Sunday, July 29, 2012

Graham Fire in Tuolumne County

  UPDATE:  The Graham fire in Tuolumne County is 81 acres and 95% contained  at 8 AM on July 30, 2012, according to CalFire.

Accident at Moran and Hwy 4 in Avery

   At 5:34 PM on Sunday July 29, 2012, a solo vehicle collision was reported off the road and smoking at Moran and Hwy 4 in Avery.

   The driver was reportedly still in the vehicle as CHP was enroute to the scene. No injuries were reported. A tow truck was dispatched and CalFire was notified.

Assembly Bill 1221 Passed Committee Vote 8-4

    On July 2, 2012, the California Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee held a special hearing specifically to revote on Senate Bill 1221, a bill banning the hunting of black bears and bobcats using hounds, or packs of dogs.

    The Committee passed the bill by a vote of 8 - 4, with one abstention.  Specifically it was 4 Republicans against and 8 Democrats in favor of banning the inhumane practice.

    This issue was brought up at Calaveras County Board of Supervisors and will be on their next agenda. We wait to tell you which Supervisors cast which vote. 

Traffic Accident on Hwy 4 at Boards Crossing

   CHP has had a report of a traffic collision on Hwy 4 at Boards Crossing in Dorrington at 1:33 PM on Sunday July 29, 2012.

   A tow truck was called to the scene. The accident, involving a gold 4 door sedan, is causing a traffic hazard to other vehicles so use caution in the area.

    It is not known at this time if there are any injuries.

Fall from Zip Line in Arnold

     Emergency ambulance was requested at 1:45 PM on Sunday July 29, 2012, for a fall from a Zip Line on El Dorado Drive in Arnold.

   Ebbetts Pass Fire Paramedics are on the scene. The injuries are not clear at this point, but the code over the scanner was Code 4.

Calaveras Democratic Campaign Headquarters Open

  Sharon Romano, Chair of the Democratic Central Committee,  is announcing that the Grand Opening for the Calaveras Democratic Campaign Headquarters in Mokelumne Hill on Saturday July 28, 2012, was a big success.

A Worm in Wilensky's Apple?

Who is Wilensky's # 1 Worm?

Letter to the Editor: About Community Plan

   Dear Editor:
    According to a woman who identified herself only as Jennifer from West Point at a Planning Commission meeting, the people who are claiming they weren't notified,  are wrong. Jennifer is one of the 3 main components of the District 2 Community Plan.

   She said that 6 years or so ago, the County gave she and her District 2 anti-job committee

Pedestrian Causing Hazard

   CHP sent a patrol car at 12:15 PM on July 29, 2012, to check on a report of a hazard  in the  intersection at Hwy 49 and Angels Rd.

   The reporting party says it was an elderly pedestrian in the intersection. Use caution in the area.

Penn Fire In Hills Near Murphys

From the Hwy 4 Bypass in Angels Camp
   UPDATE:  Penn fire is declared 100% contained as of 7 PM July 28, 2012.

Earlier:   Mop up and patrolling the perimeter continues. Demobilization, due to 100% containment of the 330 firefighters is expected today, July 28, 2012.

Now 90% contained as of 7 AM July 28, 2012

 UPDATES BELOW:
  At around 3:25 PM on July 25, 2012 a fire was reported and  CalFire raced to the scene of a brush fire just outside of Murphys, just off Skunk Ranch road and Penn Gulch near Douglas Flat.  Air support, bulldozers and several engines responded.
   
   Both a spotter plane and a tanker were circling the fire on the side of a hill, close enough to see from Hwy 4.
Off Hwy 4 in Murphys.

Cars were parked all along the Hwy taking photos, but it looked like CalFire had a handle on the fire, and were not able to stop the spread.

 UPDATE: 
   As of 10:50 PM 180 acres had burned. Called the Penn Fire, they  reported  15% containment as of this time.

 The Sheriff's Office has just announced that residents who were evacuated may return at 9 PM. The road will remain closed to all others.

  UPDATE:  Although twelve homes were threatened, only one outbuilding has been destroyed.
As of Thursday 7:30 AM, although the air in the Murphys area is smoky, the fire seems to have been totally contained during the night, but the CalFire website shows as of 8:45 AM the fire is 180 acres and 15% contained.  The cause of this fire is still under investigation.

  UPDATE:   As of 6 PM July 26, 2012 CalFire has the Penn Fire  listed as 134 acres and 40% contained.

  UPDATE:  As of 7 AM on July 27, 2012 CalFire reports that the Penn fire is 60 % contained.  Reports from someone driving to work was that they passed 4 truckloads of Corrections and CalFire crews that seemed to be headed up that wasy this morning.

 UPDATE:  As of 7 PM on July 27, 2012 the Penn Fire is 80% contained.

Lay Boards Across Spikes to Get in Exit at Hogan??

   A suspicious vehicle was reported to the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office at 4:12 AM on July 28, 2012 at Fiddleneck on New Hogan Parkway.

  A Deputy responded to find subjects laying down boards across spikes to try and get in the exit.

  No indication of an arrest was shown.

Arrests Made at Ironstone Vineyards

   A Calaveras County Sheriff's Deputy arrested a person at Ironstone Vineyards on Six Mile Road in Murphys at 11:49 PM on July 28, 2012.  The arrest was for Public Intoxication.

   At 12:08 AM another arrest was made for the same thing, Public Intoxication.

Arrest Made on New Hogan Parkway

    A Calaveras County Sheriff's Deputy noticed a suspicious vehicle parked at Wrinkle Cove  on New Hogan Parkway at 7:51 PM on Saturday July 28, 2012 and stopped to check.

   The stop netted an arrest by the officer on an out of county warrant.

Walking Dogs a Traffic Hazard in Murphys

   A call came in to the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office at 4:55 PM on Saturday, July 28, 2012,  about a woman walking 3 dogs down Hwy 4 in Murphys.

   The reporting party says that the woman is allowing the dogs to run onto the Hwy, impeding traffic.

Petty Theft Eaten at Payless Market in Copperopolis

   A petty theft from the Payless Market in Copperopolis was reported to the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office at 1:22 PM on Saturday July 28, 2012.

   Apparently the thief stole and consumed some products from the store. A Deputy responded and took the report. There is no indication of an arrest.

Arrest Made in San Andreas

  A call reporting a family dispute causing a disturbance on Market Street in San Andreas sent a Calaveras County Sheriff's Deputy to the scene at 11:15 AM on July 28, 2012.

   One person was arrested. No other details are available at this time.

Burglary Reported in San Andreas

  A burglary was reported at 10:58 AM on Saturday morning July 28, 2012 on North Main Street in San Andreas.

   Apparently some lawn care equipment had been taken during the night. The Calaveras County Sheriff's Depatment was notified.

Sign Stealing in Murphys

   An ongoing issue on Main Street in Murphys is the stealing of signs. Another one missing was reported to the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM.

     No indication of a suspect was mentioned at this time.

Vandalism Reported in Valley Springs

  A resident on Berkesey Lane in Valley Springs reported  vandalism to the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office at 8:04 AM on Saturday morning July 28, 2012.

   Someone had entered their vehicle, that nothing was taken, but their stuff was strung all over the driveway.

   The party thought maybe someone had been trying to steal gas.

Distrubance Reported on Pine Drive

   One neighbor on Pine Drive in Arnold called the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office at 7:55 AM on Saturday July 28, 2012 to report another neighbor was using a log splitter this early in the morning.

   Is 7:55 AM really that early?  Depends on what you were doing the night before, we imagine.

Trespassing and Violence at Lake Tulloch?

    One of the resident neighbors of the Lake Tulloch Resort came to the Board of Supervisors to complain about the trespassing, noise, drinking and violence that he has to endure due to the parties at the Resort on weekends.

    The Supervisors do plan to pass a noise ordinance, and Tryon mentioned an administrative use permit, but the homeowner says this has gone on for a long time and nothing changes.

What is Noise to One....

Truck Runs Off Hwy 4 at Highland Lake

    A pickup reportedly ran off the road and hit a tree at Hwy 4 and Highland Lake just before midnight on Saturday, July 28. 2012.

   The truck was stuck, being held up by a tree when CHP arrived. A tow truck was called. No injuries were reported.