News of record for March 31, 2003



Sheriff's report


9:10 a.m., Big Hill A woman said a pump house on Covington Road was vandalized.

9:24 a.m., Tuolumne The manager of an apartment building on the 18000 block of Tuolumne Road said a tenant evicted from an apartment left behind six portable television sets that she suspected might be stolen.

9:52 a.m., Twain Harte A woman said a tailgate on a pickup truck parked on the 23000 block of Joaquin Gully Road was vandalized.

10:19 a.m., Big Oak Flat A caller said a suspicious-looking man was acting strangely at a business on the 17000 block of Highway 120.

12:19 a.m., Curtis Creek Ranch A man on the 19000 block of Barron Ranch Road said his house was burglarized and several items taken, including a gun.

1:32 p.m., Twain Harte A man said he has information regarding who might be dumping trash illegally at Eproson Park on Meadow Drive.

3:17 p.m., Phoenix Lake area A woman on the 21000 block of El Puma Circle said her daughter's Social Security number was illegally used.

3:31 p.m., Twain Harte A house on the 22000 block of Golf Club Drive was burglarized.

5:53 p.m., Crystal Falls A caller said someone on the 16900 block of Columbia River Drive was shooting a high-powered rifle with a silencer on it. A deputy determined the weapon was a paintball gun.

6:03 p.m., South Sonora A man driving under the Sierra Rail Road overpass at Highway 108 and Lime Kiln Road said his car was hit by a rock.

9:20 p.m., Jamestown A woman said her cellular telephone and other items were stolen from her locked vehicle parked along the 18300 block of Highway 108.


8:15 a.m., Groveland A man said he found a plumber's tool at a car wash on Highway 120. The tool was booked into evidence as found property.

8:19 a.m., Columbia A woman at a business on the 22400 block of Airport Road South reported ongoing threats.

9:30 a.m., Twain Harte A woman at a business on the 18700 block of Tiffeni Drive said newspaper racks were vandalized and stolen.

9:36 a.m., Twain Harte A woman said a vacation cabin was vandalized on the 22300 block of Ponderosa Drive.

9:53 a.m., Sugar Pine A man on the 24500 block of Tramway Road said someone vandalized a spring and pump.

10:41 a.m., Jamestown area A woman on the 10200 block of Preston Lane said she was being threatened by an ex-girlfriend of her boyfriend.

12:32 p.m., Sonora area A woman on the 20700 block of Columbia Way said someone vandalized a storage shed and said she believes there are fingerprints left behind.

1:26 p.m., Sonora area A woman on the 19700 block of Serrano Road said someone stole and cashed a $600 money order.

3:18 p.m., Mi-Wuk Village A man on the 24100 block of Palapeta Lane said someone had trespassed on the deck of his home since November. No damage was done.

3:35 p.m., Twain Harte A resident on the 23800 block of South Fork-Confidence Road said he saw two men in a white pickup leave his friend's house after breaking into it.

3:51 p.m., East Sonora A security officer at The Junction shopping center said a woman has been panhandling for the past week. The officer asked a deputy to tell her to leave.

4:03 p.m., Twain Harte A woman on the 22900 block of Twain Harte Drive said numerous kids on skateboards are inside and all around the Twain Harte Inn going through damaged property.

4:36 p.m., Jamestown A man said someone broke into his locked pickup and stole cassette tapes and battery, and siphoned gasoline.

4:40 p.m., Belleview Acres A man on the 16700 block of Sallander Drive said his neighbor was roping off part of the caller's yard the neighbor claimed was his.

4:56 p.m., Columbia A woman at a business on the 22400 block of Airport Road South said she continues to be threatened.

6:41 p.m., Tuolumne A woman on the 17700 block of Saddle Drive said a developmentally disabled woman assaulted her and was keeping her from getting to a phone in the house and took the keys to a medication locker.

6:52 p.m., Curtis Creek Ranch A social services worker reported a possible case of elder abuse.

7:09 p.m., Jamestown area A New Melones marina security worker said she heard radio traffic of people deer hunting in the area.

7:27 p.m., Big Oak Flat A woman said another woman was harassing the caller's 12-year-old son.

7:39 p.m., Groveland A Pine Mountain Lake security worker said a green van was parked in front of a vacant house.

8:34 p.m., Twain Harte People playing Frisbee triggered a security alarm at a business on the 22800 block of Twain Harte Drive.

8:49 p.m., Jamestown An unidentified caller on Preston Lane said he or she believes people in two vehicles may be dealing drugs.

9:44 p.m., Groveland A man on the 20400 block of Rock Canyon Way said four young men were in his front yard ready to fight.

9:59 p.m., Sonora area A woman said she saw a man wearing a black leather jacket and a "long, red tubular thing strapped on his back." The caller said when she passed the man he stopped and faced the car and made a weird look. The man was in the area an hour and a half later.


1:39 a.m., Columbia area A woman on the 23900 block of Italian Bar Road said two vehicles were on her property and she could hear someone walking around. The caller said she was worried because of recent drug activity in the area.

7:30 a.m., Jamestown A woman on the 11100 block of Highway 108 said someone vandalized her house.

8:30 a.m., Moccasin A Hetch Hetchy employee said a suspicious person has parked a pickup near the post office for the past week. The caller said the person was seen bathing nude and seen walking around in a white robe with a hood. It was unclear whether the person was a man or woman.

10 a.m., Mi-Wuk Village The owner of Welcome Home Realty on the 24000 block of Highway 108 said someone stole four tires outside the business sometime Friday night.

10:31 a.m., Columbia area A man on the 12500 block of Big Hill Road said people stopped by his house and said they found a dog that belonged to the caller. The people told the man his dog has been chasing deer in the area and that they were going to hold the dog for the Sheriff's Department. A second caller said a puppy has been chasing cars in the area and almost caused several accidents.

10:33 a.m., Cold Springs A man said someone vandalized a vacation cabin on the 29500 block of Lassen Drive.

11:11 a.m., Tuolumne A man on Tuolumne Road said six to eight people were hanging around a business in the Tuolumne Square shopping center drinking and harassing customers.

11:36 a.m., Twain Harte A man said he lost a camera Friday somewhere in Twain Harte.

11:39 a.m., Moccasin A Moccasin Power House employee said people were riding dirt bikes on property west of the power house.

11:46 a.m., Columbia area A woman on Marcus Lane said another woman was just at the caller's house yelling and screaming and that she hit the caller's friend's car on purpose.

12:08 p.m., Phoenix Lake area A woman on Phoenix Lake Road said four or five teenagers walked through her neighborhood yelling obscenities. She said the same children always trespass on her property and throw garbage all over.

1:22 p.m., Columbia area A woman on the 22200 block of Parrotts Ferry Road said a gray car without a license plate is parked in the area. The woman said she thought the car might have been stolen.

2:29 p.m., Jamestown area A man said he saw a man, woman and five children on Shell Road all dressed in camouflage. Saturday was the first day of turkey season.

3:35 p.m., Pinecrest A woman said someone stole a snowboard while she was at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort.

4:02 p.m., Long Barn A woman's son on the 26100 block of Slide Inn Street said her boyfriend assaulted his mother. He said the boyfriend hit his mother and pulled the phone out of the wall.

4:53 p.m., Jamestown A Child Protective Services worker said someone told him or her that a 1- or 2-year-old child was wandering around on the 18300 block of Ninth Avenue.

5:11 p.m., Columbia area A man on the 22200 block of Parrotts Ferry Road said someone took a rifle and battery charger from him.

8:46 p.m., Sonora area A woman on Cedar Road said a woman at her house said she had been raped. A be-on-the-lookout order was issued to officers for a 21-year-old man driving an older black car.

8:47 p.m., Columbia area A resident said a group of kids had a large bonfire burning on Yankee Hill Road. The first caller told a second caller that the kids have a history of violence.

9:06 p.m., Sonora area An unidentified caller said there were four people in the parking lot of a business on the 12800 block of Covey Circle. The caller thought they might be vandalizing property.

9:22 p.m., Sonora area A man on the 13300 block of Armistead Circle said someone stole his cellular phone and wallet from his vehicle.

10:18 p.m., East Sonora An employee at a business on the 13700 block of Highway 108 said a group of teenagers were keeping customers from coming in.


9:49 a.m., Columbia An anonymous caller on the 22400 block of Airport Road South said a man was going through the trash and looking through mail in a trash bin.

10 a.m., Sonora Meadows A man on the 21400 block of Crestview Drive said the windshield of his vehicle was broken overnight. He had no suspects.

10:42 a.m., Twain Harte A woman said her partner rammed the caller's car with her vehicle because the caller told her she was leaving after a fight. The car was disabled.

11:38 a.m., Don Pedro A woman on Zarzamora Street said her 15-year-old daughter was assaulted by girl or woman she knew by name.

11:47 a.m., Jamestown A man said his 9-year-old son was assaulted by a 9- or 10-year-old child who was carrying a stick on the 10200 block of Preston Lane. The man said there were five or six people who all were carrying sticks. One was carrying a pipe, he said.

12:21 p.m., Willow Springs A man on the 20700 block of Caylor Drive said someone stole a CD player and CDs from his son's vehicle Saturday night while it was parked in the driveway.

12:22 p.m., Sierra Village A man on the 24800 block of Prospector Drive said a neighbor threatened him.

12:31 p.m., Groveland A man on Main Street said a man in an older pickup threatened the caller and said he was going to blow his brains away.

1:56 p.m., Jamestown area A caller on the 10300 block of Preston Lane said a woman in the apartment complex said she was hurting herself.

2:11 p.m., Jamestown A clerk at a business on the corner of Highway 108 and Main Street said a man was sitting in front of the business and was yelling at customers and begging for money.

2:19 p.m., Twain Harte A man on Highway 108 and Confidence Road said he saw a pickup with a woman driver. The man said it appeared a man in the back seat was yelling at the driver and trying to grab her from behind.

2:42 p.m., Twain Harte A woman said she saw another woman tailgating the caller's boyfriend and trying to run him off Joaquin Gully Road.

3:34 p.m., Sonora area A man said he smelled something suspicious on Wards Ferry Road.

4:25 p.m., Big Oak Flat A woman on Big Oak Road said several people are trespassing on her property.

Sonora police reports


3:44 a.m., public intoxication A man on the 400 block of Greenley Road called 911 and said he has a neighbor inside his apartment who is intoxicated and has been talking about suicide all night. The 45-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.

1:34 p.m., lost property A man said he lost his wallet as he left a business on the 1100 block of Sanguinetti Road.

6:04 p.m., agency assist An officer helped a California Highway Patrol officer with a man who had rocks thrown at his vehicle from the railroad tracks above Highway 108.


12:42 a.m., suspicious circumstances An officer checked on a man on South Washington Street.

8:42 a.m., suspicious circumstances A woman reported undisclosed activity at a business on the 100 block of Stockton Road.

10:03 a.m., traffic accident A crash resulting in possible minor injuries was reported at the intersection of North Washington and Dodge streets.

10:26 a.m., found property A man on the 200 block of Hospital Road said he heard a crash about 3 a.m. Friday morning. When he went outside he found a damaged bicycle in the middle of the road.

11:05 a.m., theft A woman said someone stole her cell phone from her vehicle in the parking lot of a business on the 1200 block of Sanguinetti Road.

11:47 a.m., vehicle theft A woman reported someone stole her credit card that was then used to steal a car from Cars to Go on the first block of Pesce Way.

12:44 p.m., harassment A man said another man in a gray pickup was harassing him on South Green Street.

1:22 p.m., suspicious circumstances A woman said she found women's clothing in the bushes while doing yard work at Sonora Baptist Church on Stockton Road.

1:41 p.m., suspicious circumstances A Sonora Elementary School employee said six to eight high school age students were in the wooded area in back of the baseball field.

2:42 p.m., suspicious circumstances A man said two well-dressed men were trying to sell small wallet-type briefcases. They were last seen walking on South Washington Street.

3:27 p.m., fight An officer responded to a fight at Sonora High School.

4:57 p.m., public peace A Sonora Elementary School employee called 911 and said a seventh-grader was approached by several young men in a blue sport utility vehicle who cussed at him and said they were going to harm him.

4:58 p.m., theft A loss prevention employee at Wal-Mart on the 1100 block of Sanguinetti Road had a confrontation with a boy over stealing candy. The boy was able to get away.

6:04 p.m., suspicious circumstances A man said a 13-year-old girl was staggering on the sidewalk on Greenley Road like she may be under the influence of something.

6:35 p.m., hazard A man called 911 and said there were several cows on Old Wards Ferry Road.

7:09 p.m., fight A woman said a boy hit a car with his hand as it drove through the parking lot of a business on the 1100 block of Sanguinetti Road. She said the incident turned into an argument and that more than 30 kids had gathered near the business.

7:13 p.m., found property A man said he found a woman's wallet on Greenley Road and said he would turn it over to the Police Department the next time he was in town.

7:46 p.m., public peace A man on the 300 block of North Washington Street said a woman he knew by name was banging on his front door with a club.

9:59 p.m., assault A woman said two men were fighting outside a business on the 1200 block of Sanguinetti Road.


7:24 a.m., found property A woman at a business on the 100 block of Stockton Road said someone left a purse behind with numerous items in it.

10:28 a.m., found property An unidentified person said he or she found a driver's license and check card on the 19400 block of Village Drive.

2:14 p.m., property damage A woman at a business on the 50 block of South Washington Street said someone hit a parking fine box with a car.

2:15 p.m., suspicious circumstances A woman said a man in a leather jacket tried to sell her 12-year-old daughter something on the 80 block of South Washington Street.

5:22 p.m., theft An employee at Auto Zone on the 1000 block of Sanguinetti Road said a man tried to steal car parts from the store and threw the items down then the alarm sounded. The man left in a car with a small girl.

5:58 p.m., found property An officer picked up a bag of clothing and other items found near Sonora Baptist Church on Stockton Road.

9:11 p.m., unwanted person A woman on the 200 block of Hospital Road said a man she knew by name was at her house and she thinks he might have been drinking. She wanted him to leave.

9:50 p.m., suspicious circumstances An officer checked on a vehicle in the parking lot of a business on the 1100 block of Sanguinetti Road.

10:29 p.m., liquor violation A group of 10 to 15 people were seen drinking in the parking lot on South Stewart Street.

Felony bookings


3:39 a.m., Sonora Dominique Daniel England,19, no address given, Monterey, booked on a Salinas County warrant charging her with forgery and failure to appear after arrest on Washington and Linoberg streets, Sonora. She was held this morning in lieu of $10,000 bail.

9:31 a.m., Crystal Falls Morris William Pitti, 22, 20300 block of Phoenix Lake Road, Sonora, booked on suspicion of making criminal threats and misdemeanor battery after an arrest on the 21000 block of Niagara River Drive. He was also booked on a state parole hold and was held without bail this morning.

8:14 p.m., Tuolumne Patricia Sue Bingham-Medler, 41, 18500 block of Woolworth Avenue, Tuolumne, booked on suspicion of burglary after an arrest at her home.

The manager of Willow Springs Market in Soulsbyville said Bingham-Medler wrote two checks at the store, one for $100.91 and another for $64.90. Both checks were written on a closed account. A deputy went to Bingham-Medler's house and arrested her after talking with the manager and looking at the checks. She was held in lieu of $15,000 bail this morning.

10:40 p.m., Columbia Jeremiah Franklin Nulph, 23, 16100 block of Big Hill Road, Columbia, booked on suspicion of child endangerment and misdemeanor drunken driving after arrest on Big Hill Road at Oak Ridge Road by a California Highway Patrol officer. He was held= this morning in lieu of $5,000 bail.


12:03 a.m., South Sonora Travis Lee Pfeiffer, 34, 500 block of Orchard Avenue, Sonora, booked on suspicion of possessing and transporting drugs for sale after arrest on Campo Seco and Campbells Flat roads.

According to a sheriff's department report, a deputy stopped a car in which Pfeiffer was a passenger. Both the driver and Pfeiffer agreed the deputy could search the car. The deputy then found two small plastic bags of methamphetamine inside a snake bite kit under the passenger seat.

Pfeiffer was arrested when he said the kit was his. He was held this morning in lieu of $20,000 bail.

3:30 p.m., Tuolumne Matteson Bond Gordon, 23, 20200 block of Jamestown Road, Sonora, booked on a warrant charging him with controlled substance sales, violation of probation and failure to appear after arrest on Cherokee and Nonies roads, Tuolumne. He was held without bail this morning.

7:08 p.m., Long Barn Michael Thomas Barber, 43, of Long Barn, booked on suspicion of felony battery, damaging a telephone line and bringing narcotics into a jail facility, after an arrest at a Highway 108 business. No report was available. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $35,000 bail.

7:11 p.m., Big Hill A 36-year-old Columbia man booked on suspicion of assault with a firearm after an arrest at his home. The man's wife called 911 from a neighbor's house after her husband pointed what he thought was a loaded rifle at her head and pulled the trigger, reports said.

According to a sheriff's department report, the woman told deputies she and her husband had an argument Friday but she left the house and spent the night elsewhere. When she returned Saturday to retrieve her clothing, her husband was gone, but she found a loaded rifle next to their bed. The woman unloaded the rifle and hid the bullets.

As she was leaving the house Saturday, her husband returned home, the report said, and after a brief argument inside and outside the house, he took his wife's dresser drawer and smashed it in the driveway. He went back inside the house to get another dresser drawer but came back with the rifle. After the man pulled the trigger on the unloaded rifle the woman fled to a neighbor's house. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $250,000 bail.


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

Christopher John DeSantis, 41, no address given, Sonora, booked at 11:31 p.m. Friday after arrest on the 700 block of Mono Way, Sonora.

Jeremiah Christopher Milam, 22, 12900 block of Hollow Drive, Sonora, booked at 8:42 p.m. Saturday after arrest on Washington Street at Restano Way, Sonora.

Mark Brian Cash, 42, 19700 block of Serrano Road, Sonora, booked at 2:06 a.m. yesterday after arrest on Stewart and William streets, Sonora.


Sheriff's reports


7:25 a.m., Valley Springs A resident on the 2600 block of Stagecoach said the neighbor's dogs are keeping a family trapped in their house.

12:34 p.m., Camanche Reservoir Some 30 carloads of students descended upon Camanche Reservoir for senior "ditch day."

5:25 p.m., Angels Camp A fight was reported in the parking lot of a business on the 300 block of Main Street.

6:20 p.m., Wallace A woman said she went to feed her neighbor's animals on the 14500 block of Brown Lane and found the door open.

7:06 p.m., Mountain Ranch A woman said her cellular phone and wallet were stolen while she was in the grange hall.

8:03 p.m., Valley Springs A fight between seven to eight boys or men was reported at a service station on Vista del Lago.


7:05 a.m., Rail Road Flat A man released from the hospital was causing a disturbance at a house on the 2000 block of Railroad Flat Road.

9:57 a.m., Jenny Lind The possible theft of utilities was reported by a resident on the 11700 block of Main Street.

10:37 a.m., Wallace A resident on the 5800 block of Highway 12 said his or her vehicle was damaged by an estranged spouse.

10:57 a.m., Wallace Trespassers were seen on property on the 5800 block of Highway 12.

12:27 p.m., Arnold Kids were seen with paintball guns on the 2100 block of Highway 4.

1:13 p.m., Valley Springs Hunters were seen on a resident's property on Olive Orchard Road.

1:43 p.m., Valley Springs A deputy was called to help Fish and Game wardens with a man with alcohol and a loaded weapon on Hogan Dam Road.

2:02 p.m., San Andreas A youth's shirt was hit with a bullet on the 1100 block of Howell Road. The youth was not injured. The bullet possibly came from a hunter in the area.

2:05 p.m., Copperopolis A possible case of child abuse was reported.

2:46 p.m., Valley Springs A resident on McCauley said vehicles are parked at the end of the road and a gate was knocked down, possibly by trespassers.

4:41 p.m., Arnold An automatic teller machine card was reported stolen from a business in Murphys.

6:11 p.m., Copperopolis A deputy responded to an alarm at a business on the 3500 block of Spangler Lane. A door was open when the deputy arrived.

6:47 p.m., Diamond XX People were reported having a pit bull fight on the 4600 block of Conestoga Trail.

7:01 p.m., Valley Springs A church van was vandalized on the 80 block of Highway 12.

9:38 p.m., vandalism A woman threw a rock through the windshield of a vehicle on the 22800 block of Highway 26.

10:04 p.m., Arnold A man was seen walking through a neighborhood on the 3100 block of Ponderosa with a flashlight and gas.


12:06 a.m., Copperopolis A fight involving numerous people was reported on the 500 block of Covey.

1:16 a.m., Copperopolis A resident on the 4900 block of Bayview said a girl knocked on the door and asked if someone was there. When the caller said no, the girl pushed her way into the house.

1:41 a.m., Murphys A resident on the 1100 block of Laurel Court said a drunk man was arguing with everyone in the house.

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