Sonoma police blotter: Nov. 29 to Dec. 7


A Modesto man and a Fairfield man ended up in jail Monday, Dec. 11, with multiple felony charges after a deputy found more than $4,000 worth of stolen liquor in their car.

The pair were in a vehicle at around midnight, southbound on Broadway when the deputy pulled the vehicle over after hearing a report from Safeway about a liquor theft.

The driver didn’t have a license, just an identification card and the three passengers were all on probation. The deputy could see numerous bottles of liquor worth an estimated $2,000 in the car – and more than $2,000 of additional alcohol more in the trunk.

The deputy arrested Antoine Evans Chavies, 21, of Modesto, on charges of felony burglary, felony grand theft, felony possession of stolen property, felony conspiracy to commit a crime and a felony probation violation.

A passenger, John Emerson, 24, of Fairfield, was arrested on charges of felony burglary, felony grand theft, felony conspiracy and a felony probation violation. The other two passengers were released.

Chavies and Emerson were transported to jail.

In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:

Wednesday, Nov. 29:

12:11 a.m. – A motorist who had been stopped for a violation, told the deputy he thought he witnessed a robbery at an ATM on West Napa Street. The deputy found the vehicle, and while there had been no robbery, the deputy found a knife on one of the individuals. The deputy arrested Michael Buster, 27, of Sonoma, on charges of felony carrying a concealed dirk or dagger. The 36-year-old man who was driving the vehicle was arrested on a probation violation and driving on a suspended license.

Friday, Dec. 1:

4:14 p.m. – During a probation search at a residence in the 18000 block of Sierra Drive, deputies arrested Laura Hallbauer, 47, of Sonoma on an outstanding felony warrant, and arrested a 28-year-old male on charges of possession of paraphernalia.

Monday, Dec. 4:

10:23 a.m. – A 15-year-old male student at Sonoma Valley High had a knife fall out of his backpack. He claimed he found the knine. The teen was cited on charges of possession of a knife on school grounds.

5:25 p.m. – While on patrol in the Springs, a deputy noticed a motorist driving in an unsafe manner and pulled him over on Amherst Circle. The driver exhibited signs of intoxication and did poorly on the field sobriety tests. The motorist blew a .24 and a .24 on a breath test, so deputies arrested Neil Simmons, 51, of the Springs, on charges of driving under the influence, and transported him to jail.

Tuesday, Dec. 5:

1 a.m. – A deputy stopped a vehicle for crossing over the double yellow lines on Stage Gulch Road near the dump. As he was talking with the driver, the deputy noticed boxes of ammunition on the floor. The motorist admitted he was a felon, and as such wasn’t permitted to have the ammunition – more than 2,000 rounds. Terry Bain, 48, of Sebastopol, was arrested on charges of felony prohibited person from possessing ammunition. Later a search warrant was served at his residence in Sebastopol, and Bain was arrested on additional charges of felony committing a crime while out on bail, felony possession of marijuana for sale, felony prohibited person from possessing ammunition and possession of methamphetamine. He again was transported to jail and is free on bail.

Wednesday, Dec. 6:

12:36 a.m. – A deputy responded to a report of suspicious persons in the 400 block of First Street West. While he didn’t find suspicious persons, he did find a car driving slowly down the road with no brake lights. After stopping the car, the deputy noticed open containers of alcohol and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. The driver gave the deputy what turned out to be a false name because the deputy later learned the man had a felony warrant out for his arrest. The deputy arrested John Valdelomar, 49, of Santa Rosa, on charges of possession of a controlled substance, driving while suspended, giving false information to a police officer and the felony warrant. The passenger, Nelly Mejia, 35, of Vallejo, was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony probation violation. The pair were transported to jail. Valdelomar is being held on no bail as is Mejia.

Thursday, Dec. 7:

3:24 p.m. – While on patrol in the area of Leveroni Road and Fryer Creek Drive, a deputy pulled over a motorist for a vehicle code violation. The driver appeared to be under the influence of a stimulant. As the deputy arrested the woman on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence, he warned Michelle Castorena, 31, of Novato, if she had any other contraband, it would be a misdemeanor in the field, but would be a felony at the jail. Corrections officers found a pipe with residue in the woman’s bra and charged Castorena with felony bringing a controlled substance into a jail.