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Slaying suspect arraigned

 
A Twain Harte woman was arraigned this afternoon in Tuolumne County Superior Court on a felony murder charge in the killing of Ricky Roberts.
 


Locals to benefit from SRA fee money

Local fire prevention efforts could get a boost thanks to some money to be set aside in the state budget.

Earlier this week, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced it would use some of the money collected through the controversial State Responsibility Area fire fee for fire-protection projects.

 


Frustration grows over Rim Fire inaction

Tuolumne County law enforcement and government leaders continue to be frustrated by the lack of action and information from federal prosecutors investigating a man suspected of starting 2013’s historic Rim Fire.

Official word from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fresno is: “It’s still an active investigation.”

 


Natural Bridges: A hot spot to cool off

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People gather at the far side of the lower bridge cave at Natural Bridges in Calaveras County on Thursday. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Located about 10 miles from downtown Sonora and seven from Angels Camp, Natural Bridges is a summertime favorite for area residents and tourists alike, and for many good reasons.

Among them are proximity, a pleasant 2-mile roundtrip hike from the parking area to Coyote Creek, otherworldly limestone caves, and, of course, a chilly slow-moving creek for swimming.


Arrest made in connection with Sonora killing

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Cheryl Lucero. Courtesy photo.
A Twain Harte woman has been arrested in connection with the killing of Ricky Roberts, who was gunned down in February in his Mono Way auto shop.

Cheryl Lynn Lucero, 45, of the 19800 block of August Court, is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Tuolumne County Superior Court. What she will be charged with had not been determined as of this morning, said District Attorney Mike Knowles.

 


One dead in Mountain Ranch fire

A fire in Mountain Ranch killed one person Wednesday morning.

The fire was reported about 7:45 a.m. at a house on the 8500 block of Cave City Road.


Driver injured in Highway 108 accident

A driver was seriously injured in an auto accident this afternoon on Highway 108 near the Stanislaus County line.

California Highway Patrol and medical personnel were on scene to treat an unresponsive victim, whose car rolled over an embankment, said CHP Officer Nick Norton.

The accident was reported at 11:48 a.m. east of Tulloch Dam Road, Norton said.

SPI plans to clear cut 400 acres

Sierra Pacific Industries has proposed a new plan to clear-cut nearly 400 acres of land it owns north of Dorrington, adding to another timber harvest plan in Calaveras County that has raised concerns for some nearby landowners.

The new plan, called the “Alamo timber harvest plan,” would bring the total acreage of SPI-owned land in Calaveras County proposed for clearcutting to more than 650 acres. A separate proposal to cut nearly 260 acres northeast of Arnold is still awaiting approval from Cal Fire.

 


Moke River bill on docket today

PUBLIC MEETING: Calaveras County  Water District Board of Directors, 5 p.m. today, District Boardroom, 120 Toma Court, San Andreas.


The Calaveras County Water District’s Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. today to discuss legislation that would designate the Mokelumne River a California Wild and Scenic River.

Discussion and possible action regarding CCWD’s position on Senate Bill 1199 — which calls for protecting 37 miles of the river between Salt Springs Dam and Pardee Reservoir — is the only item listed on today’s agenda. 

 


Plan to add Yosemite acreage stalls

A conservation organization says a Mother Lode lawmaker is effectively blocking legislation in Congress that would expand the size of Yosemite National Park.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced a bill last year that would allow the National Park Service to incorporate a 1,500-acre parcel of forested land into Yosemite’s more than 761,000 acres. The bill is identical to one introduced at the same time in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno.

 


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