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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
From left: Rotary members Jim Rooney, Chief Tracy Busby, Sharon Long and Richard Forster. The Rotary Club of Ione made a presentation of $5,000 to the City Council of Ione to assist in obtaining a needed vehicle for the police department. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

An Amador County jury has convicted a Pioneer woman of misdemeanor theft by embezzlement, the Amador County District Attorney’s Office said.

Roxanne Gonzales will serve a ninety day jail sentence.

In November of 2013, Gonzales was entrusted by the victim to collect rent money in the amount of $750 while the victim had been out of the country. Upon return to Amador County, the victim was informed that Gonzales gambled away the collected rent money. The victim was ultimately paid back over a period of time.

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
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A federal judge has ordered a Sacramento man to pay nearly $110 million to the victims of his decade long “Ponzi” scheme. Deepal Wannakuwatte, 64, of Sacramento, will pay $108,199,425 in restitution to hundreds of his victims of his long-running fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced this week. This ruling concludes the federal criminal prosecution; civil proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court are ongoing.

On November 13, 2014, United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley sentenced Wannakuwat...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
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ARREST LOG: 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.

March 11

Trenton Daniel May, 22, Sutter Creek; 9:05 a.m. in the Amador County Sheriff’s Office lobby; Failure to appear.

Lynn Wayne Raymond II, 50, Stockton; 9:14 p.m. in the 2000 block of Camanche Road; misdemeanor warrant.

Annie Pearl Abernathy, 35, West Point; 10:25 p.m. on Highway 88, west of Shake Ridge Road; Driving under the...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Ricky Rodriguez. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A child molester will be committed to a state mental hospital as a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) after an Amador County judge found that the offender is a continued threat to children and the community. The Amador County District Attorney’s Office filed a petition to have Ricky Rodriguez, 49, committed as an SVP based on his prior convictions of sexual assaults against two boys, ages 7 and 13.

On March 10, 2015 a court trial was held before Judge J.S. Hermanson, who announced the verdict after hearing testimony from two...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
From left: Fire Chief Mark Morton, and firefighters David Podesta, Alex Sharp and Scott Hemmingway. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
At this week’s Jackson City Council meeting, Fire Chief Mark Morton honored three notable men who have pledged their time, skills and services to Amador County. David Podesta was recognized with a Dedicated Firefighter award called the Gardella Award, Alex Sharp was recognized as EMT of the Year and Scott Hemmingway was recognized as Firefighter of the Year. [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago
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ARREST LOGS: 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.

February 25

Jackson

Mandy Eva Louise Alec, 35, West Point; 2:46 p.m. on New York Ranch Road at Dalton Road; Felon/ Drug addict in possession of a firearm; Possession of ammunition when prohibited to possess a firearm; Possession of a controlled substance; Possession of paraphernalia to ingest/ Smoke a controlled substance.

Rodney...

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John Tuttle
02/27/2015 10:40 AM
Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The U.S. State Department, the Department of Justice, and the FBI have announced a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, currently one of the FBI’s most wanted—and most prolific—cyber criminals, for his alleged involvement in a major cyber racketeering enterprise. Bogachev is believed to have ties to the Sacramento region. The reward is being offered under the auspices of the State Department’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program, established by... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
02/19/2015 7:55 AM
Nila June Gillam

Three people have been arrested following the discovery of a suspicious package at the post office that was found to contain an illegal drug called gamma-butyrolactone,” a component of the infamous “date rape” drug gamma-hydroxybutyrate, or GHB.

According to a report provided by the Amador County Combined Narcotics Enforcement Team this week, they were contacted January 28 by the Department of Homeland Security who reported that US Customs had intercepted a package containing a suspicious liquid being shipped from Hong Kong to a...

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John Tuttle
02/19/2015 7:53 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.

February 4

10:39 a.m. Burglary at Pokerville Market on Highway 49 in Plymouth. Caller is at the recycling center, it appears someone broke into the building overnight.

11:06 a.m. Animal Call on Teton Court in Jackson Valley. Caller says two brown and white Spaniels are loose in the neighborhood...

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John Tuttle
02/19/2015 7:48 AM

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.

February 11

Jackson

Paul Jerome Lyman, 82, Jackson; 1:40 p.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Reckless driving: Highway; Plea of guilty or NOLO to reckless driving.

February 12

Pine Grove

Robert Dunn, 40, Pine Grove; 3:06 a.m. on Pine Grove Volcano Road; Driving with a suspended license: reckless.

Jackson

Nicole Michelle Jones, 23,...

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Matthew Hedger
02/19/2015 7:39 AM

The following is a partial listing of family law cases scheduled to be heard in Amador Superior Court on Monday, February 23. For a full list of all court-related activities, visit amadorcourt.org.

Christopher Scott Hendricks vs. Erica Summer Rose, order to show cause/motion for modification of child custody, dissolution with minor child.

Terri Deanna Cook vs. Rom Quennevill, order to show cause for temporary restraining order, harassment.

Misdemeanor Arraignments

The following is a partial list of persons facing misdemeanor...

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KVGC HomeTown Radio
02/19/2015 7:28 AM

Missing Woman Found Safe

An Amador County woman reported missing Thursday, Feb. 12 was found safe later in the evening. According to reports, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 9:30 p.m. reporting Hedy Thompson as a missing person.

Thompson was last seen at her residence in the Willow Creek area around 7:30 p.m. Thompson reportedly left her home driving her Toyota pick up.

Thompson, 75, suffers from various medical conditions and had left her residence without her medications. Her family was concerned she...

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Matthew Hedger
02/12/2015 10:09 AM

Two men were arrested Tuesday following a citizen complaint about profane graffiti being spray painted on a refrigerator in a yard at the corner of Kennedy Flat Road and Argonaut Lane. Amador County Undersheriff Jim Wegner said Sheriff’s Dispatchers received a call around 12:30 p.m. and arrived to find Joel Michael Hand, 37, and Alan Francis Davids, Jr., 53, at the residence.

While questioning the two men, Hand was discovered to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, and the deputies observed a small, zippered bag that appeared to...

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John Tuttle
02/12/2015 10:01 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.

February 1

1:07 a.m. Theft of Property at Jackson Rancheria Casino on New York Ranch Road in Jackson. Caller says her cell phone was stolen from the bathroom earlier today.

9:35 a.m. Suspicious Person and Vehicle on Grapevine Gulch Road at Village Drive in Jackson Valley. Caller is part of a...

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Matthew Hedger
02/08/2015 8:42 AM

We’re waking up this Sunday morning to new details about an armed suspect shot by police yesterday in Sutter Creek.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office says it got a call around 2 p.m. Saturday that a man armed with a shotgun had entered the home of his estranged wife in the 11000 block of Clinton Road and was threatening the residents.

The man, identified as Dylan John Jopes, 22, of Fairfield, fled the residence in a white pickup truck as deputies were enroute to the call. At around 2:15, a deputy spotted the truck on Ridge Road...

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John Tuttle
02/05/2015 8:43 AM
New evidence may soon be introduced in the Leila Fowler murder case. One of the attorneys defending Fowler’s older brother, charged with killing the 8-year-old two years ago, said on Tuesday that DNA evidence could prove the boy’s innocence. Following a four-minute juvenile court hearing, attorney Steve Plesser said on-going DNA testing from the crime scene would determine if someone else’s bodily fluids, spit or blood was found on or near Leila’s body. Plesser said the most recent tests have been surprisingly good for his client.... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
02/05/2015 8:37 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.

January 12

1:38 a.m. Stolen Vehicle at Agate Place, in Jackson. Suspect vehicle at location, felony arrest.

6:24 a.m. Possession of Controlled Substance While In Custody at Amador County Jail, Court Street, in Jackson, felony arrest.

10:12 a.m. Suspicious Circumstances on Mount Whitney Drive,...

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Matthew Hedger
02/03/2015 10:11 AM

Investigators with JPD are today asking the public to help them identify a man and a woman suspected of shoplifting an extensive amount of store merchandise.

The incident occurred Friday, January 16, at around 9:55 p.m. when an unknown female came into CVS Pharmacy in Jackson and fled with a shopping cart loaded with unpaid merchandise. She was accompanied by a male on a motorcycle who investigators said came into the store briefly, but waited on his motorcycle outside while she went through the store. The next morning, half of...

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John Tuttle
01/29/2015 7:46 AM

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.

January 15

Jackson

Robert Charles Lucero, 35, Valley Springs; 3:08 p.m. on the 550 block of Highway 88; Failure to appear.

John Paul Franceschi, 53, Valley Springs; 9:06 a.m. on Highway 49 and Electra Road; Failure to appear; Mental competency proceedings.

Rene Ruby Berry, 34, Valley Springs; 3:07 p.m. at Costless Foods; Felony warrant arrest;...

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John Tuttle
01/29/2015 7:44 AM
A local pizza parlor employee had a frightening surprise when they showed up to work Sunday — a burglary in progress. It happened at Mountain Mike’s, in Martell, a little before 7 a.m. on Sunday. According to Amador County Undersheriff Jim Wegner, the employee entered the restaurant and heard a man who was dressed in black shout an expletive and run out of the restaurant. A search determined the burglar made off with cash from the cash register. The Sheriff’s Office arrived quickly after the employee called 911 to report the... [Read more]
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