News of record for July 6, 2012

Union Democrat staff


The Sheriff's Office reported the following:


12:21 a.m., Jamestown - There was a person seen "creeping" around the parking lot and looking inside vehicles at apartments on the 10300 block of Preston Lane.

9:44 a.m., Tuolumne - A woman on the 18400 block of Tuolumne Road said someone made unauthorized transactions on her deceased husband's debit card.

11:31 a.m., Crystal Falls - Someone saw a man jumping on the hood of a woman's car and yelling on the 21600 block of Crystal Falls Drive.

11:41 a.m., Jamestown - Someone called to report people drinking at Rocca Park and "making a ruckus." The people were contacted by deputies who did not find any alcohol and determined they were just eating lunch.

12:51 p.m., Groveland - A vehicle was broken into and vandalized on the 10100 block of Yosemite Springs Drive.

3:52 p.m., Sonora area - A woman on the 20200 block of Sparrow Lane applied for a "secret shopper" job online and was sent a check to cash along with other tasks to complete. She cashed the check and completed the requested tasks, but then the check was canceled and her account was overdrawn. A report was taken for fraudulent activities.

5:12 p.m., Soulsbyville - A process server allegedly damaged a woman's screen door while serving court papers at her residence on the 20600 block of Caylor Drive.

5:53 p.m., Lake Tulloch - Three men on blue and white wave runners stole a 5 mph buoy at the South Shore Lake Tulloch Marina.

11:51 p.m., La Grange - A woman on the 5200 block of Arbolada Drive called to report her neighbor was setting off aerial fireworks in the area. A deputy responded and couldn't locate any fireworks but advised the man he would go to jail if the fireworks continued.


9:58 a.m., Columbia - Someone said an intoxicated man was sleeping on a porch at a residence on the 22400 block of South Airport Road. Deputies advised the man to stay inside his residence until he was sober.

10:19 a.m., Sonora area - Someone found an ID, credit cards, pills and drug paraphernalia while cleaning up for a previous tenant on the 15000 block of Lakeside Drive.

11:56 a.m., Tuolumne - Two men were fighting on the 19300 block of Cherokee Road. One had a bloody face and the other left in a Jeep. Deputies took a report for battery.

3:27 p.m., Sonora area - Someone on the 17100 block of Alderman Road called to report that a man was shooting off fireworks in the area. He then went toward the Moose Lodge and shot more fireworks. Deputies spoke with a man fitting the description of the suspect, but he denied setting off any fireworks.

6:49 p.m., Twain Harte - Several items were stolen from under and around a cabin on the 22800 block of Sierra Drive.

7:32 p.m., Sonora area - Someone saw "massive" fireworks going off near Woodhams Carne and Buckhorn Mountain roads. Deputies were unable to locate anyone setting off any fireworks in the area.

8:23 p.m., Willow Springs - Several people called to report six people who were setting off loud fireworks at Willow Springs Lake. They were allegedly being belligerent to the neighbors who were asking them to stop. Deputies checked the area and did not see any fireworks.

8:54 p.m., Sonora area - People were setting off fireworks on the 16100 block of Big Hill Road.

9:04 p.m., Sonora area - Someone on the 15700 block of Bev Barron Road said neighbors were setting off fireworks.

9:26 p.m., Sonora area - Someone called to report fireworks being set off in a nearby mobile home park on the 20100 block of Jamestown Road. A man was issued a citation for possession and use of fireworks.

9:34 p.m., Sonora area - A man on the 20800 block of Longeway Road saw a male suspect wearing a ski mask break into the gas tank on his vehicle and attempt to siphon gas. The suspect ran off before deputies arrived.

10:26 p.m., Sonora area - Several people were setting off fireworks at the entrance of a mobile home park on the 18300 block of Wards Ferry Road. They were advised the activity was illegal but continued anyway. Deputies arrived and found evidence of fireworks being lit in the area but did not find any suspects.

10:47 p.m., Jamestown - Someone called to report fireworks being set off near Ninth Avenue and Seventh Street. Deputies responded but were unable to locate anything unusual.

11:11 p.m., Sonora - Someone was setting off fireworks a quarter-mile from stables near Crystal Falls and Russian River drives. Deputies checked the area but were unable to locate any suspects.

11:58 p.m., Sonora area - Someone could hear fireworks somewhere near the 10500 block of Sunshine Hill Road. Deputies checked the area but could not find any fireworks or people outside.

Felony bookings


9:46 a.m., Jamestown - Emmanuel Josiah Caballero, 28, of Berryessa Street, Stockton, was booked on suspicion of assault and false imprisonment, after an arrest on the 10100 block of Peppermint Circle.

4:05 p.m., Jamestown - John Cameron Gilbert, 18, of the 10200 block of Preston Lane, was booked on suspicion of possessing stolen property, after an arrest at his home.

4:50 p.m., Sonora - Kari Nichole Abreu, 20, of the 100 block of Greenley Road, and Dakota Louise Little, 19, of the 18400 block of Tuolumne Road, Tuolumne, were booked on suspicion of burglary and criminal conspiracy, after an arrest at a business on the 1100 block of Sanguinetti Road.


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


4:15 p.m., Sonora - Cynthia Elizabeth Dewitt, 54, of the 18700 block of Hatler Drive, Standard, was arrested at a parking lot on the 1100 block of Sanguinetti Road.

8 p.m., Lake Don Pedro - Carl Ray Howell, 44, of the 5200 block of McHenry Boulevard, Modesto, was arrested on suspicion of using a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs at Buzzard Cove.

9:05 p.m., Jamestown - Eric Kenneth Owens, 47, of the 18100 block of Sixth Avenue, was arrested at Highway 49 and Victoria Way.

9:56 p.m., Lake Don Pedro - Jeffrey Allen Sylvester, 33, of the 1300 block of Old Canyon Road, Fremont, was arrested on suspicion of using a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the lake.

10:16 p.m., Lake Don Pedro - Ronald Jay Baughman Jr., 24, of the 4700 block of Norma Avenue, Keyes, was arrested on suspicion of using a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs at Fleming Marina.


1:14 a.m., East Sonora - Dwayne Adam Taylor, 35, of the 13600 block of Kinkade Flat Road, was arrested on the 13700 block of Mono Way.

4:05 p.m., Tuolumne - David James Ingram, 52, of the 20300 block of West View Way, was arrested at Carter Street and Buchanan Road.

The Sonora Police Department reported the following:


10:15 a.m., suspicious circumstances - Someone called to report a rectangular cardboard box had been left unattended between the courthouse and Tuolumne County offices on South Green Street. The box was gone when officers arrived.

5:58 p.m., theft - A woman said her purse was stolen from her shopping cart at a business on Sanguinetti Road.


12:16 p.m., property damage - Someone called to report extensive damage to a room at a hotel on South Washington Street.

4:55 p.m., controlled substances - Someone said there were six people smoking marijuana on a bench near the playground at Rotary Park on Woods Creek Drive. Officers responded and did not find any marijuana.

Fire calls


1:29 p.m., Standard area - Fireworks ignited a small spot of grass on the 11000 block of Highway 108. Fire crews from Standard and Green Springs responded and extinguished the grass fire in about an hour. No injuries were reported.


The Sheriff's Office reported the following:


1:22 p.m., Valley Springs - Mailboxes were vandalized on Cane Lane.

8:22 p.m., Arnold - Someone called to report fraud at a business on Highway 4.

8:45 p.m., San Andreas - A residence was burglarized on Wimbeldon Drive.

10:01 p.m., Mokelumne Hill - Aerial fireworks were being shot off near West Center Street.

10:53 p.m., San Andreas - Unclothed men were hitting each other with pool furniture at a business on West Saint Charles Street.

11:15 p.m., Mokelumne Hill - Aerial fireworks were being shot off near Campo Seco Turnpike.

11:23 p.m., San Andreas - An intoxicated man was in the roadway throwing rocks on Sunset Street.


8:32 a.m., Copperopolis - Items were stolen from a residence on Nabo Court.

12:30 p.m., Campo Seco - A report was taken for a disturbance on Buckboard Lane.

9:42 p.m., San Andreas - Someone called to report that juveniles were chasing and pointing fireworks at each other at a gathering on Marshall Avenue.

9:52 p.m., Arnold - Someone on Baywood View called to report fireworks being shot off in the area. A minute later, a caller on Seminole Way reported the same.

10:09 p.m., Douglas Flat - There was an altercation over one person throwing fireworks into another's yard on Ironwood Court.

Felony bookings


4:32 p.m., Valley Springs - Richard Lee Pierce, 59, of the 700 block of Quail Oaks Road, was booked on suspicion of threatening a peace officer and battery against a peace officer, after an arrest at his home.


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


11:28 a.m., West Point - Tommie Lee Thomas, 71, of the 100 block of Iris Way, was arrest on Main Street south of Pine Street.

Fire calls


10:05 p.m., Rancho Calaveras - Fireworks ignited a small grass fire on the 5000 block of Thornicroft Drive. It took two fire engines from Valley Springs and Jenny Lind about an hour and a half to extinguish the blaze. No injuries were reported and only a small spot of grass vegetation burned.

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