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Sonoma Valley police blotter: March 14


An Auburn man is facing numerous felony drug charges after being pulled over for a traffic violation.

At around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, a deputy on patrol pulled over a vehicle on Arnold Drive near Sperring Road for an expired registration. In talking to the driver, the deputy asked if there were any weapons in the car, and the man said there was a BB-gun. The BB-gun wasn’t your “Red Rider Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.” It looked more like a real revolver instead of a BB-gun.

That got the deputy’s attention.

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy found an assortment of prescription and non-prescription drugs including methamphetamine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and two types of morphine in addition to scales, packaging materials and pipes.

Deputies arrested Richard H.W. Daley, 43, of Auburn, on charges of felony possession for sale of a narcotic controlled substance, felony transportation of a narcotic controlled substance, felony transportation for sale of a narcotic controlled substance, felony possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and transported to the county jail.

In other recent incidents reported to Valley law enforcement:

Wednesday, Feb. 8:

4:50 a.m. – A resident of El Castillo Vista was arrested on charges of domestic violence assault after reportedly hitting his girlfriend several times with a closed fist. The 47-year-old male was transported to the county jail.

12:25 p.m. – At a house under construction in the 1000 block of Fifth Street East, a tankless water heater worth about $4,000 was taken sometime overnight.

Saturday, Feb. 11:

8:53 p.m. – Deputies responded to the Rite Aid in the 19000 block of Sonoma Highway for a shoplifter. They arrived to discover that one of Sonoma’s frequent fliers had been nabbed for taking a five-finger discount. The man pocketed some wireless Bluetooth speakers. While looking further, the deputies discovered other speakers, a Foreigner CD and multiple pairs of sunglasses. The 56-year-old transient was arrested on charges of shoplifting, receiving or possessing known stolen property under $400, and a probation violation. He received a chauffeured ride to the county jail.

11:03 p.m. – A woman and her boyfriend were leaving a business in Maxwell Village when they came face-to-face with the woman’s ex-boyfriend and a minor melee erupted. At the time, the woman told deputies she didn’t want to press charges, but later in the evening she changed her mind. Deputies arrested the 21-year-old ex-boyfriend on charges of domestic violence battery and a probation violation and transported him to the county jail.

Sunday, Feb. 12:

12:05 a.m. – Deputies responded to the Sonoma Valley Inn in the 500 block of Second Street West for a domestic violence incident. A disagreement between a husband and wife turned physical and the man reportedly threw his wife across the room. When she tried to leave, he took her purse and held her against the wall preventing her from calling for help. He also reportedly choked the woman. He told deputies it was her fault and that she wasn’t fit to drive. Deputies arrested Lukas Peladeau, 27, of Victoria, British Colombia, on charges of felony false imprisonment and felony domestic violence assault, and was transported to the county jail.

Thursday, Feb. 16:

12:54 a.m. – Deputies were sent to Steiners for a report of somebody seen with a gun in their waistband. While they were trying to track down who the gun-toting patron was, four individuals walked out and caught a taxi. As the taxi was pulling away, a witness at the door told the cops, that those were the guys they were looking for. The deputies took off after the taxi, catching up to it on West Napa and Fifth Street West. Three of the four were intoxicated and not at all cooperative. The three had to be taken to the ground in order to cuff them, but deputies couldn’t find a gun. One of the deputies started walking back toward the Plaza, but didn’t have to go far. The deputy found the gun in the street a block east of the stop. The gun was registered to a person in Southern California. But since the deputies didn’t have any witnesses who could tie the gun to the men, all they could arrest the intoxicants for was misdemeanor obstructing or resisting. The three, ages 21, 37 and 43, and all from the Springs, had their next ride in a squad car that took them to the county jail.

Friday, Feb. 17:

9:22 a.m. – A Cloverdale man was arrested after an incident at the Barking Dog coffee shop where the man reportedly threw a mug at another customer and hit another with a guitar. Patrons held the man down until deputies arrived and arrested Tom Sproule, 49, of Cloverdale on charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon not a firearm. He was transported to the county jail.

8:30 p.m. – Deputies who had been investigating several instances of recent vandalism, managed to narrow it down to a 15-year-old boy. The deputies called the parents and asked if they would bring their son down to the station to be questioned. When the father and son showed up, the 15-year-old started talking and admitted to three instances – one in the 200 block of MacArthur where a porch chair was broken, a window was broken and graffiti was left behind; one in the 100 block of France Street where two windows were broken; and one in the 19000 block of Junipero Serr where a window was broken. The youth was arrested on two counts of felony vandalism and one count of misdemeanor vandalism and was transported to juvenile hall.

Saturday, Feb. 18:

2:10 a.m. – A deputy stopped a vehicle in the 21000 block of Arnold Drive on suspicion of driving under the influence. A CHP officer wasn’t available, so a Sonoma officer was called to the scene. The driver, Sonia Romo, 24, of Petaluma, performed poorly on the field sobriety tests, and registered a .17 on the preliminary alcohol screening. Later at the police station, a breath test registered .18 and .19. Romo was attested on charges of driving under the influence and transported to jail.

11:30 p.m. – Deputies were sent to a residence in the 15000 block of Arnold Drive for a domestic incident. A boyfriend and girlfriend had gone out to dinner and had been drinking when they got into a verbal altercation that turned physical. The woman accused her boyfriend of cheating on her, and when the argument turned physical, reportedly scratched his face a couple of times. The deputies arrested Sharon Nalezny, 52, of Eldridge, on charges of felony domestic violence assault with injury, and a probation violation, and transported her to the county jail.

Wednesday, Feb. 22:

9 a.m. – A 14-year-old Adele Harrison student was cited on felony charges of unauthorized altering of computer data after he reportedly hacked into a teacher’s computer sending out sexually explicit emails and changing grades.

Saturday, Feb. 25:

2:32 p.m. – An intoxicated bicyclist rode out of the parking lot at Maxwell Village, blowing through a red light right in front of a deputy. The cyclist denied he had been drinking, and blamed his condition on medication. But on a preliminary alcohol screening, he registered a .12 and a .10. Richard Thomasson, 49, was cited for riding a bicycle under the influence and a probation violation. He was told to walk his bike home.

Sunday, March 26:

1:15 a.m. – While on patrol in the vicinity of Robinson Road and Palou Street, a deputy saw an individual sitting in a parked car that matched the description of a car that was involved in an earlier accident. The man sitting in the car was known to the deputy and is on probation with search terms. So the deputy searched, and discovered some marijuana in the man’s pants pocket, a scale in the console, an almost full bottle of vodka, some plastic bags containing methamphetamine and a pipe. The man claimed he found the packaging materials to no avail. Deputies arrested Erik Mayfield, 37, of Santa Rosa, on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of paraphernalia and a probation violation. He received a chauffeured ride to the county jail.

12:04 p.m. – An employee of Sonoma market noticed a 17-year-old male enter the store, put a bottle of Honest Lori’s Lemon Tea, an organic mango drink and a burrito into his pants pocket and walk out without paying. The youth was stopped and cited for shoplifting.