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Matthew Hedger
2 days ago
The Amador County Sheriff's Office has released frame grabs from video taken yesterday, Monday, July 28, of a man suspected of robbing the American River Bank of an undisclosed amount of money. The earlier breaking news story is posted below:

Straight off the wire from the ACSO:

On July 28, 2014 at approximately 1308 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a silent hold up alarm at the American River Bank, 26395 Buckhorn Ridge Rd. Pioneer

Upon arrival of Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies, it was determined that a...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
Danny David Upton
An argument over who was the better athlete back in the day landed one man in jail this week after the dispute escalated into a shooting, authorities said.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol responded to a 911 call reporting the shooting in the 20000 block of East Clinton Road, between Jackson and Pine Grove, just after midnight July 22.

Deputies and officers arriving at the scene found Danny David Upton, 61, in a driveway, armed with a loaded handgun. Upton was detained without further incident,...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
Jose Jesus Reyes
A Placerville man was arrested Sunday after being involved in a solo vehicle accident on Highway 49 south of Bell Road, in the Plymouth area. The California Highway Patrol said Jose Reyes, 23, was driving northbound on the highway in a 2003 Cadillac Escalade when he drove too fast around a left-hand turn and left the roadway, coming to rest on a hillside.

Reyes managed to avoid hitting several nearby trees in the incident, and was arrested by arriving officers on suspicion of driving under the influence and driving without a valid...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Louis James Chiero Photo courtesy Amador County Sheriff's Office
Two more Upcountry residents have been arrested in connection with the July 7 stabbing death of Jacob Stover at a residence in Pioneer.

Louis James Chiero, 36, and Jessica Renee Chiero, 26, were taken into custody during a court appearance for unrelated charges July 14, after the Amador County District Attorney’s office determined both may have been involved. They are charged with being accessories to the murder after the fact and are described as residents in the house where the stabbing took place. Bail was set at $75,000 each and...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Stolen Tillamook cheese buses found in Copperopolis

Three Tillamook cheese company buses have been found in Copperopolis, and three men have been arrested and charged with their theft.The Volkswagen mini-buses, with a combined value estimated at $300,000, were recovered at a self-storage facility early Sunday morning after being reported stolen out of a hotel parking lot in Manteca on Saturday. Authorities said two men, Brian Michael Lancaster and Ryan Anthony Monaco, both with Sacramento addresses, were arrested Tuesday during a...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz has announced that the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a $41,406.00 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related crime.

“This is important to the county in order to increase protection for youth and to provide better enforcement of problem locations that have contributed to an increase in crime,” Kuntz said.

The grant was awarded to local law enforcement agencies through ABC’s Grant Assistance Program (GAP). The grants strengthen...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Calaveras deputies responding to a report of a person stealing water have uncovered a moderately large marijuana grow in the Copperopolis area.

A report from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said the deputies, along with officers from the California Highway Patrol, made the discovery July 10.

Both agencies were conducting a joint operation to eradicate the illegal marijuana grow when they spotted a man fleeing from the grow site. Edgar Lopez, whose age and place of residence was not released. Lopez was quickly located hiding...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
The California Highway Patrol and the Amador County Sheriff's Office are still looking for the driver of a motorcycle that was spotted speeding on Highway 88 west of Hurricane Hill earlier this week. As one officer began initiating a traffic stop on the motorcycle, the driver accelerated away at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

As the vehicles approached Blue Sky Drive, the motorcycle driver lost control and crashed onto the soft shoulder. After the crash, the driver fled on foot and disappeared into a drainage ditch....

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Two more Upcountry residents have been arrested in connection with the July 7 stabbing death of Jacob Stover at a residence in Pioneer.

Louis James Chiero and Jessica Renee Chiero were taken into custody during a court appearance July 14 after the Amador County District Attorney's office determined both may have been involved. They are being accused of being accessories to the murder after the fact and are described as residents in the house where the stabbing took place. Both remain in jail this afternoon with bail set at $75,000...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
The Amador County Combined Narcotics Enforcement Team has arrested three Jackson residents after citizen complaints led them to two houses where drug sales were suspected to be occurring.

According to a spokesperson from the Amador County Sheriff’s Office, ACCNET investigators along with personnel from the ACSO and Jackson Police served a narcotic-related search warrant June 17 at 115 New York Ranch Road in Jackson.

The search warrant was the result of numerous citizen complaints about suspicious activity occurring at the...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
An Upcountry man is dead and another is in jail facing murder charges following an early morning fight in Pioneer July 7.

Amador County Undersheriff Jim Wegner said Greg Michael Wilson, 40, has been booked on murder charges in the death of Jacob Stover, 26, who was found lying in a driveway suffering from multiple stab wounds in the 15000 block of Pioneer Creek Road at around 2:40 a.m. Monday.

Responding sheriff’s deputies interviewed a woman at the scene they described as Stover’s 27-year-old girlfriend, who said at least four...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
Dana June Knaul
The Amador County Sheriff's Office has released the booking photos of the two people arrested in connection with the stabbing death of an Upcountry man. Here is the official media release just issued by ACSO Undersheriff Jim Wegner:

On July 7, 2014 at approximately 0240 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency Call from a 27 year old female resident of Pioneer stating that there had been an altercation at a residence located in the 15000 block of Pioneer Creek Road in Pioneer and that her 26 year old...

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Matthew Hedger
4 weeks ago
Two people have been arrested in connection with the alleged stabbing death of an Upcountry man.

A spokesperson for the Amador County Sheriff's Office said Greg Michael Wilson, 40. has been booked on a first-degree murder charge and Dana June Knaul, 48, described as his girlfriend, has been booked on charges of being an accessory after the fact.

At least four individuals have been interviewed in connection with the death that was first reported in the early morning hours on Monday. (See previous breaking news story.)

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Matthew Hedger
4 weeks ago
Two people have been arrested in connection with the alleged stabbing death of an Upcountry man.

A spokesperson for the Amador County Sheriff's Office said Greg Michael Wilson, 40, has been booked on a first-degree murder charge and Dana June Knaul,48,described as his girlfriend, has been booked on charges of being an accessory after the fact.

At least four individuals have been interviewed in connection with the death that was first reported in the early morning hours on Monday. (See previous breaking news story.)

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Bill Lavallie
4 weeks ago
A DUI checkpoint was set up in Jackson Saturday night around 6 p.m.

CHP Jackson and CHP San Andreas teamed up to run the checkpoint.

Jackson Police were present and in the area also.

We are awaiting official statistics and will post them here when they become available.

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Matthew Hedger
07/03/2014 9:20 AM
The Amador County Combined Narcotics Enforcement Team has arrested three Jackson residents after citizen complaints led them to two houses where drug sales were suspected to be occurring.

According to a spokesperson from the Amador County Sheriff’s Office, ACCNET investigators along with personnel from the ACSO and Jackson Police served a narcotic-related search warrant June 17 at 115 New York Ranch Road in Jackson. The search warrant was the result of numerous citizen complaints about suspicious activity occurring at the residence,...

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Matthew Hedger
07/03/2014 8:35 AM
A Redwood City couple remains behind the gray bars of the Amador County Jail this morning charged with auto theft and drug possession after getting caught up in a dragnet of officers looking for a shoplifting suspect.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to Walmart July 1, just after six p.m. where a theft had been reported involving a man in his twenties, wearing a white tank top and black shorts. The suspect reportedly fled northeast from the store on Wicklow Way.

Approximately 5 minutes later, an ACSO...

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Matthew Hedger
07/03/2014 8:07 AM
Highway Patrol to conduct DUI checkpoint Saturday

A sobriety checkpoint will be set up on Highway 49, somewhere within the city limits of Jackson, on Saturday, July 5. Amador-area CHP Acting Commander Sergeant Dan Lopez said the checkpoint will be staffed by both CHP and officers from the Jackson Police Department. “Each year, members of our community are needlessly maimed or killed on our roads,” he said. “Our goal is to insure the safe passage of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of drunk...

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Via Press Release
07/01/2014 10:06 AM
A traffic stop over the weekend in Angels Camp resulted in the arrest of a San Andreas couple after methamphetamine was found in their car.

A press release issued by the Angels Camp Police Department said at at approximately 8 p.m. Saturday, an ACPD fficer conducted a traffic stop on South Main Street near Stockton Road for equipment violations.

The officer identified the two occupants of the vehicle as 37-year-old Joshua Jones, and 33-year-old Sunshine Nordstrom.

A K9 unit conducted a sniff of the exterior of the vehicle...

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Via Press Release
06/27/2014 12:00 PM
Residents are concerned about reports of recent credit card skimming at a Valley Springs business. According the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, they can confirm that they have investigated a couple reports of credit card compromises in Valley Springs. Calaveras Sergeant Anthony Eberhardt stated that they can’t confirm the cards were skimmed at a specific business, despite rumors. Eberhardt reminded folks that in a small town, people can visit the same businesses with coincidental results. He says the safest way to protect... [Read more]
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