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 10:

ARREST — A deputy stopped a vehicle for excessive speed about 3:40 p.m. at Highway 246 and Sycamore Drive in Buellton and discovered driver Abraham Lopez-Lora was allegedly driving on a suspended license.

After Lopez-Lora consented to a search of his person, the deputy allegedly located methamphetamine in the right pocket of his jeans.

Lopez-Lora was arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail, and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

Tuesday, July 11:

INCIDENT — An 18-year-old woman parked and locked her vehicle at the trailhead to hike to Nojoqui Falls and returned about 4 p.m. to discover the driver’s side window broken and her purse missing.

The purse contained her driver’s license, Social Security card, a gasoline credit card and a $20 bill. Investigators did not find any usable finger prints.

The crime is similar to a rash of car burglaries committed last year at trailheads around the Santa Ynez Valley.

Deputies advised people who plan to leave their vehicles unattended at such remote locations to not leave valuables in plain sight inside the vehicle and to make sure it is securely locked.

ARREST — A man suspected of violating drug possession laws was arrested after he allegedly admitted he planned to ingest a dissolved controlled substance he discarded after it was spotted by a deputy.

The deputy doing a check of the Chumash Casino parking structure in Santa Ynez about 10:30 p.m. contacted two people sitting in a vehicle, and while talking with them he allegedly saw a cloudy white liquid in a water bottle cap on the center console.

When the deputy asked what it was, driver Richard Benavidez quickly grabbed it and dumped it into the back seat.

Conducting a search of the vehicle, the deputy allegedly found 3 grams of cocaine, a methamphetamine pipe and 10 hypodermic needles, which Benavidez claimed were his, the deputy said.

Benavidez was arrested on suspicion of destroying evidence, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, July 13:

ARREST — One man was arrested and two people were issued citations after a deputy stopped their vehicle for a traffic violation about 8:20 p.m. at Sanja Cota and Edison Street in Santa Ynez.

One of the passengers, Jeremy Lee Delgado, was arrested on a no-bail felony warrant from Ventura County and on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia and was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.

The driver was issued a citation for driving on a suspended or revoked license, and another passenger was cited for possession of a controlled substance. Both were released at the scene.

Friday, July 14:

ARREST — A man identified as Charles Baker found sleeping in the parking lot of the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall about 11 p.m. was arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail after a records check revealed he was wanted on a $10,000 arrest warrant.

INCIDENT — Deputies stopped a vehicle about 9:15 p.m. at Edison and Madera streets in Santa Ynez for not having a license plate light and discovered the driver was unlicensed and did not have proof of insurance.

He was issued a citation and released at the scene; however, his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

Saturday, July 15:

ARREST — After a vehicle was involved in a solo traffic collision about 7:30 p.m. on Fredensborg Canyon Road at Adobe Creek Road, deputies found driver Michael Phillip McCann was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, so he was arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.


News Editor

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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