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News of record for September 26, 2003


Sheriff's reports


8:16 a.m., Groveland — A man said he was assaulted in front of a store on Highway 120 by a man who grabbed him from behind, hit him in the eye and then stomped on his head. He gave a deputy a description of his assailant and the name of the company the man works for.

10:27 a.m., Jamestown — A woman on the 17200 block of Jeanese Drive said a black leather jacket and a bottle of prescription pain killers were stolen from her unlocked vehicle.

10:32 a.m., Jamestown — A teacher stepped in when two 11-year-old students were arguing at Jamestown School, then asked for a deputy to help.

10:36 a.m., Sugar Pine — A man said thrown beer bottles dented his house, on the 24000 block of Sugar Pine Road.

11:25 a.m., East Sonora — A caller said a man was outside a condemned building on the 14800 block of Mono Way harassing people.

12:08 p.m., Sonora Meadows — A woman on the 16800 block of Creekside Drive said her unlocked vehicle was vandalized and that items were taken from her glove box.

12:29 p.m., Jamestown — Tuolumne General Hospital for reported treating a woman for a bite she said she received in Jamestown from another person.

3:22 p.m., Greenley Road area — The manager of Skyline Place said two men came to the care home using false names and gave false reasons for trying to get in.

4:17 p.m., Jamestown — A clerk at Chip's Chevron on the 18100 block of Highway 108 said a man and a woman were fighting inside the store.

5:07 p.m., Twain Harte — A woman said two houses she owns on the 22000 block of Knox Road have been burglarized and vandalized.

5:42 p.m., Tuolumne — A caller said a man was lying in the driveway at a service station on Carter Street.

8:44 p.m., Jamestown — A woman on the 10300 block of Preston Lane said someone comes to her apartment during the day and moves her things around.

10:45 p.m., East Sonora — A woman on the 19000 block of Ivy Drive said her son called and threatened to come over and beat up a friend of hers.


1:05 a.m., Tuolumne — A woman said a loud compressor being used at the Black Oak Casino was disturbing the peace. A casino security officer found the compressor and had it turned off.

3:05 a.m., Jamestown — A caller said a dog was chained up in the middle of Main Street, apparently left there so it would be hit by a car.

Felony bookings


5:22 p.m., Sonora — Paul Eugene Brownell Jr., 21, 10300 block of Preston Lane, Jamestown, booked on suspicion of false impersonation and a misdemeanor warrant for trespassing after an arrest on Fairview Lane at Stockton Road, Sonora.

A sheriff's report said a deputy stopped the driver of a car seen going about 65 mph on Stockton Road. When the deputy asked the driver and his passengers for their names, Brownell gave his brother's name and birth date.

Another deputy arrived and recognized Brownell, and told the first deputy his real name. When the deputy asked Brownell why he gave a false name, Brownell replied "I was thinking of my brother when I was talking to you."

Brownell was held this morning in lieu of $5,000 bail.

9:34 p.m., Crystal Falls — Ralph David Farber Jr., 36, 20100 block of Eel River Drive, Crystal Falls, booked on a Lancaster warrant charging him with burglary after an arrest at his home. He remained held this morning without bail.


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

Wesley Paul Howland, 26, 23800 block of Italian Bar Road, Columbia, booked at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday after arrest on Highway 49 at Jack Page Road, Sonora.

Animal Control

Since last Friday:

Dogs impounded .................................. 15

Cats impounded ................................... 45

Dogs adopted ...................................... 3

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

Dogs destroyed ................................... 5

Cats destroyed ...................................... 45

Dogs reclaimed .................................... 1

Cats reclaimed ..................................... 1

Humane Society

Dogs transferred from Animal Control ... 0

Cats transferred ..................................... 0

Dogs adopted ......... 2

Cats adopted ......... 1

Sonora police reports


9:36 a.m., vandalism — A man said his pickup, left in a parking lot on Sanguinetti Road, was keyed and obscenities scratched into the paint.

11:09 a.m., suspicious circumstances — A man on the 100 block of East Columbia Way said two men stole tires off a parked vehicle and drive off in a maroon-colored Pontiac.

3:06 p.m., theft — A camera was stolen from the gym area at Sonora High School.

3:41 p.m., assault — A beer delivery man said a woman punched him in the mouth. According to a police report, the delivery man saw the woman allegedly stealing candy from Restano Liquors and tried to stop her from leaving, and she hit him.

4:15 p.m., assault — The owner of Sonora Music said a woman who came into the store with her daughter got into an argument and the woman allegedly slapped the store owner.

6:07 p.m., hazardous situation — A man on the 500 block of East Lyons Street said he could hear a tree cracking and limbs falling from a tree on the 600 block of East Jackson Street. The property owner was told to look at the tree.

7:36 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A Cassina High School employee said two people were at the school for no apparent reason and had been there for two hours.


1:28 a.m., public intoxication — A man said two drunk men knocked over a sign in front of a restaurant on the 100 block of South Washington Street.


Sheriff's reports


5:58 a.m., Wallace — A woman on the 7000 block of Cabernet Street said a man whom she held a restraining order against was prowling in her front yard. A deputy responded to the call and arrested a man wearing camouflage in her yard.

10:42 a.m., Valley Springs — A woman was refusing to leave her daughter's boyfriend's house on the 5000 block of Highway 26.

11:28 a.m., Copperopolis — A stop sign on the 2000 block of Cheyenne Road was vandalized.

3:23 p.m., Hathaway Pines — A man said he received a fake cashier's check for $16,000 as payment for a vehicle he sold. The man said he found out the check was fake when he took it to the bank.

4:46 p.m., Valley Springs — A woman on the 8000 block of Highway 26 said her neighbor drives too fast down the easement to her residence. She said her neighbor tries to hit her and her family members as they walk along the road.

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