News of record for April 14, 2003

April 14, 2003 12:00 am

TUOLUMNE COUNTY

Sheriff's reports

THURSDAY

8:16 a.m., Greenley Oaks — A Skyline Place employee said a man who visits his father is belligerent to the staff.

9:37 a.m., Chinese Camp — A man on the 9000 block of Six Bit Ranch Road said a "no parking" sign had been spray painted with profanities.

2:24 p.m., Groveland — A man on the 20400 block of Pine Mountain Drive said his landlord wanted him to move out because a sewer line overflowed into a lower level apartment. The man lives on the upper level and didn't think he had to move.

2:40 p.m., Jamestown area — A woman on the 17000 block of Harvard Mine Road said a man was gold panning on her property without permission.

2:55 p.m., Soulsbyville — A Soulsbyville School employee asked for a deputy to help school officials and parents take a student to the hospital.

2:59 p.m., Cold Springs — A man who owns 60 acres along Highway 108 said someone has apparently been living in a shack on the property without permission.

7:35 p.m., Columbia — A woman said two teenage boys with backpacks and skateboards were on the roof of Columbia Frosty on the 22600 block of Parrotts Ferry Road.

10:21 p.m., Sonora Meadows — A caller on the 16000 block of Creekside Drive said a neighbor is out of control and "screaming like a lunatic."

FRIDAY

1:07 a.m., Columbia — A caller said two men are at the Columbia Frosty trying to break in and might be trying to start a fire at the picnic tables.

7:27 a.m., Jamestown — The owner of Pine Alley Rentals on the 18400 block of Jamestown Road said the business was broken into overnight.

10:09 a.m., Mi-Wuk Village — The woman said a business on the 24400 block of Highway 108 was burglarized. The business was not identified.

10:46 a.m., Chinese Camp — A house on the 9900 block of Washington Street was reported burglarized.

2:26 p.m., Big Hill — A man on the 22400 block of Gunsight Road said his house was broken into and tools were stolen.

3:18 p.m., Mi-Wuk Village — A woman on the 24300 block of Jeffrey Street said her neighbor's house was broken into. The screen on a side door was missing and a window broken out.

3:28 p.m., Sonora Meadows — A Sullivan Creek School administrator said two boys were riding motorcycles on campus without permission and refused to leave.

4 p.m., Columbia — A woman on the 22000 block of Parrotts Ferry Road said two teenage girls were in front of her house with a hand-held tape recorder yelling obscenities.

4:52 p.m., Tuolumne — A Summerville High School administrator said four people were riding all-terrain vehicles behind the school baseball field disturbing an on-going baseball game.

6:35 p.m., Twain Harte — A Alameda County Sheriff's officer asked for copies of video tapes from several stores in Twain Harte because someone may be using a stolen ATM card at those stores.

7:44 p.m., Columbia — A woman said two people were trying to take a tire off a white car parked on the 22600 block of Parrotts Ferry Road.

7:45 p.m., Jamestown — A caller said a man who appeared to be drunk just got into a red vehicle parked on Main Street.

9:27 p.m., Tuolumne — A woman on the 18400 block of Pine Street said someone shot at her window and that the same thing had occurred a couple of months ago.

10:15 p.m., Gibbs Ranch — A woman on the 20000 block of Gibbs Drive said a the driver of a car parked in the driveway was honking the horn.

10:35 p.m., Tuolumne — A Black Oak Casino security officer said two men were in front of the casino causing a disturbance and refused to leave.

11:43 p.m., Jamestown — A caller said four men in a silver vehicle tried to run him off the road on Highway 108.

SATURDAY

12:26 a.m., Cedar Ridge — A man said the driver of a green-and-white motor home has now parked near the caller's house on the 24000 block of Broken Bit Road for three nights in a row.

1:03 a.m., Jamestown — A caller said a man was trying to fight and making racial slurs on Main Street.

5:45 a.m., Rancho Sonora Estates — A woman on the 20500 block of Gopher Drive said her car was vandalized overnight. The drivers' side mirror was broken off.

6:16 a.m., Standard area — A woman said a man was hanging around the back of Sonora Mini-Mart on the 14200 block of Tuolumne Road, and customers saw him ducking down.

10:44 a.m., Groveland — A man on the 20400 block of Pine Mountain Drive said a rope swing hanging from a tree on his property was cut down and thrown into the driveway.

12:06 p.m., Crystal Falls — A woman on the 21000 block of Fernwood Court said children were trespassing on a neighbor's property, building a skateboard ramp and refusing to leave.

12:48 p.m., Jamestown — A Sierra Motors employee said a man had been hanging out at the car sales business all day, cussing at employees and refusing to leave. The man was earlier reported missing by a relative and a deputy brought him home.

1:51 p.m., Jamestown area — A man walking on Stent-Jacksonville Road found some bones he thought were suspicious and wanted them checked out.

3 p.m., Tuttletown — A boat patrol deputy helped boaters stranded on New Melones Reservoir near the dam get back to shore.

5:59 p.m., Jamestown — A caller said a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt just entered a condemned house on the 18100 block of Eighth Avenue.

9:06 p.m., Jamestown — A man said his wife's medication was stolen from her coat pocket while she was at a bar on the 18200 block of Highway 108.

YESTERDAY

12:54 a.m., Standard — A woman on the 14100 block of Tuolumne Road said someone just threw something at the back of her trailer.

2:35 a.m., Quail Hollow — A woman said two or three men were behind a large propane tank near Sparrow Lane and Grouse Way.

12:14 p.m., Mono Vista — A man said tools were stolen from a construction site on the 17200 block of Valley Oak Drive.

1:11 p.m., Jamestown — A man on the 10200 block of Preston Lane said he received a phone call from an employee at a Sonora Crossroads business because a woman was there trying to write a check for $350 on his account. He believes the check was stolen.

3:15 p.m., Jamestown — A caller said a man walking down Highway 108 near Golf Links Road was exposing himself to passing cars. A deputy spoke with the man who said he was not exposing himself and that "his pants were just too loose."

Felony bookings

FRIDAY

12:05 p.m., Groveland — Doyle W. Ashlock, 56, 17200 block of Powder House Street, Groveland, booked on a state parole hold after arrest on the 19700 block of Cottonwood, Groveland. He was held without bail this morning.

6:10 p.m., Jamestown — George Meza, 30, 18100 block of Seventh Avenue, Jamestown, booked on suspicion of making criminal threats and making threats while armed with a sword after an arrest at his home.

According to a sheriff's department report, Meza brandished a sword during an argument at his house and threatened to kill a man. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $25,000 bail.

SATURDAY

2:43 a.m., Sonora — Sarah Marie Keesee, 18, 200 block of Copper Crest, Copperopolis, booked on suspicion of felony false impersonation and misdemeanor drunken driving and giving false information to a peace officer after an arrest on Theall and Shepherd streets, Sonora, by a Sonora police officer. She was released after posting $5,000 bail.

Arrests

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

Joseph E. Gray, 20, 17700 block of Woods Way, Jamestown, booked at 3:14 a.m. Saturday after arrest on the 100 block of Stockton Road, Sonora.

Sonora police reports

THURSDAY

9:08 a.m., vandalism — A man on the 200 block of Ridge Road said his neighbor dumped two shower doors on his property. He said there was glass everywhere.

9:42 a.m., vehicle theft — An unknown caller on the 200 block of Greenley Road said a car was stolen.

10:04 a.m., suspicious circumstances — A resident on the 400 block of North Highway 49 said two people in a blue vehicle were arguing.

10:50 a.m., traffic accident — A non-injury crash was reported on South Forest Road.

2:50 p.m., threats — A woman said she was threatened at a business on the 1100 block of Sanguinetti Road.

5:08 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A man at a business on the 100 block of South Washington Street said a camp site was set up near water heaters at the business. Clothes, personal items and drug-related items were found.

10:22 p.m., fight — Someone said a man and woman on the 200 block of Greenley Road had been fighting for the past 20 minutes.

FRIDAY

5:40 a.m., suspicious circumstances — A woman on the 400 block of North Arbona Circle said someone opened the front door, went into the living room and turned the gas fireplace on high. An officer checked the house and found everything OK.

7:11 a.m., burglary — A Tuolumne Utilities District employee said a TUD building on Southgate Drive was burglarized.

11:07 a.m., suspicious circumstance — A man on the 90 block of South Barretta Street said he saw a car that had his stolen tire rims on it. He gave a description of the car to a police dispatcher.

12:47 p.m., animal complaints — A caller said a gray-and-black dog was running loose on Lower Sunset Drive, growling at people.

2:42 p.m., traffic accident — No one was injured in a vehicle accident on the 200 block of South Washington Street.

3:05 p.m., animal complaints — A caller said there was a problem with cats in a basement on the 200 block of West Jackson Street.

5:27 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A employee at Kiddie College on the 90 block of North Forest Road said a mother came to pick up her child and smelled like alcohol. An officer was asked to check on the child's welfare.

SATURDAY

2:37 a.m., disorderly conduct — A woman on the 200 block of McCormick Drive said a loud group of people were in the street.

8:52 a.m., theft — A caller said a purse was taken from a desk at the Tuolumne County Administration Center at 2 S. Green St.

11:09 a.m., parking violation — A caller said a bus was double-parked on the 100 block of South Stewart Street for more than 10 minutes.

12:59 p.m., threats — A man on the 10000 block of Buena Vista Avenue said while he was stopped in a car on Stockton Road and Washington Street, the driver of another car made threats.

2:14 p.m., vehicle accident — A vehicle parked at Sonora Crossroads parking lot was hit by a car that rolled into it.

2:23 p.m., found property — A woman on the 700 block of Mono Way said she found a duffel bag in rafters.

4:11 p.m., assist — A caller asked for extra patrol at the railroad tracks on South Washington Street because 16 historic railway cars were parked there overnight.

4:14 p.m., theft — A man saw three teenage boys breaking into lockers at Sonora High School. All three boys were cited and released to their parents.

4:44 p.m., traffic accident — No injuries were reported when a motorhome and a red truck crashed on South Washington Street near Stockton Road.

6:11 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A woman said three men driving recklessly behind a business at Sonora Crossroads shopping center also dumped garbage illegally into a trash bin.

8:41 p.m., hazardous situation — A caller on the 800 block of East Oakside Drive said a tree had fallen across the roadway.

9:28 p.m., public intoxication — A 50-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness after a man said she was wandering around the 300 block of Fairview Lane.

Accidents

Injury ...................... 1

Non-injury ............. 10

Fires

FRIDAY

1:45 p.m., Cold Springs — A leak from a propane line sparked by a water heater exploded, lifting a cabin at Jenness Park Southern Baptist Encampment off its foundation and causing an estimated $40,000 in damages. No one was inside the cabin and no one was injured.

Ginger Wehunt, camp registrar, said this morning that 110 college students were scheduled to stay at the Ponderosa Cabin for the weekend, but had not yet arrived when the explosion occurred. The college students were placed into another cabin for their weekend retreat, Wehunt said.

Crews from California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, Tuolumne County Fire Department and Mi-Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District responded.

YESTERDAY

8:45 p.m., Campo Seco area — A single-family home on the 11900 block of Campo Seco Road burned, causing an estimated $20,000 damage to the structure and contents inside.

Kary Hubbard, Tuolumne County Fire Department fire marshal, said this morning the house is owned by David Holland of Lafayette, but rented by David Watson. No one home when the fire started. The fire burned one side of the house and the attic.

"The fire crews did a good job containing the fire from spreading further," Hubbard said.

Hubbard said friends came by the house, saw the flames and called 911.

Crews from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, Tuolumne County Fire Department and Sonora Fire Department responded. In all, there were five engines and two water tenders at the house. No one was injured.

CALAVERAS COUNTY

Sheriff's reports

THURSDAY

9:34 a.m., Arnold — A caller on the 1900 block of Moran Road said someone dumped television sets down an embankment near his house.

10:48 a.m., Copperopolis — A caller said a large sum of money had been taken from a safe at McCarty's Copper Inn.

11:43 a.m., San Andreas — A caller said an out-of-control mental health patient was kicking and hitting things.

2:40 p.m., Vallecito — A house on the 2800 block of Batten Road was burglarized.

2:46 p.m., Angels Camp — A caller on the 2800 block of Six Mile Road said a lock had been cut off a gate.

FRIDAY

7:43 a.m., San Andreas — A caller said San Andreas Elementary School on the 200 block of Lewis Avenue was vandalized.

12:59 p.m., Copperopolis — A house on the 100 block of Poker Flat was burglarized.

1:58 p.m., Douglas Flat — A woman on the 1700 block of Ironwood Court said someone keeps taking down her yard sale sign. A deputy investigated and determined it was the wind.

4:33 p.m., Arnold — A caller said movies were stolen from a locked vehicle parked on the 2600 block of Stephanie Drive.

5:16 p.m., West Point — A man on the 400 block of Old County Road said his motorcycles were vandalized when they were parked a friend's house.

5:55 p.m., West Point — The windshield of a vehicle parked on the 22700 block of Highway 26 was broken out.

11:40 p.m., Arnold — A caller said multiple vehicles and a gate were vandalized at San Berri Towing Yard on the 1100 block of Highway 4.

SATURDAY

9:45 a.m., Copperopolis — A caller said tools were stolen from a construction site on the 400 block of Sanguinetti Drive.

1:33 p.m., Arnold — A caller said checks were stolen from a mailbox on the 300 block of Blue Lake Springs Drive.

7:03 p.m., Arnold — A caller on the 1000 block of Manuel Road said a 15-year-old girl hit the caller.

YESTERDAY

2:10 a.m., Valley Springs — A window was broken out of a vehicle parked on the 2400 block of Gabor.

Felony bookings

YESTERDAY

3:52 p.m., Rail Road Flat — Joshua Clay Stivers, 21, 2000 block of Railroad Flat Road, booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and misdemeanor trespassing after an arrest at his home. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Arrests

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

Dena Marie Faris, undisclosed address, Angels Camp, booked at 4:55 p.m. Saturday after arrest on Martina and Main Street, Angels Camp.

Kim Ann Manuel, 39, 1300 block of French Gulch Road, Murphys, booked at 7:45 p.m. Saturday after arrest on Highway 4 at Big Meadows, Dorrington area.

Jonathan Glenn Fernandez, 18, 1000 block of Pinto Drive, Angels Camp, booked at 9:40 a.m. yesterday after arrest on Dogtown and Gardner roads, Angels Camp.

Fires

FRIDAY

10:50 p.m., Arnold — A storage building near the Arnold branch of the Calaveras County Library burned and arson investigators are looking into the cause.

Calaveras County Sheriff's Capt. Michael Walker said a caller saw two teens behind the library and thought they were vandalizing the building. A deputy arrived and found the outbuilding fully engulfed in flames, and called for fire crews from the Ebbetts Pass Fire Protection District, Walker said.

Fire crews put out the fire before it spread to the library building, Walker said.

Deputies Manual Garcia, Tim Sturm and Phil Ross spoke with five teens, ages 13 to 17, at a nearby apartment building. After questioning, they were cited for curfew violations and released to their parents.

No damage estimate has been given, and the fire is under investigation.