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Matthew Hedger
Yesterday

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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Bill Lavallie
Yesterday
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
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
Yesterday
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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John Tuttle
Yesterday

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
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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
Yesterday

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
Yesterday

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
Yesterday

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
Yesterday

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
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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
Yesterday

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
2 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
Yesterday

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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Tessa Marguerite
Yesterday
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
Yesterday
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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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago
Taylor Brianne Hammock

The Amador County Sheriff’s office has released the names of the persons arrested following a report of shots fired and the discovery of an illegal marijuana grow and package operation in the 1500 block of Duck Creek Road near North Lake Camanche in the Ione area on Sunday.

Deputies located and detained three subjects, Blake Arnold Bowman, 23, of Martell; Taylor Brianne Hammock, 24, of Jackson Valley; and Zachary Gene Mabrey, 25, of Jackson Valley; who were inside the residence when deputies arrived on scene. Deputies also discovered...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
Eight orphaned Russian children whose mothers were killed in a 1900 massacre were brought to the United States in 1908, through Ellis Island,for a chance at a new life in the United States. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Sierra Amador Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution announced this year’s essay contest, which is divided into two levels by grade of the student, and each level is open to any student at the correct level regardless of where they attend school, their race, religion, sex or national origins.

The grade levels and correspoding essay information follows.

For grade levels 5 to 8, the essay title is, “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.”

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Ellis...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
Natalie Snider and Kyleigh Casagrande are among those performing in the annual Broaday Dinner. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Amador High School Culinary, Floral Design and Performing Arts students are presenting their eleventh annual Broadway Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., at the Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Hall, located at 11361 Prospect Drive, in Martell.

Seating is limited to 112 guests. Reservations are being accepted now for $25 per person, and a table for eight may be reserved for $175. Reservations may be made through the Amador High Performing Arts Department, at 267-0108.

The extravaganza, sponsored by Spinetta Family Vineyards...

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Bill Lavallie
5 days ago
Rodney Wayne Maisenbach, Jr.
A West Point man has been arrested after leading police on a wild chase on an all terrain vehicle in the Upcountry area near Mace Meadows on Sunday. It all started around 8:45 p.m. when an Amador County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop on a man driving an ATV on back roads near Mace Meadows. The man failed to yield and a chase ensued over several back roads in the area. The chase continued on to Sugar Pine Drive and a short time later the driver of the ATV abandoned it and fled on foot down an embankment into a... [Read more]
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