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Two men behind bars for attempted murder

Two Valley Springs men were arrested Saturday after an incident Friday night left a 56-year-old man “covered in blood.”

According to Calaveras County Sheriff’s officials, Jeffrey Scott Newby, 43, was booked at 3:55 p.m. Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder and conspiring to commit a crime. Mike Patrick Newby, 18, was booked at the same time on suspicion of attempted murder, conspiring to commit a crime and illegal use of tear gas. 

Doobie Brothers, Boston among Ironstone concert lineup

The Doobie Brothers, Boston, Steve Miller Band, The Band Perry and Daryl Hall & John Oates will perform during this summer’s concert series at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys.

The star-studded lineup was announced at a press conference Monday morning.

‘Honorable’ former DA dies after cancer battle

A painting by John Lytle depicts Tom Marovich in his downtown Sonora law office.
 Thomas M. “Tom” Marovich, Tuolumne County’s district attorney through most of the 1970s, died Friday at University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. He was 76.

Marovich had a seven-month battle with leukemia.

Rim Fire trial: Defendant’s attorneys say confession was coerced

Attorneys for the Columbia man accused of igniting 2013’s massive Rim Fire want to suppress his alleged confession because they claim statements he made to law enforcement 19 months ago were coerced.

Keith Matthew Emerald’s defense attorneys on Friday filed a “notice of motion” in Fresno federal court to suppress Emerald’s statements to investigators from Sept. 3, 2013. Emerald’s attorneys, federal defenders Janet Bateman and Eric V. Kersten, contend his due process rights have been violated. The motion is set for a hearing in May.

TUD sewer work may cause traffic delay

A section of Norlin Street in Sonora is expected to be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Thursday between Yaney Avenue and Jackson Street for work on a Tuolumne Utilities District sewer project, TUD spokesperson Lisa Westbrook said in an announcement.

A detour will be in place. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to proceed with caution and be aware of construction crews.

Norlin closures this week

A section of Norlin Street in Sonora is expected to be closed Tuesday through Thursday this week for work on a sewer project, according to the Tuolumne Utilities District.

Norlin will be closed between Yaney Avenue and Jackson Street from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 to April 2, TUD spokesperson Lisa Westbrook said in an announcement.

Free after-school tennis program returns

A Sonora man is gearing up to bring tennis to local elementary schools for a second year.


Reps: Water releases flawed

More than 200 people attended the “Lake Tulloch Water Crisis Forum” Saturday at Black Creek Center in Copperopolis. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
A panel of lawmakers, water managers and biologists at a public forum Saturday in Copperopolis took aim at environmental policies that require dam operators to release billions of gallons of water annually from Sierra Nevada reservoirs to protect endangered fish.

Hikers rescued in Yosemite

ONLINE: GoPro video at http://youtu.be/DLT4GY69aU0

A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew and a climbing ranger rescued a Garden Grove man Saturday who got lost on the Upper Yosemite Fall trail and spent the night on a cliff above the Lower Fall.

Big-rig blocks Highway 49

UPDATE: Highway 49 has reopened.


A big-rig stuck on Highway 49 has blocked both lanes of the highway near Rawhide Road.


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