Law & Order

MURDER CHARGES FOR BROTHERS: Authorities in Tuolumne County on Wednesday did not find any sign of Carl Stephen Knight after a second day of searching for the missing Sonora man in the Don Pedro Reservoir area. Although investigators don't know if he's dead, the Tuolumne County district attorney's office filed murder charges against two brothers from Jamestown in connection with Knight's disappearance, said Lt. Dan Bressler, a Tuolumne County sheriff's spokesman. Knight, 23, hasn't been seen since a fight with the two brothers early Sunday. Robert Earl Slawinksy, 28, and Paul Curtis Slawinsky, 26, were arraigned in court Wednesday on one count of murder each, Bressler said. They were being held Wednesday night at the Tuolumne County Jail, with bail set at $1 million each. A friend of Knight's who believed he had been in a fight became concerned when he couldn't find Knight and reported him missing Sunday. Sheriff's officials described Knight as 6-foot-1, 220 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Detectives believe Knight was injured in the fight with the Slawinsky brothers, and suspect they took him somewhere after the fight. Authorities resumed their search in and around Don Pedro on Wednesday morning, but had not found Knight after an extensive search throughout the day. Sheriff's investigators ask anyone with information about this case to call the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department at 533-5815.

FIRE DESTROYS HOME: An early Wednesday morning house fire destroyed one Ceres home and sent a family fleeing from a neighboring house firefighters were able to save. Callers reported smoke coming from the 2000 block of Poplar Street shortly before 1:24 a.m. By the time firefighters got there, flames and smoke had taken over half of the house, police and firefighters said. Police had evacuated the family from the neighboring home, said Capt. Eric Holly of the Ceres Fire Department. He said the house on fire appeared to be vacant.