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

On April 24, 2018, at approximately at 10:21 am Sonora Police responded to the area of the Crossroads Shopping Center on a report of a possible stolen vehicle. A caller reported a suspicious vehicle parked near Starbucks. The caller provided dispatch with the business name on the vehicle; "Dorothy Day House", which is a non-profit charity organization in Berkeley. Dispatch advised the caller contacted the organization and was advised a vehicle matching the description had been stolen the previous night. When checking the license plate on the vehicle it was confirmed to be stolen out of Berkeley. Officers arrived on scene and made contact with a male (Michael Brennan of Oakland) and female (Corrine Benavidez of Ceres) near the vehicle. Through subsequent investigation, it was found that Brennan was responsible for the theft of the vehicle. Drug paraphernalia was also located in the vehicle. Benavidez was cited for an unrelated charge and released from the scene. Brennan was booked at the Tuolumne County Jail on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia. A big thank you to the citizen who reported the incident!

On 04/24/2018 Officers from the Sonora Police Department with assistance for the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office attempted to locate Edward Cooper at a home on Norlin Street in Sonora. Cooper had several outstanding warrants for his arrest, which include Vehicle Theft, Probation Violations and Obstructing or Resisting Police Officers. Upon seeing officers, Cooper fled on foot leading officers on a short foot chase which ended on Green Street. Cooper was cornered by TCSO K9 Maverick and Officers from the Sonora Police Department and Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office. Cooper was in possession of a hypodermic syringe and suspected methamphetamine at the time of his arrest. Cooper was booked into Tuolumne County Jail for his warrants and an additional charge of obstructing, further charges for drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia will also be added.

On behalf of everyone at Sonora Police Department we would like to congratulate Officer Hankins on his recent promotion to Sergeant. He is now sporting stripes and a new badge which was pinned on him at Mondays city council meeting.

April 8-14 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week It may seem hard to believe for such a small community, but our dispatchers answer an average of 25,000 calls for service a year with an average of 2,170 of those calls being to our 9-1-1 lines. These unseen public servants are the first line of communication for people in crisis and a safety net for our officers in the field. Public Safety Dispatching is a very difficult and demanding job that at times can involve a great deal of stress. Dealing with frantic callers, deciphering information, prioritizing calls, tracking officer activity and getting someone help fast is what they do on a regular basis. SPD dispatchers also work our front counter, process and file records and perform many other clerical duties. If you know or happen to meet, a Public Safety Dispatcher from any agency, please take the opportunity to thank them for their role in public safety.

SPD says farewell to Sgt Rogers. We send our best wishes along with him as he pursues his new career! Good luck Sgt Rogers! We thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our department and the citizens of Sonora.

On Saturday night, at around 11:00 p.m., Officer Durham was dispatched to a vehicle theft at Lowes. Upon arrival, he contacted the victim, who informed him Leif Husman took her car from the Lowes parking lot without her permission. The victim stated that she was with her boyfriend and his friend Leif Husman when she parked in the Lowes parking lot so she and her boyfriend could walk down to his camp behind Lowes and get a part to help his friend fix his RV. When returning to the parking lot her car was gone. The vehicle owner advised Officer Durham that Husman may be heading to Chicken Ranch Casino where his RV was parked. A be-on-the-lookout was posted to surrounding agencies. TCSO advised Chicken Ranch security if they saw the stolen vehicle (Red Pontiac Grand AM) to notify them. At approximately 0100 hours, SPD was advised that TCSO deputies were out with the vehicle and had Husman detained. Officer Durham responded to Chicken Ranch Casino and took custody of Husman he was booked for vehicle theft.

Day 4 Egg Hunt! This is the final day, what a blast it has been. Please remember only 1 egg per family. All eggs are outside today. Please stop by the Police Department and get a treat just for participating. Enjoy and have fun! Egg #3 from yesterday was not turned in, so a new #3 has replaced it. #1 - There's an Upper and a Lower, which will you choose? #2 - A historic place to stay 'Inn'. #3 - Judges may take a break here. #4 - Somewhere to park downtown. Look for a tribute to Fire Chief Terzich. #5 - The 'Heart' of this building is seen on many Sonora postcards. This is also a place many go on Easter morning. Remember, all eggs are outside. This post won't be monitored until about noon today. 1 egg per family please, so more can enjoy the hunt.

Egg Hunt, Day 3! A little harder today. The eggs are around the area of the clues (all are outside). Please remember 1 egg per person/family. Stop on by for a prize even if you didn't find an egg. We will post in the comments as each egg is located and turned in. Have fun and happy hunting! #1 - Back to the Future III, Time machine. #2 - "If you build it, they will come" (not far from #1) #3 - A hard to find trail head in town. #4 - Home of the Wildcats! #5 - Heros Lair.

On Wednesday, just after 8:30 a.m., Sonora Police Officers were dispatched to the 500 block of S. Stewart Street for a call involving a male subject who was causing a disturbance and refusing to leave the area. Officers arrived on scene and identified the subject as 22-year-old Jacob Hoskins of Sonora. After further investigation, Officers learned that Hoskins exhibited a homemade trident type weapon at residents of a nearby residence. Hoskins knew the occupants of the home and had been knocking on their door since about 7:30 a.m. that morning. At one point after residents exited the home, Hoskins removed a trident-shaped yard ornament from the property and aggressively displayed it towards them. Hoskins was taken into custody and booked for Brandishing a Deadly Weapon in a threatening manner.

Egg Hunt! Day 2. Please limit to one egg per family. If you have more than one child, we have extra candy/prizes to pass out. Yesterday was a blast! Today are picture clues (Probably not too challenging), but the eggs are hidden in the area of the pictures. Have fun and happy hunting!

Wow.... you kids are awesome! All the eggs have been found. We will post more clues tomorrow and maybe make it more challenging.

The Egg hunt is on! The following will list 5 clues to 5 different eggs in the city. The places will change each day. Once you find an egg bring it into the Sonora Police Department to claim your prize. If you have little ones who tried but didn't get to the egg first, stop on by for a treat. We hope you have a blast! Good luck! Egg #1 - Where the hawks are surrounded by precious stones. Egg #2 - The address and the name are the same. Egg #3 - Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Egg #4 - When your in an accident this Irish man will save the day. Egg #5 - When measuring this body part you go from ______ to _______. If eggs are not located today, another clue will be given tomorrow. 5 new eggs each day hidden through Saturday. There will be a new post each day for the clues. Happy Hunting!

We have experienced flooding in the City do to heavy down pour. Just a reminder of sandbag locations for your convenience. Columbia Airport – 10723 Airport Road at the airport parking lot Big Oak Flat – 11240 Wards Ferry Road (Groveland) Tuolumne Yard – 18870 Birch Street (Tuolumne) Jamestown Road Yard – 18188 7th Avenue Tuolumne City Fire – 18690 Main Street (Tuolumne)

2017 American Legion Post 58 Law & Order ceremony where they recognize the communities commitment and support of public safety. This year Officer Weber received the Officer of the Year award for our agency.

Subject Arrested After Falling Asleep in Stolen Vehicle On 03-20-18, at just before 5:30 AM, Sonora Police Department officers responded to the area of South Arbona Circle for a report of a vehicle parked on the embankment with the driver passed out inside. Through their investigation, officers discovered that Noel Pedro Figueroa, age 20 of Sonora, had entered the vehicle through an unlocked door, released the emergency brake, and attempted to put the vehicle in reverse. The vehicle rolled down the hill backwards and came to rest on the embankment at the base of the road. Figueroa promptly fell asleep inside the vehicle and was awakened by the officers. Owners of the vehicle did not know Figueroa, nor did they give him permission to drive the vehicle. Figueroa was arrested for vehicle theft and booked into the Tuolumne County Jail.

Domestic Violence Arrest On 03-18-18, just before 12:22 AM, Sonora Police Department Officers responded to the area of Theall and South Washington for a report of a domestic violence incident. Officers located the involved parties near the Office Bar (155 S. Washington Street). Through their investigation, officers determined that Solomon Ray Storment, age 32 of Sonora, choked his wife during an argument and shoved her backward into a rock wall, leaving an injury to the back of her head. She also sustained other minor injuries from the altercation. The victim declined medical assistance at the scene. Officer Brandow arrested Storment for felony domestic battery with injury and booked into the Tuolumne County Jail.

Vehicle Theft Arrest On 03-18-2018, around 12:30 PM, Sonora Police Officers were called to the area of Highway 49 and Pesce Way for a possible drunk driver. The vehicle was described as a white Dodge pickup truck with paper plates. An Officer responded to the area and observed a vehicle matching the description pass him on S. Washington St. near Church St. The Officer was able to turn around and catch up to the vehicle. The Officer then conducted an enforcement stop and contacted the driver and passenger. The driver was identified as Daniel Lee Chisum, 22 years old of Modesto. The passenger was identified as Maurice Lincoln Matthews, Jr., 37 years old of Tracy. During a records check of Chisum, he was found to have an outstanding felony arrest warrant. Chisum was subsequently arrested for his outstanding warrant. The Officer then conducted a records check of the vehicle, which was confirmed to be stolen from the Modesto area. The Officer conducted a search of the interior of the vehicle and located paraphernalia known to be used for ingesting controlled substances. An investigation revealed the paraphernalia belonged to Matthews. After further investigation, Officers determined Matthews was not involved in the vehicle theft. Matthews was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and released from the scene. In addition to the outstanding arrest warrant, Chisum was charged with vehicle theft and possession of stolen property. Officers determined Chisum was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Chisum was transported and booked into the Tuolumne County Jail where he is being held on $30,000 bail.

SPD is excited to announce that will be putting together an Easter egg scavenger hunt for the community this year! We will hide an egg or two in the City everyday of the week beginning next week. The clue to where each egg is hidden will be posted on our Department Facebook page daily. The finder will bring the egg to the Police Department to claim their kid friendly prize. ************The festivities will begin on Wednesday March 28th and end on Saturday March 31st*****************************

As a reminder to our followers, our social media efforts are to engage the community and to keep the public informed about local law enforcement related activities. We encourage your comments and opinions, but we ask that you refrain from posting any of the following: · Obscene or violent speech, · Comments that could be construed as bullying, threatening, racist, or hateful to any group or person, or; · Pornography or any images highly distasteful in nature. Comments are reviewed and can be deleted, hidden or blocked if an administrator deems the comment(s) questionable. The Department reserves the right to refuse to post comments that contain inappropriate language and/or material.

We have received numerous calls from the community regarding a possible phone scam that suggests the recipient will "go to hell if you don’t belong to my (their) church." The calls are coming from the number 1-661-552-0555, a southern California area code. The demand is $100 to join the church and another $100 per month after that to "follow Christ the right way." Please know that church scams exploit the trusting nature of many religious worshippers and cost their victims millions of dollars every year. We suggest that with any type of phone solicitation you consider these guidelines: • Resist pressure to make a decision immediately. • Keep your credit card, checking account, or Social Security numbers to yourself. Don't tell them to callers you don't know — even if they ask you to “confirm” this information. That's a trick. • Don’t pay for something just because you’ll get a “free gift.” • Get all information in writing before you agree to buy. • Check out a charity before you give. Ask how much of your donation actually goes to the charity. Ask the caller to send you written informa¬tion so you can make an informed decision without being pressured, rushed, or guilted into it. • If the offer is an investment, check with your state securities regulator to see if the offer — and the offeror — are properly registered. • Don’t send cash by messenger, overnight mail, or money transfer. If you use cash or a money transfer — rather than a credit card — you may lose your right to dispute fraudulent charges. The money will be gone. • Don’t agree to any offer for which you have to pay a “registration” or “shipping” fee to get a prize or a gift. • Research offers with your consumer protection agency or state Attorney General’s office before you agree to send money. • Beware of offers to “help” you recover money you have already lost. Callers that say they are law enforcement officers who will help you get your money back “for a fee” are scammers. • Report any caller who is rude or abusive, even if you already sent them money. They'll want more. Call 1-877-FTC-HELP or visit

2017 Employee of the year awards were handed out at the City Council meeting on Monday. Congratulations to all who were recognized! Keep up your hard work and dedication! It is appreciated by all.

Early this morning, at about 2:30 a.m., the Sonora Police Department received a call that a male subject was breaking the glass window at 101 S. Washington Street. When Officer Durham arrived on scene, he discovered that 34-year-old Alfred Gumpferpabilona, a Sonora resident, had entered the locked building through a display window and was in the process of breaking into the main part of the building through a secondary door. Officer Durham ordered Gumpferpabilona from the building at Taser point and held him there until additional law enforcement units arrived to assist. A search of Gumpferpabilona’s person produced marijuana, hydrocodone, and clonazepam, which he did not have a prescription for. Our officer also determined that Gumpferpabilona was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at the time of his arrest. Gumpferpabilona was booked at the Tuolumne County Jail for burglary, felony vandalism, possession of narcotics and public intoxication. His bail was set at $15,000.

Sonora Robbery On 03-07-18, at around 9:30 P.M., Sonora Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 250 Greenley Road for a male subject who was being chased by unknown subjects. Officers arrived on scene and contacted the victim. The victim told officers he was sitting near a cement wall on the east side of Greenley Road at the intersection of Cabezut and Greenley when two male subjects approached him from behind yelling at him. The victim ran across Greenley Road onto Morningstar Drive and the suspects gave chase. One of the suspects was described as driving a red colored Ford Exhibition who kept cutting the victim off while the other chased him on foot. The victim was unable to run any longer and the suspect on foot caught up with him, and punched him in the face. The victim fell to the ground and the two suspects continued to punch and kick at him. The victim told officers one of the suspects grabbed his backpack during the altercation and the suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victim stated the suspects were not known to him. The victim suffered a minor cut to his left forearm when he fell to the ground after being punched in the face, but declined medical attention. The Sonora Police Department is asking for help from the public in identifying the suspects involved in this incident. If anyone has information, please contact the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141. This investigation is still ongoing.

Domestic Violence Arrest On 03-06-18, around 11:00 p.m., Sonora Police Department officers responded to the area of Bulwer Street and South Washington Street for a report of a domestic violence incident. Through their investigation, officers discovered that Devon Leigh Martin, age 25 of Sonora, grabbed his ex-girlfriend by the arms during an argument on 03-04-18, causing minor injury to her shoulder. It was also learned that Martin and his ex-girlfriend were involved in another physical disturbance in front of Winters Tavern on 03-05-18. Immediately following this incident, Martin scratched the side of his ex-girlfriend's vehicle with a knife, causing damage estimated to be in excess of $1,000. Martin was later located at a residence on Olive Street By Officer Brandow and arrested for felony domestic battery with injury and booked into the Tuolumne County Jail. He is also facing charges for felony vandalism.