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Violence and overcrowding grows in the county jail; a replacement remains at least four years away

Groups of inmates at Tuolumne County Jail are shuffled from one cage to another for exercise time, through a winding maze of narrow hallways and up two flights of stairs to the small yard on the rooftop of the old building at 175 Yaney Ave. in Sonora.

Calendar for July 28, 2015

Apartment damaged in blaze; residents worried about missing dog

Linda Redwine, of Sonora, and her granddaughter and neighbor, Ashley Smith, 12, watch in despair Monday as Redwine’s Sonora home burns. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Linda Redwine stood helplessly Monday afternoon watching as firefighters battled a blaze inside her apartment in the 20000 block of Sunshine Hill Road and Jamestown Road in Sonora.

TUD staff wants to keep 30 percent water use reductions

Tuolumne Utilities District is coping with water revenue shortfalls and customers are likely looking at rate increases by early 2016, but TUD’s interim general manager still wants the district Board of Directors to keep customers on mandatory 30 percent water use reductions through September.

Dillashaw keeps belt, drubs Barao

TJ Dillashaw speaks with commentator Joe Rogan in August after defeating Joe Soto in his first tile defense. Dillashaw again got interviewed by Rogan Saturday after knocking out Barao in the fourth round. File photo / Union Democrat.
 T.J. Dillashaw was expecting the much anticipated rematch with Renan Barao for his UFC bantamweight title to be a tough, five-round battle. But the fight didn’t leave the fourth round before Dillashaw ended Barao’s Saturday night, and hopes of leaving champion, via technical knockout in Chicago.

State fishing license reforms go belly up

A Mother Lode lawmaker’s bill that’s intended to boost California’s sport-fishing industry appears be dead in the water this year, according to the legislation’s supporters.

Money, pizza stolen from delivery driver

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the Saturday robbery of a pizza delivery driver in Sonora. 

Man pleads guilty to sexually abusing minor; sentencing set

A Columbia man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a minor is set to appear in Tuolumne County Superior Court Aug. 17 for a sentencing hearing.

Vine to Wine: Celebrate with historic, island wine Madiera

After the historic Iranian nuclear deal that happened earlier this month, it’s easy to imagine Secretary of State John Kerry was more than ready for a celebratory toast of some sort. Glasses of bubbles, American crafted bourbon, or perhaps even a micro brew could have been appreciated on that flight home from Austria, where the talks took place. But Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz had something else in mind, having made a stop in Portugal for a quick climate change meeting prior to participating in the nuclear signing. He happened to have been given a special bottle of Madeira by the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal as part of an honorary ceremony Moniz was involved in. But it came with instructions to only open it after a deal had been struck with Iran.

Food and Drink: Chill Cherry Pie

Cherries and chocolate make this ice cream pie a summer favorite. Tribune Content Agency.
 This cherry ice cream pie is a simple summertime sweet treat! If you use frozen cherries, the pie will have a fun purple hue.

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