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John Tuttle
07/18/2014 12:13 PM

Stolen Tillamook cheese buses found in Copperopolis

Three Tillamook cheese company buses have been found in Copperopolis, and three men have been arrested and charged with their theft.The Volkswagen mini-buses, with a combined value estimated at $300,000, were recovered at a self-storage facility early Sunday morning after being reported stolen out of a hotel parking lot in Manteca on Saturday. Authorities said two men, Brian Michael Lancaster and Ryan Anthony Monaco, both with Sacramento addresses, were arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in Rocklin and charged with taking the buses, a Ford F350 truck, and a cargo trailer. A third man, Michael Timothy Davy was taken into custody Wednesday at his home in San Jouquin County. The cargo trailer, and the Ford truck, were found abandoned and set on fire Sunday morning, outside of Jamestown in Tuolumne County. The investigation was carried out by the San Joaquin County Delta Regional Auto Theft Task Force, which consists of the CHP, Manteca PD, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department, Lodi Police Department, San Joaquin County Probation Department and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.

Ione garbage rates going up

Ione residents will be paying a bit more for garbage service, after a vote of the Ione City Council Tuesday. The council voted to approve a resolution that allows ACES to increase its rates up to 27 percent over the next three years. Currently, a typical Ione resident pays $16.65 a month for solid waste pickup and would pay $21.14 after three years if the full increase is introduced. The city did not go through the Proposition 218 process in which ratepayers are contacted and allowed to vote to block the rate increase. While other cities such as Jackson and Plymouth have used the Prop 218 process for garbage rate increases, it remains unclear if the process applies to solid waste collection. The City of Sutter Creek was previously sued over the issue, but eventually settled out of court. In other business, the council reviewed efforts to redesign and update the city’s website and a contract to upgrade the telecommunication systems in City Hall. The council also voted to add a new filter system to the city spray-field water system used to dispose of treated wastewater.

State Fair “Best of Show” for Pine Grove 6th-grader

A Pine Grove sixth grader took Best of Show at the California State Fair. Kaitlin Maxedon, a student at Pine Grove Elementary, received top honors in the Youth Art Exhibit at this year’s fair. Her winning photograph, titled “I am Paint”, depicts her own paint-splattered feet after a day of art experimentation. Maxedon has been taking art lessons from Pam Sharp in Sutter Creek for the last two years. She had never entered the State Fair before, but saw a notice about entries and decided to put her hat into the ring. She first had to submit her entry electronically in the juried competition, then sent down her original artwork after she was accepted. In addition to the recognition, Maxedon received two ribbons, a “Golden Bear” trophy and a check for a $100. Her Best of Show photograph can be viewed in the Youth Art Exhibit Hall at the California State Fair through Sunday July 27.

Berryhill pays fine

State Senator Tom Berryhill announced late last week he will not seek to overturn a $40,000 money-laundering penalty imposed on him, his brother and a pair of county GOP committees. Berryhill, had until late last month to file a lawsuit in Superior Court challenging the Fair Political Practices Commission’s April approval of an administrative law judge’s proposed decision that Berryhill committed “serious and deliberate” violations of campaign finance rules. Berryhill’s attorney, said the Senator, his brother Bill Berryhill and the Republican central committees in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties decided to pay the fine, but still maintain they did nothing wrong. Investigators alleged that Berryhill skirted contribution limits by moving campaign donations through the Republican committees to help his brother’s Assembly campaign in the days before the November 2008 election. Enforcement staff began the investigation in 2009 and brought the case in 2012. Administrative Law Judge Jonathan Lew oversaw several days of testimony in the fall and issued his proposed ruling in January. The Berryhills and party officials denied any collusion and say they just made a business decision to pay the fine and to move on. Senator Berryhill is running for re-election this fall in the redrawn 8th Senate District, which extends from Rancho Cordova to Death Valley and includes Amador and Calaveras County.

AWA warns of road closures on Tiger Creek Road

Road closures and detours are in effect on Tiger Creek Road and in the Tiger Creek Regulator Reservoir area due to construction on the Amador Water Agency Gravity Supply Line. Tiger Creek Road is currently closed to through traffic beyond Tiger Creek powerhouse from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Detour signs direct travelers to the Tiger Creek Regulator area to use Panther Creek or Ellis Roads. The pipeline contractor has permission to work Saturdays but has not needed to exercise that option to date. Also, the Regulator Access Road is currently closed 24/7 due to safety hazards in that area. This closure only affects direct access to the Tiger Creek Regulator and will be reopened when excavated areas are repaired.

Road closures and detours in the area are expected through the summer and fall.

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