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Round-Up Parade Street Closures

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Round-up MapDate and Time of Release: 8 May 2013

Date and Time of Incident: Saturday, 11 May 2013

Subject: Round-Up Parade Street Closures and No Parking Zones
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Saturday, 11th May 2013, will be the annual Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse, Mother Lode Round-Up Parade. This event draws thousands of visitors to the downtown area of Sonora each year.

Several streets will be closed before and during the parade, which people need to keep in mind if they are planning on attending the parade or trying to get through town. Detours will be posted for those streets that are closed. The following are the major street closures;

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you are planning on attending the parade, the Sonora Police Department encourages you to arrive around 9:00 am to save yourself some aggravation and allow you time to find parking.

New this year, there will be “NO PARKING” allowed on the side streets between Washington Street and Green Street and between Washington Street and Stewart. This will include Elkin Street, Dodge Street, Jackson Street, Bradford Street, Theall Street, Church Street, Gold Street, Williams Street and Lytton Street. These restrictions will start at 9:00 am and will conclude at the end of the parade. Vehicles parked in these areas will be towed.

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

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

Explorer Challenge

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 2 May 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 27 April 2013

Subject: Explorer Challenge
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27 April 2013, the Sonora Police Department’s Explorer Post participated in the 2013, Explorer Challenge, held in Brentwood, CA. The challenge consisted of Explorer teams from all over the bay area and northern California. Some of the teams present were from Redwood City, Daly City, Palo Alto, Pinole, San Mateo, Elk Grove, Galt, and Vacaville, just to name a few.

The Explorers performed in scenarios similar to calls that are handled by officers, which ranged from every day calls for service to high risk situations. The Explorers are evaluated on their ability to properly perform the functions to address the problem or resolve the situation, as an actual officer would.

Some of the scenarios included domestic violence, foot pursuits, burglaries in progress, bike patrol, traffic stops, suspicious subjects, high risk felony traffic stops, active shooter, written exams, and traffic collision investigation.

Once again, The Sonora Police Department’s Explorers Post showed their knowledge and skills in several different areas. However, it’s not without excellent training and guidance from Reserve Sgt. Glenn Roberts, Officer Jake Ostoich, Officer Andrew Theodore, and other members of the Sonora Police Departments, along with other allied law enforcement personnel in Tuolumne County, who make this possible.

This year members of the Explorer post took first place in high risk felony traffic stops; second place in active shooter; and third place in suspicious person contacts. This was a great day for our Explorers to show off what they have learned, while having the opportunity to interact with other Explorers from other areas of the State.

MADD Awards

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 25 April 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 23 April 2013

Subject: MADD Awards
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23 April 2013, The California Chapter of Mothers Again Drug Driving (MADD) and California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), held their annual DUI Recognition and DUI Training Seminar and award ceremony in Ripon.

The mission of MADD is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. The Mission of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) strives to eliminate traffic deaths and injuries. It does this by making available grants to local and State public agencies for programs that help enforce traffic laws, educate the public in traffic safety, and provide varied and effective means of reducing fatalities, injuries and economic losses from collisions.

The Sonora Police Department and the Jamestown Office of the California Highway Patrol work closely with each other and with both organizations to help reduce the amount of traffic fatalities related to drunk and drug driving in Tuolumne County.

Part of the event is to recognize and honor those Officers who were exemplarily in DUI enforcement in their agencies during 2012, in the Counties of Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne. During 2012, those who were honored at the ceremony made a total of 5,025 arrests.

During the event, an Officer from the Sonora Police Department and five Officers from the Jamestown Office of the California Highway Patrol were recognized for their outstanding work and personal attempts to reduce the DUI fatality rate in Tuolumne County. To be honored, each Officer had to make 25 or more arrests for DUI during 2012. The Officers honored were;

Officer Andrew Theodore Sonora Police Department
Officer Eli Dillon ID 16812 California Highway Patrol
Officer Michael Huddleston, ID 18965 California Highway Patrol
Officer Steve Machado, ID 19785 California Highway Patrol
Officer Steve Warzee, ID 19297 California Highway Patrol
Officer Joshua Mahaney, ID 19773 California Highway Patrol

All the above listed Officers will be honored again at the State recognition dinner, which will be held in Sacramento. The Sonora Police Department would like to congratulate and thank those named above for making our community a safer place.

The ceremony was held in the memory of Destanee Little. Destanee was an 18 year old San Joaquin Delta College student who was studying criminal justice and wanted to become a police officer. She was killed when a repeated drunk driver rear-ended her vehicle doing between 95 and 109 miles per hour. Destanee was ejected from her car and died at the scene. Her two passengers sustained major injuries as well. The driver who struck Destanee’s vehicle was sentenced to 48 years to life for second degree murder and a second strike.

Bear Reminders

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 23 April 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 22 April, Approx. 9:00 pm

Subject: Bear Reminders
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22 April 13, at approx. 9:00 pm, a black bear was sighted in the area of Sonora Ave., inside the City of Sonora. The bear was last seen running off into a wooded area east of Southgate Road.

With this recent sighting, the Sonora Police Department would like to take a moment to remind you of a few tips when it comes to bears, with the help of MountainNature.com

Keeping Bears Wild is Everyone’s Responsibility!

Bears can be attracted into yards by a variety of items. It is our responsibility to reduce the likelihood of bears being drawn to our neighborhoods by taking an active role in reducing a variety of natural and human related enticements.

Garbage Disposal; Make sure that you do not store garbage outside, in your vehicle, or in a trailer near your residence. Remember it’s the smell that draws bears to a specific location.

Compost Piles; Many people in our community are very ecologically minded, and compost piles can be a critical part of your waste reduction plan. At the same time, it is important to limit what you place in your compost piles. Avoid placing any meat by-products such as fish, meat, bones, egg shells, dairy products or fruit into your compost pile. Adding some lime to your compost can also speeds up the decomposition and reduce the smell, which attracts bears.

Barbeques; There’s nothing like a summer barbeque on the patio. The smell of a juicy steak can permeate the air and attract much more than envious glances from non-barbequing neighbors. These same smells can attract bears to your deck once you head to bed. When you’re finished with your feast, make sure to burn the food off of the grill, or at least clean the barbeque carefully. Also, if you store your barbeque outside, be sure to use a cover as this will reduce the smell emanating from it.

Bird Feeders;Bird feeders have played a very serious role in attracting bears. There is no legitimate reason to have feeders up in the summer as there are plenty of natural foods available. If you must have a bird feeder, be sure to wait until late November before filling it with seed, and don’t forget to take it down before the bears come out in spring, usually by early March.

Warrant Arrest

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 22 April 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 20 April 2013

Subject: Warrant Arrest
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20 April 2013, at approx. 9:24 pm, Officers from the Sonora Police Department went to an apartment on Greenley Road to attempt to serve a felony arrest warrant on Andrew Buzinskis, 24 of Sonora.

When Officers knocked on the door of the apartment, Buzinskis opened the door. When Buzinskis saw the Officers, he started to run further into the apartment. The Officers grabbed Buzinskis and a struggle ensued. While the Officers were attempting to cuff Buzinskis, Buzinskis’ mother, Threasa Hull, 48 of Sonora attempted to pull the Officers away from Buzinskis.

Buzinskis was finally cuffed along with Hull. Hull admitted to knowing that her son had warrants for his arrest. Both Buzinskis and Hull were transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked.

Buzinskis was booked on a felony drug warrant, two misdemeanor warrants, a warrant for violation of Sheriff’s Parole, misdemeanor resisting arrest, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Hull was booked for felony accessory and misdemeanor obstructing officers.

POLICE OFFICER OPENING

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

10 April 2013

The Sonora Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer (Entry Level/Academy Graduate). The final filing date for this position is Friday, 10 May 2013, with testing anticipated to be held the week of 20 May 2013.

SALARY/INCENTIVES

• Base salary $4,292 month

• Additional incentive pay for
o POST Certificates
o Education
o Special Assignments

BENEFITS

• Retirement Cal PERS 2.7 @ 57
• Uniform allowance
• Medical/Dental/Vision
• Deferred Compensation plan

MINIMUM/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

• Possession of an active California POST “Certificate of Academy Completion,” or a letter confirming enrollment in a certified POST Academy, on Academy letterhead. If providing a confirmation letter from an Academy, you must provide the City with a copy of your “Certificate of Academy Completion” no later than 1 July 2013.

• High School Diploma or a GED

• Possession of a valid Class C California Drivers License and have a good driving record

For a complete copy of the job description for this position, you may go to http://www.sonoraca.com/employment/JDs.htm or you may request a copy be mailed to you by contracting the Humane Resource Department of the City of Sonora at (209) 588-8946.

Applications are available at:
City of Sonora, Administration
94 N. Washington Street
Sonora, CA 95370

Sonora Police Department
100 S. Green Street
Sonora, CA 95370

Or at www.sonoraca.com

Search Warrant/Drug Arrest

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 8 April 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 7 April 2013, at approx. 4:30 pm

Subject: Search Warrant/Drug Arrest
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7 April 2013, at approx. 4:30 pm, Officers were at a residence on the 300 block of Snell Street regarding a call for service. They contacted the resident, James Benites, 67 of Sonora. Benites gave consent to Officers to enter his residence.

While Officers were inside the residence, they saw several pills in plain view. A check of the pills reveled they were a controlled substances. When asked about the controlled pills, Benites stated he did not have a prescription for them. It was also determined that Benites was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Another subject was located inside the residence, who was identified as Bradi Waldecker, 37 of Jamestown. It was discovered that Waldecker had an active misdemeanor traffic warrant for her arrest. Waldecker was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant and booked at the Tuolumne County Jail.

Officers secured the residence and obtained a search warrant. Upon the service of the search warrant on the residence methamphetamine was located, along with packaging material, scales and other evidence of sales. Drug paraphernalia was located as well, along with two law enforcement type collapsible batons.

Benites was taken into custody and transported to the Tuolumne County Jail. He was booked for felony possession of a controlled substance for sale, felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of a controlled narcotic, misdemeanor being under the influence of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of a baton, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Drug Arrests

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 4 April 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 3 April 2013

Subject: Drug Arrests
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30 March 2013, at approx. 9:57 am, the Sonora Police Department received a call of a possible drug transaction taking place in a parking lot, located at the intersection of Mono Way and Greenley Road. When an Officer arrived, he observed one vehicle leaving and made contact with the driver of the second vehicle. The Officer was able to obtain a license plate from the car that was leaving and recognized the driver.

The driver of the vehicle he contacted was identified as Jacob Sabins, 22 of Sonora. During the Officers investigation he located heroin, along with a hypodermic needle and other drug paraphernalia. Sabin was placed under arrest for felony sells of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. Sabins was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked.

The Sonora Police Department was able to obtain a search warrant for the second subject’s residence, who was identified as Ashlianne Palmertree, 32 of Sonora.

3 April 2013, at approx. 11:00 am, the search warrant was served on Palmertree’s residence, located on the 200 block of Greenley Road. Located inside the residence was methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and evidence of heroin use. The methamphetamine was located within reach of Palmertree’s 2 year old daughter.

Palmertree was arrested for felony child endangerment, felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. She was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked.

Felony DUI Arrest

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 3 April 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 1 April 2013, at approx. 9:44 pm

Subject: Felony DUI Arrest
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1 April 2013, at approx. 9:44 pm, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Corporal stopped a 1996 Buick Skylark on Mono Way near Greenley Road, for traveling only 10 MPH and swerving in and out of traffic. When the Corporal contacted the driver, he could smell a strong odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath and turned the stop over to members of the Sonora Police Department.

The driver was identified as Jeffery Spiteri, 43 year old transient and his passenger was identified as David Bryan, 47 year old transient. Spiteri failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. A preliminary alcohol test showed Spiteri’s blood alcohol leave to be .26, more than three times the legal limit. Bryan had also been drinking and had an elevated blood alcohol level as well.

A records check showed that Spiteri had four prior driving under the influence convictions within the last ten years, one in 2004, one in 2006 and two in 2007. It was also learned that the passenger Bryan was on probation for theft.

Both Spiteri and Bryan were placed under arrest and transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked. Spiteri was booked for felony driving under the influence and misdemeanor driving without a license. Bryan was booked for misdemeanor public intoxication and violation of probation.

Vets to Cops Grant Officer Selected

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 27 March 2013

Subject: Vets to Cops Grant Officer Selected
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The City of Sonora advertised and tested for the classification of Police Officer to fill the Vets to Cops grant, which it received through the Federal Department of Justice. Ibrahim Khalil successfully completed all related testing, as well as an extensive background investigation, before being appointed to the position of Police Officer with the City.
Ibrahim Khalil was born and raised in San Diego. After graduating high school, he joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17. After completing basic training at Fort Benning Georgia, Ibrahim was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division. He held many positions while in the Army; ranging from Bradley driver to dismounted infantry rifleman.
Ibrahim served two tours overseas, one in Kuwait and the other in Iraq. While serving in Iraq, Ibrahim received the Purple Heart for shrapnel injuries sustained in combat. Ibrahim made a full recovery and was honorably discharged.
After serving in the Army, Ibrahim attended Grossmont Community College and earned an AA degree in General Education. He also put himself through the San Diego Regional Police Academy.
Ibrahim started his law enforcement career as a Reserve Police Officer with the Westmorland Police Department, which is located in Imperial County, located in southern California. A short time after becoming a Reserve Police Officer, he was hired as a full time Police Officer with the Westmorland Police Department, where he worked before joining the Sonora Police Department.

Drug Arrest

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 19 March 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 18 March, at approx. 5:03 pm

Subject: Drug Arrest
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18 March 2013, at approx. 5:03 pm, Officers were in the area of the Arco gas station/mini mart, located at 15 Pesce Way, when they observed a female subject sitting on the side of the business. They recognized the subject from prior contacts as Roxann Tracy, 30 of Sonora.

The Officers conducted a local check on Tracy and learned she had a felony, no bail warrant, for her arrest for the charges of auto theft and possession of a controlled substance.

The Officers contacted Tracy and took her into custody for the outstanding felony warrant. A search of her person revealed a quarter ounce of methamphetamine packaged for sale. Each of the individual baggies was labeled with a price and weight. Other items located in her possession included drug sales transaction records, cash, and a methamphetamine pipe.

Tracy was taken into custody without incident. She was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for the warrant along with the new charges of felony possession of a controlled substance for sale, felony possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Live Explosive Device Located

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 11 March 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 11 March 2013, at approx. 1:41 pm

Subject: Live Explosive Device Located
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11 March 2013, at approx. 1:41 pm, members of the Tuolumne Utility District (TUD) contacted the Sonora Police Department and reported they had located a suspicious device on a fire hydrant, located on East Lyons/Bald Mount Road, near the entrance into the Blackberry Oaks Apartment complex.

Officers responded to the scene. The TUD employees pointed out the item to the Officers, which was cylinder in shape, with a pull pin. The item appeared to be some type of live explosive or incendiary device, which had been painted from its original color.

The Calaveras Bomb Unit was contacted and they responded to assist with the call, along with the Sonora Fire Department. The representatives from the Bomb Unit identified the item as a live military practice ordinance. The device was described as having little shrapnel output if detonated, but would produce the sound equivalent to that of a ¼ to ½ a stick of dynamite. The Bomb Unit took custody of the device.

During this incident, the roadway was closed for approx. 2 ½ hours and traffic was diverted around the area. The investigation into this matter is continuing.

Injury Accident/Felony DUI Arrst

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 4 March 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 3 March 2013, at approx. 11:36 am

Subject: Injury Accident/Felony DUI Arrest
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3 March 2013, at approx. 11:36 am, Officers from the Sonora Police Department responded to the intersection of Mono Way and Sanguinetti Loop regarding a vehicle which had left the roadway and landed on its roof.

When Officers arrived, they located a 2000 Ford Explorer on its roof, in the vacant lot, on the south/west side of the intersection. The driver, Kenneth Camara, 49, and a passenger, John Deherrrera, 58, both of Tuolumne, were out of the vehicle walking around. A third passenger, Deric DeHart, 22 of Jamestown was lying on the ground next to the vehicle. Camara was showing objective signs of being under the influence of prescription medications at the scene.

All three were transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center for treatment. Camara and Deherrera were treated and released. DeHart was admitted to the hospital as the result of his injuries he had sustained in the accident.

After Camara was released, he was taken into custody and transported to the Tuolumne County Jail. Camara was booked for felony DUI and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Arrest In Stolen Motorized Shopping Cart

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 27 February 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 27 February 2013, at approx. 12:59 am

Subject: Possession of Stolen Motorized Shopping Cart Arrest
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27 February 2013, at approx. 12:59 am, an Officer observed a subject driving a Safeway motorized shopping cart westbound on the 800 block of Mono Way. The Officer recognized the operator from prior contacts as being John Mathews, 77 of Columbia.

The Officer contacted Mathews about the Safeway motorized shopping cart. Mathews told the Officer that Safeway had given him the cart, which is valued at $1,000, because he has troubles walking. Mathews was unable to provide a name of the employee who had given him the cart.

The Officer contacted a Safeway representative, who stated they had not given Mathews the cart, nor did they know that the cart had been removed from the store. Mathews was placed under arrest without incident. He was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony possession of stolen property. The motorized shopping cart was returned to Safeway.

Stolen Vehicle Arrest

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 21 February 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 20 February 2013, at approx. 1:48 pm

Subject: Stolen Vehicle Arrest
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20 February 2013, at approx. 1:48 pm, a subject called the Sonora Police Department from the 100 block of Linoberg and reported that someone had just drove off from his residence, pulling his trailer, which had been locked up at his residence.

An Officer in the area observed the stolen trailer being towed by a 2006 Chevy Tahoe. The Officer stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver, who he recognized from prior contacts as Danny McLaughlin, 35 of Sonora. A warrants check on McLaughlin showed he had three active “No Bail” warrants for his arrest, all of which were drug related.

McLaughlin was taken into custody without incident and the trailer was returned to the victim. McLaughlin was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony vehicle theft, felony possession of a stolen vehicle, misdemeanor possession of burglary tools, and on the three outstanding warrants.

Officer Discovers Large Credit Card Fraud Operation

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 14 February 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 13 February 2013

Subject: Officer Discovers Large Credit Card Fraud Operation
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10 Feb. 13, An Officer was contacted by the victim of identity theft from Ventura, CA. The victim told the Officer that her credit card was recently used at several businesses in Tuolumne County to purchase thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. The victim stated she was still in possession of her credit card.

The Officer went to all of the businesses inside the City limits where the fraudulent card was used. The Officer obtained video surveillance of the suspects, a list of the property they had purchased with the fraudulent card and other documentation. The Officer was able to put together a photo line-up, which lead to the positive identification of both suspects. They were identified as Jeremy Keturi, 35 of Modesto and Shatece Turner, 29 of Modesto.

During the Officers investigation, he located Keturi’s facebook page. Keturi had posted photos of Turner wearing some of the stolen property, and of a ski trip which is believed to have been paid for on the victims credit card.

The Officer was able to obtain a search warrant for Keturi and Turner’s residence on Espana Drive in Modesto. With the help of the Modesto Police Department, the search warrant was served on the residence on 13 Feb. 13.

Most of the stolen property from Sonora was located inside the residence, as well as other stolen property. It’s estimated that over $10,000 worth of stolen property was recovered, some still in its original packaging. There was over $100,000 in credit card receipts located, which is believed to be for items purchased with fraudulent credit cards manufactured by Keturi and Turner.

Also located was an extensive amount of identity theft evidence, along with; credit card embosser, 500 blank credit cards with magnetic strips, card skimmer, card graphic printer, program to import credit card information on cards, numerous credit cards in other peoples’ names, a list of people’s names dates of birth and social security numbers; and several other items associated with the manufacturing of fraudulent credit cards.

Neither Keturi nor Turner where at the residence when the search warrant was served. Keturi was later located and arrested by the Modesto Police Department. Keturi was booked at the Tuolumne County Jail for eight counts of burglary and eight count of identity theft.

The Sonora Police Department is still actively looking for Turner. The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

Indecent Exposure

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 13 February 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 12 February 2013, at approx. 1:43 pm

Subject: Indecent Exposure
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12 February 2013, at approx. 1:43 pm, the Sonora Police Department received a call of two subjects engaged in sexual conduct inside a vehicle, parked at a business on the 600 block of Stockton Road. The business was open and customers were walking by observing the conduct.

As the Officer was receiving the call, he was driving by the business. The Officer pulled into the parking lot and located the vehicle. He then contacted the two unclothed occupants in the back seat of the vehicle. The subjects were identified as Linda Titus 72 of Earp, CA and Garry Wells 62 of Sonora.

Both subjects were cited for indecent exposure and released.

Active Shooter Incidents Part 5 (Final)

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 6 February 2013

Subject: Information on Active Shooter Incidents (Part 5)
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Recognizing signs of potential workplace violence

An Active Shooter may be a current or former employee. Alert your supervisor if you believe an employee exhibits potentially violent behavior. Indicators of potentially violent behavior may include one or more of the following;

• Increased severe mood swings, and noticeably unstable or emotional responses

• Increased unsolicited comments about violence, firearms, and other dangerous weapons and violent behavior

• Increased talks of problems with supervisors, managers or at home

• Depression or sudden withdrawal

• Increased use of alcohol and/or drugs

• Unexplained increase in absenteeism and/or vague physical complaints

These are just a few things to look for. You should consult your Human Resources Department or your supervisor for further information on what to look for.

We hope you have found this series of articles informative. If you should have any questions regarding Active Shooters, please call the Police Department at 532-8141.

Update on Death Investigation

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 30 January 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 28 January 2013, at approx. 3:17 pm

Subject: Death Investigation Update
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The person found deceased in the Crossroads Shopping Center on 28 January 2013, has been identified as Bill Scott Peterson, 57. An autopsy was performed and the cause of death was determined to be a heart attack.

Deceased Person

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Date and Time of Release: 28 January 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 28 January 2013

Subject: Deceased Person
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28 January 2013, at approx. 3:17 pm, the Sonora Police Department, Sonora Fire Department and Tuolumne County Ambulance responded to the Crossroads Shopping Center regarding a welfare check on a subject who lives in a vehicle in the parking lot, but had not been seen for four (4) days.

An employee from a business in the shopping center had gone out to the subject’s vehicle and attempted to contact them, but found the occupant to be unresponsive and called the police department.

A subject was located in the bed of a pickup, which had a camper shell on it. Upon checking on the subjects status, it was determined they were deceased. There were no signs of foul play. The subject was turned over to the Tuolumne County Coroner. An autopsy will be conducted at a later date. The name of the deceased is not being released until the next of kin can be located and notified.