July 26

Underage drinking

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a large party involving underage drinking at about 11 p.m. There was a DJ and between 150 and 200 people there. The party was located in the Cachuma Saddle/Figueroa Mountain area. The partygoers were dispersed by deputies. Who organized the party was undisclosed. One minor was cited for underage drinking and released to his mother.


Aug. 6

Officer-involved shooting

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department is investigating the circumstances of an officer-involved shooting that happened near Highway 1 and Black Road in the unincorporated area of Santa Maria. Shortly after 6 p.m., the Santa Maria Police Department received a 911 call from a motorist who said another motorist had brandished a firearm. Officers located a vehicle matching the description given by the callers and attempted to pull the car over, but instead the suspect took them on an hour-long pursuit. The chase vehicle was stopped after running a spike strip on Highway 1, just south of Black Road. The pursuing officers feared the gunman was a threat and fired at him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A follow-up investigation revealed that the weapon was a replica firearm. Because the incident occurred within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Department, it is conducting the investigation. No officers were injured during the incident.


No picnic in the park

At 12:14 a.m. a deputy headed northbound on Atterdag Road saw a car parked at the intersection of Atterdag Road and Fredensborg Canyon Road. He approached the vehicle and felt that the hood was still warm and the vehicle was unlocked. He shined his flashlight in the picnic area and heard subjects run back through the park. He also saw several beer bottles on and near a picnic bench. Other deputies arrived and they apprehended a male subject, 18, leaving from the park entrance. He reluctantly admitted he was in the park drinking with a few other people he claimed he didn’t know. Because he was a minor, he was cited released to his mother. A few minutes later, the deputy saw subjects run from the park to the car and get inside. The deputies followed on foot. They found a man in the driver’s seat, a passenger with a 750-ml bottle of whiskey, and a rear passenger holding a can of beer. The female passenger, 19, of Santa Ynez was cited for public intoxication and underage drinking. She was released to her parents. The driver was cited for DUI.


Aug. 7

Road rage

At 10:28 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the area of Edison Street and Highway 246 on a report of a subject who brandished a firearm. Dispatch informed them that the suspects, two males in a black car, had left the Chumash Casino. The victim refused to cooperate with dispatch and provide any information. With assistance from casino security personnel, deputies located the suspect’s unoccupied vehicle in the casino parking structure. The deputy spoke to the victim, 41, of Santa Ynez who said he’d been driving westbound on Highway 154 approaching Highway 246, when a black car swerved and almost struck his vehicle. A “road rage” incident began and the car tailgated him onto Highway 246 and drove alongside him before the driver allegedly threw a bottle at his vehicle. He said when he stopped at a red light at Highway 246 and Edison Street, both the driver, 34, of Oxnard and passenger, 45, of Oxnard left the vehicle and the passenger brandished a semi-automatic handgun and pointed the firearm at him. He said no words were exchanged and, when the light turned green, he drove into the nearby gas station while the suspects followed, circling the station several times. He turned onto Highway 246 and the suspects turned into the casino. The man signed a citizen’s arrest form and demanded charges be filed. While speaking with the victim, casino security notified him that they’d detained the suspects inside the casino. The deputy spoke with the men. They said the Santa Ynez man was the aggressor and that the driver had only confronted the man after he threw some items at their car. Searches of the suspects and the vehicle yielded no weapons. As deputies searched the vehicle, the victim arrived at the casino and, upon seeing the vehicle, he said, “This is the car! These (expletive)! I want their names!” Deputies escorted him to an area where they’d set up an in-field line-up. He identified the subjects and insisted on filing charges. The two men were arrested and booked into county jail. The man was cited for threatening the men during the line-up. He pulled up his shirt to display the tattoo of his name across his midsection and challenged both subjects to a fight.


Aug. 8

Warrant arrest

Casino security contacted sheriff’s deputies regarding a patron who possibly had a warrant. They confirmed she had no-bail warrant issued by Grover Beach Police Department and that the department would extradite her. The woman, 32, of Santa Maria admitted she was aware of the warrant and had planned to take care of it in the future. She was arrested and booked into Lompoc City Jail.