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. 4:

INCIDENT — When a driver was stopped about 1:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Edison Street in Santa Ynez for faulty taillights and an expired registration, a deputy discovered he was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine.

The man was issued a citation for suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and released, but his vehicle was impounded.

ARREST — A deputy contacted Rosario Diaz on the gaming floor of the Chumash Casino just before 3 a.m. and allegedly found her to be in possession of methamphetamine and a methamphetamine pipe. She was issued a citation for suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and released.

Later, the deputy determined Diaz was a restrained person in a served criminal protective order, with the protected person her boyfriend, with whom she had allegedly arrived at the casino. She was arrested on suspicion of violating a restraining order and booked into Santa Barbara Jail.

ARREST — Deputies were called to the Chumash Casino about 7:40 p.m. on a report of two intoxicated people physically fighting in the parking lot and arrived to find the suspects detained by casino security personnel.

The man, Michael Moore, denied any physical fighting, while the female, Yukari Ellis, said Moore had placed his arm around her and accidentally pulled her hair. She said she then playfully hit him with her purse.

However, security personnel said Moore had pulled Ellis’ hair several times in anger, and Ellis had struck Moore in the face with her purse and hit him several times with an open hand.

Deputies said both suspects were severely intoxicated and arrested them on suspicion of being drunk in public. Because the alleged fight was mutual combat, a report will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for filing domestic battery charges against both suspects.

Tuesday, Dec. 5:

ARREST — A deputy stopped a 2003 Mercedes-Benz ML320 about 8:40 p.m. at Viborg and Nysted streets in Solvang for multiple alleged violations, including failing to stop at the stop sign at Viborg and Alamo Pintado Road.

The driver allegedly registered a blood alcohol content of 0.184 on a breath test and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Following her arrest, she allegedly refused to provide a breath or blood sample, so a warrant was obtained for the sample. She was booked into jail without incident, but her car was impounded.

Wednesday, Dec. 6:

INCIDENT — A man was contacted seated in his vehicle in the parking structure of the Chumash Casino about 2:35 a.m. He consented to a search of his person, and the deputies allegedly discovered he was in possession of methamphetamine.

The report did not indicate if he was cited and released or arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance.

INCIDENT — Deputies contacted a woman in the parking structure of the Chumash Casino about 3:10 a.m. and found her allegedly in possession of drug paraphernalia. She was issued a citation and released.

ARREST — A man known to have warrants out for his arrest was contacted by deputies at the Chumash Casino about 3:48 a.m.

A search of the vehicle Michael Anthony Padilla was associated with allegedly revealed a mini-baseball bat wrapped with tape on the end beneath the passenger seat. He allegedly admitted it was for protection “in case he was jumped.” Deputies also allegedly found pepper spray.

Padilla was arrested on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of pepper spray and the two warrants and was booked into jail.

ARREST — A store owner in the 1600 block of Copenhagen Drive in Solvang allegedly caught Alfred Gonzalez-Michel and his girlfriend stealing a shirt from his shop and notified deputies about 6:15 p.m.

They contacted Gonzalez-Michel and discovered he had warrants out for his arrest in Tulare County, and he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor larceny and the warrants.

While at the substation, deputies allegedly found a syringe loaded with what they suspected was heroin and additional hypodermic needles. He was later booked into Santa Barbara Jail.

Thursday, Dec. 7:

ARREST — Deputies contacted Fred Garcia outside a residence in the 1000 block of Cota Street about 1:30 a.m. and found he had a $30,000 warrant for his arrest in Los Angeles County. He was taken into custody and booked on the warrant.

ARREST — Deputies went to a Worldmark timeshare unit in the 200 block of Alisal Road in Solvang and contacted the reporting party, Gary Mccamish, who said his drunken girlfriend was threatening and yelling at him. He demanded that she be removed to prevent an escalation of hostilities.

A records check revealed 54-year-old Theresa Stuart had a warrant issued for her arrest in Sonoma County, so she was taken into custody and booked at Santa Barbara Jail.

ARREST — An off-duty deputy reported an intoxicated subject at an address in the 400 block of Arden Avenue about 10:40 p.m. The man was arrested and transported to Santa Barbara Jail.

Friday, Dec. 8:

INCIDENT — A deputy spotted a man sleeping in a vehicle at the Park & Ride lot on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez and made contact with him about 8:15 p.m.

The man allegedly admitted there was a methamphetamine pipe in the vehicle, which the deputy allegedly found in a search. The man was cited for suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia and released.

INCIDENT — A driver was stopped about 9:45 p.m. at Edison Street and Highway 154 in Santa Ynez for having an expired registration tag on his vehicle.

The man was allegedly found to be driving on a suspended license and in possession of methamphetamine as well as open containers of both marijuana and alcohol in the vehicle. He was cited for suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and driving without a license and released, but his vehicle was impounded.

Saturday, Dec. 9:

INCIDENT — A deputy was called to the Chumash Casino for a report of a man detained for public intoxication and possession of cocaine.

The man allegedly admitted he was in possession of cocaine, but the deputy said he did not appear to be intoxicated past the point of caring for his own safety. He was issued a citation for suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and released to a sober friend.

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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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