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Recruitment-Community Service Officer

March 5th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 5 March 2015

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

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

Minimum requirements:

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

Desirable education and experience:

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

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

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

Damage

March 2nd, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 2 March 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 1 March 2015, at approx. 4:42 pm

Subject: Damage
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1 March 2015, at approx. 4:42 pm, a 2000 Silver Nissan pick-up was eastbound on the 1000 block of Mono Way, when the female driver deliberately drove the vehicle into the new retaining wall on the north side of Mono Way.

The truck sustained moderate damage and the wall had minor damage. The female driver was transported by ambulance to Sonora Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

Burglary Arrest

February 24th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 24 February 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 24 February 2015, at approx. 1:56 am

Subject: Burglary Arrest
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24 February 2015, at approx. 1:56 am, while performing a patrol check of Rotary Park, an officer observed an open door to the Little League utility shed. As the officer approached the shed, he noticed a flickering light inside the shed, along with a Chevy pick-up parked close by with a subject sitting inside it.

The officer ordered the subject out of the shed. This subject was identified as Joseph Cox, 20 of Groveland. The subject sitting in the truck was identified as Cody Silva, 20 of Sonora. Upon inspecting the door of the shed, it was determined it had been pried open to gain entry.

Cox and Silva were placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Tuolumne County Jail where they were booked for felony burglary and felony conspiracy to commit a crime.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon Arrests

February 24th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 24 February 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 22 February 2015, at approx. 11:59 am

Subject: Assault With A Deadly Weapon Arrests
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22 February 2015, at approx. 11:59 am, Officers from the Sonora Police Department responded to a reported large physical fight in progress in the parking lot of 420 Greenley Road. When officers arrived, they contacted several individuals who had been involved in a fight.

An investigation into the matter revealed three people had gone to the apartment complex to drop off a 7 year old child for visitation. During the child exchange, an argument between the biological parents, Amy Hughes, 27 of Sonora, and Brandon Evans, 25 of Sonora, began. The argument was regarding a phone conversation which had taken place the day before.

As the verbal argument escalated, Hughes’ boyfriend, Jason Arnold, 32 of Sonora, exited Hughes’ apartment and joined the argument. This led to Evans arming himself with a knife and brandishing it at Arnold and Arnold arming himself with a baseball bat.

Evans and Arnold decided they would fight each other “like men” and put their weapons aside. They then became engaged in a hand to hand physical altercation with each other, as several people watched. At some point during the fist fight, James Franks, 25 of Sonora, who had arrived with Evans, joined the altercation by striking Arnold several times in the head and body with a baseball bat.

Arnold continued fighting with Evans, even after he had been struck by Franks with the baseball bat. Arnold finally pinned Evans to the ground. At this point Hughes picked up the baseball bat and struck Evans several times. Hughes was joined by, Cheryl Howell, 57 of Sonora, who also started hitting Evans with a small baseball bat or wooden club.

All the involved parties suffered injuries as a result of the melee. Medics were called to the scene to triage the involved individuals. Arnold and Howell were transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center by ambulance for treatment. Arnold sustained a large laceration to his head requiring several staples, while Howell’s injuries were more minor. The other three individuals were treated at the scene and released.

After all five were treated for their injuries, they were transported to the Tuolumne County Jail. Hughes, Howell, Franks and Arnold were booked for felony assault with a deadly weapon. Hughes was also booked for felony assault on an ex cohabitant. Evans was booked for brandishing a deadly weapon.

Burglary and Vehicle Theft Arrest

February 23rd, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 23 February 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 20 February 2015

Subject: Burglary and Vehicle Theft Arrest
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During the morning of 20 February 2015, Christopher Warfield, 37 of Oakdale, was released from the Tuolumne County Jail, where he had been booked by the Sheriff’s Department on a warrant and for tampering with a vehicle. Warfield is on felony probation out of Stanislaus County for numerous violations, including burglary and possession of stolen property.

After Warfield was released from the Tuolumne County Jail, he observed a subject leaving their residence on West Jackson Street. After the subject left their residence, Warfield burglarized it and left his jacket behind. His jacket was later identified by jail video and staff.

After committing the burglary on West Jackson Street, Warfield was observed sitting in a parked vehicle, which didn’t belong to him, on Linoberg Street. Warfield then made his way to the lower Save-Mart, where he was observed looking into several vehicles.

As officers looked for Warfield, he walked to McCoy’s Tires, where he stole a truck belonging to the owner, which was parked in front of an open bay door. Inside the truck was a loaded handgun. Employees observed Warfield driving off in the truck and gave chase. The employees were able to box Warfield in on Saco Street in Jamestown.

The employees removed Warfield from the truck and called law enforcement. Warfield then attempted to flee and he was tackled by the employees and held until officers arrived. Warfield was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony vehicle theft, felony burglary, felony felon in possession of a firearm, and felony violation of probation. It is believed Warfield is also responsible for another burglary in the Jamestown area.

Employee/Volunteers of the Year

February 19th, 2015

Date: 19 February 2015

Re: Employee/Volunteer Recognition

The Sonora Police Department’s Awards Committee recommended the following individuals be recognized as Employees/Volunteers of the Year for the Police Department.
On 17 February, all the individuals were recognized before the City Council and were presented certificates for their accomplishment. Each individual will have their name added to the perpetual plaques which are displayed in the lobby of the Police Department. The recipients were;

Officer of the Year: Ryan Webb
Civilian Employee of the Year: Tammy Gillespie
Reserve Officer of the Year: Sgt. Glenn Roberts
PACT member of the Year: Steve Bailey
Explorer of the Year: Matthew Roberts
MADD Officer of the Year: Jonathan Ma (22)

Also recognized at the meeting for their years of service to the City were;

Dispatcher Tammy Gillespie-15 years of service
Dispatcher Krishna Livingston-10 years of service
Sgt. Turu VanderWiel-10 years of service
Chief Mark Stinson-10 years of service

Sexual Assault

February 17th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 17 February 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 16 February 2015

Subject: Sexual Assault
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16 February 2015, at approx. 7:56 pm, Officers responded to the area of the 300 block of South Shepherd Street regarding a female subject knocking on doors asking for help. Officers responded and contacted a 19 year old female, who reported she had been attacked and sexually assault by a stranger.

The female reported she was walking on the trail which runs between 250 Greenley Road and Morning Star Court, around 5:30 pm, when a male subject approached her from behind and placed a knife to her throat. The male subject told the victim that if she didn’t do what he told her to do, he would kill her.

The male forced the victim under an overhang of a residence located on Morningstar Drive, where he sexually assaulted her. Following the assault, the suspect left the victim under the overhang and ran towards Morningstar Drive.

The suspect is described as a white male, unknown age, medium/athletic build, dirty blonde facial hair, wearing a gray beanie, blue t-shirt, gloves, and black pants. Anyone having information about this incident is asked to call the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141.

Armed Robbery

February 17th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 17 February 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 15 February 2015

Subject: Armed Robbery
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15 February 2015, at approx. 1:30 am, the Sonora Police Department responded to the Koto House, located at 70 Stockton Road, for a reported armed robbery.

When Officers arrived they made contact with the owner. The owner related the business had closed for the night. While inside the office, he was approached by a male suspect. The suspect was wearing a ski mask and holding a knife, which he had armed himself with from inside the restaurant.

The suspect demanded cash from the owner. The owner advised the suspect he needed to go to the cash register. The suspect told the owner the register was already empty. When the owner related there was no more cash inside the business, the suspect put the knife down and fled out a side door.

The suspect is described as 5-6 to 5-8, average build. The ski mask the suspect was wearing covered his entire face. It’s believed there was a second subject inside the business as well, but they were not observed by the owner. Entry into the closed business was made through an unlocked side door.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Sonora Police Department at 523-8141.

Photographs Needed

February 12th, 2015

SONORA POLICE DEPARTMENT
PRESS RELEASE

Date and Time of Release: 12 February 2015

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

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

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

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

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

NAME YEAR AS CHIEF

Chief W.H. Dennis Circa 1910-1920

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

Chief Charles Hale 1934-1939

Chief Dewey Walker 1959

Chief DisplayChief Delbert Gorman 1959-1960

Accident

February 10th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 10 February 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 9 February 2015

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

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

Injury Accident

February 3rd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hit & Run Accident

January 29th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 29 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Sexual Assault Arrest

January 26th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 26 January 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 23 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

Burglary Arrests

January 21st, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 21 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

Burglary Arrest

January 20th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 20 January 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 19 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Safety Tips

December 22nd, 2014

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

Embezzlement

December 19th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 19 December 2014

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

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

The investigation into this matter is continuing.

Merry Christmas

December 18th, 2014

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

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Commendation Parade for Sonora High Vollebyball Team

December 16th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 16 December 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Search Warrant & Felony Arrests

December 11th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 11 December 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 10 December 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Located inside the residence and arrested on felony charges were;

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

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

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

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

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