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Teacher to stand trial for sex acts

A former Don Pedro High School teacher was in court this week on accusations that he had sex with a 15-year-old student.

Jeremy Monn, 31, was first arrested in Paso Robles in June for allegedly having sex with an underage student at his new school, Paso Robles High School. 

 


Scattered power outages affect 2,700 across Lode

Peak wind gusts Tuesday of 31 mph in Sonora and 40 mph in Pinecrest contributed to scattered power outages along Highway 108, according to Pacific Gas and Electric.


 


Looking back at 2014

Pick up today's edition of The Union Democrat to see the top stories of 2014.

High school students to study in special program

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Maya Roe, 17 (left), convinced her friends Autumn Lomas, 16 (center), and Taylor Sedoo, 17, to spend a semester at the Conserve School in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin. Austen Thibault / Union Democrat, copyright 2014
 High school students have options to travel and learn on a temporary basis without upsetting their graduation timeline — as exemplified by a couple of teenagers who will head to the Midwest this spring for a semester to explore career fields in depth.

Autumn Lomas, 16, a Connections Visual and Performing Arts Academy student, and Taylor Sedoo, 17, a Sonora High School student, will both attend Conserve School in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin.

 


New laws on tap for 2015

California will ring in the new year with more than 900 new laws. 

The laws, signed throughout the year by Gov. Jerry Brown, address subjects ranging from bags to boating.

 


Freeze advisory issued for Lode

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Freezing temperatures can cause even the strongest pipes to break. File photo / Union Democrat, copyright 2014
 Cold, gusting winds expected to peak this afternoon may knock down trees and power lines, leading to power outages in some mountain areas, with freezing or near-freezing overnight temperatures likely to continue New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

In the Mother Lode, that could mean sustained winds today of 20 to 35 mph and gusts to up to 50 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Stronger winds are expected at higher elevations, including Strawberry.

 


"The Interview" draws hundreds

A movie theater in Angels Camp is among a few hundred throughout the United States to begin screening the controversial new film “The Interview,” following a bizarre international saga that unfolded in the weeks leading up to motion picture’s Christmas Day release. 

“The Interview,” a Sony Pictures comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen as a pair of bumbling entertainment journalists recruited by the U.S. government to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, opened as originally scheduled on Christmas at Angels 6 Theatres in downtown Angels Camp, as well as 11 other venues in California and Idaho operated by the small, Petaluma-based theater chain Cinema West.

 


CHP gets new plate readers

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Cameras that can help the California Highway Patrol locate stolen cars are placed on one of the vehicles. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, copyright 2014
 The California Highway Patrol office in Jamestown will be the first in the area to use a new technology that allows mass collection and processing of license plate data.

A single patrol car was equipped last week with a “Licence Plate Reader” — a camera and computer system that scans the plates of passing cars and runs them through a database, freeing officers from having to tail cars to manually collect plate information. The machine can read thousands of license plates in a given day.

 


No shortage of snow and ice play in nearby mountains and resorts

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Dodge Ridge Ski Instructor Michelle Pryschuk uses a hula-hoop to help teach Kyle Jacoby, 5, of Valencia, how to ski at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort on Saturday. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, copyright 2014
 With another week of winter break for most schools, what winter activities are available for kids and families in the Mother Lode?

Thanks to recent snow and chilly temperatures, the outdoors is a good bet.

 


Man arrested after high-speed chase

Two men were arrested Christmas Eve after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed pursuit from Tuolumne to Calaveras county. 

Leslie Hay, 24, of Sonora, was in custody this morning at the Tuolumne County Jail. He was booked about 5 p.m. Wednesday night on felony charges of possession of stolen property, evading police, vehicle theft and misdemeanor theft, driving under the influence of drugs, vandalism and resisting arrest after an arrest at the Angels Camp Veterans Memorial Hall on Raspberry Street.


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