Good judgment does not always accompany criminal ambition and it appears that a 16-year old student at Sonoma Valley High School was not thinking about appearances as he wandered around campus with a pair of wire cutters in his pocket. It was Tuesday, Sept. 3, at around 12:45 p.m., when the school resource officer noticed the wire cutters in the student’s pocket and stopped him to chat. The observant officer also noticed the odor of alcohol emanating from the young man, and when he conducted a preliminary alcohol screening (PAS), it revealed the teen registered a .076.
During a search, the officer found a set of pliers in the teen’s possession, and an examination of the contents of the young man’s backpack turned up a tiny, round, white-plastic disc of the sort commonly found as part of the anti-theft devices that department stores use on clothing items. The officer also uncovered three new men’s shirts that personnel at McCaulou’s department store recognized as having been stolen. Also in the backpack was a computer flash drive that had been stolen from an economics class at the school. The shirts were valued at $125.
The Agua Caliente resident was charged with felony burglary, felony possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, minor in possession of alcohol and consumption of alcohol by a minor. He was charged and booked into juvenile hall.
In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:
Friday, Aug. 9:
12:34 a.m. – Driving under a variety of influences. Sonoma police spotted a blue Chevy Blazer driving erratically while making a left-hand turn onto West Napa Street, crossing the double line and swerving almost into the curb. The vehicle was stopped near Highway 12, Railroad Avenue and Petaluma Avenue, and when a police officer contacted the driver, his pupils were unusually dilated and there was an open bottle of beer spilled on the passenger side floor. Additionally, the driver, who had recently been released from the Alameda County jail, had a suspended driver’s license. Asked if he had anything illegal in his possession, 21-year-old Jose Mendoza pulled a small velvet bag from an inside pocket and handed it to the officer. Inside was a baggie of meth and a rolled up dollar bill containing some cocaine. Total weight of the drugs was 5.3 grams, and Mendoza was arrested on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic controlled substance and driving DUI on a suspended license. He was booked into the Sonoma County jail.
Wednesday, Aug. 14:
11:20 a.m. – Automotive meth making. Deputies were sent to a residence in the 13000 block of Arnold Drive on the report of an arson. The vehicle owned by the resident had burned, but items found in the vehicle, which included a bottle of acid, fuel and other things used to manufacture methamphetamine, were discovered. Deputies have no leads on who may have been cooking meth in the vehicle.
Thursday, Aug. 15:
11:30 a.m. – Piping on parole. During a probation search at a residence in the 700 block of Arroyo Way, probation officers found a glass pipe in the possession of the resident. James Heywood, 36, of the Springs, was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and a violation of county parole.