Sonora man attempts to break post office window

The Sonora Police Department arrested a Sonora man outside of the United States Post Office on South Washington Street Sunday night after he attempted to shatter the glass window of the front door with a bottle.

Just before 7 p.m., Sonora Police Officers received a report of a man who was screaming and not wearing any shoes in front of the post office, Sonora Police Department Interim Chief Turu VanderWiel said.

When officers saw the man seated on the sidewalk, he showed no obvious signs of intoxication, VanderWiel said.

The man was surrounded by broken glass and the officer determined the man had thrown a glass bottle at the door in an attempt to break it.

VanderWiel said the man refused to give any answers about why he tried to break the window.

The window was not damaged, but if the man had succeeded, VanderWiel said, the cost to replace it would have exceeded more than $400 in value, which made it a felony.

The man was also found to be on Tuolumne County probation, a Sonora Police Department news release said, with one of the terms of his probation being that he “obey all laws.”

Evan Dale Underwood, 27, of Sonora, was booked on suspicion of felony probation violation, vandalism, and attempting to commit a state specific crime following the arrest arrest on South Washington Street.

Underwood was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on no bail, due to the terms of his probation, VanderWiel said.

K9 uncovers methamphetamine, marijuana in a vehicle

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Copperopolis woman outside a Jamestown gas station Sunday morning after K9 Maverick alerted deputies to narcotics in the woman’s vehicle.

Just before 2:30 a.m., a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputy at the Sierra Energy gas station in Jamestown pulled a registration check on a gray Dodge Durango with multiple people who appeared to be tampering with the vehicle, Sgt. Andrea Benson said.

The vehicle’s registration was expired, and the deputy approached the vehicle. Ten feet away from the car, the deputy noticed the strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, Benson said.

The deputy deployed K9 Maverick to investigate the vehicle, who is not trained to detect the smell of marijuana as a controlled substance because it is legal to possess recreationally, Benson said.

K9 Maverick circled the vehicle. The sniff procedure functions as if he is “an extension of the deputy’s own nose,” Benson said, to determine the “plain view” odor around the exterior of the car.

K9 Maverick indicated that narcotics were in the vehicle, Benson said, and a search uncovered 57.31 grams of methamphetamine and 127. 97 grams of marijuana.

Lynette Adams, 35, of Copperopolis, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale and transportation of a controlled substance for sale.

Adams was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on $40,000 bail.

Adams was not booked on marijuana charges, but the information was transferred to the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office to determine if additional charges will be made, Benson said.

The other occupants of the vehicle, Adams’ underage family members, were not arrested, Benson added.

Modesto woman dies in Tuolumne car crash

A Modesto woman died Saturday afternoon in Tuolumne after losing control of her vehicle on Tuolumne Road, and the California Highway Patrol believes another vehicle may have been involved in the collision that left before law enforcement arrived.

At about 1:25 p.m., Jean Claire Simmons, 73, was driving a 1999 Toyota Corolla eastbound on Tuolumne Road, east of Westside Road, at an unknown speed, when her right side tires traveled off the right side of the road and onto the gravel shoulder, a CHP news release said.

Simmons overcorrected and swerved across the eastbound and westbound lanes before the vehicle struck a dirt and rock hillside on the north side of Tuolumne Road.

Simmons was evacuated by air ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, where she died.

The CHP believes there was a second vehicle involved in the collision that left the scene prior to the arrival of CHP officers and is continuing an investigation into the crash.

The CHP requests that anyone who witnessed the collision or has information contact (209) 984-3944.

Tuolumne Narcotics Team assists CHP in drug case

The Tuolumne Narcotics Team arrested a Modesto man and woman and an Oakdale woman early Friday morning after a California Highway Patrol traffic stop in Jamestown uncovered a large amount of methamphetamine, weapons and items that indicated their drugs were for sale.

A California Highway Patrol officer pulled over a vehicle just after 1 a.m. on Friday on Highway 108 near Montezuma Road for having 2018 tags, but a registration that had expired earlier this year, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office news release said.

The CHP officer found the driver had 46.9 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, a sales ledger, plastic bags, $875 in cash, four suboxone strips, hypodermic needles and live ammunition, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office news release said.

A Modesto woman was also found to be in possession of hypodermic needles, Sgt. Andrea Benson said.

When the narcotics team arrived, they searched a backpack in the vehicle belongings to an Oakdale woman and found 19.6 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, a sales ledger, plastic bags, $159 in cash, a methamphetamine smoking pipe, a stun gun, pepper spray and hypodermic needles.

Lisle Annie Edwards, 50, of Oakdale, was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, transporting a controlled substance, possession of ammunition while prohibited, possession of pepper spray while a felon and possession of a stun gun while a felon.

She was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on $20,000 bail.

Edward Harold Ryno, 53, of Modesto, was booked on suspicion of transporting a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, false impersonation of another and committing a felony while out on bail.

Ryno was also found to have two Stanislaus County felony warrants for receiving known stolen property and failing to appear on a possession of ammunition while prohibited charge.

He was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on $40,000 bail.

Savannah Serpa, 26, of Modesto, was booked on suspicion of possession of drug use paraphernalia.

She was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on $3,000 bail.

High-speed motorcycle chase ends in arrest

A Sonora Police officer arrested a Tuolumne man on Friday following a high-speed motorcycle chase through Sonora and down Tuolumne Road after the man was found to be in possession of drugs and operating his vehicle with a suspended license.

At about 10:46 p.m., a Sonora police officer saw a motorcycle driving at high speeds on Sanguinetti Road and Sanguinetti Loop, near a Mazda Miata that was also driving erratically, said Sonora Police Department Interim Chief Turu VanderWiel.

The officer attempted to perform a traffic stop, but the driver took off at a high speed in the direction of Tuolumne Road. The Miata left the scene, VanderWiel said, and the Sonora Police Department was “still trying to follow up on that aspect” of the investigation to determine the association of the “suspicious vehicle” to the man on the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist increased his speed to 85 mph to 90 mph during the chase, driving erratically and over the double-yellow lines, VanderWiel said, but the officer was able to keep up.

After many minutes, the driver pulled over in the area of Yosemite Road and Hershey Road East in Tuolumne.

The man was in possession of five grams of black tar heroin and a hypodermic needle, and he was also driving on a suspended license and with expired registration on the motorcycle.

Joel Thomas Perkins, 30, was booked on suspicion of evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for safety and misdemeanor charges possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.

Perkins was not cited for the registration violation, VanderWiel said.

Perkins was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on a total bail of $140,000.

One man arrested, another evades capture in Calaveras


The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office was involved in two separate vehicle chases Friday night with one driver being captured in West Point and another fleeing on foot near the south fork of the Mokelumne River bridge.

At about 6 p.m., a Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle on Pine Street in West Point for a broken headlight, Sgt. Rachelle Whiting said. The driver then ran a stop sign after the deputy turned on his lights and siren.

The vehicle accelerated on westbound Highway 26 and forced other drivers off the road, and the chase was terminated due to safety concerns.

But the vehicle was located later on Sawyer Road near West Point, and deputies, familiar that Sawyer Road was a dead-end street, set up a perimeter to capture the vehicle.

When the driver left, multiple Sheriff’s Office vehicles forced the driver to stop.

The vehicle was found to be stolen out of Manteca, a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office news release said, with two different license plates, neither of which belonged to the vehicle, on the front and the back of the car.

Inside, the deputies found methamphetamine of a quantity determined to be for personal use, and a key that had been altered for use as a vehicle burglary tool, Whiting said.

Lester Borges Dias, 32, of Escalon, was booked on suspicion of grand theft, vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, evading police with wanton disregard for safety and misdemeanor charges possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools, displaying false registration and driving with a suspended license.

His bail was set at $105,000.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office was unsuccessful in capturing the driver of a BMW sedan after they tried to stop the car near Pine Street in Valley Springs for the vehicle not having registration and listed for non-operation by the DMV.

A deputy pursued a vehicle through Paloma on Highway 26 eastbound before spike strips were set up near the intersection of Highway 26 and 49.

Though the spike strips punctured the tires of suspect’s vehicle, they also punctured the tires of the deputy’s vehicle.

Another deputy continued the pursuit, and eventually transferred the operation to the California Highway Patrol.

The road sparked as the vehicle’s tire rims struck the pavement, but the driver continued to flee. He finally stopped in a canyon east of the south fork Mokelumne River bridge, and fled on foot into bushes near the road, the news release said.

An Amador County K9 was dispatched, but law enforcement was unable to find the man. The vehicle was towed.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the identity of the driver.

Calaveras deputies locate butane honey oil lab

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office discovered a butane honey oil lab in Valley Springs on Thursday, but have made no arrests after contacting the “person responsible” for the site, said Sgt. Rachelle Whiting.

Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Highway 26 in Valley Springs on Thursday, and contacted the owner of a storage container where the lab was believed to be operating.

The lab was not in operation when the deputies arrived, Whiting said, but they seized 192 canisters of butane, 200 pounds of processed marijuana in plastic storage totes and what appeared to be oil residue in a container.

Whiting said she did not have information about how much oil was actually at the site, but the investigation was ongoing into multiple people involved in the operation.

Man arrested on domestic violence charge

The Sonora Police Department arrested a Sonora man Thursday night on suspicion of domestic battery and kidnapping after responding to a woman outside of Walmart who was afraid for her safety.

At about 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sonora Police officers met with a woman in a Sanguinetti Road parking lot after she had alleged that a man had violated a domestic violence restraining order the day before at the same location, Sonora Police Department Interim Chief Turu VanderWiel said.

The woman explained that she and the man had been involved in an argument in Walmart, and after they left, the man struck her in the head several times, picked her up, put her in his vehicle and drove away.

The woman said she had been knocked unconscious during the struggle, and woke up the next day beside the man in his Sonora home.

She had called the officers to Walmart on Thursday, she said, because the man was in the parking lot again, waiting for her.

VanderWiel said the man had left the scene before their arrival, but his vehicle was located at a Chukar Circle residence in Sonora later that night.

After 10 p.m., the man attempted to leave the residence and Sonora Police officers and Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies performed a traffic stop on the man.

Cole John Andrew Cranstoun, 20, was arrested at the scene and booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, inflicting corporal injury and misdemeanor charges violating a court order to prevent domestic violence.

His bail was set at $100,000.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.





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