Formula for frequent failure
One 17-year-old, a five-finger discount, $10 worth of beer and two felony counts. That was the formula that landed a Springs youth in Juvenile Hall June 6.
It all began at about 12:43 a.m. when two juveniles, who had already been drinking, entered a convenience store in the 18000 block of Railroad Avenue and walked out with $10 worth of an unspecified brand of beer. The suspects had disappeared into the night by the time Sheriff's deputies arrived, but the clerk knew the identity of one of them.
The next day, the suspects returned, confronted the clerk, and the 17-year-old reportedly tried to dissuade the witness from testifying.
Deputies found the pair and arrested the 17-year-old on charges of felony burglary and felony intimidating a witness. He received a chauffeured ride to juvenile hall.
In other incidents reported recently to the Sheriff's Valley substation:
Thursday, June 2:
8:54 a.m. - Pull a knife, go to Juvie. Two Altimira Middle School students got into a confrontation with possible gang implications, since the combatants admitted to deputies that each had allegiance to opposing criminal street gangs. For one reason or another - a difference in color choice, perhaps, the two squared off and one of them, a 13-year-old, reportedly pulled out a three-inch knife and threatened the second student. The knife-wielding youth denied he had pulled out the weapon, but the deputy already had it in his possession by that time. The 13-year-old was taken to juvenile hall on charges of fighting in school and displaying a weapon in a threatening manner. His 14-year-old opponent was charged with fighting in school.
Friday, June 3:
10:13 a.m. - Missing tools - $5K. A construction crew working on a new residence in the 19000 block of Seventh Street East, reported that someone broke into a locked storage box at the site and stole an estimated $5,000 in miscellaneous tools.
Saturday, June 4:
1:19 a.m. - The things you find in a woman's purse. While on patrol in the vicinity of Seventh Street East and East MacArthur Street, a deputy stopped a vehicle for a mechanical violation. Upon contacting the driver, the deputy discovered she was on probation with a search and seizure clause. With that legal authority, the deputy explored the 32-year-old woman's purse and found a prescription bottle containing a variety of prescription medications without valid prescriptions, a small amount of methamphetamine (.06 grams) and a glass meth pipe. Beth Ann Harvey, of Santa Rosa, was therefore arrested on felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
10:53 a.m. - Rubber checks bounce in Springs. A market in the 17000 block of Sonoma Highway reported that one of its customers had bounced six checks worth $3,000. The matter is still under investigation.
Monday, June 6:
Midnight - Convoluted vandalism. Sheriff's deputies were called to a vandalism in progress in the area of 1st Avenue and East Thomson Avenue, but the suspect fled before deputies arrived.
Deputies then got a call informing them that a female juvenile had rung the doorbell of a home in the vicinity of Madrid Way and Barcelona Drive and then told the resident the police were after her. Deputies eventually located the 17-year-old girl and took her back to the scene of the vandalism, a keyed car, where the victim identified the teen. The girl, who was charged with felony vandalism and being under the influence of a controlled substance, turned out to be a passenger in a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Noe Arias, of Sonoma. Arias was then arrested on felony charges of being an accessory to a crime, a probation violation and driving on a suspended license. Why the car was keyed was not clear.
Tuesday, June 7:
1:42 p.m. - Not exactly a peace pipe. A civil discussion over personal issues went bad between two men in the 200 block of Siesta Way. It became so un-civil, in fact, that one of the men allegedly introduced a pipe into the conversation and swung it at the second man, missing him. But in doing so, the pipe-swinger broke a mirror on the victim's vehicle. Deputies couldn't locate the pipe, but did arrest Ralph Woltering, 43, of the Springs, on charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, and vandalism.
Thursday, June 9:
12:29 a.m. - Sex offender fails to register. A 56-year-old Sonoma Valley transient sex offender ended up back in jail after a deputy, who was doing compliance checks, found that the man hadn't registered in a timely manner. As a transient, Richard Garcia, is required to register his location every 30 days, which he apparently failed to do. Garcia was arrested on sex offender felony charges for violation of the 30-day update requirement, failure to register as a sex offender and a probation violation.
Saturday, June 11:
9:09 p.m. - Make a threat, go to jail. Deputies were called to a domestic disturbance in the 19000 block of Bay Street, but the dispute was over by the time they arrived. Investigating deputies nevertheless found that the suspect, a 29-year-old Springs resident, had threatened his cohabitant in front of their child, and that the victim felt that the criminal threats were real. The man was charged with felony cruelty to a child, felony making criminal or terrorist threats, felony vandalism for kicking in a door and misdemeanor domestic violence. He was transported to jail.
9:34 p.m. - Failed assault, successful theft. Two women walking along Boyes Boulevard were accosted by a pair of men in a vehicle who began making lewd remarks. The women tried to ignore the men, but they persisted. At one point, the two offensive males stopped, got out and tried to drag one of the women into their vehicle. The woman managed to escape and she and her companion fled the area, but not before the men had stolen her iPhone and the other woman's Sanyo cell phone. There is no suspect information and the matter is still under investigation.