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Weekend roundup: ATV fatality, burglary and a stalking allegation


Deshon Frank Mansfield
Benjamin Vagara Tarango

San Jose man dies when ATV overturns

A San Jose resident died Saturday afternoon near Donnell Vista after his four-wheel, all-terrain vehicle collided with a large tree and overturned.

The driver’s identity was not available Monday afternoon pending notification of family members.

About 11 a.m. Saturday, a 39-year old man was driving a 2018 Can-Am ATV westbound on Forest Service Road 6N19Y about 30 miles per hour, a CHP press release stated.

The man was driving near the Niagara Creek Campgrounds, which is located off Highway 108. The campground is in a mixed conifer forest off Eagle Meadow Road off

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San Jose man dies when ATV overturns

A San Jose resident died Saturday afternoon near Donnell Vista after his four-wheel, all-terrain vehicle collided with a large tree and overturned.

The driver’s identity was not available Monday afternoon pending notification of family members.

About 11 a.m. Saturday, a 39-year old man was driving a 2018 Can-Am ATV westbound on Forest Service Road 6N19Y about 30 miles per hour, a CHP press release stated.

The man was driving near the Niagara Creek Campgrounds, which is located off Highway 108. The campground is in a mixed conifer forest off Eagle Meadow Road off of Highway 108 and is about 15 miles from the Summit Ranger Station.

Shawna Stephenson, 41, of Discovery Bay, who was riding as a passenger, was not injured.

Both occupants were wearing proper safety equipment and were using proper restrains at the time of the collision. Authorities said they do not know if alcohol or drugs were a factor.

Man steals Christmas decorations from mobile home

A Sonora man was captured outside of Cascade Mobile Home Park minutes after taking a scarf, shoes and Christmas decorations from a home.

About 7:30 p.m., Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies saw a man carrying several items outside the entrance of the Cascade Mobile Home Park on the 18300 block of Wards Ferry Road in Sonora.

A burglary had been reported at 7:07 p.m. by a resident who saw a man in a black hat, black hooded sweatshirt and red shirt, who may have been drinking a beer, break into one of the neighborhood homes, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs.

When the deputies attempted to arrest the man, he became uncooperative and yelled profanities and threats, Sgt. Andrea Benson said.

He was found to be in possession of 0.78 grams of methamphetamine and a concealed blade.

At the Tuolumne County Jail, the man was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.182.

Deshon Frank Mansfield, 25, of Sonora, was booked on suspicion of first degree burglary, carrying a concealed dirk or dagger and misdemeanor charges possession of a controlled substance, destroying or concealing evidence and misdemeanor charges obstructing a peace officer.

Mansfield was booked on $50,000 bail and, as of Monday afternoon, remained in custody at the Tuolumne County Jail.
Mansfield was arrested on Jan. 7 by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office in Sonora after trespassing at a vacant residence on Jenness Road.

The man claimed to be an agent of the California Correctional Supervisors Organization and was in possession of a black semi-automatic pellet pistol.

Alleged abuse leads to stalking arrest

A Columbia man was arrested during an arranged meeting at the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Saturday morning after an accusation that he had attempted to climb into a woman’s home through the window.

An initial call was placed by a roommate of one of the residents on Bullpine Lane in Columbia, who was the man’s ex-girlfriend.

The man left before Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies got there. The woman said the man had punched her in the head and held her down and had continued to contact and threaten her.

Benjamin Vagara Tarango, 50, of Columbia, was booked on suspicion of felony stalking at the Tuolumne County Jail.

Tarango was booked on $25,000 bail and, as of Monday afternoon, remained in custody at the Tuolumne County Jail.

Tarango has been arrested on outstanding warrants multiple times over the past years — on March 5 on Big HIll Road and on Feb. 18 at The Junction shopping center in Sonora.

On Oct. 6, 2017, he was booked on misdemeanor driving with a suspended license as well as four misdemeanor warrants for failing to appear on a possession of a controlled substance charge and three possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia charges in Columbia.

Tarango was also arrested by the Sonora Police Department for methamphetamine possession and warrants while on Jackson Street on Aug. 24, 2017.

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