Sonoma's 'most wanted,' and other tidbits

Posted on March 28, 2013 by Sonoma Valley Sun

The Sonoma Police finally have their man, even if he is a 16-year-old kid. The teenage burglary suspect spent several weeks at large after evading a police manhunt in September. He was caught, and detained at juvenile facility in Nevada. While being transported back to Sonoma on January 31, the wily teen, free of any restraints or handcuffs, slipped out of the half-open window of the car as it approached Maxwell Village. He disappeared into the shopping center and evaded another police search, which included helicopter support. He remained at large until March 20, when police got a hot tip. Officers descended on the home of one of his relatives, and found the suspect hiding in a closet. He was booked on nine charges, most associated with the September burglary. In that spree, he evaded a police search after running from a burglary in progress, only to sneak back to the crime scene to steal a car.

Word on the street: Darius Anderson, whose Sonoma Media Investments owns “The Press Democrat” and “The Sonoma Index-Tribune,” among others, will soon add “The Napa Register” to the roster.

The impromptu used car lot that was the 400 block of West MacArthur has been shut down. The prominent parking spot became a hub for private car sellers, with 10 or so vehicles plastered with ‘For Sale’ signs. Turns out, that kind of “promotional display’ is illegal. Sonoma police last week slapped a warning on each of the vehicles. Soon, for those cars and any others taking up prime parking spots to advertise they’re for sale, expect a bit of sticker shock: a $40 ticket.

Who would have guessed that the hottest ticket of the weekend was at Vintage Sonoma, where Stan Pappas and Jeff Gilbert, noted crooners both, brought their Sinatra & Crosby routine for a dinner show. While it’s not quite the Copa, residents of the senior living center had a swinging time; when the “New York, New York” finale rolled around, several took the stage to join a chorus line of high kicks. And that was a 7 p.m. Figured one of the younger guests, “that’s 11 p.m. Steiner’s time.”