Union Democrat staff


The Sheriff's Office reported the following:


7:48 a.m., San Andreas - A fight was reported on Toyon Drive.

9:37 a.m., San Andreas - A woman was trespassing on a Gold Strike Road horse pasture.

11:31 a.m., Valley Springs - Food was stolen from a California Street business.

12:44 p.m., Jenny Lind - A report of battery was made at Shalimar Drive.

12:54 p.m., San Andreas - A group of teenagers was reportedly smoking and talking about drugs at Turner Park on Treat Avenue.

12:54 p.m., Murphys - Items including clothing, food and bedding were found in an empty barn at South Algiers and Scott streets.

6:16 p.m., Mokelumne Hill - A burglary was reported on Victor Court.


7:10 a.m., Arnold - A burglary was reported at a Flamingo Way cabin.

11:44 a.m., Copperopolis - Theft was reported from an unlocked car on Main Street.

2:29 p.m., Copperopolis - A residential burglary was reported on Arrowhead Street.

6:49 p.m., Valley Springs - A fight was reported on Sparrowk Drive.

9:57 p.m., Valley Springs - A fight was reported on Quail Oaks Road.

10:59 p.m., Murphys - A fight was reported on Darby Russell Road.

11:36 p.m., Murphys - A fight was reported at a Main Street bar.


11:29 a.m. Arnold - An arrest was made at the 1000 block of Highway 4 for a health and safety violation.

12:38 a.m., Arnold - A fight was reported on Longman Lane.

Calaveras County booking logs were unavailable.


The Sonora Police Department reported the following:


4:33 a.m., alarm - An alarm was tripped at the former Tuolumne General Hospital psych ward on Hospital Road. Officers determined it was a false alarm.

10:09 a.m., animal complaint - Two dogs charged a woman while she was walking on Bourbon Street. An officer on scene was bitten.

4:03 p.m., suspicious circumstances - A woman told police that a person appeared to be hiding on the side of her house.

4:37 p.m., theft - A magnetic door sign was taken from a vehicle on Sanguinetti Road.

6:07 p.m., harassment - A woman said she received more than 300 text messages from an ex-boyfriend.

6:32 p.m., alarm - An alarm sounded at the former TGH psychiatric ward. Staff told police they do not have access to that portion of the building, as it is now closed. Responders checked the building and found all doors secure.

7:37 p.m., alarm - An alarm was reportedly sounding at the hospital building again. Staffers were going to call a technician to check the alarm.


11:44 a.m., suspicious circumstances - A suspicious man was reported around a Mono Way retail business.

1:53 p.m., traffic accident - A vehicle accident was reported in a South Washington Street parking lot.

2:08 p.m., reckless driving - A bicyclist was reportedly riding faster than 35 mph, wearing a lime jacket and not stopping for stop signs along East Lyons Street.

6:15 p.m., liquor violations - Two people were reported behind a Sanguinetti Road business with a gas can and a hose in their possession.

7:04 p.m. traffic accident - A vehicle was off the roadway down an embankment on West Stockton Street.

8:01 p.m., public intoxication - An intoxicated woman was reported in front of a South Washington Street bar with small children.

9:28 p.m., hazardous situation - A car hit a dog on South Washington Street.


11:13 a.m., homicide - A man was found on the ground bleeding at a Mono Way business. He appeared to have been dead for several hours.


3:35 a.m., disorderly conduct - A person said that neighbors on Linoberg Street were making loud "hammering" noises.

The Sheriff's Office reported the following:


10:10 a.m., Sonora area - A man near Standard and Tuolumne roads reported ongoing issues with trespassing on his property.

11:11 a.m., Jamestown - A woman on Woods Way reported a break-in at her residence and theft of more than $1,000 in jewelry though was unclear on the details when talking with a deputy.

1:09 p.m., Jamestown - A fight was reported at Main and Seco streets.

2:18 p.m., Sonora area - Power theft was reported on Phoenix Lake Road, with someone reportedly using electricity from a vacant building to power a chicken coop.

2:51 p.m., Sonora area - A man said that a car he lent to someone the night before had not been returned.

3:40 p.m., Sonora are - A man on Fir Drive reported being "scammed" out of $2,000 of dollars by companies over sweepstakes scams.

3:44 p.m., Strawberry - Illegal snowmobile activity was reported near Leland Meadow Road.

4:25 p.m., Twain Harte - A stripped and likely stolen Jeep was on its side at South Fork and Italian Bar roads.

4:36 p.m., Sonora area - A storage shed at a Wards Ferry Road mobile home park was broken into.

5:26 p.m., Sonora area - An unsupervised fire was reported on the side of Highway 49.

6:16 p.m., Twain Harte - A Tiffeni Drive pharmacy reported a woman trying to fill a fraudulent prescription.

7:42 p.m., Jamestown - A woman on High School Road reported a scam through a local job ad where the fraudulent employer sent her a fraudulent check for $1,700 with orders to cash it send part of it to someone else.

11:36 p.m., Twain Harte - A loud party was reported at Mount Provo and Confidence roads.


12:33 a.m., Sonora area - A stolen gun was reported at Pack Trail Road.

1:08 a.m., Sonora area - A Crystal Falls Drive resident said a group of three children were doorbell ditching.

7:37 a.m., Sonora area - A South Bear Clover Court man reported the theft of tools and car parts from his locked garage.

11:24 a.m., Sonora area - A Big Hill Road woman said a man assaulted her and her teenage daughter.

2:34 p.m., Big Oak Flat - Hikers found a black Labrador retriever while hiking and left the dog at a restaurant to be picked up by Animal Control.

2:42 p.m., Twain Harte - A white SUV with very dark, tinted windows was reportedly parked in front of a Thrush Place address. When a neighbor confronted the driver, he was told the vehicle was there for a law enforcement stakeout. The vehicle was gone when a deputy arrived on the scene.

4:11 p.m., La Grange - A woman said she was assaulted.

4:15 p.m., Sonora area - A Crystal Falls woman said a group of youths came to her porch and banged on her windows and doors. A group of youths located nearby told a deputy they were doorbell ditching and agreed to "stop with the pranks."

4:22 p.m., Jamestown - A Highway 108 resident told deputies a neighbor's kids regularly trespassed on her property.

4:49 p.m., Groveland - An ambulance was called to Pine Mountain Drive and Ferretti Road because of a motorcycle accident.

5:47 p.m., Pinecrest - Two lost skiers were reported in the Dodge Ridge area but were later located.

6:11 p.m., Sonora area - A group of children ages 10 to 13 were reportedly vandalizing mailboxes on Crystal Falls Drive. Deputies were unable to locate them.

7:51 p.m., Sonora area - A tow-truck driver said he was followed while driving near Phoenix Lake Road and Belleview Creek Road.

9 p.m., La Grange - A truck reportedly hit a tree near El Prado and Merced Falls roads.

9:42 p.m., Groveland - A woman reported multiple pocket knives stolen on Rock Canyon Way.


1:48 a.m., Twain Harte - A fight was reported at a Joaquin Gully Road bar.

11:14 a.m., Sonora - Ambulance was called. A man was down with a possible gunshot wound.

4:04 p.m., Pinecrest - A man reported one of the hikers in his group was missing after a hike around Pinecrest Lake. He reportedly hadn't been seen in seven minutes. He was found before deputies arrived.

6:06 p.m., Groveland - A tour bus broke down on Highway 120 at Rim of the World, Groveland.


4:37 a.m., Jamestown - A man found sleeping inside a post office on Main Street told the deputy he was charging a cell phone and fell asleep.

Felony bookings:


2:31 a.m., Sonora - James Edward Benites, 68, of the 300 block of Snell Street, Sonora, was booked on suspicion of possessing or manufacturing a dangerous weapon, as well misdemeanor possession of burglary tools, after an arrest at Calaveras Street.

7:40 p.m., Sonora - Megan Alyce Bunow, 25, of the 20500 block of Wuke Lane, Mi-Wuk Village, was booked on suspicion of abusing or endangering the health of a child, as well as on suspicion of driving under the influence, resisting or obstructing an officer and battery on a peace officer, after an arrest at Stockton Road and Ponderosa Way.

8:04 p.m., Columbia - Susan Margaret Sanchez, 47, of the 22700 block of Sawmill Flat Road, Sonora, was booked on suspicion of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia after an arrest on Parrotts Ferry Road and Howser Lane.

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


5:56 p.m., Jamestown - Tracy Lynn Erskine, 52, of the 43200 block of Valeria Avenue, Dos Palos, was booked after an arrest at Highway 49 and Bell Mooney Road.

9:03 p.m., Jamestown - Jeffrey Allan McNeil, 52, of the 12700 block of Old Miner Road, Columbia, was booked after an arrest at Highway 49 and Main Street.

10:15 p.m., La Grange - Tommy Tyrone Wilcox, 53, of the 14400 block of Potrero Way, La Grange, was booked after an arrest at El Prado Road and Merced Falls.


10 p.m., Soulsbyville - Paul Gerard Brickley, 54, of the 2000 block of Montecito Avenue, Mountain View, was booked after an arrest at Highway 108 and Soulsbyville Road.