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.
At about 10:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, someone made a 9-1-1 call to report that a man was waving a gun in a threatening manner at the El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave.
When deputies arrived on the scene, someone pointed out a man who was getting into a taxi as the gun-waving suspect. The man, Kenneth Sherman, 27, of Sonoma, was kept in the cab until back-up arrived.
After getting Sherman, who was reportedly intoxicated, out of the cab, deputies found the loaded .38 revolver in his waistband. A further search of the cab found a cigarette wrapper containing methamphetamine on the seat Sherman had just vacated.
Sherman was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of a controlled substance while armed, felony carrying a loaded firearm in a public place and misdemeanor exhibiting a firearm.
Instead of a cab ride home, Sherman got a ride to the county jail in a squad car.
In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:
Saturday, Nov. 16:
7:36 p.m. – DUI turns into two pounds of pot. After pulling a motorist over for suspected drunken driving in the area of Highway 12 and Arnold Drive, a deputy found more than just an intoxicated driver. The motorist at first claimed he didn’t have any identification and gave the deputy a name that later turned out to belong to someone else. Then, when the suspect got out of the car, the deputy saw some drug paraphernalia and started searching the vehicle. The deputy discovered an estimated two pounds of processed marijuana and evidence to show that the man may have been selling the grass. When the deputy established the man’s correct identity, he found the motorist had a felony warrant for a probation violation. The motorist, Kyle Chapin, 29, of Novato, was charged with felony false personation, felony possession of marijuana for sale, felony transportation of marijuana for sale, a felony warrant for a probation violation and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Chapin was transported to the county jail.
Sunday, Nov. 17:
6 p.m. – Vodka, pot, meth, jail. While on foot patrol in the vicinity of First Avenue, a deputy came into contact with an individual on foot who voluntarily admitted to being on probation – three counts of probation to be exact. As part of the terms of his probation, James Cloud, 30, a transient, was subject to search and seizure. During a search, the deputy found a bottle of vodka, some marijuana and a substance the deputy suspected was methamphetamine. Cloud was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and a probation violation, and was transported to the county jail.
Monday, Nov. 18:
12:53 p.m. – 14 chickens for a flashlight. The owner of the strawberry patch on Watmaugh Road and Arnold Drive reported an attempted break-in sometime overnight. Someone tried to enter the shed and while they couldn’t get in, the burglars did take 14 chickens and miscellaneous produce. On the debit side, they left their flashlight behind.