News of record for November 18, 2003



Sheriff's reports


9:51 a.m., Twain Harte A man said bathroom and laundry room doors were kicked in at Meadow Plaza on the 23000 block of Meadow Lane.

10:50 a.m., Jamestown A woman said her business on the 18200 block of Main Street was burglarized overnight.

11:51 a.m., Jamestown A woman on the 18700 block of Highway 108 said truck windows were damaged.

12:04 p.m., Dodge Ridge A man said someone was snowboarding near one of the chair lifts. The ski area is not open yet.

12:39 p.m., Jamestown A caller said three vehicles parked at Woods Creek RV Park storage area on the 18700 block of Highway 108 were vandalized.

12:47 p.m., Twain Harte A man said two boys and a girl were passing a glass pipe back and forth between them while they were parked on the 22700 block of Confidence Road.

2:57 p.m., Tuolumne An employee at a business in Tuolumne Square shopping center reported a man and a woman were loitering around the parking lot all day, drinking beer. A deputy asked them to leave.

3:10 p.m., Don Pedro area A man said two men parked a truck in front of his gate to a pasture on La Grange Road and began shooting guns. The man asked the two men to leave and they did, but he discovered his fence had been cut.

3:38 p.m., Jamestown A woman on the 18700 block of Highway 108 said wheels and a radio were taken from her sports car while it was parked and covered with a tarp.

3:51 p.m., Big Hill A man on the 13200 block of Dondero Road found a door jam damaged at his house and a credit card stuck in the door.

4:37 p.m., Twain Harte A man said windows on his travel trailer parked on the 19700 block of Westview Drive were shot with pellets.

6:30 p.m., Don Pedro area A man said he heard glass breaking at a vacant house on Zarzamora Street, then saw people with flashlights getting out of a car.

8:37 p.m., Jamestown A woman said she received information that evicted tenants from a house on Seventh Street were selling items from the house.

10:58 p.m., Long Barn A man on the 26000 block of North Fork Road said a 14-year-old boy hit another boy with a board.

Felony bookings


2:30 p.m., Twain Harte Steven Morton Townsend, 40, undisclosed address on Highland Drive, Sonora, booked on suspicion of possessing a dangerous weapon after an arrest on Twain Harte Drive near Hunts Drive.

According to a sheriff's report, Townsend was a passenger in a car stopped by Deputy Tim Wertz for a traffic violation. When Wertz searched Townsend, he found a white-handled meat cleaver in Townsend's back pocket. Townsend said he needed it to open boxes.

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

3:15 p.m., Tuolumne Jeanne Rachelle Thurston, 49, 16900 block of Me Wu Street, Tuolumne, booked on suspicion of bringing contraband into jail and misdemeanor driving under the influence, obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest after an arrest on Me Wu Street, Tuolumne.

A California Highway Patrol officer sent to an accident questioned Thurston about her involvement when she became verbally abusive, a report said. The officer said he smelled alcohol on her breath and gave her a field sobriety test. When she failed and was told she would have to submit to either a breath test or a blood test, she chose to have a blood test. When the officer took Thurston to Tuolumne General Hospital, she started screaming profanities in the hospital lobby and resisted going into the emergency room, the report said. While waiting for a technician to take her blood, Thurston spit at the officer three times.

At the jail, when she was searched, a jail deputy found a marijuana cigarette rolled up in money in Thurston's shirt pocket.

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

5:20 p.m., Don Pedro Reservoir Eric Thell Capps, 30, 13500 block of Uvas Road, Morgan Hill, booked on suspicion of making criminal threats and misdemeanor battery and disobeying a court order to stay away after an arrest at Moccasin Point Marina.

According to a sheriff's report, Capps brought a woman to his parents' houseboat without their permission. While on the boat, Capps became upset at the woman and grabbed her by her throat and threatened to kill her. The woman had a restraining order against Capps, but still went with Capps to the boat willingly, the report said.

Capps was released after posting $25,000 bail yesterday.

10:20 p.m., Jamestown area Amanda Jo Sims, 33, 12400 block of Big Hill Road, Sonora, booked on suspicion of possessing a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor driving under the influence after an arrest on Highway 108 at Wigwam Road.

A CHP report said an officer stopped Sims, administered a field sobriety test and arrested Sims.

The officer searched her before putting her into the patrol car, and found a double-edged dagger in her bra.

She remained in custody this morning in lieu of $10,000 bail.

10:40 p.m., Sonora Elizabeth Ann Wardell, 23, 1800 block of West Rose, Stockton, booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs, driving with a license suspended because of a previous conviction for driving under the influence, and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Sonora Police Officer Chris Weber stopped Wardell on the 600 block of Stockton Road after seeing her weaving around the road. When Weber searched her car, he found methamphetamine, a spoon, two smoking pipes, cotton swabs and a syringe, he said.

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


1:06 a.m., Sonora Brandon Lee Smith, 19, unknown address, Sonora, booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property after an arrest on Green Street at Stockton Road, Sonora. No details are available. He remained held this morning in lieu of $10,000 bail.


12:09 a.m., Jamestown Chaedel Marie Blount, 26, 18300 block of Davis Acres, Tuolumne, and Jason Mitchell Corder, 20, 22000 block of Parrotts Ferry Road, Columbia, both booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Blount was arrested on Main Street at Willow Street, Jamestown. Corder was arrested behind a business on Main Street, where he was hiding in bushes dressed in camouflage clothing.

Corder was also booked on suspicion of vehicle theft, burglary and possession of burglary tools.

According to a sheriff's department report, Blount was stopped by Deputy Kelly Dickson because the car she was driving was reported stolen from a Modesto man. Blount said the car belonged to Corder. When Dickson searched the car, he found two glass smoking pipes, a police scanner, bolt cutters, a bag of tools and a set of keys with a tag that said they belonged to First Baptist Church of Groveland.

Another deputy took the keys to the church and all of them fit various doors. The church was burglarized Nov. 12 and stereo equipment was stolen, a report said.

Corder was held this morning in lieu of $15,000 bail. Blount was released after posting $10,000 bail yesterday.

2:57 a.m., Sonora, Karen Lois Bisset, 48, undisclosed address on Blackhawk Drive, Twain Harte, booked on suspicion of burglary and misdemeanor vandalism, battery and violating a court order after an arrest at St. Matthews Lutheran Church on the 20 block of Hope Lane.

According to a Sonora Police report, Bisset broke a window on the north side of the church where an ex-boyfriend is doing some renovations. She hit him with her fist when he tried to get her to leave, the report said. The man called Sonora police. He already had a restraining order against Bisset.

Bisset remained held this morning in lieu of $15,000 bail.


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

Emil Roland Gainer, 52, 17000 block of Wigwam Road, Jamestown, booked at 1:45 a.m. Saturday after arrest on Highway 108 at Wigwam Road, Jamestown area.

Dallas Dean Smith, 23, 16000 block of Anderson Drive, Sonora, booked at 12:48 a.m. Sunday after arrest on Cordilla Avenue at Highway 108, Mono Vista.

Brian Anthony Eubanks, 36, 19800 block of Grace Way, Sonora, booked at 2:30 a.m. Sunday after arrest on Highway 108 at Hillsdale Drive.

Summer Rose, 54, 19600 block of Elder Lane, Groveland, booked at 8:20 p.m. Sunday after arrest on Elder Lane, Groveland.

Sonora police reports


1:51 a.m., threats A caller said a man who got kicked out of a bar on South Washington Street threatened to burn down a woman's house.

12:05 p.m., suspicious circumstances A man on 200 block of North Forest Road said his unlocked vehicle was rummaged through overnight.

12:56 p.m., burglary A caller on the 300 block of South Barretta Street said window screens were cut in an attempt to get into the house.

1:32 p.m., public fight A caller said a man driving an older gray Honda in Sonora Crossroads shopping center was yelling and trying to get a woman out of the car while it was moving. The caller gave a police dispatcher a partial license plate number.

3:51 p.m., vandalism A caller said the C building at Sonora High School was vandalized when graffiti was sprayed on windows.


Sheriff's reports


7:52 a.m., San Andreas A caller on Lewis Avenue said money was missing from a refrigerator.

8:43 a.m., Valley Springs A caller said drugs were found on a bench outside a business on the 30 block of California Street.

10:02 a.m., Douglas Flat A caller said a distraught woman was on Highway 4. A deputy checked on the woman, who was waiting for a transit bus. She was upset because her parents were at work all day.

11:30 a.m., Valley Springs A caller saw a man running, wearing only white undershorts, carrying a gun on Barbour Road near Silver Rapids Road. A deputy found the man, who was carrying a pellet gun and trying to shoot a bird.

7:12 p.m., Murphys A woman on the 500 block of South Algiers said a man dressed in all black was wandering around her house. When she came back from a walk she saw the man again in a nearby parking lot. The man turned out to be a sheriff's deputy on duty.

7:21 p.m., Valley Springs A caller said a possibly drunken man and a friend were hitting a paper towel dispenser at Mar-Val Food Store on the 50 block of Highway 26.

7:26 p.m., San Andreas A caller said two people, possibly drunk, were walking on Highway 49.

Felony Bookings


9:51 a.m., Twain Harte A 29-year-old Murphys woman was booked on suspicion of spousal battery and assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm after being arrested at home. She remained held this morning in lieu of $90,000 bail.


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

Dustin David Gilbeau, 23, 11000 block of Shelton Road, Jenny Lind, booked at 9 p.m. Sunday after arrest on Highway 12 and Briski Hill in San Andreas.

Nick Alex Perieff, 41, 500 block of Goettingen Street, San Francisco, booked at 7:35 p.m. Sunday after arrest at Highway 4 and Telegraph Road in Copperopolis.

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