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Calaveras County board waits to determine new sheriff

A funeral procession for Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz will begin at 10 a.m. Friday in San Andreas. File photo / Union Democrat.
 Calaveras County Supervisor Michael Oliveira’s voice was trembling Tuesday at a board of supervisors meeting in San Andreas as the supervisors discussed how they would appoint a new sheriff of Gary Kuntz last week.

Supervisors approve site evaluations for post-Butte Fire FEMA modulars

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors approved a process Tuesday to evaluate which properties in the Butte Fire burn area can accommodate manufactured houses from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Coalition gets grant to reduce opioid use

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors accepted a grant Tuesday that will enable local health officials, educators and law enforcement to move forward with a plan to curb opiate addiction and overdose deaths. 

Tuolumne County leaders debate medical pot regulations

Marijuana growers in the Lake Don Pedro area have created problems for Sally Miller and other residents of the rural subdivision that straddles the Tuolumne and Mariposa County lines.

Chase suspect still on the lam

A man wanted on three felony charges led law enforcement officers on a 25-mile chase Tuesday that reached 90 mph through western Tuolumne County before he abandoned the truck, jumped a fence and ran into rangeland east of Highway 108.

UPDATE: High-speed chase leads to foot pursuit in Tuolumne County

Law enforcement officers are searching for Joshua Jeff Willis, 31, who earlier today led police on a high-speed chase before abandoning his vehicle on Highway 108 west of Jamestown and taking off on foot. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
UPDATE: The search for a man who led deputies on a high-speed chase this morning has been called off.

"We didn't find him," said Tuolumne County Deputy Rob Lyons. "There's a lot of country here and a lot of brush. There's a lot of places to hide. Maybe he ran faster."


EARLIER: A man driving a white Ford F-150 pickup truck led law enforcement officers on a chase that reached speeds of 90 miles an hour through western Tuolumne County this morning.


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Angels Camp Police dog dies

Angels Camp Police Department K-9 Kain died Friday from an internal infection.

Passersby help rescue man from burning vehicle

A Valley Springs man was rescued from a burning vehicle after crashing into a utility pole Friday morning. 

Tuolumne County woman sentenced for elder financial abuse

Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge James Boscoe sentenced Julie Ann Tidball to eight years and four months in state prison for taking money from an elderly couple she was paid to take care of. 

Teen girl missing in Angels Camp

Angels Camp Police are looking for a teenager who has not been seen by family members since Wednesday, according to an Angels Camp Police Department press release.

Woman denies first-degree murder

A 72-year-old West Point woman accused of killing a man, whose body was found off a rural road in August pleaded not guilty Monday in Calaveras County Superior Court.

Soccer Bears receive home tilt

The Mother Lode League co-champion Summerville Bears boy’s soccer team is looking for its second consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section championship when the playoffs begin Thursday. 

Wildcat polo hosts today

The Sonora boys’ and girls’ water polo teams are both competing in postseason and for the first time in the program’s history, they will each host playoff matches. 

Jumpers ready: CC gearing to make run at CVC title

Columbia College guard DeAndre Stallings (24) is guarded by teammate Donte Brown during practice last week at the Oak Pavilion. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Nobody knows more about the machine than the man who made it. 

Food by Jude: Global flavors can be had in one-pot meals

Now that the weather is changing and it is getting cold and rainy, Old What’s His Name refuses to barbecue!

Say hello to soup season

A touch of balsamic vinegar and brown sugar finish the flavors in Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup. Tribune Content Agency.
 This soup comes with a memory: a bowl of hearty soup served by my mother-in-law one chilly fall afternoon many years ago. 

Sonora leaders support affordable housing

Sonora leaders expressed support Monday for proposed incentives to encourage the development of affordable housing in the city.

Donor registry needs more participants

There are 35 people in Tuolumne County and 23 people in Calaveras County waiting for lifesaving organ donations. 

Hetch Hetchy lawsuit to be heard in Tuolumne County court

Water level at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir on the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park exposes bands of rock scrubbed of lichen. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A group that wants Hetch Hetchy Valley restored to what it looked like before O’Shaughnessy Dam was built between 1919 and 1923 is touting a Superior Court ruling that legal proceedings will take place in Tuolumne County.

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