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Only in Gold Country: mining cart yard art stolen from Sonora home

Mike Avey returned to his parents’ house in Sonora early Wednesday morning after spending most of the night working on a restored 1964 Chevrolet pickup truck. He passed through the darkness and snow on the 200-foot driveway from Phoenix Lake Road and thought something seemed off.


California governor orders new DNA tests in case of Kevin Cooper, convicted in 1983 killings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered additional DNA testing Friday on evidence that a death-row inmate says will prove his innocence in a 35-year-old murder case that has drawn national attention.


Detectives: Tuolumne Woman Had More Than $77K In Money And Property Stolen By Neighbor

CEDAR RIDGE (CBS13) – A Sonora woman is under arrest on allegations she stole tens of thousands of dollars in money and property from her elderly neighbor. The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department says the alleged thefts happened between October and December of last year. Detectives say Jessica Corb


Watch highlights of Sonora’s win over Liberty Ranch in the CIF-SJS Div. IV Championship

Sonora High School beat Liberty Ranch High School in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV Championship on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.


California judge rules twin son of gay couple is American citizen

LOS ANGELES – A federal judge in California ruled Thursday that a twin son of a gay married couple has been an American citizen since birth, handing a defeat to the U.S. government, which had only granted the status to his brother.


CHP releases name of woman killed on Stockton Road

Two Sonora-area homeless people were killed in the past month after vehicle collisions in the area of Stockton Road and Highway 108 in Sonora, authorities confirmed on Thursday.


Now & Then: People lined up for doughnuts from Sonora Bakery

John Muzio owned and operated the Sonora Bakery from 1919 until 1948. He originally started with partners, but became the sole owner in 1921. John had learned the bakery business from his father who owned Muzio’s Bakery in Stockton.


Sinkholes are popping up all over California, thanks to the rain. Here’s what to know

Sinkholes are rare in California, but the heavy rains this winter produced several dangerous ones around the state. A sinkhole is an area of ground that has no natural external surface drainage – when it rains, all the water stays inside the sinkhole and typically drains into the subsurface. There a


The play-call was to Austin Patterson. He swished a 3-pointer as Sonora won D4 title.

Sonora junior Austin Patterson has been doing catch-and-shoot drills with his dad, Scott, for a long time. So when Wildcats coach Lloyd Longeway called a timeout with 36 seconds left in a tie game Friday in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championship against Liberty Ranch at Golden 1 Center


Circulation moves to downtown office

The Union Democrat Circulation Department is now located in our building in downtown Sonora, 84 S. Washington St. The circulation customer service phone number remains the same: (209) 533-3614. The hours are 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.


Ex-AP California Capital Reporter Steve Lawrence Dead at 71

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Steve Lawrence, a California government reporter who covered a major capital corruption scandal and governors from Ronald Reagan to Arnold Schwarzenegger during a nearly four-decade career with The Associated Press, died Friday.


TCEDA board votes to terminate CEO’s contract

The Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority’s chief executive officer will soon be looking for a new job. The TCEDA Governing Board voted 5-0 behind closed doors on Thursday to terminate Larry Cope’s employment contract, following a decision earlier this week by the Board of Supervisors and S


Man who shot at California cop previously deported, arrested but cops wouldn't honor ICE detainer, feds say

The illegal immigrant killed Sunday in a shootout with a California cop had been deported three times and arrested and released over ICE's objection on several occasions -- including cases involving the very department whose officer took him down in a dramatic exchange caught on her body cam.


The Latest: California parents of 13 plead guilty to torture

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Latest on the case of a couple charged with the torture and abuse of most of their 13 children (all times local):. A California couple who shackled some of their 13 children to beds and starved them have pleaded guilty to torture and other abuse.


Roadkill could become legal to eat in California

SACRAMENTO (CNN) - A proposed California state law would make it legal for residents to road kill. That's right -- Senate Bill 395 would allow people who accidentally hit and kill wild animals on California roads to recover the edible portions.


A record number of babies have been surrendered in California. Some say that’s ‘hopeful’

In a photograph that Dawn Robinson holds up in her living room, two of her three children smile in an almond orchard outside Bakersfield in 2014. Kern County is where Tyler, 10, and Willow, 8, took their first breaths. It’s also where their birth mothers gave them up at the hospital as part of a sta


Lodi family mourns loss of outgoing young man

Juan Valdez of Lodi was still in shock on Thursday morning — as was most of his family — after learning that his 22-year-old son Nelson Valdez was found dead on Tuesday near the scene of a traffic accident in Tuolumne County.


Foothill Leadership Academy files charter renewal petition

A Sonora-area charter school dogged by accusations of misconduct has submitted a petition for the renewal of their five-year charter. Foothill Leadership Academy (FLA) founder Emily McVey said her hope is for the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office to look past their previously contenti


In a rarity, snow falls on Southern California, and not just in the mountains

How often do Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, Pasadena or North Hollywood get a dusting? How about Zuma Beach and Malibu?. Not often. Which is why the weather was the buzz Thursday among flatlanders and hill dwellers.


Pilot in deadly California house crash was warned of weather

LOS ANGELES — A preliminary federal report says the pilot whose plane broke up and crashed into a Southern California home was warned before takeoff that he was heading into bad weather.