25 arrested in parole sweep

The Ridgecrest Police Department led a parole compliance sweep on Tuesday. After contacting more than 100 subjects, law-enforcement officials made 25 arrests and reportedly seized roughly 19 grams of methamphetamine, 2.7 grams of heroin, several meth pipes, hypodermic needles and a flare gun.

“The primary goal of the compliance checks are to deter criminal activity in the Indian Wells Valley,” said the RPD press release.

Local officers were assisted by personnel from the Kern County Probation and Sheriff Departments, California State Parole and the Delano, Taft, Bakersfield and McFarland Police Departments.

Law-enforcement officials targeted subjects on active parole, probation and post-release community supervision living in Ridgecrest and surrounding areas. More than 50 law-enforcement officers conducted the sweep.

Suspects arrested included Loren Chapman, 61, for possession of a stolen vehicle, controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Donald Dejarnette, 44, was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender.

Michael Faria, 40, was arrested for possession of a firearm as a felon.

Manuel Lacarra, 26, was arrested for unlicensed driving.

Holly Williams, 26, Roxanne Turnage, 37, Amy Grammond, 45, and Jill Reed, 57, were arrested on misdemeanor warrants.

Wilfredo Osorio, 40, Brandy Oney, 38, Jared Wisdom, 51, Ronald Ramsey IV, 23, and Richard Stidham, 40, were arrested for probation violation.

Ismael Quijano, 23, James Holt, 53, Scott Thomason, 26, April Pine, 33, Amanda Gutierrez, 28, Sean Saenz, 48, Redderick Delapena, 24, Yvonne Rodriguez, 37, Regina Jubb, 38, Michael House, 46, and Thomas Bannister, 61, were arrested for possession of controlled substance and/or drug paraphernalia.

The Ridgecrest Police Department thanked chiefs and officers from other agencies for participating in the operation.

Story First Published: 2019-02-22