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Big-rig crashes on Jamestown Road

A big-rig driver crashed his truck into a ditch on Jamestown Road this morning.

The accident, north of Golf Links Road, was reported to the California Highway Patrol about 7:10 a.m.

By 7:50 a.m., CHP officers were conducting one-way traffic control on Jamestown Road while a tow truck attempted to haul the semi-truck from the ditch.

The driver, whose identity was not released, was uninjured, according to Officer Nick Norton.

The cause is still under investigation, he said.

Speed limits on Calaveras agenda

PUBLIC MEETING: Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m., Tuesday, Board Chambers, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas.


The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will address speed limits on roads from San Andreas to Arnold.

Supervisors will consider adopting a “traffic order” that changes speed limits along Mountain Ranch Road — a nearly 11-mile-long road that connects Highway 49 in San Andreas with Rail Road Flat Road and Sheep Ranch Road.


Art Moore takes on McClintock in D4 race

Republican Art Moore formally announced his candidacy Friday for the 4th Congressional District of California, which includes Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, against incumbent Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay.

Moore, of Roseville, is a businessman and major in the Army National Guard, according to his campaign website. He graduated as class valedictorian from Placer High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the United States Military Academy at West Point.


TUD to vote on drought water purchase

PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors, 2 p.m. Tuesday, TUD Board Room, 18885 Nugget Blvd., Sonora.

The Tuolumne Utilities District board will vote Tuesday on a plan to purchase Stanislaus River water via the Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians — one of several steps by the district needed to lessen the blow of an historic drought.

Under the agreement, the district would buy up to 2,400 acre-feet — roughly enough water to serve 4,800 homes — for $200 an acre-foot.

 


Visitor restrictions at Avalon in Sonora

Visitation is restricted at the Avalon Care Center in Sonora until a virus is under control, Avalon representatives said this weekend.

The senior health care center located on Greenley Road is experiencing an outbreak of norovirus, a gastrointestinal infection that causes nausea, stomach pains, diarrhea and vomiting. Avalon Administrator Lisa Chappelow told the Union Democrat on Sunday that t

he decision to keep visitors away was made for the safety of the residents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Avalon is hopeful that by Wednesday of this week, they will be able to remove the visitor restriction,” Chappelow stated.

Though it is often called a stomach flu, norovirus is not related to the influenza virus which causes respiratory illness. Norovirus is highly contagious, and according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention it can be transmitted through direct contact with someone who is infected, by touching contaminated surfaces or objects, or by consuming contaminated food or liquids.

See Monday's edition of The Union Democrat for the latest on the outbreak. 


FBI to help track down AWOL priest

The FBI has agreed to help Calaveras County prosecutors with extraditing a former Mother Lode priest accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy.

The Rev. Michael Eugene Kelly, a Catholic priest who served for a decade at St. Patrick’s Church in Sonora and as head pastor at St. Andrew’s Church in San Andreas from 2000 to 2002, was indicted by a criminal grand jury on four molestation charges.


Old TGH building gets new purpose

Tuolumne County’s Economic Development Authority will lease part of the former Tuolumne General Hospital building to start what organizers are calling a “knowledge lab.”

The local economic development agency has leased part of the building’s top floor for use by local high-tech professionals.

 


Yosemite Grant Act a landmark for landmarks

As the Civil War raged across the south and eastern parts of the nation in 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation on June 30 that forever altered the destiny of Tuolumne County out west.

The Yosemite Grant Act, introduced by Sen. John Conness, gave the state of California ownership of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of sequoia trees, marking the first time a wilderness area had been set aside by the federal government for protection. The bill gave birth to the California state parks system and also ushered in the rise of the national park system.

 

 


1993 cop shooter seeks release

A man who shot two Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies and a police dog more than 20 years ago is awaiting a court decision on whether he will be set free or spend two more years in a maximum-security state mental hospital.

Kenfort Williams, now in his early 70s, was in Calaveras County Superior Court for a Wednesday trial. Wearing eye glasses and a bright red jumpsuit, Williams fell to the ground while being escorted by a bailiff to his seat.


Police still investigating pot smoking incident

Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson said Wednesday his department is still investigating a campus marijuana-smoking incident involving three Sonora Elementary School third-graders, as school and county probation officials figure out what, if anything, to do with the students.

The Tuolumne County Probation Department, meantime, is awaiting a report from the Police Department before taking over the case.


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