First responders gear up for busy season


When the weather warms and traffic increases so do the accidents. 

Motorcycle vs. car— On Sunday, April 17, just after 1 p.m., an eastbound 2003 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy driven by Larry Norris, 66, of Porterville, failed to stop in time and rear-ended a 2011 Dodge Charger waiting to make a left turn into the Slick Rock Recreation Area at Lake Kaweah. 

The driver of the Dodge, Cera Hix, 24, of Visalia was not injured. Norris, after falling to the pavement, suffered abrasions to his face and right arm, a possible broken left arm or hand, and complained of pain in his left ankle.

Norris was treated at the scene and then transported via ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia. He was determined to be at fault in the accident but was not cited.

Suspicious person— On Tuesday, April 12, a resident of Redbud Trail off South Fork Drive reported to Sheriff’s deputies that she encountered a late-model GMC Sierra pickup parked on the street that looked suspicious. Thinking it might be thieves stealing landscaping rocks, she approached the vehicle and discovered that 30 feet into her property a man dressed in camouflage and wearing a mask was hiding in the bushes.

When the woman asked what the man was doing, he became angry because he said the woman was disturbing his turkey shooting. Next the women told the man to get off her property and then he began shouting profanities and said he was not required to leave because he didn’t see any “No Trespassing” signs posted.

The woman, seeing the man’s gun, called 911 at approximately 7 p.m. The next morning the woman reported on Facebook she still had not received a response to her 911 call.

At the time of the 911 call, Deputy Frick was not on duty and does not know why there was no response from the Sheriff’s Deprtment to the 911 call. He later took a statement from the woman. 

Deputy Frick reported that he believes the so-called “Turkey Terrorist” is a local. 

Anyone with information in the incident should call Deputy Frick at 740-8894.   

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