News of record for October 22, 2003

October 21, 2003 11:00 pm

TUOLUMNE COUNTY

Sheriff's reports

MONDAY

8:42 p.m., Groveland — The manager of Yosemite Vista Estates on Ferretti Road said graffiti had been spraypainted on four garage doors.

8:48 a.m., Cedar Ridge — A woman said she was riding her bicycle next to a water ditch near Kuien Mill Road, and when she stopped to fix a pedal, a man wearing camouflage clothing was standing near her with a rifle. The man said he was hunting anything that came by.

9:11 a.m., Jamestown — A Central Sierra Bank employee reported a older motorhome had been in the bank parking lot on the 18200 block of Main Street since Friday.

9:37 a.m., Jamestown — A woman said her car was broken into overnight while it was parked on the 18100 block of Highway 108.

11:09 a.m., Twain Harte — A caller said two contractors putting siding on a house on the 18000 block of Manzanita Drive were fighting. A deputy talked with the men and arrested a 45-year-old man on a San Mateo County warrant for driving with a suspended license.

1:21 p.m., Groveland — A Pine Mountain Lake security guard said gasoline had been stolen from golf carts parked on the 12700 block of Mueller Drive.

1:22 p.m., Jamestown — A man on the 18700 block of Highway 108 said his van had been burglarized.

1:38 p.m., Jamestown — A caller said a drunken man was in the gazebo at Rocca Park on Main Street yelling profanities.

4:40 p.m., Jamestown — A woman on the 18700 block of Highway 108 said her motorhome was broken into and two radios were missing.

5:01 p.m., Groveland — A caller said a 20-year-old Merced man was bragging about shooting a cow on Stanislaus Forest Service Road 3N01.

5:04 p.m., Twain Harte — A caller said three suspicious-looking men were walking around a vacant dental office on Twain Harte Drive near Highway 108. The men drove away before a deputy could get there.

6:13 p.m., Quail Hollow — A woman on the 12700 block of Chukar Circle said a boy threw a rock at her son and then her son threw a pipe at the other boy. Both boys were under 10.

11:31 p.m., Twain Harte — A caller said a possibly drunken man was yelling while in front of a business on the 22900 block of Meadow Lane.

Felony bookings

MONDAY

1:36 p.m., Jamestown — Roberto Cortez, 32, 22100 block of Parrotts Ferry Road, Columbia, and Johnny Cortez, 27, 800 block of T Street, Merced, both arrested on suspicion of being felons in possession of a firearm, possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance while armed and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon after an arrest on the 18100 block of Highway 108.

According to a sheriff's department report, Roberto Cortez was driving a vehicle with an expired registration sticker. He was stopped by a deputy who searched the car and found a cocked, loaded handgun under the front passenger seat, where Johnny Cortez was sitting. The deputy also found a plastic bag with methamphetamine in it between the two seats. Inside the trunk, the deputy found scales and 50 rounds of ammunition. Both men claimed to be part of the Norteo gang from Merced when they were questioned about why they had red bandanas in the car.

Both men remained in custody this morning in lieu of $15,000 bail each.

5:33 p.m., Sonora — Brandon Lee Smith, 19, transient, booked on suspicion of forgery and receiving stolen property after an arrest on Mono Way at Mountain View Road.

According to a sheriff's report, a woman called sheriff's dispatchers around 1:30 p.m. to say her checkbook and cell phone were stolen from her car parked on Ninth Street in Jamestown. The woman later went to Wells Fargo Bank to get cash and a bank clerk asked her if she had written a check to the man standing at the counter a few feet away. The woman said no and the man ran out of the bank.

Sonora police and sheriff's deputies started looking for the man after the bank clerk called 911. Sonora Police Officer John Mager spotted the man on Mono Way and stopped him. When Mager searched the man, who said his name was Brandon Smith, the officer found the woman's checkbook in Smith's pocket and arrested him.

Smith remained in custody this morning in lieu of $10,000 bail.

9:43 p.m., Jamestown — Samuel Garcia-Perez, 18, no address given, Jamestown, booked on suspicion of being in the United States illegally after an arrest on Seventh Street and Eighth Avenue. He remained held without bail this morning.

Fires

MONDAY

7:45 a.m., Columbia — A small spot fire was reported in 49er RV Park on Italian Bar Road. The fire was caused by someone dumping hot ash on the ground. Bill Meissner of Columbia owns the property. CDF, Tuolumne County Fire Department and Columbia Fire Protection District responded.

2:30 p.m., Sonora — A vegetation fire was reported on North Stewart Street. Sonora City Fire Department responded.

6:45 p.m., Mi-Wuk Village — A small vegetation fire was reported on the 24700 block of Highway 108. No dollar damage was reported. Landowner is undetermined. Cause of the fire is under investigation. CDF, Tuolumne County Fire Department and Mi-Wuk-Sugar Pine Fire Protection District responded.

Sonora police reports

MONDAY

2:16 a.m., suspicious circumstances — An officer talked with a person found sleeping inside a vehicle parked on the 400 block of Stockton Road.

7:29 a.m., animal complaints — A caller said there was a cow in the road on Highway 49 near Parrotts Ferry Road.

8:24 a.m., domestic dispute — A woman on the 400 block of Greenley Road said her ex-boyfriend was trying to get into her apartment.

12:28 p.m., public fight — A caller said a man was assaulting a woman while the two were in a white Toyota pickup. The woman left before an officer arrived.

2:19 p.m., weapons violation — A 15-year-old Sonora High School sophomore was cited and released after a school administrator found two knives concealed in the boy's pants. The boy is already on probation for other reasons, said a Sonora High School resource officer.

2:50 p.m., vandalism — A Sonora Elementary School administrator saw a boy light a bottle rocket in dry grass near the school's lower athletic field and brought the boy to the school office. The boy was a Sonora High School student on campus to pick up an elementary school student, and was turned over to his father.

8:08 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller on the 800 block of Oakside Drive said a woman was harassing her and might have stolen her dog.

CALAVERAS COUNTY

Sheriff's reports

MONDAY

8:24 a.m., Angels Camp — A locked box was broken into at the RV park at the Calaveras County fairgrounds.

9:01 a.m., Valley Springs — A house on the 7000 block of Stabulis Road was broken into while the homeowners were on vacation.

9:56 a.m., San Andreas — Two televisions were stolen from a house on the 50 block of West St. Charles Street.

4:14 p.m., Valley Springs — A drunken person was reported outside a house on the 1000 block of Paloma Road.

6:28 p.m., Mountain Ranch — A man at the Blunder Inn said his wife assaulted him and then left.

Felony bookings

MONDAY

9:20 a.m., Valley Springs — Franklin Pierce Wooldridge, 41, 2000 block of Double Springs Road, booked on suspicion of possessing a dangerous weapon and exhibiting a firearm after arrest at his home. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $15,000 bail.

12:56 p.m., Copperopolis — A 57-year-old Copperopolis man was booked on suspicion of spousal battery after arrest at his home. He remained in custody this morning in lieu of $50,000 bail.