Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I-5 Closed down due to SINKHOLE!

   Around noon May 31, 2016 a sinkhole was reported to CHP on I-5 in San Joaquin County.

   All lanes are shut down until further notice in that area and are being detoured onto Hwy 33.

Press release from C3 Initiative - 3,285 signatures

   Organizers of the Calaveras for Cannabis Control (C3) Initiative announced today that they believe they have met their goal of 1571 voter signatures to qualify for ballot placement in the November election.

  "The response has been very positive,"

Teenage boys bodies recovered at Woodward

    May 31, 2016: The bodies of the two 15 year old boys who disappeared after jumping off a boat at Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale on Saturday were recovered today, three days later.

   Search teams spent two days searching without results and had ceased the search on Sunday night.

Result of Polls--Supervisorial races

  In our unofficial, informal and unscientific polls by telephone, we contacted 25 people in District 1 and in District 4 Supervisorial Districts.

   In District 1 the field was very split, with

CalFire changes burn permit hours

  As of today May 31, 2016 burning with a valid permit will be allowed only between the hours of 7 PM to 8 AM in both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.

  You must follow all of the other rules for burning, including staying with the burn pile. You also must check with the Air Pollution Control to see if it is a burn day.

Both Pot groups get signatures required

   According to the Calaveras County Elections Office, both the Anti-Pot group and the Pro-regulation of pot group got and turned in the required number of signatures for their petitions.

  The elections office has 30 days to verify the signatures and if they check out there could be TWO ballot initiatives in November in Calaveras County.

Caltrans working on Hwy 26

   Be careful on Hwy 26 as Caltrans is working on adding left turn lanes near St. Andrews in Valley Springs.

    There are so many collisions on Hwy 26 and Supervisors Edson and Kearney think there is no need for developers to help with safety in the area. It's a shame.

Traffic hazard on Hwy 4

  May 31, 2016 at 2:40 PM:  Some type of traffic hazard has been reported on Hwy 4 west of Copperopolis.

   CHP is en route to the scene. It isn't clear exactly what the hazard is, so be careful if headed that way.

Hay Fire in Snelling

   May 31, 2016 at 2:35 PM:  A hay fire has been reported at Olsen Road and Los Cerritos Road in Snelling.

   Fire personnel are en route to the area.

Traffic collision in Plymouth

   May 31, 2016 at 2 PM:  An  elderly male was involved in a traffic collision at Fiddletown Road and Shenandoah Road in Plymouth, running off the roadway.

  An ambulance is en route to the scene. Use extra caution if headed in that direction.

Arrest for vehicle theft in Valley Springs

   On May 30, 2016 California Highway Patrol arrested Raymond Edward Correia (75) of Valley Springs on Milton Road in Valley Springs.

   Correia was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged Vehicle Theft and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, both felonies and released on bond.

Mountain Ranch man arrested in Angels Camp

   On May 30, 2016 Calaveras Sheriff's deputies arrested Brian Alan Bennington (35) of Mountain Ranch, on Main Street in Angels Camp.

    Bennington was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged Felony Vandalism, value over $400.

CHP Memorial Holiday stats

  Over the Memorial Day weekend, CHP reports that 7 people were arrested in Calaveras County for DUI, 1 was arrested for possession of a stolen Honda Civic and another was arrested for possession of a stolen John Deere Tractor.

   CHP also handled 6 accidents and wrote 50 citations, mostly for speeding.

Coyotes out hunting

  Watch for coyotes in the neighborhoods of Ebbetts Pass. They are hunting for any critters they can catch; quail, chickens and even cats that you leave outside.

  They are even being seen in daylight hours, so protect the birds and other pets you love. They are always hunting.

Nevada City celebrates Indy

   The Indy 500 was won by Alexander Rossi of Nevada City yesterday. He took a chance and did not gas up before the last 10 laps, putting him in the lead.

   The 24-year-old if from Nevada City, who is celebrating the win by a hometown

Monday, May 30, 2016

Fire update at Melones

  UPDATE @ 8 AM May 31, 2016: Per CalFire this fire was held to 85 acres overnight and is now 60% contained.

  As of 7 PM on May 30, 2016 CalFire reports that the Tulloch Fire at Melones is 85 acres after a more accurate reading and is now 30% contained.

Look Familiar???

It should! This photo is in Oregon, where just like
in California the government has
a forest program run by and for the timber industry!
No wonder we have severe climate change!!

Traffic collision starts fire in Acampo

   UPDATE:  The cab of a 30' box truck was destroyed, but the driver suffered only minor injuries in this collision.

Collision on Hogan Dam Road

   May 30, 2016 at 6 PM:  A collision has been reported on Hogan Dam Road near Hwy 26 in Valley Springs.

   An ambulance is en route to the scene due to head injuries. CHP is present and a tow truck has been dispatched.  Be cautious if headed that way.

Motorcycle down on Hwy 26

   UPDATE: No injuries are indicated in this collision.

Fire at Melones

   May 30, 2016 at 5 PM:  Per CalFire a fire reported about 3:10 PM is about 100 acres at this time on the Tuolumne County side of Melones Reservoir on New Peoria Road near Old Melones Road.

   Named the Tulloch Fire, 125 firefighters, 15 engines, 5 airtankers and 2 bulldozers are assigned to the fire.

Grass and campaign signs burning

   May 30, 2016 at 4:35 PM:  A fire has been reported on southbound Hwy 99 at Hammer Lane in Stockton, where grass and some campaign signs are burning.

   Fire personnel are en route to the scene. Be cautious if in the area.

Hit and Run collision on Hwy 88

  May 30, 2016 at 1:40 PM:  A collision was reported on Hwy 88 at Waterloo Road but apparently the vehicle that caused the collision left the scene.

   CHP is en route to the location. No injuries are indicated.

Three vehicle collision in Pinecrest

   UPDATE:  Three tow trucks have been dispatched to pick up the vehicles.

Hwy 4 backed up

   May 30, 2016 at 11:55AM:  I would avoid Hwy 4 for the rest of the day as weekend travelers are leaving Ebbetts Pass in droves already.

   Traffic is backed up even at the stop sign in Angels Camp (Hwy 49).  Wait until tomorrow to go to the store or wherever, when its safer.

Traffic control at Yosemite Junction in Jamestown

   May 30, 2016 at 10:35 AM:  As often happens on holiday weekends, CHP is at the Hwy 120 and Yosemite Junction in Jameztown to help control traffic heading to Yosemite for the day.

   Be cautious if headed in that direction as cars can be stopped in front of you. It's better to visit Yosemite on a non-holiday.

Hit and run on Hwy 88

   May 30, 2016 at 10:30 AM:  A hit and run has been reported on Hwy 88 near Pevatali Road in Jackson.

   A white van is apparently the vehicle that fled the scene. CHP has been advised and is en route to the scene.

Dog on Hwy 26

   May 30, 2016 at 9:50 AM:  A dog identified as a Sharpei, has been reported on Hwy 26 near the onramp to Hwy 99 in Stockton.

   Be extra cautious until CHP can rescue it.

Stockton man arrested on Hwy 12

   On May 29, 2016 CHP arrested Cody Lee Rackley (29) of a unknown address in Stockton, on Hwy 12 near Camanche Reservoir.

   Rackley was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged Vehicle Theft, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Violation of Parole, all felonies and for Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor.

Arrest at San Andreas DMV Office

   On May 29, 2016 Calaveras Sheriff's deputies arrested Mark Andrew Brown (54) of San Andreas, at the DMV office on Mountain Ranch Road.

   Brown was booked into

Sheep Ranch man arrested

  On May 28, 2016 the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office arrested Mark Raymond Trotter (46) of Sheep Ranch at his residence on Armstrong Road.

   Trotter was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged Violation of Parole and Battery with Serious Bodily Injury, both felonies.

Assault arrest in Angels Camp

   On May 28, 2016 Angels Camp Police arrested Kimberly Lee Jones (57) of Angels Camp on Booster Way.

   Jones was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged Assault with a Deadly Weapon, not a Firearm.

70 Fire in Butte County

  On May 29, 2016 CalFire and several other agencies worked together to extinguish what started as 5 separate fires along Hwy 70 that grew together to form 3 fires in Butte County.

   Would you say this was an ARSON? Is that starting this year already. Fortunately, these fires, named the 70 Fire, were extinguished at 30 acres.

    Too many crazy people

Cow on Hwy 108 in Oakdale

   May 30, 2016 at 8:35 AM:  A cow has been reported on Hwy 108 near Willms Road in Oakdale.

   Be extra cautious until CHP can locate the owner.

Memorial Day

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Crash on Hwy 120 in Manteca

   May 29, 2016 at 3:10 PM:  A collision has been reported at Hwy 120 and Airport Blvd. in Manteca.  A woman is very upset each time a car passes.

   CHP and other emergency personnel are en route to the scene. Be extra cautious in that area.

Two teens die in Mokelumne River

   On May 28, 2016 two teens drowned in the Mokelumne River on the Amador County side near Moore Creek.  This comes after a local boy died in the Stanislaus River just two weeks ago and two teens missing at Woodward yesterday.

   People need to be more careful. The rapids can quickly carry you away and under the water. And the recent snow melt makes the water even colder. Wear life jackets.

Those who passed away in Calaveras County May 2016

   Those who passed away in Calaveras County the third week of May 2016 are:  

   Marjorie E. Yaeger passed away on

Marriage Licenses in Calaveras May 2016

   In the third week of May 2016 marriage licenses were issued in Calaveras County to:

   Thomas Emmett Sheehan, Jr and Sharon Margaret

Traffic collision in Groveland

   May 29, 2016 at 12:15 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Hwy 120 at Hardin Flat Road in Groveland.

   An ambulance and CHP are en route to the scene. Be extra cautious if headed in that direction.

Complaints about petition collectors in Copperopolis

    On May 27, 2016 the Calaveras Sheriff's Office receive three complaints about people gathering signatures for a petition on Main Street in Copperopolis.

   A disturbance, a verbal altercation and other complaints have been common as certain signature gatherers get aggressive about having people sign.

Cross vandalised

  On May 28, 2016 vandalism was reported on Daphne Street in Valley Springs.

   A cross had been damaged. The Calaveras Sheriff's Office took a report.

Valley Springs man arrested

   On May 27, 2016 the Calaveras Sheriff's Office arrested Michael James Messenger (23) of Valley Springs at his residence on Garner Place.

   Messenger was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for allegedly Inflicting Corporal Injury on a Spouse, a felony and for outstanding warrants.

Spring flowers are fading fast...summer's here!

Yes, even our roadside poppies are fading away. Green
fields are turning brown and summer
is upon us in Calaveras County!!

Letter to the Editor: USFS Candyrock Restrictions not enough!!

   Dear SierraSentinel.com:

   I know that the Sierra Sentinel continues to hear complaints of errant shooting, noise, large numbers of shooters, warlike conditions, filth, pollution to the Stanislaus

Major injury crash on Eight Mile Road

  May 29, 2016 at 9 AM:  A collision reportedly at I-5 and Eight Mile Road in Stockton resulted in one vehicle overturning off the roadway.

   Major injuries resulted from this collision. Emergency personnel are at the scene. Be extra cautious if in that area.

Cow on Hwy 99 in Acampo

   May 29, 2016 at 7:40 AM:  A cow with a rope around its neck has been reported on Hwy 99 at Acampo Road in Acampo.

   CHP is en route. Be cautious if headed that way.

Giants in Colorado today, A's at home

   The SF Giants will play the Colorado Rockies today at 1 PM in Colorado.

   The Oakland A's are at home and will play the Detroit Tigers at 1 PM.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Search for 2 missing teenage boys continues

   Two 15 year old boys reportedly jumped off a boat at Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale around 3:30 May 28, 2016.  They were not wearing life preservers.

   Stanislaus County search and rescue teams are searching for the boys, although they feel it is more of a recovery search at this point.

Do not leave pet in HOT CAR!!

Major injury crash in Twain Harte

  May 28, 2016 at 3:15 PM:  A car reportedly left Hwy 108 and went into the trees near Confidence Road in Twain Harte.

   The driver apparently suffered major head injuries and was transported to the hospital. Be extra cautious as a fire truck is blocking the roadway.

Traffic collision at Camanche Hills Hunting Reserve

   May 28, 2016 at 2:45 PM:   A collision has been reported on Curran Road at the Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve in Ione.

   CHP is at the scene. Minor injuries are indicated. Be extra cautious if headed in that direction.

Car leaves I-5 and lands on roadway below freeway

   May 28, 2016 at 1:55 PM:  A car left I-5 and landed on the intersection of Manthey Road and County Hospital Road below the freeway in French Camp.

   Emergency personnel are en route to the scene. Use extra caution if headed that way.

CCWD removes ALL water restriction laws??

We'll just use Edson's Resource District (RCD)
and clear-cut for water for Los Angeles
That's the ticket!!
   We had a good winter of rain and snow in Calaveras County!  We had plenty of water for the year at this time last year too.

   However, last year CCWD (Calaveras County Water District) demanded we NOT use hardly any water at all, but now we have NO restriction laws?  Make up your mind CCWD!!

Large Pine tree down on Hunt Road

   May 28, 2016 at 1:25 PM:  A large pine tree is reportedly down on Hunt Road near Hwy 4 in Copperopolis.

   A crew with a chain saw will be needed to clear the roadway.  Be extra cautious if headed in that direction.

Collision in Standard

   May 28, 2016 at 1:15 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Mono Way and Tuolumne Road near Standard

   An ambulance and tow truck are en route to the scene.

Traffic Hazard at Yosemite

  UPDATE:  We just got word that traffic is backed up at least 5 miles to Hardin Flat Road.

Motorcycle vs Jeep on Hwy 41

  May 28, 2016 at 12:15 PM:  A motorcycle reportedly struck a Jeep at Hwy 41 and River Pines Road outside of Oakhurst.

    An ambulance is en route for the rider and a tow truck has been dispatched for the motorcycle.  Watch carefully in that area until cleared.

Warning on Hwy 4: Car blocking road at Forest Meadows

   May 28, 2016 at 11:55 AM:  A car is reportedly broken down and blocking the roadway on Hwy 4 in front of Forest Meadows.

  CHP is en route, but be extra cautious if in that area.

Fire in Camanche area

  UPDATE:  We just heard that fire personnel already have a good handle on this fire.

Letter to the Editor: Are we racist or not??

   Dear Editor:

   I guess we'll know by June 7 just how racist Calaveras County really is. If Mr. Trump wins big, the KKK that is rumored to be here is sure to get stronger.

   To me that is a totally horrifying thought. And what will happen in November? What if the whole country votes to have a racist for President?   My whole vision of America will be in the dumpster if that happens.

  Thanks for posting my thoughts,

  R in Copperopolis

Traffic collision on Hwy 99 at Hwy 4 exit

   UPDATE:  Per CHP this collision resulted in major injuries for one victim.

Attention furniture shoppers

   UPDATE:  Too late. Someone just loaded up that sofa. The roadway is now clear.

   May 28, 2016 at 11:15 AM:  If you are out shopping

Arnold collision on Hwy 4

    UPDATE:  This collision has been cleared from the roadway.

   May 28, 2016 at 10:35 AM:  A traffic collision

Sorry to p*** off the religious wing nuts.....but

This former US Marine and now Detective in
Broward County Florida was granted permission
to be the first gay couple to marry...and in
his police uniform! Sorry, wing nuts if this
offends your sense of ....right-wing nut wackoness!
The world is changing!!!!

Traffic collision in Glencoe

   May 28, 2016 at 10:30 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Hwy 26 near Humbug Road in Glencoe.

   Emergency personnel are en route including CHP and an ambulance. Be extra cautious if headed that way.

Johnny Depp divorce already messy

   Johnny Depp was only married to Amber Heard for about 15 months, but it looks like the divorce is going to be messy.

   She apparently wants the house, both dogs, spousal support and claims he uses cocaine and alcohol and is abusive to her. It's going to cost him some money to get out of this one.

Girlfriend backs over boyfriend on motorcycle

   June 28, 2016 at 10 AM:  A girlfriend was apparently driving her boyfriends truck when she backed over his motorcycle on Sheris Place in Rancho Calaveras.

   He sustained minor injuries. CHP is at the scene.

77 bags of meth in Sonora--Good Job, Tuolumne!

Meth is the REAL problem in Calaveras
too, but not much appears to be
done about it!
   On May 27, 2016 around noon a Tuolumne County Sheriff's deputy pulled over a Volkswagen on Mono Way in Sonora for expired registration.

    Approximately 7.89 grams of methamphetamine,

Friday, May 27, 2016

91 acres burn in Butte County

   May 27, 2016:  A fire that started around 1:45 PM grew to 91 acres before being controlled by CalFire crews.

   It was near Bangor, on Laporte and Dunstone Roads and was named the Dunstone Fire.

Fire at Don Pedro

Tuolumne County Sheriff's photo
   This fire at the Don Pedro recreation center was just one of the calls for CalFire and Tuolumne firefighters yesterday, May 26, 2016.

   This building was a total loss. An investigation is being conducted as to the cause of the fire.

Plane crash lands in Groveland

Tuolumne County Sheriff photo
   May 27, 2016 at 3 PM:  The Tuolumne County Sheriff reports that a small plane crashed into a wall while attempting to land at the Groveland Airport around 1:30 PM.
   The pilot was taken to the hospital with an ankle injury.

Traffic collision in MarVal lot

   May 27, 2016 at 1 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported in the parking lot of MarVal at Hwy 26 and Hwy 12 in Valley Springs.

   No injuries were indicated. CHP is at the scene.


Somebody get Trump a FLY-SWATTER!!

  At yesterdays rally, Donald Trump was not even aware that a fly was using his stiff hair as a landing strip.

  Someone should get the man a fly-swatter. (Oh, he should  hire someone to swat his flies, sorry)

Trees, Inc. crews not welcome!!

   On May 27, 2016 a resident ordered a Trees, Inc crew to leave the property and as usual the Trees, Inc. people called the Sheriff.

    Trying to get the homeowner in trouble, the crew reported hearing shots fired.  If people don't want all their trees cut down, leave them alone, PG&E!! No report was taken of the incident by the Calaveras Sheriff.

Vehicle collision in Sonora

   May 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM:  A vehicle collision has been reported on North Washington Street near the high school in Sonora.

   Emergency personnel are responding to the scene Be extra cautious if in the area.

Trespassing arrest on Love Creek in Avery

   On May 26, 2016 Calaveras Sheriff's deputies arrested New Leif Flows Like a River Jarvie (40) of Arnold with no known address, on Love Creek Road in Avery.

   Jarvie was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged Trespassing and refusing to leave the property, a misdemeanor, and was released with a Citation.

Rhonert Park man arressted in Rancho Calaveras

   On May 26, 2016 Calaveras Sheriff's deputies arrested Jasson John Burt (49) of Rhonert Park on Hwy 26 at Vista Del Lago in Rancho Calaveras.

   Burt was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for allegedly Bringing a Controlled Substance into the Jail, a felony and for Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Possession of Concentrated Cannabis, misdemeanors and for an outstanding warrant.

Arrest for talking to Prisoner

   On May 26, 2016 around 12:30 AM Angels Camp Police arrested Emily Lucienne Cote (25) of El Sobrante on Six Mile Road outside Murphys.

   Cote was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged Unauthorized Communication with a Prisoner, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Narcotic, Controlled Substance and Possession of Unlawful Paraphernalia, all misdemeanors, and was released with a Citation.

Hit and Run collision in San Andreas

   May 27, 2016 at 9:40 AM:  A hit and run collision has been reported on Mountain Ranch Road just past the hospital in San Andreas. No injuries were indicated.

   Apparently a white Dodge Ram was hit by a silver Dodge pickup which fled eastbound on Mountain Ranch Road.  CHP is at the scene.

Roll of carpet on Hwy 120 in Jamestown

   May 27, 2016 at 8:40 AM:  A roll of carpet that apparently fell out of someone's truck is reportedly in the roadway at Hwy 120 and Old Priest Road in Jamestown.

   Be extra cautious if headed in that direction until CHP can clear the lanes.

Council of Governments holding June meeting

  On June 1, 2016 the Calaveras Council of Governments will hold their June meeting at the Board of Supervisors chambers in San Andreas

   Their agendas are intentionally vague but there is a mid year report by the Calaveras Public Works department listed. There is also a report on a Closed Session that they held on May 4, 2016. We are not familiar with this item.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

10,800 Illegal marijuana seedlings on private land

     On May 26, 2016 members of the Calaveras Narcotics Enforcement Unit located and eradicated 10,800 marijuana plant seedlings from a rural private

Car vs. motorcycle in Tracy

   May 26, 2016 at 5:45 PM:  A car and a motorcycle have reportedly collided on Grant Line Road and Bird Road in the Tracy area.

   The car apparently crossed over and struck the motorcycle. An ambulance and two tow trucks are responding to the scene.

Woman dies in Riverbank area collision

   According to Modesto Police, at about 5:30 AM on May 26, 2016 officer responded to several 911 calls of a traffic collision involving two vehicles on Claus Road north of Milnes Road

Sign the RECALL petition for Supervisor Kearney

   The District 5 Supervisor Kearney will never change; will never learn; will never do anything but help his TEA POTTY friends.  We have to RECALL him.

  SIGN the RECALL petition.

Fire in Riverbank

  May 26, 2016 at 2:40 PM:  A grass fire has been reported on Hwy 108 and Patterson Road in Riverbank.

   Several engines are responding to the scene. Be extra cautious if headed in that direction.

Car runs into house in Jackson

   May 26, 2016 at 2:30 PM:  A driver reportedly lost control and ran off Kennedy Flat Road and into a house in Jackson.

   No injuries have been indicated Use caution if in that area.

Calaveras County paying $830 G's to other counties for Butte Fire

  On the May 30, 2016 Calaveras Supervisors agenda is an item to approve paying other counties for their assistance in the Butte Fire.

   The total amount is said to be $830,000 owed to San Joaquin County, City of Folsom, Stanislaus County, Sacramento County, Tuolumne County, City of Fresno, El Dorado County and Los Angeles County.

Pubic Access TV studio finally going to Calaveras County

  On the May 30, 2016 Calaveras Supervisors agenda is an agenda item donating the Public Access TV Studio to Calaveras County, after CCTV buys land under it from CCWD.

   Over the years there has been much controversy over who really should own the Public Access Studio and who owned the land, which was totally controlled by a small group for a long period of time.   Finally, it looks like the County will get full control of the building.

Handicapped vehicle placards abused???

  Last night on Channel 3 News there was a special about the problem with fraudulent handicapped vehicle placards being used in California.  There are many who need this benefit. However:

   There is an investigation ongoing

Adopt a dog at Calaveras Animal Services

Go to San Andreas and visit the shelter! Take one
home with you! You won't regret it!

Traffic collision in Oakdale

   May 26, 2016 at 10:45 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Hwy 108 and Wamble Road in Oakdale.

   Both vehicles will need to be towed. but no injuries were indicated. Be cautious until they can clear the roadway.

Traffic collision in Jamestown

UPDATE:  Per CHP no injuries were indicated in this collision.

Johnny Depp getting divorce

   Actor Johnny Depp is apparently filing for divorce from wife Amber, citing irreconcilable differences.

   They made a video apologizing for taking their dogs into Australia without permits recently.

Calf on Six Mile Road near Hwy 4

   May 26, 2016 at 7:10 AM:  A single calf has been reported on Six Mile Road near Hwy 4 in the Vallecito area.

   Be extra cautious until CHP can arrive and locate the owner.

Angels Camp Police make 20 Frog Jump arrests

    The Angels Camp Police Department, as always, was kept busy during the Frog Jump last weekend.

   On May 26, 2016 the PD reported they made 20 arrests during the 4 day event.

Two fatalities on Hwy 99 in Madera overnight

   At around 11:30 PM last night May 25, 2016 a semi and a car collided near the railroad tracks on Hwy 99 at the 16th Avenue offramp in Madera where one person did not survive.  This was cleared finally around 6 AM this morning.

  Then around 4 AM a pedestrian was reported on Hwy 99 near 7thAvenue in Madera and then that pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle. It isn't yet known why the man was on the freeway.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Joe Walsh and Laith Al Saadi take the prize

Definite Rock and Roll history last night
on "The Voice"
   While not the best looking contestant on "The Voice" his unbelievable guitar playing and ability to sing rock wowed America as Laith Al Saadi made it to the final four.

   As his final number, he teamed up with his idol, Joe Walsh (yes, of the Eagles) and they played "Rocky Mountain Way" as a duet. Amazing performance by both.  Al Saadi took 4th place in the contest, but we thought he was fantastic.

Mama bear and 3 cubs hang around house at Tahoe

This photo is from last summer of a mama and
five cubs in a backyard pool on a hot day.
   The video of a family of bears taken by homeowners shows that the mama a three cubs were feasting on a freezer containing fish sticks and other goodies when they had left the garage door open.

   One cub was seemingly unafraid and unwilling to give up his fish sticks until a
deputy came right up to him.  If you are afraid of the bears, get a big dog or keep everything locked up tight.  One person said that he cut a big hole in his fence for the bears to go through so they don't climb up and cause the fence to fall. Good idea!!

Dennis Ronald Wiebe of San Andreas

   Dennis Ronald "Unc" Wiebe passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully on May 21, 2016 at his home on San Antonio Creek. He was 69.

   Dennis was born in Sonora on September 24, 1946, graduated from Calaveras High

Angels Camp man arrested

   On May 23, 2016 around 6:15 PM Angels Camp Police arrested Matthew Eric Hagaman (32) at the Stockton Foundry in Angels Camp.

   Hagaman was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged Infliction of Corporal Injury on a Spouse, a felony.

Vehicle Theft Arrest in Moke Hill

   On May 23, 2016 around 10:25 PM the California Highway Patrol arrested Caleb Elisha Land, (37) of Mokelumne Hill at his residence on Jesus Maria Road.

   Land was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged Vehicle Theft, a felony and released on bond.

Fire in Don Pedro area

   May 25, 2016 at 11:15 AM:  Cal Fire is responding to a vegetation fire on Arbolada Drive in the Don Pedro area near Salinas Street.

   Air support has been requested. Several water tenders are en route, along with bulldozers.

Another home invasion robbery

   The Tuolumne County Sheriff reports that another home invasion robbery occurred on May 24, 2016 just before 6 PM on Tuolumne Road.

   The home appears to have been targeted. The man was knocked down and around $2000 in cash was stolen.

Fire in Long Barn

  May 25, 2016 at 10:15 AM:  A fire has been reported on Hwy 108 at Long Barn.

   CalFire is responding to the scene. This seems to be alongside the roadway so be cautious if headed that way.

Traffic collision in Escalon

  May 25, 2016 at 9:35 AM:  A traffic collision was reported on Hwy 120 at Carrolton Road in Escalon involving a Nissan and a Toyota.

   Minor injuries have been indicated. A tow truck has been dispatched for the Toyota due to major front end damage.

First First Friday will be Second Friday??

 I know this looks strange, but the popular First Fridays in the Murphys Park will begin this year on June 10, 2016, the second Friday of June, due to Bret Harte graduation on the first Friday. 

   Dinners will be available to purchase during the concert, beginning at 4 PM.

Collision in Volcano

   May 25, 2016 at 8:15 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Pine Grove Volcano Road in Volcano involving a white Dodge pickup and a blue vehicle.

   An ambulance and two tow trucks are responding to the scene. Use extra caution if in the area.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sierra MacIntosh Users Group meets

   On June 14, 2016 the SMUG (Sierra MacIntosh Users Group) will meet at the Ebbetts Pass Fire District building in Arnold.

   The subject this meeting will be exploring the icloud. The public is welcome to attend.

Letter to Sierra Sentinel owners: Crazy Neighbors

   Dear Ed:  Thank you so much for the information.  Believe it or not, it does make sense due to other reported incidents of late.  It is a sickness in our opinion too!

Dear Sierra Sentinel owners:

    Since I've been paying close attention to the activities reported

Mountain Ranch search warrant served

  Per a press release:  On May 23, 2016 Calaveras County Sheriff's detectives served a search warrant at a property on the 9000 block of Wendell Road in Mountain Ranch, for an assault with a deadly weapon

Big rig loses propane tanks at Lake Alpine

   May 24, 2016 at 1 PM:  A big rig had a traffic collision and lost its load of propane tanks on Hwy 4 near Lake Alpine.

   A big rig tow has been requested. No injuries have been reported.

Car vs. pole on Pool Station Road

   UPDATE on May 26, 2016 at 9:15 AM:  Per CHP on May 24, 2016 around 9:30 AM Jamie Ruth Mayer (20) of Campbell was driving a 2006 Subaru on Pool Station Road north of Riata Road at approximately 50 MPH.

Supervisor Edson likes livestock auctions

   Calaveras Supervisor Edson says he liked watching the livestock auction at the Calaveras County Fair.

   We don't see the joy in raising an animal only to see it sold and butchered. Sorry Mr. Edson. You are a poor excuse for a human being!!

Home invasion robbery suspect arrested

Tuolumne County Sheriff photo
      Tuolumne County Sheriff's deputies arrested Sean Evans, with no known address, on Friday, May 20, 2016 for the alleged Home Invasion Robbery in Jamestown on April 29, 2016.

   Evans is identified as a transient, and was identified through a photo lineup by the victim.


Thank you Supervisor Ponte

   We want to thank Supervisor Debbie Ponte of Calaveras District 4 for assisting us with getting rid of two junk vehicles on Hwy 4. One was an abandoned camper and the other a trailer.

   We understand that Caltrans also put pressure on the removal group at Calaveras County for their help.  Unfortunately, Supervisor Oliveira, in whose district the camper was parked, said "it's not my job, man."

Taxpayer energy program PACE fails

   The PACE taxpayer energy program was presented to the Calaveras Supervisors on the May 24, 2016 agenda.

   The program attaches the cost of any energy improvements such as insulation,

Traffic collision on Hwy 4

   May 24, 2016 at 10 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Hwy 4 near Appaloosa Way in Angels Camp.

   No injuries were indicated. Be extra cautious until the roadway is cleared.

Ponte and Wright absent from Board of Supervisors

   Neither Supervisor Debbie Ponte of District 4 nor Supervisor Chris Wright of District 2 were present when the May 24, 2016 Board of Supervisor meeting was called to order.

   We understand that Debbie Ponte is having surgery and Chris Wright arrived later on in the meeting.

New Resident says 'No jobs in Calaveras County" to Edson

   New resident from Florida Lori White came before the Calaveras Supervisors at the May 24, 2016 meeting to comment on several issues.

   She said that she is very disappointed that there are no jobs

Cannabis Workshops in Calaveras County

   If you grow cannabis, you must register with Calaveras County Planning Department by May 30, 2016 or risk losing your ability to cultivate.

   The Calaveras Cannabis Alliance is holding a workshop on May 25, 2016

Kitten on the freeway?

   May 24, 2016 at 8:35 AM:  A kitten has been reported on I-205 in Tracy. CHP is en route to the scene.

   Be extra cautious if headed that way.

Overturned vehicle in West Point

  UPDATE:  CHP has changed this to a Hit and Run with no injuries.

Doug Martin, longtime Calaveras County resident

   Doug Martin, a long-time resident of Calaveras County, passed away peacefully surrounded  by his loving family on Saturday May 21, 2016. Born January 8, 1937, he was 79.

   His long battle with

Calaveras Supervisors honor Captain Jim Macedo

   For many years, Calaveras Sheriff's Captain Jim Macedo has run the Sheriff's department, especially during the years Kuntz was Sheriff, as many of us already know.

   After Kuntz death, Macedo continued to run the department smoothly until the
appointment of the new Sheriff DiBasilio. The Board will honor him at their Tuesday, May 24, 2016 meeting, beginning at 9 AM.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Overturned car in Sonora

   May 23, 2016 at 3:45 PM:  A solo vehicle has reportedly overturned off Hwy 49 near Jack Page Road just outside Sonora.

    The driver hit a deer first. A tow truck and CHP are en route to the scene.

SierraSentinel.com poll coming

   In the next few days we will be conducting our usual random telephone poll in Calaveras County, for both the two Supervisorial seats and for Measure A, which are on the ballot in the June primary.

   We should be posting it on Sunday, May 30, 2016. Should be interesting to see where everything stands just before the primary.

Fire near Soledad grows

   The Metz fire that started on May 22, 2016 near Soledad in Monterey County, has burned over 3800 acres.

   It is currently reported to be 40% contained.

Fatal Traffic collision outside Linden

   UPDATE at 10:30 AM:  Per CHP the person injured in this collision did not survive.

  UPDATE:  Major injuries

Traffic collision in Vallecito

   According to CHP on May 21, 2016 around 1:30 PM Jason Belche (40) of Ione was driving 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Hwy 4 near Main Street in Vallecito, westbound at an unknown rate of speed.

    Per CHP, due to his intoxicated state,

CHP arrest Roseville man

  On May 22, 2016 around 4:23 PM California Highway Patrol arrested Kyle Matthew Lydem (24) of Roseville on Hwy 12 in Clements.

   Lydem was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for allegedly Evading a Police Officer with Disregard for Public Safety and Evading a Peace Officer, both felonies and for Reckless Driving on a Highway and Driving without a license, misdemeanors, and released on bond.

CHP arrest man for alleged Evading Police

   On May 22, 2016 the California Highway Patrol arrested Ryan Dexter Lacy (26) of Antelope on Hwy 12 in Burson.

   Lacy was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for allegedly Evading Police, a felony and for Reckless Driving on a Hwy, a misdemeanor.

Valley Springs man arrested for alleged Kidnapping

    On May 22, 2016 around 2:35 PM Calaveras Sheriff's deputies arrested James Patrick O'Connell (31) of Valley Springs, at his residence on Alder Street.

    O'Connell was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged Kidnapping, False Imprisonment with Violence and Inflicting Corporal Injury on a Spouse, all felonies, along with outstanding warrants.

Arnold man arrested

   On May 22, 2016 around 8 PM Calaveras Sheriff's deputies arrested Paul Geoffrey Mandell (71) of Arnold, at his residence on Valley View Drive.

   Mandell was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for allegedly having Prohibited to own Ammunition, etc., a felony.

Dorrington man arrested at Calaveras Fairgrounds

   On May 22, 2016 around 6:50 PM Calaveras Sheriff's deputies arrested Darrell Anthony Hale (41) of Dorrington at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.

   Hale was booked for alleged Violation of Parole, a felony and for Disorderly Conduct due to Alcohol, a misdemeanor.

Sonora man arrested at Calaveras Fairgrounds

   On May 22, 2016 Calaveras Sheriff's deputies arrested Paul William Fowler (41) of Sonora at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.

   Fowler was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged Vehicle Theft, Grand Theft and Battery with Serious Bodily Injury, all felonies and for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Obstructing or Resisting a Peace Officer, both misdemeanors.

Murphys man arrested

   On May 22, 2016 around 12:50 PM the Calaveras Sheriff's Office arrested Casey Alan Challen (41) of Murphys on Main Street in Murphys.

   Challen was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged Infliction of Corporal Injury on a Spouse, a felony, and was then released on bond.

Angels Camp Police arrest 3 for felony violation of parole

   On May 21, 2016 around 11:30 PM the Angels Camp Police Department arrested three men on Hwy 49 near Monte Verda Street.

   Aaron D. Kaufmann (28) of Sonora was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged felony Violation of Parole.  Robert Allan London (53) of Stockton was booked for alleged Violation of Parole, a felony and for DUI and DUI of .08 both misdemeanors and Abel Taguinod, Sr. ( 53) of Stockton was booked for alleged Felony Violation of Parole.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Car into river in Plymouth

   May 22, 2016 at 6:30 PM:  A car reportedly left Hwy 49 and ended up in the Consumnes River in Plymouth.

   No injuries were indicated. A tow truck is en route for the vehicle.



Are you registered to VOTE??? Stop the Tea Party!!! May 23 last day

If you don't vote the Tea Party
will get their phony Resource
Conservation District!
Vote NO on RCD!!
  If you just turned 18 or will be by June 8, 2016 or if you've moved, you need to go online and register so you can vote in June primaries.


Overturned car in Oakdale

   May 22, 2016 at 1 PM:  An car has reportedly overturned at Hwy 108 and Hwy 120 in Oakdale.

   CHP and other emergency personnel are responding to the scene. Be extra cautious if headed in that direction.

Mark Cuban for Vice President??

   This morning on Meet the Press Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of Shark Tank was an interesting interview.

    A political independent, he stated that he would consider an offer to be VP for either Trump or Clinton and that he may run for office in the future.  Very likable guy!

Traffic collision in Douglas Flat

   May 22, 2016 at 10 AM:  A vehicle collision was just reported on Hwy 4 in Douglas Flat.

  It isn't yet known if there are injuries. Be extra cautious if in that area. A tow truck is responding for a silver Accura.

Fun at Frogtown

   On May 21, 2016 several incidents were reported needing the Calaveras Sheriff's Office at Frogtown:

   A lost wallet, a found child, a battery, a large group of teens smoking in the grass, verbal altercations, deputies separating two groups yelling at each other, an arrest at around 11:30 PM after a physical altercation on the ball field and yet another disturbance caused by an altercation just before midnight were all reported to the Sheriff.

Burglary in Murphys

   On May 21, 2016 a burglary was reported on Main Street in Murphys.

   A trailer had been broken into. The Calaveras Sheriff took a report of the incident.

Grand Theft in Jenny LInd

   On May 21, 2016 a resident on Sterling Court in Jenny Lind reported a Grand Theft to the Calaveras Sheriff's Office.

   The Sheriff's Office took a report. No other details are available.

Burglary in Arnold

   On May 21, 2016 a resident on Grenoble in Arnold reported a burglary to the Calaveras Sheriff's Office.

   Outdoor decorations and equipment were stolen in the incident. The Calaveras Sheriff took a report.

Cubs in San Francisco to face Giants

   The Chicago Cubs are in San Francisco today to play the Giants. The game is scheduled for 5 PM.

Beautiful day after rainy night in Calaveras

   Today is the last day of the Calaveras County Fair. The weather this morning is beautiful after a cool rain overnight.

   Enjoy your day, whatever you do!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Saturday night at the Fair

   If you plan to attend the show at the Calaveras County Fair tonight be sure and take along an umbrella.

   It began raining about 30 minutes ago, and will dampen a few spirits. The frogs will love it, though.

Car collision burns vehicle

   May 21, 2016 at 4:50 PM:  A vehicle reportedly ran off Lupe Road in Pine Grove and down an embankment, catching fire and burning.

   A woman was able to escape the vehicle, but an ambulance responded to the scene and a tow truck was dispatched.

Hay Fire in Hilmar

   May 21, 2016 at 3:35 PM:  Fire crews are at the scene of what started as a hay fire at the Clauss Dairy in Hilmar on Bloss Avenue.

    We don't have details on how much damage has been done, but fire crews, including CalFire responded immediately.

Complaints of petition harassment

   On May 20, 2016 the Calaveras Sheriff received complaints of aggressive signature gatherers harassing people, both in Arnold and in Valley Springs.

   To our knowledge the Sheriff has done nothing to stop this behavior, and the Elections department at Calaveras County has done nothing either.

Problems at Frogtown

   As usual, there are many complaints called in to the Calaveras County Sheriff during the Calaveras County Fair. This year is no exception.

   On May 20, 2016 a male with a large suitcase

Burglary in Mokelumne Hill

   On May 20, 2016 a resident on Clark Street in Mokelumne Hill reported a burglary had taken place.

   The Calaveras County Sheriff took a report.

Car over embankment in San Andreas

   May 21, 2016 at 9:15 AM:  A car has gone off Hawver Road in San Andreas and down the embankment.

   CHP is en route to the scene. It isn't known if there are injuries. Be cautious if headed that way.

What is a true POLI-TIC???

The only way to stop a POLI-TIC from sucking
us dry is to throw him out of office!!
   We have had some people ask what we mean by a POLI-TIC!    Well, a TIC sucks the blood out of whatever it latches onto and a POLI is a politician who lies and hurts many residents.

    So a true Calaveras  POLI-TIC is a politician who does nothing but suck the blood out of residents in his area or district!!

Guy Meyers denied zoning change in Valley Springs (memories of 07-242)

   At the May 19, 2016 Calaveras Planning Commission meeting Guy Meyers was denied his request to change the zoning of one of his buildings.

   Even ValleySprings.com was asking the commissioners to be more flexible. Meyers reminded the commission that our economy died in '07 when the Calaveras Supervisors ended development. (Resolution 07-242 now requires 40 acre minimums to build a home).

Major injury collision in Groveland

   UPDATE at 9:45 AM:  Another party has walked into Sonora Regional Medical Center stating they were also involved in this collision.  Per CHP the roadway is now clear.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Drowning victim near Candy Rock on Stanislaus River

Photo from Facebook
   Sadly, there was a drowning victim on the Stanislaus River recently, whom almost everyone knew as a bright, wonderful young man.

   Robbie Mast, who grew up in Calaveras County, and was widely recognized for his ability in acting, along with his academic achievement, was lost near the Candy Rock
swimming hole many love.

To SierraSentinel.com: Elections

   Dear Editor:

    It seems we do live in a county that is less than lax on rules of elections; at least judging by what I read and hear.

   I read what

What kind of people are signature gathering???

   Again on May 19, 2016 the Calaveras Sheriff received complaints of people trying to gather signatures against cannabis.

   In Copperopolis on Obyrnes Ferry Road a battery was reported near Copper Cove Drive involving a petition pusher!  What kind of people are these??  We can tell about some of them, anyway.

Burson Post Office burglarized

   On May 19, 2016 the US Post Office in Burson reported that boxes had been broken into during the night.

  The Calaveras Sheriff took a report of the incident.

UPDATE: Adopted today!! Precious kitty. Luddy needs a home

Luddy is a gentle, loving neutered male
who is waiting for someone to fall in
love with him. His number is AO43395.
See him at the San Andreas Animal Shelter. 

Traffic collision in Sonora

May 20, 2016 at 8:10 AM: A traffic collision has been reported involving a gold BMW and silver Toyota on Mono Way at Hwy 108 in Sonora.

  CHP is en route to the scene. No injuries have been indicated.

EgyptAir debris and luggage found

  May 20, 2016:  The Egyptian military has apparently located debris and passenger possessions in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea from the airliner that crashed two days ago.

   The pinger from the black box lasts for 30 days, so they are concentrating on that area to locate the main fuselage from the aircraft.

Traffic collision in Martell

   UPDATE:  Per CHP no injuries are indicated in this collision. A tow truck is responding.

Possible rain Friday and Saturday

   The National Weather Service is predicting off and on rain and possible thunderstorms today and Saturday, May 20 and 21, 2016 for Calaveras County.

   Drive carefully. We need the rain, but not the traffic collisions.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Calaveras County Elections Office says "We're not a policing agency!"

   We've had so many complaints and are aware that the anti-cannabis friends of Calaveras Supervisor Oliveira have been reported to the Sheriff's Office at least twice for apparently harassing people to sign their petition to ban pot, that we asked the County Elections department what they were doing about it.

  It's NOT OUR JOB, Man!!!

   In spite of the fact that it has been reported to them that Oliveira's people started 3 days prior to the date they are allowed to collect signatures, have been reported to the cops at least twice in the last 24 hours and refuse to leave when asked to, Calaveras County elections says "We're not a policing agency!"  per Robin Glanville.

Fire on Hwy 49 and Columbia Way

   May 19, 2016 at 3:05 PM:  A fire was reported on Hwy 49  and Columbia Way in Columbia.  It is a debris fire that apparently got away.

   Additional resources were dispatched to the scene to extinguish the fire.  Is it still legal to burn during the day??

Car rolled over on Hwy 4 in Copperopolis

   May 19, 2016 at 3 PM:  A car has reportedly rolled over and is on its roof off Hwy 4 at Telegraph Road in Copperopolis.

   Emergency personnel are responding to the scene. Be extra cautious if in the area.

Black Hawk helicopter finds lost hiker

   The missing hiker and his dog were found alive and well, although hungry, in Placer County this morning.

   He had been missing for 3 days after leaving for a short hike.

Fire in Columbia

   May 19, 2016 at 2:35 PM:  A fire reported on Bennett Road near Slate Rim Road in Columbia has been stopped at around 2 acres.

   Several engines, a bulldozer and air attack were immediately dispatched to prevent this fire from reaching at least one structure.

Traffic collision on Hwy 108

   May 19, 2016 at 2:10 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Hwy 108 and near Kennedy Meadows.

   An ambulance is responding. CHP is en route to the scene.

Hovey Wines presents sculptor Mike Gustavson

   Hovey Wines of Murphys is proud to present Mike Gustavson's bold, colorful sculptures during June and July of 2016.

   A reception will be held in his honor on Sunday June 12, 2016 at the Hovey Wines Tasting Room and Gardens
in Murphys  

One big POLI-TIC at Calaveras County Fair -- Oops

   We hear that one of the local POLI-TICS plan to campaign at the Calaveras County Fair this weekend.

   Incumbent Supervisor BULLY Edson thinks he can save his re-election by hob-nobbing with the frogs; we don't think that will work.  They'll be afraid he'll eat them!!

    "Croak! We're voting for Romano!" 

Debris found of crashed EgyptAir plane that crashed, NOT

   UPDATE:  The debris found was determined NOT to be from the missing airliner.

The plane that disappeared from radar screens overnight on a trip from Paris to Cairo is feared to have been crashed due to some form of terrorism.

   Debris from the plane #804 has been located off a small island. There were no survivors. EgyptAir does not feel it could have been a mechanical problem.

Think home prices are high in Calaveras??

   Prices for homes has come back some after the crash of '07, but still are not as high as they were.

   In the Bay Area, however, the median price for a home in April of 2016 was $687,000.  Of course, there are good jobs in the Bay Area. Here, you have to work for the government if you want security and benefits, yuck!

CBS News' Morley Safer dies

   Today it has been reported that Morley Safer died today at the age of 84. He had been with CBS for 50 years.

   He just retired last week.


Sheriff called on petition signature gatherers--The BUZZ-Saw in District 3

We have been told that Lisa Meutterties, McmAnus
and Mike Preston, along with the Strohmeyers and the
 Montgomery's are involved, but we haven't verified
the names yet. 
   On May 18, 2016 the Calaveras Sheriff was called when people gathering signatures on a petition wouldn't leave a parking lot on Hwy 4 in Murphys.

   Then again in Arnold the Sheriff was called due to signature gatherers on Hwy 4. No report was taken by the Sheriff.

A man and his refrigerator on Hwy 4

  UPDATE:  We just received a call that this guy is hitch-hiking, pulling a refrigerator along with him, trying to get a ride for both of them. Yep! It's Frog Jump weekend!

   May 19, 2016 at 8:25 AM:  CHP is en route to a report of a man standing near to and running into a refrigerator on Hwy 4 and sticking things in the ground in front of Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold.

   Be extra cautious if in that area. Remember, this is Frog Jump weekend and all kinds of strange things go on during this 4 days.

Cow out in Douglas Flat

   May 19, 2016 at 8:50 AM:  A cow has been reported out on Hwy 4 near Live Oak Drive in Douglas Flat. Please, don't anyone tell the TROLL!!

   Is it an escapee from the Fair?  Poor things know they're doomed once they're taken out there. Run, cow! Run!!  Watch for it if headed in that direction.

Traffic collision in Copperopolis

  May 19, 2016 at 8:45 AM:  A collision was reported on Hwy 4 at Obyrnes Ferry Road in Copperopolis.

   No injuries were indicated. Both cars are still drivable and they want to cancel CHP.

Soda theft in Arnold

  On May 18, 2016 the Calaveras Sheriff received a report that an outdoor soda machine on Hwy 4 in Arnold had been broken into.

   They didn't get the money out, but took all of the sodas.  The Sheriff's Office took a report of the theft.

Cruel farming - animals have NO rights!

Does this photo upset you? It should!!
Farm animals don't deserve the treatment
HUMAN animals dish out!

Hwy 49 in downtown Angels Camp closed for parade

   Downtown Angels Camp will be the scene of a Youth Parade this morning. Hwy 49 will be closed for awhile.

   You might want to avoid the area until after lunch. Today is the first day of the Calaveras County Fair.

Cement mixer and van collide

   May 19, 2016 at 8:10 AM:  A cement mixer and a white van have reportedly collided on Hwy 120 just east of Hwy 99 in Manteca.

  The slow lane is blocked. We don't know if there are any injuries. Be cautious if headed that way.

Big rig rollover blocks Hwy 99 for hours

   May 19, 2016 at 7 AM:  CHP has just cleared a big rig collision at Hwy 99 and West Main Street in Ripon that occurred around 1:30 AM that caused one lane to be closed while they off-loaded the trailer.

   Two big rigs were involved; one was loaded with solar panels.  The overturned rig was uprighted and the roadway is now open per CHP.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

OPED: Candyrock gun club should be permanently closed!!

   After years of NOISE abuse by the 1500 + shooters who signed that they use the illegal Ebbetts Pass Candyrock Gun Club, its time to lock the gate permanently.

   The USFS have no ability to oversee the criminal activity that we hear goes on there. It is NOT approved as a gun range by the NRA, and the filth that goes into the river because of it, is sickening. 

   Close Supervisor Oliveiras WAR CAMP!!

Cow in roadway in Rancho Calaveras

  May 18, 2016 at 5:55 PM:  A cow has been reported on Olive Orchard Road near Hwy 26 in Rancho Calaveras.

   CHP is responding to the scene, but be cautious until they can locate the owner.

Traffic collision on 6 Mile Road

   UPDATE:  A third CHP has been dispatched to this collision. An ambulance is also responding.

Solas will perform at Twisted Oak

  On May 29, 2016 the Twisted Folk Concert Series will present Solas at the Twisted Oak Winery on Red Hill Road in Vallecito.

    The show starts at 7:45 PM.  For tickets call 736-9080 or go to

Car with pregnant woman runs off Hwy 132

   UPDATE:  CHP reports that the woman and baby are uninjured.

Butte Fire Victims: Watch for trespassers looking for Morels

   Because of the fire here and in other counties, mushroom hunters are hitting it rich in their search for morel mushrooms, which they can then sell.

   They grow well not long after fires are out, so watch for anyone trespassing on your land. Some just can't resist looking anywhere.  Put up POSTED: No Trespassing signs!

Fish and Wildlife Murderer Kleinfelter just left Ebbetts Pass

Kleinfelter is most comfortable
around dead animals. We've all
seen him at Calaveras Supervisor
meetings looking for MONEY to
kill more innocent animals!
   We were just told that Eric Kleinfelter, the murder specialist of California Fish and Wildlife, who takes orders from people like alcoholic, postal PTSD mental cases and other racists who threaten women

Sonora Pass open--also Tioga Pass cleared

  Caltrans hard work has made it possible to open Sonora Pass Hwy 108 today.  There was debris to clear and repairs to be made.  Tioga Pass in Mono County through Yosemite Park is also now open.

   Workers got it all done in time for late Spring travelers to enjoy the pass until next snow season.

White semi rear-ends farm equipment in Patterson

   May 18, 2016 at 12:20 PM:  A white Peterbilt semi has reportedly rear-ended a piece of some type of farm equipment on Hwy 33 near Stanislaus Road in Patterson.

   CHP is en route. There is debris on the roadway. It isn't yet known if there are injuries. Avoid the area if possible.

"All the Way" will star Bryan Cranston

   The new movie about LBJ, called "All the Way" will star Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad).

   2 1/2 hours of makeup and 3" lifts propel him into the role each day of filming. Should be a good one. It premieres Saturday May 21, 2016 at 8 PM ET.

Traffic collision on Hwy 49

   May 18, 2016 at 10:15 AM:  CHP is at the scene of a traffic collision on Hwy 49 at Fourth Crossing, Fricot City Road.

   The southbound lane is blocked. An ambulance is responding for minor injuries. Be cautious if in the area.

Those who passed away in Calaveras County May 7 - 16, 2016

   The following persons reportedly passed away between May 7 and May 16, 2016 in Calaveras County:

    On May 8, 2016 John R.