Union Democrat staff


The Sheriff's Office reported the following:


1:47 p.m., Jamestown - Fifty gallons of diesel were siphoned from a dump truck on the 18100 block of Seventh Avenue and illegal trash dumps were found in the area.

1:48 p.m., Groveland - A vehicle on the 10100 block of Yosemite Springs Road was extensively vandalized while the owner was out of the country for two months.

2:01 p.m., Tuolumne area - Fraudulent charges of $215.50 were made on the credit card of a resident of the 19700 block of North Tuolumne Road.

2:45 p.m., Twain Harte - A woman's purse was stolen with her keys, identification and cell phone in it from a bar on the 23000 block of Joaquin Gully Road.

4:47 p.m., Don Pedro - A woman on the 14500 block of Avenida Central arrived home to find her house was broken into and ransacked, and all of her jewelry was missing.

5:34 p.m., Sonora area - A woman on the 24000 block of Hitching Post Road arrived home to find her home burglarized. Among missing items were a Nintendo Wii, Wii games and jars of coins.


12:47 p.m., Sonora area - Someone called to report the theft of two mailboxes on the 20300 block of Eureka Drive.

3:27 p.m., Tuolumne - A man on the 19500 block of Mira Monte Road called to report that he received a call on June 7 from someone claiming to be his grandson who needed $5,000 to get bailed out of jail. The man believed the caller and sent the money via Western Union, but later realized he'd been scammed.

5:44 p.m., Groveland - A man said he was kicked out of a party near Merrell Road and Second Garrotte Ridge and realized his shotgun had been stolen from his truck when he returned to get it.

7:15 p.m., Sonora area - A man on the 19100 block of Overlook Drive said a possibly intoxicated man was lying in his yard. When he asked the man what he was doing, the man got up and "staggered away." A second caller said the man was tearing the leaves off her trees. Deputies were unable to locate the suspect.

10:28 p.m., Jamestown - Some called to report a man who was "on the railroad tracks throwing flares around like batons" near Seventh Street and Maple Alley. The man said he was a "fire dancer" and was demonstrating his dance for a few friends. He was warned about the dangers of forest fires and he agreed not do it again.


7:59 a.m., Mi-Wuk Village -A counterfeit $5 bill was reported at a business on the 24900 block of Highway 108.

8:28 a.m., Twain Harte - A wallet was stolen from a vehicle on the 22400 block of Robin Hood Drive.

10:06 a.m., Columbia - Someone with Habitat For Humanity said a sign was vandalized at Parrotts Ferry and Damin roads.

12:13 p.m., Twain Harte - A woman said items were stolen from her concession trailer on the 22300 block of Robin Hood Drive.

12:14 p.m., Soulsbyville area - A man said he fell asleep at a residence on Oman Drive and when his wallet and cell phone were missing from his truck when he woke up. He also believed the suspect drove his truck because it was out of gas.

12:15 p.m., Twain Harte - A bicycle was stolen from the 22900 block of East Avenue.

12:31 p.m., Tuolumne - Someone called to report that two men and a woman were outside of a store on the 18300 block of Tuolumne Road telling customers they could purchase groceries with their EBT card in exchange for cash.

1:42 p.m., Twain Harte -A woman on the 22900 block of Broken Bough Lane said someone entered her garage through an open door and stole items out of a freezer and went through her cars.

3:40 p.m., Jamestown - Money was taken out of a woman's wallet in her unlocked vehicle while she was at a business on the 18300 block of Highway 108.

6:25 p.m., Tuolumne - A man said he left his bottle of Oxycontin pills, wallet containing $400, cell phone and hat on a bench at Jerry Whitehead Field at Main Street and Willow Avenue and the items were gone when he returned.

Felony bookings


12:35 a.m., Sonora - William Daniel Downes, 36, of the 10000 block of Highway 49, was booked on suspicion of drug possession and drug transportation, after an arrest at South Washington and Bradford streets.

8:25 p.m., Jamestown area - Francisco Perez, 27, of the 23700 block of North Sowles Road, Acampo, was booked on suspicion of drug possession, after an arrest at Highway 120 and O'Byrnes Ferry Road.


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


12:36 a.m., Sonora - Alec Parker Heisey, 35, of the 1000 block of Pacific Avenue, San Jose, was arrested at South Washington and Dodge streets.

4:25 a.m., Tuolumne area - Alan David Hopp, 37, of the 300 block of Silver Spur Road, Tuolumne, was arrested at Tuolumne and Aarondale roads.

7:10 p.m., Lake Don Pedro - Thomas Joseph Tumath, 44, of the 800 block of East Atherton Drive, Manteca, was booked on suspicion of operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol, after an arrest on the lake.


12:20 a.m., Sonora - Stephen Vierra Gomes, 66, of the 3700 block of Gratton Road, Denair, was arrested on Highway 49 south of Shaws Flat Road.

1:49 a.m., Sonora - Cyndi Vasquez Barron, 44, of the 2500 block of Village Drive, Union City, was arrested at Morning Star Drive and Childs Road.

The Sonora Police Department reported the following:


11:23 p.m., animal complaint - Someone dropped off a pigeon in a cardboard box, then left before filling out a found-property form at the police station on Green Street. Bird Rescue was called with negative results. The pigeon had no apparent injuries and was released.


7:01 p.m., petty theft - A 20-year-old man was cited and released on suspicion of shoplifting at Walmart on Sanguinetti Road.


10:37 a.m., driving under the influence - Someone called to report a female driver on Mono Way who was "swerving and tailgating" in a white Jeep Cherokee. An advisory was issued for officers on patrol.

1:43 p.m., fight - Two or three men were seen fighting in a parking lot on Stockton Road. They dispersed and left the area before officers arrived.


The Sheriff's Office reported the following:


4:40 p.m., Copperopolis - A business was burglarized on Feather Drive.

5:59 p.m., Angels Camp - Someone called to report a man possibly breaking into a car outside of a business on South Main Street.

6:48 p.m., Valley Springs - A burglary occurred on Mittelman Court.


2:21 p.m., Arnold - An empty home on Marti Drive was burglarized.

8:06 p.m., Mountain Ranch - A residence on Betty Kaye Lane was burglarized.


9:14 a.m., Dorrington - Someone called to report a large black bear in the backyard of a residence on Sierra Parkway. It went through the trash and back into the forest.

12:36 p.m., Avery - A report was taken for grand theft on Grey Mare Road.

2:34 p.m., Copperopolis - Someone called to report a "reckless jet ski endangering boaters" on Lake Tulloch.

4:27 p.m., San Andreas - A business was burglarized on East Saint Charles Street.

Felony bookings


11:05 a.m., Paloma - Roger Wayne Anderson, 52, of the 10500 block of Thompson Way, and Gabriel John Lozano, 48, of the 6200 block of Main Street, were booked on suspicion of drug possession for sales, after arrests at Lozano's home. Lozano was additionally booked on suspicion of planting marijuana.

2:13 p.m., San Andreas - Michal David Thein III, 24, of the 3600 block of Highway 49, was booked on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of a stolen vehicle, after an arrest at Gold Strike and Leonard roads.


8:25 p.m., Angels Camp area - Travis Darin Witt, 20, of the 1400 block of Lexington Drive, Lodi, was booked on suspicion of drug possession and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, after an arrest on Highway 4 west of Angels Camp.

Fire calls


4:57 p.m., Angels Camp - There was a five-acre grass fire near the south end of the Highway 4 bypass. Fire crews from Angels City, Altaville-Melones, Murphys and Cal Fire extinguished the blaze by 3:29 p.m. on Saturday. The fire caused an estimated $1,000 in damage. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation, according to Cal Fire.