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, Dec. 11:

INCIDENT — A staff member at the Holiday Inn Express in Solvang called the Sheriff’s Substation about 4:45 p.m. on behalf of guest James Yamamoto from the Los Angeles area to report his elderly wife, Kimiko, left on foot about an hour earlier while he was taking a nap in their hotel room.

The caller advised deputies Kimiko suffers from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes, is required to take medication and had gone missing before.

Assisted by a K-9 unit, deputies began searching for the missing woman while information about her was released on social media, which resulted in several calls from people who reported seeing someone matching her description about five miles away on Alamo Pintado Road north of Baseline Avenue.

Deputies searched the area and located Kimiko, who was returned safely to the hotel.

Thursday, Dec. 14:

ARREST — Deputies contacted a man and woman in the Chumash Casino parking structure about 1:14 a.m. and found two warrants had been issued for the arrest of the woman, Jasmine Denae Lorona.

She was taken into custody and transported to Santa Barbara County Jail for booking.

ARREST — When deputies came across a man sleeping in his vehicle at the Chumash Casino about 1:43 a.m., a strong odor of burnt marijuana was allegedly emanating from the vehicle and marijuana was visible inside.

The man, later identified as Mario De La Cruz, initially lied about his identity, apparently to conceal the fact that two warrants had been issued for his arrest, and made furtive movements while refusing to get out of the car, deputies said.

When they removed him from his vehicle, he allegedly tried to hide something in his hand and refused to release it as he struggled to pull away from the deputies.

De La Cruz was finally taken to the ground and deputies retrieved what was in his hand, which allegedly turned out to be a bindle of methamphetamine. He was also allegedly in possession of window punches.

He was subsequently taken into custody on the warrants and booked into jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, resisting arrest, providing false identification to evade arrest and possession of burglary tools.

Friday, Dec. 15:

ARREST — When a deputy made a traffic stop at Highway 154 and Edison Street in Santa Ynez about 9:55 a.m., the driver allegedly showed signs of being under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant

Emmanuel Magana allegedly admitted smoking methamphetamine the previous day, so he was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and booked into jail.

ARREST — When a man who had been banned from the Chumash Casino was spotted on the gaming floor about 1:50 p.m., he ran from security guards and had to be tackled.

Jaime Gomez allegedly provided his brother’s name for himself, but he was subsequently identified and arrested on suspicion of false impersonation and trespassing in addition to five warrants for his arrest.

Saturday, Dec. 16:

ARREST — Deputies contacted a man sitting in the passenger seat of a running vehicle in the parking structure of the Chumash Casino about 4:11 a.m., and he provided a Louisiana driver’s license identifying him as Gage Michael Calais.

A records check revealed a warrant had been issued for his arrest in Louisiana, and he was detained, whereupon he told deputies everything in the vehicle was his.

He also allegedly stated the visor held methamphetamine, which the deputies recovered. They also allegedly discovered three Xanax bars and a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine in his backpack, so he was taken into custody on the warrant and arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and possessing a controlled substance without a prescription.

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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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