The following is taken from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department commander's recap for the Santa Ynez Valley patrol. Those appearing as "arrested" have only been arrested on suspicion of the crime indicated and are presumed innocent.

Monday, July 24:

ARREST — Two people were arrested about 12:30 a.m. after deputies stopped them for allegedly having false registration tags on their vehicle and reportedly found a small amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and hypodermic syringes inside.

Catherine Ball was arrested on suspicion of displaying false registration tags, driving with a license suspended for reckless or negligent driving, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brandon Bocock was arrested on an outstanding warrant. He was also named a person of interest in a drug store burglary three days earlier, so his cell phone was seized pending a search warrant.

Tuesday, July 25:

INCIDENT — A woman who had been banned from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez for multiple incidents of theft over a three-year period returned to the casino and was detained by undercover security personnel for trespassing around 6:45 a.m.

When the woman told sheriff’s deputies she was unaware she had been banned, undercover guards produced a copy of a written trespass notice and agreed to sign a citizen’s arrest form. The woman was cited for trespassing and told to leave.

Wednesday, July 26:

ARREST — Sheriff’s deputies walking through the Chumash Casino Resort parking structure just before 9:30 a.m. came upon two people in a Toyota sedan parked on Level 1B who were subsequently arrested on a variety of suspected drug violations.

Lora Wilson was arrested on suspicion of possession without a prescription of a controlled substance formerly classified as a narcotic, possession of a controlled substance formerly classified as a restricted, dangerous drug and possession of paraphernalia.

Matthew Watkins was arrested on suspicion of the same violations plus suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

ARREST — A former Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputy reported a woman on San Luis Obispo County’s top 10 list of wanted people was en route to the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez.

A no-bail arrest warrant had been issued for Bianca Hicks, who reportedly fled a five-year prison sentence while free on a Cruz Waiver, which gives people facing a long prison sentence time to handle their affairs before reporting for incarceration.

Chumash security personnel were alerted, and when Hicks arrived, they detained her and notified deputies, who subsequently arrested her on the warrant about 12:30 p.m.

While being transported to County Jail, Hicks allegedly tried to hide a hypodermic syringe in the back of the patrol vehicle and drugs in her person. However, when she was strip searched at the jail, no narcotics were found.

Under the terms of a Cruz Waiver, she now faces a potentially longer prison term than her original sentence.

A man who accompanied Hicks to the casino was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine and was issued a citation

Friday, July 28:

ARREST — About 12:45 a.m., a deputy investigating an unoccupied vehicle parked at the Chumash gas station in the 3400 block of Highway 246 discovered it had been reported stolen.

The deputy detained Jorge Soto, who was suspected of being involved the vehicle theft, but two other suspects, later identified as Caprice Dominguez and Joe Mediano, had left the scene to evade deputies but were also found and detained.

Through combined investigative efforts, deputies at the scene determined Soto, who allegedly was under the influence of a controlled substance, and Dominguez, who had warrants out for her arrest, were allegedly involved in the theft of the vehicle and were arrested.

Mediano also had warrants out for his arrest and was taken into custody, while the vehicle was towed away.

Two of the suspects had to be medically cleared at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital before being transported to Santa Barbara County Jail. The third was taken directly to the jail in a separate patrol unit.

INCIDENT — Deputies on patrol in Solvang about 1:45 a.m. spotted a woman driver who was unable to keep her vehicle inside her lane, and when they pulled her over, she displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol.

The unidentified woman failed field sobriety tests and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

While talking to her passengers, one of the deputies allegedly discovered a small bindle of suspected cocaine next to the front passenger’s seat. The passenger was issued a citation and released, while the driver was transported to the substation in Solvang. Later, she also was issued a citation and released.

ARREST — A man who was refused entry into the Chumash Casino Resort ended up being arrested about 4:30 p.m. after drawing attention to himself by refusing to leave.

The man, who was not identified, was denied entry due to his level of intoxication and was advised to wait for friends and family in his car. He refused and later tried to enter the casino again.

After being walked to the area of Highway 246 and Casino Drive by a deputy, the man still refused to leave the property and was taken into custody for trespassing. The deputy then discovered a misdemeanor warrant had been issued for arrest.

He was cited and released for trespassing but was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on the warrant.

Sunday, July 30:

INCIDENT — Sheriff’s deputies are searching for the suspect in a hit-and-run crash that took place just after midnight in the 1700 block of Mission Drive in Solvang.

A man crashed his bicycle into a lawfully parked but unoccupied vehicle, causing damage, then fled the scene.

The suspect is described as white, in his 50s with shaggy gray-brown hair and wearing gray shorts and no shirt.

Monday, July 31:

INCIDENT — A man who had been banned for life from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez returned to the casino and was detained by security about 5 p.m.

He was issued a citation for the violation and released.

Thursday, Aug. 3:

ARREST — Two people were arrested about 3:10 a.m. after deputies were called to the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez for a reported trespassing and public intoxication.

When they arrived, the found Kristoffer Norris allegedly in possession of drug paraphernalia and his girlfriend, Esmeralda Guzman-Medina, allegedly under the influence of a controlled substance.

They were arrested on suspicion of the two violations, respectively, and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.

Saturday, Aug. 5:

ARREST — When a deputy contacted two people in a vehicle parked outside the Chumash gasoline station about 12:30 a.m., he found both had warrants out for their arrest.

While searching the vehicle as part of the arrest procedure, the deputy allegedly found more than 5 grams of methamphetamine, meth pipes and false registration tags on the vehicle. In addition, one of the suspects was captured on video driving the vehicle on a suspended license.

Jose Rodriguez was arrested and booked on suspicion of driving with a license suspended for reckless driving, displaying false registration tags and providing false identification to hinder an investigation.

Anita Garcia was arrested and booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and possessing drug paraphernalia.

INCIDENT — Just after 1 a.m., deputies were called to the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez for a person who was trespassing after being banned from the premises both verbally and in writing.

He was cited for suspicion of trespassing and released.

ARREST — A report of people breaking bottles brought sheriff’s deputies to the State Farm Insurance office on Alisal Road in Solvang just after 2 a.m.

Three people were seen leaving the location in a white Ford Focus and were contacted by deputies.

The three suspects — Zack Tolson, Hector Zoriquez and Pablo Diaz — were all allegedly intoxicated and involved in throwing bottles, so they were arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.

ARREST — A man who left a Solvang restaurant on Mission Drive and was walking to his home on Refugio Road was allegedly found passed out in the roadway on the Santa Ynez River Bridge about 3:30 a.m.

Deputies arrested Chad M. Lorge and booked him into jail on suspicion of public intoxication.

ARREST — Deputies were sent to the 600 block of Alamo Pintado Road about 5:50 p.m. to investigate a report of an intoxicated person getting into a vehicle.

There, they found Marguerite Romero allegedly passed out in her vehicle, and she was subsequently arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public and booked into Santa Barbara Jail.

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Mike Hodgson is news editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News, where he writes about local government, special events and the people who live in the Valley. He has been a photographer, writer, news editor and managing editor at weekly newspapers since 1972

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