Sonoma Police blotter, Aug. 18


A 16-year-old Alameda youth ended up in juvenile hall after the stolen car he was driving ran out of gas.

At around 9:30 a.m. on July 21, a resident in the 800 block of Fifth Street West saw the kid and the car and decided something was amiss. As the youth walked away from the stalled car, the witness followed the youth, while talking with Sheriff’s dispatch on his cell phone.

When deputies arrived, they determined that the car was stolen in San Francisco, but they couldn’t tie the youth to the theft. But they did arrest him on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and gave him an escorted ride to juvenile hall.

In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:

Saturday, July 22:

1:45 p.m. – Deputies were sent to Sonoma Market for a report of a shoplifter. The woman, who reportedly took a five-finger discount on an expensive bottle of tequila, was gone by the time the deputy arrived, but the store’s security printed out a picture of the woman. The deputy recognized the woman from previous contacts. The deputies found the woman’s boyfriend who said he hadn’t seen her, but she could be under the Ig Vella Bridge. When the deputies found the woman, she didn’t want to talk but that didn’t stop them from arresting Laura Hallbauer, 46, of Sonoma, on charges of shoplifting, a bench warrant, a felony probation violation and transported her to jail.

Monday, July 22:

11:30 p.m. – Deputies were called to a residence in the 1100 block of Fremont Drive by an individual who thought Mexican gang members were after him. The deputies knew the caller from previous contacts. When they arrived at the residence, the deputies didn’t find any Mexican gang members, but they did perform a probation search and found a Taser that resembled a flashlight and a bag of methamphetamine in the man’s wallet. The 51-year-old Sonoma resident was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a stun gun and possession of a controlled substance and was transported to the county jail.

Monday, July 24:

2:05 a.m. – Deputies were sent to an incident on First Street West and Andrieux where a motorist ran into a fire hydrant and then proceeded to drive to his residence. When deputies contacted the driver, they noticed a strong odor of alcohol. The man didn’t fare well on the field sobriety tests and blew a .14 and .13 on a preliminary alcohol screening, At the police department, on a breath test, he recorded a .14 and .15, so deputies arrested Patrick Odenthal, 34, of Sonoma on charges of driving under the influence and transported him to jail.

Saturday, July 29:

11:05 p.m. – A resident in the 400 block of Bernice Lane reported someone was peeping through her window, and her husband was now chasing the peeper. Deputies found the suspected peeper on West Spain Street and arrested the 23-year-old Sonoma man on charges of peeping/prowling and two probation violations. He was given a chauffeured ride to the county jail.

Sunday, July 30:

12:06 a.m. – Witnesses reported an intoxicated male in the 400 block of First Street East was about to drive away in a vehicle. The caller tried to prevent the man from driving, but wasn’t successful. Deputies pulled the motorist over. He refused a preliminary alcohol screening and a breath test, so deputies took him to the hospital for a blood draw. They arrested Donald Quintal, 61, of Sonoma, on charges of driving under the influence.