Police Report

Rampaging duo push old lady, get Tased

Two men tried to get into Steiner’s a little before 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, but were already so drunk the bouncer wouldn’t let them in the door. So one of them took a swing at the bouncer, according to police – but was unable to connect.

Cash card scam nails another victim

In a repeat case of a common scam, Sonoma police were alerted on July 8 that a 70-year-old man had purchased a $500 Green Dot card at a West Napa Street convenience store after receiving a phone call from a man claiming to be “Mark Rogers” with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. “Rogers” informed the man that his wife had not showed up for jury duty and that he would have to pay an immediate fine or she would be arrested.

Where is the woman I came with?

An April 30 incident at the Lodge at Sonoma revealed the outer limits of human behavior when exposed to too much alcohol. On that day, at about 6 p.m., Sonoma police were called to the upscale resort hotel when guests complained that a couple had begun taking off their bathing suits in the swimming pool while yelling and cursing at people nearby.

Sonoma man pleads guilty in $1.6M fraud

Michael Thomas Hamilton, the 49-year-old Sonoma resident indicted last November on 22 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering, pleaded guilty Thursday, in federal district court in San Francisco, to two counts of wire fraud.

Bad driving choices in Kenwood

On Tuesday, May 6, at approximately 9:10 p.m., a CHP officer monitoring traffic speed in Kenwood saw a white Jeep Cherokee approaching his location westbound at what the officer estimated the to be 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer confirmed the speed on radar and activated his emergency lights to make an enforcement stop on the Jeep.

Picking the wrong car to pee on

An intoxicated Petaluma motorist who wandered off course into a cul-de-sac on MacArthur Lane at about 8 p.m. on April 14, encountered a Sonoma Valley High School administrator with years of experience confronting ill-behaved teens.

Domestic violence, threats land boyfriend in jail

Called to a home in the 200 block of Fine Avenue, on March 22, by neighbors who witnessed a fight, Sonoma police knocked on the front door at about 2:15 p.m. and 20-year-old Federico Pariga answered.

Send me the cash, I’ll send you the car. Not.

A Valley resident went to the Sheriff’s Valley substation at about 6 p.m. on March 14, after he was fleeced out of $3,510 in a web scam. The man told deputies he found a car he wanted to purchase on eBay and emailed the seller.

Not so brotherly love

A pair of brothers ended up in jail, three-days apart after apparently fighting with each other.

Hiding in plain sight

Police call it an “agency assist” when one department comes to the assistance of another, as happened in Sonoma on Feb. 22, after the Rohnert Park Police Department asked Sonoma police for help locating a suspect in a domestic assault case.

Girl to cop: ‘Go ahead and arrest me’

A 16-year-old, female student at the Creekside continuation high school decided the bong in her backpack was more important than a police command, and ended up in juvenile hall.

Felon drunk driver and the mystery of the missing wheels

It was about 7:50 p.m. on Jan. 30, when a Rohnert Park man, northbound on Highway 12 approaching Pythian Road, caught the eye of a Sonoma police officer by virtue of the burned rubber smell trailing his silver Ford F-150 pickup truck, and the line of traffic stacked up behind it.

Another unexpected probation search, another trip back to jail

Continuing a trend of what might be described as meth-induced amnesia, yet another Sonoma Valley resident, released from jail on what is commonly called searchable probation, was paid a visit by Sonoma police who found him utterly unprepared for their arrival.

This is why they search your house

Demonstrating a certain failure to grasp the meaning of searchable probation, yet another probationer was utterly unprepared for a visit from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office when deputies dropped in unannounced on Jan. 16.

What do you not understand about searchable probation?

Indicating the lapse of judgment that can accompany the consumption of controlled substances, a Glen Ellen man on searchable probation had aggregated in his home a number of illegal items and was, perhaps to his surprise, searched.

Man twice makes threats to kill family

A Sonoma man who was arrested on Dec. 16, for making threats against a mother and her two children in the 18000 block of Highway 12, was arrested again on Dec. 29, for again making threats against the family.

Man attacks family with car

Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the 10 block of Meadowbrook Avenue at about 3:35 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, after receiving a report that a man had threatened to shoot a woman and her children, and that he then tried to run them down.

Verbal diarrhea and a Bowie knife

In the midst of a troubled relationship a 46-year-old Sonoma man produced a Bowie knife and threatened to cut the conjugal bed in half if his girlfriend evicted him from it.

Booze, drugs and a loaded gun

It had all the makings for a perfect storm – alcohol, drugs and a loaded gun. But Sonoma Valley Sheriff’s deputies made sure the situation didn’t blow out of control.

Birthday celebration turns violent

What started as a happy celebration of a young boy’s birthday degenerated into a sequence of calls to police, an alleged assault and the injury of an infant child. On the evening of Nov. 25, police were called to a verbal altercation at the Best Western motel, but left when it appeared the conflict was under control. At about 9 p.m., however, they were called back by a guest in an adjoining room who was concerned at the level of yelling and screaming and the sound of a baby crying.

How not to cash a faux check

Success at any enterprise requires persistence, ingenuity and at least a minimal amount of intelligence. Sonoma police are now looking for a man who may be deficient in all three qualities after he tried unsuccessfully to cash a fraudulent check at Exchange Bank. The enterprise began at about 4 p.m. on Nov. 13 when the… Continue Reading >>