Deputies Recover Drug Rehab Center Runaway

Monday, November 6 – County Sheriff’s deputies recovered a 16-year-old female who had escaped from a voluntary rehabilitation center in Los Angeles. The girl was discovered with her 17-year-old boyfriend in a parking lot on Eucalyptus Lane about 11:30 pm. She was subsequently released to her parents, who live in Santa Barbara.

The girl had been reported missing when she ran away from the Center for Discovery, a voluntary drug and alcohol treatment program in Los Angeles.

The girl told deputies she didn’t like being at the rehabilitation center and that she wanted to return home to Santa Barbara. She said her boyfriend had picked her up from the treatment center.

The girl was released to her parents, rather than the treatment facility. Sandra Woods, a licensed vocational nurse at the Center for Discovery, said this was because the center is a voluntary program.

Ounces of Marijuana Found at Retirement Home

Thursday, November 9 – A search for a water leak at a Montecito retirement home led to the discovery of narcotics. Three employees of the home said they found multiple one-quart air-tight storage jars, each containing approximately one ounce of marijuana. Sheriff’s Deputies have not identified any suspects. The security captain of the retirement home said many residents have keys to the workshop, where the drugs were found. The 38-year-old woman said she was unaware of drug activity at the facility.

The three employees said they found the marijuana while they were searching for a water leak in a small storage area. They said they moved a small ceiling panel, causing a plastic bag to fall to the ground. The clear plastic shopping bag contained a larger blue plastic bag, the same kind used at the retirement facility. Within the blue bag were the drug jars. The Sheriff’s report did not state the number of jars recovered.

Westmont Student Reports Missing iPod and Laptop

Saturday, November 11 – A 22-year-old Westmont College student reported more than $1,000 worth of electronics were stolen from his Summerland home. The missing items include a black iPod valued at $270 and an aluminum Apple PowerBook G-4 worth about $850.

The student, who is from Illinois, told Deputy Messmore he believes the items were stolen during a large party held at his Golden Gate Avenue home on November 10 following a Westmont basketball game. The student said about 60 people showed up to his home, and he believes the majority of guests were Westmont students.

He said he first noticed his property missing at approximately 1:30 am, shortly after he evicted guests from his home because of a noise complaint.

The student said he thinks the suspects are four males whom he did not know and whom he had asked to leave earlier in the night. He said the four males had been loitering outside his residence, drinking and smoking.

The student was not able to provide more information about the four suspects.