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News of record for July 25, 2003


Sheriff's reports


6:46 a.m., East Sonora — A California Highway Patrol officer said a citizen who claimed he was assaulted at a campground flagged him down at a fast-food restaurant.

7:46 a.m., Mono Village — A caller said five teens were acting strange in the intersection of Hillsdale Drive and Stone Lane.

7:50 a.m., Columbia — A county road department employee said items were stolen off a loader parked on Yankee Hill Road, near Sawmill Flat Road.

8:28 a.m., Jamestown — A county employee said Rocca Park on Main Street was vandalized.

10:19 a.m., Standard area — A woman said a teenage boy was sitting on a swing with a gun in his hand on Christie Mae Lane. A deputy talked to the boy who was building a tree fort and only had a hand tool, not a gun.

2:21 p.m., Big Oak Flat — A man said trespassers were on his property on School Street.

4:44 p.m., Twain Harte — A woman on the 23000 block of Highway 108 said a man came to her house asking about a vehicle accident, which she knew nothing about. When she left, the man followed her into town.

8:22 p.m., Twain Harte — A woman found the garage door open on a vacant house on Tamarack Drive.

11:08 p.m., Jamestown — A caller said a woman wearing just a towel was walking down Seco Street from Preston Lane.


12:20 a.m., Jamestown — A woman on the 10300 block of Preston Lane said there was a snake in her daughter's bedroom.

Felony bookings


12:09 a.m., Chinese Camp — Charles Willis Patterson, 32, 10300 block of Preston Lane, Jamestown, booked on suspicion of false impersonation after an arrest on Highway 49 at Simms Road.

According to a sheriff's report, a car driven by Eric Allen Brown, 22, of Modesto, was stopped for a traffic violation. A man and a woman were passengers. When a deputy asked for their names, the woman gave her name, the man said his name was "Aaron," but the woman said his real name was "Chuck."

However, "Chuck" didn't know his middle name or his birth date. As one deputy took Brown into custody after arresting him on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, Brown yelled out "Chuck, call John and tell him."

The deputy then questioned "Chuck/Aaron" again and searched him. At that point, the deputy found identification in the man's sock which said his name was Charles Patterson.

Patterson was arrested on a false impersonation charge as well as warrants charging him with possessing drugs for sale, child endangerment and failure to appear. He was also booked on a warrant charging him with failure to appear on a charge of providing false information to a peace officer. Brown remained jailed this morning in lieu of $10,000 bail and Patterson was held without bail.



5:45 p.m., Big Hill — A structure fire was reported on the 16700 block of Big Hill Road. Damage was estimated at $5,000 to a single-wide mobile home. Ladybird Hatler of the same address owns the property. The fire was caused by a water heater. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Tuolumne County Fire Department, Columbia Fire Protection District and one air attack and one helicopter from Columbia Air Base responded.

Animal Control

Since last Friday:

Dogs impounded .................................. 21

Cats impounded .................................. 78

Dogs adopted ...................................... 8

Cats adopted ........................................ 3

Goats adopted ...................................... 1

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

Cats destroyed ...................................... 28

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

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

Cats transferred to Friends of Animal Control ... 4

Humane Society

Dogs transferred from Animal Control to Humane Society ...1

Cats transferred .....................................14

Dogs adopted from Humane Society......... 5

Cats adopted from Humane Society......... 7

Sonora police reports


9:50 a.m., theft — A woman on the 100 block of South Washington Street said two pots were stolen from in front of her store.

1:09 p.m., traffic accident — No one was injured in a traffic accident on Mono Way.

4:15 p.m., traffic violations — A 44-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license after an officer stopped her for a traffic violation on Sanguinetti Road.

6:54 p.m., parking violation — A sheriff's deputy parked at the library on Greenley Road saw a driver illegally park his car in a handicap zone. Because he didn't have ticket book, he called for a police officer to write the driver a ticket.

10:57 p.m., theft — A man said items were stolen from a vehicle parked on the 15600 block of Argyle Road.

11:58 p.m., vandalism — A caller said several teens bent a stop sign on Linoberg and North Norlin streets.


12:25 a.m., suspicious circumstances — A Sonora Inn bartender said an elderly man with lots of tattoos was hanging around in front of the bar causing a disturbance.

12:57 a.m., public intoxication — A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication after going to Tuolumne General Hospital, where he was treated for a dog bite.


Sheriff's reports


1:12 p.m., San Andreas — Calaveras County Adult Protective Services reported stolen and forged checks.

8:25 p.m., San Andreas — After a vehicle drove into a cul de sac, a female passenger "mooned" some residents before the vehicle drove away. A deputy found the woman and issued her a citation.

Felony bookings


11:50 a.m., San Andreas — Ryan Thomas Nightingale, 25, 2000 block of Allen Avenue, Auburn, transferred to the Calaveras County Jail to be booked on suspicion of possessing and selling marijuana. He had been serving a sentence somewhere else. He remained in custody without bail this morning.


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

Shane Larel Diamond, 39, 4000 block of French Gulch Road, Murphys, booked at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday on warrants for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, providing false identification to a peace officer, driving without a license and failing to appear in court. He was arrested at his home. He has since been released.



3:30 p.m., Angels Camp area — A boat fire was reported on Whittle Road at Glory Hole Marina. Damage was estimated at $1,500 to a 1987 Bayliner Capri. Richard Moore of Hercules owns the boat. One occupant suffered second-degree burns while trying to extinguish the fire. CDF and Altaville-Melones Fire Protection District responded.

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