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News of record for December 19, 2003


Sheriff's reports


8:03 a.m., Mi-Wuk Village — A woman on the 24300 block of Lavene Lane said a bag of trash was left in her yard.

10:43 a.m., Mono Vista — A woman on the 14600 block of Mono Way said a disabled placard and an account book were stolen from her car overnight.

11:26 a.m., Columbia area — A caller said a possibly suicidal man was looking over the Parrotts Ferry Bridge.

11:43 a.m., Crystal Falls — A man on the 22100 block of Crystal Falls Drive said a battery was stolen out of his pickup earlier in the month, and Wednesday, he noticed the glove box was open.

2:13 p.m., Standard area — A man on the 15000 block of Blue Bell West said his stolen birth certificate has been used by another person to establish a new identity.

2:22 p.m., Columbia — A woman on the 22400 block of Airport Road South said her house was broken into overnight. She found a sleeping bag on the couch, her dresser drawers were gone through and the stove had been used to cook food.

2:33 p.m., Twain Harte — A tow truck driver said an intoxicated driver was trying to leave the scene of a traffic accident on Black Oak Drive and Muir Avenue.

2:57 p.m., Twain Harte — A man said teens broke a window at the burned out Twain Harte Inn on 22900 Twain Harte Drive.

4:16 p.m. Tuolumne — A sheriff's volunteer said two teens were trying to break into a snack shack at the pool on Main Street.

5:31 p.m., Jamestown — A woman said the windshield on a dump truck parked on the 17800 block of Woods Way was broken.

6:09 p.m., Groveland — A man on Ferretti Road said a car engine on a hoist was stolen.

9 p.m., Standard area — A woman on the 18000 block of Wards Ferry Road said she heard her back door slam while she was in the front of the house and thought someone might be trying to break in.


2:04 a.m., Twain Harte — A caller said four men who looked like they had been fighting each other were outside a business on Joaquin Gully Road.

5:05 a.m., East Sonora — A man on the 14700 block of Peaceful Valley Road said he chased about seven teens away from his garage. He said some left in a white car and others were possibly still in the area.

Felony bookings


12:15 a.m., East Sonora — Eric Christopher Hess, 39, unknown address, Sugar Pine, booked on suspicion of burglary, receiving stolen property, making criminal threats and misdemeanor drunken driving after an arrest on Mono Way west of Sanguinetti Road.

According to a sheriff's report, a woman returned to her house on the 23600 block of Highway 108 and discovered the house had been ransacked and a handgun stolen. She and her boyfriend suspected Hess might be responsible. They went to Hess' trailer and discovered some of the missing items in his truck. The woman's boyfriend and Hess got into an argument, and Hess pointed the handgun at the man and said "Who's bad now? I'll shoot you."

Hess drove off and the woman called 911. A short time later, a deputy stopped Hess on suspicion of drunken driving.

Hess remained held this morning in lieu of $50,000 bail.


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

Mark Charles Ripley, 54, 22700 block of Black Oak Drive, Twain Harte, booked at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday after arrest on Black Oak Drive at Mueller Drive, Twain Harte.

Animal Control

Since last Friday:

Dogs impounded .................................. 14

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

Dogs adopted ...................................... 3

Cats adopted ........................................ 2

Turkeys adopted .................................. 2

Dogs destroyed ................................... 6

Cats destroyed ......................................15

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

Cats reclaimed ..................................... 0

Humane Society

Dogs transferred from Animal Control to Humane Society ... 3

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

Dogs adopted from Humane Society ......... 4

Cats adopted from Humane Society ......... 4

Sonora police reports


3:02 a.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller on the 300 block of Bonanza Road said either a prowler or an animal rattled a garage door. An officer checked but did not find anything unusual.

6:19 a.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller on the 100 block of Elk Drive said a person was walking around a neighbor's house.

7:13 a.m., theft — A purse was stolen from an unlocked car parked on the 300 block of Summit Avenue.

8:26 a.m., theft — A wallet and other miscellaneous items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 100 block of Brookside Place.

8:41 a.m., theft — A man said stereo items were stolen out of his unlocked vehicle parked overnight on the 10 block of South Forest Road.

11:46 a.m., fraudulent activity — A Wal-Mart employee said the store received eight checks written on closed accounts.

2:40 p.m., theft — A caller said registration tags were stolen from a vehicle parked in a Tuolumne General Hospital parking lot.

6:40 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A CDF employee said a man without a shirt was "kicking everything" in front of a business on South Washington Street.

7:13 p.m., public peace — A caller said two men were fighting in front of a business at Sonora Crossroads shopping center. One man wore a white cap, but had no shirt and had a cross tattooed on his back.


Sheriff's reports


9:05 a.m., San Andreas — A cell phone was reported stolen from a locked car at a gas station.

10:32 a.m., Valley Springs — Gang symbols were found on the snack bar at Valley Springs Park.

7:37 p.m., Arnold — A caller on the 1000 block of Highway 4 said a house was broken into.

Felony bookings


8:30 p.m., Murphys — Christina Marie Effken, 47, 600 block of Williams Street, Murphys, booked on an Amador County warrant for failure to appear in court on a felony charge after arrest at her home. She remained in custody this morning without bail while authorities wait to transfer her to the Amador County Jail.


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

Herbert William Hoffman, 65, 6000 block of Trout Lane, Mountain Ranch, booked at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after arrest on Mountain Ranch Road.

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