Indicating the lapse of judgment that can accompany the consumption of controlled substances, a Glen Ellen man on searchable probation had aggregated in his home a number of illegal items and was, perhaps to his surprise, searched.
The fact that searchable probation means you can be searched – at any place and at any time – was apparently lost on the suspect until Sheriff’s deputies showed up at his residence in the 13000 block of Railroad Avenue in Glen Ellen at 8:50 p.m. on Jan. 6. There they found a small bag of suspected methamphetamine on the suspect’s person, numerous assault rifles and other miscellaneous loaded guns in his possession, along with several loaded, high-capacity magazines.
The suspect was also found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and had a large amount of paraphernalia indicating that he was selling narcotics. He also had a small amount of marijuana.
The deputies therefore arrested Andre Gratien Panassie, 44, of Glen Ellen, on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of a controlled substance for sale, felony possession of an assault weapon, felony possession of large-capacity magazines, being under the influence of a controlled substance and a probation violation.
Panassie was transported to the county jail.
In other incidents reported recently to local law enforcement:
Wednesday, Jan. 1:
2:20 a.m. – Controlled substance and reeking of booze. The new year was barely two hours old when Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the vicinity of Comstock Avenue and Riverside Drive on a report of five or six people fighting. While trying to sort out the details of the brouhaha, deputies had to deal with a belligerent and confrontational man who, they reported, reeked of alcohol. Deputies ended up arresting Patrick Maguire, 19, of Sonoma on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication. A 21-year-old man was also arrested on charges of public intoxication.
11:05 a.m. – Dude, where’s my purse … and my car? A resident in the 17000 block of Middlefield Road reported that she had been bar-hopping the night before and didn’t remember how she got home, but her purse was missing and so was her car. She told Sheriff’s deputies she hadn’t used her car while bar-hopping since her license is suspended. The purse contained an Acer pad, a cellphone, earrings, credit and debit cards, $60 cash and keys for the residence and the car. The California Highway Patrol was notified of the stolen vehicle, but they hadn’t located it nor had it been towed.
Friday, Jan. 3:
10:15 p.m. – A car full of bullet holes. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to investigate a report from residents hearing multiple gunshots in the area of Craig Avenue and Railroad Avenue. Deputies arrived and located the male victim next to his vehicle, which had several bullet holes in the passenger side. It had been fired upon multiple times as he drove through the neighborhood.The victim was not injured and did not need medical attention.
No suspects were immediately identified and the case was turned over to Sheriff’s detectives and the gang unit for further investigation.
Saturday, Jan. 4:
5:12 p.m. – Oops, there goes my dirk or dagger. While on patrol in the 900 block of Harley Street, a deputy noticed a pickup truck and recognized one of the passengers as he exited the truck. At the same time, a 10-inch screwdriver that had been sharpened and wrapped in tape, fell out. The deputy arrested the 20-year-old man on charges of possession of a dirk or dagger and a misdemeanor warrant.
8:36 p.m. – Screams and gunshots. Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the 19300 block of Carriger Lane after receiving a report of gunshots and a female screaming. When deputies arrived in the area, their preliminary investigation led them to a residence in the 1300 block of Solano Avenue where no one answered the door, which was unlocked, and there appeared to be no one around.
Due to the nature of the call (shots heard, female screaming), deputies checked the house for any victims or suspects. None were located.
Deputies then inspected a white Ford Mustang parked in front of the residence with a smashed windshield and two expended 9mm brass casings on the ground, next to the roadway.
The resident, Armando Romo-Padilla, 36, of Boyes, was discovered hiding near the car, and was detained to determine his involvement.
Further investigation revealed that Romo-Padilla had fired the shots into the ground with his handgun to scare off an unidentified person he believed was vandalizing his vehicle. This followed a verbal dispute with a female acquaintance.
Romo-Padilla was arrested for felony negligent discharge of a firearm and two outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants. The woman and her associate were not located, and there is no indication she was harmed during the encounter.
Sunday, Jan. 5:
1:04 a.m. – Put a pick-up on the porch. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man who had been kicked out of a bar in the 700 block of Laurel Avenue, then returned with his pickup truck and proceeded to spin donuts in the street before driving his truck up on the porch of the tavern. The man then backed the truck off, parked it and walked away. At last report, deputies were trying to locate the driver.
Monday, Jan. 6:
9:30 a.m. – Evicted tenant a little angry. Deputies were sent to a residence in the 800 block of East Verano on the report of vandalism. There they learned that, apparently, the owner of the property evicted the tenant, but when the owner returned to the residence the next day, he found numerous holes punched in the sheetrock and red paint sprayed all over the walls. A preliminary damage estimate was in excess of $11,000.
Wednesday, Jan. 8:
3:21 p.m. – Broken car windows at Sugarloaf. Unidentified suspects were observed shattering the side windows of two parked cars at Sugarloaf State Park, in the 2600 block of Adobe Canyon Road in Kenwood, and fled prior to deputies’ arrival. A witness described a black pickup truck occupied by two men as the suspects, but no further descriptions were given and a search of the area resulted in no further leads. Estimated damage to both vehicles was $1,000.
Saturday, Jan. 11:
10:49 p.m. – Involuntary Bible lesson. A resident in the 20000 block of Fifth Street East wanted to report that his friends were reading the Bible to him over the telephone, which offended him. By statute, that did not qualify as a crime, and the reporting party was given advice on how to politely terminate a phone call. He was also given instructions on how to block numbers from known caller identifications.
Sunday, Jan. 12:
2:06 a.m. – Dad lets teen son host booze party. Deputies responded to the 23000 block of South Central Avenue in Sonoma on the report of a fight involving as many as 50 people. They were advised that most of the participants appeared to be juveniles, and that one female may have been injured.
The fight was quelled prior to the deputies’ arrival, and no one was found injured at the residence.
But it was determined that a 17-year-old resident at the address was hosting a party where alcohol was offered to other juveniles, some of whom were detained leaving the party.
The father of the 17-year-old, a 49-year-old Sonoma resident, was also present and was subsequently cited with a misdemeanor violation for contributing to the delinquency of minors, for allowing the party to take place and for not intervening to prevent underage drinking. One juvenile was arrested for public intoxication, and all remaining juveniles detained at the scene were released to parents or responsible adults.
5:58 a.m. – Drunk in the middle of Highway 12. A 28-year-old Glen Ellen man was spotted in the nick of time by Sheriff’s deputies, who swerved to avoid hitting him in the 18000 block of Highway 12. The man was walking in the middle of the highway, wearing dark clothing, and deputies quickly determined the man was very intoxicated. The tipsy pedestrian was transported to jail on charges of public intoxication and violation of probation.