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Registration stop nabs El Verano motorist


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.

Saturday, April 29:

2:03 a.m. – An unknown person smashed a kitchen window at Steiners on First Street West. When a bouncer went to investigate, he didn’t see anyone near the window.

Sunday, April 30:

10:24 a.m. – A resident in the 700 block of Cordilleras Drive reported that his bank had called him because of suspicious activity. Someone had run up multiple charges at businesses in the Vallejo area totaling more than $4,100. Deputies have no suspect information.