The Union Democrat

Wiley opossums invade home through cat door

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office used the incidental home invasion of two opossums into a Water Oak Drive residence in Sonora to promote a lesson on home safety.

On Sunday night, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post (usually reserved for breaking news or criminal arrest press releases), featured a photo of a deputy kneeling beside a computer stand with a lit flashlight in his hand.

In the other photo, a small, baby opossum is seen sheltering himself beneath the computer stand.

According to the Sheriff’s Office narrative, the two opossums entered into the home at night through the cat door. Before the arrival of a deputy, one of the “mischievous marsupials” ran from the home.

Another was hiding under the computer stand while the homeowners armed themselves with a Swiffer WetJet.

The animal was safely apprehended and released. In any case, if the home invasion had been committed by a human being, the charges would have likely been a first degree residential burglary, a felony.

At the end of the post, the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office recommended that homeowners lock doors and windows in their home as a part of a 9 p.m. routine.

Fire closes street for short time

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office and Cal Fire responded to a house fire on the 17000 block of Smokey River Drive in Sonora Monday afternoon, prompting an evacuation of the residence.

According to a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office press release, the fire was reported at about 12:30 p.m. at the occupied home, but the people inside got out safely.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Cal Fire.

A small amount of fire that spread to the surrounding vegetation was put out by CalFire, the press release stated.

A road closure was put into effect on Smokey River Drive at Longeway Road and Red River Drive. The road was reopened by 2:30 p.m.

Sonora drugs arrest

The Sonora Police Department arrested a Manteca woman Monday night on suspicion of possession of more than an ounce of a marijuana and other narcotics.

According to Sonora Police Department logs, an officer initiated a traffic stop on Greenley Road near the Sonora Skatepark at 9:34 p.m. A Sonora Police Department press release said the white Lexus was stopped for expired registration.

When the female driver of the vehicle was contacted, the officer detected the strong odor of marijuana and also noticed an open container of marijuana on the floor of the vehicle.

A search of the driver and of the vehicle uncovered methamphetamine, sugar cubes suspected of being laced with drugs, pills, additional containers of marijuana, a scale and loose bills.

A photo from the Sonora Police Department featured multiple stylized glass containers that appeared to be filled with marijuana.

Tracie A. Glaze, 47, of Manteca, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of transportation of narcotics for sale and possession of marijuana for sale.

Additional charges for possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and possession of an open container in the vehicle are also being sought, the press release stated.

Glaze was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on $20,000 bail and, as of Monday, was no longer in the custody of the jail.