Pedestrian killed in Ripon traffic accident

RIPON — California Highway Patrol officers responded to an accident on the Highway 99 frontage road near Olive Avenue in Ripon at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the CHP, a 65-year-old Ripon woman was driving north on the frontage road when a woman walked into the street.

The pedestrian, a 35-year-old Ripon resident, walked in a northeasterly direction across the southbound and northbound lanes, directly in front of the vehicle, reports state. The driver applied the brakes and steered to the right but was unable to avoid the pedestrian. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

The report said the driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but it is unknown if the pedestrian was.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information pertaining to this incident is encouraged to contact the Stockton CHP office at (209) 938-4800.

Suspicious person gathering information

RIPON — Detectives with the Ripon Police Department are warning residents to be wary of anyone claiming to be collecting information for them or the Ripon Fire Department.

Police said a man identifying himself as “Marcel” approached a resident at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday and claimed to be working with the “Child Safety Program” in partnership with the Ripon police and fire departments.

The man asked the resident for information about their children, including ages and names, while taking notes, police said.

The man is not working with either department and is attempting to gather information for unknown purposes, police said. He was last seen driving a green Ford Explorer with black dealer plates and an inoperable driver’s side brake light.

Detectives are asking residents not to give information to the individual. In addition, if residents have been contacted, or have any information about his identity or vehicle, they are asked to contact Detective Richard Francis at (209) 599-0255 or

Three arrested in burglary of home

VALLEY SPRINGS — Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a burglary in progress at a home for sale in the 8000 block of Baldwin Street at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday.

Upon arrival, deputies found two men and two women on the property. An investigation revealed the four were living in the residence, which showed signs of forced entry to a side garage door, reports state.

Deputies found a running backhoe in the driveway, and in the vehicle’s bucket, they found several items that belonged on the property. Deputies further found that the backhoe was stolen from Valley Springs Elementary School on June 11.

James Whitehead, 48 of Valley Springs, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy and possession of stolen property.

Cory Cassel, 39 of Valley Springs, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy, possession of a stolen vehicle and two outstanding warrants.

Leah Robitaille, 34 of Valley Springs, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy.

All three were booked into Calaveras County Jail, reports state.

Marijuana grow busted

RAILROAD FLAT — Members of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team served a search warrant for illegal marijuana/cannabis cultivation at an address in the 2000 block of Mason Road on June 13. This site previously was registered as a commercial medical cannabis cultivation site, reports state.

Deputies seized 1,309 marijuana plants, 171.56 pounds of processed marijuana and issued three citations for the three men on the property, reports state.

Steven Koba, 24 of Railroad Flat, was cited on suspicion of illegal cannabis cultivation, possession for sale of cannabis, and operating or maintaining any place for the purpose of unlawfully selling or giving away illegal controlled substances.

Timothy Koba, 58 of San Antonio, Texas, was cited for illegal cannabis cultivation.

Markus Schoellen, 19 of Railroad Flat, was cited for illegal cannabis cultivation.

Stockton teen fights off robber

STOCKTON — A 13-year-old boy was walking near the railroad tracks along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at 5 p.m. Wednesday when he was approached by another boy who pointed a gun at him and demanded his cellphone, police said.

The victim pushed the robber and fled the area on foot. The robber also fled the area, police said. There was no loss.

The robber was described as a black male, about 15 years old, wearing black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, police said.