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Boy found guilty of killing Leila Fowler

He did not move.

Not when the judge said his statements to police did not add up.

Not when the judge found the boy guilty of stabbing to death an 8-year-old in her home.

Not when his stepmother called out from a seat in the courtroom behind him, “I love you.”

Threats bring felony charges for Summerville students

Each of the four students suspected of planning a mass shooting at Summerville High School have been charged with eight felony counts of conspiracy to commit assault likely to produce great bodily injury and will be prosecuted as juveniles, Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg said.

Frogtown hops along after devastating Butte Fire

The parking lot at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds is nearly empty. Weeks ago, it would’ve been packed with emergency vehicles and firefighting personnel responding to the Butte Fire. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Three weeks ago, thousands of firefighters and emergency personnel overflowed the temporary incident command at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in response to the Butte Fire.

Two men arrested after chase, shooting

A man was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm after another man fleeing from deputies was shot trying to break into his home, according to a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

Tuolumne County requests state, fed aid for trees

Oaks are among the types of trees most affected by the four-year drought. File photo / Union Democrat.
 The scope of the tree mortality issue sweeping across the region is larger than Tuolumne County can handle on its own, the Board of Supervisors said Tuesday.

True to tradition: Detail, history count for father-son restoration team

Dallas Lisitsin works with a drill press to polish a sheet of metal at Unique Shop Artisans in East Sonora. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Dallas and Keith Lisitsin work in East Sonora with hand tools, power-driven saws, sanders, a lathe, a router, a planer and a drill press to restore chairs, tables, benches and other furnishings from the 1970s back to more than a century ago.

Chamber warns of scam via email

The Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce wants to warn businesses of an email scam.

Eight to join Sonora Wildcat Hall of Fame

Jeff Juhl, class of 1969. File photo / Union Democrat.
 Eight athletes/coaches will be inducted into the Sonora High Wildcat Hall of Fame at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, during a ceremony at the Elks Lodge.

Wildcats continue roll; defeat Bullfrogs in 3

Bret Harte’s Morgan Puccinelli (8) tries to hit through the block of Sonora’s Riley Carpenter (7) and Kelsie Evans (10) Tuesday night at Bud Castle Gym. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Regardless of whether the Sonora Wildcats are winning by 20 or by two, head coach Kim Evans’ demeanor never changes. For a coach that has yet to lose a set in nearly two years in the Mother Lode League, she remains the most serious and focused person in the gym.

Judge hands down guilty verdict in Fowler murder trial

The boy accused of killing 8-year-old Leila Fowler was found guilty this afternoon by Calaveras County Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Smith.

The boy, now 15, was 12 years old at the time Leila was found in a pool of blood in her bedroom on April 27, 2013, in Valley Springs. She had been stabbed 22 times, mostly in the chest, and suffered at least 14 poke wounds.

The boy, whose name is not being used because he is a juvenile, was arrested in May 2013 and charged with second-degree murder in connection with Leila’s death.

His sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 4. 

For a complete story, see Wednesday’s edition of The Union Democrat.

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