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Fugitive arrested in Jamestown

A fugitive shot by a Jamestown man whose house he had broken into was being treated Friday morning at Sonora Regional Medical Center for injuries from a gunshot wound and dog bite to his leg, according to a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office report. 

When released from the hospital, Kristopher James Randi, 23, a transient in the Tuolumne County area, will be booked into Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of felony burglary, resisting arrest, and warrants, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Johnson. 

Fugitive found

A  fugitive wanted by Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Thursday night after evading authorities for about two months.

Kristopher James Randi, 23, a transient in the Tuolumne County area was arrested about 8 p.m and taken by ambulance to Sonora Regional medical center after he was found hiding in a Jamestown home.

CCWD water use down 22 percent

Calaveras County Water District directors received an update Wednesday on water conservation efforts and a drought-related scholarship essay contest for high school seniors.

Joel Metzger, the district’s community relations manager, told the board the district reduced water use overall by 22.5 percent last month compared with September 2013. As for specific service areas, Copperopolis reduced usage by 21 percent, while the Ebbetts Pass area conserved more than 26 percent. 

High school students get lesson in stopping girl-against-girl ‘crime’

Sonora High School students sign a “Kind Wall” at the end of the Kind Campaign event Wednesday morning. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Sonora High School girls took a closer look at their interactions on Wednesday after being introduced to the Kind Campaign, which seeks to minimize the cruelty women and girls can inflict on one another.

Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson, both of Los Angeles and founders of the nonprofit Kind Campaign, have traveled the nation first to understand, then to stop or limit what they call girl-against-girl “crime.”

Cal Unified board OKs staff layoffs

The Calaveras Unified School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved the layoff of more than 20 employees as part of $2 million in cuts they must make over the next two years. 

The district this year was ordered by the Calaveras County Office of Education to begin making cuts to its deficit-spending budget to avoid state takeover. The district had been overspending for a number of years. 

Sonora home destroyed in fire

A Sonora home on the 500 block of East Bald Mountain Road was destroyed by fire early today.

Firefighters arrived about 12:30 a.m. and found the home fully engulfed in flames, according to Sonora City Fire Chief Noonan.

The cause is under investigation.

The homeowner was out of state and no injuries were reported. However, firefighters did call for medical aid when they first arrived because they could not locate the owner, Noonan said

Residents without water to get help

Tuolumne County is working to provide assistance for residents who are currently without access to running water due to the drought.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized county staff to sign a landmark agreement that will enable the county to obtain state or federal financial relief for providing temporary water to households that have run dry.

Angels council rejects clinic plan

Plans for a proposed medical clinic near the intersection of highways 4 and 49 were shot down Tuesday night by the Angels Camp City Council.

Councilmen Bert Sobon and Wes Kulm voted in favor of Mark Twain Health Care District’s plans to construct a two-story, 15,416-square-foot clinic on Dogtown Road, saying it would benefit the city as a whole.

Science in schools: Students learn from the best

Columbia College science teacher Glen White talks to students about the water cycle at Columbia Elementary School on Tuesday. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Educators are looking for more local people with science and engineering backgrounds to come into classrooms to share their knowledge and show that real people can get exciting jobs. 

The Tuolumne County Office of Education is expanding its existing program called “TOPS” — Teaching Opportunities for Partners in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Court: Police used excessive force

A federal court of appeals has upheld a jury decision that Sonora police violated the constitutional rights of an 11-year-old boy by handcuffing him at school in 2008. 

The City of Sonora was ordered to pay $265,000 to the boy’s family, although no payment has yet been made pending a possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to John F. Martin, the family’s attorney. 

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