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Accident closes South Washington Street

A vehicle versus pedestrian accident has closed part of South Washington Street in downtown Sonora. 

The street is closed from Lytton to Bradford streets, according to a Sonora Police Department dispatcher.

The status of the pedestrian is unknown. 

Wednesday night shooting under investigation

Law enforcement officers restrain a suspect in a reported shooting Wenesday night. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
A reported shooting Wednesday night ended with two men in the hospital.

The shooting was reported about 8:15 p.m. on the 17000 Block of Valley Oak Drive in Mono Vista, north of Soulsbyville.

Stories of survivors of infamous Emigrant crossing told at gathering

Marie Malo, an interpretive specialist with the Stanislaus National Forest Summit Ranger District, dressed to portray Leanna Charity Donner App, a survivor of the ill-fated 1846 Donner Party. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
Stories of Mother Lode pioneers include more than upbeat Gold Rush stereotypes and jumping-frog humorists.

Some of the first emigrants to the Sonora area endured crushing physical hardship, emotional anguish and starvation to get here before and after 1849.

Summerville High conspiracy suspects remain in custody

Bailiffs scolded three onlookers Wednesday as the small group clambered behind the Tuolumne County Superior Court to exchange supportive glances with a young man they say has been deeply troubled since childhood.

“We’re just hoping to show our friend that we stand behind him. You don’t throw away kids ” said Carolyn Barrett, accompanied by her 9-year-old son.

Tuolumne County leaders back CCWD request for New Melones storage

New Melones Reservoir could provide additional storage for the Calaveras County Water District if its Warren Act request is approved. File photo / Union Democrat
Tuolumne County leaders are supporting Calaveras County Water District’s request for a Warren Act contract to store water in New Melones Reservoir, saying the additional storage would provide a much-needed backup source for the region.

A contract would allow CCWD to store up to 100,000 acre-feet of the district’s water released from Spicer Reservoir in the federally owned New Melones, which is located farther downstream on the Stanislaus River.

Transient man arrested on suspicion of vandalism

Barbecue grills were among items destroyed early Wednesday morning at Lowe’s in Sonora. Courtesy photo
A Sonora transient was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of vandalizing merchandise in front of Lowe’s.

About 3:35 a.m., an officer conducting a patrol check of Lowe’s noticed a large number of items had been broken and strewn about the parking lot, according to a Sonora Police Department press release.

Arnold woman on a mission to educate about latex allergies

Peggy Rourke-Nichols, of Arnold, has a latex allergy and packs a variety of medications and medical supplies with her every time she leaves home. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
Peggy Rourke-Nichols has almost died three times  from a severe latex allergy.

She has gone into anaphylaxis 22 times.

Me-Wuk Indians, casino make big donation to Sonora Regional Cancer Center

Standing with a “check” for $100,000 are (from left)Tuolumne Me- Wuk Tribal Council Chairman Kevin Day, Sonora Regional Medical Center President Andrew Jahn, Black Oak Casino General Manager Ron Patel and Sonora Regional Medical Center Foundation Executive Director Gail Witzlsteiner. Courtesy photo
Sonora Regional Medical Center’s capital campaign for its new Cancer Center received a huge donation from the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians.

The Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal Council donated $50,000, and the Black Oak Casino Resort donated another $50,000 for a total gift of $100,000.

Council urged to consider smoke-free Angels Camp

Kristi Reesman says Angels Camp has a serious issue.

Because of the orientation of the city, its tall buildings and narrow pathways, cigarette smoke — from as little as a few smokers walking down the street — can become trapped, ultimately altering the air quality.

Watchdog group flags illegal bids for Sonora High work

The Sonora Union High School Board of Trustees narrowly dodged signing off on a slew of illegal contracts Tuesday when an industry watchdog group found multiple violations in construction bids hours from approval.

The bids set to go through at a Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night were connected to the upcoming renovation of the school track, field and cafeteria — projects funded by the second round of the $23 million Measure J bond money received last month.

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