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Drug and Possession of Stolen Property Arrest

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 16 December 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 13 December 2013

Subject: Drug and Possession of Stolen Property Arrest
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13 December 2013, at approx. 1:58 am, an Officer stopped a Toyota Camry on the 700 block of S. Washington Street for a mechanical violation. The officer contacted the driver and the passenger who were identified as Richie Naval, 37 of Modesto and Sylvia Naval 33 of Modesto.

The officer asked them if they were on probation and both subjects denied being on probation. A records check revealed that they were both on searchable probation out of Stanislaus County as the result of theft convictions.

A search of their car revealed numerous California drivers’ licenses and identification cards, credit cards, and electronic balance transfer cards, all of which were in other peoples’ names.

Also located were prescription pill bottles (in someone else’s name), prescription pills, heroin, methamphetamine, four pipes for smoking narcotics, 26 syringes and other items commonly used in the injection of narcotics.

Both of the Naval’s were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony possession of a controlled narcotic, felony possession of a controlled substance, felony violation of probation, felony possession of stolen property.

Commercial Burglary Arrest

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 16 December 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 13 December 2013

Subject: Commercial Burglary Arrest
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9 December 2013, several commercial burglaries were reported to the Sonora Police Department and the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department. One businesse in Sonora and one in Jamestown had surveillance video of the responsible, which was taken during the commission of the burglaries. Upon viewing the surveillance video, the suspect was identified as Derek Helfrich, 18 of Jamestown.

During the next two days, the Sonora Police Department, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and Tuolumne County Probation Department searched several locations in an attempt to locate Helfrich, with negative results.

13 December 2013, Helfrich contacted the Sonora Police Department because he heard we were looking for him. Helfrich was contacted at his father’s residence on Ruth Lane in Sonora, where he was taken into custody without incident.

Helfrich was transported to the Tuolumne Jail and booked for felony commercial burglary. At the time of Helfrich’s arrest, he was also in possession of drug paraphernalia, which he was also booked for.

Roadside Emergency Kit

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 11 December 2013

Subject: Roadside Emergency Kit (Be Prepared)
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WHAT’S IN YOUR CAR?
CREATE YOUR OWN ROADSIDE EMERGENCY KIT
• Spare tire, properly inflated – check every 6 months!
• Car jack and lug wrench – fits your car and you know how to work it!
• Preprogram your cell phone with the 800 number for your auto club roadside service
• Call law enforcement for assistance to get you off the highway to safety
KIT BASICS:
12-foot jumper cables Four 15-minute roadside flares
Emergency Red Reflector Triangle First aid kit
Flashlight and extra batteries Tire pressure gauge
Rags Roll of duct tape
HELP sign, at least 8 inches Energy bars (change yearly)
Bottled water (change yearly) Blanket
Extra vehicle fuses Small tool kit
Heavy duty nylon bag Nylon rope, at least 12 feet
Plastic tarp Jacket, gloves and hat
NICE-TO-HAVE EXTRAS:
Tire inflator (such as a Fix-A-Flat) A quart of motor oil
Anti-Freeze Spray bottle with washer fluid
Pocketknife Ice scraper
Paper Towels Pencil and paper
Bungee cord – 12″ Rain poncho
Cable ties Work gloves
Small fire extinguisher (ABC rated and checked yearly)

Winter Driving Tips

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 6 December 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 6 December 2013

Subject: Tips for driving in the snow
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With the first winter storm upon us, the Sonora Police Department would like to pass on some snow driving tips.

• Make sure your vehicles brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater, tires and exhaust system are in good working condition.

• Always carry chains that are the proper size for your tires and are in good working order. Also, makes sure you know how to install the chains on your vehicle. This will require you to know if your vehicle is front wheel, rear wheel or all wheel drive.

• Pack water, food, warm blankets and extra clothing, as sometimes emergency roads closures make for lengthy traffic delays which could last several hours.

• Carry a cell phone with the appropriate numbers preprogrammed in it.

• Exercise caution when driving in winter conditions and adjust your speed accordingly. A speed of 45 miles per hour may be safe in dry weather, but it’s not safe in snowy or icy conditions.

Of course, if you don’t have to be out in the snowy weather, we recommend you stay home where it is safe.

A probable the Sonora Police Department has experienced during the last few years is that people have been abandoning their vehicles in the middle of major roadways, which creates a hazard for other motorists and snow removing equipment. If your vehicle is found abandoned and is determined to be a traffic hazard, it will be towed.

Robbery Arrest

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 29 November 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 27 November 2013

Subject: Armed Robbery Arrest
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27 November 2013, at approx. 2:01 pm, Officers were dispatched to the Grocery Outlet located on South Washington Street, regarding a subject who had pulled a knife on the store manager, after the manager confronted the subject about stealing some candy bars from the store.

As officers were responding to the area, they observed a subject matching the description of the responsible party. The officers contacted the subject who was identified as Daniel Nichols, 18 of Sonora. The manager identified Nichols as the person who pulled the knife on him, when he confronted Nichols about the theft.

Nichols was in possession of a knife, along with four candy bars, which he removed from the store without paying for. The total of the items taken was $3.94. Nichols was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Tuolumne County Jail. Nicholas was booked for felony armed robbery.

Arson Arrest

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 29 November 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 27 November 2013

Subject: Sonora Elementary School Arson Fire Arrest
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The Sonora Police Department, with the assistance of Cal Fire and the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office conducted a joint investigation into the fire of Sonora Elementary School. Cal Fire was able to determine the fire was arson caused.

Several witnesses were interviewed during the investigation into this matter and a suspect was identified. The suspect was determined to be a 17 year old juvenile, who lives in the area near the school.

On 27 November 2013, the juvenile was contacted and interviewed regarding the fire. Following the interview he was taken into custody for the arson of the school. The juvenile was transported to the Tuolumne County Probation Department and turned over to their custody.

The investigation into this matter is continuing.

Christmas Parade

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 22 November 2013

Date and Time of Incident: Friday, 29 November 2013

Subject: Annual Christmas Parade
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Friday, 29 Nov. 2013, will mark the City of Sonora’s 30th annual Christmas Parade. This event always falls on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day and is attended by thousands of on lookers. 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. The “NO PARKING” restriction will start at 2 pm on Friday, 29 Nov. 2013. If you park in this area the Sonora Police Department will attempt to contact you, so you can move your vehicle. Unfortunately, if you can’t be contacted or you can’t move your vehicle in a timely manner, your vehicle will be towed.

“NO PARKING” will be allowed on the side streets between Washington Street and Green Street and between Washington Street and Stewart. These restrictions will start at 2 pm on Friday, 29 Nov. 2013, and vehicles will be towed from these areas as well.

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 that 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. Northbound Highway 49 traffic on Stockton Road will detour up Forest Rd., then up Bonanza St. 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.

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. Please call the Sonora Police Department at 209-532-8141, if you should have any questions about street closures, detours or no parking.

Auto Theft Arrest

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Date of Release: 14 November 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 13 November 2013, at approx. 9:35 am

Subject: Stolen Vehicle Arrest
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13 November 2013, at approx. 9:35 am, a subject came into the lobby of the Sonora Police Department and reported that his vehicle had just been stolen. The victim told an officer that he had parked his BMW convertible in the Rodeway Inn Parking lot and left the keys in the ignition, while he worked on a project at Sonora Day’s Inn. Approx. a half an hour later, he observed someone driving off in his vehicle.

At approx. 9:40 am, an officer observed the stolen vehicle traveling south on S. Washington Street. The officer turned around and the vehicle pulled into a driveway of a residence located on the 1200 block of S. Washington Street and stopped. The officer contacted the female driver and took her into custody without incident.

The female was identified as Amy Munoz, 35 of Sonora. A search of Munoz revealed she was in possession of methamphetamine, syringes and other drug paraphernalia. Munoz was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony auto theft, felony possession of stolen property, felony transporting a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Felony Drug Sales Arrest

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 6 November 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 2 November 2013

Subject: Felony Drug Sales Arrest
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2 November 2013, at approx. 8:00 am, an officer was on patrol on the 200 block of Barretta St., when he observed a subject exiting a vehicle. The officer recognized the subject right away from his neck tattoo as being Brian Bockert, 36 of Sonora.

The officer knew that Bockert had two outstanding “no bail” warrants for his arrest for possession and transporting controlled substances and narcotics. The officer contacted Bockert and took him into custody on the two warrants.

A search of Bocket revealed he was in the possession of 6 grams of methamphetamine, 3.5 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, over a gram of heroin and marijuana, several methadone pills, along with a record of his sales transactions of these substances.

Bocket was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for; felony sales of a controlled substance; felony possession of a controlled substance; felony sales of psilocybin; possession of psilocybin; and the two outstanding no bail warrants.

Major Injury Accident

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 5 November 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 1 November 2013

Subject: Major Injury Accident
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1 November 2013, at approx. 7:47 pm, Enrico Cocco, 34 of Sonora, was traveling westbound on Stockton Road on a motorized bicycle. Gregory Davies, 65 of Sonora, was traveling eastbound on Stockton Road in a Chevy Prism.
While making a left turn onto Bradford Street, Davies struck Cocco, causing Cocco to be ejected from his motorized bicycle, and the bicycle to come to rest on the hood of Davies vehicle.
Cocco sustained major injuries to his head and upper torso as a result of the collision. Cocco was transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center by ambulance. The investigation into this collision is ongoing.

Felony Resisting Arrest

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 4 November 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 1 November 2013

Subject: Felony Resisting Arrest
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1 November 2013, at approx. 3:30 pm, officers from the Sonora Police Department responded to South Stewart Street to a report of a male subject punching telephone poles and yelling at passing vehicles.
When officers contacted the subject, he took a fighting stance and challenged the officers. An officer drew a TASER and ordered the subject to the ground and the subject complied. The officers approached the subject and placed him in handcuffs.
The subject was identified as Michael Didion, 32. It was determined that Didion was a parolee at large out of Stockton. Once Didion was handcuffed, he started resisting the officers and refused to get into the back seat of the patrol vehicle. Didion then started slamming his head into the patrol vehicle causing damage to the patrol vehicle.
An officer grabbed Didion in an attempt to keep him from hitting his head against the patrol car and hurting himself. A struggle ensued, resulting in an officer breaking a finger and causing other injuries to his hand. Didion was finally subdued and placed in the patrol vehicle.
Didion was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony resisting arrest; felony obstructing a public officer; felony parolee at large; misdemeanor battery on an officer; misdemeanor vandalism.

Parking Fallacy

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 22 October 2013

Date and Time of Incident: On Going

Subject: Parking Fallacy
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The Sonora Police Department has been receiving complaints from people receiving parking citations. It seems people believe, because there is no “official” parking enforcement officer, they can park in violation of parking ordinances and not be cited. However, many people are finding out this is not true.

The Sonora Police Department has been handling most parking issues on a complaint driven bases. Recently, there has been a large increase with people parking in loading zones for extended periods of time, parking in red zones, fire lanes, and parking in permit parking spaces without having a permit.

As time allows, officers have been stepping up enforcement on these specific violations. So remember to obey all parking regulations. Just because there is no “official” parking enforcement officer, doesn’t give you an excuse to violate parking regulations.

Also as time allows, officers have been enforcing other City and State parking regulations, such as; parking on sidewalks, double parking, backing into parking stalls, timed parking, failure to park on the right side of the roadway, parking out of marked space, parking over 18 inches from the curb line, ext..

To save yourself from receiving a parking ticket, or even worse, having your vehicle towed, you should follow the City and State parking regulations at all times. If you have any questions regarding parking, you may call the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141.

Vehicle Pursuit

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 16 October 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 14 October 2013, approx. 4:10 pm

Subject: Vehicle Pursuit
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14 October 2013, at approx. 4:10 pm, an Officer from the Sonora Police Department observed Anthony Ortega, 34 of Jamestown, driving a white 1994 Honda Civic, California license 4RIG505 on Mono Way. The officer knew that Ortega had two outstanding no bail warrants for his arrest, for possession of controlled substances.

The officer attempted to conduct an enforcement stop on Ortega on Mono Way, but Ortega didn’t stop and accelerated. Ortega drove through the Grocery Outlet parking lot onto S. Washington St., then to Lime Kiln Rd. Ortega continued to Wards Ferry Rd. to the bottom of the canyon, where the pursuit was terminated by the officer because of safety reasons.

During the pursuit, Ortega’s unknown male passenger tossed a vehicle axle out the passenger side window at pursuing officers. The passenger also threw other items out the passenger window.

Anyone with information on Ortega’s whereabouts, the vehicle he was driving, or his passenger, is asked to call the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141.

Homecoming Parade

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 16 October 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 18 October 2013, approx. 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm

Subject: Sonora High School Homecoming Parade
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Sonora High School’s Homecoming Parade will take place Friday, 18 Oct. 2013. Washington Street (SR 49) will be closed to all traffic between Snell Street and Church Street from approx. 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm. Also, School Street will be closed from approx. 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm for staging purposes.

The parade will leave Sonora High School and enter Snell Street from School Street. It will then travel south on Snell Street to Washington Street. At Washington Street, the parade will turn south and travel south on Washington Street. It will then turn right onto Stockton Road, then right again onto South Green Street and end at Courthouse Park.

Following the parade, the Golden Regiment Band will perform in Courthouse Park for approx. 15 minutes. During the band’s performance, Green Street will be closed between Bradford and Yaney Streets. There will be no parking allowed on Green Street between Yaney Street and Stockton Road during the parade. These areas have been posted with “No Parking” signs.

If you are going to be in the downtown area during this time, the Sonora Police Department is asking that you plan ahead and use alternate routes. Drivers are asked to be patient, as traffic flow will be extremely slow and congested in the downtown area during and after the parade.

Burglary/Drug Arrest

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 10 October 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 9 October 2013

Subject: Burglary/Drug Arrest
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6 & 7 October 2013, a male subject was captured on surveillance cameras walking through the Wal-Mart parking lot searching for sales receipts and picking them up off of the ground. The subject then entered Wal-Mart and selected the items matching the ones listed on the receipts and attempted to return the items for cash, even though he had not purchased them. The subject was identified as Jason Peluso, 31 of Sonora.

On 9 October 2013, a search warrant was severed on Peluso’s residence. Upon officer’s arrival to the residence, Peluso and a second subject attempted to run inside the residence, but were stopped. The second subject was identified as Darryl Tinkle Jr., 24 of Sonora. A check showed an active felony warrant for Tinkle’s arrest, for bringing a controlled substance into a correctional facility. During the search warrant, methamphetamine was located, along with receipts and possible stolen property.

Peluso and Tinkle were taken into custody without any further incident. During the service of the search warrant, a subject called Tinkle’s phone. An officer answered the phone and spoke with a male subject who requested to meet to purchase narcotics from Tinkle. The officer determined who the subject was and meet them at their place of employment, as they stated they were at work.

The officers contacted the subject at his place of employment and identified him as Dale Cabral, 32 of Tuolumne. Cabral was in possession of a controlled narcotic when contacted. He was taken into custody without incident.

All three were transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked. Peluso was booked for felony burglary and felony possession of a controlled substance. Tinkle was booked on the felony warrant. Cabral was booked for felony possession of a controlled narcotic and felony attempting to purchase controlled substances.

Theft Arrest

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 10 October 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 9 October 2013

Subject: Theft Arrest
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4 October 2013, a subject came to the Sonora Police Department and reported that someone had stolen his credit card out of his vehicle, while parked in the Wal-Mart parking lot. The victim further related that his stolen credit card had been used at numerous businesses in the Sonora area.

Officers reviewed surveillance video from Wal-Mart and some other locations where the stolen credit card was used. Officers were able to determine the suspects were a male and a female. Officers were also able to identify the suspect’s vehicle as an early model Dodge Durango, tan in color, with stickers on the back window.

9 October 2013, at approx. 8:20 am, an investigator observed the suspect vehicle southbound on N. Washington Street, near Yaney Street. The investigator stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver, who was identified as Chad Hilton, 27 of Mi Muk. Hilton matched the male subject seen in the surveillance videos stealing the credit card and then using it.

A search of Hilton’s vehicle revealed; property purchased with the stolen credit card; the victims stolen credit card; counterfeit ten and twenty dollar bills; a large amount of mail with several different individuals names on it; identification cards and credit cards in several different people’s names, some of which had been intercepted in the mail and not yet activated; and smoking pipes with methamphetamine residue.

Hilton was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony possession of stolen property, felony possession of fictitious money, felony personating another to obtain money or property, misdemeanor theft, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The investigation into this matter is continuing.

Drug Arrest

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 7 October 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 6 October 2013, at approx. 5:10 pm

Subject: Felony Drug Arrest
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6 October 2013, at approx. 5:10 pm, a subject called the Sonora Police Department and reported that Johnny Mobley, 20 of Sonora, was inside the Sonora Wal-Mart. The Sonora Police Department had been looking for Mobley, as he had an active “no bail” felony warrant for his arrest, for possession of drugs, since April of this year.

As officers arrived at Wal-Mart, Mobley took off running through the store. It was later learned that someone had tipped Mobley off that officers were arriving at the store. Mobley ran through the garden center door and officers started chasing him. Mobley ran around a retaining wall, but when he observed another officer approaching, he jumped over the retaining wall he had just run around.

As another officer started giving chase, an employee from Wal-Mart observed what was occurring and attempted to block Mobley’s path to assist the officer. This forced Mobley to change directions once again. Mobley then cut around some pallets and attempted to double back, but the same employee partially blocked Mobley’s path again, which slowed Mobley a second time.

Mobley then attempted to turn and look at the pursuing officer as he attempted to jump over a planter box. However, Mobley didn’t jump high enough and he tripped over the planter box and fell to the pavement. Mobley then attempted to get up, but an officer was able to take Mobley into custody. Mobley was in the possession of 12.1 grams of heroin, with an approximately street value of $1,200. He was also in the possession of 44 grams of marijuana.

Mobley was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked on two outstanding warrants for his arrest; and for felony possession of narcotics and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer.

Major Injury Accident

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 30 September 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 26 September 2013

Subject: Major Injury Accident
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26 September 2013, at approx. 5:47 pm, emergency personnel responded to the area of Stockton Road and Ponderosa Way, for a reported vehicle vs. motorcycle accident with injuries.

During the investigation it was determined that Michael Cowley, 51 of Sonora, was westbound on Stockton Road, on his Honda XR650 motorcycle, when Katherine Allen, 42 of Sonora, pulled out from a private driveway in front of Cowley, in her Chevy Suburban.

Cowley didn’t have time to react when Allen pulled out in front of him, and he struck the side of Allen’s vehicle. The force of the collision spun Allen’s vehicle around in the roadway and ejected Cowley from his motorcycle.

Cowley suffered numerous broken bones front both colliding with Allen’s vehicle and the pavement. Cowley was transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center by ambulance.

Felony Arrests

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 19 September 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 17 & 18 September 2013

Subject: Felony Arrests
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17 September 2013, at approx. 2:05 pm, Officers from the Sonora Police Department responded to the bus stop outside of Wal-Mart, regarding a subject threatening to damage a bus if he wasn’t provided free transportation to Tuolumne City.

When officers arrived, they contacted transit authorities, along with the suspect, who provided officers with a false name and date of birth. Transit authorities and witnesses related that when the suspect was refused a ride for free, he became verbally abusive towards the driver and made threats to burn the bus, which frightened the passengers on the bus.

As officers were placing the subject under arrest he took off running, leaving his backpack behind. A foot chase ensued through the Crossroads Shopping Center. The chase ended when the subject ran into Radio Shack and into a back store room where he became trapped.

The subject was taken into custody and identified as Jay Whittle, 30 of Mi Wuk. There was a felony warrant for Whittle’s arrest for numerous crimes, including auto theft, possession of stolen property, possession of assault weapons, possession of a loaded firearm, grand theft and evading. The warrant was the result of a high speed chase in Calaveras County a few weeks ago. Whittle is also the suspect in several other crimes in Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties.

When Officers arrived back at the location where the foot pursuit had begun, they noticed that Whittle’s backpack was missing. Whittle was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked on the felony warrant and for the new felony charge of criminal threats and several misdemeanor crimes.

18 Sept. 2013, an officer returned to Wal-Mart and viewed the surveillance footage of the incident. The officer recognized the two subjects who had retrieved Whittle’s backpack and walk away with it. They were identified as Joshua Murray, 33 of Jamestown and Christopher Mills, 22 transient. Mills currently has two other active felony warrants for his arrest.

A search warrant was obtained for Murray’s Jamestown residence and served. Murray was not at his residence when the search warrant was served, but he was later taken into custody without incident. Whittle’s backpack was recovered.

Murray was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony theft with three prior convictions, felony aiding and abetting a felon, and felony conspiracy.

At this point Mills has not been located and his whereabouts is unknown.

Vehicle VS. Building Accident

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 10 September 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 10 September 2013, at approx. 2:36 pm

Subject: Vehicle VS. Building Accident
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10 September 2013, at approx. 2:36 pm, Officers responded to Bob’s Greenley Pharmacy, located on the 800 block of Delnero Drive, regarding a report of a vehicle into a building.

When Officers arrived, they noticed that a vehicle had struck and broke off an owning support, causing the roof to sag. The vehicle then ran into the north/west side of the building causing major damage to the wall.

The driver, Gertrude Fueg, 92 of Sonora, stated she had stepped on the accelerator when she intended to step on the brake. No one was injured as a result of the accident. Fueg’s 2000 Saturn station-wagon sustained moderate damage and was towed from the scene.