An El Verano man was arrested on felony drug charges after a traffic stop for having an expired registration.
At about 6:25 p.m. on Monday, May 1, a deputy pulled a motorist over in the 15000 block of Highway 12 for the expired registration. The deputy, who recognized the man from past contacts, is also the Sheriff’s K-9 officer in the Valley and when the man acted nervous, the deputy got the dog and walked him around the car. The dog alerted twice – at the trunk and at the driver’s door.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, the deputy found two bags of suspected methamphetamine – one weighing 117 grams and the other weighing 56 grams for a total of almost 6.2 ounces.
The deputy arrested Michael W. Fletcher, 58, of El Verano, on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance for sale and felony transportation of a controlled substance. Fletcher was transported to the county jail.
In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:
Thursday, April 20:
1:30 a.m. – During a traffic stop for a suspended license near Agua Caliente Road and Arnold Drive, a deputy noticed a baseball bat sticking out of the rear seat. The motorist admitted that he was carrying it for protection. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, the deputy discovered some cocaine. Reynaldo Zarco, 52, of Boyes Hot Springs, was arrested on charges of felony possession of a billy or blackjack, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and driving without a license. He was transported to county jail.
Friday, April 21:
7:10 p.m. – A teen walked into his parents’ house on 2nd Avenue in El Verano, and interrupted a burglary. The burglar escaped out the back door. While police were on scene within five minutes, they couldn’t locate the suspect. Missing was a computer, some jewelry and some prescription medication.
Saturday, April 22:
8:58 a.m. – A resident in the 300 block of Brockman Lane reported that sometime overnight, someone took an $1,800 bike off a bike rack on the victim’s vehicle. There were other bikes on the rack, but only one was missing.
Wednesday, April 26:
11:42 p.m. – Deputies responded to a residence in the 800 block of First St. W. for a report of a prowler. After they arrived, a man came out of the shadows and staggered over to a nearby vehicle. Deputies had the man perform some field sobriety tests, which he fared poorly, and then conducted a preliminary alcohol screening where the man registered a .19 and a .18. He opted for a blood test instead of a breath test, but deputies arrested Benjamin Bolyan, 52, of Folsom on charges of driving under the influence. He was transported to jail.
Thursday, April 27:
11:34 a.m. – A resident in the 20000 block of Hyde Road, reported that Comcast workers showed up at his residence with some new equipment. Since he was already a Comcast subscriber and didn’t order any of the equipment, he refused it and reported it.
Friday, April 28:
9:38 p.m. – One of Sonoma’s “frequent fliers” was reportedly causing a disturbance at CVS. When the deputy arrived, he had the man sit on the curb. The man carried on a conversation with himself for more than five minutes before the deputy arrested the 63-year-old man on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance and a probation violation. He received a chauffeured ride to the county jail.