Sonora Police Department

  • Agency: Sonora Police Department
  • Address: 100 South Green St., Sonora, 95370 CA
  • Chief: Mark Stinson (Chief of Police)
Phone: (209) 532-8143
Fax: (209) 532-4845

Sonora Police Department is located at 100 South Green St., Sonora, 95370 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Mark Stinson. The Sonora Police Department phone number is (209) 532-8143.

Sonora Police Department News

To show our appreciation for the men and women of our community who serve our country, we have placed a board in our lobby to honor them. If you have a loved one who has served or is currently serving in the armed forces, please bring us a photo (3x5 or smaller) to display.

A residential fire broke out in the city limits just before 0600 hrs this morning in the area of E Bald Mountain Rd and Park Ln. The fire completely destroyed the garage and partially burnt the house. Residents were home no one was injured. Fire crews have the fire under control at this time.

31-year old Daniel Salazar is an escaped inmate from the North Kern State Prison and is believed to be in our area. The vehicle he had stolen to make his escape was located November 4th on Jamestown Road. Salazar is described as a Hispanic male with short black hair, hazel eyes and weighing approximately 185 pounds. He should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information as to his whereabouts, please call local law enforcement or the number for the Special Services Unit listed on the attached poster.

The Sonora Police Department is Bringing Active Shooter Training to Columbia Junior College, Columbia CA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2018, and February 8, 2018 Sonora Police Department and the ALICE Training Institute have teamed up to bring ALICE Training Instructor Certification to Columbia, CA on February 7, 2018, and February 8, 2018. The course will be held at the Columbia Junior College (Oak Pavilion) This two-day instructor course is designed to teach proactive survival strategies for violent intruder or active shooter incidents. The goal of the ALICE program is to provide individuals with survival-enhancing options for those critical moments in the gap between when a violent situation begins and when law enforcement arrives on the scene. The price of the training is $595, and registration can be completed online at ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate and is a useful strategy for everyone: law enforcement, schools, universities, hospitals, businesses, and places of worship. Completing the ALICE Training Instructor Certification course provides individuals with certification in ALICE and allows them the opportunity to bring the strategies back to their places of work. Additionally, registrants will gain access to exclusive ALICE resources. ALICE is in line with recommendations from Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency, White House, Department of Education, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and some Federal and State agencies. About Hosting Partner The Sonora Police Department is located in the heart of the Motherlode. The City of Sonora is the only incorporated city in Tuolumne County. The Sonora Police Department is committed to our community and to customer service in our area. Our agency has been involved with the ALICE Training Institute for about five years and has been instructing the schools and business within the county since our Chief, Turu Vanderwiel, became an instructor many years ago and is still involved in the training of local students and businesses. About ALICE Training Institute ALICE training is the original options-based response program that was designed to replace an inadequate secure-in-place mandated response plan. ALICE addresses the fallacies of a one-size-fits-all response plan by explaining the truths and realities of Violent Intruder events. The reality is that extremely tragic outcomes in these events can be mitigated. They are very much survivable. Through training and empowerment, citizens can apply the ALICE strategies and improve survival chances in any environment where they may find themselves confronted by an active shooter or violent intruder. ALICE strategies are now also mirrored and recommended by many Federal and State official guidelines. For More Information Contact: Name: Sergeant Tim Wertz Email: URL:

Pass closure information from Caltrans.... The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is scheduled to close State Routes 4, 108 and 120 in the Sierra Nevada today, Thursday, November 2, due to incoming inclement weather. The closures are planned as follows (subject to change depending on actual conditions): · State Route 4 (Ebbetts Pass) from Lake Alpine to gate #3 (west of Silver Creek campground) at 12:00 p.m. (noon) · State Route 108 (Sonora Pass) from Kennedy Meadows to the east side winter closure gate (west of Pickle Meadows) at 11:59 p.m. (midnight). The partial reopening of these routes is dependent upon favorable weather. Please see the Caltrans District 10 website for more information

Trunk-or-Treat On October 31st, the Sonora Police Department participated in a Trunk or Treat event. Between the hours of 6:00 and 9:00 p.m., Police Officers, Community Service Volunteers and Police Explorers drove through neighborhoods and apartment complexes within the City of Sonora and handed out candy to children who were trick-or-treating. We would like to remind motorists to exercise extreme caution when driving vehicles during Halloween. Be alert for excited children whose visions may be obscured by costume masks and darting out into traffic.

On Saturday, just before 1:00 pm, the Sonora Police Department received a call that a man exposing himself near West America Bank on Sanguinetti Road. Officers learned that 26-year-old Daenon V. Brewer of Sonora had exposed himself in public while talking with a female. Witnesses said the female immediately left the area in response to Brewer's actions. Brewer was arrested for a misdemeanor violation of indecent exposure. SPD wants to wish everyone a happy and especially safe Halloween. We would like to share these safety tips from McGruff the crime dog!

On October 26th at 1000 hrs in recognition of SPD loosing the blood drive competition our Acting Chief VanderWiel washed Fire Chief New's SUV. Looks like he did an outstanding job!

A look into the past: Who was Warren Hirom Dennis? He was born in April, 1851 in a small town on the east coast known as Moscow, Maine. He stood 5'6" with blue eyes and light colored hair. When Warren was in his late teens he traveled to California and settled in Placer County, finally settling in Bodie which is located near the Nevada border. Here he embraced the gold mining town that boomed from 1877 through the mid - to late 1880's. At its peak, 65 saloons lined Main Street which was only one mile long. Murders, shootouts, barroom brawls and stagecoach holdups were regular occurrences. During this time he made friends with several men from Tuolumne County and in 1884 he packed up his personal belonging and moved to Sonora. In 1894 Warren married Margaret Peters, they had four children and owned a small farmhouse that was located within the city limits on Snell St where it still remains to this day. Warren was a city Marshal of Sonora for over a quarter of a century. As a Marshal his responsibilities included collecting property and license taxes. He was known to be efficient and thoroughly honest. Warren was devoted to preventing crimes before they happened and apprehending the violators. Warren passed away at the age of 65 on December 19, 1916 while recovering from surgery. According to the Board of Trustees Warren was invaluable. Regret was expressed by all members of the Board who were familiar with the good work done day in and day out for many years. Warren was buried in the IOOF cemetery. His final resting place is Row 6, Plot 217.

On October 27, 2017, at about 0118 hours SPD received a report of two suspicious males looking through cars in the parking lot of Walmart. Officer Hankins arrived on scene and contacted two males and a female near two vehicles in the parking lot. Through subsequent investigation, Justin Brown was found to have an 11" fixed blade knife concealed in his pants pocket, and a warrant for his arrest. Michael Wagoner provided false information to the responding officer and was in possession of black tar heroin. Wagoner also had two warrants for his arrest. The third subject was released from the scene. No victims of any vehicle burglaries were found, and no cars were believed to have been entered by the suspects. Brown was booked at Tuolumne County Jail with a total bail amount of $14,000.00. Wagoner was booked at Tuolumne County Jail with a total bail amount of $18,000.00.

SRO Winningham and Retired Reserve Sgt Roberts visited Christian Heights preschool. There were 27 preschool children. We talked about safety issues, strangers, 911, seat belts and obeying your teachers and parents. Officer Winningham brought along with him his mandolin and we sung some songs! At the end of the presentation students were given trick or treat bags, which included coloring books and junior police badges.

CELEBRATING RED RIBBON WEEK AT SONORA EL! School resource officer Winningham, Dispatcher Lindeman, CSV Roberts and Our Acting Chief Vanderwiel visited grades 1-5 to educate students on topics included stranger-danger, say no to drugs and calling 911 for help.

More photos from Tuesday's fire. Fire personnel made quick work of the threat and we thank them for their efforts.

Vegetation Fire Investigation On Tuesday October 24th, just before 1:00 P.M., the Sonora Police Department received a call of a vegetation fire on Snell Street west of Sonora High School. Sonora Fire and Police Department officials responded to the area. Upon arrival, fire officials observed a vegetation fire located on the hillside along the north roadway edge of Snell Street. The fire was burning in grass and oak woodland and was approximately ¼ acre in size. During suppression activities, fire officials believed the cause to be suspicious and contacted the Sonora Police Department’s Fire Investigation Unit. Sonora Police Department Fire Investigators responded to the scene and conducted an origin and cause investigation. During the investigation, it was learned that witnesses observed juveniles leaving the area shortly before the fire was reported. Investigators determined the cause of the fire was arson. The Sonora Police Department is asking the public to contact the Sonora Police Department with any information that could lead to identifying person(s) responsible for the cause of this fire.

Grand Theft and Conspiracy to Commit Theft Arrest On October 23rd, 2017, shortly before 4:00 P.M., The Sonora Police Department received a call from Rite Aid that three suspects fled through the emergency exit of the store with baskets of merchandize that were not paid for. The suspects were described as two males and one female. The suspects got into a blue colored 4-door sedan and were last seen traveling westbound on Mono Way. Officers responded to the area and Chief VanderWiel observed a vehicle matching the description traveling northbound on S. Washington Street. Chief VanderWiel was able to turn around and follow the vehicle. The vehicle pulled into the AMPM on Pesce Way and the officer made contact with the occupants. Chief VanderWiel noted the occupants of the vehicle matched physical descriptions given by Rite Aid and also observed several boxes of merchandise in the back seat of the vehicle. An Officer transported a Rite Aid employee to AMPM for a field show-up. The employee positively identified the occupants of the vehicle as the suspects who stole merchandise from Rite Aid. Officers interviewed the occupants, who confessed to the theft. During a search of the vehicle, officers located stolen merchandise with a value in excess of $1,000.00. Officers also learned during their investigation that some of the items had been stolen earlier in the day from CVS in the Junction Shopping Center. Dan Emanuel Garcia, 28, Jesus Moises Mejia, 25 and Elisa Ornelas, 25 all of Modesto were arrested for grand theft and conspiracy to commit theft. They were transported to the Tuolumne County jail where they were booked on felony charges and are each being held on $20,000.00 bail.

Last night, just after 11:00 p.m., Sonora Police Officers were dispatched to Wal-Mart on a reported embezzlement. Upon arrival, they learned that 19-year-old, Joseph E. Sifuentes of Soulsbyville had been embezzling merchandise since sometime in October of this year. Sifuentes was determined to be an employee of the business and was observed on surveillance video taking electronics from the store. The value of the merchandise totaled well over $1,000. Sifuentes was taken into custody by the Sonora Police Department and booked into county jail.

On Saturday, just before 5:30 p.m., the Sonora Police Department was dispatched to the area of Stockton Road for a physical fight in progress. When they arrived, they found 29-year-old Robert Travis Wade Jr. of Jamestown in a physical altercation with an off-duty Tuolumne County Deputy. Officers were able to quickly take Wade into custody. Officers learned that the off-duty deputy had witnessed Wade assault a female victim at the edge of the roadway. When the deputy came to her aid, Wade turned his aggression toward him. Thankfully neither the off-duty deputy nor the female victim was seriously injured.

Assault with a deadly weapon and robbery On October 17, 2017 around 4:00 p.m., Sonora Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Stockton Road and Hwy108 for a report of an assault. Officers arrived on scene and met with CHP Officers who had been flagged down by a male and female couple, reporting the assault. Sonora Police Officers initiated a criminal investigation and determined that the couple was transients who had been sleeping in a tent east of Stockton Road near Hwy 108 earlier that afternoon when the female victim was pulled from the tent. The male was not allowed to exit the tent as a suspect stood on the tent in front of the door, blocking any ingress or egress for the tent. The unknown suspects demanded money and stole several items of personal property belonging to the couple. The suspect eventually left the area and the male victim located the female lying on the ground with a head injury. It is believed the female was struck in the head with a hard object during the altercation. The male was able to assist the female victim to Stockton Road where they flagged down two CHP Officers driving by their location. The female victim was transported to Adventist Health Sonora by ambulance. The extent of her injuries is not currently known. The Sonora Police Department is asking the public for assistance in this matter to report any suspicious activity they may have observed in that area during the time of the incident or to provide any known information concerning this incident. This investigation is still on-going.

The Sonora Police department would like to graciously thank Sonora High School's Mr. Miller and his Applied Physics and Engineering class for making pink badge inserts. These inserts were made to fit our badges on a 3D printer and are made of plastic. The police officers and community service officers of the department will be wearing these inserts in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. They have also agreed to donate money in exchange for the privilege to wear the insert. All money raised will be donated to Breast Cancer Research at the end of the month. This will be a reoccurring event every year in October. If you have been diagnosed or are a survivor, we support you.

ROAD CLOSURE - 2017 HOMECOMING PARADE Sonora High School’s Homecoming Parade will take place tomorrow, October 13th. Washington Street (SR 49) will be closed to all traffic between Snell Street and Church Street from approx. 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm. In addition, School Street will be closed from approx. 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm for parade staging purposes. The parade will leave Sonora High School and enter Snell Street from School Street. It will travel south on Snell Street and onto Washington Street. From Washington Street, it will then turn right onto Stockton Road, right again onto South Green Street and end at Courthouse Park. Following the parade, the Golden Regiment Band will perform in Courthouse Park for approx. 15 minutes. During the band’s performance, Green Street will be closed between Bradford and Yaney Streets. There will be no parking allowed on Green Street between Yaney Street and Stockton Road during the parade. These areas will be posted with “No Parking” signs. If you are going to be in the downtown area during this time, the Sonora Police Department is asking you plan ahead and use alternate routes. Drivers are asked to be patient, as traffic flow will be extremely slow and congested in the downtown area before, during, and after the parade.

Police v/s Fire blood drive results: The results are in! A winner has been named! Fire - 50 and Police - 40. Congrats SFD for taking home the win! Since Fire won the competition, the Sonora PD Acting Chief VanderWiel will be washing Fire Chief New's SUV. The communities support has been amazing and donors exceeded daily blood collection goals at the Sonora Blood Donor Center. A total of 90 pints of life-saving blood has been collected over the four operation days, that up to 270 lives you may have helped save. Thank you to all who came out to support this wonderful cause!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families of last nights deadly shooting in Las Vegas.

Attempted Vehicle Theft Arrest On Sunday October 1st, 2017, shortly before 2:00 P.M., Sonora Police Department received a call of a male subject that had been detained by Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputies for tampering with a Sheriff’s Department employee’s vehicle in front of the Sheriff’s Department. Sonora Police Officers responded and discovered that Antonio Torres, 42 years old of Redwood City, was discovered by Sheriff’s deputies tampering with a Sheriff’s Department employee’s private vehicle. Deputies then detained Torres and determined he had caused damage to the vehicle, totaling over $400 in value. Sonora Police Officers questioned Torres and determined he was actually attempting to steal the vehicle. Torres was arrested for attempted vehicle theft, felony vandalism and tampering with a vehicle. Torres was booked into the Tuolumne County jail where he is being held on $15,000 bail.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon Arrest On September 30, 2017, at about 9:45 P.M., Sonora Police Department received a call of a physical fight in progress near the area of the Seventh Day Adventist Church on N. Forest Road. When Officers arrived on scene they observed a male subject, identified as Michael Logan Baker, 22 years old of Jamestown, on top of another male subject. Baker was slamming the male victim’s head against an asphalt surface. A Sonora Police Officer deployed his Taser on Baker in order to subdue Baker and prevent him from harming the male victim any further. Baker was then taken into custody without further incident. The male victim sustained facial and head injuries as result of the assault. There is currently no further information on the extent of his injuries. Baker was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail for felony assault with a deadly weapon and battery causing serious injury