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Angels delays vote on rezoning

The Angels Camp City Council wants more information from city staff before voting on whether to rezone 86 downtown parcels and create a “historical commercial district.”

Council members discussed the rezone at length Tuesday night, and voted to continue the discussion to the council’s Feb. 4 meeting. 

Calaveras Sheriff’s Office, Jail advance

A new Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office is anticipated to open later this winter, followed by a state-of-the-art jail in the spring. 

As long as the sheriff’s building passes ongoing State Fire Marshal inspections, there is a “temporary certificate of occupancy”tentatively set for Jan. 23. That means the Sheriff’s Office can start the process of moving into its new 43,000-square-foot building near the county’s Government Center in San Andreas.

Comment sought on county pot rules

The public next week will get one of multiple chances to sound off on a new medical marijuana law in unincorporated Tuolumne County.

The county’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Jan. 15, on the proposal, which would ban outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana, as well as dispensaries and collectives. The proposed law also calls for strict regulation of indoor growing operations.

Property owners shocked by crime

A Groveland couple say they were as shocked as anyone to learn about the gruesome finding of a dismembered body on their property last week.

Phillip and Jenny Beckett live on 15 acres of land off Bairds Road, where authorities located a Stockton homicide suspect and the remains of his presumed victim late Thursday night. 

Calaveras leaders set goals meeting

PUBLIC MEETING: Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sequoia Room, Health and Human Services Building, 509 E. St. Charles St., San Andreas. 


The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss ideas and goals with a professional facilitator. 

The “facilitated board strategic workshop” will be led by Bill Chiat, dean at the California State Association of Counties’ Institute for Excellence in County Government. 

Two jailed in grisly slaying

Authorities are continuing to investigate a grisly Stockton homicide after two suspects were tracked down late last week in Tuolumne County.

Bryan Cook, 38, and Valentina Paz, 49, are being held in San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of homicide and conspiracy in connection with the slaying of fellow Stockton resident Michael Shane Jones, 48, formerly of Long Barn.

State snow survey reveals low water content

The first snow survey of winter found more bare ground than snow, the California Department of Water Resources announced Friday.

Manual and electronic readings taken Friday morning showed the snowpack’s water content about 20 percent of average for this time of year, tying 2012 for the driest initial winter reading in state history.

Homicide investigation continues

Law enforcement officials Saturday night continued to investigate leads in a grisly Stockton murder with strong Tuolumne County ties.

Police ID victim in Stockton homicide

A Stockton man whose body was found dismembered Thursday in Groveland has been identified by Stockton police as Michael Shane Jones.

Jones, 48, lived at the same house on the 4500 block of Mist Trail Drive, in the Weston Ranch area of Stockton, where a possible homicide scene was discovered Thursday, according to Stockton police.


More details in homicide investigation

Stockton police Friday were questioning two other people in connection with a Stockton homicide, following the arrest Thursday of a suspect in the grisly slaying.

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