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Matthew Hedger
3 days ago

Jackson Police are seeking the public’s help to identify two men suspected of a break in at two businesses in the Mother Lode Plaza in the early morning hours on Wednesday.

JPD Investigator Doug Gray said at approximately 3:30 a.m., burglaries occurred at H. Lorist Watch Makers and Modern Cuts by two suspects who kicked in their front doors. Approximately $3,000 in watches were stolen. Based upon surveillance videos , the two male suspects are described as white or Hispanic and in their late teens to mid-twenties. Both were wearing...

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John Tuttle
2 days 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.

December 8

Pine Grove

Cal Nolan Stockman, 39, Santa Ynez; 1:09 p.m. on the 12615 block of Tabeaud Road; Disorderly conduct: Alcohol.

December 9

Jackson

Daniel Glen Starkey, 43, Nevada City; 7:10 a.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Failure to appear.

Pioneer

Tara Fawn Alexander, 46, Reno; 10:15 a.m. on Highway 88 west of Hams Station;...

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John Tuttle
2 days ago

The following is a partial listing of traffic arraignments scheduled to be heard in Amador Superior Court on Monday, December 22. For a full list, visit amadorcourt.org

Winton Edward Burgess, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Johnny Lee Adams, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Gustavo Adolfo Maya Hernandez, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Francine Lois Serpa, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Richard Gary Hardy, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Myles Eugene Gould, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Kristen Faith Raquel...

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John Tuttle
2 days 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.

December 3

12:58 a.m. Disturbing the Peace on Lakeview Drive in Jackson Valley. Ex-girlfriend pounding on windows and door.

2:55 a.m. Suspicious Circumstances at Hertzig Storage on Buckhorn Ridge Road in Pioneer. Caller says two men are at storage units.

3:37 a.m. Annoying Phone Calls on Robin...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago
Otis Lee Cooper

The Sacramento field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking assistance from the public to help locate Otis Lee Cooper, 57. Cooper, formerly of Sacramento, is wanted for a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Although Cooper has ties to Michigan and Mississippi, he has yet to be successfully located and apprehended.

Cooper is a black male who stands 5 feet 7 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. He weighs approximately 240 pounds and has tattoos on his right hand and right forearm. The...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago

The following is a partial list of tentative rulings handed down in Amador Superior Court in recent weeks. For a complete list of all court-related activities, visit amadorcourt.org

12-CVC-08154 Angela Rees, Kevin Ball vs. Chevrolet General Motors, General Motors LLC, Federico Solis Rojas, Carlos Balback, Kevin Ray Ball. Motion for summary judgement. Defendant’s request for judicial notice of Exhibits A, B, C, E and F is granted. Defendant’s request for judicial notice of Exhibit D is denied. Defendant’s motion for summary...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
We're waking up this morning to the news that authorities have arrested the biological father of four chicldren abducted Dec. 6 that prompted an Amber Alert Thursday morning. Authorities said they found the body of a woman now identified as their mother, Erica Perez, yesterday morning in the trunk of a car abandoned in a hospital parking lot near the family's home in Montibello, in Los Angeles County. She had been reported missing since Dec. 6, along with her husband, Daniel Diego Perez, and the couple's four young children, who have... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago

The Angels Camp Police Department would like to warn members of the community about recent phone scams that have surfaced in our area.

You’ve Won a Prize!

The scam artist explains that the victim has won a significant prize (large sums of money, vacations, etc.) but a “processing fee” is required. The scammer indicates that the prize will be finalized after the processing fee is paid. This processing fee ranges from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The scammer will then request that the victim purchase a pre-paid debit card or...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
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On December 8, 2014 at approximately 1314 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call reporting that there was a male chasing two other males on Hwy 88 near Martell Road. While Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies were enroute, a second call was received that there was a minivan involved and it appeared there had been some type of explosion within the van.

The Amador County Sheriff's Office has issued a statement outlining the details of the attempted escape by two juveniles from Nevada while they were...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

Police are again on the lookout for a gang of young people who ignored posted no trespassing signs and jumped a fence at the Preston Castle, in Ione. A post on the Preston Castle Foundation’s Facebook page read: “No physical damage was caused. Trespassing is against the law no matter how you try to justify it.”

If you know who these individuals are, or recognize the large, red truck associated with them, you are urged to contact the Ione Police Department.

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Tracy Rogers

The Angels Camp Police Department is reporting it has arrested an Avery woman they say burglarized a lumber yard in the city not once, but twice.

ACPD officers first responded to a call of a suspected burglary Nov. 17 at around 7:40 a.m. Arriving units found a hole had been cut in the fence at the Calaveras Lumber Company near the rear of the store. Tools were missing and it appeared the unknown suspect(s) had been interrupted in the process because numerous items were found stacked near the the hole.

ACPD personnel were again...

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Matthew Hedger
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.

December 1

5:41 a.m. Fire Call on Forest Home Road in Willow Creek. Structure fire. Caller believes residence is vacant.

8:45 a.m. Found Property at Pioneer Elementary School on Highway 88 in Pioneer. Large knife found in sand box.

9:31 a.m. Animal Call on Paelo Lane in Pine Grove. Injured...

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KVGC HomeTown Radio
2 weeks ago
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County General Plan Meeting Draws Few

The first of two public hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Amador County’s 2030 General Plan did not draw much comment Tuesday morning, during a special joint meeting of the Amador County Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission. Only two people submitted comments both orally and in writing regarding the large document, and expressed concerns over having too many mitigation measures and on the overall general approach. This was not the last chance for interested...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago

Calaveras County Sheriff's officials are reporting the death of a West Point man in custody at the county jail on Monday.

Here is the official release:

On 12/01/14 at 0740 hours, The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office began investigating an in-custody death at the jail facility. Correctional staff found Kelly Keel (59) of West Point unresponsive in his jail cell during a routine security check. Mr. Keel was being housed by himself at the time of his death. The cause of his death is unknown pending an autopsy. There was no sign...

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Joe Svec
4 weeks ago

During the early morning hours of November 22, 2014, the Sutter Creek Police Department responded to a residential burglary in the area of the 50 block of Boston Alley.

The Sutter Creek Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspect who is described as being a white male, early 20's, between 6'0" - 6'2" in height, 150-160 pounds, having short brown hair and clean shaven. The suspect was last seen wearing a grey, long sleeve shirt with a color and blue jeans.

The suspect may have recent...

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John Tuttle
11/21/2014 10:57 AM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking the public for help and information that may lead to the apprehension of an armed and dangerous bank robber who has robbed three banks in Northern California this year. Dubbed the “Bad Breath Bandit” for his use of a disposable paper face mask during the commission of each of the robberies, the suspect is a white male who stands approximately 6 feet tall, weighs approximately 210-250 pounds with a medium build, and has dark hair.

On November 13, 2014, at approximately 10:24 a.m., the...

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Matthew Hedger
11/21/2014 10:52 AM

Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz issued a strong warning this week in the aftermath of an Amber Alert that authorities now say was issued as a result of a hoax perpetuated by the 14-year-old high school boy who was the subject of the alert.

“I am angry and will seek restitution for any and all monies lost from Sergio Vazquez,” said Kuntz, “and whoever else I find out was involved.

The situation unfolded Monday after Vazquez’ mother called police to say her son had texted or called her at around 12:30 p.m. from inside a white van...

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Matthew Hedger
11/21/2014 10:40 AM

The following is a partial list of persons facing misdemeanor arraignments in Amador Superior Court on Monday, November 24. All persons are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Kenneth Allen Dever

Judy Michelle Jones

Victor Ignacio Zuniga

Somphone Khoonsirivong

Erik Michael Rodriguez

Cecilia Veronica Santiago

Jennifer Aurelia Lewis

Joshua Rober Dumlao

Kristina Fay Sigston

Martin Morales

Marilyn Joyce Hebel

Jonathan Craig Brooks

Jose Guadalupe Ayala Arellano

Bruno Arthur Schock

Gustavo...

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Matthew Hedger
11/21/2014 10:38 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.

November 6

Plymouth

Patrick Dale Freeman, 40, Plymouth; 10:54 a.m. on the 9100 block of Landrum Street; Possession of ammunition by a felon.

Rawlin James Shobert, 33, El dorado; 4:52 p.m. on Highway 16 at Willow Creek Road; Misdemeanor warrant arrest.

Jackson

Jennifer Leanne Truelock, 38, Mountain Ranch; 1:48 p.m. on the 225 block of Sutter...

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John Tuttle
11/21/2014 10:33 AM
Amador County Superior Court Judge Susan Harlan has announced she plans to retire from the bench early next year. In a letter dated Friday, November 14, 2014 to Court staff, Harlan said she has sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown advising him she plans to retire on January 16, 2015. Harlan writes, “This has been a difficult decision for me” and that, “It has been my honor and privilege to work with all of you over the past several years.” Harlan graduated cum laude from the University of the Pacific in 1974. She obtained her law... [Read more]
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