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A4 Times Thursday, September 15, 2011 COUNTY: The 25 -year old Santa Maria woman told Arroyo Grande police she had stopped on Elm Street around 10 p.m. to retrieve her cellphone when Mason got into her car and threatened her with a knife During a struggle Mason cut the woman's hand and slammed her head into the driver's windowbefore she was able to drive away. Mason was wanted on parole war -rants in alifornia andNorthCarolina. Santa Barbara thing is getting our road to the beach open," said Councilman John Sebedra, who noted the city gets around 100,000 visitors a year to the beach. "It's not just Guadalupe's beach, but it's North County's beachas a whole," Alvarez added.

Fair said she planned to work toward getting more improvements to Highway 166 between Santa Maria and Guadalupe as well as the beach road. "There's been alot of focus on the (eastern) part of the highway, but the western section of (Highway) 16 6 needs improvement," she said, adding the narrow roadway and deep ditches need to be improved. FARR: Continued from page A3 children's academic success. Last winter 's heavy rains caused many of the city's ongoing problems including continued flooding of a downtown neighborhood and washing out the road to the beach. The road was closedbriefly in December 2010 when the rain-swollen Santa MariaRiver cut through the dunes withinfeet of the road, and it was closed indefinitely in March when a large portion of the road was washedawayby another deluge The road remains closed as the county searches for ways and money to replace it "I think the most important When he was finally stopped and ar -rested, police found Ortiz was armed with a handgun and a Taser stun gun He was booked into county jail on charges includingbeing a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The second incident occurred just after 10:30 p.m. when an officer spotted two men standing next to a suspicious vehicle in the lOOOblock of North Lincoln Street. When the officer approached, both men ran. Jose Uribe 34, of Santa Maria was eventually caught. Uribe, who was on county probation, was arrested for beingunder the influence of a controlled substance according to police Police also arrested one of the two people in the vehicle.

David Maldona-do, 53, of SantaMaria and Heather Co-ria, 26, of Santa Maria were suspected of beingunder the influence of a controlled substance Coria was cited andreleased.Maldon-ado was arrestedbecause he was on probation and a caliber revolver and a pair of nunchakus were found in the car. Arroyo Grande Suspect in carjacking arrested in Utah The suspect in an Arroyo Grande car -jacking was arrested Tuesday in Salt Continued from page A3 Santa Maria before Commissioner John McGregor. At that time McGregor might make a ruling on the motion to move the case to Santa Barbara and Strange could enter a plea to the charge Santa Maria SM police seek suspect in felony assault Police are searching for a Santa Maria man in connection with a felony assault after he ran Wednesday after -noon when officers tried to tali to him Jose Anthony Varelas, 24, walkedby officers as they were investigating the assault at 12:37 p.m. in the 200 block of North Western Avenue However, when officers tried to talk to him, he ran Officers and a K- 9 unit searched the neighborhood for about an hour. The victim, a24-year-old woman, did not need medical attention and is reportedly acquainted with Varelas.

Police are asking anyone with information about his whereabouts to call the department at 928-3781, ext. 277. Santa Maria 3 arrested on warrants, weapons charges Three Santa Mariaresidents were in SantaBarbaraCounty Jail Wednesday morning after being arrested on out -standing warrants and weapons charges in two separate incidents. Abel Ortiz, 27, was arrestedafter a brief car chase around 5 p.m. Tuesday after aSanta Maria police officer spotted him driving in the 9 0 0 block of East Main Street.

Ortiz was wanted on an outstanding $200,000 warrant, according to police. Jail inmate missing after medical appointment The Sheriff's Department is searching for a jail inmate who didn't return from a medical appointment during a court -ordered temporary leave, the department reported Wednesday. Richard Orville Draeger, 55, had been in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail since Aug. 10 for failure to appear on previous drunken driving charges, and has several pending cases relatedto drunken driving as well. A judge signed a court order allowing Draeger to leave the jail from 8 a.m.

to noon Tuesday for a medical appointment. Draeger was signed out of the jail by a friend who was going to take him to his appointment. However, Draeger's friend called the Sheriff's Department after noon and said that Draeger had not gone to the appointment and had ditched" him. An arrest warrant has been issued for Draeger for violating the court order. Draeger also signed an escape clause prior to his release that made it clear that failure to return would constitute an es -cape, which is an additional violation.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about Draeger's whereabouts to call the SantaBarbaraCounty Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigations Bureau at 681-4150 or the Sheriff's Anonymous Tip Line at 681-4171. Lake City. Frank Mason, a 27-year-old transient, is in Salt Lake County Jail after being arrested for violating parole in two states. Most recently, he is suspected of assaulting a Santa Maria woman and trying to take her Mason car on Sept. 6, after she stopped on Elm Street in Arroyo Grande.

wound to the side of his neck. Wednesday afternoon while Davis was still on the stand, Senior Deputy District Attorney Kevin Duffy vigor -ously cross examined the psychologist about his finding that Martin is incompetent for trial despite the fact that Davis was only able to spend about 15 to 20 minutes talking to Martin before Martin refused to cooperate with him "He didn't express any delusional ideas in my time with him," Davis testified under Duffy's inquires, adding that he believes Martin understands the potential consequences he faces if convicted of attempted murder and the other charges. Davis said his finding that Martin is incompetent for trial arises from his belief that if Martin continues to make angry outbursts in court as he has in the past he could negatively affect the outcome of his trial. Owen testified during ques -tioningby Martin's attorney, Dcola, that the first time he tried to talk to Martin the defendant was unwilling. However, Mar -tin spoke with him on the second two examinations.

Although Martin did seem to re -main mostly logical during the interviews, the witness said, Martin did express some para-noidbelief about his family and people who are gay. Owen said his diagnosis of Martin as schizophrenic plays a large roleinhisfindingthat the defendant is incompetent for trial. Martin has refused medicationfor his mentalill-ness, accordingto Owen. Owen is set to return to the witness stand this morning. MARTIN: Continued from page A3 trial, the person is sent to a state mental hospital and treated until doctors there determine he or she is able to appropriately assist his or her attorney in court.

Martin allegedly stabbed a man in his 30s because the victim is gay. The victim's name has not been released. Martin faces charges of attempted murder, violating civil rights, and special allegations of infliction of great bodily injury, use of a deadly weapon, committing a hate crime and having a prior serious or violent felony conviction, also known as a "strike" under California's "three strikes" law. The defendant is being held in county jail without bailbecause of a parole hold. Prosecutors allege that Martin's murder attempt was willful, premeditated and de -liberate, which couldsend him to prison for life if found to be true.

According to Santa Maria police early in the morning hours of Sept. 14, 2010, Martin knocked on the window of the Denny's Restaurant on East Main Street which was closed, and asked to use the restroom. When he was let in, he approached a group of employees sitting at a table. Martin askedthe victim, a waiter at the restaurant if he was gay. When the victim replied that he was, Martin stabbed him twice police allege The victim recoveredfrom a throat cut and a puncture and past ones, such as building plans for Pioneer so it could open in 2004.

"We were literally busting at the seams," Kimberly said, referring to high enrollment at Santa Maria and Righetti high schools. Guadalupe Union School District Superintendent Ed Cora gave a shout out to San ta Barbara Foundation's Katherine Harvey Fellows for the $15,000 donation to expand its preschool program. At the conclusion of the luncheon, Denis and Genesis picked up their computer to take home, accompanied by Olga Reed eighth-grade teacher Mike Luis. "They're wonderful young ladies said Luis who nominated the shy, soft-spoken 13 -year- old girls for the pro -gram. "I knew it would make such a difference in their high school careers." The sisters agreed the laptop will help academically and socially as they keep in better touch with friends via Facebookpages.

COMPUTERS: Continued from page A3 Doug Kimberly thanked White, Inc. Architects and Planners for diligent work spent on current construction projects a performing arts center at Pioneer Valley High School uanes Megan Joy Rabska-LaFlamme Beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunt fjfZz and friend, Megan Joy Rabska LaFlamme, was unexpectedly called home Friday, September 9, 2011 in Portland, OR. Megan was born in Santa Maria, California at Sisters' Hospital on January 19, 1960 to Mary Lou and the late Reinhart Rabska. She was raised in Santa Maria attending Miller Street School, Fesler Junior High School, and Santa Maria High School. In high school, Megan excelled as a student, was active Querino "Quino" Vargas Querino "Quino" Vargas was called up to the Lord on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 due to complications from a A stroke.

Quino was born on March 18, 1945 to Tomas Vargas and Francisca Gallegos Vargas in Stockton, CA. Uncle MflT Quino and his sister Maria Anita "nana" ft ft Cervantes moved to Santa Maria, CA from Modesto, CA in 2003. Uncle Quino loved his family very much, from his brothers and sisters to 'jJF his great-great neices and nephews. He Kft loved to make friends and was always able to make you laugh with one of his many jokes. Uncle Quino is survived by his sisters Mary C.

Taboa of Modesto, CA, Christina Hernandez of Sacramento, CA, brothers Tom Vargas of Pine Grove, CA and Arthur Vargas of Stockton, CA, niece Frances Vea of Arakansas, nephew Larry Vea Sr. (wife Dianna), great niece Andrea Vea, great nephew, Larry Vea Jr. (wife Xochitl), great -great nephews Larry Vea III and Jacob Vea all of Santa Maria, CA. As well as numerous neices and nephews. Uncle Quino was preceded in death by his parents Tomas Vargas and Francisca Gallegos Vargas, sisters Maria Anita Cervantes, Mary K.

Nartates, brother Frank Vargas and brother in law Trinidad O. Vea A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary. At his request cremation was held with private inurnment to be at a later date in the Santa Maria Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens.

Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary Crematory (805) 922-8463 www. dudleyhof manmortuary com The officer approachedthe driver, but "they took off at a highrate of speed," according to Wayland. Since the officer already had a suspect in the patrol car, the officer put a call out over the radio for other law enforcement to be on the lookout for the speeding vehicle Another CHP officer spotted the vehicle racing down Hollister, and soon the agency received calls about the crash. Lopez, the Bautista family friend, said he did not know any details surrounding the deadly incident. He and other friends and family are working to organize afundraiser for the Bautistas, tentatively slatedforthe weekend of Sept 24 and 25.

Specifics of the barbecue and car washin SantaMaria will be forthcoming when the plans are set. "It's just been overwhelming with trying to get the funeral and trying to get this fundraiser together," Lopez explained. Besides the emotional burden the Bautista family is bearing, the medical bills and funeral expenses are bound to be "over the top," he said. "I would assume that these bills are going to be sky- raking from them" he added. Lopez said Ignacio Bautista was in school to become a dieselmechanic, andhis brother was finishing up high school and looking forward to attending Hancock College "They were young, young men," Lopez said.

"It was tough." FAMILY: Continued from page A3 Miguel Bautista underwent brain surgery Tuesday night according to Lopez who had no recent update onhis condition. "The family's going through a lot right now. It's been tough on them," Lopez added, noting that Miguel's life remains in jeopardy. "It's been an emotional time for them, I guess you could say." SantaBarbaraCounty Sheriff's Department officials have said they suspect alcohol might have been involved in the crash, but that remains under investigation. Two of the men ran from the vehicle after the wreck and were quickly found in a nearby business park, according to sheriff's officials.

Department spokesman Drew Sugars said toxicology tests are being conducted on Ignacio Bautista's body, and results typically take at least five weeks to be returned. Officer Jeremy Wayland provided the California Highway Patrol's account of events leadingup to the crash. Wayland said a Buellton CHP officer was enroute to the Goleta jail with a DUI sus -pect when the officer noticed a southbound vehicle on Highway 101 that was "traveling all over the roadway (in) avery reckless manner." The officer initiated a traffic stop on the car, which got off at Storke Road but was slow to yield. Jimmie Earl Gifford Jimmie Earl Gifford, 58, of Nipomo, passed away Monday, September 12, 2011 in Arroyo Grande. He was born in Santa Maria on November 30, 1952 and was a graduate of Arroyo Grande High School.

Jimmie was employed by the City of Santa Maria Public Works Department and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He is survived by his brothers John L. Gifford Jr. and Bob Gifford; nieces and nephews, Susan Gottesman, John Gifford III, Joann Kirkpatric and Katelyn Gifford and numerous great nieces and nephews. Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents, John L.

Gifford Sr. and Maurine A. Gifford; and a brother, Arthur Seymor Gifford. A memorial service will be Friday, September 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel, 1239 Longbranch Avenue in Grover Beach.

in school government, sang in the Madrigals and was also the school mascot, "Samantha Saint. While growing up, the family would go to the Rabska Homestead in Meeker, Colorado every summer for vacation. The homestead was 640 acres and 14 miles outside of town. Megan learned to fish and make peanut butter fudge on the wood burning stove. In the evenings, the family would play Yahtzee, of which Megan was one heck of a great player.

In fact, she was very competitive. Megan graduated from Allan Hancock College in 1980 and transferred to her father's alma mater, Fresno State. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration 30 years to the day after her father in June 1982. While in school, she paid part of her expenses by working for a State Farm agent. She had learned her State Farm Insurance skills from the ground up.

office cleaning on Saturday mornings to working in the office helping her father's policyholders. After graduation, she moved to Hemet and was employed by Automobile Club of Southern California, as a travel agent. It was in Hemet that she purchased a scratcher lotto ticket and won a $50,000 jackpot. With her winnings she bought her first home. After her stint in the travel industry, she decided to go back to school to get her teaching degree.

With that decision made, she moved back to Santa Maria and commuted to Cal Poly for the credentialing program. Megan moved to Bakersfield for her first teaching assignment in Mc Far land. She taught junior high for seven years, then got a teaching job in Santa Maria for two years. Reaching her 40th birthday, Megan decided to launch a new life in Portland, OR. Using her computer skills, she secured a job and packed her little Honda Accord and off she went on her new adventure.

Megan worked for awhile as a temporary employee and was hired by Louisiana Pacific Lumber Company in 2003. At the time of her death, Megan was working in the tax and law division of LPL in Portland. On a pleasure trip in 2004 she met her husband to be, Alan Maurice LaFlamme. After a brief courtship, Alan and Megan were married on May 28, 2005 Megan had many passions in life and definitely had an artistic flair. She loved her animals.

Some of her hobbies were cooking, reading, card making, and cross stitch. Megan was quick to smile and lit up the room. She made you feel comfortable. She had so many everlasting friendships. And we cannot forget about her computer usage.

Megan is survived by her husband, Alan LaFlamme of Portland, OR, her mother Mary Lou Rabska, sister, Tami Rabska (Dennis VanMeter), nephew, Nathan Williams, all of Santa Maria.CA, neice, Cori Williams Bell (Alan) of San Miguel.CA, stepchildren Alan David LaFlamme; Gary Robert LaFlamme; Mark Harrison LaFlamme, Michelle Yvonne LaFlamme and Vincent Michael Williams, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandchildren. Two memorial services will be held. The first service will be held in Oregon at Peake Funeral Chapel, 1925 SE Scott, Milwaukie on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Please be sure to visit the website to view the video memorial. The second service will be held at Dudley -Hoffman Mortuary, with Reverend Keith Edwards East Stowell Road, Santa Maria, on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, in recognition of Megan's love of animals, memorials may be made to Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, 751 Black Road, Santa Maria, CA 93458 or to your favorite charity. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley -Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. Dudley- Hoffman Mortuary Crematory (805) 922-8463 Death Notices MRS HELEN E. HEIBERGER, 83, of Santa Maria, passed away September 13, 2011. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens www dudleyhof manmortuary FIRE: MR DAVID A.

PATTERSON, 76, of Santa Maria, passed away September 12, 2011. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens www dudleyhof manmortuary MRS BETTY I. SWAN, 88, of Santa Maria, passed away September 13, 2011. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley -Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens www dudleyhof manmortuary Martin Alvarez said he hoped to be open by the weekend, when the deli is busiest but added that it had to be openby Tuesday when the deli is holding a fundraiser for Oceano Elementary School. From 4 to 9 p.m that day, 50 percent of the deli's profits willbe donated to the school, andits teachers willbe serving customers.

"Business has been going really good. We 're selling a lot," he said. Continued from page A3 around in front of the bright orange storefront waiting to find out how quickly they could get back to work. Hans de Comarmond, who was hiredto handle the cleanup effort said the whole building would have to be checkedfor smoke andheat damage. He estimatedit would take a couple of days to reopen.

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