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1 week ago

The following is taken 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.

August 28

11:01 a.m. Theft of Property at stagecoach stop on Highway 88 in Pine Grove. An employee states that the boss left keys in the door and an unknown female customer stole the key ring. Surveillance video shows a white woman in her 30s wearing shorts and a shirt with an emblem on the...

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1 week 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.

September 7

Pine Grove

Michael Bradley Holmes, 38, Pine Grove; 1:53 p.m. on the 21340 block of Aqueduct; Infliction of a corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant.

Sutter Creek

Lydia Normajean Harrison, 29, Pioneer; 5:50 p.m. at Lowe’s; Vehicle theft.

September 8

Ione

Austin Louis Thomas, 30, Sonora; 10:41 a.m. on West...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks 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.

August 31

Ione

Richard James Lacoursiere, 50, Ione; 11:00 p.m. on the 2790 block of Village Drive; DUI.

Pioneer

Alexa Nicole Pastuck, 26, Jackson; 11:45 p.m. on the 15970 block of Black Prince Road East; Planting/Etc. marijuana; Possession of marijuana for sale; Manufacturing/Etc. a controlled substance; Conspiracy to...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

The following is taken 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.

August 21

11:39 a.m. Welfare Check at a church on Highway 49 in Jackson. There is a woman in a white blouse and blue jeans walking around the church, rambling during the service and starting to be disruptive.

5:13 p.m. Suspicious Person in Fiddletown. A white male in his 30s wearing white...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks 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.

August 20

Ione

Jeffery Dale Machado, 50, Escalon; 3:01 p.m. on the 13040 block of Willow Creek Road; Spousal battery; Threaten a crime with intent to terrorize.

August 23

Jackson

Joshua Jonathan Regan, 31, Jackson; 10:05 p.m. on Court Street and New York Ranch Road; DUI.

August 24

Jackson

Robert Alden Stuart,...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

The following is taken 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.

August 13

7:52 p.m. Suspicious Person near West Marlette in Ione. A dirty-looking curly-haired white male subject, unknown to the people in this neighborhood, was spotted near Violet Lane. 8:59 p.m. Annoying Phone Calls in Jackson Valleys. Someone has been texting the caller, saying that he is...

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago
Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti

Former Amador County School District official Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti had her first day in in Amador Superior Court on Thursday, August 25, when she was arraigned on ten felony charges, including conflict of interest, perjury and forgery.

Chapin-Pinotti is alleged to have fraudulently arranged for the School District to purchase textbooks and other material she herself had authored and had a financial interest in. Officials have estimated that the former interim superintendent had entered into contracts for more than $256,000. ...

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Via Press Release
08/25/2016 12:12 PM

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.

August 16

Ione

Joseph Nephi Sutton, 29, Ione; 7:58 p.m. at the Pizza Factory; Battery on a person.

June Katherine Monarrez, 56, Ceres; 7:46 p.m. on Highway 88 at Blue Sky Drive; Spousal Battery.

Jackson

Virginia Loretta Maynard, 56, Stockton; 9:20 a.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Violation of probation.

Danyel...

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Via Press Release
08/25/2016 10:38 AM

The following is taken 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.

August 7

10:39 a.m. Suspicious Circumstances on Paine Road in Ione. Someone else's mail, including important tax documents, was found in a driveway. 3:14 p.m. Suspicious Circumstances in Pioneer. The caller states that he confronted his neighbor regarding something he can smell. 8:18 p.m....

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Craig Baracco
08/26/2016 2:05 PM
Former Amador County School District Official Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti had her first day in court on Thursday, where she was arraigned on ten felony charges including conflict of interest, perjury and forgery in Amador Superior Court. Chapin-Pinotti is alleged to have fraudulently arranged for the School District to purchase textbooks and other material she herself had authored and had a financial interest in. Judge J.S. Hermanson presided and read off the ten individual charges. Chapin-Pinotti indicated that she understood the... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
08/18/2016 2:22 PM

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.

August 2

Jackson

Jason Levi Hegseth, 39, Jackson; 10:23 a.m. on the 20 block of Marcucci Lane; Felony sex offender violation.

Jesse James Harris, 33, Concord; 2:05 p.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Failure to appear.

Pine Grove

Leigh Ryan Carlton, 28, Pine Grove; 3:45 p.m. on the 675 block of New York Ranch Road;...

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Via Press Release
08/18/2016 9:14 AM

The following is taken 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.

August 2 11:04 a.m. Suspicious Person at a corporate drug store on Highway 49 in Sutter Creek. In the women's bathroom, someone has spent an extended period unwrapping items, possibly to steal. 5:29 p.m. Disturbing the Peace on Tabeau Road in Pine Grove. After throwing things around her residence,...

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Eric Winslow
08/18/2016 9:23 AM
Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva, who was arrested August 4 on allegations of child endangerment, among other charges.
The recent criminal charges, those against the Mayor of Stockton, and others against a local author, educator and well-known member of the community, together with the price required by law to release the alleged perpetrators before trial, raises questions about the way that bail amounts are set. Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was arrested on August 4 on charges of felony eavesdropping, sale of alcohol to a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and child endangerment. Investigators uncovered evidence that Silva plied... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
08/11/2016 1:57 PM

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.

July 26

Jackson

Dwight Arthur Goins, 68, Burson; 12:30 p.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Felony warrant arrest.

July 27

Sutter Creek

Geoffrey Daniel Verville, 27, Citrus Heights; 8:06 p.m. at the Shell Station; Traffic offense: special circumstance; Driving a vehicle without an interlock device with a suspended...

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Via Press Release
08/11/2016 11:49 AM

The following is taken 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.

July 26 4:54 p.m. Disturbing the Peace in Pine Grove. After letting her son stay at her residence for a short time until he kicked his pot habit and got a job, the caller now wants him removed. He is refusing to leave. 10:16 p.m. Suspicious Circumstances on West Marlette Street in Ione....

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Eric Winslow
08/11/2016 11:51 AM
"Ariel Tanner thought she knew who she was...until the darkness descended." So begins the promotional trailer for "Marshall's Landing," a youth novel by Amador County author, teacher and educator Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti. The novel is about a local girl who must do battle with demonic forces ensconced in the County's defunct gold-rush era mines. Little did Pinotti know when writing these words, that they foreshadowed a darkness that would be her own, limned by the walls an Amador County jail cell. For all that, some Amador residents... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
08/03/2016 7:33 PM

The following is taken 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.

July 20

11:34 a.m. Citizen Assist in Pine Grove. A letter with "a lot of money" in it, as well as some foreign paperwork, was received by the caller.

1:11 p.m. Annoying Phone Calls on Highway 49 in Plymouth. Caller states that someone has been calling her husband about her husband's past.

4:53...

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Via Press Release
07/28/2016 11:56 AM

The following is taken 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.

July 4

10:18 a.m. Citizen Assist in Volcano. A woman hired a worker to do a professional job, and now she finds out that he doesn't even have a license to do it. He still has $4,500 of her money.

12:18 p.m. Disturbing the Peace in Ione. A son shoved his dad because he wouldn't buy the boy...

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Via Press Release
07/28/2016 2:12 PM

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.

July 19

Jackson

Michael Mendez Jr., 44, Galt; 2:50 p.m. at the Amador County Superior Court; Remand from court.

Vince Edward Dowler, 49, Clements; 2:02 p.m. on the 850 block of Highway 49; Disorderly conduct: Alcohol.

Christina Marie Oliveto, 25, Jackson; 9:30 a.m. at the Amador County Probation Department; Violation of probation....

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Via Press Release
07/21/2016 12:45 PM

After a federal court ordered California to reduce prison overcrowding, a number of measures were put into place that result in early prison releases, including early parole consideration for inmates characterized as “non-violent second-strikers.” To qualify, inmates must not currently be serving a sentence for a crime which is legally categorized as a “violent felony” and must not be required to register as sex offenders.

Starting January 1, 2015, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation began a new early release...

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