Wanted burglar with bicycle is arrested

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office received an outpouring of information over the weekend regarding a suspected burglar of a personal storage garage on Highlander Drive in Twain Harte on Wednesday, and arrested a suspect in Mi-Wuk Village on Sunday afternoon.

Included in the many tips was one from someone on Highlander Drive who said the bicycle in the photo was taken from him by a man who lived in a home on his property.

Deputies went to the 24200 block of White Fire Drive North in Mi-Wuk Village to a parolee’s residence and found stolen property and drug paraphernalia.

Also in the house were a backpack, a ball cap and the bicycle seen on surveillance footage of the burglary.

Surveillance footage showed a man on a gray mountain bike wearing a hat, blue or gray pants, a red shirt and two-toned backpack leaving a personal shop or storage garage on Highlander Drive that was recently burglarized.

A door frame was broken, and multiple items taken from the shop were found on the ground in nearby trails and around the perimeter of the building.

At the Mi-Wuk Village residence on Sunday, the suspect resisted arrest but was brought into custody after a struggle, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office press release said.

Kenneth Christopher Eldred, 33, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia, receiving known stolen property less than $400 and resisting a peace officer.

Eldred was placed on a no-bail parole hold and remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail on Monday afternoon.

Motorcyclist sustains major injuries

A motorcyclist sustained major injuries Friday afternoon after he crossed the double-yellow lines on Highway 4 in Angels Camp and crashed head-on into a semi truck.

Shawn K. Scott, 49, of Millbrae, was driving his 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle about 60 miles per hour eastbound on Highway 4 east of Pool Station Road behind Barbara Dunkel, 76, of Angels Camp, in a 1990 Dodge Ram.

Scott drove over the double-yellow lines and into the westbound lane to pass Dunkel. Scott saw a 2013 Freightliner, driven by David Osuna, 41, of Modesto, coming toward him in the westbound lane.

Both Osuna and Scott applied the brakes as they approached each other, but neither were able to stop or avoid a collision. The vehicle collided head-on, and Scott was ejected from the motorcycle into the eastbound lane.

As a result of the impact, debris flying through the air also damaged Dunkel’s vehicle.

Scott was transferred to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.

More than 500 cannabis plants eradicated

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office eradicated more than 500 marijuana plants while serving search warrants at two unrelated grow sites in San Andreas and West Point on Thursday.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team served the search warrants on the 2000 block of Andreas Vista Drive in San Andreas, where 191 mature marijuana plants were located, and on the 600 block of Smitty Lane in West Point, where 465 marijuana plants were located.

At the San Andreas location, some of the plants were 8 to 10 feet tall, a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office press release said.

Illegal marijuana cultivation search warrants were served at both locations in 2017 and several environmental violations were found at both of the sites on Thursday. Stream diversion, pollutants in or near a waterway, oil dripping directly into an open well, open trench sewage and unsafe electrical and generator connections were found at both of the sites.

No one was at either of the marijuana grows.

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

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