Sonoma Police: Kids Help in Hit and Run; Driver Plows into Napa Auto Parts; Year Old Burglary Solved

Sonoma Police Log: Jan. 27 - Feb. 3


Selected calls from the Sonoma Police Department:

Friday, Jan. 27

Burglary: Police solved a burglary that took place in February of 2011 using a sample of blood found near a broken window. Nothing was taken from the residence, but a white latex glove, torn with blood, was left near an open window. The blood matched DNA from Dwayne Scott Joachim, 54. Joachim is currently booked in the Napa County Jail, with arrests for burglary, possession of stolen property, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm on his record. He is facing charges of burglary, robbery and car jacking.

Burglary: Someone broke into a house on the 500 block of Cuernavaca Dr., entering through a sliding glass door. They removed an empty floor safe and a 38 caliber Colt handgun.

Possession of Stolen Property:  A deputy attempted to serve Preston Hudsbeth, 41, with a warrant for possessing a stolen credit card, eventually tracking him to a home on the 500 block of Grove Street. When the Sonoma man saw the officer, he ran out the back door, jumping over several fences. A chase ensued: the officer tracked him to the 800 block of Oak Street where the officer cornered him after a brief fight. Hudsbeth had a small bag of methamphetamine and several Alprazolam pills. He was charged with possession of stolen property, the warrant and a probation violation and was booked into Sonoma County Jail.

Knife at School: A teacher found a small folding knife in the gym bag of a 12-year-old student. The student said that he had used the knife on a fishing trip with his Grandfather, and forgot to take it out of the bag.

Saturday, Jan. 28

Credit Card Fraud: A Sonoma resident reported that someone had charged $300 at Bed Bath and Beyond in Naperville, IL on their Well Fargo account.

Hit and Run: At 7 p.m. a women driving her ’99 grey Dodge Caravan down West Macarthur Street struck a tan Chevy Tahoe. Witnesses report that two kids, a boy and girl, ran out of the car to help the driver Margaret Barmore, 46, dislodge the car from the site. Offices found Barmore a few blocks away, sans kids. The Sonoma resident blew a .20 on a paz screening, and registered .21 and .20 at follow up tests at the Sonoma Police Department. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and hit and run causing property damage and was booked into Sonoma County Jail.

Domestic Violence: Brandon McGroarty, 27, was enjoying an evening at , when his friend told him his girlfriend was cheating on him. He confronted the girlfriend, who denied the allegation, but he took her by the hair and dragged her out of the bar. She reported the event, but by the time police arrived, the El Verano man had driven his Chevy Caprice back to his mom’s place to pick up his 10-month-old daughter, and drove her away. When police found McGroarty, he exhibited signs of intoxication, and blew a .123 on a paz test. He was charged with violating probation, driving under the influence of alcohol, child endangerment, domestic violence and a felony count of evading police and was booked into Sonoma County Jail.

Possession of Marijuana: Four people were issued citations for possessing marijuana and being a minor in possession of alcohol in the Sonoma Plaza.

Tuesday, Jan. 31

DUI: An Agua Caliente resident driving a ’99 Chevy Tahoe when she crossed over a lane into oncoming traffic, hitting a 2008 Subaru Outback and driving head on into Napa auto Parks. The driver, Nancy Ortests, 47, was driven to , where she told police she had taken she had taken several medications – including Adavan and Wellbutrin – as well as a shot of vodka and a Grand Marnier before getting in the car. After her blood was drawn, Ortests told a nurse she was going to the bathroom, before leaving the hospital and getting on a bus. Police picked her up at West Agua Caliente and Hwy. 12. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and booked into Sonoma County Jail. The other driver was treated and released.

Threats: A teacher at overheard a 17-year-old student plot to “rush him” on the last day of school. The teacher sent him a referral to the office, but while he was writing the boy started throwing fake punches. The teacher felt threatened and sent the boy to the office for threatening him. The boy was charged with issuing threats, resisting arrests and violating his probation and was booked into the Juvenile Justice Center.

Hit and Run: The owner of a tan 2002 Toyota Highlander reported that someone had hit her car while it was parked near , leaving a red paint mark and a large dent on the vehicle’s rear passenger door.

Theft: reported that three juveniles broke into the business, lifting clothing and accessories from the store. The subjects were caught on video.

Bike Citation: A cyclist was cited for riding on the wrong side of the road without a bike light.

Found property: Two silver bracelets, a small amount of cash, a Canon SureShot camera, two neck chains and three passports were turned into the central office.

Richard February 11, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Just wanted to comment that the "domestic violence" charge was really just an assault by another name. It is frustrating that the legal system somehow reduces an assualt like that to the lesser "domestic violence.".


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