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Via Press Release
1 week ago
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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.

May 4

7:30 a.m. Civil Standby, Keep the Peace in Plymouth on Bush Street. Caller has a court order to retrieve his belongings from his erstwhile domicile, though his old spouse and her new boyfriend won’t let the ex-husband in.

7:58 a.m. Suspicious Vehicle off Ridge Road in Pine Grove. It’s great...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
The scene of the original incident on February 7. Amador Ledger Dispatch file photo by Bill Lavallie

Amador County District Attorney Todd Riebe says ACSO deputies were “legally justified in the use of deadly force” when they shot a Solano County man following a high speed chase in February.

The man, 22-year-old Dylan Jopes, a trained military sniper, survived the incident, which was precipitated following an Upcountry incident during which Jopes, distraught over a pending divorce, allegedly brandished a shotgun at his estranged wife and family members before fleeing the scene.

The incident began February 7 when the Amador...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
ACPD says its officers will be conducting DUI Checkpoints in the upcoming months in an ongoing commitment to lower deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Six driving under the influence arrests were made over the weekend by Angels Camp Police during a “DUI Saturation Patrol” held at the same time as the annual Calaveras County Fair.

Four of the arrests took place Saturday night. In a news release, ACPD said 46-year-old Angels Camp resident Rodney Oconnor was pulled over around 8:15 p.m. on Bush Street near Utica Lane for failure to stop a a stop sign. Oconnor was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol, arrested and booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
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Superior Court Judge Steve Hermanson held a DUI sentencing before students, faculty and community members at Amador High School on May 14.

These were actual court proceedings, and an Amador County citizen who was recently arrested for DUI and chose to participate in these assemblies in order to demonstrate to the students the consequences of drinking and driving was sentenced.

Following the sentencing, the Nexus Youth & Family Services Friday Night Live program and members of the Amador County Youth Council facilitated an...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has released its annual report highlighting the numbers and common types of complaints it received during 2014 on suspected Internet fraud and other Internet-based crimes.

The report mentions two new trends that took shape during 2014: criminals increasingly taking advantage of personal data found on social media to start relationships with victims and scam them out of their money; and the emerging popularity of virtual currency, which has attracted perpetrator...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
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Authorities are still searching for a man who robbed the Starbucks Coffee store in Martell Friday night, May 8.

Undersheriff Jim Wegner said a white, male adult, approximately 30 years old, 5’ 9” tall, weighing approximately 150 pounds, wearing a tan plaid shirt, cargo pants and a black and orange beanie cap entered the store around 9:05 p.m. and displayed what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol tucked into his waistband. The unknown assailant took a cash register tray before fleeing south on foot.

Deputies swarmed the...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
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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.

April 27

6:40 p.m. Disturbing the Peace of Meadow Pines Estates in Pioneer is a mother on a rice-throwing rampage. For now she’s only chucking food, but in the house are guns and knives, which may soon become her next projectiles of choice.

8:41 p.m. Suspicious Circumstances on Bobbie Lane in...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
The hunt for William Bradford Bishop, Jr. has taken investigators all over the country and the world, leading to the unearthing of a John Doe, fingerprinting dozens of lookalikes, and capturing another fugitive who had been on the run for four decades. The FBI Lab at Quantico identified Bishop’s DNA from a cigarette butt found in the family station wagon in 1976. His profile is being compared to John Does and criminals in law enforcement databases around the world. Investigators also learned from witnesses who came forward in the... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

As of around 2 p.m. this afternoon, Wednesday, May 13, an inmate missing from Vallecito, near Angels Camp, in Calaveras County has been "located and returned to custody." No further details have officially been released.

THIS IS AN AMADOR LEDGER DISPATCH BREAKING NEWS STORY. THE EARLIER POST IS BELOW:

UPDATE

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office has further identified the missing inmate as Taurus Hendricks. He was last seen at around 5:30 a.m. this morning walking towards Highway 4. Hendricks is a 22-year-old black male from...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

The Angels Camp Police Department is reporting it has lifted a lockdown at the Mark Twain Elementary School put in place this morning. Here is the official release:

On May 13, 2015 at approximately 11:15 AM, the Angels Camp Police Department notified Mark Twain Elementary School staff to lockdown their campus as a precautionary measure due to a search warrant being served at a residence that borders school property.

Once the residence was secured and it was determined that there was no danger to the school, the school was...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
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Restroom Fire At The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort

Fire in a restroom at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort drew a heavy response from local fire crews. Firefighters from Amador Fire Protection District, Cal Fire and the Jackson, Sutter Creek and Ione fire departments were dispatched to the resort at just before 9 p.m. Tuesday night. They arrived to find that a paper towel dispenser in a men’s room had caught fire and started to extend to the wall. Fortunately, the sprinkler system activated and the fire was out when crews...

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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.

April 19

10:34 a.m. Burglary on Highway 88 in Ione. A house has been ransacked and unknown items are missing. Residence belongs to a mother who is now in the Kit Carson facility.

12:21 p.m. Disturbing the Peace on Sutter Ione Road in Sutter Creek. In a possible domestic dispute, the caller heard a...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago

A Valley Springs boy is shaken, but unhurt, following a brazen robbery by an unknown man who accosted the boy and took off with his bicycle in an April 29 incident reported this week by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.

The CCSO says it responded to the 6900 block of Stabulis Road in Valley Springs around 5 p.m. April 29 to investigate a report of an assault and robbery of the 10-year-old boy. The victim was riding his bike with some friends near a pond on Stabulis Road, when he rode away from his friends. The boy was...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago

The Starbucks Coffee store in Martell was robbed last night, Friday, May 8, according to the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.

Undersheriff Jim Wegner said a white, male adult, approximately 30 years old, 5’ 9” tall, weighing approximately 150 pounds, wearing a tan plaid shirt, cargo pants and a black and orange beanie cap entered the store around 9:05 p.m. and displayed what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol tucked into his waistband. The unknown assailant took a cash register tray before fleeing south on foot.

Deputies swarmed...

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Matthew Hedger
04/30/2015 8:44 AM
Brian Reed Brunson. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Two men remain behind bars this morning, charged with attempted murder of a third man during a drug-fueled attack that left a Sacramento man clinging to life.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office said Sutter Amador Hospital emergency room staff called them Friday morning at around 5 a.m. to report that two men had just brought a third man in who was suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Officers from the Jackson Police Department responded to the call and detained two subjects, identified as Brian Reed Brunson and Lewis Angel...

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Via Press Release
04/30/2015 8:47 AM
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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.

April 9

Johnathan Gonzalez Galven, 25, Jackson; 7:55 p.m. on the 25 block of Main Street; Failure to appear; Violation of probation.

April 10

Jackson

Donald Keith Jones, 54, Morgan Hill; 3:45 p.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Failure to appear; Misdemeanor warrant arrest.

April 14

Pioneer

Jamie Caine Ledbetter, 40, Pioneer; 10:22...

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Matthew Hedger
04/30/2015 8:41 AM
Robert Allen Jarrell, Sr. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A Drytown man already facing burglary charges stemming from incidents in 2014, was arrested last week on fresh burglary charges, said the Amador County Sheriff’s Office this week.

Robert Allen Jarrell, Sr., was arrested April 5 — along with two alleged accomplices — in Drytown following a call from a resident on Diamond View Drive reporting that persons unknown were at a neighboring resident and might have broken a window. Responding deputies found Jarrell, along with Glen Milo Mohr, a resident of Jackson, and Henry Ralph Ramirez,...

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Matthew Hedger
04/30/2015 11:12 AM

JPD Still Searching For CVS Shoplifters

The Jackson Police Department is stepping up its effort to identify and apprehend three men caught on camera shoplifting from the CVS drug store on Highway 49.

Investigator Doug Grey said three adult, white males entered the store March 27 at around 8:30 p.m. and grabbed a shopping cart and two baskets and preceded to fill them with liquor and food items.

Shortly after entering, one of the men, seen wearing a shirt with the words “Nor Cali” on it, set his basket down and left the store where...

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Matthew Hedger
04/26/2015 4:38 PM
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The search is on for a missing Pioneer man who disappeared after capsizing a canoe overnight at Salt Springs Reservoir.

Here is the official release from the Amador County Sheriff’s Office just moments ago:

On Sunday April 26, 2015 at approximately 0145 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) received a 911 Emergency call from a Pacific Gas and Electric employee. It was reported that a male subject had just shown up at a cabin at Salt Springs Reservoir reporting that he and a friend went canoeing in the reservoir when...

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Matthew Hedger
04/26/2015 4:13 PM

A Pine Grove man and a Sacramento man are behind bars this afternoon facing attempted murder charges, following what Amador County Sheriff's Office investigators are calling a drug-fueled attack on a Sacramento man who survived their attack.

Here is the official press release from the ACSO:

On April 24, 2015 at approximately 0505 hours, Sutter Amador Hospital (SAH) Emergency Department staff called the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) reporting that two male subjects had just delivered a male subject, with multiple stab...

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