Archive » September 11, 2008
By Robert Perry, Staff Writer
Proper venue for the written word
A budding writer couldn’t find an appropriate place for his writings, so he wrote on the inside of the stall in the men’s room at the high school. School officials reported that the graffiti artist did his work sometime between 1 p.m. on Sept. 3 to 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 4, causing about $50 damage.
While serving an arrest warrant on a 30-year-old Santa Ynez woman, a deputy noticed the outward symptoms of drug intoxication. The woman consented to a check of her pulse rate and a check of her pupil reaction to light. Both tests resulted in evidence of possible drug usage. Deputies transported the woman to the Solvang sub-station where she consented to a urine test which returned a presumptive positive result for amphetamines. The woman, upon further questioning, admitted to being in a room where her friend was smoking methamphetamine. The woman said that she got a “contact” high from being in the room. The woman now has an additional charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Scratches on car
A 30-year-old resident of Figueroa Mountain Road reported that his car was vandalized with scratches on three body panels. The man had been at the Old Mission Santa Inés the evening before but did not notice any scratches at that time. In the morning, when he was about to take his daughter to school, he discovered the scratches. His insurance company required a police report.
Suspended license, felony warrants
A 40-year-old man and his 42-year-old girlfriend were stopped by deputies at 2 a.m. on westbound Highway 246 and Edison Street because the license plate on the pick-up truck he was driving was obstructed by a trailer ball hitch. In addition, the lights illuminating the plate were inoperative. The man told deputies he had a valid driver license but not on his person. A records check revealed that both the man’s and the woman’s licenses had been suspended and the man was on active probation and there were two outstanding felony warrants for the man’s arrest. The man was placed under arrest and when taken to the Lompoc Jail he refused to provide a probation-mandated urine sample.
A 35-year-old Santa Maria man was stopped by sheriff’s deputies on Highway 154 and Edison Street for a burned-out taillight. The man could not produce a driver license and a records check showed that his license had been suspended. The man’s car was towed and he was cited for driving on a suspended license and having a defective taillight.
A 15-year-old from Rowland Heights was visiting Solvang. During a surrey ride around town, the teen found that he had lost his wallet from the back pocket of his shorts. The wallet contained his high school identification card, his social security card, and about $60 cash. Deputies informed the youth to contact credit reporting agencies to protect himself against identity theft.
Lost wallet, redux
A 49-year-old visitor from Denmark reported to Solvang deputies that he had lost his fanny pack-type wallet somewhere in Morro Bay, Solvang, Buellton, or Lompoc. The man was visiting the central coast and had visited a fast food outlet in Morro Bay, where he last saw his wallet. He visited Solvang that evening, where he tried unsuccessfully to find a hotel room. He tried also in Buellton, and then Lompoc, where he found a room but then found that he had no wallet. After retracing his steps he finally had to give up and made a report to the Sheriff’s Department.
A man riding his bicycle on Highway 154 east of the entrance to Cachuma Lake found a wallet with identification, credit cards, and $3 cash. The identification documents showed that the wallet belonged to a 26-year-old Camarillo man. Deputies will contact the wallet’s owner.
Deputies were called to a home in the 3300-block of Numancia Drive in Santa Ynez for a domestic disturbance. A 34-year-old man had been arguing with his former sister-in-law about financial difficulties. The man had hit his head on a wall but refused medical treatment for a small cut. Deputies took an incident report only.
Wallet stolen from her kitchen
A 43-year-old Solvang woman reported that her wallet was stolen from her kitchen table in the 2100-block of Holly Lane in Solvang. The woman had last seen the wallet on her kitchen counter and was unaware it was gone until being called the next morning by her bank informing her that someone had made unauthorized transactions with her credit cards. The woman’s husband was awake in the house until 1 a.m. and the dog did not alert to any noise. Deputies took a report.
Another auto burglary
A 48-year-old Solvang man reported the theft of his briefcase from his parked pick-up truck in the 2100-block of Rebild Drive. The man had taken his laptop computer and camera from the car as they’d been stolen once before.
A 61-year-old Solvang woman reported that several items had been stolen from her parked car in the 2000-block of Rebild Drive. The stolen items were her Bluetooth phone device, a digital camera, a bag of laundry, some new clothes, and coin purse. There was no sign of forced entry on the car and the woman was unsure if she had locked the car.
Another auto burglary
Deputies took a report of stolen property from the car of an 18-year-old Solvang woman. The woman had packed her car with property prior to leaving for college. The car window was smashed sometime during the night and a bag with her digital camera was stolen.
Dispute leads to a shove
A masseur was providing a massage when footsteps from a residence above became a disturbance. The 45-year-old masseur went upstairs to ask that the man stop walking around. The confrontation became a shoving match and deputies were called. At first the masseur said he didn’t want to file charges, but he later changed his mind. Deputies interviewed two witnesses and filed a report with the district attorney’s office.
Another burglary occurred on Rebild Drive, leading to a 49-year-old woman reporting that a plastic jar with about $20 in coin was stolen from her garage. The woman discovered the coins missing after being told of other thefts in the neighborhood by her neighbor.
A 21-year-old woman with a Solvang address was followed by deputies from the intersection of Highway 246 and Refugio Road. The woman’s car was observed swerving while westbound on Highway 246. Deputies pulled the woman over in a residential neighborhood and administered a field sobriety test, which the woman failed. She was taken to Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital where she provided a blood sample. The woman was cited and released to a friend.
Bicycling under the influence
A 28-year-old Buellton man was observed riding his bicycle westbound in the 2200-block of Mission Drive. At 10 p.m. the man had insufficient lighting on his bicycle to be seen at night. Deputies questioned the man, who had a valid driver license, asking if he had ever been arrested. The man admitted to having been arrested for being under the influence of drugs on a prior occasion. The man had some of the outward signs of drug intoxication and deputies asked the man if he would consent to a drug test. The test was presumptively positive for methamphetamines. The man was cited and released for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
An anonymous call to the sheriff’s station about a bicycle collision between two riders prompted deputies to check with the local hospital for the possibly injured riders. No one was admitted for any such injuries and later deputies checked the scene of the reported accident and then discovered two bicycles, unlocked and unattended on the corner of Meadowvale and Robin Place in Santa Ynez. The bicycles were taken to the Solvang sub-station for safekeeping.
Trespass to wash-up
Deputies were called to a ranch on Highway 154 near the Santa Ynez River for a report of trespassers. Deputies made contact with two men in a pick-up truck, who said they were on a hunting trip and had stopped due to an oil leak. The men said that their two partners had walked across the field toward the river to wash up. Deputies contacted the other two men and they had no weapons or game. The men had their rifles and a handgun in hard cases and not accessible. Deputies could not find the required signs posted three per mile to warn trespassers. Due to the lack of signs, the deputies took a report only at the request of the ranch owner.
Eavesdropping or illegal meeting
A report was taken by sheriff’s deputies regarding suspected eavesdropping after a public meeting. Members of the public board had concluded the meeting and were cleaning the facility and engaging in small talk. A member of the public had left the meeting but remained on the property making a cellphone call. It seemed odd to the man outside that the meeting had concluded but the members of the public board were still in the meeting place. The general manager of the public board was notified the next day and asked about a possible violation of the Brown Act, which prescribes open public meetings and forbids secret meetings. The general manager was concerned about the man hanging around after dark as he had released the two female administrative workers without escort. The general manager had requested a report be taken, as the meetings had become contentious due to some controversial subject matter.