News of record for Dec. 20, 2011

Union Democrat staff


The Sheriff's Office reported the following:


9:46 a.m., Jamestown - A woman said she had her son leave his iPod at the Curtis Creek School office on the 18700 block of Standard Road for safekeeping, and it is now missing.

11:56 a.m., Sonora area - Someone used credit information of a resident of the 19700 block of Rawhide Road to make purchases in Utah.

12:12 p.m., Jamestown - Someone trying to vandalize a modular home on the 18000 block of Seco Street left on foot when the owner opened a door and stuck his gun out at them.

1:51 p.m., Jamestown - A Third Avenue resident said their bank card was fraudulently used to charge $300 at a Macy's in Orange County.

3:06 p.m., Tuolumne area - An Eastview Drive resident reported about $400 in charges were made with stolen bank card information.

3:49 p.m., Jamestown area - Bank card information was fraudulently used for three transaction in Utah, a Ratto Road resident reported.

3:50 p.m., Jamestown - A Mother Lode Bank debit card belonging to a resident of the 10000 block of Bell Mooney Road was fraudulently used for charges totaling about $900 in Boise, Idaho.

6:47 p.m., Sonora - An ambulance was called for a man at the back door of a South Washington Street tavern after he was hit over the head with a bottle.

7:17 p.m., Sonora area - Someone tried to use a debit card belonging to a resident of the 14000 block of Florence Way to make several charges. All were stopped, so no money was lost.


8:24 a.m., Columbia - A shed was broken into on the 23300 block of Rancho Castanea Road.

9:35 a.m., Columbia - A woman on the 11300 block of Columbia Village Drive said her debit card was fraudulently used out of state.

1:11 p.m., Sonora area - A man on the 20400 block of Tuttletown Road said his bank card was fraudulently used twice in Glendale, Ariz. The combined loss was more than $200.

2:51 p.m., Sonora area - A woman on the 21000 block of Scattergood Road reported bank fraud but was unsure if it involved her debit card.

4:15 p.m., Soulsbyville - A woman was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting from a store on the 20500 block of Willow Springs Drive.

6:23 p.m., Tuolumne - A woman said her purse was stolen at the store of a school on the 18300 block of Gardner Avenue.


8:49 a.m., Chinese Camp - A residence as burglarized on the 9000 block of Friendship Hill Road.

9:26 a.m., Sonora area - A woman on the 20500 block of Eureka Drive said she was scammed out of $15,000. She said a person called her and told her she had won a large sum of money but she had to send money to claim the prize. She said that she sent different amounts of money for the past several months before realizing it was a scam.

1:04 p.m., Long Barn - A man on the 29300 block of Old Mono Road said the front windows of his truck were broken out at his residence.

7:46 p.m., Jamestown - Someone at Chicken Ranch Bingo and Casino on Chicken Ranch Road said their wallet was stolen.

The Sonora Police Department reported the following:


8:57 a.m., found property - A large caliber bullet was found in the parking lot of the County Superintendent of Schools Office. A maintenance worker found one last week, as well.

10:55 a.m., fraud - A bank card was used to steal the identity of a resident of Greenley Road.

3:13 p.m., public intoxication - Two men, aged 28 and 49, were arrested on South Washington Street on suspicion of public intoxication.

3:22 p.m., fraud - Someone was fraudulently making charges in Arizona on the bank account of a resident of the 200 block of South Barretta Street.

4:10 p.m., fraud - Fraudulent charges were made online using the bank account of a Pesce Way resident.

6:32 p.m., public intoxication - After officers were called to a bar on South Washington Street because of a man who had been hit over the head with a beer bottle, it turned out that no one wanted to make a citizen arrest, and no assault with a bottle occurred. A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.


7:10 a.m., animal complaints - Two horses, one white and one brown, were spotted in the Sonora Elementary School playground area. They were gone when officers arrived.


11:35 a.m., theft - A man and woman took a chain saw out of the back of a vehicle parked in front of a store on Sanguinetti Road. Officers were unable to locate the suspects.


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


12:06 a.m., Sonora area - Joann Marie Rogers, 34, of the 24300 block of Lama Road, Twain Harte, was arrested on Highway 108 east of Standard Road.

7:45 a.m., Jamestown - Eric Joseph Padilla, 19, of the 9800 block of Dillwood Court, Oakdale, was arrested on Rawhide Road north of Highway 49.


12:40 a.m., Sonora area - Micheal Lige Murphy Jr., 26, of the 400 block of Greenley Road, was arrested on Greenley Road at Delnero Drive.

2:01 a.m., Sonora area - Tamra Joy Ireland, 44, of the 1600 block of Isom Lane, Tuolumne, was arrested on Mono Way east of Tuolumne Road.

2:54 p.m., Sonora area - James Daniel Faifua, 30, of the 18800 block of Manzanita Drive, Twain Harte, was arrested on Mono Way at Sanguinetti Road.

7:45 p.m., Columbia - Richard Dale Courtney, 52, of the 24900 block of Highway 108, Mi-Wuk Village, was arrested on Parrotts Ferry Road at McKellar Drive.

10:10 p.m., Sonora area - Daniel Harold Halliday, 19, of the 12700 block of Chukar Circle, was arrested on Tuolumne Road at Nugget Boulevard.


3:52 a.m., Sonora area - Kaitlyn Marie Zinn, 21, of the 23700 block of South Fork Road, Twain Harte, was arrested at Sonora Regional Medical Center.

Fire calls


11:49 a.m., Soulsbyville - A vegetation fire was reported on the 20800 block of Caylor Drive. A 100-square-foot patch of grass was burned after someone dumped ashes from a woodstove, according to Cal Fire. The fire was extinguished by 2:11 p.m.

4:26 p.m., Phoenix Lake area - A flue fire damaged a residence on the 22000 block of Yerba Santa Road. The damage to the bedroom and roof of a two-story structure was valued at about $25,000, according to Cal Fire. The fire was extinguished by 7:19 p.m. and there were no reported injuries.


12:04 a.m., Jamestown - A small vegetation fire broke out on the 19000 block of Rawhide Road. The fire was contained after burning about one-acre of grass. The cause of the fire was an escaped debris burn, according to Cal Fire. Fire crews were still working on hot spots late Monday morning.


The Sheriff's Department reported the following:


5:58 p.m., Valley Springs - Law enforcement personnel responding to a residential alarm on Berryhill Drive found a burglary had occurred.

7:30 p.m., Valley Springs - An arrest was made after law enforcement personnel responded to a disturbance call and verbal altercation on East Daphne.

7:45 p.m., Burson - A screen was removed from a window at Camanche Mobile Home Park on Wade Lane.

10:31 p.m., Valley Springs - An arrest was made after officers responded to a verbal altercation on East Daphne.


10:32 a.m., Valley Springs - A house was egged and covered with toilet paper on Pine Valley Court.

11:06 a.m., San Andreas - A petty theft occurred on East St. Charles Street.

12:57 p.m., West Point - A residence was burglarized on Main Street.

4:09 p.m., Copperopolis - A shop was burglarized on Cosmic Court.


10:13 a.m., Hathaway Pines - A break-in and burglary occurred on Arrowhead Court.

10:39 a.m., West Point - A residence was burglarized on Highway 26.

4:46 p.m., San Andreas - A battery occurred on Gold Strike Road.


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


4:03 p.m., San Andreas - Timothy John Schlenz, 49, of the 5700 block of Lucky Jim Mine Road, was arrested near Highway 49 and Fricot City Road.


9:40 p.m., Murphys area - Mitchell Clark Ramsey, 38, of the 500 block of Forest Meadows Drive, was arrested on Highway 4 east of Murphys.

Felony bookings


10:38 a.m., Vallecito - Arnold Tinoco, 20, of the 400 block of Tanner Court, Murphys, was booked on suspicion of assault and vandalism, after an arrest on the 1900 block of Sugar Pine Way.

10:47 p.m., Valley Springs - Matthew Thomas Copeland, 22, of the 7100 block of Highway 26, Mokelumne Hill, was booked on suspicion of identity theft and illegal possession of a firearm, after an arrest near the intersection of Sequoia Avenue and Myrtle Street.

11:23 p.m., Arnold - Gianina Sipitca, 46, of the 700 block of Portofino Place, San Jose, was booked on suspicion of assault, after an arrest on the 2600 block of Valley View Drive.


12:20 a.m., Angels Camp - Rosebud Darshana Dyken, 26, of Jesus Maria Road, San Andreas, was booked on suspicion of drug possession, bringing drugs into jail and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, after an arrest on the 100 block of North Main Street.

Fire calls


7 a.m., West Point - Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that burned two abandoned travel trailers and two acres of land off Hewitt Lane, according to West Point Fire Protection District Capt. Terry Miller. The Calaveras County Sheriff's Department was not involved in the investigation, according to Miller.

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