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Linda Jensen didn’t know what to think when Tuolumne County public health officials called her shortly before noon on Thursday and told her she was free to come out of isolation despite testing positive for COVID-19 less than a week earlier.

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An excessive heat warning is in effect through 7 p.m. today for Mother Lode foothills communities, including San Andreas, Angels Camp, Murphys and Sonora, and there are chances of thunderstorms Friday and Saturday, National Weather Service forecasters said Thursday morning.

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A Valley Springs man has been hospitalized after he tested positive for COVID-19, the Calaveras County Health Department announced Tuesday.

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The dam-controlled Stanislaus River is running fast and cold below Goodwin Dam in Tuolumne County, and Modesto Fire Department personnel in rubber river rafts powered by outboard engines rescued 17 people in separate incidents this weekend.

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An inmate at the Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown has tested positive for COVID-19, the Public Health Department announced Monday afternoon.

A couple from San Luis Obispo and San Jose were arrested Thursday evening in connection with a vehicle reported stolen from Santa Cruz, and they were caught by two California Highway Patrol officers while fishing at Phoenix Lake reservoir.

People who want COVID-19 testing will be able to go to Frogtown, the Calaveras County Fairgrounds outside Angels Camp, starting May 29, health officers for Calaveras County and Tuolumne County said in a joint announcement Friday.

A man who did not stop his car at an intersection on Stewart Street was pulled over by Sonora police, determined to be on felony probation, and arrested for a billy club, pepper spray, hypodermic needles and an open container of alcohol found in the car, Sonora police said Monday evening.

A dumpster was set on fire behind Regal Cinemas theater complex at Cross Roads Shopping Center off Sanguinetti Road Monday afternoon, Sonora police staff said.

The late-season storm that is expected to bring more rain to the Mother Lode foothills through Tuesday has also brought enough snow to force chain controls on roads higher in the mountains and closures of Ebbetts Pass on Highway 4 and Sonora Pass on Highway 108.

The building that houses the Tuolumne County Public Defender’s Office in downtown Sonora was damaged Sunday afternoon when a driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed through two supporting pillars, police said.

Ed Pelfrey has been named the new superintendent of Sonora Union High School District, Jim Riggs, president of the Sonora Union High School District Governing Board, announced Friday.

Caltrans workers on both sides of the central Sierra Nevada mountain range opened Sonora Pass on Highway 108 and Ebbetts Pass on Highway 4 on Friday morning, a spokesperson for the state transportation agency said before 10:30 a.m.

A man was arrested and charged with raping a female cousin in the Columbia area, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office staff said Thursday.

A man was caught on camera taking a package from a Copperopolis-area resident’s porch Wednesday, and Calaveras County deputies are seeking the suspect and his vehicle.

A woman lost control of the car she was driving Tuesday, went off Highway 132, struck a tree and sustained major injuries, and she was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, California Highway Patrol personnel based in Jamestown said.

Law enforcement  personnel in Calaveras County are warning residents about recent reports of phone scams and email scams, because the invitations and entreaties have looked high quality and valid, Sheriff’s Office staff said Wednesday.

A motorist accidentally or intentionally damaged a locked, metal gate on Highway 108 just above Kennedy Meadows, where the barrier is intended to keep vehicles off the switchbacking highway as it climbs to the top of 9,624-foot Sonora Pass.

A convicted felon who lives in Valley Springs was arrested last week in Lodi on suspicion of new charges including possession of methamphetamine, heroin, hallucinogenic mushrooms, a stolen handgun and ammunition, Calaveras County sheriff’s staff said Tuesday.