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Carolyn Schmitz
2 days ago
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Join American Legion Post 108 for its annual Veterans Day Parade on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, at 10 a.m., on Main Street, in Jackson.

For more information about the parade, including parade entry forms, contact Charline Buckley, at 296-4438, or go online to visitjacksonca.com. Deadline for parade entry submissions is November 1.

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Carolyn Schmitz
3 days ago
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Teen Driver Night For Parents & Teens — both current and future drivers — is being sponsored by the Amador Teen Driver Council. The goal is to help parents and teens understand the many issues surrounding the pressures on the teen driver, as well as offer safety ideas and tips. Statistics prove that the more parents involve themselves in the activities of their teen drivers, fewer teen driving accidents occur.

Expect presentations from Amador County Health Officer Dr. Rita Kerr, CHP Officer Craig Harmon, Tina Wurzburger, a parent,...

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Bill Lavallie
6 days ago
Jeffrey Lee Larsen

An accused burglar who allegedly told police he only broke in because he thought someone inside a residence was being “attacked” was beaten off by a hammer-wielding tenant before police arrived at the scene.

Jackson Police responding to a report that someone had broken into the rear of the now-defunct Bottle Shop business on Main St in Jackson Sunday around 11:40 a.m. found Jeffrey Lee Larsen, 53, no known address, disheveled and bloodied and holding a metal beam.

According to reports, responding officers told Larsen to drop the...

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Matthew Hedger
Yesterday

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 29, the 302nd day of 2014 with 63 to follow.

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

In 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded in London. He had been accused of plotting against King James 1.

In 1787, Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, had its first performance.

In 1901, Leon Czolgosz was electrocuted for the assassination of U.S. President William McKinley.

In 1923, the musical Runnin' Wild, which...

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Matthew Hedger
2 days ago

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 28, the 301st day of 2014 with 64 to follow.

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

In 1636, Harvard College, now Harvard University, was founded in Massachusetts.

In 1846, the pioneering Donner Party of 90 people set out from Springfield, Ill., on what became a tragic journey to California.

In 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States, was dedicated in New...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago

The following is a partial listing of tentative rulings issued in Amador Superior Court on October 17, 2014. For a full list of all court-related activities, visit amadorcourt.org

11-CVC-07240 Kevin Bonneau vs. Brian Bonneau. Motion to amend complaint. tiff’s requests for judicial notice are granted.

Plaintiff’s motion for leave to file a second amended complaint is granted. If plaintiff has not lodged the second amended complaint with the court for filing effective the date of this motion, the complaint shall be filed upon receipt...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago

The following is a partial listing of traffic arraignments scheduled to be heard in Amador Superior Court on Monday, October 27. For a full list, visit amadorcourt.org

Samuel Griffis Bruhner, failure to provide proof of financial responsibility.

Jennifer Lavonne Lee Lewis, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Robert Wayne Laun, violation of permit restrictions.

Harlan Page Kelsey, possession of marijuana by driver.

Paola Guzman Bedoy, exceeding maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour.

Helena Louise Rice Padilla, exceeding...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago

The following is a partial listing of people facing misdemeanor arraignments in Amador Superior Court on Monday, October 27. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Christopher Thomas Glass

Steven Humbert Serrato

Clark Eugene Flowers

Shawn Patrick Holmes

Kendra Lee Phelps

Philip Scott Vasquez

Michelle Ashley Lego

Jeremy Steven Jardine

Maria Socorro Trujillo

Lisa Kay Gilmore

Janelle Delgado

Nicholas Grant Rennert

Michelle Lee Hilquist

Wayne Vinciguerra

Christian Diaz

Jillian Lee Harris...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago

The following is a list of marriage license applications filed in the Amador County Clerk/Recorders Office on the dates indicated.

September 5

Groom: Eric Hermle Anson

Bride: Linda Marie Doughty

September 8

Groom: Robert Taylor Holgate

Bride: Cassidy Darr Draeger

Groom: Jacob Obadiah Hill

Bride: Carli Dawn Mathis

Groom: Travis Brandon Fisher

Bride: Kaeli Rae Toupe

September 10

Groom: Markus Ethan Kwong Yep

Bride: Melissa Breann Backovich

Groom: Joshua Robert Stockton

Bride: Kaylee Nicole Ladd

September 11...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago

The following is a partial listing of family law cases scheduled to be heard in Amador Superior Court on Monday, October 27. For a full list of all court-related activities, visit amadorcourt.org

County of Amador vs. Lester Gxxxx, order to show cause regarding contempt, family support.j

Rosalee Carmen Carter vs. Troy Lee Carter, further employment review, dissolution with minor child.

County of Amador vs. Jesse Sxxxx, order to show cause regarding contempt, family support.

Christy M. Hermoso vs. Neil R. Hermoso, family...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago

A San Andreas man was killed and a Sutter Creek man suffered critical injuries in unrelated accidents in Calaveras and Amador counties this week.

The California Highway Patrol said Trenton Bumpus, a 20-year-old San Andreas resident succumbed to injuries sustained in a single car accident on Gold Strike Road south of Hawver Ranch Road Oct. 19. Bumpus was northbound at a unknown rate of speed when for undetermined reasons, he “failed to follow the curve of the roadway.” Bumpus’ 1994 Jeep Cherokee fishtailed across the road a number...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago

The following is compiled from dispatch logs created and compiled by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office on the dates and times indicated. This information is part of the public record and is presented here in the interests of public safety.

October 9

6:35 a.m. Animal Call at Ridge Road and Tanyard Hill Road in Pine Grove. A bus driver reporting a deer was hit and injured and needs to be dispatched.

7:26 a.m. Theft of Property on Pine Drive East in Pioneer. The license plates are missing off of the caller’s vehicle. She now...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago

Sarah Rene Lafontaine, 19, Ione; 10:15 a.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Planting/ Etc. marijuana; Possession of marijuana for sale; Possession of concentrated cannabis; Conspiracy to commit a crime.

Kimberlee Schreiber, 58, Elk Grove; 10:15 a.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Manufacturing/ Etc. a controlled substance; Planting/ Etc. marijuana; Possession of marijuana for sale; Possession of concentrated cannabis; Conspiracy to commit a crime.

William Benjamin Johnston, 87, Jackson; 5:29 p.m. on the 1240 block of...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago

Today is Friday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2014 with 68 to follow.

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

In 1648, the Treaty of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years' War in Europe.

In 1861, the first telegram was transmitted across the United States from California Chief Justice Stephen Field to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in Washington.

In 1901, daredevil Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel....

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Jerry Budrick
7 days ago

Editor’s note: the following analyses of this year’s propositions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. They have been changed only slightly, for reasons of space and format.

Proposition 1: Water Bond. Funding for Water Quality, Supply, Treatment, and Storage Projects

The question: Should the state of California sell $7.1 billion in additional general obligation bonds to fund various water-related programs?

The situation: Historically, a majority of California’s surface water has come from...

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Bill Lavallie
6 days ago

Editor's Note: This is the latest update of a story first brought in by Photojournalist Bill Lavallie October 18.

By Bill Lavallie and Matthew Hedger

A suicide attempt at a Jackson hotel, an elderly man who would not respond to police attempting a traffic stop on Highway 88 and a surly bar patron who allegedly dialed 911 multiple times to yell at dispatchers all culminated in a “perfect storm” of events for Amador law enforcement personnel in the late evening hours of Thursday, Oct. 16, and a wild weekend of speculation on popular...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
Bowman, Hammock and Mabrey are all seen here handcuffed and headed back into the residence under the close supervision of ACSO deputies. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Editor's Note: This is an update to a story we've been following all week and represents the latest information we been able to retrieve from law enforcment sources. For more pictures, see the earlier posts in the news and crime sections.

The Amador County Sheriff’s office has arrested five people with alleged connections to a Mexican drug cartel after responding to a report of shots fired and discovering an illegal marijuana grow and package operation in the 1500 block of Duck Creek Road near North Lake Camanche in the Ione area...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
Daniel Brian Thompson

Former Ione Fire Instructor Pleads Not Guilty In Woman’s Death

Former Cal Fire battalion chief Orville “Moe” Fleming pleaded not guilty Monday in the stabbing and strangulation death of 26-year-old Sarah Douglas, whose body was found in a home the two shared with a bed sheet tied around her neck May 1.

The 56-year-old Fleming has been held without bail since May after he eluded authorities for 16 days following the discovery of Douglas’ body.

Fleming appeared in court with a new mustache, replacing the one he shaved off while on...

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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
The cheerful staff of Vapor Thrift Store say "goodbye". Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
JACKSON: Vapor Thrift Store, in Jackson, is changing hands. The thrift store will be closing on Friday, Oct. 31, and reopening in the same location on Monday, Nov. 3 under the administration of The Call Church. If you have been saving loyalty points at Vapor Thrift Store, be sure to use them in the store before Oct. 31. A word from Vapor, “We have been blessed beyond measure by the opportunities we have had to pray for or with some of you as well as those times when you brightened our day by ministering to us. We will always remember... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
6 days ago
The restoration of the historical Fiddletown schoolhouse is complete. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the colorful fall foliage and a hearty morning meal out in the country.

Visitors are invited to attend the Fiddletown Preservation Society’s all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and bake sale on Sunday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Fiddletown Community Center. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the original, one-room Fiddletown Schoolhouse on American Flat Road.

Once restoration is complete, the schoolhouse will serve as a community learning/cultural center for small concerts, art and...

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