Academy slated for April

The bi-yearly sheriff’s department North County Citizen’s Academy is scheduled April 6 through May 9. Citizens age 18 and older can participate in the six-week course for free to learn about the roles of local law enforcement and get hands-on deputy training. Activities include a driving simulator and firearms training.



Men arrested for alleged rape

Patrick James Gee, 18, and Travis Balke Allen, 19, have been arrested for the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl. On March 8, the girl consumed alcohol at a home in Oakbrook Lane in Orcutt when the suspects allegedly assaulted her. Two days after the reported attack, she told a parent who then contacted the sheriff’s department. Gee was arrested after a search of the Oakbrook Lane house, and Allen was tracked down and arrested without incident later in Pomona. Both suspects posted bail and face charges of sexual assault of an intoxicated victim, penetration with a foreign object and criminal conspiracy.


Produced water and oil leak

On March 19, Greka employees at the Bradley Three Island facility on Telephone Road in Orcutt reported a produced water and crude oil leak. About four barrels of produced water and less than one barrel of crude oil spilled.

The leak was the result of a corroded flow line, and the equipment has been shut down for repairs.

The spill was stopped, contained and did not contaminate any waterways. Greka will be filing a report.



Two arrested in drug bust

On March 18, sheriff’s department narcotic detectives made a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Anna Maria Garcia, 44, in Lompoc. When the car stopped, a passenger, Johnn Anthony Carreon, 35, of Colton, Calif., got out of the car and ran away. He was quickly apprehended and Garcia was followed and detained at her home. According to the sheriff’s department, a search of her home uncovered one ounce of methamphetamine and about seven grams of tar heroin, totaling about $3,500 in street value. Many used syringes were all found on-scene, even among a 5-year-old child’s toys. It was learned the child, who lived in the residence, had been stuck by one needle a few days prior. Garcia was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on $100,000 bail. She faces charges, including possession and felony child endangerment. Carreon was also booked into the county jail facing similar charges, but without bail. 



Stimulus funds to be doled

The California Water Resources Control Board announced March 17 that $280 million in federal economic recovery money will be available for special, qualified water projects, such as updating sewers.

At least 50 percent of the funding must be distributed as subsidies, such as grants, and up to 65 percent subsidy funding will be used for projects in disadvantaged communities.

A percentage will also go for zero or 1 percent fixed-rate loans to the disadvantaged communities.