Is that a pipe bomb, or … ?
A traffic stop necessitated a visit from the Sheriff’s Office bomb squad when the discovery of a meth pipe led to a pipe bomb in a pickup truck.
Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, a deputy pulled over a pickup truck in the vicinity of Third Street West and West Napa Street. The deputy soon discovered that the driver, a 29-year-old El Verano woman, was on searchable probation. While searching the pickup truck, the deputy found some heroin and methamphetamine along with a glass smoking pipe.
Searching further, the deputy also found a pipe, with both ends capped that resembled a pipe bomb. The deputy asked what the capped pipe was but the woman said she didn’t know because it wasn’t her truck. The bomb squad was called in and they exploded the device.
While all this was going on, the owner of the truck walked up and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance, so he was arrested on those charges.
The driver, Lisette Kidson, 29, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, a probation violation and driving on a suspended license.
She was transported to the county jail.
In other incidents reported recently to the Sheriff’s Valley substation:
Wednesday, Oct. 10:
4:04 p.m. – They came in through an unlocked door. A resident in the 18000 block of Park Tree Lane reported that sometime that day, someone entered the residence through an unlocked side door and made off with $70 in cash and a wallet containing ID.
4:51 p.m. – They came in through an unlocked window. A resident in the 19000 block of Linden Street reported that sometime that day, someone entered their residence by removing a screen from an unlocked window and made off with a desktop computer, a monitor and jewelry. The loss was set at $1,200.
Thursday, Oct. 11:
11:08 p.m. – Shine a little light on me. While on patrol in the vicinity of Cherry Street and Lucas Avenue, a Sheriff’s deputy spotted a man riding a bicycle with no lights. After stopping the bicyclist, the deputy discovered he was on searchable probation, and found a small amount of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana on his person. The bicyclist, Daniel Cardenas, 26, a Springs transient, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Cardenas was booked into the county jail.
Sunday, Oct. 14:
10:58 a.m. – That’s a lot of Sterling. A resident in the 12000 block of Adine Court reported that sometime between Oct. 1 and Oct. 14, someone entered their house and made off with 60-to-70 pieces of sterling silver flatware. The loss was estimated to be $6,500.
Monday, Oct. 15:
10:15 a.m. – Dropping $100 at Macy’s. A resident in the 900 block of Buckeye Road reported that sometime between Oct. 1 and that day, someone used their Macy’s credit card for a $100 charge.
Tuesday, Oct. 16:
4:15 p.m. – 32 years and an EPO. Sheriff’s deputies were sent to a residence in the 100 block of Rancho Drive on the report of a domestic disturbance. A husband living there had reportedly accused his wife of 32 years of having a boyfriend, and threatened her. The wife locked herself in a bedroom and called the Sheriff’s Office. By the time deputies arrived, the husband had fled. The deputies helped the woman get an emergency protective order. The husband had not been been located on Monday.
Wednesday, Oct. 17:
6:08 a.m. – How not to open a door. The owner of the Glen Ellen Grocery, in the 13000 block of Arnold Drive, reported that sometime overnight, someone had kicked the glass out of a door. Deputies took a look at the store’s surveillance tape, and noticed that a local, 24-year-old man, who was apparently known to the deputy, tried to open the door and, when he couldn’t, he kicked the glass in, but left before entering. A report was taken and the 24-year-old faces charges when apprehended.
Friday, Oct. 19:
12:32 a.m. – Three men in a stall? Police were called to a Mexican restaurant on Sonoma Highway after three men were reported fighting in the men’s bathroom. When officers arrived they found a 27-year-old man in the parking lot with swelling and redness around his nose.
As police unraveled the story, they learned that the victim had been in the restaurant with a young woman when the woman’s ex-boyfriend and another man arrived. Somehow the three men ended up in the bathroom, where the victim was punched, knocked to the ground and kicked in the head.
A security guard for the restaurant broke up the fight with pepper spray and detained the assailants.
Arrested for assault with a deadly weapon (their boots) were 24-year-old Abel Padilla (the ex-boyfriend) and 24-year-old Carlos Martinez. Martinez was also charged with an outside misdemeanor warrant.
The two men were booked into the Sonoma County jail. The victim did not require medical attention.
Sunday, Oct. 21:
10:46 a.m. – Dude, where’s my tool box? A resident in the 200 block of Dechene Avenue reported that sometime overnight, someone took a hard plastic tool box from the bed of their truck. The loss was estimated at $2,000.
11:04 a.m. – Dude, where’s my tool box II? In a not-necessarily related incident, a resident in the 600 block of Oman Springs Circle reported that sometime overnight, someone took a toolbox from the bed of their truck. There was no dollar amount of the missing items.
Monday, Oct. 22:
6:16 p.m. – Dude, where’s my wheel? A resident in the 500 block of Chase Street told police that a box containing a custom-made, Harley-Davidson motorcycle front wheel, with black trim and pearl-diamond spokes, disappeared from his front porch where he had left it for FedEx to pick up. A call to the delivery company confirmed they had not taken the box, which the victim placed on his porch the previous day. It was valued at $2,800.
8:30 p.m. – Three times and in the running. Sonoma police were called to a home in the 500 block of Fifth Street West where a woman said her ex-husband was on her front porch, extremely drunk and unwilling to leave.
When officers arrived, they found a familiar transient who had been arrested a day earlier for a probation violation at the Taco Bell when he was found smelling heavily of alcohol with a bottle of Potters Vodka in his possession. The terms of the man’s probation forbade the consumption or possession of alcohol.
On his ex-wife’s front porch he was too intoxicated to stand and blew a blood alcohol level of .28 on a breath analyzer. He was taken to Sonoma Valley Hospital for observation, then cited and released when he was sufficiently sober.
Three days later, the same man would be picked up and jailed on an outstanding warrant, giving him three arrests in one week and entrance in the annual Most Arrests in one Week Derby.