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News of record for July 29, 2003

TUOLUMNE COUNTY

Sheriff's reports

SUNDAY

1:22 a.m., Jamestown — A Chicken Ranch Bingo security guard said three teens with "white supremacist" tattoos were hanging around the casino grounds. The officer said they hang around a lot.

8:37 a.m., Tuttletown — A camper at Manzanita Campground said people in another camping site had stolen a wakeboard and possibly other items.

10:30 a.m., Columbia — Two men who live at a mobile home park on the 22400 block of Airport Road South were arguing with each other and the men's sons became involved in the fight. One man was seen carrying a rifle.

11:32 a.m., Racetrack Road area — A woman on the 19000 block of Rough and Ready Trail said lawn tools had been stolen over the last two weeks.

11:52 a.m., East Sonora — An Albertson's employee said a man came into the store and threatened another employee and a manager.

12:33 p.m., Tuolumne area — A woman said her ex-boyfriend came out to River Ranch Campground and threatened to beat her up, destroy her car and set everything she owns on fire. The woman said the man did set her clothes on fire a month ago.

4:39 p.m., Tuolumne area — A house on the 20600 block of Gerber Road was broken into and prescription medicine, DVDs, CDs, tools and a video game machine were stolen.

9:21 p.m., Sonora area — A man on the 12700 block of Chukar Circle said his house was burglarized.

Felony bookings

FRIDAY

12:05 a.m., Jamestown area — A 38-year-old Jamestown man was booked on a warrant charging him with lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 and three counts of child molestation after an arrest on French Flat Road at Rawhide Road. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $75,000 bail.

5:31 p.m., Jamestown — Daniel Joseph Bunch, 19, no address given, booked on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon and misdemeanor warrants charging him with resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license after an arrest on Preston Lane.

According to a sheriff' report, a deputy stopped Bunch when he was driving a car because the deputy knew Bunch was wanted on the misdemeanor warrants. When the deputy searched Bunch, he said he found a knife with a 4-inch blade in Bunch's front pocket. Bunch remained in custody this morning in lieu of $10,000 bail.

SATURDAY

8:43 p.m., Sonora — Michael James Williams, 28, 7700 block of Baldwin Road, Valley Springs, booked on suspicion of robbery, petty theft with prior convictions and misdemeanor battery after an arrest on Restano Way, Sonora.

According to a Sonora police report, Williams tried to buy a six-pack of beer, a bottle of Vodka and some tomato juice at Restano Way Liquor. A store clerk refused to sell the man any liquor because the clerk said Williams was intoxicated.

The report said Williams became angry, grabbed the liquor out of the clerk's hands and tried to leave the store, and pushed another employee who was trying to block the exit. A Sonora police officer got to the store before Williams left and arrested him. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $50,000 bail.

8:47 p.m., Curtis Creek Ranch area — James Anthony Alarcon, 33, 19100 block of Barron Ranch Road, Sonora, booked on a Stanislaus County warrant charging him with grand theft and embezzlement after an arrest on the 19200 block of Barron Ranch Road. He was picked up from the county jail by Turlock Police and taken to Stanislaus County.

SUNDAY

12:40 a.m., Crystal Falls — A 44-year-old Crystal Falls man, booked on on suspicion of felony battery and marijuana cultivation after an arrest at his house on Columbia River Drive. According to a sheriff's department report neighbor's called 911 when gunshots were fired and a woman could be heard screaming from the house.

When deputies arrived, the woman said she had been beaten and deputies found marijuana plants growing in the house. The man was arrested and booked, then cited and released yesterday.

6:17 a.m., Sonora — Donald Todd Bishop, 42, 100 block of Banner Drive, Sonora, booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance after an arrest on Banner Drive.

According to a Sonora Police report, a man called police when he saw a man lying in the middle of the road. An officer arrived and awoke Bishop, who said he was walking home when he decided to take a rest. The officer found methamphetamine in Bishop's pocket and arrested him. Bishop was released Sunday after posting $10,000 bail.

7:38 p.m., Soulsbyville area — Jason Robert Gerner, 19, 21600 block of Fortuna Mine Road, Phoenix Lake area, booked on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon in his vehicle, possessing a controlled substance for sale, bringing drugs into jail and committing a felony with a firearm after an arrest on the 19900 block of Highway 108.

According to a sheriff's department report, Gerner was stopped by a deputy who thought his vehicle matched the description of one that was involved in an earlier crime.

When the deputy searched Gerner's car, he said he found three small bags with methamphetamine and a unloaded handgun with several magazines of ammunition in a pack. Gerner was arrested and remained held this morning in lieu of $20,000 bail.

8 p.m., Jamestown — Linda Susan Johnson, 46, 10600 block of Seventh Street, Jamestown, booked on suspicion of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor drunken driving, a hit-and-run vehicle accident, battery on a peace officer and driving without a license because it was suspended for a previous drunken-driving conviction.

According to CHP Officer Tom Wills, Johnson showed up at a house on Highway 49 saying she had been in an accident and needed help.

The homeowner called police, and the CHP and Sonora police officers, investigating a hit-and-run traffic collision, came to talk to Johnson. Wills said the driver of a car on Highway 49 said he was sideswiped by a woman in a truck that crossed a double yellow line. The impact blew the left front tire of the truck and the woman left the scene.

Officers followed scrape marks on the highway and found a truck parked at the Social Security Office on Highway 49.

CHP officers said they believed Johnson had been driving the truck while intoxicated. Johnson was taken to the hospital to be checked for injuries and to give a blood sample.

While at the hospital, Johnson reportedly kicked the nurse who was taking her blood to determine her blood alcohol content.

An officer also reported finding a vial of morphine in Johnson's pocket.

Johnson remained in custody this morning in lieu of $5,000.

Fire

FRIDAY

6:30 a.m., Sonora — A 5-by-5 foot deck fire was reported on the 100 block of McCormick Drive. The fire was caused by a discarded cigarette. Sonora City Fire Department responded.

12:27 p.m., Don Pedro area — A quarter-acre grass fire was reported on Bonds Flat Road near Highway 132. A vehicle started the fire. Tuolumne County owns the land. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Groveland Community Services District responded.

SATURDAY

12:30 p.m., Tuolumne-Mariposa county line — A 100-by-100-foot spot fire was reported in heavy timber on Smith Station Road. Tuolumne County Roads Department owns the land. Damage was estimated at $100 to timber and brush. CDF, Tuolumne County Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, one crew from Baseline Conservation Camp, one dozer, Groveland Community Services District Fire Department, one air attack plane, two air tankers and one helicopter from Columbia Air Base responded.

12:30 p.m., Groveland — A vehicle fire was reported in Wayside Park. Damage was estimated at $100 to insulation in the engine compartment of a 1998 Dodge Caravan. Saundra Bradley of the Groveland area owns the vehicle. CDF and Groveland Community Services District Fire Department responded.

SUNDAY

2:30 p.m., Pinecrest area — A small spot fire was reported on Dodge Ridge Road. U.S. Forest Service, Tuolumne County Fire Department and CDF responded.

Arrests

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

Deanna Marie Fossen, 36, 20000 block of Rough and Ready Trail, Sonora, booked at 2:06 a.m. Saturday after arrest at Stewart and Bradford streets, Sonora.

Michael Patrick Biernacki, 23, 11000 block of McKibbin Drive, Jamestown, booked at 4:30 a.m. Sunday after arrest on North McKibbin Drive.

Matthew Dayle Perkins, 34, St. George, Utah, booked at 11:15 p.m. Sunday after arrest on Highway 108 at Lime Kiln Road, Sonora. He was also booked on suspicion of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana.

Sonora police reports

SUNDAY

8:03 a.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller said the owner of a brown motorhome was dumping sewage into a storm drain on Shaws Flat Road near Sonora High School.

8:09 a.m., suspicious circumstances — A transient sleeping in Prospect Park on West Bradford Street was told to move along.

9:28 a.m., parking violation — A woman on the 300 block of Hillcrest said neighbors keep parking on her private property and that she has asked them at least 20 times to stop. An officer agreed to check yesterday to see if the property was private or public.

2:47 p.m., animal complaints — A caller said a dog was tied up in the back of a pickup truck on a short leash, crying and standing in its own feces. An animal control officer talked to the dog's owner.

5:03 p.m., public peace — A man said a spectator at a baseball tournament on the 400 block of North Washington Street was making threats to an umpire and being unruly.

9:31 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller said three men on Linoberg Street were trying to take the clothes off an intoxicated woman. When asked what they were doing, the men put her in a truck and drove off. A be-on-the lookout order was issued to all law enforcement agencies.

10:09 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller on Daybreak Court said two men were trying to get inside a truck parked at a construction site, but instead rolled it down a hill.

CALAVERAS COUNTY

Sheriff's reports

SUNDAY

9:46 a.m., Arnold — A license plate was stolen from a vehicle parked on the 900 block of Blagen Road.

11:39 a.m., Angels Camp — A mine car was reported stolen from the 10100 block of San Antone Road.

11:55 a.m., Valley Springs — A caller said the operator of a personal watercraft was causing problems while riding in Wrinkle Cove.

8:01 p.m., Glencoe — One person was arrested on suspicion of causing a disturbance at a bar on the 600 block of Ridge Road.

Felony bookings

SATURDAY

10:55 p.m., San Andreas — Carlos Sandoval, 34, 300 block of Belleview, Stockton, booked on suspicion of drug possession and sales after he turned himself in. He remained held this morning in lieu of $65,000 bail.

SUNDAY

8:50 p.m., San Andreas — A 34-year-old Jamestown man was booked on suspicion of damaging a telephone line, making criminal threats and misdemeanor spousal battery after an arrest on Highway 49 in San Andreas. He remained held in lieu of $45,000 bail.

Fire

SUNDAY

3:15 p.m., Wallace — A trailer fire and 7-acre grass fire was reported on the 6100 block of Highway 12. Damage was estimated at $1,400 to grass and $20,000 to the trailer. Warren Snider of the same address owns the property. Foothill Fire Protection District, San Andreas Fire Protection District, Mokelumne Hill Fire Protection District, one air attack, two air tankers and one helicopter from Columbia Air Base and one crew from Vallecito Conservation Camp responded.

6:45 p.m., Wallace area — A vehicle fire was reported on Highway 12 near Wallace. Damage was estimated at $2,000 to the brakes and a tire. Don Edlund of Wallace owns the vehicle. Foothill Fire Protection District responded.

STANISLAUS COUNTY

Fire

SUNDAY

A 30-acre fire was reported on Highway 132 in La Grange. The fire was caused by a horseshoe on rocks. Damage was estimated at $9,000. Robert Creed of La Grange owns the land. One firefighter suffered minor injuries related to heat exhaustion. CDF, Tuolumne County Fire Department, two air tankers, one helicopter and one air attack plane from Columbia Air Base, four crews from Vallecito Conservation Camp and one dozer responded.


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