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John Tuttle
6 days ago
The following is a partial listing of misdemeanor arraignments scheduled to take place in Amador Superior Court on Monday, September 29, 2014. Case numbers provided may be researched for more detail at amadorcourt.org. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. For a full list of all court-related events, visit amadorcourt.org.

00-CR-00156 Wayne Robert Leston

05-CR-07952 and 05-CR-08339 Alfonso Rodriguez

05-CR-029312 Christopher Garry Ross

11-CR-19075 Peter Michael Scott

12-CR-19949, Carlos...

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John Tuttle
6 days ago
The following is a partial list of case management conferences scheduled to take place in Amador Superior Court on Monday, September 29, 2014. For a full list of all court-related happenings, visit amadorcourt.org.

Joe Cavana vs. KZ RV LP, a business entity of unknown form, product liability.

Cach, LLC vs. Robert Hypse, collections.

Andrew Garcia vs. William Knipp, civil rights.

Grant and Weber, a corporation vs. Robert L. Cotner, collections.

Brusatori Enterprises, Inc. vs. Francis M. Bickeldalman, breach of contract/warranty....

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
A Reno couple has entered guilty pleas in connection with a Calaveras County counterfeiting case. Theodore Lewis and his wife Lori Marie Dahl, both 50, pleaded guilty to federal charges of possessing counterfeit money and possession of more than 1,000 unauthorized access devices, according to a news release issued by the U.S. attorney’s office in Sacramento. The charges are in connection with a case that started in May of 2013, when Lewis was arrested at a Save Mart grocery store in Angels Camp after an employee reported that he was... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Jerry Lee Adams, Jr.
A Pioneer man has been arrested in connection with an Upcountry burglary reported August 21.

According to the Amador County Sheriff’s Office, an unnamed detective performing a follow-up investigation at a secondhand/pawn store in Calaveras County, Sept. 2, noted transactions involving Jerry Lee Adams Jr., 38, a Pioneer resident who had previously done work for the burglary victim.

Records showed Adams had pawned over 13 grams of “gold scrap,” matching the description of a portion of the stolen property, which included jewelry...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Michael Jay Hix
Two San Andreas men have been arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery in Stockton last week. 27-year-old Michael Jay Hix and 19-year-old Jacob Allen Jarrell, were arrested on Thursday, Sept. 11, after allegedly robbing a home in Stockton where Jarrell’s sister was staying. According to the San Joaquin County Sheriffs Office, the pair were arrested in connection with an incident where they allegedly entered a Stockton home and took firearms, ammunition, a video game system and keys to some vehicles. Two girls, ages 14 and... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
The parents of a Mule Creek State Prison inmate who died in 2013 shortly after being pepper-sprayed have filed a lawsuit alleging state laws were violated and their civil rights were compromised.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento Sept. 4, names 13 prison officials, 20 unnamed prison personnel, Amador County Sheriff/Coroner Martin Ryan and a Stockton funeral home, alleging they acted improperly in the “untimely and avoidable” death of Joseph Damien Duran, 35, at MCSP on Sept. 7, 2013.

The lawsuit alleges Duran had...

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John Tuttle
3 weeks ago
An Amador County driver, suspected of being intoxicated, allegedly sparked a brush fire that destroyed two homes and burned 90 acres along Highway 20 in Lake County Sept. 3. According to the CHP, Shellie Boulais, 52, of Jackson, was booked into the Lake County jail Wednesday, Sept. 3, on suspicion of driving under the influence. Boulais lost control of her vehicle on Highway 20 and crashed into an embankment east of Blue Lakes igniting the dry grass on the roadside. Officials say she fled the scene, but was spotted in some bushes... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office arrested two students Friday after one of them allegedly brought a loaded handgun onto a school bus.

According to a press release issued by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to Calaveras High School just after 8 a.m., Sept. 5.

The bus driver held the students on the bus until the deputies arrived about three minutes later. Deputies made contact with a 17-year-old male student, searched the student’s bus seat and belongings and found a loaded gun. The gun was...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
A flurry of vehicle mishaps involving both area residents and visitors from out of town kept local first responder emergency personnel busy over the Labor Day Holiday weekend, and through the first two weeks of September.

On Friday, Aug. 29, an Antioch man had to be airlifted to Sutter Roseville hospital after flipping his motorcycle on Forest Service Road 8N17 south of Pardoes Road near Pioneer.

The California Highway Patrol said Matthew Sanders, 49, was riding a 2007 KTM motorcycle at about 40 miles per hour, “at a speed which...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
The Angels Camp Police Department this week reported a burglary at the Mike’s Pizza restaurant on Main St. — eleven days after the fact.

According to ACPD, officers responded at around 5:30 a.m. August 31 for an alarm sounding, and found the front door and a back gate had been pried open, and the business burglarized. A cash register was broken and an undetermined amount of cash was taken. A suspect, captured on video tape, fled before the officer’s arrival.

He is described as approximately 40 years old, 5’ 11” tall, 275 pounds,...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
Justin Lawrence Brach
The Amador County Combined Narcotics Enforcement Team has announced it arrested an Ione man Sept. 3 while taking down an alleged marijuana grow and processing facility on Goose Hill Ranch Road.

Here is the press release issued today, Sept. 9.

On September 3, 2014 at approximately 1529 hours, Amador County Combined Narcotics Enforcement Team (ACCNET) Agents assisted by the Amador County Probation Department executed a search warrant at the Justin Lawrence Brach residence in the 7600 block of Goose Hill Ranch Road in Ione....

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John Tuttle
09/04/2014 7:14 AM
Karl Karlsen
A former Calaveras County man will be charged for a second murder involving a family member. Calaveras County District Attorney Barbara Yook filed charges this week against Karl Karlsen, 54, in connection with the murder of his wife. Karlsen is currently serving 15 years to life at a prison in upstate New York for the 2008 murder of his 23-year-old son Levi, in order to get a $700,000 life insurance policy. The New York case prompted the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department to re-open the investigation in January of last year into... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
09/04/2014 7:03 AM
This video frame grab shows the man who robbed the American River Bank in Pioneer July 28.
An armed robbery in West Point early Tuesday morning put law enforcement from at least three counties on high alert.

According to a report released by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department minutes after the incident occurred at approximately 8:35 a.m., a man described as being in his early 20’s, approx. five foot, six or eight inches tall, with blue eyes, was last seen wearing a black ski mask with a black skeleton bandana worn around his jaw line, a long-sleeved black shirt with grey sides, (possibly Under Armor brand), black...

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John Tuttle
09/04/2014 5:55 AM
The following are selected entries from the Amador County Sheriff’s Dispatch call logs for the dates and times indicated.

August 29

7:08 a.m. Welfare Check on Three Oaks Drive in Jackson Valley. Dispatcher spoke with a male subject who said all was okay but then put his 86-year-old mother on the phone who said she was sick and scared of her son.

7:17 a.m. Barking Dog on Cedar Heights Drive in Pioneer. Ongoing issue.

8:33 a.m. Burglary on Silver Drive in Pioneer. Occurred last night. Mini-bike, tools and other miscellaneous items...

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John Tuttle
08/28/2014 8:52 AM
The following is a partial list of cases scheduled to be heard in Amador Superior Court on Monday,Sept. 8, 2014. Because of the Labor Day holiday, the Amador County Courthouse will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1. For a full listing of all court-related activities, visit amadorcourt.org All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Douglas Alan Smith, possess under 28.5 grams of marijuana.

Jose Barreto Gaona, exceeding maximum speed limit of 55 mph.

Rhiannon Rhea Madsen, headlamp requirements.

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John Tuttle
08/28/2014 8:50 AM
The following are selected entries for courtroom hearings scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. For a full list of all court-related activities, visit amadorcourt.org

Katherine J. Eisinger vs. Willem T. Eisinger. Family law miscellaneous order to show cause/motion, petitioner’s motion to compel. Dissolution with minor child.

Michael Wade Lilly vs. Brandy Jeanette Lilly. Family law review hearing. Dissolution with minor child.

County of Amador vs. Daniel PXXXX. Petitioner’s order to show cause/motion, modification of visitation,...

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Matthew Hedger
08/28/2014 8:40 AM
A man has been arrested Upcountry on multiple charges following a police action that included several law enforcement officers and a helicopter seen hovering above Gold Strike Road by dozens of residents Aug. 20.

Authorities still have not released any details on the raid that netted Jason David Englund, 42, address unknown, in the 11400 block of Gold Strike Road at 8:59 a.m. last Wednesday.

Many area residents reported seeing several police officers and cars in the area, as well as the helicopter.

Englund was arrested on...

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Matthew Hedger
08/21/2014 11:42 AM
Sutter Creek police say two El Dorado county residents have been arrested and charged with attempted burglary following a confrontation at the Hotel Sutter August 14.

According to a press release issued by Sutter Creek Police Chief Phil Han late last week, officers were dispatched to a call reporting the attempted break-in at a hotel storage area at around 6 p.m.

Arriving officers were told two persons suspected of perpetrating the crime had fled the area after being confronted by hotel employees. A SCPD patrol car spotted a car...

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Matthew Hedger
08/21/2014 9:42 AM
A Jackson man has been arrested on charges of possessing child pornography after taking his computer in for repairs.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office said this week that a call was received Aug. 13 from an employee of a local electronics business — who asked that his name and the name of the business not be identified — reporting disturbing images on a tablet computer that had been dropped off for repairs Aug. 8.

A responding deputy spoke with the employee who said that upon troubleshooting the device, he discovered nude images...

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