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News of record for July 22, 2003

TUOLUMNE COUNTY

Sheriff's reports

SUNDAY

8:55 a.m., Tuolumne — A caller on the 18000 block of Willow Avenue said 20 gallons of gasoline was siphoned from a truck parked in front of the house.

9:55 a.m., Twain Harte — A High Sierra Little League staff member asked for a deputy to monitor baseball games at Eproson Park on Meadow Lane during a championship game. The staff member said spectators have been rowdy and verbally abusing an umpire during previous games.

10:56 a.m., Phoenix Lake area — A woman on the 20000 block of Sommette Drive said a thin man wearing a blue baseball cap was at the bottom of the driveway when she left. When she returned about 15 minutes later, the man was walking down the driveway from her house.

11:47 a.m., East Sonora — A woman said while she was at a fast food restaurant at The Junction shopping center, three men approached her car when she was putting her son into his car seat. One was at the driver's door, one at the passenger door and one appeared to be acting as a lookout. The woman got into her car, locked the door and called the sheriff's department on her cell phone. The men then walked away.

2:58 p.m., Jamestown area — A Railtown 1897 State Historic Park volunteer said two boys were shooting paintballs at moving trains. A deputy spoke to the two boys on Bell Mooney Road, who said they were having a paintball fight.

5:44 p.m., Don Pedro Reservoir — A caller said a man fell from his boat and was cut by the propeller. The caller brought the man to the Fleming Meadow Houseboat Dock where he was taken to the hospital by a paramedics.

6:18 p.m., Columbia — The owner of Columbia Inn Motel on the 22600 block of Broadway Street was cited for disturbing the peace by allowing a live band to play in the swimming pool area.

6:59 p.m., Tuolumne — A caller said a 19-year-old man, high on methamphetamine, was yelling and screaming in Tuolumne Square.

7:43 p.m., Lime Kiln Road — A woman saw a strange object in Sullivan Creek near a bridge. A deputy checked and discovered a sock.

9:40 p.m., Jamestown area — California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention crews were sent to Shell Road when people set off illegal fireworks.

11:52 p.m., Curtis Creek Ranch — A man on the 15900 block of Tomahawk Court said his house was broken into.

Felony bookings

SATURDAY

1:02 a.m., Sonora — John Victor Hodges, 23, no address given, Sonora, booked on suspicion of possessing, transporting and selling a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a switchblade knife, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after an arrest on Gold and Washington streets, Sonora.

According to a Sonora Police report, Officer Jeff Aiken stopped a car driven by Hodges for a traffic violation, and during a search found 19 bindles of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana. Hodges remained in custody this morning in lieu of $60,000 bail.

SUNDAY

11:53 p.m., Pinecrest — Nicholas Andrew Goins, 19, 600 block of East Huston, Coalinga, booked on suspicion of battery on a peace officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest and public intoxication after an arrest at Pinecrest Campground.

According to a sheriff's department report, a campground host and two off-duty Modesto police officers detained Goins near the lake because he appeared to be drunk or on drugs. When a deputy arrived, Goins resisted arrest and kicked the deputy in the left knee, causing injuries. Goins remained in custody this morning in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Arrests

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

Michael Eugene Aspalo, 26, 22800 block of Placer Drive, Twain Harte, booked at 12:41 a.m. Saturday after arrest on the 100 block of Columbia Way, Sonora.

Adam Bruce Smith, 21, undisclosed address Pine Street, Tuolumne, booked at 1:15 a.m. Saturday after arrest on the 22900 block of Joaquin Gully Road, Twain Harte.

Laura Jean Wells, 40, 21700 block of Renee Court, Sonora, booked at 3:55 a.m. Saturday after arrest on Golf Links Road at Circle Drive, Jamestown area.

Troy Douglas Stanley, 36, 9700 block of Barium Mine Road, El Portal, booked at 3:05 a.m. Sunday after arrest on Highway 108 near Fifth Avenue, Jamestown.

Rusty Edna Kilaspa, 63, 23300 block of Tanager Drive, Twain Harte, booked at 4:08 a.m. Sunday after arrest on the 22900 block of Joaquin Gully Road, Twain Harte.

Kent William Zierenberg, 19, 20700 block of Buttercup Circle, Groveland, booked at 8:30 p.m. Saturday after arrest on Washington Street near Hospital Road, Sonora.

Fire

FRIDAY

1:15 p.m., Columbia — A vehicle fire was reported at an undisclosed address on Italian Bar Road. No dollar damage was reported. U.S. Forest Service owns the vehicle. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Tuolumne County Fire Department responded.

1:15 p.m., Columbia area — A small spot fire was reported at an undisclosed address on Covington Mine Road. The fire was caused by someone riding a motorcycle through the grass. The fire is suspected to be arson, and anyone with information is asked to call Richard Imlach at 532-0821. CDF, Tuolumne County Fire Department and one crew from Baseline Conservation Camp responded.

5:50 p.m., Twain Harte — A vehicle fire was reported on Highway 108 at Twain Harte. The smoke was caused by oil leaked onto the engine block. No dollar damage was reported. David Fraser of Jamestown owns the vehicle. CDF, Tuolumne County Fire Department, Twain Harte Community Services District Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service responded.

SATURDAY

10:45 a.m., Jamestown area — An illegal debris burn was reported on the 19500 block of Rocky Road. CDF, Tuolumne County Fire Department, Jamestown Fire Protection District and three crews from Baseline Conservation Camp responded.

SUNDAY

9:45 a.m., Long Barn area — A 15-by-15-foot timber fire was reported on Highway 108 at Lyons Lake Road. The fire was caused by arson. Anyone with information is asked to call Richard Imlach at 532-0821. Property owner was undetermined. CDF, U.S. Forest Service, Tuolumne County Fire Department and Mi-Wuk-Sugar Pine Fire Protection District responded.

Sonora police reports

SUNDAY

2:59 a.m., hazardous situation — A man said a propane tank was leaking at Gold Country Gas on the 300 block of South Washington Street.

8:10 a.m., animal complaints — A man said two large shepherd-type dogs were running loose. The man said it has become an ongoing problem.

10:50 a.m., vandalism — A man on the 400 block of South Barretta Street said his van was damaged while it was parked on the street.

12:53 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A Tuolumne General Hospital employee said a man may be camping inside his tan-colored car parked in the hospital parking lot. Several employees had seen the man every day since Friday.

2:50 p.m., public peace — A woman on the 400 block of South Barretta Street said a drunken man threatened to come into her house and kick in her door.

5:01 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller said a man in a wheelchair was begging for money in front of a building on the 100 block of Old Wards Ferry Road.

CALAVERAS COUNTY

Sheriff's reports

SUNDAY

11:40 a.m., Copperopolis — A woman on the 1000 block of Shoreline Drive said someone had been sleeping in her house and had gone through her refrigerator and cupboards.

3:42 p.m., Angels Camp — A woman in the Glory Hole Recreation Area said her truck had been keyed and covered with hay.

11:17 p.m., San Andreas — An 18-year-old man said five kids entered his house and assaulted him with a baseball bat before a neighbor scared them away. The man did not need medical attention.

Felony bookings

FRIDAY

10:15 p.m., Angels Camp — Jacob Daniel Graff, 18, 200 block of Sequoia Avenue, Valley Springs, was booked on suspicion of possessing and selling marijuana after arrest at Highway 4 and Rolleri Bypass Road. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $80,000 bail.

6 p.m., Amador County — Chris Eugene Scarborough, 31, 300 block of Stanley Road, West Point, booked on suspicion of first-degree robbery and being an accessory to robbery after arrest in Amador County. He remained in custody this morning with bail set at $90,000.

SUNDAY

2:30 a.m., Angels Camp — A 45-year-old Stockton man was booked on out-of-county warrants alleging drunken driving, spousal battery, hit and run property damage and depriving visitation rights. He was arrested at Highway 49 and Deer Creek. He remained held this morning in lieu of $100,000 bail.

5:53 p.m., Copperopolis — A 37-year-old Castro Valley man was booked on suspicion of spousal battery after arrest on Shoreline Drive in Copperopolis. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $65,000 bail.

Arrests

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

Mario Tapia Hernandez, 37, Highway 26, Linden, booked at 7:14 a.m. Saturday after arrest at Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas.

Betty Sandretto Martin, 54, 1000 block of Laurel Court, Murphys, booked at 2:40 p.m. Saturday after arrest on Main Street at Algiers Street.

Fire

FRIDAY

11:45 a.m., San Andreas — A 5-acre grass fire was reported on the 1600 block of O'Connell Lane. The fire was caused by discarded smoking materials. Dollar damage was estimated at $1,000. Eugene Windmueller of the same address is the tenant. CDF, San Andreas Fire Protection District, Altaville-Melones Fire Protection District, three air tankers and two crews from Vallecito Conservation Camp responded.

12:10 p.m., Mokelumne Hill — A vehicle fire was reported at an undisclosed address. Damage was estimated at $8,000 to a 1994 Plymouth Voyager. Michael McKinney of Oakland owns the vehicle. CDF and Mokelumne Hill Fire Protection District responded.

9:30 p.m., San Andreas — A vegetation fire was reported on Market Street near Monte Vista. No dollar damage was reported. San Andreas Fire Protection District responded.

SATURDAY

9:15 p.m., New Melones reservoir — Toilet paper was reported on fire in a bathroom at Ironhorse Campground. Cause of the fire was arson. Anyone with information is asked to call Richard Imlach at 532-0821. No dollar damage was reported. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation owns the land. CDF, Altaville-Melones Fire Protection District and Angels Camp Fire Protection District responded.


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