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Scam Alert: DMV Warning To Driver License Applicants

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reminding DMV customers to avoid scams involving driver license applications, such as efforts to charge for services that DMV offers for free.

“Paying someone who promises to speed up the process of obtaining a California driver license will only waste your time and money,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “It is easy to get a new driver license by making a free appointment at your local DMV office, so do not waste your money paying anyone to help you.”

Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60) allows the DMV to issue a California driver license, regardless of immigration status, to those who can prove identity and California residency. Applicants must also meet all other qualifications for obtaining a driver license, including passing a written test, vision test, and behind-the-wheel exam. DMV will begin issuing driver licenses under AB 60 on January 2, 2015. The only necessary fee is $33 payable to DMV.

Sting Finds Phony Contractors Duping Consumers Out of Money in Kings County

Sting Finds Phony Contractors Duping Consumers Out of Money in Kings County

The importance of not overpaying to get a construction project off the ground was driven home during an undercover sting operation conducted by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) in Hanford (Kings County). Seven of the eight phony contractors arrested August 7, 2013, on illegal contracting violations also were cited for requesting an excessive down payment. The legal limit is 10 percent of the contract price or $1,000, whichever is lower.

Donation Box Stolen; Man Wanted for Armed Robbery

Donation Box Stolen; Man Wanted for Armed Robbery

On Monday, July 8, 2013 at approximately 2330 hours Lemoore police officers responded to the 7-11 in the 1100 block of N. Lemoore Avenue for a reported armed robbery. Witnesses reported that a Hispanic male entered the 7-11 carrying a large military style knife. He approached the front counter and grabbed a donation box off the counter and left the store. He was last seen heading north on N. Lemoore Avenue on foot. Nobody was hurt during this crime.


The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, unknown age, approximately 5-10, 170 pounds wearing a black do-rag on his head and his face covered with a gray bandana. He had on dark jeans and a gray t-shirt over a black long sleeve shirt.


Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Lemoore Police Department at 924-9574.

Father Accused of Killing 11-Month-Old Baby Girl

On Wednesday Morning, 05-22-13, at about 0630 hours, The parents of an 11 month old female brought their baby to the emergency room at the Base hospital at Lemoore Naval Air Station.  The 11 month old baby was unresponsive and the medical staff attempted to revive the baby but attempts were unsuccessful. The baby was pronounced dead.  At first it appeared it may be a Sudden Infant Death syndrom(SIDS) case and the Kings County Sheriff's Department/ Coroners Office investigators were called to evaluate and investigate whether this was in fact a SIDS case. NCIS investigators were investigating this because the victim and her parents lived on the base. The mother was active Duty Navy, while the father was no longer in the Navy and was now a civilian.  Xrays and a Cat -Scan were done on the victim which revealed that the baby had a skull fracture and a broken arm.

Maximum DUI Enforcement in Effect This Cinco de Mayo Weekend!

Maximum DUI Enforcement in Effect This Cinco de Mayo Weekend!

If you’re planning on celebrating Cinco de Mayo and you plan to indulge with a margarita or tequila—don’t get behind the wheel!

The Avoid the 18 DUI Task Force will be out across Tulare and Kings Counties.

“With Cinco de Mayo celebrations on the rise across the country, alcohol-impaired crashes, injuries and fatalities will also rise,” said Sgt. Chris McLain of the Visalia Police Department. “But buzzed driving is drunk driving, and is never safe or acceptable.

Free Document Shredding

Central Valley Community Bank is once again offering free shredding of legal documents for personal or business needs.

The mobile shredder will be in different locations throughout the San Joaquin Valley in the coming months. What makes this shredding safe is that papers will be shredded in different locations - to help combat identity theft concerns. 

Click HERE for the full list of shredding locations.


Three Rivers Family Offering $$ to Recover Stolen Goods

Three Rivers Family Offering $$ to Recover Stolen Goods

A Three Rivers family is offering a cash reward for up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest or conviction of suspects, or for the return of their stolen property.

The family lost a Ford pick-up truck, a horse trailer and tack, motorcycles, firearms, and several family heirlooms, said Rocky Pipkin, of Pipkin Detective Agency, which has been hired by the family to support the investigation efforts under way by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

“This was a very slick operation, with no forced entry,” Pipkin said. “The thieves made off with a huge amount of property – right down to the meat in the freezer.”

All inquiries and information will be kept confidential.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Special Agent Mike Huddleston, 559-772-9853, or the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, 559-733-6218.