANA and AVALOS were arrested and booked into the Central Receiving Facility. Rural Crime detectives obtained video surveillance from a fruit packing facility in the Delano area, who had been victims of several wooden pallet thefts in July of 2014. Through the investigation, ORELLANA was identified as the suspect in the wooden pallet thefts from the fruit packing facility in Delano. ORELLANA was arrested and booked for grand theft. Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit at 661-392-4365.

8/26/2014 11:31 PM
Subject:  Arrest made in August 16th Homicide
Details:  Details:On August 16, 2014, at 11:01 PM, deputies were dispatched to the alley behind 705 Woodrow Avenue for the victim of a shooting. When deputies arrived they found Keith Hurst (44 years) suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Through the course of the investigation detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Paul Parra (34 years). On August 26, 2014, at about 7:00 PM, investigators with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division, Gang Suppression Section developed information that Parra was at a residence located in the 100 block of 17th Street. Deputies surrounded the residence and after a short delay Parra surrendered to investigators. Paul Parra was booked at the Kern County Jail for P.C. 187(a)-Murder.

8/26/2014 1:36 PM
Subject:  Delano Car-to-Car Shooting Arrest
Details:  Details: On August 25, 2014 at approximately 1216 hours, Delano Deputies were dispatched to Highway 65 and Sherwood Avenue in the Delano area regarding a car-to-car shooting that had occurred. The victim’s vehicle was occupied by three persons and was shot at several times by the driver of an older purple Ford Ranger pick-up truck. A passenger in the victim’s vehicle dialed 911 shortly after the shooting to report the incident while they were being followed by the suspects. Deputies responded to the area and determined both vehicles had entered Tulare County. Deputies requested assistance from the California Highway Patrol and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. The victims were located on Highway 65 in Tulare County and it was determined the victims did not sustain any injuries as a result of the shooting. A short while later, officers from the California Highway Patrol located the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop near Ducor in Tulare County. Two subjects were detained and a handgun was located in one of the occupant’s waistband. Those subjects were identified as the suspects in the shooting. Delano deputies responded and took custody of the two suspects who were identified as 22 year-old DAVID RUIZ-PADILLA and 34 year-old EDWARD CUELLAR. RUIZ-CUELLAR were transported and booked into the Central Receiving Facility. RUIZ-PADILLA was booked for shooting at an occupied vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, negligent discharge of a firearm, accessory, conspiracy charges in addition to an Immigration no-bail hold. CUELLAR was booked for similar charges including possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person, and under the influence of a controlled substance while being armed with a loaded firearm with a bail of $507,500. SR14-22406

8/25/2014 11:42 AM
Subject:  Deputies from the Mojave and Boron substations serve two narcotic search warrants resulting in 8 arrests.
Details:  Details: During the past week, deputies from the Mojave and Boron Substations executed two search warrants and arrested 8 people in the Boron area that were involved in illegal drug activity. This is part of the Sheriff’s Office zero tolerance approach to illegal drug activity in the Boron area and surrounding community. Drug enforcement activity is continuing to address quality of life issues in the Boron area. On August 15, 2014 a search warrant was served on a residence in the 26000 block of Prospect St. in Boron. Arrested was Kimberly Rush age 34 for Possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, destruction of evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia. On August 22, 2014 a search was served on a residence in 27000 block of Nudgent St. in Boron. The following persons were arrested: Dana Maclean age 35 for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and bringing a controlled substance into a jail facility. John Riddle age 68 for possession of a controlled substance and possession of an illegal weapon. Steven Maclean age 29 for being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition. Robert Haynes age 44 for being in possession of a controlled substance and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Shannon Massey age 45 for being under the influence of a controlled substance and being in possession of drug paraphernalia. Jean La Fon age 44 for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Steven Haynes age 45 for being under the influence of a controlled substance. All of the above subjects were booked into the Mojave Jail.