Investigation nets 3 arrests for meth
Three adults, including two Lompoc residents, were arrested Sunday on various drug charges as a result of a four-month investigation by local law enforcement.
More than one pound of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $45,000 was seized in the bust.
Pedro Rodriguez, 69, and Tiffany Caro, 32, both Lompoc residents, were arrested as part of the investigation. During the initial arrest of Rodriguez, he was found in possession of 2 ounces of methamphetamine and a loaded operable snub nose .357 revolver. Detectives later seized 2 additional ounces of methamphetamine and more than $2,000 in cash linked to Rodriguez.
Ana Mendoza, a 55-year-old Bakersfield resident, was located and arrested at a motel in the 1700 block Broadway in Santa Maria. Mendoza, who had outstanding warrants, was found with approximately 12 ounces of methamphetamine in her possession while with her minor child.
Man leads officers on high-speed chase
A San Diego man suspected of driving a stolen SUV led police on a chase up Highway 101 Monday before being stopped by a spike strip just north of Los Alamos.
Jason John Dobbie, 33, faces charges of driving a stolen vehicle and for evading police.
Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies spotted Dobbie headed north on Highway 101 near Winchester Canyon in a black Lincoln Navigator reported stolen out of Cardiff. Deputies were notified Dobbie was in the area after receiving an alert from an anti-theft tracking system around 6:45 a.m.
An initial attempt to pull Dobbie over failed. Instead, deputies say he accelerated and continued north, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, according to reports from the Sheriff’s Office.
Dobbie got off and onto the highway three times, deputies said. He also made two U-turns after reaching Buellton.
Dobbie was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on $75,000 bail.
Investigators: Fire ignited by tractor
A fast-moving brush fire that burned part of a vineyard and injured a firefighter last week was ignited by hot exhaust from a tractor that was not up to code, officials said.
The fire happened around 1:20 p.m. Thursday in the 2400 block of Tepusquet Canyon Road.
An investigation revealed that the tractor did not have the required spark arrester required by state law, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Department investigators.
The tractor was being used for work in a vineyard and was a rental.
The tractor was taken and stored at a Cal Fire investigation office.
Public invited to a free talk by author
The Santa Maria Library invites the public to a free talk with author and journalist Tim Pompey from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Shepard Hall.
As a musician, composer, and writer of several books of poetry and fiction, Pompey will speak about the search and work it takes to give yourself permission to be an artist and create your own art, and to live as an artist in a society that more often than not relegates the practice of art primarily to privileged intellectuals.
A book signing of Pompey’s new novel “Nightfly” will follow the program.
Questions about the program can be directed to Colin Delaney, Reference Department, 925-0951, ext. 331.