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