News of record for March 30, 2004

March 30, 2004 12:00 am

TUOLUMNE COUNTY

Sheriff's report

SUNDAY

10:56 a.m., Greenley Oaks — An elderly man was reported walking back and forth in front of a house on the 12800 block of Beckwith Circle. A deputy looked for the man but didn't find him.

12:06 p.m., Cedar Ridge — A caller said three people riding all-terrain vehicles on private property at the end of Brookside Drive West said they were confronted by an irate homeowner who brandished a gun.

12:36 p.m., Crystal Falls — A man said two people in a white Volkswagen Jetta driving on Crystal Falls Drive near American River Drive dumped trash out the front passenger window. The caller gave the dispatcher the car's license plate number.

1:29 p.m., Tulloch Reservoir — A caller said about 10 teenagers were shooting a potato gun from a house toward boats and jet skiers on the reservoir. A sheriff's sergeant talked to the teens and cited three.

4:10 p.m., Sonora area — A man said a black plastic bag with a dead animal or poultry carcass inside was left by his mail box, on the 21000 block of Old Sonora-Columbia Road.

4:19 p.m., Standard area — A caller from the 14800 block of Mono Way said a possibly drunken man tried to kick in the door. A deputy came out and arrested a 50-year-old man on a misdemeanor warrant charging him with drunken driving.

5:18 p.m., Groveland — A house on the 20000 block of Skyridge Drive was burglarized.

5:50 p.m., Jamestown area — A caller said a dark-colored car was parked at the end of Mill Villa Road with the trunk open and people appeared to be drunk.

6:15 p.m., Groveland — A woman on the 19000 block of Dyer Court said a man assaulted her. She described his clothes.

8:34 p.m., Groveland — A man on the 19000 block of Ferretti Road said someone keeps shining lights into his house.

YESTERDAY

12:28 a.m., Soulsbyville — A caller said a man was lying in the middle of Soulsbyville Road near Draper Mine Road and may be injured. A CHP officer and an ambulance crew said a 52-year-old man was intoxicated.

3:39 a.m., Tuolumne area — A woman said her daughter's vehicle broke down in the driveway on the 17000 block of Robin Ridge Road and someone turned it sideways.

Felony bookings

FRIDAY

6:24 p.m., Columbia area — Gregory Hugh Dodge, 55, 22000 block of Parrotts Ferry Road, Columbia, booked on suspicion of sexual assault and misdemeanor battery after an arrest at his home. No details were available. He remained in jail this morning, held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

SATURDAY

1:10 a.m., Sonora — Jerry Christopher Coey, 32, 200 block of North Washington Street, Sonora, booked on a felony parole hold after an arrest on South Green Street on suspicion of misdemeanor public intoxication. He remained held without bail this morning.

9:50 p.m., Jamestown — Bobby Earnst Cash, 22, 18500 block of Jamestown Road, Jamestown, booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after an arrest at his home.

According to a sheriff's report, Cash and another man exchanged heated words at R&L Mini Mart on Parrotts Ferry Road in Columbia while the man was pumping gasoline. Cash became angry and witnesses said he kicked the man in the face. Cash drove off and an ambulance was called to take the man to Sonora Regional Medical Center.

Deputies went to Cash's house to question him about the incident and then arrested him.

He remained held this morning in lieu of $30,000 bail.

SUNDAY

1:25 a.m., Jamestown area — Joseph Antone Francis, 32, Mi-Wuk Village, booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license after an arrest on Highway 108 at Rawhide Road. No details were available. He remained held this morning in lieu of $5,000 bail.

3:35 a.m., Soulsbyville — A 36-year-old Soulsbyville man was booked on suspicion of felony spousal battery and damaging a telephone line after an arrest at his home. No details were available. He was released Monday after posting $35,000 bail.

Arrests

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

John Thomas Tommaso Jr., 21, 200 block of East I Street, Oakdale, booked at 12:06 a.m., Saturday after arrest on an undisclosed location on Highway 108.

Kenneth Robert Perea, 18, 17400 block of Es la Vida, Sonora, booked at 2:45 a.m. Sunday after arrest on Stewart Street at Theall Street, Sonora.

James Ray Glenn, 51, 5500 block of Nomi Street, Bakersfield, booked at 3:05 a.m. Sunday after arrest on Mono Way at Greenley Road, Sonora.

Nicolle Leann Branning, 24, 57900 block of Campanula Street, Yucca Valley, booked at 3:30 a.m. Sunday after arrest on Theall Street at Stewart Street, Sonora.

Humberto Almaguer Jr., 46, 800 block of Deanna Way, Bakersfield, booked at 3:50 a.m. Sunday after arrest on Mono Way at Greenley Road, Sonora.

Sonora police reports

SUNDAY

12:01 a.m., vandalism — A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of vandalizing a business on the 100 block of South Washington Street.

7:23 a.m., found property — A man found a bicycle in the middle of South Washington Street.

1:16 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A woman said people in a white Chevrolet Cavalier car were possibly dealing drugs in the parking lot of a business on the 900 block of Mono Way. The car was gone by the time an officer arrived.

3:04 p.m., suspicious circumstances — A caller said a man in blue jeans and a white shirt on the 500 block of South Stewart Street looked like he was in a fight because he was bloody.

4:03 p.m., traffic violation — A 30-year-old man was cited for driving with a suspended license after a traffic stop on Stockton Road near Mill Villa Court.

5:07 p.m., public intoxication — A 48-year-old man was booked on suspicion of public intoxication after a caller said she was the man lying down in back of a business on the 200 block of South Washington Street.

5:21 p.m., vandalism — A woman said a side window on her car parked at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds was broken.

Fire calls

TODAY

1:45 a.m., Phoenix Lake area — The cause is under investigation in a fire that caused $6,000 damage to a house and adjacent shed on the 14300 block of Expedition Drive.

The fire started in the shed, destroying it, and spread to one wall and the roof of the house.

The tenants, Howard and Kathy Orr, were alerted to the fire when a five-gallon propane tank exploded, waking them and their neighbors. The property is owned by Dave Slater of San Andreas.

Responding were Tuolumne County Fire Department and California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention. Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department responded for traffic control.

CALAVERAS COUNTY

Sheriff's reports

SUNDAY

12:40 p.m., San Andreas — A bank card was found on the 100 block of Main Street.

4:05 p.m., Murphys — Lost property was reported on the first block of Mitchler Avenue.

6 p.m., San Andreas — Criminal threats were made regarding a debt on the 1800 block of Gold Strike Road.

6:11 p.m., Copperopolis — Threats were made on the 2900 block of Beaver Road.

6:57 p.m., Valley Springs — An argument led to a westbound car chase on Highway 49. One girl chased another.

10:15 p.m., Mokelumne Hill — A caller on the 5200 block of Lombardi Drive said he was followed from Angels Camp to his residence by a man in a light-colored vehicle.

10:52 p.m., Copperopolis — Family members were trespassing on the 4800 block of Little John Road.

Felony bookings

FRIDAY

4:30 p.m., Valley Springs — Anthony Manuel Silva, 44, 7400 block of Warren Road, Valley Springs, arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, possessing a hypodermic needle, possessing a controlled substance and possessing controlled substance paraphernalia. Silva was released because of crowded conditions at the Calaveras County Jail, and will be arraigned at a later date.

5:15 p.m., Valley Springs — Thomas James Moreno, 34, 1100 block of Main Street, Jenny Lind, arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance. Moreno was released because of crowded conditions at the Calaveras County Jail, and will be arraigned at a later date.

5:15 p.m., Valley Springs — Jason Harley Costa, 28, 300 block of Stanley Road, Stockton, arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance. Costa was transported to a vocational institute in Tracy.

5:40 p.m., Valley Springs — Martin Ross Black, 34, of Camanche, arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance. As of this morning, Black remained in custody at the Calaveras County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.

5:40 p.m., Valley Springs — Darren Wayne Sparks, 38, of Wallace, arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance. Sparks was released because of crowded conditions at the Calaveras County Jail, and will be arraigned at a later date.

5:52 p.m., Valley Springs — Sheila Kay Ellison, 36, 7400 block of Warren Road, Valley Springs, arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance. Ellison was released because of crowded conditions at the Calaveras County Jail, and will be arraigned at a later date.

SATURDAY

12 a.m., Valley Springs — Raul Garcia Luna, 33, of Burson, arrested at a Valley Springs motel on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and disorderly conduct due to alcohol. As of this morning, Luna remained in custody at the Calaveras County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

SUNDAY

9:30 p.m., Copperopolis — Dorothy Diane Johnson, 35, 2300 block of Pamo Court, Copperopolis, arrested at her home on a felony battery charge. Johnson remained in custody at the county jail this morning in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Arrests

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

Bryan Ross Herrington, 31, 7400 block of Warren Road, Valley Springs, booked at 7:30 p.m. Saturday after arrest at the intersection of Highway 4 and Sierra Parkway in Camp Connell.

Luis Roberto Castaneda, 52, 1900 block of Sugar Pine Way, Douglas Flat, booked at 12:07 a.m. Sunday after arrest at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 4 in Douglas Flat.

Paul Ralph Merkley, 33, 1800 block of Belmont Way, Arnold, booked at 2:12 a.m. Sunday after arrest at the intersection of Main and Church streets in Murphys.

Jessica Lyn Stricler, 20, 7700 Gabor Street, Valley Springs, booked at 3:10 a.m. today after arrest at the intersection of Silver Rapids Road and Highway 26 in Valley Springs.

Fire calls

YESTERDAY

2:45 p.m., Sheep Ranch area — A fire of unknown cause scorched a quarter acre of grassland on the 10400 block of Fricot City Road. The property owner's name is unknown. Responding were California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Altaville-Melones, Central and San Andreas fire protection districts and Angels Camp Fire Department.