CRIME & SAFETY
Former Jamestown Man Could Spend Rest Of Life Behind Bars
Sonora, CA – A Jamestown man could spend the rest of his life in prison for murder. Yesterday (Thursday, May 25), Tuolumne County District Attorney Cassandra Jenecke announced that 51-year-old Steve Berrigan was sentenced to 9 years, 4 months, plus 55 years to life in state prison. He was convicted of the first-degree murder of 76-year-old Craig Arthur Hale of Twain Harte, as well as identity theft and driving a stolen vehicle.
CHP Maximum Enforcement Period For Holiday Weekend Underway
Sonora, CA — CHP officers are out in force this Memorial Day weekend in the Mother Lode, making sure motorists are following the rules of the road. The CHP Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) began at 6 p.m. yesterday. They advise drivers hitting the road to remember to buckle up, obey speed limits, and avoid distractions. Also, never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you do celebrate, plan ahead and designate a sober driver or use rideshare services.
Tuolumne County deputies arrest woman in Stockton months after murder
A woman who deputies have been searching for in connection with a murder in March was arrested on Thursday afternoon, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office. Sabrina Starkweather, 28, was one of three suspects in the death of 63-year-old Ben Lindsey, who lived in Columbia on Calle Quartz Drive. An autopsy revealed that blunt force trauma was the cause of his death.
Sonora Pair Who Assaulted, Robbed Elder Plead Guilty, Immediately Sentenced
INDIO (CNS) – A man and a woman who robbed and assaulted a 69-year-old man in an unincorporated area of Riverside County near Indio pleaded guilty to felony charges and were immediately sentenced to state prison Thursday. Brooke Cassidy Prentiss, 36, and Morgan Kenneth Styre, 27 — residents of...
Reed Fire breaks out in Copperopolis
Update, 9:13 p.m.: Cal Fire TCU reported that firefighters have fully contained the Reed Fire. Update, 5:13 p.m.: Cal Fire TCU reported that the fire is 60% contained. It was determined that equipment (a grinder) was the cause of the fire, and the responsible party was cited. Update, 3:39 p.m.:...
Bringing Life-saving Tools To High Foot Traffic Areas
Twain Harte, CA – After a man collapsed in a Twain Harte business and was luckily saved by an off-duty police officer who administered CPR, a life-saving plan was hatched. “That incident always stuck in my mind when it came to ‘right place at the right time’ for the person in need, but it also brought up the question, how can we add another layer of protection to those who reside and visit Twain Harte?” asked TH Fire Chief Neil Gamez. “When the opportunity presented itself for a grant to fund this project potentially, GM (Tom) Trott and I were so excited to see it come to life in our great mountain community.”
Structure Fire In Downtown Sonora
Sonora, CA– A residential structure fire involving a building started on Lyons Street at Hope Lane. The fire was located in the attic of the house. No people were occupying the building at the time of the fire but firefighters did safely remove one dog from the residence. The cause of the fire is unknown and is being investigated. The fire did cause a road closure in this location.
Tuolumne County District Attorney Announces Former Jamestown Resident Steve Berrigan Convicted of First-Degree Murder and Sentenced to Over 64 Years in State Prison
May 26, 2023 - Sonora, California –– Tuolumne County District Attorney Cassandra Jenecke announced today that on May 25, 2023, 51-year-old former Jamestown resident Steven Matthew Berrigan was sentenced to 9 year 4 months plus 55 years to life in State Prison. This the maximum term that he was facing. He will first complete the determinate term of 9 year 4 months in state prison before he begins the 55 years to life indeterminate term.
Man Arrested After Drug Bust Including Large Amount of Fentanyl
Sonora, CA – A Modesto man was handcuffed after he was found with large quantities of fentanyl, meth, cocaine, and a loaded firearm. A caller recently reported to the Sonora Police dispatch that a man was asleep behind the wheel of an SUV on McCormick Drive in the area of the Elks Lodge and Shaws Flat Road west of Highway 49 in Sonora. A responding Sonora Police Sgt. Located the vehicle and approached the driver, identified as 38-year-old Joshua Caudill.
Sonora Police Department Bringing In Active Shooter Training Program
Sonora, CA — The Sonora Police Department is inviting community members to enroll in a program that teaches proactive strategies to use during violent incidents, like if there is an active shooter. The PD is bringing an ALICE Instructor Certification training course to Sonora High School on August 10-11....
Woman Sentenced For Draining Mother’s Retirement Account
Sonora, CA– Kalene Chantel McMillan, a resident of Tuolumne City, California, was sentenced to 12 years in state prison for a series of thefts from her mother, Danielle Kissinger, that drained Ms. Kissinger’s entire retirement account. The sentencing was announced by Tuolumne County District Attorney Cassandra Jenecke on May 12, 2023.
Jamestown Woman Arrested For Causing Fatal DUI Crash
Sonora, CA — The CHP is providing details about a three-vehicle crash that took the life of an Angels Camp resident. It happened on May 11 at around 5pm on Highway 108 west of Draper Mine Road. The CHP reports that 49-year-old Tammi Truschke of Jamestown was driving a...
No foul play suspected after body found in Murphys
MURPHYS, Calif. — Deputies said there are no signs of foul play after a body was found in Murphys just after noon on Monday. The Calaveras County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an unresponsive person on the side of Avery Sheep Ranch Road near Black Quartz Road in Murphys.
Calaveras County driver killed in alleged DUI crash
SONORA, Calif. — A 39-year-old from Angels Camp died Saturday, days after being hit by an alleged DUI driver in Sonora. According to the California Highway Patrol, the 39-year-old was driving a 2019 Kia Optima west on Highway 108 near Draper Mine Road when they slowed down to turn onto a private driveway Thursday afternoon.
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