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News of record for May 11, 2004

TUOLUMNE COUNTY

Sheriff's reports

SUNDAY

11:57 a.m., Mormon Creek area — A man near Mormon Creek reported a small plane sputtering over Table Mountain. A deputy found the pilot and plane at Columbia Airport and both were fine.

2:13 p.m., Soulsbyville area — A caller said a cell phone was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 20600 block of Soulsbyville Road.

2:57 p.m., Twain Harte — Five skateboarders at Twain Harte Skateboard Park on Meadow Lane were counseled about the need to wear helmets.

3:09 p.m., Pinecrest — A man said the campers at Pinecrest Lake Campground were fighting Saturday night and disturbing others. The campground manager asked them to leave and asked for a deputy to help make sure they did.

3:53 p.m., East Sonora — A caller said a man sitting on a bench between two stores in The Junction shopping center was harassing people.

9:53 p.m. Standard area — A man said two people were trying to steal a bird bath from Complete RV of Sonora on the 14200 block of Tuolumne Road.

11:44 p.m., Jamestown — A caller said a man was lying in the middle of her driveway on Peppermint Creek Road.

YESTERDAY

1:55 p.m., Columbia — A man said the front windshield, driver's side window and two other windows on his vehicle were hit with a crowbar and a piece of lumber while the vehicle was parked on the 21300 block of Evergreen Way.

2:39 p.m., Jamestown — An employee said two men and a woman were acting strangely while at Chip's Chevron on Highway 108. She said one person appeared to on drugs, one was in the bathroom the entire time and one stayed at the gasoline pumps.

Felony bookings

FRIDAY

2:25 p.m., Sonora — Joseph Walter Thomas, 30, 200 block of Greenley Road, Sonora, booked on suspicion of possessing chemicals with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance and manufacturing a controlled substance, after arrest at his home.

Sgt. Jim Mele, head of Tuolumne Narcotics Team said a deputy stopped Thomas for a traffic violation on April 8 and found bottles filled with unknown liquids inside his car. TNT looked at the chemicals that day, but was unable to determine what they were.

The chemicals were sent to the California Department of Justice for analysis, which Thursday said the chemicals could be used to make methamphetamine, Mele said. Friday, TNT officers went to Thomas' house and arrested him.

A 17-year-old boy who answered the door was determined to be a runaway and was taken to juvenile probation, Mele said.

SATURDAY

9 a.m., Standard area — James W. Wooten, 35, 14400 block of Blanket Creek Lane, booked on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, making criminal threats, felony battery and robbery after an arrest at his home.

According to a sheriff's report, Wooten is suspected of tying, beating and making threats to a woman with whom he had a prior relationship. The woman was tied to her bed and gagged at her house, the report said. She was able to get away and went to a neighbor's house to call 911.

Wooten was later arrested at his home. He remained held this morning in lieu of $250,000 bail.

SUNDAY

1:12 p.m., Soulsbyville — Jarrod Anthony Fernandez, 19, no address given, booked on a warrant charging him with possessing a controlled substance after an arrest on Highway 108 at Draper Mine Road.

A sheriff's report said a caller saw a man and a woman at the side of Highway 108 carrying what looked like a rifle wrapped in a tan jacket. A deputy talked to the Fernandez, who was wanted on a warrant. The item in the jacket was a fishing pole.

He remained in jail this morning, held without bail.

Arrests

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

Norman Wayne Boyd, 21, 500 block of South Washington Street, Sonora, booked at 6:17 p.m. Friday after arrest on Washington Street at Lytton Street, Sonora.

Tommy Wayne Magruder, 40, 22900 block of Robin Hood Drive, Twain Harte, booked at 7:35 p.m. Friday after arrest on Donovan Street east of Main Street, Jamestown.

Sara Gene Harris, 43, 14600 block of Stone Lane, Sonora, booked at 10 p.m. Friday after arrest on Stockton Road west of Fairview Lane, Sonora.

Sean Dare Kasper, 47, 25400 block of Rebecca Road, Long Barn, booked at 1:20 a.m. Saturday after arrest on Highway 108 at Confidence Road, Twain Harte area.

Glenn George Schmidt, 42, 9900 block of Main Street, Chinese Camp, booked at 3:15 a.m. Saturday after arrest on the 18100 block of Highway 108, Jamestown.

Danny Ray Stovall, 30, 20900 block of Brook Drive, Sonora, booked at 3:18 a.m. Saturday after arrest on South Washington Street at Hospital Road, Sonora.

Stephen Michael Wells, 35, 16800 block of June Court, Sonora, booked at 8:50 p.m. Saturday after arrest on North Sunshine Road near Highway 108, Soulsbyville.

James Duane Kurth Jr., 32, 18700 block of Cedar Street, Tuolumne, booked at 11:10 p.m. Saturday after arrest on Seco Street north of Campo Seco Road, Jamestown.

William Siacotos III, 39, 1700 block of York Avenue, San Mateo, booked at 12:55 a.m. Sunday after arrest on Main Street at Willow Street, Jamestown. He was also booked on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor.

Cary Anthony Jones, 45, 100 block of Crespi Court, Santa Cruz, booked at 1:18 a.m. Sunday after arrest on Stewart Street at Theall Street, Sonora.

Sonora police reports

SUNDAY

10:59 a.m., fire — A older Volkswagen beetle caught fire while the driver was on South Shepherd Street at Gold Street. No one was injured.

11:55 a.m., animal complaint — A caller said several animals in cages at a house on the 500 block of South Maple Street did not appear to have food or water.

12:39 p.m., reckless driving — A caller said a driver ran a red car off the road and nearly hit the him head-on on South Washington Street.

1:06 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller said a man sitting in a pickup truck was yelling racial slurs at people walking by a shopping center on Stockton Road.

2:34 p.m., animal complaints — A caller said a white terrier was locked inside a car parked in Sonora Plaza with the windows only slightly open. The car was gone when an officer arrived.

11:16 p.m., animal complaints — A caller said there was an ongoing problem with a dog barking all day and night on Lyons Street.

CALAVERAS COUNTY

Sheriff's reports

SUNDAY

1:01 a.m., Jenny Lind — A caller on the 8500 block of Ormes Court said someone was ringing the doorbell and running away.

7:19 a.m., Rail Road Flat — A suspicious vehicle was reported on the 1400 block of Rail Road Flat Road.

10:55 a.m., Angels Camp — An argument between a man and a woman was reported on the 2600 block of Hunter Dam Road.

5:31 p.m., Sheep Ranch — A domestic disturbance resulted in one person being arrested on the 16000 block of Armstrong Road.

6:48 p.m., Valley Springs — Vandalism was reported on the 1500 block of Quail Oaks Road. Those who committed the vandalism followed the deputies suggestion and cleaned up the garbage dumped on another person's property.

7:48 p.m., Angels Camp — A report of a physical fight on the 200 block of South Main Street turned out to be an argument.

7:50 p.m., San Andreas — Two men were fighting on the 400 block of Marshall Avenue.

10:20 p.m., Valley Springs — A suspicious car was reported at a grocery store on the first block of Highway 26. One person was arrested on a warrant.

Felony bookings

SUNDAY

12:45 a.m., Angels Camp — Bryan Thomas Shiver, 19, 4000 block of Barrymore Drive, San Jose, booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and being under the influence of drugs. Shiver remained in custody this morning at the Calaveras County Jail, held in lieu of $45,500 bail.

Arrests

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

Dennis James Murphys Jr., 23, 300 block of Fairview Lane, Sonora, booked at 12:01 a.m. Saturday after arrest at the intersection of Main Street and Big Trees Road, Murphys.

Joseph Lee Fisher, 26, 200 block of Daphane Street, Valley Springs, booked at 10:53 p.m. Sunday after arrest at a Highway 26 grocery store.

Christine Olson, 38, unknown address, Sugar Pine, booked at 2:51 a.m. yesterday after arrest at Highway 49 and Pool Station Road, San Andreas.

Fires

TODAY

3:20 a.m., Mokelumne Hill — An escaped illegal debris burn caused a quarter-acre grass fire on land owned by John Forreira Jr. on the 11300 block of Highway 26. Responding were California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Mokelumne Hill Fire Protection District and Foothill Fire Protection District. All open burning in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties has been suspended.


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