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Matthew Hedger
2 days ago
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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John Tuttle
2 days ago
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.

Victoria...

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John Tuttle
2 days ago
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
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
Two Sonora High School students have been arrested on sexual misconduct charges said the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department.

According to a CCSD press release issued today, Friday, August 22, the two juveniles, whose names were not released due to their age, were taken into custody at 11:30 a.m. yesterday in connection with an alleged sexual assault charge stemming from a June 21 incident.

The alleged sexual assault occurred on the 600 block of Skyline Drive in Tamarack during a juvenile party. The juveniles were...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
An Angels Camp couple is under arrest on felony child abuse charges after officers were called to investigate suspicious bruises on a 6-week-old baby.

In a press release issued yesterday, the Angels Camp Police Department said they received a report Aug. 12 of suspicious bruising on a 6 week old baby. Upon further investigation it was ascertained that the baby had suffered injuries to his head, limbs, and internal organs.

ACPD determined that the injuries were caused by 18-year-old Angels Camp resident Chance Fidler and...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
Angels Camp police say they have arrested a man and woman from San Joaquin County who led them on a high speed chase in a stolen car following a traffic stop.

In a press release issued Thursday, ACPD said one of its officers observed at least two traffic violations at around 1:45 a.m. which led to the stop near the intersection of Copello Drive and North Main Street. The officer observed the driver of a red 1994 Honda Accord commit two traffic violations; failing to dim the high beam headlights for an oncoming vehicle, and...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Raylene Dawn Cooper
Sutter Creek police say they have two attempted burglary suspects in custody following a confrontation at the Hotel Sutter Thursday evening.

According to a press release issued by Sutter Creek Police Chief Phil Han yesterday, officers were dispatched at around 6 p.m. to a call about an attempted break in at a hotel storage area.

Arriving officers discovered two persons suspected of attempting the break in had fled the area after being confronted by hotel employees, but were quickly spotted by a patrol car driving east on Church St....

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
Dale Lawrence Schaefer
A prowler with an illegal handgun has been arrested after being spotted by an alert homeowner who fired two warning shots from his own firearm.

A press release issued this week by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office said Dale Lawrence Schaefer, 59, of Pioneer, was first detained and then arrested Aug. 1 following a 911 call just after 1 a.m.

The call, from a resident in an unincorporated area of Jackson off Highway 49, said a man and a vehicle unknown to her or her husband was outside their residence, and the man was armed with a...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
A new round of scams is worming its way around the area — with con artists using technology in an attempt to convince you by phone and emails that they are official and legitimate.

One Jackson resident, who said she wanted to help get the word out to other residents after she was targeted, asked that her name not be used to avoid further problems from scammers. She told the Amador Ledger Dispatch this week that an attempt to con her came via her cellular phone — with the Amador County Sheriff’s Office number showing on the caller...

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Matthew Hedger
07/31/2014 7:53 AM
An alert Calaveras County Sheriff’s Deputy conducting a traffic stop for expired registration tags discovered over 200 pounds of marijuana this week. The discovery came at about 2 p.m. Saturday, as the unnamed deputy pulled over a Ford cargo van driven by Darryl Lasater, 54, a resident of Keyes, California. According to the CCSD, the deputy noticed “the strong smell of marijuana coming from the van” and said Lasater initially admitted to having marijuana for his own person use. He later allegedly admitted to transporting the pot from... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
07/31/2014 8:22 AM
A wide array of law enforcement personnel, including Amador Sheriff’s deputies and the F.B.I. are still searching for a man who brandished a handgun and robbed the American River Bank in Pioneer on Monday.

According to the Amador County Sheriff’s Office, the man entered the bank at around 1:08 p.m. hours, at about the same time they received a silent hold up alarm.

Arriving deputies determined a white male adult, approximately 30 years old, clean shaven, wearing a tan beanie, sunglasses, tan long sleeve shirt with the letters HAT...

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Matthew Hedger
07/31/2014 8:27 AM
William Michael Janssen
Before the Sand Fire began its rampage through northern Amador County on Friday, an array of vehicle accidents and emergencies were already keeping first responders busy on area roadways — a trend that lasted well into this week.

The infamously dangerous intersection at Buena Vista Road and Highway 88 saw another accident Thursday, July 24, that left several 1,000 pound bales of hay strewn all over the road just after 7 a.m.

The California Highway Patrol said Andrew Bonham, 69, of Ione was northbound on Buena Vista Road and stopped...

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Via Press Release
08/01/2014 5:18 PM
The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help to find a man who may have tried to abduct a young woman from in front of the Valley Springs Elementary School on Thursday, July 30.

According to a release from the CCSO, deputies responded to a report of “ a female student being coaxed to enter a suspicious vehicle."

The incident happened at about 4 p.m. after a female student rode the bus from Calaveras High School to Valley Springs Elementary. She was waiting for a parent to arrive, when she was approached by an...

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Matthew Hedger
07/29/2014 4:30 PM
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
07/24/2014 10:56 AM
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
07/24/2014 10:55 AM
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
07/18/2014 12:20 PM
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
07/18/2014 12:13 PM
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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