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 Saturday, October 27th between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., The City of Sonora is hosting Trick or Treat Street in downtown Sonora where young trick-or-treaters dress up and get treats from participating businesses. If you are just driving through, please watch for pedestrians.

We are asking for the community’s help in identifying these two burglary suspects. Between 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 15th and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16th a male and a female entered the Sonora Wash Depot and burglarized the washing machine coin boxes. In addition to taking several hundreds of dollars worth of quarters, they caused hundreds of dollars worth of damage to the machines as well. The two suspects were caught on video, and it is clear they were working as a team to commit the crime. If you have any information that may help us identify the two suspects, please call the Sonora Police Department at 209-532-8141. Your tips can remain anonymous.

We are proud to introduce the newest member of our team. Officer Carrasco graduated the San Joaquin Delta Police Academy and holds a degree in Criminal Justice. She is excited to build a strong relationship with the residents of Sonora as well as those visiting our community. She was introduced to the City Council last night.

The Firefighter’s Ball is one of few events in Sonora that has gone on consecutively for 158 years! For tickets and additional information call the Sonora Fire Dept at 209-532-7431. Hope to see Y'all there!

The Sonora Police Department, the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department and the Sonora Area CHP were honored to join the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging at the 2018 Centenarian Luncheon last Wednesday. The event was in honor those 96 yrs old and older, especially recognizing our community’s centenarians (100 yrs +). The lady of the day was Bebe Chase at just 103 years young.

TRAFFIC DELAYS - 2018 HOMECOMING PARADE Sonora High School’s Homecoming Parade will take place this Friday, October 12th. 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, then 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.

On October 4, 2018, Officers' were dispatched to a disturbance in the 200 block of Mono Way. A victim was contacted and said her boyfriend, Anthony Crudo (age 27 of Sonora), had been drinking and yelling at her. Crudo threatened to kill the victim. The victim used a neighbor's phone to call for help. When another neighbor told Crudo they were calling the police, Crudo left the area, but said he would be back while making a hand movement consistent with racking a pistol. Crudo tried to hide from a responding Officer, but was quickly detained. Crudo was later booked at the Tuolumne County Jail for making criminal threats.

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The Sonora Police Department joins the rest of our nation in raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research. During October, officers and support staff will be sporting pink to highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness, education, and research. If you see team members wearing pink badge inserts or pink ribbon highlights in their hair; it means they have donated money to cancer research during this year's campaign. There are many ways to support this great cause so please help spread the word.

Last night was a busy night for our evening shift who investigated two DUI collisions and a hit and run collision. The first DUI collision occurred about twenty minutes before 8:00 p.m. on Fairview Lane when 42-year-old Rania Gladysz of Sonora drove her white Toyota Tacoma into a parked car while pulling into the apartment complex at the 300 block of Fairview Lane. Gladysz was located on scene and her blood alcohol level was determined to be well over the legal limit. She was booked at the county jail for DUI. The second DUI collision occurred just after 10:00 p.m. when a white Toyota Camry traveling northbound collided with a parked vehicle on Stewart Street near Cowan Street. The driver, 23-year-old Zachary Moore of Murphy’s, was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and booked at the county jail for DUI as well. We are also investigating a hit and run collision that occurred around midnight on South Stewart Street near the Lytton Street intersection. For unknown reasons a silver or gray sedan traveling southbound veered into a SUV parked at the west curb causing major damage to the parked vehicle. The suspect fled the area before officers arrived on scene. Our officers have obtained witness statements and are working to identify the driver.

DETER CAR BREAK-INS There is no 100% effective way to prevent car break-ins, but there are some simple steps you can take to deter thieves. Many thieves are opportunists and tend to go for the easier targets. Before you leave your car unattended, consider the following options; • Always lock your car doors and roll the windows up • Activate the alarm and consider using other locking devices which will alert thieves that you have taken extra security measures • Never leave valuables or bags that can contain valuables, in view; this includes lose change or power cords to electronics which would presumably be hidden in the glove compartment • If visiting an area where valuables are not commonly carried with you (amusement parks, hiking trails, swimming areas) consider leaving valuables at home • Don't hide your keys in or around your vehicle; thieves know these hiding places well • Park in highly visible locations with good lighting Finally, be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious activity.

On 09/20/2018, at approximately 0700 hours, Officer Weber contacted a male subject, later to be identified as, Kenneth Eldred, while he was in his vehicle behind Staples. Officer Weber had been advised that Eldred was on CDC Parole. A parole search was conducted on Eldred and his vehicle. During the search, Officer Weber located a can of pepper spray on his key chain, hypodermic syringe and a tooter in his vehicle. Also located was property not belonging to Eldred including, CA ID cards, SSI cards, Bank ATM cards etc. The property was returned to the owner. Eldred was arrested and booked for Felon in possession of tear gas, possession of drug paraphernalia and misappropriation of lost property.

SONORA POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Date Incident: August 19, 2018 Subject: Felony domestic violence and Resist/Obstruct Officer During Arrest ______________________________________________ On September 19, 2018, at about 2000 hrs, Officers responded to 578 West Stockton Street for a report of a subject wanted for charges of felony domestic violence charges. It was believed the suspect was inside the business of Throttle Jockeys. It had been reported to the police department the subject, Adric Robert White had choked his girlfriend to the point it popped blood vessels in her eye and left bruises on her neck. When the units arrived at the business the lights inside the business shut off a motorcycle shut off and a subject was seen running to hide inside the business. Officers knocked on the doors and eventually got a response from the subject inside who came outside and met with the Officers. White exited the store and then became argumentative and aggressive with officers. He was taken into custody and booked into the Tuolumne County Jail for 273.5 PC Corporal Injury on spouse or Cohabitant and 148 (a)(1) PC resisting or obstructing a peace officer in the performance of his/her duties. He was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail, and his bail was set at $35,000.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and colleagues of Deputy Mark Stasyuk of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department who paid the ultimate sacrifice last night while protecting his community. Rest easy our brother!

Yesterday afternoon just after 3:45 p.m., 34-year-old Daniel Douglass Broadway of Sonora was arrested on multiple felony charges relating to check fraud and conspiracy. Broadway also had several felony warrants for similar and unrelated charges. Between August 6th and September 12th of this year, the Sonora Police Department has investigated three separate cases in which Broadway is suspected of defrauding local victims. The total loss to date is well over $2,000. It is believed that Broadway had stolen several checkbooks from a retired veteran in Nevada and had fraudulently passed several of them locally. At least three people have reported having received checks from Broadway and his female companion, only to find out days later that the account had been closed. Yesterday, during the course of our investigation, the Police Department became aware of Broadway’s whereabouts and coordinated efforts with the Sheriff’s Department to take him into custody at a location in Tuolumne City. When our officer contacted Broadway, he immediately complied and was taken into custody without incident. At the time of his arrest, Broadway was in possession of additional checks matching those recently passed to the victims. The Sheriff’s Department, who was on-scene, arrested Broadway on his multiple warrants and assisted with transporting him. The Police Department booked Broadway for Check Fraud, Forgery, Identity Theft, Possession of Stolen Property and Conspiracy. The Police Department is working to identity Broadway’s female companion.

Early Saturday morning, just before 1:00 a.m., we received a call from the Emergency Room concerning a patient who was being treated for a possible stab wound. Officers responded and contacted a 28-year-old male victim with a small puncture wound to his neck and a laceration to one of his fingers. The victim was heavily intoxicated and provided little information as to how he received the injuries or who was responsible. He did say that he was stabbed and that it happened in Sonora. It is believed the incident may have occurred somewhere in the vicinity of South Washington Street in downtown Sonora. Thankfully, the victim's injuries are non-life threatening. If anybody has information about assault; please call the Sonora Police Department at (209) 532-8141

On Patriot Day we join the rest of our Country and reaffirm the spirit of patriotism, service, and community that we felt in those days and months that followed the attack. May we never forget and forever stand united.

On September 10, 2018 at about 7:59pm, Stanley Jesse Wooden, of Sonora, was arrested for arson, which took place on September 6, 2018 at the Intake Grill. The investigation is still active. Wooden was booked at the Tuolumne County Jail for arson of an inhabited building with a bail of $75,000.00.

On Thursday, September 6, 2018, at around 11:40 a.m., the Sonora Police Department received a call regarding smoke coming from underneath the Intake Bar and Grill on S. Washington Street. Fire personnel were dispatched and Police Officers responded to the scene and accessed the source of the smoke from the underneath the Sonora Creek bridge. A wooden support beam was actively burning along with some articles of trash. Within minutes the Officers were able to extinguish the flames using a bucket and water from the creek. The cause of the fire is still being investigated and it is too soon to determine whether it was intentionally set or if it was an act of carelessness. Although there have been multiple homeless subjects reported in the area, it is unknown at this time if transient activity played a role in the fire.

On Saturday, September 1st, just after midnight, Officers were advised via radio by one of the departments volunteer units that there was a physical fight in front of the Office Bar. Upon arrival an Officer ordered both of the involved males to sit on the curb, neither of them listened. The Officer immediately detained Nokes but the second subject Banks was cursing and continued to be uncooperative. He was attempting to pull away to go after Nokes. TCSO deputies arrived and were able to assist in detaining Banks. 55-year-old Randal Banks of Sonora and 43-year-old Lance Nokes of Jamestown were arrested for Battery with Serious injury and Fighting in Public. Additional charges of Obstructing or Delaying a Peace Officer were sought against Banks.

On Wednesday, August 15th at about 7:40 p.m., the Sonora Police Department responded to the 200 block of Bonanza Road on a report of a disturbance. When the officers arrived, they learned that a resident of the home, 60-year-old Art Sanchez, threw dangerous objects at his roommate who was standing in the backyard of the residence at the time. According to the victim, Sanchez was acting irrational and became violent for no apparent reason. Sanchez threw an iron exercise weight, an end-table and a sizeable glass-encased candle at his roommate. The victim was able to avoid being hit with the weight and the end-table but was struck with the candle which caused minor injuries. Sanchez was arrested on scene and transported to the Tuolumne County Jail where he was booked for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

School will be back in session starting next week. Sonora High School begins August 21st and Sonora Elementary begins August 22nd. Please remember to watch for pedestrians while driving in a school zone.

Many thanks to all who joined us for our 2018 National Night Out celebration last week. We had a great time and look forward to seeing you all again next August. We also want to thank our community partners who donated time, resources and goods. -Christian Heights -Grocery Outlet -Rockin' Bar B bbq -Mettle and Wood Furniture Company -Jim Christianson Sound-Audio

On August 10th at approximately 9:30 pm, a white Lexus traveling southbound on Greenley Road was stopped for having expired registration. Upon contact with the driver, 47-year-old Tracie A. Glaze of Manteca, Officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and could see an opened container of marijuana on the vehicle floorboard. Further investigation revealed Glaze was in possession of methamphetamine and had several additional containers of marijuana in her trunk, along with sugar cubes suspected of being laced with narcotics, pills, a scale and a large number of loose bills. Glaze was arrested for transportation of narcotics for sale and possession of marijuana for sale. Charges are also being sought against Glaze for possessing more than an ounce of marijuana and having an opened container in her vehicle. She was booked at the Tuolumne County Jail on $20,000 bail.