Police blotter: Nov. 30


A motorist involved in a traffic accident was booked into county jail on driving under the influence charges after tests revealed she was four times the legal limit.

Sonoma police were called to an accident near the El Dorado Hotel sometime after 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 17. When they arrived, they found a woman who was apparently intoxicated. After performing a preliminary alcohol screening which registered a .34, the motorist, Valri A. Castro, 39, of Sonoma, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence. At the police station, a breath test registered .33. Anything over .08 is considered intoxicated.

Castro was booked into the county jail.

In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:

Wednesday, Oct. 25:

9:10 a.m. – A resident in the 19000 block of Junipero Serra reported that sometime overnight, an unknown person or persons stole tools from the unlocked tool box in his truck.

Friday, Oct. 27:

7:10 p.m. – While on patrol in the 18600 block of Highway 12, a deputy saw a motorist driving erratically and pulled the vehicle over. The driver told the deputy that he was lost and didn’t have any ID on him, but he did give the deputy a name and a birthdate. But there was no match on the information. The motorist gave a different birthdate, and it came back as a valid driver’s license for a man in Hayward. During a search of the car, the deputy found some methamphetamine.

The motorist eventually admitted he was lying, that his license had expired and that the name he used was his boyfriend’s. Timothy Gaskin, 50, of Hayward, was arrested on charges of felony impersonating a person making them liable, possession of a controlled substance and being unlicensed and was transported to jail.

Sunday, Oct. 29:

10 p.m. – Deputies were sent to the 400 block of West Napa Street for a report of a heavily intoxicated male trying to ride a bicycle. The deputies found that the bicyclist was wanted on a parole warrant. So they arrested Richard Thomasson, 50, of Sonoma, on charges of a felony parole warrant and public intoxication.

During the processing at the county jail, corrections officers found a small plastic bag containing methamphetamine and added an additional charge of felony bringing a controlled substance into a jail. He is currently being held in the county jail.

Tuesday, Oct. 31:

6 p.m. – Deputies responded to a civil disturbance in the 300 block of El Castillo Vista where they arrested a 55-year-old female on charges of misusing the 911 system.

Wednesday, Nov. 1:

7:23 a.m. – A resident in the 100 block of Serres Avenue reported that his car had been burglarized overnight. The thief took a tool box, among other items. The loss was set at $2,070.

Friday, Nov. 3:

2:25 p.m. – A resident in the 15000 block of Highway 12, reported a burglary during the recent fires. The burglary occurred sometime between Oct. 9 and Oct. 20. The thief or thieves took six rifles, a revolver and miscellaneous camping equipment. The residence was left unlocked and the owner didn’t have the serial numbers of the weapons.