County in Brief

2012-02-26T00:15:00Z County in Brief Santa Maria Times
February 26, 2012 12:15 am


Man arrested in drug investigation

Lompoc police arrested the subject of an ongoing drug investigation Friday.

SWAT team members arrested Demetrice Woods, 39, of Lompoc after he was spotted around 11 a.m. in a vehicle traveling in the 900 block of North O Street, police said Saturday afternoon.

The SWAT team also served a search warrant at Woods’ house in the 400 block of Coronado Drive.

During the searches, police reportedly found 1.6 grams of methamphetamine worth $160, drug scales and paraphernalia, cellphones, ammunition, stun guns and knuckles that double as a stunning device. Woods, as a convicted felon, is not allowed to possess those items that might not otherwise be illegal, police said.

Officers also reportedly found about $5,000 in furniture stolen from a local business.

A second suspect was identified as being involved with the furniture theft.

The suspect, Gregory Occhipinti, 27, of Lompoc, was arrested for an outstanding warrant. A complaint will be filed with the District Attorney’s Office for the theft.


Three arrested during checkpoint

Three people were arrested at a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint Friday in the 1200 block of East Ocean Avenue, police said Saturday.

Officers made 24 traffic stops and discovered that two drivers had suspended licenses, according to police.

Fifteen of the roughly 1,150 drivers screened had been drinking, but were under the legal limit for blood alcohol level of .08, police added.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety.

Santa Maria

Los Flores burro has new name

A burro at Los Flores Ranch finally has a name.

Katherine Rosalee Sutterfield’s suggestion of Solomon was chosen as the winner in Santa Maria’s “Name That Burro Contest,” which culminated Feb. 10.

Solomon was one of two burros the Recreation and Parks Department adopted late last year from the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program.

The other burro was named Mojave by the benefactor who donated the money used to adopt the pair.

Katherine connected her choice of name to the Solomon Hills, where the Los Flores Ranch Park sits.

Lily Martinez’s suggestion of Chance — because the BLM program gave the rescued animal a second chance — was the department’s second choice.

Third place went to Audrey Brice, who suggested Yonder because that’s where the burro could roam at the rural park.

Santa Maria

Crews clean up oil spill

Crews have cleaned up an oil spill of about 50 barrels, or 2,100 gallons, in the 3000 block of Telephone Road reported at 8:20 a.m. Saturday, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The spill was contained by 10:15 a.m. Saturday and was being investigated.

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