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Matthew Hedger
4 days ago
The scene at Argonaut and Pioneer Lane.

A two-car accident at Argonaut and Pioneer Lane near the old book building Nov. 14 left at least one child injured. Jackson Police, who along with fire and ambulance units responded to the late afternoon crash, found a 2008 Mercedes Benz driven by Teresa Melton, 41, of Jackson, had collided with a 2000 Volvo driven by Magana Christian, 19, also of Jackson. The cause of the accident remains under investigation this week and because of the child’s age, the extent and nature of the injury was not disclosed.

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John Tuttle
4 days ago

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking the public for help and information that may lead to the apprehension of an armed and dangerous bank robber who has robbed three banks in Northern California this year. Dubbed the “Bad Breath Bandit” for his use of a disposable paper face mask during the commission of each of the robberies, the suspect is a white male who stands approximately 6 feet tall, weighs approximately 210-250 pounds with a medium build, and has dark hair.

On November 13, 2014, at approximately 10:24 a.m., the...

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Matthew Hedger
4 days ago

Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz issued a strong warning this week in the aftermath of an Amber Alert that authorities now say was issued as a result of a hoax perpetuated by the 14-year-old high school boy who was the subject of the alert.

“I am angry and will seek restitution for any and all monies lost from Sergio Vazquez,” said Kuntz, “and whoever else I find out was involved.

The situation unfolded Monday after Vazquez’ mother called police to say her son had texted or called her at around 12:30 p.m. from inside a white van...

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Matthew Hedger
4 days ago

The following is a partial list of persons facing misdemeanor arraignments in Amador Superior Court on Monday, November 24. All persons are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Kenneth Allen Dever

Judy Michelle Jones

Victor Ignacio Zuniga

Somphone Khoonsirivong

Erik Michael Rodriguez

Cecilia Veronica Santiago

Jennifer Aurelia Lewis

Joshua Rober Dumlao

Kristina Fay Sigston

Martin Morales

Marilyn Joyce Hebel

Jonathan Craig Brooks

Jose Guadalupe Ayala Arellano

Bruno Arthur Schock

Gustavo...

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Matthew Hedger
4 days ago

The following people have been arrested and booked into the Amador County Jail on the dates and times indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

November 6

Plymouth

Patrick Dale Freeman, 40, Plymouth; 10:54 a.m. on the 9100 block of Landrum Street; Possession of ammunition by a felon.

Rawlin James Shobert, 33, El dorado; 4:52 p.m. on Highway 16 at Willow Creek Road; Misdemeanor warrant arrest.

Jackson

Jennifer Leanne Truelock, 38, Mountain Ranch; 1:48 p.m. on the 225 block of Sutter...

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John Tuttle
4 days ago
Amador County Superior Court Judge Susan Harlan has announced she plans to retire from the bench early next year. In a letter dated Friday, November 14, 2014 to Court staff, Harlan said she has sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown advising him she plans to retire on January 16, 2015. Harlan writes, “This has been a difficult decision for me” and that, “It has been my honor and privilege to work with all of you over the past several years.” Harlan graduated cum laude from the University of the Pacific in 1974. She obtained her law... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
4 days ago

The following is a partial listing of traffic arraignments scheduled to be heard in Amador Superior Court on Monday, November 24. For a full list, visit amadorcourt.org

Robert Francis, exceeding maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour.

Dana Andrew Willax, license plates obstructed.

Ricky Lowell Shearer, licensed driver out of classification, exceeding maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour.

Robert Nevin Arriaga, exceeding maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour.

Kirsten Dianne White, exceeding maximum speed limit of 55 miles...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
This year’s Lowe’s Heroes volunteers include Elaine Warzecha, Robert Barge, Karen Briggs, Mike Dodge, Clarissa Bellotti, David Mendonca and Suzanne Locke. Some of the Lowe’s Heroes were not available at picture time. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Each year, the Lowe’s Heroes Project encourages Lowe’s employees to team together and adopt a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or K–12 public school and make a difference. This year, the organization chosen was Head Start ECS State Preschool, in Ione. In previous years, the Heroes Project has provided service to The Arc of Amador and Calaveras and the Amador County Safe House for Battered Women and Children.

Karen Briggs, Human Resources Manager of Lowe’s of Martell, in Jackson, is one of nine Lowe’s...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
Left to right: Sutter Creek Police Chief Han, Officer Wes Glaister and Officer Robert Harmon present a check to Sutter Creek Elementary Principal Sean Snider for this year’s Science Camp. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

On Thursday, November 13, the Sutter Creek Police Officers Association presented a check for $450 to Sutter Creek Elementary School for their science camp this month. The money donated to Sutter Creek Elementary’s Science Camp was dispensed from the proceeds of last month’s Cops & Kids Charity Golf Tournament.

Sean Snider, principal of Sutter Creek Elementary School, made it clear that every child is permitted attendance to science camp regardless of their financial situation. However, he recalled the misunderstanding that...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
Lunch at Post 108. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

HIGHLIGHT - MARTELL: The American Legion Hall held a Veterans Day Lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 11, and it was a delicious success. Families and friends, young and old, gathered together after the Annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Jackson to celebrate and honor those who have served, or are serving, our country. Veterans, we are thankful for your service.

MOUNTAIN RANCH: Entry forms for the Mountain Ranch Christmas Parade are due by Dec. 1, to either of the realty offices in town, or sent to P.O. Box 108, Mtn. Ranch, 95246. The...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
Deer-vehicle collisions in the U.S. cause about 200 fatalities each year. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
As the fog begins to settle over the dark hills and valleys of Amador County, drivers must be particularly cautious and fully alert. As you have probably noticed, the hours of limited visibility at dusk, and between sunset and sunrise, seem to be the preferred times for herds of deer to congregate beside, or on, the road. Deer migration and mating season takes place during the months of October through December, which results in more deer-related car accidents than any other time of the year. According to Insurance Institute for... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
Jim Baldwin is the owner of JB’s Journeys, and assistant tennis coach at Amador High School. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
According to local travel agent Jim Baldwin, of JB’s Journeys, Delta Airlines will be making some changes after the new year. Whereas the current options for cabin class are Economy or First/Business, the new options will include 14 Economy and 9 First/Business options for fare class. Baldwin commented that these different levels of Economy class reservations will have, “no frills, no seat assignment and non-refundable tickets.” A fee may be added for window or aisle preference, or even a carry-on fee, as well. Although Delta is... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
4 days ago

Today is Friday, Nov. 21, the 325th day of 2014 with 40 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus.

In 1783, in Paris, Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes made the first free-flight ascent in a balloon.

In 1877, Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph.

In 1938, Nazi forces occupied western Czechoslovakia and declared its people German citizens.

In 1974, the U.S. Congress passed the Freedom of Information...

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John Tuttle
4 days ago
Lucia Magana-Verduzco

Alleged Plymouth Robbery Perpetrator Due In Court Today

The woman arrested in connection with the attempted murder and robbery at the Far Horizons 49er Trailer Village in Plymouth will be in court today. Lucia Magana-Verduzco is still in jail on $1 million dollars bail for attempted murder, attempted robbery and other charges. She was arrested in connection with an incident at the mobile home park where two men tried to rob two other men, resulting in one of the victims being shot in the head and the other being bludgeoned....

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Matthew Hedger
4 days ago

An injunction issued last week that halted construction of a Dollar General store in Pine Grove will again be the subject of a court hearing at 2 p.m. today in an Amador County Courtroom.

Superior Court Judge Steve Hermanson issued the injunction Nov. 14 after hearing arguments from a group calling itself the Pine Grove Business Alliance, who allege that the project violates the county’s general plan and that California Environmental Quality Act reports associated with it are faulty. Hermanson’s action temporarily halted construction...

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Brent Parsons
5 days ago

I confess that since I retired from Sutter Creek’s city government in 2008, I’ve been unplugged. Even the thought of attending evening meetings, regardless of potential content, is unpleasant.

Many, including myself, predicted I would suffer withdrawals after the 16 years and find a way to stay involved. I didn’t, but I admire those that do. Someone has to, because decisions made in empty rooms can suffer from a lack of input. They might be easier, but potentially not as balanced or comprehensive as ones made with public debate....

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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago
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Today is Thursday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2014 with 41 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Venus.

In 1272, Edward I was proclaimed King of England.

In 1780, Britain declared war on Holland.

In 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

In 1945, 24 German leaders went on trial at Nuremberg before the International War Crimes Tribunal.

In 1947, Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth II of...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
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The Amador Learning Center has expanded its Interactive Television and Videoconferencing classes (ITV) for the upcoming spring semester. In this type of shared class, students meet in a classroom equipped with camera, microphones and television monitors. Using two-way audio and video communications, ITV links the originating, or sending, classroom at regional colleges, where the teacher and some students are present, with the students in the receiving classroom. Students in Amador County who desire higher learning will save time,... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago

We learned this morning that the 14-year-old subject of an Amber Alert who was found safe in Stockton yesterday after allegedly being abducted from a gas station in San Andeas has been arrested and accused of making up the kidnapping story.

Here's the official working from a Calaveras Sheriff’s Office Press Release issued late yesterday evening.

"During the investigation which included an extensive deployment of resources , Sheriff Detectives obtained evidence that the abduction claim had been fabricated. One juvenile was taken...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
The Capitol Building in 1800 - only the Senate side is completed.

Today is Monday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2014 with 44 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter and Mercury. Evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

In 1800, the U.S. Congress convened in at the Capitol in Washington for the first time.

In 1869, the Suez Canal in Egypt was opened, linking the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.

In 1881, Samuel Gompers organized the forerunner of the American Federation of Labor.

In 1969, strategic arms limitation talks began between the United States and...

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