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, Aug. 20:

ARREST — A woman was arrested and two men were issued citations after deputies found them sitting in a vehicle inside the Chumash Casino parking garage about 3:30 p.m., and after consent search of Lisa Sela’s purse allegedly revealed a glass methamphetamine pipe.

A records check also turned up a local misdemeanor warrant for her arrest.

A pat search of one of the men allegedly revealed a glass methamphetamine pipe in his left front pocket, and he was handcuffed to Sela while the investigation continued.

While searching the vehicle, deputies allegedly found a lock pick set near the center console, which the other man claimed was his and that he used it to pick locks at his work.

Sela was arrested on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia and the warrant. One of her companions was issued a citation for the same violation, while the other one was cited on suspicion of possessing burglary tools.

ARREST — Deputies stopped a vehicle driven by Jorgen Staal about 10:20 p.m. at Copenhagen Drive and First Street in Solvang.

Staal refused to participate in field sobriety tests, deputies said, but he agreed to provide a breath sample, which allegedly indicated a blood-alcohol content of 0.24 percent.

He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and was booked into Santa Barbara Jail.

Monday, Aug. 21:

INCIDENT — Deputies assisting a California Highway Patrol office on a follow-up to a stolen vehicle investigation contacted the suspect, who was on probation, about 1:30 p.m. at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez.

During a probation search, the suspect was allegedly found in possession of a methamphetamine pipe and a pocket knife, putting him in violation of his terms of probation.

When his probation officer was contacted by phone, the officer did not issue a detainer, so the suspect was issued a citation for suspected possession of drug paraphernalia and released.

Wednesday, Aug. 23:

ARREST — Chumash Casino staff contacted sheriff’s deputies regarding someone who was disturbing the peace and had been detained by security personnel.

Deputies arrived about 8:40 p.m. to find Keith Byron Leach of Ventura face-down in handcuffs and being detained by three employees.

Casino personnel said Leach threatened to kill a blackjack dealer and used racial slurs against the dealer and throughout his contact with security personnel. He claimed to be a Skinhead and a Hell’s Angels member, made statements about the Nazi SS and said he wished they “had finished you off,” referring to casino security staff.

Leach was subsequently arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats likely to cause great bodily injury or death.

Friday, Aug. 25:

INCIDENT — A deputy spotted a man and woman sitting in a vehicle with a blanket over the rear window parked at Santa Ynez Park just before 10 a.m., and when the deputy approached the man he allegedly attempted to hide or destroy a methamphetamine pipe by kicking it under the vehicle.

He also was allegedly in possession of diazepam, and an additional meth pipe was allegedly found inside the vehicle.

The man was issued a citation for suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and attempting to hide or destroy evidence.

INCIDENT — A deputy stopped a vehicle of having fake registration tags about 3:30 p.m. at Alamo Pintado Road and Mission Drive and discovered an expired sticker that had been painted orange.

The driver allegedly admitted altering the license plate to fraudulently indicate it was registered. He was also found to have a suspended driver’s license, which the man admitted he knew.

He was subsequently cited on suspicion of displaying false registration, driving an unlicensed vehicle and driving on a suspended license.

ARREST — After a vehicle was stopped about 11:20 p.m. for a traffic violation at Sagunto and Edison streets in Santa Ynez, the deputy allegedly found 22 grams of cocaine and three baggies containing a total of 1.24 grams of methamphetamine in the driver’s pocket.

Jesse Rivera was subsequently arrested and booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance under two provisions of the Health & Safety Code.


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