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Sonoma’s police blotter: March 31


It’s never a good idea to drive without headlights after dark. Among other things, it’s probable cause to be pulled over by the cops.

That’s what happened to a motorist at about 7:30 p.m. on March 13 in the 18700 block of Railroad Avenue. After a deputy pulled the motorist over, the driver resisted and ended up getting Tasered for his troubles. While the man was falling to the ground, something dropped out of his pants – a plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine that weighed about 60 grams.

The suspect didn’t perform well on his field sobriety tests, and was taken to the hospital for a blood test.

The deputy arrested Yeovani Casillas, 19, of El Verano, on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of drugs, resisting and driving without a license. He received a chauffeured ride to the county jail.

Wednesday, March 8:

12:10 a.m. – While on patrol, a deputy spotted a vehicle parked in a church parking lot in the 700 block of East Verano. The occupant of the car is a known probationer with search and seizure terms. The suspect failed some field sobriety tests and was found to be in possession of a faux $100 bill. Erik Mayfield, 37, of Sonoma, was arrested on charges of felony making or passing a fictitious check, being under the influence of a controlled substance and two probation violations and was booked into the county jail.

8:26 a.m. – A transient was arrested on felony vandalism charges after he used a shovel to break numerous windows in a shopping mall in the 8900 block of Highway 12 in Kenwood. The estimated damage was $7,600. Raymond Smith, 35, a transient, was arrested on charges of felony vandalism and booked into the county jail.

Friday, March 10

9:31 a.m. – A Sonoma resident reported that he had been scammed out of $1,000 after someone claiming to be with PG&E called and told him he owed the money and if he didn’t pay, his power would be shut off. He was instructed to put the money on a gift card, which he did. When he realized he may have been scammed, it was too late to get his money back.

9:03 p.m. – During a probation search at a residence in the 20000 block of Broadway, a deputy found numerous live rounds of ammunition. As terms of his probation, Rickey Badgley was forbidden to possess ammunition. The 64-year-old Badgley was arrested on charges of felony prohibited person possessing ammunition and a felony probation violation. He received a chauffeured ride to the county jail.

Saturday, March 11:

1:40 a.m. – While investigating a traffic collision in the 800 block of West Spain St., a deputy asked decided to put the driver of one of the vehicles through some field sobriety tests. The driver didn’t fare well on the tests, but refused to take a preliminary alcohol screening test and refused to take a breath test. The deputy did take the man to the hospital for a blood draw. Sean Flaherty, 55, of Sonoma, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and booked into county jail.

Thursday, March 16:

1:06 p.m. – A construction worker reported that sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., while his truck was parked unlocked in the 400 block of Fourth Street West, an unknown person helped himself to an estimated $1,500 worth of power tools.

Friday, March 17:

7:30 p.m. – Deputies were sent to a residence in the 18900 block of Highway 12 for a domestic disturbance. An argument turned into a physical altercation, and deputies arrested Ronald Reeves, 49, of El Verano, on charges of felony assault likely to cause great bodily injury, felony domestic violence assault and a felony probation violation. Reeves was booked into county jail.

Saturday, March 18:

12:57 p.m. – While on patrol in the area of Seventh Street East and Napa Road, a deputy recognized a motorist as a known probationer, and pulled him over. The probationer had search and seizure terms as part of his probation, and during a search, the deputy found some drug paraphernalia and some alcohol in the car – both prohibited items. Cody Bruhn, 28, of Santa Rosa, who is on felony probation for stalking, was arrested on a felony probation violation and booked into the county jail.

5:10 p.m. – While on patrol in the 400 block of First Street East, a deputy pulled over a motorist who, in the estimation of the deputy, was playing his music way too loud. The motorist refused to cooperate with the deputy, and even after being handcuffed, refused to follow orders. So instead of calmly turning his music down, the 36-year-old Sonoma resident went to jail on charges of obstructing or resisting and playing loud music.

Tuesday, March 21:

4:06 p.m. – Deputies were sent to the 1200 block of Calle Del Arroyo for a report of a disturbance. During a pat search of the individuals involved in the disturbance, deputies found some prescription medication that didn’t belong to the individual who was possessing it. Deputies arrested Jesse Thomasson, 27, of Sonoma on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, a felony probation violation and a misdemeanor probation. A second man, a 31-year-old Sonoma resident was also arrested on a DUI warrant. Both men were transported to the county jail.