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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.


Fowler murder trial delayed until summer

The trial of a Valley Springs boy accused of killing his younger sister has been delayed until this summer. 

The 13-year-old brother of victim Leila Fowler, shackled at his feet, appeared in Calaveras County Superior Court on Wednesday morning for a brief hearing. 

 


Bret Harte High cleared of lockdown

The Bret Harte High School campus is no longer on lockdown after police swept the campus for a person reported with a gun.

Bret Harte High locked down

The Bret Harte High School campus is on lockdown for a person reported with a gun.

Angels Camp inks new water pact

The Angels Camp City Council entered into a new agreement Tuesday night with the Utica Water and Power Authority — a move that could help keep water rates down. 

Under the agreement, the city would pay $40,000 per year, and the amount of water allocated to the city would jump from 1,600 acre-feet to 3,600 acre-feet annually. 


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