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News of record for December 23, 2002


Sheriff's report


7:42 a.m., Standard area — Mail was reported stolen from two houses on the 17600 block of Buttercup Circle.

8:20 a.m., Tuolumne — A Black Oak Casino security officer reported the casino received a counterfeit $100 bill.

8:53 a.m., Jamestown — A woman on the 10300 block of Preston Lane said a man she didn't know was pounding on her door.

8:54 a.m., Soulsbyville — A Soulsbyville Elementary School teacher said a video camera valued at $900 was stolen while she was away from her classroom with her students.

10:06 a.m., Tuolumne — A man on the 19000 block of Mi-Wuk Street said three vehicles and their drivers were stuck on his property and he wanted to report them as trespassers.

10:15 a.m., Jamestown — A man on the 8900 block of French Flat Road said tools and two car batteries were stolen from his vehicle.

1:19 p.m., Tuolumne — An employee at Tuolumne Market on the 18300 block of Tuolumne Road said he caught two men taking beer its storage area behind the business.

3:33 p.m., East Sonora — A man said he was threatened by an employee at a fast-food restaurant on the 13000 block of Mono Way.

4:05 p.m., East Sonora — A woman said when she went to a pharmacy on the 13700 block of Mono Way to pick up her pain medication the clerk told her another person had picked the pills up and had forged her signature.

8:28 p.m., Quail Hollow — A woman on the 20200 block of Partridge Way said she saw someone throw a rock through her window and run away.

8:48 p.m., Tuolumne — A caller on North Tuolumne Road said kids were throwing snowballs with rocks inside at passing cars.


12:29 a.m. Tuolumne — A man on the 18500 block of Main Street said a hand truck was stolen from his backyard.

12:20 p.m., Groveland — A house on the 22600 block of Hells Hollow Road was reported being burglarized.

1:45 p.m., Phoenix Lake — A woman on Alder Lane said two boys were seen shooting a rifle and a handgun underneath a bridge on Alder Lane near Lower Hillview.

2:15 p.m., Jamestown — A woman said a man was going through a Dumpster looking for more than just cans.

4:59 p.m., Soulsbyville — A man on the 19700 block of Soulsbyville road reported the theft of a car battery.

9:50 p.m., East Sonora — A caller saw a possible drunken driver leaving The Junction shopping center. The caller gave a sheriff's dispatcher the license plate number of the car the man was driving.

10 p.m., Tuolumne — A Black Oak Casino security officer detained a Fremont man so a deputy could talk to him about using a fake identification card.

10:08 p.m., Soulsbyville — A caller said drivers were spinning donuts and making a lot of noise at Soulsbyville Elementary School.

11:39 p.m., Twain Harte — A man on the 23700 block of Leisure Drive said a window was broken in the house, possibly by one of two men who were at the house earlier in the evening.

11:56 p.m., Jamestown area — A caller reported a possibly drunken man was causing a problem at the Sheriff's Posse headquarters on the 19100 block of Rawhide Road.


9:09 a.m., Belleview Oaks — A man on the 2100 block of Robin Hill Road reported that his neighbor killed a deer. The neighbor told a deputy that a little deer was in his yard stomping on his small dog.

11:25 a.m., Twain Harte — A man said a snowboard valued at $350 was stolen out of the back of his pickup while it was parked on Twain Harte Drive.

1:07 p.m., Dodge Ridge — A Dodge Ridge employee requested a deputy to come to the ski area for a possible theft of skis. The woman who owned the skis was not sure, however, if they were stolen or if a friend picked them up.

5:42 p.m., East Sonora — A woman returned toys to a store at The Junction shopping center after she discovered her son put them under his jacket.

7:03 p.m., Jamestown — A woman reported the front door at a business on the 18200 block of Fifth Avenue was open when the business was closed. She was worried that items could have been stolen.

Felony bookings


12:41 p.m., Columbia — Michael Evan Douglass, 18, homeless, Sonora, booked on suspicion of vehicle theft and misdemeanor reckless driving after an arrest on Parrotts Ferry Road and Columbia Village Drive, Columbia.

According to a sheriff's department report, Douglass was seen driving a blue sports car in reverse on Parrotts Ferry Road. When a deputy pulled Douglass over and asked him why he was driving in reverse. Douglass said the car would not go forward. Douglass did not have the car's registration. He told a deputy the car had been abandoned for eight days so he was taking it to a friend's house.

He said he started the car with his thumb.

Douglass remained in custody this morning in lieu of $15,000 bail.


12:09 a.m., Sonora — Charles Alan Woodward, 23, 1000 block of South Washington Street, Sonora, booked on Tuolumne County warrants charging him with narcotics violations, violation of probation and failure to appear in court after arrest at a Washington Street tavern. Woodward was held this morning in lieu of $10,000 bail.

10:28 p.m., Soulsbyville area — Vernon Joseph Wirth, 33, Swimming Pool Lane, Moccasin, booked on Trinity County narcotics warrants after arrest on Highway 108 east of Soulsbyville Road. Wirth was held in lieu of $10,000 bail this morning.


2:49 p.m., Tuolumne — Robert Thomas Scannell, 53, no street address given, Tuolumne, booked on suspicion of parole violation after arrest on Tuolumne Road at Pine Street. According to the Sheriff's Department, Scannell was drunk and gave a false name to an officer when questioned. He was held without bail this morning.


Cited for driving under the influence of alcohol of drugs:

Raymond Lee Taylor, 34, 20200 block of Canyonview Drive, Tuolumne, booked at 7:53 p.m., Sunday after arrest on North Tuolumne Road.

Sonora police reports


2:12 a.m., citizen assist — An officer helped move a stalled pickup on Mono Way.

3:33 a.m., suspicious circumstances — The gate to the Sonora Police Department shooting range on Southgate Road was found unlocked by a police officer.

8:06 a.m., suspicious circumstances — a "white male adult" was yelling at cars on Stockton Road.

8:41 a.m., theft — A man said a computer was taken off his desk at the Sonora Seventh-day Adventist Church on the 100 block of North Forest Road.

1:05 p.m., theft — Two juveniles in custody for shoplifting at Rite Aid Pharmacy on the 800 block of Mono Way were turned over to their parents.

2:48 p.m., vandalism — A car was vandalized in a parking lot on the 900 block of Sanguinetti Road.

6:02 p.m., vandalism — A gas pump at Gold Country Gas on the 300 block of South Washington Street was damaged by a vehicle.


10:02 a.m., theft — A juvenile was cited on suspicion of theft and possession of stolen property at Sonora High School.

10:24 a.m., traffic accident — A non-injury crash was reported on South Stewart Street.

12:07 p.,m., counterfeit bills — Pak 'n' Save in the Sonora Crossroads shopping center reported that a customer, who had since left the store, had "tried to pass counterfeit $20 bills."

1:17 p.m., disturbance — A fight was reported in the 300 block of North Washington Street.

1:34 p.m., traffic accident — A non-injury crash was reported on Lyons Street.

3:33 p.m., theft — A cellular phone was reported stolen from a locked car parked near the Sonora High School pool.

4:04 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller from the 60 block of South Stewart Street reported seeing "a man with a guitar zipping up his pants."

4:15 p.m., disturbance — A contentious customer left the Timber Hills shopping center when told officers were on their way.

5:13 p.m., traffic accident — A non-injury crash was reported on South Stewart Street.

5:56 p.m., disturbance — A fight was reported at The Junction shopping center.

9:55 p.m., traffic accident — A non-injury crash was reported on Cabezut Road.

10:01 p.m., traffic citation — A juvenile was cited for suspicion of reckless driving at South Stewart and Gold streets.


2:54 a.m., assist — An ambulance was dispatched to the 400 block of Greenley Road to take an expectant mother to the hospital.

11:03 a.m., assist — An officer helped free a driver and car locked in the old PG&E lot near Sonora High School.

12:22 p.m., hazardous situation — A caller reported that a tree near a retaining wall "was about to fall."

1:54 p.m., suspicious circumstances — "A man screaming to himself" was reported on the 1000 block of Mono Way.


6:57 a.m., possible theft — An freezer was found unlocked at Sonora High School.

8:23 a.m., assist — Officers helped Tuolumne General Hospital officials subdue a psychiatric ward inmate who tried to hit a nurse and then ran naked down a hall.


12:51 a.m., disturbance — "Men and women yelling at each other" were reported on Stockton Road.


Injury ....................................... 2

Non-injury ............................. 25


Sheriff's reports


8:55 a.m., Melones Lake — A caller at Melones security office reported two boats that were tied up at the Melones Marina had been untied and were drifting in the lake.

4.32 p.m., Murphys — A house on the 3000 block of San Domingo Road was reported burglarized.

5:45 p.m., Arnold — A woman on the 1500 block of Maple Street said a man exposed himself and has done it before.

8:02 p.m., Valley Springs — A caller reported the theft of a purse from a car parked on the 30 block of Highway 26.

10:16 p.m., Dorrington — Jewelry and tools were reported stolen from a house on the 2200 block of Paydirt Court.


11:26 a.m., Angels Camp — A deputy helped a citizen who was trying to break up a dog fight on the 3500 block of Murphys Grade Road.

11:46 a.m., Arnold — A house on the 2200 block of Mitchler was reported burglarized.


12:14 a.m., Murphys — A caller reported five men were fighting on the 400 block of Main Street. Everyone left before a deputy arrived.

7:59 a.m., Valley Springs — A caller on the 4700 block of Dunn Road said mailboxes were vandalized and mail scattered all over the road.

11:20 a.m., San Andreas — A man on the 300 block of Neilson Street said things were turned over in his yard overnight.

11:54 a.m., Valley Springs — A house on the 5700 block of Ripon Road was reported burglarized.

1:05 p.m., Glencoe — A woman was seen staggering down a roadway.

1:31 p.m., Valley Springs — A caller reported a young child had been left unattended in a vehicle parked at a store on the 200 block of Highway 12.

Felony bookings


1:30 a.m., Murphys — A 42-year-old Murphys man booked on suspicion of damaging a telephone line, false imprisonment, battery and making criminal threats after an arrest at his home. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $55,000 bail.

2:08 a.m., Douglas Flat — Gatlin Dewan Hampton, 19, 1800 block of Sugar Pine Way, Douglas Flat, booked on suspicion of making criminal threats after an arrest at his home. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $15,000 bail.

7:45 a.m., Burson — Delores Dee Pautler, 30, 500 block of North Lincoln, Manteca, booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance after arrest on Highway 12 at Burson Road, Burson. She remained in custody this morning in lieu of $15,000 bail.

11:15 a.m., Angels Camp — Michael Laine Hines, 37, 1600 block of Moose Trail Road, Angels Camp booked on suspicion of making criminal threats after arrest at his home. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $15,000 bail.

11:45 a.m., San Andreas — Norman Wayne Spiva, II, 25, 500 block of Lewis Street, booked on a warrant charging him with embezzlement after an arrest at his home. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $15,000 bail.


1:55 a.m., San Andreas — A 47-year-old San Andreas man booked on suspicion of felony spousal battery after an arrest at his home. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $50,000 bail.

2:35 a.m., Murphys — James Franklin Vanbuskirk, 23, 900 block of East G Street, Oakdale, booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance after arrest on Highway 12 west of Murphys. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $15,000 bail.

6:45 p.m., Arnold — Dennis Patrick Rivera, 40, 2900 block of Country Club Drive, Arnold, booked on suspicion of making criminal threats after an arrest at his home. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $15,000 bail.


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

Carolyn Sue Wallace, 55, 1800 block of Ironwoods Court, Murphys, booked at 12:25 a.m. Saturday after arrest on Highway 12 at Live Oak Drive, Douglas Flat.

Jody Russell Vieira, 31, 3000 block of Kasson Road, Tracy, booked at 7:20 a.m. Saturday after arrest on Evans Road at Highway 12, Burson.

Catherine Anne Vega, 44, 3300 block of Hartvickson, Valley Springs booked at 1:20 a.m. today after arrest on Highway 12 west of Southworth, Valley Springs.

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