Wednesday, 15 October 2014 05:21 pm

Sonora High Homecoming Parade

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
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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

October 1st, 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 21 September 2014

Subject: Sexual Assault
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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

September 29th, 2014

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

Subject: Assault with a Deadly Weapon
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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

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
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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

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
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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

September 12th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 12 September 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 16 September 2014

Subject: New California Law
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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.

SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTORISTS
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

SAFETY TIPS FOR BICYCLISTS
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

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
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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

September 4th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 4 September 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 3 September 2014

Subject: Drug Arrest
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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

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
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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

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
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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.

Vehicle Theft

September 2nd, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 2 September 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 2 September 2014, at approx. 9:28 am

Subject: Stolen Vehicle
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2 September 2014, at approximately 9:28 am, a subject called the Sonora Police Department and reported someone had just taken his company truck, a 2011, Ford F-250, registered to Amerigas.

The victim parked the vehicle on Stockton Road, near S. Washington Street, and left the vehicle running, while he ran into a business. Then when he returned, the vehicle was gone. Several people witnessed the theft. One witness was able to identify the suspect from a photo line-up as being Paul Velasquez, a 32 year old transient. Velasquez is currently on probation in Tuolumne County for burglary.

The victim had left his cell phone inside the stolen vehicle. With the use of the cell phone’s built in tracking device, the vehicle was located traveling westbound on Highway 108 entering Oakdale. The Oakdale Police Department was advised of the theft and the vehicles location.

The Oakdale Police Department stopped the vehicle and took Velasquez into custody for felony vehicle theft. Velasquez was transported to the Stanislaus County Jail and booked.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

August 25th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 25 August 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 24 August 2014, at approx. 7:45 pm

Subject: Assault with a Deadly Weapon
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24 August 2014, at approx. 7:45 pm, Officers responded to the emergency room of Sonora Regional Medical Center for a subject who was being treated for injuries sustained from a battery.
Officers contacted the 18 year old male victim at the hospital. The victim related he and his roommate, Daniel Slawinsky, 27 of Sonora, were arguing over the victim not doing the dishes. During the argument, Slawinsky threw a porcelain coffee mug at the victim, which struck the victim and broke. Slawinsky then picked up a second coffee mug and charged the victim and struck the victim again, causing the victim to fall to the floor.
Another roommate attempted to render aid to the victim, but was unable to do so because of the nature of the injuries. The victim suffered two larger and deep lacerations to his neck. One was approximately one and a half inches long, and half inch wide. The second was approximately one inch long, and a quarter inch wide.
Officers contacted Slawinsky at his residence on the 300 block of Fairview Lane. Slawinsky admitted he and the victim were arguing over the dishes not being done. Slawinsky also admitted to throwing the coffee mug at the victim. Slawinsky was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Tuolumne County Jail for felony assault with a deadly weapon.

Vehicle vs. Power Pole Accident

August 21st, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 21 August 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 20 August 2014, at approx. 5:16 pm

Subject: Vehicle vs. Power Pole Accident
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20 August 2014, at approx. 5:16 pm, a 1996 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Evin Aguayo 27 of Angels Camp, left the roadway on South Stewart Street, near the intersection of Williams Street, and collided with a power pole. 8-20 Accident

8-20 Accident 2The pole was sheared off at the base, and a power outage resulted from the crash.

Aguayo claimed he had fallen asleep while driving. Aguayo nor his female passenger was injured as a result of the collision. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to have been a factor in the collision. However, Aguayo did have a suspended driver’s license.

PG&E responded as well as City Public Works. A road closure took place from the time of the incident until the power pole can be replaced.

21 Aug. 2014, at 7:00 am, the roadway was still closed as repairs were continuing.

Theft by Caretaker

August 20th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 20 Aug. 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 18 Aug. 2014

Subject: Theft by Caretaker
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18 Aug. 2014, a person called the Sonora Police Department and reported a theft from residents at a live-in-care facility located on East Jackson Street, contacted the Sonora Police Department regarding a possible theft. The reporting party told the officer they felt a CNA who worked at the care facility was stealing from the elderly residents.

The officer contacted the suspect, who was identified as Sarah Jimenez, 37 of Valley Springs. Jimenez related she just returned from selling some gold she had found, to a local jewelry store. It was later determined the gold she had sold was stolen from one of the residents of the care facility.

During a search of Jimenez’s purse and other property, stolen jewelry, gold and household items were located. Also located were 27 Lorazepam pills in a plastic bag, which Jimenez didn’t have a prescription for.

Jimenez was taken into custody without incident. She was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for; felony burglary, felony theft/embezzlement as a caretaker, felony possession of stolen property, felony possession of a controlled substance.

The investigation into this matter is continuing and additional charges could be added. At the time of this press release, two victims have been identified from the care facility. One is an 85 year old female who is stroke victim and suffers from dementia. The other is an 89 year old male.

Fraud Arrest

August 13th, 2014

12 August 2014, at approx. 6:55 pm, a male subject entered Applebee’s Restaurant and attempted to purchase gift cards. However, the credit card he presented to the employee was declined.
At that point, the employee noticed the card looked fraudulent. She also noticed the subject who had presented the card, matched the description of a subject who had been using counterfeit credit cards during the past two months to purchase hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards. Another employee confirmed this was the same subject, who had been using fraudulent cards to purchase gift cards.
The manager contacted the subject and called the police department. When the first officer arrived at the restaurant, the suspect took off running, at which time a foot chase insured.
A second officer arrived in the area and located the subject hiding in some blackberry bushes, near the Lowe’s parking lot. Taken into custody was Mark Hyder, 21 of Twain Harte. Hyder complained of pain from twisting his ankle during the foot chase and hitting his head when he fell. Hyder also had several abrasions from the blackberry bushes he was hiding in.
Hyder was transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center for treatment. After being released from the hospital, Hyder was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for; felony burglary, felony theft of goods with a counterfeit access card, felony forgery of an access card, and felony violation of probation.
This is not Hyder’s first time for being arrested while using counterfeit credit cards. He was arrested on 16 June 2014, when he presented a false identification card and a counterfeit credit card to rent a hotel room in Sonora. That case is still pending. Hyder is also on felony probation for resisting an officer.
So far, it has been determined that Hyder purchased over $500 in gift cards with counterfeit credit cards at Applebee’s. This investigation is ongoing.

2014 Central Valley Police Explorer Challenge

July 30th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 30 July 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 19 July 2014

Subject: 2014 Central Valley Police Explorer Challenge
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19 July 2014, the Sonora Police Department’s Explorer Post participated in the 2014 Central Valley Police Explorer Challenge, hosted by the Manteca Police Department and held at Ripon High School.

The challenge consisted of 35 Explorer teams from all over California and as far away as Honolulu Hawaii. The Challenge is a skills competition to pit teams of Explorers against each other, to see how much they have learned and retained from their training.

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SANY0654scenarios similar to calls handled by police officers. Some of the scenarios were; hostage negotiations, active shooter, domestic violence, high risk felony vehicle stops, driving under the influence, traffic stops, burglary investigation, bus assault, vehicle search, interacting with people who have mental disorders, and an obstacle course. The Explorers were evaluated on their ability to properly perform the needed actions to address the problem or resolve the situation.

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 Brandon Norris, Officer Jonathan Ma, and other members of the Sonora Police Department; along with allied law enforcement personnel in Tuolumne County, that make this program possible.

A special thanks to local business owners John Popke and Gordon Winningham, who donated time, facilities and materials to help prepare the Explorers for this event.

This year, the Sonora Police Department Explorers placed in three different events. They took first in Vehicle Search, third in DUI Investigation, and third in Bus Assaults. Below are the members of the winning teams.

First Place-Vehicle Search-Team Members
Robby Roberts
Tyler Pinckney
Tim Hollis
Sarah Sutton

Third Place-DUI Investigation-Team Members
Robby Roberts
Krysta May

Third Place- Bus Assault-Team Members
Robby Roberts
Tyler Pinckney
Sarah Sutton
Nick Craggikn
Tim Hollis
Krysta May

This was a great day for the Sonora Police Department’s Explorers to show off what they have learned, while having the opportunity to interact with other Explorers from other areas of the State and Hawaii.

The Explorer program is part of the Boy Scouts of America. Participation in a Police Explorer program can open many doors and present many opportunities to an individual seeking a career in law enforcement. It also exposes young adults to the law enforcement environment, allowing them to determine if this is a career path they want to follow. Several people who have participated in Police Explorer programs have progressed onto rewarding careers in law enforcement.

If you are age 14-21, and interested in joining the Sonora Police Department’s Explorer program, you may call the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141 and ask to speak with Reserve Sgt. Roberts.

Police Officer Recruitment

July 29th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 29 July 2014

Subject: Police Officer Recruitment
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The Sonora Police Department is recruiting for the position of Police Officer. The position is open to Police Academy graduates and Lateral Officers. Testing will be conducted periodically, based on the needs of the Department.

The base salary is $4,292-$5,219 a month, with additional pay incentives available for Intermediate & Advanced POST certificates (2.5% each); educational incentive of 2.5% for an Associates, Bachelors and Masters degree; 5.0% incentive for special assignments (FTO, Investigator, Computer Network Manager and Traffic Officer.)

For more information about this career opportunity, 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.

Fire West of Lowe’s

July 28th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 28 July 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 9 July 2014

Subject: Fire West of Lowe’s
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The Sonora Police Department’s Fire Investigative Unit has completed their investigation into the fire, which was started west of Lowe’s, on 9 July 2014.

During interviews with witnesses, the responsible party was identified as Aaron Shermer, 27, who was a resident of the homeless camp, located at the origin of the fire. Shermer is currently on probation for causing corporal injury to a cohabitant and has an extensive criminal history.

During the investigation, it was learned Shermer admitted to starting the fire. It was also learned he attempted to put the fire out, until it became too large for him to do so, at which time he fled the area. The fire burned over a quarter acre of grass and oak trees before being contained by ground and air units.

Upon the completion of the investigation, the report was sent to the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Officer requesting a complaint be filed against Shermer for felony causing a fire. The fire suppression cost was over $4,500, which Shermer could also be held responsible for.

Recruitment

July 17th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 17 July 2014

Subject: Recruitment for Part Time Community Service Officer (CSO)
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The Sonora Police Department is recruiting for the position of “Part Time” Community Service Officer (CSO). The recruitment is being conducted to fill one “Part Time” position that is funded primarily for Animal Control Services (80%) and Vehicle Abatement (20%). The number of hours for this position is limited to 800 working hours for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year.
If you have experience with handling domestic and wild animals, and would like to apply for this position, you may log onto www.sonoraca.com and download an application.
Applications may also be picked up at Sonora City Hall, 94 N. Washington Street, Sonora, CA, or at the Sonora Police Department, 100 S. Green Street, Sonora, CA. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
The final filing date for this position is Wednesday, 6 August, 2014, at 4:00 pm, with a testing date of Wednesday, 27 August, 2014. Testing will be comprised of both a written and oral test.

Child Endangerment

July 14th, 2014

Date and Time of Release: 14 July 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 11 July 2014, at approx. 9:18 am

Subject: Child Endangerment
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11 July 2014, at approx. 9:18 am, an Officer responded to a medical office located on the 100 block of Shepherd Street, regarding a two year old child who had been located wondering around the street. The male child was only wearing a dirty diaper and carrying a knife. The child had recently turned two.
The witness who located the child attempted to locate the parents for several minutes. When she was unable to locate the parents, she dropped the child off at a medical office, and then went back out looking for the parents.
The witness contacted a male subject in a creek and asked him if he was looking for a child. The male subject was evasive and stated he didn’t know. The witness followed the male subject to a residence on Brookside Place, where another male subject came out, who was watching the child.
The police department identified this subject as 32 year old Johnnie Schriver of Sonora. Schriver related he was watching the two year old and felt the child was in the backyard playing. However, when he went out to check on the child, the child was missing and the side gate was open.
Schriver claimed the child was only missing for approx. 10 minutes, but officers determined it was over 20 minutes. The child was turned over to Child Welfare Services. A report was submitted to the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office for review for the charge of child endangerment.