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County not liable for tear gas damage

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A house that was tear-gassed by Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies in 2011 has since been foreclosed upon and is currently for sale. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat, copyright 2014
 A state appellate court ruled this week that Tuolumne County was not responsible for damage to a residence on the 15900 block of Hidden Valley Lane, caused by the use of tear gas canisters during a Sheriff’s Office raid in 2011.

George Conway filed a lawsuit against the county in September 2011 claiming that tear gas unleashed four months prior in his Hidden Valley Lane home had caused irreparable damage to the house and cost him thousands of dollars.

 


Bristow recalls night raids of World War II

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Sonora resident John Bristow moved to Tuolumne County from the Bay Area in 2002. Lacey Peterson / Union Democrat, copyright 2014
 Save New Yorkers during Sept. 11 and Hawaiians at Pearl Harbor, few Americans have experienced the fear and uncertainty of living through an attack on their home soil.

England native and Sonora resident John Bristow clearly recalls the night of the Coventry Blitz on Nov. 14, 1940, when 515 German bombers attacked his city, destroying the industrial region’s factories and infrastructure that took out the city’s water supply, electricity network and telephone and gas mains. 

 


Wet weather forecast for weekend

Black Friday weather is expected to remain clear through sundown, but rain and snow are possible across the Central Sierra Nevada starting tonight, and Sonora could receive rain amounts of a half-inch or more by Sunday.

 

The Friday high for Sonora is expected to be near 70, with the chance for rain increasing after sundown. Overnight lows will be in the 40s.

 

The heaviest spells of rain and snow are possible late today through Saturday, decreasing Saturday night and returning Sunday, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

 

Up the hill from Sonora, 4 to 8 inches of snow are possible by Sunday on mountain roads including highway 120,108 and 4, especially at elevations near and above 6,000 feet.

 

The Weather Service is urging motorists to keep track of developments through the holiday weekend. Another weather system, wetter and warmer with higher snow levels, is forecast Tuesday night through Wednesday night.



Date set in Fowler murder trial

A date has finally been set for the trial of a 14-year-old boy accused of killing his younger sister in Valley Springs in spring 2013. 

The boy is charged with second degree murder for allegedly stabbing his 8-year-old sister, Leila Fowler, to death when he was 12 in April 2013 at the family’s Rippon Road home. 


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