Attempted murder in Sonora

A Sonora woman was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of attempted murder after authorities say she shot her ex-boyfriend seven times in front of the home that they shared on the 21100 block of Crestview Drive.

At 3:48 p.m., a report was issued to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office of a woman screaming and multiple gunshots at the end of a dirt road, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs.

Two minutes later, a 63-year-old man with 9 mm handgun shots in the arms, chest, abdomen and groin reported he had been shot, Sgt. Andrea Benson said.

According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs, the man said, “help me please” and something about a shooting while a woman screamed in the background.

Benson said the victim’s name would not be released. As of Monday, Benson said the victim was still alive despite sustaining seven gunshot wounds.

Benson said detectives had still been trying to piece together the circumstances.

The man and woman had been in a relationship for about a year and “started having problems,” Benson said. They had broken up but were still living together.

The couple had been involved in an argument the night before the shooting, Benson said, and had been arguing on an off for several months.

The man drove up to the home after loading firewood that was on the property. When he got out of the vehicle, the woman was on the porch. She yelled over to him, and then pulled the handgun from behind her back and began shooting, Benson said.

Benson said there were no witnesses.

Registration information has not yet been released by detectives regarding the handgun.
Paramedics transported to the man to an air ambulance, where he was lifted to a Modesto hospital for treatment.

Karen Lee Caster, 54, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and willful infliction of corporal injury following an arrest at her home.

Caster, who has a black eye in her booking photo, appeared that way when she was contacted by deputies at the scene, Benson said.

It is unknown when that injury was sustained.

Caster was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on $500,000 bail and remained in custody Monday.

Woman hits fence with 4-year-old in vehicle, leaves scene

The California Highway Patrol - Sonora area arrested a Sonora woman Sunday afternoon after she was believed to have crashed into a drainage ditch and chain link fence in Tuolumne with a 4-year-old in the car and then fled.

Before 3 p.m., a woman was driving a 1999 Hyundai Accent westbound on Buchanan Road in Tuolumne at an unsafe speed when she lost control of her vehicle, CHP Public Information Office Faustino Pulido said.

When the woman lost control, she went off the opposite side of the road and collided with a drainage ditch, chain link fence and drove onto the lawn of someone’s property.

Pulido said he could not reveal the relationship of the 4-year-old to the suspect.

The woman was located later on the 18200 block of Willow Street in Tuolumne by Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office deputies, and CHP was called, Pulido said.

An airbag was deployed during the accident and both the driver and the 4-year-old passenger sustained minor injuries, he said.

Tanya Maria Elizabeth Dunlap, 29, of Sonora, was booked on suspicion of hit and run resulting in injury and misdemeanor charge child endangerment.

Dunlap was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on $10,000 bail and was no longer in custody on Monday.

No arrests during Mother Lode Roundup Parade

Sgt. Glen Roberts at the Sonora Police Department referred to the 61st annual Mother Lode Roundup parade “one of the smoothest quietest roundups we've ever had.”

The parade, which he estimated brought out 6,000 people to the streets of downtown Sonora, was over by 12 p.m. and involved “no alcohol related issues,” he said.

All restaurants and bars honored the ABC requests to not allow people to take open containers from their establishments, he said, and there were no reported incidents of public intoxication on the street during the day.

“Everyone was compliant. We thank everyone for that,” he said.

One vehicle was parked near the intersection of North Washington Street and Snell Street at 6:37 a.m., he said, but the owner was contacted at home and allowed to move the vehicle.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, there were noise complaints and reports of fights on South Washington Street, but no arrests were made, Roberts said.

At about 6:30 p.m., a person reported that at about 12:15 p.m., in front of Intake Grill, formerly known as Hot Shots Sports Bar & Grill, a person threatened to kill them and lifted their shirt to show a pistol in their waistband, but Roberts said the report had not yet been validated.

At about 7 p.m. a fight was reported in front of Benjamin Fig.

“Everybody said it was verbal argument only and not physical,” Roberts said.

At about 9 p.m., a noise complaint was issued for Winters Tavern and Mother Lode Grill on South Washington Street, but a responding officer determined the loud music to be coming from the Sonora Opera Hall, where Summerville High School hosted their senior prom, Roberts said.

San Andreas bank vandalism suspect captured

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office arrested a San Andreas area transient, wanted in connection with a rock being thrown through the front door of the Wells Fargo Bank on East Saint Charles Street on May 8, on suspicion of felony vandalism Friday afternoon.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office had sought the public’s assistance in locating the man, who was believed to be from the Willows area, but had been seen frequently in the San Andreas area, a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office press release said.

The man was believed to have thrown a rock through the front window of the Wells Fargo bank at around 9 p.m. on May 8.

A witness observed the man walk through the broken glass into the bank, look around, then leave without taking anything.

The man had already fled on foot by the time deputies arrived.

The suspect, who was previously identified by the Calaveras County Sheriff's office, was seen by a deputy near Calaveras Tires & Auto, about a block away from the bank.

Andy Xiong, 22, was booked into the Calaveras County Jail on $20,000 bail and remained in custody on Monday.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.

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