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Holiday Shopping Reminders

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Subject: Holiday Shopping Reminders
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

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 .

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.


• 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.


• 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

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
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


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
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

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

Missing Person-Possibly At Risk

Friday, November 7th, 2014

5 November 2014, Haley Michelle Merz was involved in a verbal dispute with her mother. Haley was last seen running away from her residence, located on the 100 block of Columbia Way, into a wooded area on the north side of the roadway.

Haley is a white female adult, 21 years of age, 5-6”, 120, slender build, with long brown hair to the middle of her back, with green eyes. She has a colored (red & black) tattoo of three hearts on the inside of her right ankle, and scars on both wrists. Haley was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, a Navy blue “hoodie” sweatshirt, and brown Ugg boots.

Haley is possibly at risk, as she has a mental disorder and has not been taking her medication, according to her mother. Haley does not speak with strangers and functions at a 14 year old level. The attached photographs were taken just before Haley ran away from her residence.

Anyone with information regarding Haley’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141.

haley shortly before running away

haley minutes before she ran away

Major Injury Accident

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 3 November 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 1 November 2014, at approx. 5:30 pm

Subject: Major Injury Accident
1 November 2014, at approx. 5:30 pm, emergency personnel responded to the area of the 400 block of S. Washington Street regarding a reported vehicle vs. pedestrian accident.

When emergency personnel arrived on scene, they located 46 year old Sean Boles of Sonora, lying in the roadway. Boles was unconscious and was bleeding from his head. He was transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center by ambulance; then was later flown to Modesto Memorial Hospital for treatment. Boles suffered major head trauma as a result of the accident.

During the investigation into this matter, it was determined that Boles, who had been drinking, was riding a bicycle on the raised sidewalk, located on the west side of the 400 block of S. Washington Street. Then for some unknown reason, Boles rode the bicycle off the raised sidewalk, causing him to land on his head in the traffic lane. Boles was not wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the accident.


Tuesday, October 28th, 2014


Subject: Halloween trick or treat tips

The activities associated with Halloween can be fun for the whole family, but it also requires specific safety precautions. Consider these safety tips for trick or treating to help ensure a safe and fun Halloween for you and your children.

• Never allow children under the age of 12 to trick or treat alone. Older children should plan their route ahead of time so parents know where they are.

• Always carry a flashlight and send one with older children.

• With rainy weather in the forecast, it’s very important that children and parents wear some type of reflective clothing, which will allow them to be seen by motorists.

• Remind children to use sidewalks and to look both ways before crossing the street.

• Instruct children to only visit well lit houses and never enter a home to receive candy or a treat.

• Remind children to never approach a car, or accept treats from a person in a car.

• Inspect your children’s candy before they eat it. Wrapped and sealed treats are the safest. Discard unwrapped or homemade treats, fresh fruit or anything that looks remotely suspicious.

• Carry a cell phone and report suspicious houses and activities to your local law enforcement agency immediately.

For more information contact the Sonora Police Department, (209) 532-8141, or your local law enforcement agency.

Sonora High Homecoming Parade

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 8 October 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 10 October 2014, approx. 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm

Subject: Sonora High School Homecoming Parade

Sonora High School’s Homecoming Parade will take place Friday, 10 Oct. 2014. 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 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 prior to and during 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 before, during and after the parade.

Sexual Assault

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 21 September 2014

Subject: Sexual Assault
24 September 2014, a fourteen year old female came to the police department with relatives to report a sexual assault, which had occurred on 21 September 2014.
The victim related she was at a residence on the 300 block of Barretta Street when the assault took place. At the residence were Stephanie Palmertree, 34 of Sonora; Rebecca Forbes, 23 of Soulsbyville; Chance Ditmars, 21 of Jamestown; and Adam Campo 24 of Modesto. All four adults gave the fourteen year old victim alcohol while she was at the residence.
The victim became intoxicated and while intoxicated Chance Ditmars sexually assault the victim 3-4 times during the night. The victim was able to identify Ditmars from a tattoo on his torso. The victim also related other people were having sexual intercourse in her presents.
On 30 September 2014, Forbes, Palmertree and Ditmars were arrested and booked at the Tuolumne County Jail.

• Forbes was booked for felony child endangerment.

• Palmertree was booked for felony child endangerment and felony failure to register as a sex offender.

• Ditmars was booked for felony intercourse with a minor under 16 years of age; felony rape of an intoxicated victim; felony oral copulation of a minor under 16 years of age; and felony child endangerment.

The report has been forwarded to the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office for review and the possible issuance of a complaint against Campo for felony child endangerment.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 28 September 2014, at approx. 12:29 pm

Subject: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

28 September 2014, at approx. 12:29 pm, Officers responded to 102 Hospital Road for a reported assault. When officers arrived they made contact with the 30 year old male victim.
The victim related he was on work furlough and working at 102 Hospital Road, when he observed a female subject whom he knows. He contacted the female, who had visible injuries to her face. The victim asked the female if James Vanhorn, 41 of Sonora, was responsible for the injuries to her face and she stated no.
During the victim’s conversation with the female, Vanhorn arrived and started yelling at the victim to get away from the female. When the victim didn’t move, Vanhorn started hitting the victim in the head with a walking cane. The victim was able to distance himself from Vanhorn to stop the attack, while witnesses called the police department.
Vanhorn was contacted and taken into custody without incident and transported to the Tuolumne County Jail where he was booked for felony assault with a deadly weapon. Vanhorn is on AB 109 release from prison, out of San Bernardino County for felony resisting an officer.
The victim suffered large welts on his head, but refused medical attention.

Felony Assault Arrest

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 22 September 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 19 September 2014, at approx. 2:36 am

Subject: Felony Assault Arrest
19 September 2014, at approx. 2:36 am, Officers responded to the area of the Office Bar (155 S. Washington Street) for a report of physical fight that had just ended, with an unconscious victim on the ground.

When Officers arrived, they located an unconscious 26 year old male from Wi Wuk. This subject sustained major head trauma and several broken bones in his face as a result from the attack. The victim was flow to a Modesto area hospital for treatment.

A second male victim, who is a friend of the first victim, was located at the scene. He was suffering from a large laceration above one eye, broken teeth and a broken jaw. He too was 26 and from Mi Wuk.

Witnesses related both victims were inside the Office Bar, when one of the victims lost a pool game to another subject. Apparently, there was a $100 wager on the pool game, which one of the victims would not pay after losing.

Three subjects who were identified as Ronald Votaw, 25 of Jamestown; David Cobb, 24 of Sonora; Nathaniel Duckett, 29 of Sonora, started verbally harassing the looser of the pool game and threatening him to pay up. One of these subjects was the winner of the pool game in question.

At closing time, the three subjects left the bar. Then when the two victims exited the bar, they were attacked by the three suspects. Both victims were punched and they fell to the ground, then the suspects started kicking and hitting the victims in the face, once they were on the ground. After attacking the two victims, all three suspects fled the area.

Later, Votaw, Cobb and Duckett were located and taken into custody. All three were transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony battery resulting in great bodily injury and felony assault with a deadly weapon.

Felon in possession of a firearm

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 15 September 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 15 September 2014, at approx. 2:09 am

Subject: Felon in Possession of a Firearm

15 September 2014, at approx. 2:09 am, an officer was flagged down by a citizen who reported observing two suspicious subjects on the back porch of a vacant house on Norlin Street.
The officer responded to the vacant house and contacted two male subjects as they exited the back porch of the house. One subject was identified as Dustin Silberman, a 33 year old parolee out of Jamestown, and the other was a 32 year old transient, both subjects were detained. Silberman is on parole for robbery.
A search of the porch area where the two subjects had been observed revealed a loaded .45 semi auto pistol, along with 1.2 grams of heroin. A records check indicated the firearm had been stolen in Jamestown last month.
During the investigation into this matter, it was determined Silberman was the person in possession of both the firearm and heroin. Silberman was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for; felony ex-felon in possession of a firearm; felony possession of stolen property; felony possession of a controlled substance; felony violation of parole.

New California Law

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 12 September 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 16 September 2014

Subject: New California Law

Beginning 16 September 2014, a new California law affecting motorists and bicyclist will take effect. The new law states, a driver must allow three feet of distance when overtaking or passing a bicyclist traveling in the same direction. If three feet is not available, the driver must then slow to a safe speed and pass when no danger is present. This new law is designed to reduce car vs. bicycle crashes by reminding drivers to give bicyclists a safe space while passing them.

Records kept by the California Highway Patrol, show that in 2012, there were 153 bicyclists killed in California, which reflects a 7 percent increase from 2011. Those deaths accounted for 5 percent of the total fatality collisions in the State. Many of these deaths were preventable. It is predicted the new 3 feet passing law will lower the bicycle fatality rate within the State. Below are a few safety tips for both motorists and bicyclists.

Slow down near bicyclists
Pay attention and avoid driving distractions
Look for bicyclists before opening your vehicle door
Be aware of oncoming bicyclists when making a left turn
Check you blind spots for bicyclists before turning right

Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it (it’s the law)
Stop at red lights and stop signs
Be predictable and use hand signals
Be visible. Don’t hug the curb and wear bright clothing
Use a front and rear light when riding at night
Be cautious of doors being opened into the lane of traffic

Arson Arrest

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 10 September 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 9 September 2014, at approx. 8:51 pm

Subject: Arson Arrest

9 September 2014, at approx. 8:51 pm, Emergency personnel from the City of Sonora responded to the Mark Twain Apartments, 311 Fairview Lane, for a reported fire. When officers arrived in the area of a laundry room, they were contacted by a witness. The fire had already been extinguished, but the odor of gasoline was still in the air.
While talking with the first witness, the officers were contacted by a second witness who reported a second fire at another part of the complex. This witness observed a female running from the fire as it started. The witness was able to provide a detailed description of the female and the direction she was last seen running.
An officer started checking the area and observed a female running down Fairview Lane. The officer gave chase and stopped the female on Stockton Road near Ponderosa Way, where she was detained. The female was identified as Tallena Hogland, who is a 33 year old transient. Hogland is on probation in Tuolumne County and had a no bail warrant for her arrest out of Manteca Superior Court for assault. Hogland was later identified by two separate witnesses as leaving the area as the fires started.
The Sonora Police Department’s Fire Investigation Unit responded to the scene. They located where three separate fires had been. It was also determine that all three fires were the result of arson. One of the fires charred the exterior of one of the inhabited apartment buildings and another burnt a mattress.
Hogland was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for; three counts of felony arson; one count of felony arson of an inhabited structure; three counts of attempted arson; one count of burglary; and the outstanding warrant.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

Drug Arrest

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 4 September 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 3 September 2014

Subject: Drug Arrest
3 September 2014, at approx. 12:36 pm, a Forest Service employee called the Sonora Police Department and reported they just observed what they felt was a drug transaction occur in the parking lot of Save Mart, located on Stockton Road. The Forest Service employee was able to give a detailed description of the two vehicles involved, including the license plate number of one, which was a Hyundai.

A short time later, an officer located the Hyundai traveling north on Highway 49. The Hyundai pulled into the parking lot of the Arco Station off of Piece Way and parked. The officer made contact with the three occupants of the Hyundai.

Two of the three occupants were identified as; Stephen Smith, 36 of Columbia and Michael Rogers, 52 of Columbia. Rogers had in his possession 1.2 grams of methamphetamine and a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine. Smith had in his possession 7.9 grams of methamphetamine, two large knifes with brass knuckle handles, and a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine.

Both Smith and Rogers were taken into custody without incident. They were transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked. Rogers was booked for felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith was booked for felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of metal Smith, Allen

rogers, Michaelknuckles and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Home Invasion Arrest

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 3 September 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 3 September 2014, at approx. 4:24 am

Subject: Home Invasion Arrest
3 September 2014, at approx. 4:24 am, the Sonora Police Department responded to the Inns of California, 350 S. Washington Street, regarding an armed robbery.

When officers arrived they contacted a male victim. The victim stated he was sleeping, when an unknown male subject kicked in the door to his room. The suspect was wearing a mask and was armed with a handgun. The suspect forced the victim into the bathroom and tied him to the toilet. The suspect then took the victims laptop, wallet, cell phone, GPS, and the keys to the victim’s rental car. It was also learned the suspect had kicked in the door to other unrented rooms and removed property from those rooms as well.

The suspect left in the victim’s rented Kia Rio sedan. At approx. 5:30 am, the victim’s credit card was used to purchase fuel at the A&B Mini Mart in Sonora Village. The description of the suspect matched that of a parolee who lives in Tuolumne County.

Officers from the Sonora Police Department responded to the Tuolumne City area where the parolee has contacts. At approx. 11:07 am, Officers located the stolen Kia parked in the driveway of a residence. The Officers requested assistance from the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department.

Officers contacted parolee Ramon Diaz, 38 of Tuolumne, who had cut off his ankle bracelet monitor. Diaz is currently on parole for burglary and has an extensive criminal history. Officers recovered all the stolen property, except the cell phone. Also recovered was a mask and fake handgun believed to have been used in the robbery.

Diaz was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for; felony home invasion robbery, felony kidnapping, felony burglary, felony vehicle theft, and several other charges.

The investigation is into this matter is continuing. However, it’s believed that Diaz acted alone. Diaz

Cause of Fire Determined

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 3 September 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 2 September 2014, at approx. 12:08 am

Subject: Cause of Fire Determined

On Tuesday, 2 September, 2014, at approx. 12:08 am, a fire was reported in the walkway behind the Cocina Michoacana Restaurant, located at 770 Mono Way. The fire was reported by a security guard from Sonora Regional Hospital.

The fire did not result in any structural damage to the building, and was limited to restaurant property consisting of: a red synthetic bag containing approximately thirty pounds of cleaning rags from the restaurant’s weekly business, a rubber mat, a grey plastic container and another one-gallon yellow plastic container, a caulking gun w/a spent cardboard tube and several grease-coated metal items.

A Fire Investigator from the Sonora Police Department was requested to investigate the cause and origin of the fire. The Investigator was able to determine the fire was caused by spontaneous combustion, as a result of the oil soaked folded cloth rags and towels, which were waiting to be picked up by a cleaning service.