Twain Harte man accused of sexual assault at downtown Sonora hotel

The Sonora Police Department arrested a Twain Harte man Saturday afternoon after a victim alleged they had been sexually assaulted at a hotel on South Washington Street over a week prior.

Sgt. Curtis Hankins of the Sonora Police Department said that certain information could not be disclosed about the circumstance in order to protect the identity of the victim and the ongoing investigation.

Sonora Police Department logs said a sexual assault at the Heritage Inn on South Washington Street was reported at 2:59 p.m. April 12.

The suspect, who is on parole, met Sonora Police Officers at the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office on Lower Sunset Drive on “different pretenses” than the sexual assault allegation, Hankins said. Hankins said the meeting was coordinated to discuss the suspect’s parole.

Joshua Paul Swann, 37, of Twain Harte, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of sodomy by force or fear on $100,000 bail and a felony no-bail probation violation.

As of Monday afternoon, Swann remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail.

Suspected car thieves identified via electronic tracking at casino

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people from Ceres at Chicken Ranch Casino Friday afternoon after a tip from the Tracy Police Department that a stolen vehicle with an electronic tracking device was parked in the business’ parking lot.

Sgt. Andrea Benson said the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Tracy Police Department that tracking information provided from an electronic device in a stolen 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat showed the vehicle to be at the casino, which was confirmed by surveillance footage of the site.

The surveillance footage identified who arrived in the vehicle, Benson said, and when deputies arrived, the pair was detained by Chicken Ranch Casino security staff.

Cary Toves, 50, a carpenter from Ceres, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on $10,000 bail on suspicion of receiving a stolen vehicle.

The woman he was with, Genevieve Pamela Arretche, 37, a retail manager in Ceres, was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia.

Arretche was released on her own recognizance, and Toves posted bail and was released from the Tuolumne County Jail.

Transient man arrested after burglarizing home

A Railroad Flat-area transient man was arrested in downtown Sonora late Sunday night after allegedly burglarizing a Twain Harte home. During a subsequent parole search of a recreational vehicle on Highway 49, three firearms, ammunition and methamphetamine pipes were also found.

According to a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office press release, a Teague Lane resident said a red Chevrolet S10 Blazer was seen leaving his property when he arrived home. Upon checking his property, the homeowner said the door to his garage had been kicked in and tools and motorcycle parts stolen.

The man identified the owner of the vehicle and said he was familiar with the vehicle, the press release stated.

According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s logs, at 6:06 p.m., the Teague Lane resident said a burglar used to live on the property in a trailer and believed that his items were inside the garage.

Hours later, about 11:30 p.m., a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle matching the description of the red Chevy Blazer at a gas station on South Washington Street.

The driver was found to be driving with a suspended license, expired registration and no proof of insurance. Motorcycle parts, tools, motorcycle helmets and other items reported stolen from the home were found in the car. The man was also found to be in possession of pantoprazole sodium delayed release without proof of a prescription, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s press release said.

The drug is used as a treatment of erosive esophagitis.

Early Monday morning, a search was conducted of the man’s RV, where a Ruger Super Black Hawk .44 Magnum Revolver, loaded with six .44 magnum rounds, was found under a pillow on the bed, and a loaded Sears Single shot .410 shotgun and a loaded Ruger 10-22 rifle were also found. Three glass methamphetamine pipes were found on a nightstand in the bedroom and five loose .44 magnum rounds were found next to the pipes, the press release stated.

Randy Scott Gulizia, 68, a heavy equipment operator, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition while prohibited, burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license.

Gulizia was booked on $50,000 bail as well as a no-bail parole hold and remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail Monday afternoon.

Stockton man dies in Camp 9 Road vehicle accident

A Stockton man died Sunday afternoon after his vehicle careened off of Camp 9 Road on the outskirts of Vallecito and struck a large boulder.

About 12:50 p.m., Chauncey Delongpre, 44, of Stockton, was driving a 1991 Jeep Cherokee eastbound on Camp 9 Road east of the Avery Ranch Road bridge at Yea Hoo Gulch at an undetermined speed.

Delongpre’s vehicle veered off the road and struck a large boulder, where it overturned onto the passenger side.

Delongpre was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

Jana Bedford, 38, and Michael Drayer, 45, passengers in the vehicle, sustained major and moderate injuries, respectively. Both were flown to Modesto-area hospitals for treatment.

It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision.

Camp 9 Road is a non-county-maintained, asphalt-and-dirt offshoot of Parrotts Ferry Road. The road winds for nine miles into the Middle Fork Stanislaus River canyon, which feeds into New Melones Reservoir, and stops at the Camp Nine Day Use Area, a recreation site popular for fishing, swimming and kayaking.
At the end of March, an Escalon resident on a 2002 Yamaha motorcycle collided with a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office deputy on the one-lane road. The motorcyclist sustained only minor injuries.

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