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News of record for April 11, 2003


Sheriff's reports


11:42 a.m., Twain Harte — A woman said a chain and a realty lock box have been cut at property for sale on Plainview Road.

1:15 p.m., Tuolumne area — A woman said a full-sized van was being driven up and down Morris Road several times and she did not recognize the van or the occupants.

3:13 p.m., Tuolumne — An animal control officer asked for a deputy to help at a house on the 18000 block of Birch Street because someone was interfering with the work the officer had to do.

3:43 p.m., Greenley Oaks — A caller said gang symbols had been spraypainted on signs along Beckwith Circle and Karen Court.

3:45 p.m., Chinese Camp — A woman said a man was sitting in a orange pickup holding a rifle and had been there for about an hour. A Bureau of Land Management ranger talked to the man, who then left the area.

5:16 p.m., Columbia — An ornamental stone deer, valued at $100, was stolen from the backyard of a house on the 22000 block of Parrotts Ferry Road.

5:39 p.m., Groveland — A Pine Mountain Lake security officer said a woman was at the main gate, allegedly drunk, and was fighting with the officer. The officer said the woman left and did not need help.

7:10 p.m., Columbia — A caller said four people were seen unloading boxes of stereo equipment in front of a house on the 22400 block of Airport Road.

8:56 p.m., Tuolumne — A caller said a dog had been chained up for three weeks in front of a house on the 18800 block of Carter Street. Animal Control officers were notified of the complaint.

Felony bookings


5 p.m., Sonora — John Paul Frank Schowachert, 18, undisclosed address on Phoenix Lake Road, booked on suspicion of felony battery on a peace officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest and being under the influence of a controlled substance after an arrest at Tuolumne General Hospital.

According to a sheriff's department report, a man at Schowachert's house called 911 after the young man had allegedly taken too much prescription medication and was acting strangely. A deputy said Schowachert became extremely combative and resisted help from paramedics.

The deputy asked for help and two other deputies arrived. During a struggle to get Schowachert to cooperate, a deputy fell and struck a couch, causing injuries requiring medical attention.

Schowachert remained in custody this morning in lieu of $30,000 bail.


Cited on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol:

Nancy Carol Salmon, 54, 900 block of Feather Drive, Copperopolis, booked at 1:12 a.m. today after arrest on Highway 120 at the Tuolumne-Stanislaus county line.

Sonora police reports


10:11 a.m., found property — A brown wallet was found at a restaurant on the 80 block of South Stewart Street. The owner was notified and planned to pick it up.

11:09 a.m., vandalism — A man said some transients stayed in a building on the 600 block of Highway 49 and vandalized it.

11:46 a.m., vandalism — A man on the 80 block of McCormick Drive said a taillight of a vehicle was broken out.

12:50 p.m., theft — A woman said her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend took her Mervyn's charge card from her car and bought $400 worth of gift cards in Clovis. She said the woman was now using the card in Sonora.

12:52 p.m., traffic accident — A non-injury crash was reported at the intersection of Bradford Avenue and Lyons Street.

2:26 p.m., assault — A man at Sonora Elementary School said a student hit him with a rock at the school.

6:56 p.m., burglary — A man said someone broke into a car on Stockton Road and stole tools valued at $270.

10:04 p.m., strange odor — An officer said a strong odor of propane was coming from a business on Stockton Road. He was told the odor was not uncommon as trucks are offloaded at that time of night.

10:37 p.m., suspicious circumstances — An officer checked on an unoccupied vehicle on Mono Way.

10:49 p.m., theft — An unidentified 911 caller said nine college-age men all dressed alike left Applebee's without paying.

10:50 p.m., traffic accident — A non-injury crash was reported on Sanguinetti Road.

11:47 p.m., vandalism — A caller on Ponderosa Drive said he or she heard a hissing sound and noticed some undisclosed vandalism.


Fatal ............................... 1

Injury ............................. 0

Non-injury .................... 2

Animal Control

Since last Friday:

Dogs impounded .................................. 16

Cats impounded .................................. 18

Dogs adopted ...................................... 7

Cats adopted ........................................ 1

Dogs destroyed ................................... 4

Cats destroyed ...................................... 6

Dogs reclaimed .................................... 4

Cats reclaimed ..................................... 1

Humane Society

Dogs transferred from Animal Control to Humane Society ... 0

Cats transferred .....................................0

Dogs adopted from Humane Society .........7

Cats adopted from Humane Society ......... 5


Sheriff's reports


8:12 a.m., Murphys — Tools were stolen from a house on the 1500 block of Nickerson Lane.

9:16 a.m., West Point — A fence along the 3700 block of Bald Mountain Road was vandalized.

10:08 a.m., Diamond XX — A caller said people in a canoe on a pond near Buckboard were shooting a gun recklessly.

11:04 a.m., Copperopolis — A caller said neighborhood watch signs on Conestoga and Cantle have been spraypainted.

11:05 a.m., West Point — A caller said five computer monitors were dumped over a hill on Sourdough Road near Sawyer Road.

11:31 a.m., Valley Springs — A caller found a plastic bag filled with a white powder on the 200 block of Highway 12.

12:10 p.m., San Andreas — A Toyon Middle School student was cited and released to a grandparent after the student reportedly brought drugs to school.

12:17 p.m., West Point — A caller said people driving four-wheel-drive vehicles were tearing up a parking lot at the Volunteer Fire Department on the 100 block of Spink Road. The caller said windows, vehicles and buildings had been damaged.

3:39 p.m., Paloma — A trailer parked on Paloma Road was burglarized.

4:59 p.m., Valley Springs — A house on the 1500 block of Quail Oaks Road was burglarized.

5:30 p.m., San Andreas — A vehicle parked on the 300 block of West St. Charles Street was sprayed with blue paint.

7:05 p.m., Arnold — Firefighters training at the Ebbetts Pass Fire Department building asked for a deputy to remove an allegedly drunken man who wanted to participate in the training without permission.

Felony bookings


6:15 a.m., San Andreas — Rhonda Lynn Sommerville, 34, 200 block of Rose Street, Valley Springs, booked on a warrant charging her with manufacturing a controlled substance, possessing ephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, child cruelty, committing a felony while armed and possessing marijuana for sale.

Sommerville was arrested in Grangeville, Idaho, on March 24 and was extradited to Calaveras County. She remained in custody this morning in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Sommerville and her husband, David, are suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine in a trailer they shared with their four small children. Before deputies could obtain a search warrant for the trailer, however, the couple fled to Idaho with the children, said Deputy Louis Larson.

After deputies searched the trailer and found chemicals for making methamphetamine in a refrigerator, an arrest warrant was issued.

David Sommerville was also arrested in Idaho, but was cited and released due to a medical condition, said Calaveras County Sheriff's Department Capt. Michael Walker this morning. The couple's children are in the custody of Calaveras County Child Protective Services, Walker said.

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