Spate of arrests related to alcohol, drugs


Local law enforcement officers were busy this past week making several arrests for alcohol and drug-related offenses. On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 15, owners of the Ol’ Buckaroo Restaurant in Three Rivers reported that someone had looted an outdoor refrigerator of about $400 worth of beer and wine. 

Mark Frick, Three Rivers resident deputy, while checking a nearby abandoned house, located a large quantity of the subject bottles now empty. When Deputy Frick contacted a subject who had been staying at the house, he stated that he had been provided the stolen alcohol by another subject.

Arrested and booked into Tulare County Jail in connection with the theft was Jeffrey Rapp, 30, of Three Rivers. Rapp was charged with receiving stolen property. 

Also on April 15, Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a residence on North Kaweah Drive in an attempt to locate a male and female wanted for outstanding narcotics warrants. Taken into custody was Michael Steffen, 42, who had two no-bail warrants from Santa Barbara County.

Also arrested was Brandi Ostoich, 42, of Visalia on a $15,000 warrant from San Luis Obispo County. Ostoich, at the time of her arrest, was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Both subjects were transported to the Tulare County Adult Pretrial Facility and processed.

On Friday, April 17, Deputy Frick conducted a traffic stop in the 40000 block of Sierra Drive. During an identification and license check, a baggie of suspected methamphetamine was located in the vehicle.

The driver, Albert Perez, 54, of Three Rivers was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and booked into Tulare County Jail. 

Also on Friday, April 17, Jamison Haley, 39, of Three Rivers was involved in an accident near the five-mile marker on Mineral King Road. The 1998 Toyota Tacoma Haley was driving crashed into an embankment and sustained front-end damage. 

The CHP investigating officer could not determine all the circumstances of the accident because a tow truck driver had already moved the vehicle from where it had come to a stop. Haley was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence and in violation of DUI probation.

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