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Two arrested on firearm, drug charges

Two people were arrested on firearm and drug charges late Friday afternoon in Santa Maria.

At about 6 p.m., the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a citizen reporting a possible burglary in progress at a residence in the 300 Block of Hassett Court.

Deputies arrived and detained three individuals from the residence.

One of the subjects, identified as Joseph Zuniga, 24, is on active felony probation. Deputies conducted a probation search of the residence and found drug paraphernalia, along with a locked safe. Zuniga was also allegedly in possession of methamphetamine, according to Kelly Hoover, Sheriff's Office public information officer.

Janessa Morales, 29, was arrested after she was reportedly found in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

There was no further information provided about the third individual.

With the assistance from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the safe was forcibly opened and found to contain a loaded 9 mm pistol, various calibers of ammunition and other items reportedly belonging to Zuniga, Hoover said.

Zuniga was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, along with a probation detainer. He is being held without bail.

As Morales was being booked into custody for the possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia, custody personnel located additional controlled substances concealed on her person, Hoover added. She is being held on $10,000 bail.

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Valley Reads Book Club to discuss 'House on Mango Street'

The Valley Reads Book Club will discuss Sandra Cisneros' "House on Mango Street" from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Dorothea Nelson Room at the Santa Maria Public Library.

"House on Mango Street" is a coming-of-age story about Esperanza Cordero, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago. Capturing her thoughts and emotions in poems and stories, Esperanza is able to rise above hopelessness in the midst of oppressive surroundings.

The book club, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Maria Public Library, meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month to discuss a new book title. Complimentary snacks and coffee are served.

To join, visit the library, located at 421 S. McClelland St., and sign up with staff at Information Desk on the second floor.

The library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and closed Sunday.

For more information, call 925-0994, ext. 8562.

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