Friday, August 22, 2014

Traffic Hazard at 99 and LIberty Rd

   August 22, 2014 at 7 PM:  A traffic hazard has been reported in ALL lanes at 99 and Liberty Road.  It isn't clear what the hazard is.

   Use extra caution if heading that way.

Hwy 132 closed near Lake McClure for accident

   August 22, 2014 at 6:51 PM:  CHP is still trying to clear the traffic from a 5 PM accident on Hwy 132 near Lake McClure and Horseshoe Bend.

   The accident was on a bad curve and the had to call an air ambulance to take injured, as the road was block both ways. Even the tow trucks couldn't get in.  Caltrans was called in to make repairs caused by the accident.

Accident in front of the hospital? How convenient!

   August 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM:  A traffic collision was reported at 1000 Greenley Drive, the address of the Sonora Regional Medical Center.

   You can't get more convenient than that. Fortunately injuries were minor in nature.

Fourteen traffic incidents in our area

   It must be Friday afternoon on one of the last weekends of summer, everyone is driving a little too fast to get home and CHP can't answer calls fast enough.

   Big rigs, rollovers, rear-enders, and car fires; CHP officers are being kept busy tonite. Drive carefully and slow down.  Get where you're going safely.

Big Rig overturned on Hwy 88

   UPDATE:  The roadway is being cleared of debris. Piles of rocks are on the side of the road.

Vehicle Fire in Sonora

     UPDATE at 3:15 PM  Per Cal Fire the fire is now on both sides of the road, around an acre in size at this time.

     UPDATE at 3:30 PM:   This fire is now three acres in size.

    UPDATE:  Jacobs Rd in closed.

Vehicle rollover on Six Mile Road

   UPDATE at 4:20 PM:  Minor injuries were reported.

Traffic Hazard in Mokelmne HIll

    August 22, 2014 at 2:35 PM:  A traffic hazard has been reported on Hwy 26 and Ponderosa in Mokelumne Hill.

   CHP has not yet indicated was the hazard is, so be careful if in that area.

Fire on Carmelita Lane

  August 22, 2014 at 2:35 PM:  Calaveras Fire District crews were dispatched to a vegetation fire that was just reported on Carmelita Lane in LaGrange.

   All available aircraft at Columbia were also sent to this fire in addition to all available water tenders.

PG & E wire down in Sonora

 August 22, 2014 at 2:20 PM:  A PG&E wire is reportedly down across two lanes at Shaw's Flat Road and Jamestown Rd in Sonora.

     Use extra caution if headed for that area until cleared. PG & E is en route to the scene.

Sonora High students arrested

   According to the Calaveras Sheriff, they have arrested two Sonora High students for their involvement in an alleged sexual assault that occurred on the 600 block of Skyline Drive in Tamarack

New legal shooting range coming in Sonora?

  The Diestel family, who own the Diestel Farms turkey ranch, have applied to start a legal shooting range out on their property on Lyons Bald Mountain Road in Sonora under the name Blind Bull, LC.

   Approval is on the Tuolumne County Planning Commission meeting for September 3, 2014 at 6 PM at the Admin Building on South Green Street in Sonora.  The honorable shooters in this area need another place to target practice, so this is a good thing and will most likely be approved.

Caltrans still working on Hwy 26

   We just received information that Hwy 26 between Paloma Road and Hwy 88 will be striped beginning August 25, 2014 through Thursday August 29, 2014.

   Expect 20 minute delays.

Vandalism reported in Murphys

   On August 21, 2014 vandalism was reported on Hwy 4 in Murphys.  The Calaveras Sheriff took a report.

   It is not clear what the vandalism was.

Squatter at Black Bart Playhouse

   On August 21, 2014 a squatter and trespassing were reported at the Black Bart Playhouse on Algiers Street in Murphys.

   Apparently staying in that area.  No report was taken by the Calaveras Sheriff's Office.

Illegal Shooting reported in Forest Meadows

   On August 21, 2014 a resident at Sandalwood and Forest Meadows Drive reported 6 gunshots.

   No report was taken by the Calaveras Sheriff.

Battery reported in Valley Springs

   On August 21, 2014 a driver reported being struck by a thrown object at Hartvickson Lane and Silver Rapids Rd.

    The Sheriff took a report, noting that it is an ongoing dispute between parties.

Theft reported in Copperopolis

   On August 21, 2014 a theft was reported at the Kwik Serv on Feather Drive in Copperopolis.

   The Calaveras Sheriff took a report.

Road sign theft

  On August 21, 2014 a male was reported seen stealing a road sign at Southworth and Pettinger in Burson.

   The Calaveras Sheriff's Office took no report.

Hwy 4 work in Ebbetts Pass continues--Expect delays

  Per Caltrans, work on Hwy 4 from Murphys to above Arnold will continue August 25, 2014 through August 30, 2014.

   Allow extra time. One person told us they had to wait for 40 minutes and then today we were told the wait was only 10 minutes.

Three vehicles collide in San Andreas

  UPDATE:  No injuries were reported in this collision.

Traffic Accident in Arnold

  August 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM:  A traffic accident was reported at Blagen Road and Henry Drive in Arnold is now being cleared.

    An ambulance was required due to minor injuries.  County roads was notified that the BIKE ROUTE sign was knocked down.

Calaveras Right Wing Wacko Supervisors meet

   On August 26, 2014 the Calaveras Right Wing Wacko Supervisors meet at 9 AM following prayers for all the horrid sinners who don't believe that THEIR religion should be the only one allowed at the Calaveras County offices.

   The meeting will be held in the Calaveras Supervisors chamber in San Andreas. Get your prayer books ready.

Fire reported off Hwy 120 in Oakdale

   August 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM:  A fire was just reported just off the side of Hwy 120 and Cleveland Ave. in Oakdale.

     Emergency fire personnel have been dispatched to the scene.

Valley Springs Student approached by Unknown males

   UPDATE on August 22, 2014:  According to Sgt. Anthony Eberhardt of Calaveras Sheriff's Department, three high school boys were located and admitted talking to the young girl.

Horse on Jamestown Road in Sonora

   August 22, 2014 at 10:20 AM:  A brown and white horse has been reported running around on Jamestown Rd near Lavender Lane in Sonora.

   CHP is en route to the area. Use extra caution is heading in that direction.

OP-ED....Angels Camp Police Department courteous and responsive

  UPDATE: To repeat, the Sierra Sentinel does not take comments from racists, dirty cops or gun thugs.  It seems that one of them, at least is bragging that Sheriff Kuntz protects them.

    Since we have been covering crime and reporting

Junction Fire in Oakhurst contained

   Cal Fire reports that the destructive Junction Fire in Oakhurst near Hwy 49 and Hwy 41 is now 95% contained after destroying 47 structures.