Union Democrat staff


The Sonora Police Department reported the following:


12:05 a.m., suspicious circumstances - Two people were seen with flashlights trying to get into a motor home parked on South Washington Street. Police found no evidence of any crime.

7:13 a.m., graffiti - Red painted graffiti was found on the wall of the men's restroom at Rotary Park on Woods Creek Drive.

8 a.m., disorderly conduct - A woman was sitting on the curb in front of St. Patrick's Catholic Church on West Bradford Avenue yelling profanity. She was advised that someone complained about it.

8:01 a.m., trespass - A woman was advised by police that she was not wanted in a business on the 100 block of South Washington Street.

8:57 a.m., theft - Someone reported a cell phone stolen from the train tracks by Old Wards Ferry Road.

12:03 p.m., burglary - Someone said a Steffen Way residence may have been broken into on an unknown date.

2:59 p.m., lost property - A purse was reported lost or stolen on the 1000 block of Greenley Road between Aug. 2 and Wednesday.

4:13 p.m., theft - A stereo was taken out of an unlocked vehicle on South Arbona Circle.

7:28 p.m., trespass - A man previously told to leave a store was back inside in the jewelry section on the 1100 block of Sanguinetti Road. He was gone when officers arrived.

9:51 p.m., theft - The theft of a purse was reportedly caught on camera on the 1100 block of Sanguinetti Road.

10:24 p.m., miscellaneous - Someone got locked inside the coin-op laundry on West Stockton Road. While the caller was on the phone, the person was able to open the door.

The Sheriff's Office reported the following:


8:59 a.m., Long Barn - Someone reported vandalism to a fence and driveway on the 24300 block of Tamarack Avenue. It is a shared driveway and both parties were advised to come to a mutual agreement.

9:50 a.m., Sonora area - A woman was reportedly attacked by two dogs on the 22900 block of Hitching Post Road. Her legs were bleeding, but she did not need an ambulance.

10:35 a.m., Columbia - Someone reported water stolen out of Mormon Creek at Springfield Road and Highway 108.

11:18 a.m., Columbia - Graffiti believed to be gang-related was found on numerous rocks on Shaws Flat Road.

11:33 a.m., Jamestown - A man said he accidentally threw away his oxycodone prescription away on the 17400 block of Highway 108. He wanted a report so he could get another.

2:04 p.m., Sonora area - Someone said his car window was damaged with a tequila bottle on the 16100 block of Big HIll Road.

4:01 p.m., Twain Harte - Someone reported a fraudulent use of his debit card on the 19400 block of Superior Drive.

4:05 p.m., Sonora - A man reported theft of his medication on the 20400 block of Silver Dawn Drive.

5:29 p.m., Long Barn - A man said his neighbor put a locked chain across his driveway to prevent him from accessing his home on the 24300 block of Tamarack Avenue. They have an ongoing issue.

6:39 p.m., Sonora - A trash can was reported stolen on the 20500 block of Flora Lane.

7:23 p.m., Columbia - Someone saw a man and woman moving boxes of shoes from one car to another in a parking lot on the 11300 block of Columbia Village Drive.

9:01 p.m., Phoenix Lake - Someone reported a hit and run with a male fleeing on foot at Phoenix Lake and Old Phoenix Lake roads.

9:50 p.m., Sonora area - A young man said he was punched by his mother's boyfriend on the 20100 block of Jamestown Road. He did not want any police action.

10:56 p.m., Long Barn - A woman said a suspicious person with a flashlight on his or her head is walking around outside on the 25900 block of Long Barn Road.

11:59 p.m., Soulsbyville - A victim of alleged assault on the 21100 block of Oman Drive was reportedly brought into the emergency room.


3:20 a.m., Sonora area - Someone saw a man pushing a motorcycle who appeared to duck his head when the caller drove by at Rough and Ready Trail and Racetrack Road.

4:31 a.m., Groveland - A man reportedly had a small amount of blood and swelling to his eye and said he was assaulted by someone on the 12900 block of Wells Fargo Drive.

7:14 a.m., Sonora - Numerous buses had their gas caps removed and may have had gas siphoned from them on the 12800 block of Cabezut Road.

Felony bookings


1 p.m., Sonora - Michael Steven Gayle, 23, of the 19500 block of Serrano Road, was booked on suspicion of inflicting willful cruelty to a child likely leading to injury or death and abusing or endangering the health of a child after an arrest on the 20100 block of Cedar Road North.

1:53 p.m., Sonora area - Raymond Henry Welch, 55, of the 20800 block of Mono Way, was booked on suspicion of first degree burglary after an arrest on the 18600 block of Crestview Drive.


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


7:30 p.m., Jamestown - Theresa Ann Miller, 61, of the 100 block of Thunderbird Avenue, was booked after an arrest at Main and Seco streets.


The Sheriff's Office reported the following:


8:30 a.m., San Andreas - Someone heard one possible gunshot near Pool Station Road and West St. Charles Street.

11:28 a.m., Valley Springs - A white SUV was found with a window smashed on Hanley Drive.

12:04 p.m., Mokelumne Hill - Gunshots were heard near Old Toll Road.

1:33 p.m., Avery - A pressure washer and snowblower were reported stolen on Moran Road.

5:51 p.m., Valley Springs - A possible attempted break-in was reported on McCauley Road.

6:05 p.m., Mountain Ranch - A fight was reported on Washington Street. They were gone when a deputy arrived.

8:18 p.m., San Andreas - A man was arrested for battery of a spouse or cohabitant on Church Hill Road.

8:25 p.m., Valley Springs - A back door was reportedly dented and given pry marks from an attempted forced entry on Saint Andrews Drive.

8:47 p.m., Arnold - Someone said three people with flashlights were at the bottom of his or her driveway on El Dorado Drive.

1:11 p.m., Copperopolis - A party included either firecrackers or gunshots at Snowbird Court and Arrowhead Street, someone said. Another call had come in an hour ago for the same complaint.