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, Feb. 11:
ARREST — A man was arrested on suspicion of violating a number of firearms laws after he was allegedly found in possession of a loaded rifle and a high-capacity clip outside a local bar.
Sheriff’s deputies contacted Shane Ferris sitting in a car in the dirt parking lot at Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez about 2:43 a.m. and spotted a rifle lying in the back seat.
Inspecting the rifle, deputies found it was loaded and did not have a serial number. Ferris allegedly admitted he manufactured the rifle four days earlier and was also allegedly in possession of a high-capacity magazine.
Ferris was arrested on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm in public, manufacturing a .50-caliber BMG rifle, possession of an assault weapon and manufacture of a large-capacity magazine.
ARREST — Two people were arrested on suspicion of violating drug laws just after 11 p.m. after showing symptoms of being under the influence when contacted by sheriff’s deputies on patrol in the Chumash Casino Resort parking structure.
When deputies spotted the couple sitting in a vehicle, passenger Courtnie Hayson was allegedly displaying symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance and was detained for a drug influence evaluation.
Driver Cary Kelly was also allegedly displaying the same symptoms and was also detained.
A records check revealed Hayson was on Santa Barbara County probation for drug-related charges with terms allowing full search and seizure. A search of the vehicle allegedly turned up suspected heroin and methamphetamine, burned aluminum foil, a methamphetamine pipe and prescription medication.
Both suspects allegedly admitted using heroin and meth earlier in the day and they were arrested on suspicion of possession and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Subsequent urinalyses allegedly returned positive results for methamphetamine, amphetamine, morphine, benzodiazepines and THS for both suspects.
Tuesday, Feb. 13:
ARREST — Two men were arrested about 10:10 a.m. at the Chumash Casino Resort after deputies determined they allegedly entered the establishment and conspired to commit fraud.
Joshua Escobar and Richard McCormick allegedly intended to defraud the casino of $657 by reporting a staged theft. Deputies also found arrest warrants had been issued for both men.
They were arrested on suspicion of shoplifting and conspiracy to commit a crime and the outstanding warrants.
ARREST — About 9:45 p.m., deputies were called to the Chumash Casino Resort where staff had detained Matthew Deringer, who had returned after being permanently banned from the casino.
Deputies also found several warrants had been issued by Santa Barbara County for his arrest, so he was taken into custody on those and arrested on suspicion of trespassing.
INCIDENT — Deputies who contacted a man sitting in his vehicle in the parking structure at the Chumash Casino Resort just before midnight allegedly found he had a used methamphetamine pipe in plain view.
As deputies were speaking with the man, his girlfriend returned to the vehicle, and a consent search of her purse allegedly turned up two baggies of methamphetamine.
The man claimed he had placed the baggies in her purse earlier without her knowledge. He was subsequently cited for suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and released.
Wednesday, Feb. 14:
ARREST — When deputies were told a suspicious subject was possibly using narcotics and in possession of stolen property at the Chumash Gas Station in the 900 block of Edison Street in Santa Ynez, they realized the description of the man and the vehicle matched those in an earlier be-on-the-lookout broadcast.
The broadcast said the suspect was possibly armed and was wanted in Lompoc on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
Deputies contacted the man, later identified as Jonny Efrain Brizuela Erazo, at gunpoint but subsequently determined he was not the person wanted in Lompoc.
However, he was allegedly found to be in possession of a used methamphetamine pipe, and the security guard who had contacted deputies said he had seen large quantities of smoke coming from the vehicle and believed he was smoking meth.
Erazo was arrested and booked into County Jail on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia, and his vehicle was towed away because the seats were not attached and it was unsafe to drive.
ARREST — Two women were contacted by deputies about 12:10 p.m. after the two allegedly stole merchandise from El Rancho Market in the 2800 block of Mission Drive in Santa Ynez.
A records check revealed arrest warrants had been issued for Tammy Jean Vickers, who was also on county probation with full search terms, and Jacquelyn Sue Miller.
A search of Vickers’ vehicle allegedly yielded a small baggie of suspected cocaine, 3.7 grams of heroin, three loaded syringes containing what was believed to be heroin and other drug paraphernalia.
Both women were arrested and booked into Santa Barbara Jail on suspicion of shoplifting and the warrants.
Thursday, Feb. 15:
ARREST — Deputies arrested Dwayne Johnson about 5 minutes after midnight for allegedly violating the city code by camping in his Class A motorhome on Second Street in Buellton.
A records check revealed Johnson was also on parole for rape and was a transient registered sex offender.
Monday, Feb. 19:
ARREST — When a deputy spotted a gray Nissan Altima without a functional center brake light at 11:12 a.m., he stopped the car on Edison Street just north of Pine Street in Santa Ynez.
When the deputy approached the driver, identified as Paul Bendele, the man allegedly exhibited signs of being under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant.
Following a drug influence evaluation, Bendele was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
During a subsequent search of Bendele’s person, the deputy allegedly found 13.1 grams of suspected black-tar heroin in his shorts pocket, and a search of his vehicle allegedly yielded several articles of men’s and women’s clothing with the security devices and tags still attached valued at more than $950.
Bendele allegedly admitted he knew the clothing was stolen but claimed he purchased it for $120 the previous night from someone named Josh or Jordan he had met at the Chumash Casino Resort.
He also denied selling the heroin but said he had been holding onto it for awhile.
Bendele was transported to Santa Barbara Jail where he was booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance for sale, transporting a controlled substance and receiving stolen property in addition to being under the influence.
ARREST — Following a traffic enforcement stop at Fourth Place and Elm Avenue in Solvang just after 8:30 p.m., the driver, Blair Hillman Millar, allegedly displayed signs of intoxication while still seated in the vehicle.
When asked to step out of the vehicle to undergo field sobriety tests, she complied but in the tests allegedly revealed multiple indications of intoxication. She subsequently provided a breath sample that indicated a blood alcohol content of 0.16 percent and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Wednesday, Feb. 21:
INCIDENT — Sheriff’s deputies are looking for someone who assaulted another driver with a BB-gun about 11:30 a.m. in Solvang.
A woman was driving a Honda Fit at 45 mph in the 45 mph zone in the 2600 block of Highway 246 when she saw a dark-colored “sporty car” with no license plates behind her that seemed to want to go faster.
She heard a “pop” and pulled into a nearby parking lot, where she found the rear window of her vehicle shattered with a hole from a BB or pellet.
Thursday, Feb. 22:
ARREST — Two people were arrested on suspicion of violating drug laws after deputies stopped a Honda Civic about 6:35 a.m. near North Refugio Road and Baseline Avenue in Santa Ynez and found Juvencio Chavez was driving on a suspended license.
After he was placed under arrest, deputies allegedly found a used, uncapped syringe in his jacket pocket.
Deputies also discovered an arrest warrant had been issued for Chavez’s passenger, Vanessa Lopez, who was allegedly found in possession of suspected methamphetamine and multiple used syringes — one loaded with suspected heroin.
In her purse, deputies also allegedly found additional heroin and more drug paraphernalia.
A search of Chavez’s car allegedly yielded multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia, a long glass methamphetamine pipe with meth still in it, a baggie containing suspected tar heroin and a silver pouch containing 14.37 grams of meth in a plastic bag.
Chavez and Lopez were arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia and were booked into Santa Barbara County Jail without incident.
Chavez’s vehicle was impounded, and his pit bull was taken into custody by an animal control officer.
ARREST — After a resident in the 3000 block of Figueroa Mountain Road saw a vehicle the person did not recognize driven by a woman the person did not know park in the resident’s driveway just after 8 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were called to investigate.
Driver Lorena Uribe apparently believed she had stopped at a residence on Ballard Canyon Road and allegedly exhibited signs of being intoxicated.
However, the resident was unable to positively identify Uribe as the person driving the vehicle. So Uribe was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and booked into Santa Barbara Jail, while her vehicle was impounded.