News of record for March 1, 2004

February 29, 2004 11:00 pm

TUOLUMNE COUNTY

Sheriff's reports

THURSDAY

7:35 a.m., Sonora Meadows — A woman on the 21500 block of Phoenix Lake Road said a stereo was stolen from a car parked in a driveway overnight.

10:41 a.m., Tuolumne — A man on the 18200 block of Hershey Road East said two guns were stolen from his locked safe in the past two or three weeks.

11:52 a.m., Quail Hollow — A man on the 20200 block of Sparrow Lane said a bicycle was stolen several weeks ago.

11:56 a.m., Big Hill — A woman on the 23000 block of Dolly Lane said her house was broken into and some of her belongings taken from her.

12:03 p.m., Willow Springs — A woman on the 20000 block of Willow Springs Drive said a small fire was started on a porch.

1:04 p.m., Tuolumne — A caller found a dark purple or black bicycle on Eel River Drive near American River Drive.

2:57 p.m., Columbia — A school resource officer found live ammunition at Columbia Elementary School on the 22000 block of Parrotts Ferry Road.

3:10 p.m., Twain Harte — A man on the 21000 block of Cedar Springs Road said 30 prescription pills were stolen from his house.

3:41 p.m., Sonora area — A woman on the 8600 block of Wilcox Ranch Road said tools were stolen from her father's house and might have been pawned.

4:57 p.m., Jamestown — A man said tree limbs and fencing material were dumped illegally on property near Golf Links Road and McKibbin Drive.

6 p.m., Jamestown — A caller said a person wearing a blue slicker was lying on the side of Fifth Avenue near Highway 108. A deputy checked and did not find a person on the ground.

8:34 p.m., Mi-Wuk Village — A woman on the 20900 block of Lama Teumete Road found a bicycle in the back of her house.

9:15 p.m., Quail Hollow — A caller said six or seven teens were drinking and loitering around the apartment building clubhouse on Grouse Way.

FRIDAY

12:33 a.m., Jamestown — A caller said a Caltrans employee's vehicle was broken into while it was parked on the 8900 block of Montezuma Road in a Caltrans yard.

7:42 a.m., Sonora area — A woman said her home on the 11000 block of Nathan Court was burglarized last night.

8:15 a.m., La Grange — A man on the 14000 block of Avenida Central said several cows were loose near his home.

9:49 p.m., Sonora area — A caller said a man tried to cash a check belonging to another person at a business on the 13700 block of Mono Way.

10:04 a.m., Groveland — A woman on the 20100 block of Upper Skyridge Drive said someone tried to use her credit card over the Internet.

10:10 a.m., Jamestown — A caller said a woman and one or two men were harassing customers at a business on the 18300 block of Main Street.

10:23 a.m., Sonora area — A woman on the 20200 block of Gibbs Drive said someone tried to enter her car during the night.

10:27 a.m., Jamestown — A woman said someone tried to break into her storage shed on the 18200 block of Main Street.

10:56 p.m., Twain Harte — A man on the 18500 block of Wildwood Drive said a cell phone, car keys and paperwork were stolen from his vehicle.

11:21 a.m., Sonora area — A caller said the alarm system wires at the Cigarette Store on Mono Way were cut the night before.

11:41 a.m., Sonora area — A woman on the 20200 block of Gibbs Drive said her car was burglarized.

3:18 p.m., Soulsbyville — A caller said two children were in a store on the 20600 block of Soulsbyville Road asking people to buy cigarettes for them.

3:24 p.m., Groveland — A caller on the 19200 block of Ferretti Road said someone followed him from Elk Grove to Groveland.

3:51 p.m., Twain Harte — A woman on the 18800 block of Manzanita Drive said her 10 and 12-year-old grandsons were threatened by another 12-year-old boy.

4:06 p.m., Columbia — A caller said an 8- or 10-year-old girl was hitchhiking on Parrotts Ferry Road toward Sonora.

4:26 p.m., Jamestown — A woman on the 18100 block of Sixth Avenue said she found her car door half open earlier that day.

4:47 p.m., Sugar Pine — A woman said her credit cards and checks were stolen from her home on the 20200 block of Lilac lane.

8:07 p.m., Jamestown —A woman on High School Road said there are flashlights and voices coming from a new storage facility that is not open yet.

8:10 p.m., Columbia — A woman on the 13700 block of Still Pine Road said a man deliberately took at least 35 pills.

8:59 p.m., Sonora area — A man said that all the mailboxes near his house on the 18700 block of Dusty Trail were smashed and mail is in the road.

9:29 p.m., Jamestown — A woman on the 20100 block of Jamestown Road said her son's neighbor was yelling at him.

9:57 p.m., Sonora area — A woman on Dusty Trail said her mailbox was smashed.

10:41 p.m., Sonora area — A woman on the 11200 block of Red Bud Drive said someone smashed her mailbox.

SATURDAY

12:23 a.m., Sonora area — A man said a group was hanging out in a parking lot on Grouse Way revving their car engines.

8:59 a.m., Sonora area — A woman on Line Kiln Road said a man was dumping household property.

10:58 a.m., Jamestown — A motel owner on the 18700 block of Highway 108 said a man had paid for only one night, but had stayed three.

12:09 p.m., Tuolumne — A car was reportedly stolen from the 18400 block of Fir Avenue.

1:58 p.m., Sonora area — A caller said a home was burglarized on the 21700 block of Rogue River Court.

2:17 p.m., Sonora area — A phone operator said a woman on the 13200 block of Armistead Circle was on the line saying she "doesn't want to die like this."

2:46 p.m., Tuolumne — A phone company operator said he or she received a call from a man on the 18400 block of Baker Avenue who said his wife was bleeding.

4:05 p.m., Sonora area — A caller on the 14800 block of Blue Bell West said a log splitter was stolen.

5:03 p.m., Groveland — A woman said people were trying to get into her house on the 20500 block of Knob Hill Circle through her attic's crawl space.

5:44 p.m., Tuolumne — A caller reported a drunken man in a parking lot on the 19400 block of Tuolumne Road.

6:11 p.m., Jamestown — A woman on the 11100 block of Circle Drive said her best friend wants to end her life because she has emphysema.

8:33 p.m., Jamestown — A man on the 18100 block of Sixth Avenue said he needed an ambulance because he fell down "broke his eye" and was bleeding.

9:03 p.m., Sonora area — Two cars were seen drag racing on Columbia Village Drive.

11:25 p.m., Twain Harte — A loud explosion was heard by 10 people on Michelle Lane.

Felony bookings

THURSDAY

7:25 a.m., Phoenix Lake area — Keith Michael Martin, 19, 24500 block of Highway 108, Mi-Wuk Village, booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property, battery against a custodial officer, possession and transportation of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of burglary tools and drug paraphernalia after an arrest on the 21400 block of Phoenix Lake Road.

According to a sheriff's report, a woman on the 21400 block of Phoenix Lake Road said there was a man in a long poncho jacket walking behind her house. Two deputies arrived and one saw a man running down Phoenix Lake Road and stopped him.

The man refused to open his hand to show the deputy what he was holding, so the deputy sprayed him with pepper spray. Searching the man, the deputy found a screwdriver, methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe, along with a car stereo, CD, a flashlight and a key to a Volkswagen.

Because the man, later identified as Martin, had bleeding knees from the scuffle with the deputy, he was taken to Tuolumne General Hospital for treatment.

A neighbor to the woman who called about the prowler said her car was burglarized and the stereo and CD Martin had matched a description of the one taken from her car.

Martin remained in custody this morning in lieu of $30,000 bail.

7:05 p.m., Soulsbyville — David Frank Lowe, 48, 17700 block of Woods Way, Jamestown, booked on suspicion of felony vandalism after arrest on Spanish Grant Drive at Valley Oak Drive. No details were available. He was released Friday after posting $5,000 bail.

FRIDAY

9:59 a.m., East Sonora — Timothy Alan Boling, 33, 24200 block of White Fern Road, Sugar Pine, booked on suspicion of burglary, forgery, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, receiving stolen property and misdemeanor making threats with a weapon.

According to a sheriff's report, Boling went to Gary Reichle's house on the 22400 block of Scenic Drive about 9:30 a.m. Thursday to sell his truck. Reichle said that when Boling got there, he said $500 was not enough for his truck and demanded more.

After the two talked for about a minute, Boling pulled a tire iron out of his jacket an hit Reichle on the forehead, knocking the 55-year-old Reichle to his knees, the report said.

While Reichle was on the ground, Boling kicked him in the chest and struck him 10 to 15 more times on the head with the tire iron, Reichle told investigators.

The sheriff's report says Boling pulled out a utility knife and threatened to kill Reichle if he didn't give him money. Reichle told deputies that he gave Boling $500 and Boling left, and Reichle passed out. An hour later a friend came by, called 911 and took Reichle to Tuolumne General Hospital for treatment.

Saturday morning, sheriff's reports say, Boling went to Money Mart in The Junction Shopping center and tried to cash a check for $185.20 written to him on Reichle's account. The clerk became suspicious about the check, phoned Reichle's house and reached a sheriff's investigator who was talking with Reichle about the assault. Reichle said his signature on the check was forged. Though Boling left the Money Mart, he was stopped a short distance away and arrested.

Boling remained held this morning in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Fires

THURSDAY

10:30 p.m., Columbia area — A kitchen fire did $10,000 damage to a mobile home on the 23000 block of Italian Bar Road. Engine crews from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Tuolumne County Fire Department and the Columbia Fire Protection District responded to the blaze, which began on a stove top and spread to nearby cabinets. The home is owned by Joan Shock.

FRIDAY

12:55 p.m., East Sonora — A fire at The Junction shopping center did $5,000 damage to a 1985 Jeep Cherokee owned by Orlando Noel of Jamestown. CDF and TCFD engine crews doused the blaze.

SATURDAY

8:08 a.m., Sonora — A defective heater filled the Washington Street office of World Savings with smoke before the first teller arrived for her Saturday-morning shift. After her 911 call, Sonora Fire Department engines were at the office on the 200 block of South Washington Street for about an hour while the building was ventilated. The bank opened on schedule at 9 a.m. The amount of damage to the heater is unknown.

YESTERDAY

5:27 p.m., Sonora — Vandals ignited paper inside a portable toilet at the Sonora Skate Park on the 400 block of Greenley Road. Apparently alerted by a cell phone report, Sonora firefighters saw two youths fleeing as they arrived. The blaze did an unknown amount of damage to the latrine's plastic walls.

9 p.m., Tuttletown — A Reynolds Ferry Road engine fire did $10,000 damage to a 1998 Toyota Tacoma pickup owned by Tim Owens of Copperopolis. CDF, TCFD and Columbia Fire Protection District crews doused the blaze.

Sonora police reports

THURSDAY

5:47 a.m., suspicious circumstances — A Tuolumne County employee found the front door at Veterans Memorial Hall wide open when he got to work.

7:06 a.m., burglary — A man said his red Ford Explorer was broken into overnight while it was parked on the 500 block of Alpine Lane.

7:37 a.m., vandalism — A caller said a window was damaged at a business on South Washington Street.

11:28 a.m., animal complaints — A dog was reported loose on East Lyons Street, but an officer was unable to find it.

12:32 p.m., traffic accident — No one was injured in a traffic accident on South Green Street.

1:22 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller reported seeing an older man put his hands in a younger man's pants pockets in the parking lot of a business on the 1000 block of Mono Way.

1:49 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller saw a transient sitting under a walkway on South Stewart Street who looked like he might be trying to stay the night.

3:07 p.m. animal complaints — A caller said two pitbulls were chasing kids at Sonora High School.

FRIDAY

6:28 a.m., hazardous situation — A caller on Ash Lane said a tree had fallen into a house.

9:58 a.m., traffic hazard — A caller said a white, long-bed truck was in the road at Morning Star Drive and Greenley Road.

11:01 a.m., threats — A caller on the 200 block of Ridge Road said a neighbor walked into the caller's home and made threats.

12:20 p.m., school assist — A caller on the 300 block of South Shepard Street said Cassina High School students were thrashing the neighborhood.

2:44 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller said he or she saw someone enter a neighbor's home on the 400 block of Greenley Road.

4:32 p.m., fraud — An employer on Hope Lane said an employee had charged sex phone calls to the employer's bank account.

3:04 p.m., traffic hazard — A caller on the 90 block of North Stewart Street said a vehicle was blocking a driveway.

9:13 p.m., theft — Wal-Mart security officers detained a kid on suspicion of shoplifting.

10:31 p.m., disorderly conduct — A caller said several people were throwing items out of vehicles on the corner of South Barretta and Theall streets.

11:35 p.m., assault — A caller from Sonora Regional Medical Center said a patient was out of control.

SATURDAY

7:48 a.m., found property — A wallet left at a restaurant on Washington Street was dropped off at the police station.

9:05 a.m., suspicious circumstance — A caller said a man was acting strangely, giving out candy to the staff of a business on the 100 block of South Forest Road.

3:56 p.m., found property — A bike was found on Greenley Road.

4:33 p.m., public intoxication — A caller said a man tried to put his hand in a woman's purse at a business on the 1100 block of Sanguinetti Road. The man was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.

9:49 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller said several people were in a room that was not rented on the 300 block of South Washington Street.

CALAVERAS COUNTY

Sheriff's report

THURSDAY

7:20 a.m., Burson — A caller said someone tried to steal a dump truck from inside a locked yard on the 3100 block of Highway 12.

7:33 a.m., Paloma — A caller said a rust-colored cow was loose on the 100 block of Paloma Road.

9:12 a.m., Douglas Flat — A caller on the 1900 block of Highway 4 said a tenant had moved and taken other people's belongings.

10:39 a.m., Valley Springs — A caller from the Valley Springs Post Office said a mailbox was vandalized.

4:08 p.m., San Andreas — A caller reported a child shoplifting at Treat's General Store.

4:48 p.m., San Andreas — A caller from a school on Fricot City Road said one student had assaulted another.

7:12 p.m., Arnold — A caller said lights were on in her neighbor's unoccupied cabin on the 2500 block of Camanche Court. Deputies discovered it was burglarized.

FRIDAY

No reports were available for Friday, February 27.

SATURDAY

7:42 a.m., West Point — A caller on Railroad Flat Road said an elderly male the caller takes care of "has gone whackadoo," is in the road and won't come home.

9:50 a.m., Murphys — A physical fight between sisters was reported on the 200 block of Woodland Drive.

9:59 a.m., Burson — A deputy spotted a suspicious person behind the Burson post office. The person was arrested on a local warrant.

10:10 a.m., Copperopolis — A caller on the 60 block of Black Creek Drive said three homeless people and their dogs had set up camp near the caller's property.

10:48 a.m., West Point — A caller said his or her car was vandalized on the 3700 block of Bald Mountain Road.

11:44 a.m., Valley Springs — A Showtime Video employee said movies were stolen from the store.

12:42 p.m., Jenny Lind — A caller on the 8500 block of O'Rielly Street said his or her car was broken into. Credit cards and other items valued at $400 were taken.

1:52 p.m., Angels Camp — A caller said children were putting themselves into clothes dryers on the 200 block of Main Street.

4:41 p.m., San Andreas — A caller said boys were shooting each other with BB guns on the 300 block of Market Street.

Arrests

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

Thomas Larson Krogh, 58, unknown address, booked at 10:20 p.m. Friday after arrest on Highway 49 in San Andreas.

James Eugene Leggat, 39, unknown address, booked at 12:50 a.m. yesterday after arrest at a gas station on Highway 26 in Valley Springs.

Robert Paul Laroski, 53, of Vacaville, booked at 11:45 p.m. yesterday after arrest on Highway 49 in San Andreas.

Fires

FRIDAY

3:50 p.m., Valley Springs — A fire that broke out in the engine compartment of a car parked in front of Foothill Fire Protection District Station on Highway 12 did an undetermined amount of damage. Foothill crews put it out.

10:30 p.m., Bear Valley — The Bear Valley Fire Department responded to reports of smoke pouring from the heat vents at a home on the 100 block of Mara Wolf Road. There was no damage and no fire broke out.