It’s not mine and I don’t know how it got in my pocket
School resource officers weren’t born yesterday. They’ve heard every imaginable excuse – and then probably a few you couldn’t imagine.
Needless to say, when a 16-year-old Sonoma Valley High School student told the school resource officer that the marijuana brownie in his pocket wasn’t his and, furthermore, he didn’t know how it got there, his story lacked a certain credibility.
It went down on Nov. 8 when another 16-year-old student made something of an emergency trip to Kaiser Hospital after ingesting half a marijuana brownie he said he and a friend had bought for $3. When the hospitalized student returned to school on Nov. 13, he told the school resource officer the story about buying the “edible,” as pot brownies have become known. He explained to the officer that he and his friend bought the “edible” from a third student, and that “everybody knows he sells.”
When the officer rounded up the budding entrepreneur, he denied that he had sold the brownie. When the officer found a similar brownie in the student’s pants, the young suspect claimed it wasn’t his and he didn’t know how it could have gotten in his clothes.
Somehow the officer wasn’t convinced the 16-year-old El Verano resident was telling the truth, so he charged the amateur baker with felony transportation or selling marijuana and possession of marijuana on school grounds. He was booked into juvenile hall.
In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:
Friday, Nov. 2:
10:16 a.m. – Window smashed. A resident in the zero block of Fifth Street West reported that sometime between Oct. 31 and today, someone broke the driver’s side rear window of his vehicle. There was no damage estimate.
1:24 p.m. – Half a knuckle sandwich and some weed. Two Sonoma Valley High School freshmen who decided to cut instead of going back to class, were seen leaving campus by an administrator who radioed the school resource officer. The officer caught up with the truant pair in the 200 block of France Street. While searching a backpack belonging to one of the boys, the officer discovered metal knuckles attached to a keychain, albeit a two-finger set, as opposed to the more potent four-finger variety. Asked if they had anything else the officer should know about, the boy with the knuckles admitted he had a small amount of “weed” in his backpack. The 14-year-old boy was cited for possession of metal knuckles and possession of marijuana on school grounds.
Saturday, Nov. 3:
12:42 a.m. – What’s my name and how old am I? While on patrol, a Sonoma police officer spotted a bicycle southbound in the northbound lane of Highway 12 in the vicinity of Siesta Way. Not only was the bicyclist going the wrong way, but he didn’t have a light. The officer asked for the man’s name and date of birth, and the man complied, but then gave two different birth years and couldn’t give his age for either date. The officer noticed an odor of alcohol emanating from the bicyclist and couldn’t help noticing he was carrying a six-pack of Corona beer. The officer pulled out a portable finger-printer, recorded a print and thus discovered that the man was not only lying about his birthday, he was also lying about his name. The 28-year-old Boyes Hot Springs resident was arrested on a probation violation and for giving false information to a police officer.
1:42 p.m. – Lock cut, $1,350 bike gone. A resident in the 800 block of West Spain Street told Police someone cut the lock and stole a bicycle off his porch sometime overnight. The purloined bicycle was described as a 2008 Gary Fisher mountain bike, blue and extra-tall, with a 26-inch frame. The bike was valued at $1,350.
10:21 p.m. – Five warrants, give or take. While stopped for the traffic light on Fifth Street West and West Napa Street, a Sonoma officer saw a car westbound on West Napa go through the intersection. The car caught the officer’s eye because there was a large crack in the windshield and the license plate light was out. After the officer stopped the car, the driver advised the officer he was on probation for a drug-related offense and that he had five outstanding warrants. The officer checked and found the man was off by one warrant – he had six. The 23-year-old Sacramento resident went to jail on $44,000 bail for his six warrants and driving on a suspended license. His car was towed.
Sunday, Nov. 4:
2:17 p.m. – Vase smashing on controlled substance. An officer was sent to a residence in the 400 block of Andrieux Street in response to a report that someone was breaking windows. When the officer arrived, the suspect’s mother answered the door and said it was her son causing the ruckus and that he had smashed a vase. She said her son was in the back having a cigarette.
Officers found him in the kitchen and ordered him to stop before he could reach the back door. The man complied, and, after cuffing and talking to him, the officers performed some field tests and determined that he was under the influence of a controlled substance. The 22-year-old man was arrested and charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Tuesday, Nov. 6:
1:56 p.m. – Stolen from North Carolina. The representative of a retail store in the 100 block of West Napa Street reported receiving an order that was paid for by credit card, and that was shipped to an address in North Carolina. Store personnel discovered that the credit card was fraudulent.
6:45 p.m. – Cat burglar snatches $4,000 in jewelry. A resident of the 900 block of Glenwood Drive reported a burglary after someone entered the residence through a window and made off with a box of jewelry that included various gold rings, earrings, bracelets, a pearl necklace and bracelets. The loss was estimated in excess of $4,000.
Wednesday, Nov. 7:
11:10 a.m. – Assault, threats, jail. Sheriff’s deputies were sent to a domestic disturbance in the 18000 block of Manzanita Road where a woman told them that she and her live-in boyfriend had an argument that turned physical. She told the deputies that the boyfriend pushed her down, grabbed a knife and threatened to kill her. She slapped him and cut her finger. The boyfriend denied he had done anything wrong, said his girlfriend was the aggressor and that she choked, slapped and scratched him.
The deputies nevertheless arrested the boyfriend, Nairobi Marin-Galicia, 22, of the Springs, on charges of felony domestic battery, felony assault with a deadly weapon not a firearm, and making terrorist threats. He was transported to the county jail.
1:04 p.m. – Pricey art heist. A resident in the 1500 block of Heaven Hill Road reported to Sheriff’s deputies some paintings were missing from her garage – $30,000 worth of paintings. The woman told deputies that the paintings were stored in the garage and she didn’t even know when they had gone missing.
2:05 p.m. – Loose pit bull, meth in pocket. Sonoma police officers were sent to a residence in the 500 block of White Briar after receiving a report of a vicious pit bull that growled at a resident. Officers went to the dog owner’s residence and had a conversation with the owner, who had been cited previously for letting his unaltered pit bull run loose. After officers detained the man, they discovered he had 2.5 grams of methamphetamine in his pocket. John Alva, 41, of Sonoma, was arrested on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, a probation violation, letting a dog run off a leash and having an unlicensed dog.
Friday, Nov. 9:
12:33 p.m. – Purloined projector. A guest at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa reported that someone took a projector valued at $1,000 from his room.
1:45 p.m. – Just looking for a lucky lottery ticket. While on patrol on West Spain Street, a Sonoma police officer saw a black Isuzu with a driver behind the wheel known to have a suspended license for a previous DUI. When the officer pulled the motorist over, the 36-year-old Sonoma resident admitted that his license was suspended, but he had just driven to a local convenience store where he purchased, among other items, a lottery ticket. Hopefully, the lottery ticket was a winner because the short trip will likely cost the motorist some cash since he was cited for driving while suspended and a probation violation.
10:30 p.m. – Strange behavior, two syringes, jail. Officers responded earlier in the evening to a residence in the 400 block of Andrieux Street where a man was apparently under the influence of a controlled substance and behaving out-of-control. Police didn’t find the man, but later in the evening, while responding to another call, the officers saw the individual in a pharmacy in the 200 block of West Napa Street. While chatting, the officers noticed signs of drug use. After the 22-year-old failed a street drug test, and officers found two syringes in his pocket, he was arrested on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. They escorted him to the county jail.