When a State Farm fire claim representative broached the subject of whether Karl Karlsen could have done anything, even inadvertently, to cause the Murphys house fire which killed his wife Christina, he banged his hands on the kitchen table, yelled and ran down his hallway.
Two cases of norovirus have been linked to an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness among people who were recently in Yosemite National Park, according to the National Park Service.
The first significant storm of 2020 brought snow down to Tuolumne, Soulsbyville and other foothill communities east of Sonora, and freezing to near-freezing conditions over night and Friday morning left ice and frozen slush on roads around 2,000 feet elevation and above.
Newly obtained court documents revealed that the Sonora Police Department didn’t learn about the death of 23-month-old Koltyn Sparks-Blackwood until 9 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2019, more than five hours after the toddler took his final breath at UC Davis Medical Center.
This report is from the Thursday morning session. To read about the full day of testimony see the Union Democrat on Friday.
A 26-year-old man on felony probation for assault was arrested again Wednesday afternoon in Sonora, this time on suspicion of tampering with vehicles and public intoxication.
MORENO — Timothy Russell Moreno, 65, of Sonora, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at Adventist Health Sonora. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 p.m. at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, 225 E. Rose at Lyons Street, Sonora.
On Tuesday, City of Sonora public works employees placed large blocks of marble, donated by Blue Mountain Minerals, for tables or seating in the mini-park on Linoburg, and early Wednesday morning they were installing metal benches around them.
Calaveras County District Attorney Barbara Yook held a photo of the charred and asphyxiated body of Christina Karlsen outstretched for the 12 jurors and four alternates to see on the second day of testimony in the Karl Karlsen murder trial.
On New Year’s Day in 1991, the 6-year-old daughter of Christina Karlsen was napping in the bed she had just received for Christmas when she heard her mother screaming, “Karl, get the kids.”
Tracy Gulcynski placed a birthday balloon by the grave of her late grandson Koltyn Sparks-Blackwood on Monday in the Baby Garden section at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, where dozens of other young children whose lives were cut short are laid to rest.
BENSON – David Paul Benson, 81, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at his residence in Sonora. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, 225 E. Rose, Sonora, California. Burial will be at Dambacher Mountain Memorial, 22394 Lyons-Bald Mount…
An 18-year-old student was arrested on suspicion of two felonies Monday morning for allegedly bringing a loaded, stolen semiautomatic pistol to Dario Cassina High School on Barretta Street.
FAUSETTE — Cecil Fausette Jr., 68, of Merced died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 in Merced. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at noon at Oak Grove Cemetery (the Divide Cemetery) Groveland. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
A jury of seven women and five men was seated in Calaveras County Superior Court Friday morning in the trial of Karl Karlsen, who is accused of killing his wife in a house fire 29 years ago and collecting a $200,000 life insurance policy in her name.
When the first 12 prospective jurors in the Karl Karlsen murder trial were seated for questioning on Thursday morning, seven of them raised their hands to report that they had heard details of the case.
A man arrested in Sonora on suspicion of underage sex crimes is a firefighter in Piedmont, a city near Oakland.Piedmont city officials released a statement Thursday saying they are aware of the investigation being conducted by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office."The city takes this issue …
Angels Camp city planners are preparing for what they anticipate will be a busy year, beginning with the completion of some long-awaited projects later this month.
A Sonora man identified as a firefighter was arrested on Tuesday at the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office investigations office on Cedar Road in Sonora on suspicion of underage sex crimes.
Just under half of the 140 prospective jurors who reported Wednesday morning to the Calaveras County Superior Court for the first day of the Karl Karlsen trial were dismissed, mostly due to financial hardship.
CARROLL — Paul Thomas Carroll, 70, of Sonora, died Friday, Jan. 3, at Adventist Health Sonora. A memorial service with full military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Heuton Memorial Chapel, 400 S. Stewart St., Sonora.
Wilco, a farmer-owned cooperative based in Oregon, is planning to open a new farm-supply store in the vacant space left by Orchard Supply Hardware in the Sonora Plaza Shopping Center on Mono Way.
Calaveras County Animal Shelter officials told county officials they are proud of the movement they've made toward becoming a no-kill shelter. Here are a few of the animals available for adoption.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed Endangered Species Act protections for Sierra Nevada red foxes, which have been tracked in the Sonora Pass area and Yosemite National Park in recent years.
Calaveras County Animal Services functions more efficiently in the Environmental Management Agency, rather than the Sheriff’s Office, according to responses to the Civil Grand Jury’s most recent report.
West Bradford Street between Poplar and Seco streets in downtown Sonora will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday for preparation work to install a new water main pipeline.
The Tuolumne County Elections Office has announced the locations and hours of operation for vote centers and ballot drop-off boxes for the March 3 presidential primary election.
CHAMBERLAIN — Robert Joseph Chamberlain, 55, of Jamestown, died Sunday, Jan. 5, at Adventist Health Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
California housing officials have agreed to provide an additional $5 million of unused federal funding to construct community resilience centers in Tuolumne and Groveland.
Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers in Modesto tried to help jumpstart the investigation into the death of Koltyn Sparks over the weekend with a Facebook post.
A light utility helicopter crashed in the vicinity of Mokelumne Hill on Saturday, a representative of the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday.
CORREIA — Former Jamestown resident Carin Correia, 56, died Saturday, Dec. 28, in Soulsbyville. A celebration of life will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 4, at Utica Park in Angels Camp.
Diane Anderson, a Sonora nurse sentenced to 10 months in county jail for her role in an October 2016 triple-fatal collision on J-59, is scheduled for release on Jan. 25.
Here's what it looks like at Little Sweden these days, where the property owner is trying to cut down on sledding and thereby reduce left-behind garbage. It's been a huge problem through the years.
A San Joaquin County man threw ceramic roof tiles at Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies from the top of a one-story San Andreas home during a three-and-a-half hour standoff on Wednesday night.
A longtime Twain Harte family fled into the night just as the new year dawned after neighbors up for a New Year’s Eve party ran over to say the house was on fire.
- Karlsen had angry outburst when asked by insurance rep if he caused fire
- Yosemite officials confirm norovirus cases
- Sonora man arrested on child porn charges
- Storm brings rain to foothills, snow down to 2,000 feet
- Documents offer new details on investigation into death of Waterford toddler
- Jumpers 10th in the state
- Investigator: kerosene poured outside bathroom minutes before fatal house fire
- Man on felony probation arrested for tampering with vehicles, public intoxication