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.

Sunday, Nov. 26:

INCIDENT — A deputy spotted a vehicle with an inoperable center brake light traveling northbound on Edison Street in Santa Ynez about 8 a.m. and made a traffic stop.

The deputy determined the driver was unlicensed, issued him a citation for suspicion of operating a vehicle without a driver’s license and had his vehicle impounded for 30 days.

ARREST — At about 9:50 a.m., a deputy contacted Pedro Najera, for whom arrest warrants had been issued, at the Chumash Casino. Najera was taken into custody without incident.

Monday, Nov. 27:

INCIDENT — A couple was issued citations after they were allegedly discovered illegally camping in a vehicle in the 4000 block of Highway 246 in Santa Ynez about 3:50 a.m.

The couple gave consent for a search of their vehicle, which allegedly turned up a used methamphetamine pipe claimed by the man and two canisters of pepper spray claimed by the woman, who had previously been convicted of a felony.

A citation for suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia was issued to the man, and another for suspicion of being a felon in possession of a tear gas weapon. An additional charge of violating the county ordinance against camping in public was added to both citations.

Tuesday, Nov. 28:

INCIDENT — After deputies spotted two people quickly getting into a silver Nissan Frontier pickup at the intersection of Oak Ridge and Chalk Hill roads at the entrance to the Skytt Mesa neighborhood about 12:40 a.m., they noticed several landscaping plants were missing from the corner.

Deputies stopped the vehicle at Atterdag Road and Laurel Avenue in Solvang and discovered three of the missing plants and a shovel with fresh, damp soil on it in the bed of the pickup.

The driver was evaluated for driving under the influence, then issued a citation for suspicion of petty theft and released.

Wednesday, Nov. 29:

INCIDENT — A man was discovered about 11:20 p.m. sleeping or passed out in the driver’s seat of his vehicle in the parking structure at the Chumash Casino.

Deputies discovered he was in possession of a methamphetamine pipe, issued him a citation for suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia and released him.

Thursday, Nov. 30:

ARREST — Deputies made contact with Lisa Sela, who was known to be on probation, about 12:20 a.m. at the Chumash gas station in the 900 block of Edison Street in Santa Ynez and discovered two warrants had been issued for her arrest.

She was taken into custody and booked into jail without incident.

ARREST — A deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle about 2:30 p.m. at the Chumash Casino and discovered three misdemeanor warrants had been issued for the arrest of passenger Fabian Lieno, who was taken into custody and booked.

Friday, Dec. 1:

ARREST — After deputies responded to the Chumash Casino about 4 a.m. on a report of a subject refusing to leave the premises, they discovered arrest warrants had been issued for Kristoffer Norris, who had been detained by the casino staff.

During a search incidental to Norris’ arrest, deputies allegedly discovered methamphetamine and a methamphetamine pipe in his backpack. He was subsequently arrested on the warrants and suspicion of interfering with a lawful business and booked into County Jail.

ARREST — A report of two people attempting to break into a house in the 300 block of Fifth Street about 10:45 p.m. brought deputies to the scene, where they contacted two suspects.

While talking with the pair, who were not identified, deputies determined they were allegedly under the influence of drugs. Although the attempt to break into the home turned out to be a tenant-landlord dispute, the two were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Saturday, Dec. 2:

INCIDENT — When deputies stopped a vehicle for having the reflective coating of the license plate obstructed, they discovered the driver could not provide the vehicle’s registration, proof of insurance or a driver’s license.

During a search for the documents in the vehicle, deputies allegedly discovered 0.45 grams of methamphetamine and a glass meth pipe on top of a woman’s purse on the passenger seat.

After the driver was issued a citation for suspicion of obscuring the reflective coating on his license plate, failure to provide registration, proof of insurance and a valid driver’s license, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia for smoking a controlled substance, he was released at the scene.


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