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Fugitive found

A  fugitive wanted by Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Thursday night after evading authorities for about two months.

Kristopher James Randi, 23, a transient in the Tuolumne County area was arrested about 8 p.m and taken by ambulance to Sonora Regional medical center after he was found hiding in a Jamestown home.



Cal Unified board OKs staff layoffs

The Calaveras Unified School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved the layoff of more than 20 employees as part of $2 million in cuts they must make over the next two years. 

The district this year was ordered by the Calaveras County Office of Education to begin making cuts to its deficit-spending budget to avoid state takeover. The district had been overspending for a number of years. 


High school students get lesson in stopping girl-against-girl ‘crime’

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Sonora High School students sign a “Kind Wall” at the end of the Kind Campaign event Wednesday morning. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Sonora High School girls took a closer look at their interactions on Wednesday after being introduced to the Kind Campaign, which seeks to minimize the cruelty women and girls can inflict on one another.

Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson, both of Los Angeles and founders of the nonprofit Kind Campaign, have traveled the nation first to understand, then to stop or limit what they call girl-against-girl “crime.”


CCWD water use down 22 percent

Calaveras County Water District directors received an update Wednesday on water conservation efforts and a drought-related scholarship essay contest for high school seniors.

Joel Metzger, the district’s community relations manager, told the board the district reduced water use overall by 22.5 percent last month compared with September 2013. As for specific service areas, Copperopolis reduced usage by 21 percent, while the Ebbetts Pass area conserved more than 26 percent. 


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