SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Lompoc woman sentenced for shocking robbery victim in face with stun gun
A Lompoc woman was sentenced to a year in prison last week after pleading no contest to charges related to a June 2021 incident in which she shocked a female victim in the face with a stun gun before taking her purse. hand, according to an official on Wednesday.
Marlene Perez, 30, was sentenced in Lompoc Superior Court on April 20 after pleading charges of assault with a deadly weapon, with force likely to cause grievous bodily harm, and grand larceny on March 23 , according to the records.
The assault with a deadly weapon is considered a “serious felony” and a “strike” under California’s “three strikes” law, according to Santa Barbara County Assistant District Attorney Noah Abolafia-Rosenzweig.
Marianne Zawadzki, Perez’s public defender, did not respond to an email seeking comment.
The incident happened on June 11, 2021, in the 500 block driveway of North K and L streets around 11:30 p.m., when the victim was taken to a friend’s residence, according to Abolafia-Rosenzweig. Perez, who was already outside when the victim arrived, quickly approached the victim and applied a stun gun to his face, he added.
Abolafia-Rosenzweig said the shock caused the victim to stumble, at which point Perez grabbed the purse and threw it towards his own vehicle. Perez shocked the victim again with the stun gun, knocking her to the ground, then Perez shocked the victim in the face twice more, he said.
Perez’s boyfriend came out of the residence and told her to stop, which is when the victim was able to flee the scene on foot without her purse, according to Abolafia-Rosenzweig.
In addition to jail, Perez was sentenced to two years probation. Abolafia-Rosenzweig said Perez has the option of seeking an alternative sentence that could include electronic monitoring or a work schedule with the sheriff’s office.
Rancheros Visitadores will roll again after COVID cancellations
Rancheros Visitadores are set to cross Solvang again on May 7, two years after pandemic-fueled cancellations halted the annual breast cancer awareness fundraising event.
The 60-mile drive from Santa Barbara to Solvang along Alisal Road to Old Mission Santa Inés traditionally brings to town over 750 cowboys from 37 states and six countries who are adorned in pink – the universal color of breast cancer awareness – on horseback or in horse-drawn wagons.
According to Lori Willis, executive director of the Santa Barbara Cancer Foundation, the Rancheros this year raised $1.2 million to support breast cancer programs and services at Ridley-Tree Centers in Solvang and Santa Barbara.
About a third of those served at Ridley-Tree Centers are breast cancer patients who benefit from the multidisciplinary breast cancer care programming that the annual fundraiser helps afford, according to Willis.
Runners must present a check to Old Mission Santa Inés centers and parade through downtown Solvang between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. on the day of the event.
The Rancheros, led by longtime member Steve Benito, teamed up with Wrangler and the national awareness campaign Tough Enough to Wear Pink in 2012 in honor of Benito’s wife who succumbed to breast cancer.
According to a source, Benito died in January 2021.
The public library will host Día de los Niños on Saturday
The Santa Maria Public Library invites the community to join in recognizing the importance of children, families and reading by celebrating El día de los Niños/El día de los Libros on Saturday.
The Library and Lavagnino Plaza, 421 S. McClelland St., will host festivities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. .
Commonly referred to as Día, the celebration founded in 1997 by author and poet Pat Mora highlights the importance of literacy in children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
To start the celebration early, the library offered “Día packs,” filled with arts and crafts. Pickup was available at all branches this week.
The project is supported in whole or in part by the American Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
Questions can be directed to the Library’s Youth Services Division at 805-925-0994, ext. 8564, or the Recreation and Parks Department at 805-925-0951, ext. 2260.