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Photographs Needed

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

SONORA POLICE DEPARTMENT
PRESS RELEASE

Date and Time of Release: 12 February 2015

Subject: Looking for Photographs
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During the last several months a volunteer from Sonora High School, assisted by Sgt. VanderWiel and City Historian Pat Perry, assembled photographs of the past Chiefs of Police of the City of Sonora. This project was to recognize and honor those who have served as Chief of Police for the City.

Unfortunately, throughout the years, the Police Department and City didn’t maintain a photographic record of the Police Chiefs. Compounding this was the fact the City has not retained any records of the past Police Chiefs. This made it challenging to track down records to identify the Chiefs who have served the City, along with locating any photographs of them.

In 1928, California State Legislature officially changed the title of City Marshal to the title of Chief of Police. Even though the City has a long history of law enforcement, dating back to the 1850’s, at which time Officers were referred to as City Night Watchmen, it was decided the display would start at 1910 and moved forward.

The volunteer, Sgt. VanderWiel and Pat Perry were able to obtain photographs of several of the past Chiefs, which have been framed and displayed inside the department. However, there are still a few photographs needed to fill some empty frames.

Below is a list of former Chiefs we are still attempting to locate photographs of. If you have or know of someone who may have photographs of any of the below listed individuals, please contact the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141. We would love to display their photograph if at all possible.

NAME YEAR AS CHIEF

Chief W.H. Dennis Circa 1910-1920

Chief William Johnson 1928-1934 (First Official Chief of Police)

Chief Charles Hale 1934-1939

Chief Dewey Walker 1959

Chief DisplayChief Delbert Gorman 1959-1960

Accident

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 10 February 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 9 February 2015

Subject: Accident
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An accident at the intersection of S. Washington and Linoberg Streets slowed Monday morning traffic. At approx. 7:55 am, Sonora Police Department responded to the above intersection for a reported two vehicle accident. When Officers arrived, they located two vehicles resting on the edge of the sidewalk, on the west side of the roadway.

Jason McBride, 30 of Sonora, was attempting to cross S. Washington Street, east to west, in his 2000 Chevy sedan, when he failed to see a 2014 Toyota sedan, operated by Faith Dugan 48 of Sonora, traveling southbound on S. Washington Street. Dugan had no time to take evasive action and struck McBride’s vehicle as it attempted to cross in front of her. Dugan complained of pain, but sought her own medical attention. Traffic was slowed for approximately 40 minutes, until both vehicles could be towed from the scene.

Injury Accident

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

2-3 photo 2Date and Time of Release: 3 February 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 3 February 2015, at approx. 3:07 pm

Subject: Injury Vehicle Accident
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3 February 2015, at approx. 3:07 pm, emergency personnel responded to the area of Greenley and Delnero Roads, for a report of a vehicle over an embankment. When emergency personnel arrived they located a Ford van tittering on a large rock, located between the two roadways.

After the fire department stabilized the vehicle, the driver and passenger were removed from the vehicle. The driver was identified as Erik Estrada, 44 of Twain Harte and the passenger was his 70 year old mother.

Estrada, who is a quadriplegic, stated he was exiting the parking lot of Bob’s Greenley Pharmacy, when his vehicle accelerated abruptly. Before he was able to stop the vehicle, the vehicle jumped the south sidewalk of Delnero Road, knocked over a small tree then came to rest on a large rock, located in the landscape of Sonora Regional Medical Center.

Estrada sustained a laceration to his face and was transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center for treatment. His mother later went to the hospital with a complaint of pain to her back.

Hit & Run Accident

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 29 January 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 29 January 2015, at approx. 5:53 am

Subject: Hit & Run Accident
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29 January 2015, at approx. 5:53 am, the Sonora Police Department responded to the intersection of Washington and Bradford Streets for a reported vehicle vs. pedestrian hit and run accident.

A witness observed a vehicle heading north on Washington Street at a high rate of speed, turn right onto Bradford Street striking Naomi Parise, 36 of Sonora, who was crossing Bradford Street. The vehicle then continued east on Bradford Street without stopping. The force of the impact knocked Parise to the pavement. Parise sustained moderate head trauma and a laceration to the back of her head. She was transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The vehicle was described as an older Ford, possibly a Taurus or Focus, either tan or gray in color. The witness was unable to provide any further description of the suspect vehicle.

Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to call the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141.

Sexual Assault Arrest

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 26 January 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 23 January 2015

Subject: Sexual Assault Arrest
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23 January 2015, at approx. 12:50 pm, an officer was contacted by a witness on Green Street, behind City Hall. The witness told the officer two people were having sex in the second level of the City parking structure.

The officer entered the parking structure and located a male and female in plain view, the female was pulling her pants up when he contacted them. The female was identified as a 16 year old, and the male was identified as Trevon Davis, 20 of Sonora.

The two subjects were separated and interviewed. The female victim told officers Davis had forced her to participate in sexual acts with him by force and duress. She also advised officers Davis had sent her sexual material via her cell phone.

Davis admitted to having sex with the 16 year old victim and knowing she was a minor. Davis also claimed the victim was his girlfriend, which made it alright. When advised it was not alright, he requested the victim be arrested for entrapment.

Davis was placed under arrest without incident. He was transported to the Tuolumne County jail and booked on numerous charges. Some of which were; felony sodomy, felony sodomy by force or fear, felony unlawful sex with a minor over 3 years younger than the suspect, and felony electronically proving harmful material to a minor.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

Burglary Arrests

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 21 January 2015

Subject: Burglary Arrests
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29 December 2014, the Sonora Police Department took two burglary reports in the area of the 600 block of Woods Creek Drive. A dentist and a chiropractic office were both burglarized and items removed, including cash and laptop computers.

During the investigation into the burglaries, two suspects were identified. They are Farrell Debates, 21 of Sonora; and Austin Rogers 24 of Sonora. Rogers is on AB 109 release from State Prison for burglary, and reports to the Tuolumne County Probation Department. It was also determined Debates and Rogers were responsible for three other recent burglaries, which had occurred in the County.

12 January 2015, Debates was contacted at his place of employment and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony burglary and felony conspiracy.

13 January 2015, with the assistance of the Tuolumne County Probation Department, two search warrants were served in the County, in connection with the burglaries of the dentist and chiropractic offices in the City.

20 January 2015, Rogers showed up at the Tuolumne County Probation Department to report, as part of his release from prison, at which time he was taken into custody without incident. He too was booked at the Tuolumne County Jail for felony burglary and felony conspiracy.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

Burglary Arrest

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 20 January 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 19 January 2015

Subject: Burglary Arrest
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18 January 2015, the Sonora Police Department took a burglary report from Bella’s Lasting Impressions, located on the 100 block of S. Stewart Street. Stolen during the burglary was over $1,500 worth of beauty supplies and makeup. During the burglary, the suspect cut themselves, while crawling through a window they had broken to gain entry into the business. They also left behind a cell phone.

A search warrant was obtained to access the contents of the cell phone. While searching the cell phone, it was determined the phone belonged to Brady Lassa, 41 of Sonora. Lassa already had several outstanding warrants for his arrest. The charges on the warrants ranged from felony burglary to violation of probation.

19 January 2015, at approx. 9:50 pm, an Officer stopped a subject for riding his bicycle without a headlight in the area of Lowes. During the stop, the subject gave a false name. The subject was finally identified as Brady Lassa.

Lassa was placed under arrest without incident. He was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked on the outstanding warrants. He was also booked for felony burglary, misdemeanor possession of a dangerous weapon, misdemeanor false impersonation to an officer, misdemeanor delaying an officer, and misdemeanor possession of burglary tools.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing. The blood collected at the scene has been sent to the Department of Justice for analysis and DNA profiling.

17 January 2015, at approx. 2:40 am, Bob’s Greenley Pharmacy was also burglarized. The suspects in this case disabled the alarm and surveillance systems. Over $20,000 worth of prescription medications were stolen. At this time, it is unknown if there is a connection between these two cases. The investigation into this matter is also ongoing.

Holiday Safety Tips

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Subject: Holiday Safety Tips
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The following are some holiday safety tips offered by the Sonora Police Department:
• Plan your trip and drive according to conditions. Remember to have a passenger use the cell phone or utilize a hands free device if you are driving!
• Don’t text and drive!!! Taking your eyes off the road for just a second or two can have tragic consequences.
• Wear your seat belt!!! Seat belts are proven to save lives and prevent injuries.
• Make sure children are secured in an approved child safety seat.
• Get enough rest and don’t try to drive when you would normally be asleep.
• Don’t consume alcohol if you are going to be driving!! Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving.
• Keep kitchen clutter and loose clothing away from stove burners and open flames.
• Never leave cooking food unattended.
• Turkey fryers are for outdoor use, away from combustible structures.
• If the contents in a pot or pan catch fire, do not touch or try to move the pot or pan as you may spread the fire or burn yourself. Extinguish the flames with a metal lid, larger pot or fire extinguisher.
• Never use water on a grease fire. Extinguish the flames with a metal lid, larger pot or a fire extinguisher.
• Keep holiday decorations and wrapping paper away from heat sources such as stoves, candles or heaters.
• In the event of a fire or medical emergency call 911.
Have a safe Christmas and New Year!

Embezzlement

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 19 December 2014

Subject: Embezzlement
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16 December 2014, a veterinary service clinic located on Mono Way, contacted the Sonora Police Department and reported an embezzlement of funds and merchandise. The office manager and business owner related to an officer that an employee had taken funds and merchandise without permission. It was estimated that over $2,000 of combined merchandise and cash were stolen.

17 December 2014, an officer and investigator from the police department contacted the employee, Jennifer Hellquist, 35 of Jamestown, who admitted to taking the items without permission. Hellquist was taken into custody without incident, and booked at the Tuolumne County Jail for felony embezzlement.

The investigation into this matter is continuing.

Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The men and women of the Sonora Police Department would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year!

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Commendation Parade for Sonora High Vollebyball Team

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 16 December 2014

Subject: Commendation Parade for Sonora High Volleyball Team
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On Saturday, 6 December 2014, the Sonora High School Volleyball team won the Division IV State Championship in Southern California. This is one of the biggest athletic accomplishments in the history of Sonora High School.
Sonora High School will be holding a Commendation Parade to recognize the team’s State Championship victory. The parade will be held on Friday, 19 December 2014, between 1:20 pm and 1:45 pm; with staging occurring on School Street between 1:00 pm and 1:20 pm.
The Parade will start on School Street and turn south onto Snell Street. It will travel south on Snell Street to State Route 49 (Washington Street). The parade will then enter State Route 49 (Washington Street) and travel to the intersection of S. Washington Street and Stockton Road, where it will turn west onto State Route 49 (Stockton Road), and then north onto S. Green Street (City Street). The parade will then travel north on S. Green Street. There will be a brief ceremony at Courthouse Park before the participants return to the high school and disband.
As the result of the parade the following streets will be closed.

School Street, between State Route 49 (Washington Street) and Snell Street, from approximately 1:00 PM to 1:20 PM.

The following listed street closures will be from approximately 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
• Snell Street, from School Street to State Route 49 (Washington Street)
• State Route 49 (Washington Street) from Snell Street to Stockton Road
• State Route 49 (Stockton Road) from the intersection of Washington Street to S. Green Street
• Dodge Street between Green Street and Stewart Street
• Jackson Street between Green Street and Stewart Street
• Bradford Street between Green Street and Stewart Street
• Linoberg Street between Green Street and Stewart Street
• Theal Street between Washington Street and Stewart Street
• Wycoff Street between Snell Street and Washington Street
• Green Street between Yaney Street and Bradford Street

No parking will be allowed on Green Street between Yaney Street and State Route 49 (Stockton Road) between 1:00 PM and 1:45PM.

Traffic is expected to be extremely congested because of the parade and other scheduled events in the downtown area. If you are not attending any of the events, you may want to avoid the downtown area to avoid frustration because of closed streets and heavy traffic. Traffic delays can Volleyball Paradebe expected.

Search Warrant & Felony Arrests

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 11 December 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 10 December 2014

Subject: Search Warrant & Felony Arrests
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4 November 2014, several storage sheds and containers belonging to the City of Sonora were burglarized. Among the items stolen was a large amount of ammunition and firefighting equipment.

10 December 2014, Aaron Jess, 31 of Sonora went to a local gun dealer and attempted to sell some of the stolen ammunition. The gun dealer contacted the police department, and Jess was contacted and detained. Jess was also in the possession of a large amount of methamphetamine, and other items indicating he was selling methamphetamine. Jess was also in possession of a bullet proof vest.

A search warrant was obtained for Jess’s residence located on the 500 block of Sonora Ave. in Sonora. Information was developed that a felon was living in the residence, and there were loaded firearms inside the residence.

Assisting in the service of the search warrant were members of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire Law Enforcement Division, and the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office.

As a result of the search warrant additional stolen ammunition was located, along with a large amount of other stolen property from the burglaries. In addition, two loaded firearms and methamphetamine were located inside the residence. The drugs were accessible to four young children living in the residence, age’s three to eleven.

Located inside the residence and arrested on felony charges were;

Jacob Gosselin, 30 of Sonora who is a convicted felon. Jacob Gosselin was identified as being an accomplice in the burglaries and in possession of stolen property. He has felony convictions for escape, burglary, auto theft, felon in possession of ammunition, and evading.

Christopher Botts, 42 and Michayla Botts, 19, both of Sonora, were in possession of stolen property related to the burglaries.

Deanna Gosselin, 31 of Sonora, was in possession of stolen property and methamphetamine.

Deanna and Jacob Gosselin are the parents of the four children located inside the residence. The children were turned over to the care of Tuolumne County Child Protective Services.

It is estimated that over $10,000 in stolen property was recovered. The investigation into this matter is continuing.

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 4 December 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 3 December 2014 @ approx. 6:02 pm

Subject: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident
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3 December 2014, at approximately 6:02 pm, emergency personnel responded to the intersection of South Washington Street and Jackson Street for a reported vehicle vs. pedestrian accident.

It was determined Daniel Borton, 56 of Columbia was driving a 1998 Nissan Maxima northbound on S. Washington Street approaching Jackson Street; while Connie Waters, 79 of Columbia, was crossing S. Washington Street, east to west, in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of S. Washington Street and Jackson Street.

Borton failed to see Waters crossing the roadway in the marked crosswalk and struck her. Waters was approximately eleven feet into the roadway when she was struck. Waters complained of pain to her left side where she had been struck by Borton’s vehicle. Waters was transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The investigation into this matter is continuing.

Holiday Shopping Reminders

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Subject: Holiday Shopping Reminders
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With the holiday season upon us, the Sonora Police Department would like to remind everyone to lock their vehicles and to keep all valuables within your vehicle out of sight.

Unfortunately, during the holiday shopping season, several daytime thefts occur from unlocked vehicles within the City of Sonora. Most of these thefts occur in the parking lots of retail businesses during daylight hours. Often, some type of valuable item is left in plain view, which catches the attention of a thief watching the parking lot.

The Sonora Police Department would like to remind everyone;

• Lock your vehicle when you leave it unattended, even for a few seconds.
• Always take valuable items with you or place them in the trunk, or another secure area inside your vehicle where they are not visible.
• Always park in a well light areas at night.
• Never leave your keys in the ignition or your vehicle.
• Never leave your vehicle running and unattended.
• Always report any suspicious person(s) who appears to be looking into vehicles or watching people coming and going from their vehicle.
• Always report anyone who is tampering with a vehicle.

By following these simple tips, it will assist you in safeguarding your valuables during this holiday season.

For more information contact the Sonora Police Department (209) 532-8141.

Annual Christmas Parade

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Subject: Annual Christmas Parade
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Friday, 28 Nov. 2014, will mark the City of Sonora’s 31st annual Christmas Parade. This event falls on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day and is attended by thousands of spectators. The Sonora Police Department is tasked with traffic control and security for the parade.

The Sonora Police Department and the City of Sonora would like to remind everyone that the correct location for dropping off participants for the parade, is on Shaws Flat Road, in front of Sonora High School. The participants can then walk across the campus to the staging area. Disabled participants may be dropped off at the intersection of South Washington and School Street.

“NO PARKING” will be allowed on Washington Street from the Red Church to Toby Street. This “NO PARKING” restriction will start at 2 pm, Friday, 28 Nov. 2014. If you park in this area your vehicle will be towed.

“NO PARKING” is permitted on the side streets between Washington Street and Green Street; and between Washington Street and Stewart. These restrictions start at 2 pm, on Friday, 28 Nov. 2014, vehicles parked in these areas will be towed.

The Tuolumne County Transit’s Holiday Trolley will run from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, on the day of the parade. There are several pick-up and drop off locations in the downtown area. For more information regarding the Holiday Trolley schedule you may call 209-532-0404, or log onto www.tuolumnecountytransit.com .

As a result of the parade, there will be several street closures and detours, along with a lot of traffic and pedestrian congestion. Below is a list of the street closures and the detours which will be in place during the parade. All detour routes will be marked.

STREET CLOSURES

• School Street will be closed from 2:00 pm until approx. 8:00 pm.

• Washington Street will be closed to “ALL” traffic from the intersection of Snell Street to the intersection of Hospital Road from 5:00 pm until approx. 8:00 pm.

• Restano Way will be closed from 5:00 pm until approx. 8:00 pm.

• Stockton Road will be closed to “ALL” traffic at the intersection of S. Green Street and Stockton Road from 5:00 pm until approx. 8:00 pm.

DETOURS

• Southbound traffic on Washington St. will be detoured onto Elkin St., then onto Stewart Street, then up Mono Way.

• Northbound traffic on Washington St. will be detoured up Hospital Road to Mono Way and down Mono Way onto Stewart Street, then onto Elkin and back onto Washington St.

• Eastbound traffic on Stockton Road will be stopped at Green Street and turned around to the detour route, which is Forest Rd., to Bonanza St., then to Highway 49.

The goal of the Sonora Police Department is to ensure the safety of motorists, spectators, pedestrians and participants. If you are attending the parade, the Sonora Police Department suggests you arrive prior to the 5:00 pm street closures. This will allow you plenty of time to find parking. If you are not attending the parade, you may want to avoid the downtown area to minimize your frustration with the street closures and large volume of traffic. Streets will remain closed for approximately 15 minutes following the parade to allow spectators time to clear the streets and intersections.

Remember, following the parade there will be a large amount of vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the downtown area. Take your time and be considerate. Normally, the traffic in the downtown area will clear out in approximately 30 minutes, so turn on some holiday music and enjoy the start of the holiday season while waiting. If you have any questions about street closures, detours, or no parking restrictions, please call the Sonora Police Department at 209-532-8141.
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Update-Officer Involved Shooting

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 23 November 2014

Subject: Officer Involved Shooting
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Saturday, 22 November 2014, at approx. 8:06 pm, The Sonora Police department received a 911 call from a subject who resides on the 600 block of Orchard Ave., in Sonora. The caller stated a male subject had just threatened him with a firearm and then left the reporting parties residence. The caller gave a detailed description of the suspect’s vehicle.

As officers were responding to the residence on Orchard Ave., an officer observed a vehicle matching the suspect’s vehicle leaving the area. The officer activated his emergency lights and siren and the vehicle failed to stop. The officer followed the vehicle onto Washington Street, then South on Washington Street.

When the suspect vehicle reached the intersection of S. Washington Street and Theall Street, it came to an abrupt stop in the roadway. The driver exited the vehicle and started firing at the pursuing officer. An exchange of gunfire occurred, before the suspect returned to his vehicle and took off southbound on S. Washington once again and the pursuit continued.

When the suspect reached the intersection of State Highway 108 and S. Washington Street, he turned westbound. As the suspect traveled westbound on State Highway 108, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputies join the pursuit. When the suspect vehicle reached the intersection of State Highway 108 and Stockton Road, the suspect exited the highway and started back towards Sonora.

When the suspect reached the intersection on Stockton Road and S. Washington Street, the suspect turned north on S. Washington Street. When the suspect reached the intersection of S. Washington and Theall Streets, the suspect once again abruptly stopped his vehicle in the roadway. And once again exited his vehicle and exchanged gun fire with the pursing officers.

During the first exchange of gunfire, a 7 year vet of the Sonora Police Department was struck in the duty belt and suffered a non life threatening injury. He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

The Suspect was also struck and passed away at the scene as the result of his wounds. The suspect has been identified as Bruce Thomas Snyder, 29 year of age. His last known address was in Jamestown CA. Snyder was on active parolee for felony assault with a deadly weapon.

A bystander from North Carolina was also struck during the first exchange of gun fire and suffered a non life threatening injury. The bystander was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for her wounds and released.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

Officer Involved Shooting

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Subject: Officer Involved Shooting
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On 22 November 2014, shortly after 10:00 pm, the Sonora Police Department received a 911 call reporting a suspicious person with a handgun in the City limits. The suspect left the scene and a vehicle description was obtained. A Sonora Police Officer attempted to stop the suspect vehicle and a pursuit ensured. The Sonora Police Officer was joined in the pursuit by units from the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect stopped his vehicle on Washington Street in downtown Sonora. The suspect exited his vehicle with a gun. Shots were fired at the scene and two Deputies from the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office and at least one Officer from the Sonora Police Department engaged the suspect.

The suspect was struck by gunfire from the law enforcement officers. Resuscitation efforts were conducted on the suspect by law enforcement and ambulance personnel but they were unsuccessful and the suspect was declared deceased at the scene. An uninvolved citizen was also struck by gunfire and the medical condition of the citizen is unknown at this time. A Sonora Police Officer was shot by the suspect and his wounds are considered non-life threatening. The name of the deceased suspect, the name of the injured citizen, and name of the injured Officer from the Sonora Police Department are not being released at this time.

Per Tuolumne County protocol the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, and the Sonora Police Department will be involved in the investigation of the shooting. Assistance was also requested from the California Department of Justice to help process the crime scene.

Be Prepared for Cyber Monday

Friday, November 21st, 2014

BE PREPARED FOR CYBER MONDAY

Shopping online is now easier than ever. It seems that practically all retailers have some form of an online store ready to show and sell their wares. From PCs to tablets to smart phones, we’re able to lean back and browse in comfort. But this shopping bonanza also presents a field of opportunity to cybercriminals. When you’re ready to buy, they may be poised to steal. Before you give up on the great deals online, here are some tips for online shopping to help keep you (and your finances) safe when you fire up the Internet.

Make sure the online checkout is secure – When you add an item to an online store’s checkout, you should be taken to a secure page. This allows you to enter your payment information with SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption. You can find this in the site’s web address. Look for “https” at the beginning of the URL. This is the same encryption that many banks use. You can also check for verification by clicking on a security certification seal, like the Norton Secured Seal. These certificates are more than just images; they allow you to click on them and verify the site’s security in real time.

Be wary of unknown sites – High-profile ecommerce sites know the value of ensuring their site security is top notch. They also have the funding to insure their site maintenance remains safe. Anyone can set up an Internet site today, but that doesn’t mean it’s secure and safe.

If you’re thinking about buying from an unknown retailer, do a sanity check first. Search for reviews on the retailer. Are there any? Are they positive? If so, look for the security signs discussed above. If you see none, it could be the site’s designer doesn’t know what he’s doing (someone’s 12-year-son, perhaps?). Or worse—it’s a criminal who knows exactly what they are doing. Either way, point your browser elsewhere—fast.

Keep your antivirus software up to date – What does malware have to do with online shopping? Maybe plenty if you’re infected with a “key-logger.” This insidious software can record every keystroke and secretly send back information to the cybercriminals who made it. This includes any credit card or other payment information you’ve entered into the most secure shopping sites.

Can a secure site prevent this from happening? No. The malware is on your computer. Make sure you have active security software installed to detect it, or better yet, prevent it from being installed in the first place. Most computers come with a trial version of antivirus software and may require an annual renewal. Check the expiration date and renew or purchase a different antivirus software program before shopping.

Want to help ensure you stay safe online? There are many companies who offer several layers of defense to prevent cybercriminals from infecting your PC with malware or luring you and your credit card into an unsafe site. These safeguards help keep you and your family secure while you’re shopping online or just enjoying the Internet. Do your homework and decide which company offers the best program for you and your family’s needs.

Change your passwords- Change your passwords on a regular basis to help protect your online life. Make passwords complicated (not your last name with 1234 at the end). Change your passwords frequently, and don’t use the same password for everything.

Back up your data- Losing priceless family photos or important work would be devastating. To ensure this doesn’t happen to you, back information up to a portable hard drive or safe it to other locations, such as in the clouds or on a USB drive.

So before cyber Monday arrives, make sure you are prepared to surf the net safely. Allowing you to make those holiday purchases without the fear of having your identify stolen or your computer attacked by cyber bandits.

Felony Arrest for Battery resulting in Great Bodily Injury

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 19 November 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 18 November 2014

Subject: Felony Arrest for Battery Resulting in Great Bodily Injury
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Since 1 October 2014, there have been five cases in which two suspects had assaulted local homeless people. One victim was beaten so severely he was transported to a Modesto area hospital for treatment of a skull fracture. The victim’s descriptions of the suspects were extremely vague. However, the police department developed two persons of interest and was following up on leads.

On 18 November 2014, at approx. 7:17 pm, in the area of Save Mart on Stockton Road, the victim who had suffered the skull fracture in an earlier attack was assaulted again by the same two suspects.

Officers were able to locate and detained two 17 year old male juveniles from Sonora, who matched the description of the latest assault. One of which was a person of interest in the five previous assaults committed on homeless people. Both juveniles were identified by the victim as being the subjects who had attacked him. The juveniles were taken into custody for felony battery resulting in great bodily injury and turned over to the Tuolumne County Probation Department.

Missing Person Found

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 10 Nov. 2014

Subject: Missing Person
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Haley Merz has been located and the Sonora Police Department is no longer looking for her.