In 1978, Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to help prosecutors battle organized crime. California has a similar law on its books, as well.
So far, three individuals have been taken into police custody for their roles related to the Sept. 16 hit-and-run death of a well-respected elementary school administrator who worked for the Clovis Unified School District. Investigators with the California Highway Patrol say the man was struck and killed while taking a jog near Fraint Road in Fresno that day.
A 29-year-old woman was arrested and charged with child abuse on Aug. 17 by the Visalia Police Department. She'd been the foster mother to the 18-month-old victim and several other children at the time of her arrest.
Breathalyzers aren't 100 percent accurate, so there is a possibility that you can question the results if you've been accused of drunk driving. Breath tests have to be calibrated correctly and given by trained professionals. In addition to this, those giving a breath sample could receive a false positive if they burp or recently had a drink of alcohol that is still present in the mouth's tissues.
A 35-year-old Visalia woman was charged with fraud, identify theft and drug possession after being arrested in the Mooney Boulevard Walmart parking lot at 3:40 a.m., on Friday, May 4. When police found her there, she apparently had as much as $95,000 worth of uncashed checks in her possession.
Cyberstalking is a type of crime that harnesses the power of the internet to harass and intimidate someone.
The broken windows theory essentially says that crime is more likely in an area that has been neglected. For instance, if the windows have been smashed out of a number of homes in a neighborhood, people in the area then feel emboldened to commit more serious crimes than pure vandalism.
Officers with both the Visalia Police Department's Special Enforcement and Narcotics units took a local 55-year-old man into custody on Wednesday, Jan. 24. He was later charged with various crimes, including drug possession and child endangerment, among others.
Your child has been accused of bullying at school. When you were a child, that just meant after-school detention and a note from the teacher. It was frowned upon, but it wasn't a serious issue in the grand scheme of things.
A Visalia teen, who'd allegedly struck and killed a 35-year-old Visalia man with her car this past Memorial Day weekend, has been found guilty of second degree murder for his death. The 18-year-old is now awaiting sentencing. She's facing anywhere between 25 years and a lifetime in jail.