Union Democrat staff


The Sheriff's Office reported the following:


8 a.m., Groveland - A mailbox on Ferretti and Boitano roads was damaged and had pry marks on it.

9:14 a.m., Tuolumne - A mountain lion was spotted by the creek and football field at Summerville Elementary School.

12:08 p.m., Sonora area - Mail was taken out of a mailbox on the 20000 block of Buckeye Mine Road and thrown on the ground. A package containing diabetes medication was opened but nothing was missing.

1:06 p.m., Twain Harte - A residence was burglarized on the 24000 block of South Fork Road.

2:17 p.m., M-Wuk Village - A man gave a $400 check to a contractor to do work on his house on the 20000 block of Lilac Lane. The contractor came to the house for an estimate on Oct. 28, cashed the check and has stopped answering calls.

11:14 p.m., Jamestown - A 58-year-old man was arrested on misdemeanor charges of drunk and disorderly conduct and violation of probation after stealing a candy bar from a gas station minimart.


12:44 a.m., Sonora area - While a person was sleeping at home on the 21000 block of Wasatch Mountain Drive, someone came into the house, grabbed car keys and stole the vehicle.

Felony bookings


6:09 a.m., Tuolumne - Bernie N.M.N. Sanchez, 71, of the 500 block of El Vista Avenue, Modesto, was booked on suspicion of possession of drugs after an arrest at Black Oak Casino.

The Sonora Police Department reported the following:


12:53 p.m., reckless driving - A Corvette and truck were racing each other and cutting each other off on Greenley Road.

1:01 p.m., theft - A laptop was stolen from Golden State Cellular on Mono Way.

2:08 p.m., disorderly conduct - A woman was accosted by a man in Courthouse Square.


The Sheriff's Office reported the following:


10:30 a.m., Valley Springs - Oak trees were cut down on Antonovich Road and hauled off.

10:44 a.m., San Andreas - A person was cited after an altercation at Calaveras High School.

2:53 p.m., Valley Springs - Vandalism was reported on Jensen Court.

Felony bookings


10:29 a.m., Modesto - Gianni Peter Passakos, 40, of the 500 block of Cartagena Lane, San Ramon, was booked on suspicion of evading a peace officer and possession of drugs, narcotics and a silencer, after an arrest at the Stanislaus County Men's Jail in Modesto. He was also booked on suspicion of misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession or sale of a switchblade knife, battery, threatening crime with the intent to terrorize, being under the influence of drugs and cruelty to animals. Passakos has been arrested several times previously in Calaveras County.

11:44 a.m., Valley Springs - Sarah Anne Shepard, 22, of the 4700 block of Heney Court, was booked on suspicion of felony violation of probation, after an arrest on the 4600 block of Heney Court.

Cal Fire reported the following fires:


11:55 a.m., Copperopolis - A landowner was burning a stump on his property on the 3800 block of O'Byrnes Ferry Road when the fire escaped and ignited a spot of grass. No injuries were reported, and the fire was under control by 12:37 p.m.