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Multiple vehicle accidents reported

Ambulances are on the scene of two Tuolumne County vehicle accidents.

Medical aid was dispatched at 1 p.m. to a three-car accident on Highway 49 just past the Arco gas station, according to California Highway Patrol spokesman Jaime Pullen.

A head-on collision between a motorcycle and a pickup truck was reported at 12:49 p.m. on Highway 108 near Old Strawberry Road and immediate medical assistance requested, Pullen said.

Armed robbery, kidnapping reported

An armed robbery, kidnapping and vehicle theft in downtown Sonora was reported early this morning.


Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson said the incident happened about 4 a.m. on South Washington Street.


No arrests have been made and further information cannot yet be released, according to Chief Stinson.

West Point robbery suspect remains at large

A suspect in a Tuesday morning West Point robbery remains at large and is considered to be armed and dangerous. 

The man is described as 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall and in his early 20s. He was dressed in all black with a ski mask, a skeleton bandana and a long sleeved shirt, according to a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office report.

Film Fest Twain Harte draws crowds, Hollywood faces

Special guests (from left) Jeffrey Weissman, S.A. Griffin, Lee Meriwether and Herman Poppe were at the opening ceremony for the Film Fest Twain Harte on Friday at the Twain Harte Golf Course. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, copyright 2014
 The fourth annual Film Fest Twain Harte culminated Monday with the crowning of a former Twain Harte resident and his film as winner in several categories.

Mark Marchillo, now an emerging Hollywood director, won the audience choice award Monday for his film, “The Curse of the Unkissable Kid,” after being played first on opening night Friday. 


Flames threaten Cabezut structures

A vegetation fire in Sonora on Monday threatened homes as it burned about an hour along Cabezut Road before being contained.

The fire was reported at 6:10 p.m. near Covey Circle. It threatened three structures, including Foothill Pediatrics, and forced the closure of Cabezut Road while crews fought to contain it. 


Murder charges filed in ’91 fire death

The Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office has charged a former Murphys man with murder in the 1991 death of his wife in a house fire.

The charge was announced in a brief statement late Friday afternoon by DA Barbara Yook. 


Fire in Sonora

7:30 PM UPDATE: The fire was contained at 7:15 p.m. at 2 acres. No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported. Cabazut is now open to one-way traffic.


Firefighters are working to contain a wildfire burning on Cabazut Road.

The fire was reported at 6:10 p.m. and is burning near Covey Circle. 

Two airplanes and a helicopter are working to extinguish the fire, in addition to several engines.

The fire has burned 2 to 3 acres and is threatening three structures, including Foothill Pediatrics.

Cabazut is closed.




New Melones gets lower

Parts of a structure from old Melones can be found near old Highway 49. The Bureau of Reclamation is encouraging visitors to not remove items found at New Melones during the drought. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
With historic sites around New Melones Reservoir being exposed by receding water levels, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is reminding visitors that it’s against federal law to alter, disturb or remove any artifacts.

The bureau issued a statement Thursday asking visitors to help protect the historic and cultural resources by not handling, removing, relocating or destroying any artifacts or ruins found on or along the lake bed.

Disc golf growing as sport in foothills

“Calaveras” might translate to “land of the skulls” in Spanish, but there’s a movement to make it the land of disc golf. 

With several established courses and a few more in the works, the county is becoming known as a disc golf destination. 

Body of missing woman found

A missing Southern California woman was found dead Thursday morning near Columbia, four days after she was reported missing.

The body of Kathy Njirich Fiore, 63, was found in a remote canyon area near the 22000 block of Sawmill Flat Road home from which she disappeared, according to a statement released by Lisa Verbeck Wooldridge, Fiore’s daughter. 

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