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Felony Recklessly Starting a Fire Arrest

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Fire 6-24Date and Time of Release: 24 June 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 24 June 2015, at approx. 1:13 am

Subject: Felony Recklessly Starting a Fire Arrest Hunter, Todd

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24 June 2015, at approx. 1:13 am, Officer Norris was driving on Stockton Road, when he noticed a large plume of smoke coming from a dry wooded area on the south side of the roadway, on the 300 block of Stockton Road. As Officer Norris approached the area, he noticed active flames approximately 2-3 feet high coming from an area in the brush, under some trees. Cal Fire and the Sonora Fire Department responded for fire suppression.

Officer Norris contacted Todd Hunter, 51 next to the fire. Hunter who is a transient, admitted to starting the fire to warm his food. When asked about the fire conditions he responded that it wouldn’t hurt if some of the vegetation was burned off anyway.

If not for the great observation by Officer Norris, this fire could have been extremely devastating to the City, as there are numerous homes, in heavy vegetation, located just above where the fire was, and in the path of where the fire would have traveled if not noticed and extinguished.

Hunter was taken into custody and booked at the Tuolumne County Jail for felony recklessly starting a fire and misdemeanor theft of a shopping cart.

Hunter has only been in the area for two weeks and the Sonora Police Department has had several contacts with him. Hunter has an extensive criminal background including armed robbery, grand theft, possession of dangerous weapons, and manufacturing dangerous weapons while in prison.

In February 2015, Hunter was arrested by Ceres Police Department for felony causing a fire. In March 2015, he was convicted of the reduced violation of misdemeanor causing a fire and sentenced to 45 days in jail.

2015 Special Olympics Summer Games

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 23 June 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 26-28 June 2015

Subject: 2015 Special Olympics Summer Games
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Between 26 June and 28 June 2015, Tuolumne County Special Olympians will be participating in the 2015 Northern California Summer Games, which will be held at UC Davis this year.

More than 600 Special Olympians will descend on the UC Davis campus this year to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games. Accompanying the athletes and cheering them on will be over 200 of their volunteer coaches. After weeks of training and participating at qualifying competitions, the athletes will compete in aquatics, bocce ball, tennis, and track and field.

The Summer Games are the culminating competition for the spring sports season, and is one of the largest Special Olympics sporting competitions in Northern California. The minimum age of the competitors is eight years of age and there is no age limit (cap). Athletes have varying ability levels and are put into divisions to compete against athletes of the same ability level. Over 1,200 volunteers will be on hand to fill a variety of volunteer positions over the course of the weekend.

On Saturday, 20 June 2015, members of the Sonora Police Department participated in the First Annual Special Olympics Torch Run held in downtown Sonora. An important part of the Summer Games is the running of the Special Olympics Torch, the “Flame of Hope” prior to the start of the Games. The Flame of Hope is relayed through Northern California escorted by various law enforcement personnel, ending at the UC Davis campus. Special thanks to CHP Officer Nick Norton of the Jamestown CHP Office for helping organize this year’s local event!

The staff of the Sonora Police Department would like to wish all our Tuolumne County participants the best in the upcoming Summer Games this weekend.

In the photo, form right to left, are Records ManagerIMG_0595 Debbie Dills, Officer Naomi Kneip, and Chief Mark Stinson, who participated in the local Flame of Hope Torch Run.

Felony Animal Cruelty Arrest

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 22 June 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 19 June 2015

Subject: Felony Animal cruelty Arrest
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19 June 2015, an officer responded to an apartment complex located at 250 Greenley Road, regarding a reported animal cruelty incident. The officer contacted the manager who reported their surveillance cameras captured an animal cruelty incident, which had occurred on their property.

The video shows a red Toyota Celica drive into the parking lot of the complex, on the night of 15 June 2015, at approx. 11:11 pm. A male subject exits the vehicle, grabs a cat by the tail, swings the cat over his head and slams the cat down onto the pavement, resulting in fatal injuries to the cat. The officer was able to identify the suspect as Spencer Morse, 19 of Sonora.

20 June 2015, at approx. 11:30 am, someone called the police department and reported the suspect vehicle was parked in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Officers responded to the area and contacted Morse as he returned to his vehicle. During an interview with Morse, he admitted to the incident and another incident. He claimed an unrelated cat had bitten him on the finger approximately a week prior, so he had driven to the apartment complex with the intent to locate and harm a cat.

Morse was taken into custody without incident and booked at the Tuolumne County Jail for felony cruelty to animals. Morse has no prior criminal history. Morse, Spencer

Subjects Identified

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 18 June 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 14 June 2015, at approx. 7:09 pm

Subject: Looking for Suspect in Attempted Assault with a Deadly Weapon
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Within 15 minutes of posting this release and photographs, the police department started receiving numerous calls preliminarily identifying both the female and male subjects. The police department has been in phone contact with both parties and the investigation into the matter is continuing.
The Sonora Police Department would like to thank everyone who responded with information on the identity of the subjects and additional information pertaining to the case.

Looking for Suspect in Attempted Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 18 June 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 14 June 2015, at approx. 7:09 pm

Subject: Looking for Suspect in Attempted Assault with a Deadly Weapon
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14 June 2015, at approx. 7:09 pm, officers from the Sonora Police Department responded to Subway Sandwiches, located at 665 S. Washington Street, regarding someone attempting to run over a clerk from the business.

When officers arrived, they made contact with the victim, who is an employee of Subway. The employee related a female customer confronted her, as she didn’t like her sandwich. As she spoke with the customer the customer become more and more angry and aggressive. The customer threw her sandwich at the clerk, striking the clerk in the abdomen. The customer then walked to her table, picked up her soda and threw it at the clerk, again striking the clerk.

The customer then exited the business with a male subject, which she had arrived with. The customer got into the driver’s seat of a late models 1990’s, gold in color, four door Honda sedan, and the male got in the passenger seat. The clerk followed the customer out of the business while speaking with an emergency dispatcher on the phone. When the customer observed the clerk in the parking lot talking on the phone, she accelerated the vehicle and swerved at the clerk in an attempt to hit the clerk with the vehicle.

The customer is described as a white female in her 20’s, approx. 5-7 to 5-8, with medium length blond hair. The male is a white male in his 20’s. Subway was able to provide photo’s of both the female and male, which are attached.

Anyone having information on either one of these two subjects is asked to call the Somale 15-884

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SPOA Award

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

On 06/10/2015, the Sonora Police Officer’s Association showed their appreciation to Steve Kane of The Sportsman, located in downtown Sonora. Steve and his staff reported that Aaron Scott Jess was attempting to sell stolen ammunition and body armor to The Sportsman. The ammunition in question was stolen from the Sonora Police Department’s ammunition storage facility. Steve’s crime tip led to Jess’ arrest. Jess’ confession assisted the Sonora Police Department in obtaining a search warrant at a home that was storing a large amount of the stolen ammunition. With the assistance of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and Cal screenshot.4Fire, the Sonora Police Department was able to recover a large amount of the stolen ammunition.
Because of Steve’s assistance and cooperation, the Sonora Police Department was able to solve a high dollar burglary case. The Sonora Police Department consistently relies on the citizens of Sonora to help us make the City of Sonora a safer place to live and visit. The Sonora Police Officer’s Association would like to thank Steve again and everyone in the community that shows us their support.

In the picture from left to right: Steve Kane of the Sportsman, Officer J. Bowly (SPOA Vice-President), Detective I. Khalil (SPOA President)

Burglary Suspect

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 1 June 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 30 May 2015, at approx. 1:30 pm

Subject: Attempt to Identify Burglary Suspect
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On Saturday, 30 May 2015, at approx. 1:30 pm, an unknown male entered the office area of Sonora Express Mart (15 Pesce Way), and removed over $3,000 in cash.

The business’s video surveillance shows a WMA, about 5’10”, average build, wearing a black or dark blue backwards baseball hat, black sunglasses, solid gray shirt, and blue jeans. He has side burns and a large goatee, but it appears there was no facial hair immediately under his lower lip. He has a large tattoo on his left forearm of an unknown design/picture.

The suspect arrived as a passenger in a red/burgundy hatchback, oval shaped manufacture emblem possibly a Toyota, tinted rear windows, and a moon roof.

Surveillance photographs of the suspect and the vehicle he arrived in are poor ARCO 1

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Attempted Theft of Antique Wagon

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 26 May 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 24 May 2015, at approx. 6:25 am

Subject: Attempted Theft of Antique Wagon
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24 May 2015, at approx. 6:25 am, an off duty Tuolumne County Deputy called the Sonora Police Department and reported there was a male subject hooking up a tractor to the horse drawn antique wagon in front of Foothills Café, located at 636 Stockton Road.

An officer responded and contacted the male subject who was wearing a Cal Trans safety vest. The subject was identified as Daniel Parsons, 35 of San Lorenzo. Parsons alleged he had permission from the owners to take the wagon. He even produced a hand written invoice, which indicated the same.

However, when the owners of the business were contacted, they denied giving permission to Parsons to take the wagon. They also related they recently had an issue with Parsons and his son, who had purchased a business in the area. The value of the wagon was estimated between 1,000 and 2,000 dollars.

Parsons was placed under arrest without incident. He was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for attempted grand theft. It should be noted, Parsons is not a Cal Trans employee.

Photograph of Chief Gorman Found!

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 14 May 2015

Subject: Photograph of Chief Gorman Found!
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The Sonora Police Department would like to thank Nance Bowell of Valley Springs for her generous donation of a photo of her grandfather Chief Delbert Gorman. Nance also provided us with other information about Chief Gorman which the department greatly appreciates.

Chief Gorman was appointed Chief September 1959, replacing Chief Dewey Walker. He served until July 1960, at which time he was forced to retire because of a medical issue. Chief Gorman spent 15 years with the Palo Alto Police Department before moving to Tuolumne County, where he owned and operated Gorman’s Glass Company. Chief Gorman spent six months with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department before joining the Sonora Police Department.

We are still looking for photographs of the below two listed Chief’s. Anyone who may have a photo or information on the possible whereabouts of a photo is asked to contact the Sonora Police Department at 209-532-8141.

The only two remaining Chief’s to complete our collection are;

Chief Dewey Walker Chief 1959

City Marshall W.H. Dennis Marshall 1910-1920 (Circa)
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Parade Information

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 6 May 2015

Date and Time of Incident: Saturday, 9 May 2015

Subject: Round-Up Parade Street Closures and No Parking Zones
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Saturday, 9th May 2015, will be the annual Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse, Mother Lode Round-Up Parade. This event will bring thousands of visitors to the downtown area of Sonora.

Several streets will be closed before and during the parade. People need to plan ahead if they are attending the parade or trying to get through town during the parade. Detours will be posted for those streets that will be closed. The following are the major street closures before and during the parade;

South Washington Street at State Highway 108 will be closed at 8:00 am.

North and South Washington Street will be closed at 9:30 am.

Stockton Road at Green Street will be closed at 9:30 am.

Snell Street at Bonanza Street will be closed at 9:30 am.

School Street between Washington Street and Snell Street will be closed at 9:00 am.

“No parking” will be allowed on Washington Street from Elkin Street to Toby Street, between 5 am and the end of the parade. “No parking” will be allowed on Stockton Road between Washington Street and 70 Stockton Road, between 5 am and the end of the parade. Special signs have been posted for these “No parking” zones. Unfortunately, if you park in these areas your vehicle will be towed!

There will be “No Parking” allowed on the side streets between Washington Street and Green Street and between Washington Street and Stewart Street. This will include Elkin Street, Dodge Street, Jackson Street, Yaney Street, Bradford Street, Theall Street, Linoberg Street, Church Street, June Street, Gold Street, Williams Street, and Lytton Street. These restrictions will start at 5:00 am and will conclude at the end of the parade. Vehicles parked in these areas will be towed!

If you are planning on attending the parade, the Sonora Police Department encourages you to arrive before 9:00 am. This will allow you time to find parking and get settled before the majority of the street closures occur. Once the street closures occur, vehicles will not be allowed into the parade route area, even if you are a participant in the parade and running late.

Following the parade, the parade route will remain closed for approx. 10-15 minutes to allow spectators to leave the area. Motorists can expect heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the conclusion of the parade resulting5-6 Round-Up Map photo in delays.

If you have any questions, you may call the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141.

Vehicle vs. Motorcycle Accident

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 28 April 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 27 April 2015, at approx. 4:19 pm

Subject: Vehicle vs. Motorcycle Accident
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27 April 2015, at approx. 4:19 pm, emergency personnel from the City of Sonora responded to Mono Way in front of Timberhill’s Shopping Center for a reported vehicle vs. motorcyclist accident.

Roger Hughes, 34 of Tuolumne, was operating a 2011 Harley Division motorcycle, while traveling eastbound on Mono Way. Nancy Fagan, 75 of Jamestown, was operating a 2013 Honda, and was exiting the center entrance/exit of the Timberhill’s Shopping Center. As Fagan crossed the eastbound traffic lanes of Mono Way, Hughes struck the left front side of Fagan’s vehicle and was ejected from his motorcycle.

Hughes suffered major head trauma and was airlifted to a Modesto area hospital where he underwent surgery and is listed in critical condition. The investigation into this matter is ongoing. The eastbound lanes of Mono Way were closed for approx. 45 minutes as a result of the accident.

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 14 April 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 13 April 2015, at approx. 9:07 pm

Subject: Vehicle VS. Pedestrian Accident
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13 April 2015, at approx. 9:07 pm, emergency personnel responded to the intersection of Washington Street and Dodge Lane for a reported vehicle vs. pedestrian accident involving two pedestrians.

Officers determined Irma Bernal, 56 of Sonora, was traveling on Washington Street in a 2001 Hyundai, at approx. 20 miles per hour, when she failed to see Steven Taylor, 69, and Ann Taylor, 67, both of Twain Harte, crossing Washington Street in a marked crosswalk.

Bernal struck both the Taylors knocking them to the pavement. Steven Taylor sustained a large laceration to his head and sought his own medical treatment. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be a contributing factor in the collision.

Washington Street was closed for a half hour. The investigation into the matter is ongoing.

Police Officer Recruitment

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 7 April 2015

Subject: Police Officer Recruitment
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The Sonora Police Department is recruiting for the position of Police Officer. The position is open to Police Academy graduates and Lateral Officers. Testing will be conducted in the near future.

The base salary is $4,378-$5,321 a month, with additional pay incentives available for Intermediate & Advanced POST certificates (2.5% each); educational incentive of 2.5% for an Associates, Bachelors and Masters degree; 5.0% incentive for special assignments (FTO, Investigator, Computer Network Manager and Traffic Officer.)

For more information about this career opportunity, log onto www.sonoraca.com and obtain a job flyer and download a job application; or you may stop by the Sonora Police Department (100 S. Green Street) or the City of Sonora (94 N. Washington Street) and pick-up a flyer and application.

Ashes lead to assault with a deadly weapon arrest

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 23 March 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 20 March 2015, at approx. 5:00 pm

Subject: Ashes Lead to Assault with a Deadly Weapon
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20 March 2015, at approx. 5:00 pm, an officer contacted a victim of an assault, who was being treated in the emergency room of Sonora Regional Medical Center for a laceration to her head.

The victim told the officer she had gone to a residence located on Arbona Circle to pick up some items of hers and to return the ashes of Christine Bright’s brother-in-law. While at the residence, the victim and Bright became engaged in a verbal dispute over the ashes and other items. When the victim got back into her vehicle to leave, Bright struck the victim in the head with a propane torch, resulting in a laceration to the victim’s head, which required staples.

Officers contacted Bright at her residence on Arbona Circle. Bright alleged the victim had stolen her brother-in-laws ashes the day before. Bright further alleged when the victim arrived to her residence, the victim started throwing her brother-in-laws ashes around the residence. This and other things led to a heated argument, but Bright denied striking the victim and claimed she had no idea how the victim sustained the injury to her head.

Several witnesses were contacted and supported what the victim had told officers. Bright was taken into custody and transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony assault with a deadly weapon and felony committing a felony while out of jail on bail or on an OR release. Bright had been arrested on 14 March 2015, for assault with a deadly weapon after she attacked someone with a yard light, injuring the victim in that case as well.

Assault on Officer with a Deadly Weapon

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 19 March 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 18 March 2015

Subject: Assault on Officer with a Deadly Weapon Arrest
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18 March 2015, at approx. 12:04 pm, two officers were at the Inn’s of California following up on another matter, when they were contacted by hotel staff. The staff requested a welfare check on a five month old child, whose parents appeared to be intoxicated and possibly unable to care for the child.

The officers contacted Christopher Teter, 39, transient Sonora, and Cristin Teter, 33 transient Sonora, inside their hotel room, which Christopher had invited them into. While inside the room and speaking with both the Teter’s about the staff’s concerns, Cristin charged one of the officers and attempted to hit her.

Both the officers grabbed Cristin and restrained her on a bed. While restraining Cristin, Christopher started attempting to pull the officers away from Cristin. The officers then turned their attention to Christopher and attempted to place him in handcuffs. While wrestling with Christopher and attempting to restrain him, Cristin removed one of the officer’s baton from his duty belt and starting hitting him with it. At this point Cristin was pepper sprayed, ending her attack, after she had struck the officer two to three times with the baton.

Both Christopher and Cristin were then restrained in handcuffs. Cristin continued being combative and damaged a patrol car while being placed inside it. Both were transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked.

Cristin was booked for felony assault on an officer with a deadly weapon, felony resisting an office with force and violence, felony taking a non-firearm weapon from an officer, and felony child endangerment.

Christopher was booked for felony child endangerment, misdemeanor obstructing an officer, and on an outstanding warrant.

The five month old child was taken into protective custody and turned over to Child Welfare Services. One officer received minor injuries as a result of the incident.

Update-Photographs of Chiefs

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 17 March 2015

Subject: Update-Photographs of Chiefs
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The Sonora Police Department has received numerous calls regarding our quest to locate photographs of past Chiefs of the Department. Unfortunately, a lot of the calls have lead to dead ends. However, two calls were very exciting and successful.

The first successful call came from Misty Wilson who represents the Marquette family. The Marquette family loaned us photographs of Chief William Johnson, who was Chief from 1928-1934. Chief Johnson was the first official Chief after the California State Legislator changed the title of Town Marsh to Chief of Police. The photographs depicted Chief Johnson proudly wearing his uniform.

The Marquette family also made the extremely generous donation of Chief Johnson’s hat, which is possibly the same one he is wearing in the photographs. The hat will be displayed in our historical display case in our lobby. Along with the hat, the Marquette family donated the leather rain cover for the hat. This was an overwhelming gift from the Marquette family to help Chief Johnson’s legacy live on as the first official Chief of Police for the City of Sonora.

The second call came from Mr. Leon Craves, who is the great nephew of Chief Charles Hale. Chief Hale served as Chief from 1934-1939. Mr. Craves remembered traveling to Sonora to visit his great uncle “Charley” during the soapbox derby races on Washington Street and eating lunch with him at the Sonora Inn. Chief Hale owned an appliance business in Sonora, then later, one in Angel’s Camp. He also co-owned Ford Motor Company in Turlock, where he is buried. Mr. Craves was able to direct us to an online photo of Chief Hale, which we were able to obtain to add to our display.

The Sonora Police Department is grateful for the generous donation and information from Misty Wilson, the Marquette family, and Mr. Leon Craves.

We have received several calls regarding possible photographs of both Chief Walker and Chief Gorman, but to date, they have not resulted in us locating any photographs. If you have photographs or information on the possible location of photographs of any of the below listed Chiefs, please call the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141.

W.H. Dennis 1910-1920 (Cirea)

Dewey Walker 1959Chief Johnson

Chief Hale

Delbert Gorman 1959-1960

New Explorer Members

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 13 March 2015

Subject: New Explorer Members
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The Sonora Police Department’s Explorer Post #364 continues to expand. On Monday, 2 March 2015, two new Explorers were sworn in before the City Council. The two new members are Victor Battle and Nick Cragholm.

There are several requirements these two young men had to accomplish before reaching this point. Some of these requirements are set by the Boy Scouts of America, who charter the Explorer Post.

Victor is a freshman at Sonora High School, where he runs cross country. Victor has been with the Explorer program for approximately eight months. After high school Victor plans to join the U.S. Marines and become a Military Police Officer. Victor’s personal motto is, “Pain is weakness leaving your body.”

Nick is also a freshman at Sonora High School. Nick plays football, wrestles and is on the trap team. He has been in the Explorer program for approximately eight months as well. Nick also plans on joining the U.S. Marines after high school. Nick’s long range goal is a career in law enforcement.

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Sonora Police Department’s Explorer Post #364. Numerous individuals who have been part of the Department’s Explorer Program have gone on to successful careers in law enforcement.

The Police Explorer Program is an excellent training program for those seeking a career in law enforcement, or who just want to learn a little about the field of law enforcement. If you know someone between the ages of 14 and 21, who might be interested in this valuable program, please call us at 532-8141
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Update: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 9 March 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 7 March 2015, at approx. 8:08 pm

Update: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident
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9 March 2015, the Sonora Police Department was contacted by the Stanislaus County Coroners Officer and advised that the female pedestrian in the vehicle vs. pedestrian accident on Stockton Road, on Saturday, 7 March 2015, has passed away as the result of the injuries she sustained from the incident.

The female pedestrian has been identified as Kathy Warner, 61 of Stockton. The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 9 March 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 7 March 2015, at approx. 8:08 pm

Subject: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident
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7 March 2015, at approx. 8:08 pm, emergency personnel responded to the area of Stockton Road (Highway 49) near Forest Rd., for a reported vehicle vs. pedestrian accident.
So far, it has been determined that Joseph McFadden, 71 of Atwater, was traveling westbound on Stockton Rd., in a 2011 Lincoln Town Car, when he struck a 61 year old female pedestrian, who was walking along the north edge of the roadway after attending the Celtic Fair.
The force of the impact knocked the female pedestrian over the vehicle and onto the pavement. The pedestrian suffered major head trauma and was airlifted to Modesto, where she was listed in extremely critical condition.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

Recruitment-Community Service Officer

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 5 March 2015

Subject: Recruitment Part-Time Community Service Officer
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The Sonora Police Department is recruiting for the position of Part-Time Un-Benefitted Community Service Officer. This is a non-sworn, uniformed position within the Police Department. This specific position will be assigned patrol duties, which include, but are not limited to:

• Patrolling the City in a radio equipped vehicle
• Answering calls of non-hazardous incidences
• Preparing reports on; traffic collisions, burglaries, thefts, frauds, vandalism, lost and found property, and violations of the City municipal code
• Maintaining contact with citizens regarding potential enforcement problems
• Interviewing and/or photographing victims, reporting parties, and witnesses
• Gathering and preserving evidence of crimes
• Learning, interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes and regulations
• Directing and controlling vehicular and pedestrian traffic
• Serving subpoenas
• Testifying in court
• Performing other duties as assigned

Minimum requirements:

• Possession of a valid Class C California Drivers license and a good driving record
• Be able to work irregular hours, shift work, weekends, holidays and being able to respond to emergency calls
• Graduated from an accredited high school or possession of a GED
• Be able to pass an extensive law enforcement background check

Desirable education and experience:

• Possession of a valid California Penal Code 832 Certificate
• Some college course work
• Training in law enforcement, criminology, police science or a related field
• Clerical or civilian law enforcement experience, including public contact and keyboarding

This is a part-time, un-benefitted position, with a salary range of $18.20-$22.12 an hour. The average work week will consist of approximately 20 hours a week.

For more information about this career opportunity and to obtain a complete job description, log onto www.sonoraca.com and obtain a job flyer and download a job application; or you may stop by the Sonora Police Department (100 S. Green Street) or the City of Sonora (94 N. Washington Street) and pick-up a flyer and application. The final filing date is Friday, 27 March 2015, with a projected testing date of Wednesday, 8 April 2015.