Santa Maria

Two men arrested during traffic stop

Two men were arrested for possession of drugs and firearms during a traffic stop in Santa Maria on Friday afternoon.

At about 2 p.m., Santa Maria Police, with the help of a California Highway Patrol unit, found parolee Michael Casias, 29, inside a vehicle with three others in the 1200 block of West Cook Street. A high-risk traffic stop was conducted, and Casias was taken into custody without incident, officials said. 

Casias was arrested for felony parole violation, possession of drugs for transportation and sale, and possession of a loaded firearm. 

Ivan Peralta, 21, was cited and ticketed for drug-related charges.

Two females in the vehicle were released from the scene without charges, police said.

Santa Maria

Tree planting day planned at Los Flores Ranch Park

A tree planting day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 18 at at Los Flores Ranch Park. Participants will meet at the Visitors Center, located at 6271 Dominion Road.

The goal is to plant 100 coast live oak trees, according to the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department. Tools will be supplied. Volunteers should bring water and wear appropriate work clothes, including closed-toed shoes, pants, hat and gloves.

Conservation is a main priority at the park, a city spokesman said. More than 500 oak trees, sprouted from seed in the Los Flores Ranch Park nursery, have been planted by volunteer members of the community.

For more information, call 925-0951, ext. 2260, or visit the Recreation and Parks Department’s administrative office at 615 S. McClelland St.