A Sonoma man is facing multiple felony charges after he reportedly held an acquaintance at gunpoint at his Hyde Road residence.
At around 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, a man called 9-1-1 to report he had been assaulted and held at gunpoint by Jason Kurtz, 32, at the residence in the 21000 block of Hyde Road.
Sonoma county deputies responded, but by that time Kurtz had fled the scene.
Deputies returned the next evening when neighbors called to say that Kurtz had rammed the gate into the residence. Kurtz was still there when deputies arrived, and he was arrested on charges of felony false imprisonment, felony assault with a deadly weapon – a gun, felony being a prohibited person from owning a firearm and a probation violation.
Kurtz was booked into Sonoma County Jail.
In other incidents reported recently to the Sheriff's Valley substation:
Friday, Aug. 2:
11:20 p.m. – Mething around. While on patrol in in the 18000 block of First Avenue, deputies spotted two individuals, both known to the deputies, and one of them appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Both of them, a man and a woman, were on probation. Deputies tested the female and determined she was under the influence of a controlled substance. After taking both to the Valley substation, deputies found a glass pipe with methamphetamine in one of the woman’s socks. Paige Hellman–Turner, 30, of the Springs, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Deputies also arrested Michael Minardi, 50, also of the springs, on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance and a felony probation violation.
Monday, Aug. 5;
7:39 a.m. – Early harvest. Sheriff’s narcotics officers, along with officers from CAMP, destroyed more than 5,600 marijuana plants at two sites off Highway 12 south of the Kunde Winery. There were 4,598 plants at one site and 1,040 at a second. No evidence was found to indicate who may have been involved in the grow. The plants were transported and destroyed.
Wednesday, Aug. 7:
3:23 p.m. – Stolen jewelry. A woman who was cleaning the house of her former employer in the 100 block of International Boulevard reported that someone had broken in and stolen jewelry. There was no estimate on the loss.
Thursday, Aug. 8:
7:47 a.m. – Anything for some strawberries. The owner of the fruit stand in the 1000 block of Watmaugh Road reported that someone had broken into the facility sometime overnight. The thief stole $15 in change and five baskets of strawberries. The owner reported that this was the third time the stand has been burglarized.
6:30 p.m. – Auto abuse. Deputies responded to a domestic violence call in the 18000 block of Happy Lane. When they arrived, the victim told them her 42–year–old husband wasn't happy that she was trying to leave the residence and so he reportedly rammed her car with his – not once, but twice. Deputies arrested the husband on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm.