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, Oct. 29:

ARREST — A deputy saw Jose Hernandez allegedly staggering east and then falling down just after midnight in the 1600 block of Mission Drive in Solvang. He was contacted by the deputy on Copenhagen Drive and arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.

ARREST — While patrolling the public parking lot in the 1600 block of Copenhagen Drive in Solvang about 9:15 a.m., deputies contacted Miguel Hernandez outside his vehicle and discovered an outstanding $25,000 misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.

He was taken into custody and booked into Lompoc Jail without incident.

INCIDENT — Deputies contacted a man sitting in his vehicle in the parking structure of the Chumash Casino about 12:10 p.m., and during a probation search of the vehicle they allegedly found a small amount of methamphetamine.

The man was issued a citation for suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, banned from the casino and released.

ARREST — The same deputies returned to the parking structure at the Chumash Casino about an hour later and contacted Will Joseph Clevenger sitting in his vehicle allegedly exhibiting signs of being under the influence.

Deputies said he initially gave them his brother’s name and date of birth because he was on probation with terms allowing searches by law enforcement.

While searching the vehicle, deputies allegedly found two hypodermic syringes loaded with methamphetamine, numerous used syringes and a large number of personal identification information and credit cards for various individuals.

Clevenger was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, false impersonation and possession of other people’s identification for fraudulent use and was booked into Santa Barbara Jail.

An Animal Control officer responded to the scene and took custody of Clevenger’s dog.

Tuesday, Nov. 1:

ARREST — After making a traffic stop about 12:40 a.m. at Highway 154 and Edison Street in Santa Ynez, a deputy found driver Renme Alfaro allegedly under the influence, and a search of his vehicle allegedly yielded 47 grams of methamphetamine and meth pipes.

Alfaro was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Because he is diabetic, he was transported to a hospital for a medical clearance, then booked into jail.

Friday, Nov. 3:

ARREST — About 10:20 a.m., deputies contacted a man in the parking lot of the Santa Ynez Park on Cuesta Street who allegedly identified himself as Juan Ramirez and said he was on parole.

He later admitted his name was Richard Ramirez, and a records check found three warrants out for his arrest. A subsequent search of his vehicle allegedly yielded two Tramadol pills and two small plastic bags containing an unknown white crystalline substance.

Ramirez was arrested on suspicion of false impersonation and possession of a controlled substance and placed in the back seat of a patrol vehicle with his two dogs.

When an Animal Control officer and deputies tried to take possession of the dogs, Ramirez allegedly became angry and smashed his forehead twice on the Plexiglas partition.

He was taken to Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital for treatment of a laceration and medical clearance, then was transported to the Santa Barbara Main Jail, where he allegedly told the medical staff he wanted to hurt himself and was subsequently placed in a safety cell.

Saturday, Nov. 4:

ARREST — Deputies spotted John Felix in an allegedly intoxicated condition on the 400 block of Alisal Road in Solvang about 5:10 p.m.

Felix was intoxicated to the point of being unable to care for himself, deputies said, so he was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and transported to Santa Barbara Jail.

ARREST — Deputies were sent to investigate a disturbance at the SY Kitchen in Santa Ynez just before 10 p.m., where a man had allegedly entered the restaurant and immediately challenged patrons to a fight and spit in women’s faces.

He left before deputies arrived, but while they were searching for him they received a call about a man challenging patrons to a fight at the Naughty Oak Brewing Co.

When deputies arrived, they found Roman Belkin allegedly intoxicated to the point of being unable to care for himself or others, so he was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and taken to Santa Barbara County Jail for booking.

ARREST — Deputies went to the Taco Roco in Solvang just after 10 p.m. where they allegedly found Tiffannie Brecht and Benjamin Peavy under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant.

Brecht was allegedly found in possession of multiple used hypodermic syringes and a can of pepper spray, and she later provided a urine sample that preliminarily tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine and morphine, deputies said.

Peavy, who is on electronic monitoring, allegedly admitted to deputies he had just used heroin and amphetamine.

During a records check, deputies discovered a protective order had been issued barring Peavy from contacting Brecht.

The pair’s probation officers were contacted and asked that detainers be placed on both suspects on suspicion of possessing paraphernalia for injecting a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance, violating parole and contempt of court for violating a court order.


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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