Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2021. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Many people who are arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.
• Deputies were contacted by a male regarding an extortion report. The male was reporting that a person he met on social media threatened to expose his personal information if he didn’t pay the suspect several thousand dollars.
• Deputies along with Fire Department personnel responded Tremont Street regarding an unresponsive male who was unfortunately pronounced deceased of natural causes.
• Deputies responded to the Eucalyptus Garden Apartments regarding a male screaming obscenities and arguing with a male. During the contact, the male showed objective symptoms of being under the influence of controlled substance. Deputies arrested Matthew Beach, 40, of Avalon, on suspicion of being under the influence of methamphetamines.
• Deputies responded to the Hermosa Hotel regarding a male refusing to leave the property. The male was cooperative and left the location. There were no incidents to report.
• Deputies responded to the “Whittley Arms” regarding a suspected stolen moped. The moped was not stolen however, the moped’s license plate had been stolen.
• Deputies were summoned to the Mole Area by the Harbor Patrol regarding a fish and game violation. The case is being investigated by the Department of Fish and Game.
• Deputies responded to the 300 block of Marilla Avenue to keep the peace for while tenants moved out of the location.
• Deputies made contact with a male at Crescent Avenue and Sumner Street who was yelling in the intersection. He was spoken to and left the area.
• Deputies contacted a victim of theft by false pretenses after the victim sent close to three thousand dollars to rent a home and later learned it was a scam.
Bicycle safety and electric bikes have been a big concern in the community. Riders need to consider the following to avoid receiving a citation:
• Wear a helmet to avoid head trauma. Riders under age 18 must wear a helmet.
• Ensure your bike is in good working order and use lights during darkness.
• Riders need to follow all rules and laws of the road and yield to pedestrians who have the right of way.
• Riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a misdemeanor crime.