The Sonora Police Department investigated a loud noise in downtown Sonora Sunday night that prompted multiple calls from area residents.

Sgt. Curtis Hankins said the department received multiple calls about an explosion that some speculated was fireworks, a transformer blast or the sound of a shotgun.

The first call came in at 10:08 p.m. from the 200 block of Barretta Street. The caller reported a loud sound near the Sonora Dome. Another caller reported seeing smoke, but believed the sound came from the downtown area.

Two more callers also reported the blast, with one person at the intersection of East Lyons Street and Dodge Lane reporting smoke and a flash of light.

Hankins said there were not reports of a power outage, and no vehicle accidents were reported at the time.

“Officers went out and did an area check and were not able to locate anything,” he said.

Three drug-related arrests from Soulsbyville traffic stop

A Tuolumne resident, a Sonora resident and a Soulsbyville resident were arrested on suspicion of various drug possession charges Friday after heroin and paraphernalia was discovered during a traffic stop on Soulsbyville Road.

A Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputy followed a white Honda Civic about 1 a.m. that had crossed over the center lines on Soulsbyville Road multiple times. During a traffic stop, the deputy found expired registration for the vehicle, and one the occupants had felony warrants out of Santa Cruz County.

Sgt. Andrea Benson said a search found each occupant to be in possession of various drugs or paraphernalia.

The driver of the vehicle, the Sonora resident, was in possession of 0.12 grams of heroin and had burglary, vandalism and drug paraphernalia possession warrants from Santa Cruz County.

The Soulsbyville woman, a passenger in the vehicle, was in possession of a pill, tin foil containing 0.38 grams of heroin, a tube containing 0.84 grams of heroin, and a syringe, Benson said.

During the investigation, it was determined that the Tuolumne man furnished the drugs to the Soulsbyville woman. The Tuolumne man was also found in possession of a digital scale, cash, and packaging material.

Cyrus Abraham Cole, 27, of Tuolumne, was booked on suspicion of felonies possession of a narcotic controlled substance for sale and transporting a narcotic controlled substance.

His bail was set at $50,000, and is no longer in custody at the Tuolumne County Jail as of Monday.

Molly Marie Tucker, 28, of Soulsbyville, was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor charges possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia and destroying or concealing evidence.

Tucker was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on $5,000 bail and is no longer in custody.

Joseph Edward Zumwalt, 27, of Sonora, was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor charges possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.

Zumwalt was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on $5,000 bail and remained in custody as of Monday evening.

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