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News of record for September 24, 2003

TUOLUMNE COUNTY

Sheriff's reports

MONDAY

8:15 a.m., Twain Harte — The owner of a house on the 22800 block of Confidence Road said it was broken into and windows shot out.

8:38 a.m., Jamestown — Money was reported stolen from Affordable Moving and Storage on the 10900 block of Golf Links Road by the owner.

9:26 a.m., East Sonora — A light tower and generator were reported stolen from the East Sonora Bypass construction site.

10:12 a.m., Twain Harte — A man said a sink was pulled from the wall of a men's bathroom at Eproson Park and a towel rack was vandalized.

10:35 a.m., Longeway Road area — A man said he received a suspicious e-mail on his computer saying his credit card was being used for money laundering.

11:01 a.m., Groveland — The owner of a house on the 12000 block of Homestead Road said the house was burglarized and vandalized.

11:55 a.m., Don Pedro Reservoir — A woman said a silver bracelet valued at $175 was stolen from her tent at a Fleming Meadows campsite.

1:43 p.m., East Sonora — The manager at Sonora Sports and Fitness said he found a vial with an unknown substance inside.

2:38 p.m., Groveland — A woman said when she was moving her son from Fresno to Groveland, she lost a gun.

4:03 p.m., East Sonora — The manager at Albertsons on the 13700 block of Highway 108 said a vehicle in the parking lot had a handwritten sign on the back window regarding a propane bomb. The car was gone before a deputy arrived.

5:19 p.m., Willow Springs — A woman on the 20700 block of Willow Springs Drive said firewood had been stolen from her house.

6:12 p.m., Jamestown — A woman on the 10300 block of Preston Lane said money orders for her rent and utility bills were stolen from her apartment.

6:37 p.m., Twain Harte — A caller said a man driving a white Geo with splash decals on the side door broke out the windows of another car parked on the 22800 block of Twain Harte Drive and drove off.

7:24 p.m., Twain Harte — A woman on the 22000 block of Black Hawk Drive said her house was burglarized overnight, but nothing was taken.

9:16 p.m., Wards Ferry area — A caller said a person in camouflage clothing and carrying a concealed weapon was prowling around a house on the 18000 block of Old Wards Ferry Road. A deputy checked the area but was unable to find anyone.

10:27 p.m., Sugar Pine — A man said he could hear what sounded like a woman being beaten near the 24100 block of Pine Lake Drive. A deputy checked and discovered people fighting on the patio of a Highway 108 restaurant.

YESTERDAY

2:25 a.m., Jamestown — A woman said a purse was stolen from her unlocked vehicle parked on the 11000 block of McKibbin Drive.

2:48 a.m., Columbia — A woman said teenagers in an abandoned trailer parked on Lower Quail Mine Road were causing a disturbance.

Felony bookings

MONDAY

8:17 p.m., Sugar Pine — Jesse Burton Smock, 18, 20100 block of Manzanita Street, Sugar Pine, booked on suspicion of making criminal threats, vandalism, and misdemeanor assault, resisting arrest and escaping from the custody of a peace officer after an arrest at his home.

According to a sheriff's report, Smock's mother called 911 to say her son was out of control and threatening her. When deputies arrived, Smock was standing naked at the top of the driveway and started yelling obscenities at the two deputies telling them to get off his property.

The deputies tried to explain that his mother was worried for her safety when Smock advanced on the deputies and tried to fight them. After handcuffing Smock and putting him in a patrol car, Smock threatened to kill the deputies and then kicked out the window of the patrol car, the report said.

He remained held this morning in lieu of $50,000 bail.

10:31 p.m., Jamestown — Garry Gene Smith, 44, 10500 block of Eighth Avenue, Jamestown, booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after an arrest on Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street.

A sheriff's report said Smith and another man were fighting when Smith allegedly hit the other man with stick. He told a deputy he threw dirt into the other man's face but did not hit him with a stick.

Smith remained held this morning in lieu of $30,000 bail.

YESTERDAY

1:01 a.m., Sonora — Sean Richard Lenzo, 18, 18900 block of North Drive, Jamestown, booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and evading a peace officer, after a traffic stop on Old Columbia Way near Highway 49.

He remained held this morning in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Fire

YESTERDAY

9:30 a.m., Jamestown — A small spot fire was reported on High School Road. Sparks from someone cutting metal ignited the grass. No dollar damage was reported. John Castanzo of Aptos owns the land. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Tuolumne County Fire Department, Jamestown Fire Protection District, one air tanker from Columbia Air Base and one crew from Baseline Conservation Camp responded.

8:30 p.m., Sonora area — A small spot fire was reported on the 1600 block of Jury Ranch Road. Faulty electrical wire caused the fire. Conrad Wandermeyrane owns the land. The tenant is Robert Castellano of the same address. CDF, Tuolumne County Fire Department and Sonora City Fire Department responded.

Sonora police reports

MONDAY

5:22 a.m., theft — A man on the 200 block of Mono Way said tools and a toolbox were stolen from his house and three men left in a blue Honda.

7:53 a.m., vandalism — A 16-year-old Crystal Falls boy was arrested and taken to juvenile hall after a witness saw him damage the baseball field at Cassina High School by driving onto the field with a car. The damage to the field was estimated at $2,500.

10:03 a.m., theft — A Tuolumne General Hospital maintenance supervisor said $200 worth of hand tools were stolen Friday or Saturday. All the tools have hospital identification etched on them.

10:05 a.m., suspicious circumstances — A woman on the 100 block of Hope Lane said as she was cleaning around her property and found books, garbage and beer bottles, then she saw a man in a red Ford Mustang pull up to the property.

3:44 p.m., theft — A woman said her purse was stolen from her car parked at the post office on the 700 block of South Washington Street.

4:34 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller said a man wearing a white shirt and blue jeans carrying a backpack was walking in the middle of Highway 108. The caller gave the man a ride to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, but called police because the man appeared to be confused.

7:27 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller said there was a bad odor coming from a house on the corner of East Jackson Street and Hope Lane.

YESTERDAY

3:11 a.m., traffic violations — A 29-year-old man was cited for driving with suspended driver's license.

3:17 a.m., arrest — An 18-year-old man was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant on Sanguinetti Road near Sonora Crossroads shopping center.

CALAVERAS COUNTY

Sheriff's reports

MONDAY

9:51 a.m., Mountain Ranch — Guns were reported stolen from a trailer on the 8000 block of Mount Vista.

6:06 p.m., Valley Springs — A woman on the 300 block of Sequoia Street said a man wouldn't leave her doorstep.

7:57 p.m., San Andreas — A vehicle was reportedly broken into near the old county airport.

8:25 p.m., San Andreas — A woman said she thinks she saw a mountain lion at the intersection of Pope and California streets.

9:30 p.m., San Andreas — A vehicle that was reported stolen from Lodi two months ago was found at Central Hill Spur.

Felony bookings

MONDAY

2:45 p.m., Modesto — Steven Ralph Spurlock, 47, 1600 block of Waverly Drive, Modesto, was booked on suspicion of vehicle theft after arrest at his home. As of this morning he was still in custody in Calaveras County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Fire

YESTERDAY

6 a.m., Copperopolis — A fire was reported to a light fixture and pole on the 3100 block of Little John Road. Damage was estimated at $500. Tom Papageorge of the same address owns the property. Faulty wiring caused the fire. CDF and Copperopolis Fire Protection District responded.

3 p.m., Mokelumne Hill — A 20-acre grass fire was reported on the 3400 block of Toyon Circle at Highway 26. The fire was caused by someone using welding equipment. CDF, Mokelumne Hill Fire Protection District, San Andreas Fire Protection District, Foothill Fire Protection District, one dozer from Stanislaus National Forest, one dozer from Altaville CDF, two crews from Vallecito Conservation Camp and all aircraft from Columbia Air Base responded.


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