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Fire damages Tuolumne home

A fire partially destroyed a Tuolumne home Thursday morning. 

Homeowner Janice Edens, 58, said she “lost everything important” to her in the blaze. 


Hospital runs Ebola drill

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Health and public safety officials practiced a assessing, transporting and providing safe care for a mock patient showing possible signs of Ebola infection Thursday during a drill at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Dore Bietz, emergency manager for the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, played the mock patient. Courtesy photo.
It was only a test Thursday morning when health workers dressed in hazmat suits wheeled a “patient” into Sonora Regional Medical Center for treatment of Ebola Virus Disease.

The “mock patient,” played by Dore Bietz, emergency manager for the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, was not actually infected but part of a statewide exercise to practice community plans for responding to an outbreak of the deadly disease that has killed thousands in West Africa over the past eight months.


PAWS rescue elephant Annie dies at age 55

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Annie, an Asian elephant housed at the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary in San Andreas, died this week. Courtesy photo.
Annie, one of the country’s oldest Asian elephants, died this week at the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s sanctuary in San Andreas. She was 55.

After enduring many years of severe arthritis and foot disease, Annie was “humanely euthanized” Tuesday after medications and treatments were no longer providing relief, PAWS said in a statement.


One killed in Highway 4 crash

One person was killed Thursday afternoon in a head-on crash on Highway 4 near Copperopolis.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at 4:18 p.m. on Highway 4, east of Stallion Way. The victim was transported to Mark Twain Hospital and was pronounced dead. A dog was also injured in the wreck and taken to a veterinarian. It is unknown if anyone else sustained injuries in the two-vehicle wreck, according to CHP officials in Stockton.

Both lanes of Highway 4 were closed for about an hour while the damaged vehicles were cleared from the road.

The victim’s identity was withheld pending notification of relatives. The wreck is still under investigation by the CHP.


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