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John Tuttle
1 week ago

A Napa man convicted of eight robberies and suspected in several more — including two in our area — has been sentenced to prison for his crimes. Joshua James Metoxen was sentenced to five years in prison (to be served consecutive to a two-year state sentence), and ordered to pay $17,251 in restitution said United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson this week.

Metoxen, 25, pleaded guilty April 2 to eight counts of bank robbery. According to the plea agreement,...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago
The FBI, in a close-working relationship with local law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area, is requesting assistance to identify the individuals responsible for vandalizing fiber optic cables in Fremont, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Berkeley, and San Jose. Within the past year, cables were intentionally severed at the following locations: July 6, 2014, 9:44 p.m. near 7th St. and Grayson St. in Berkeley; July 6, 2014, 11:39 p.m. near Niles Canyon Blvd. and Mission Blvd. in Fremont; July 7, 2014, 12:24 a.m. near Jones Road and Iron Horse... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

Jail overcrowding in California has been an ongoing problem for many years, but it has been greatly exacerbated by AB109, the prison realignment initiative, which has pushed increasing numbers of convicted state prisoners down to local jails. The influx of these individuals has overwhelmed community leaders, who often are at a loss as to how to handle inmates that county jails were never intended to accommodate.

County jails were originally designed to house persons awaiting trial (pretrial populations), as well as those serving...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago

3:12 a.m. Code 2 Ambulance to Latrobe Road in Plymouth. An 82-year-old man has abdominal pain below the belly button.

11:57 a.m. Civil Standby, Keep the Peace on Highway 88 in Pioneer. The caller is not being allowed to retrieve his pocket knife, tent poles, and glucose meter.

5:36 p.m. Theft of Property at a house of worship on Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. A young man had been cadging fuel for more than an hour before he just got sick of begging; so he went off and pilfered half a gallon of gas from the caller’s shed.

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Eric Winslow
1 week 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.

June 4

9:18 a.m. Threatening Crime and Intending to Terrorize on Peck Court in Pine Grove. A 37-year-old man told the caller that he was never going to sell the house; that he would shoot the animals and his wife before that happened.

9:47 a.m. Disturbing the Peace at a business establishmen...

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

The 2014-2015 Amador County Grand Jury issued their report this week and had mostly positive things to say about the issues they looked into. The report was presented to the Amador County Board of Supervisors during their regular meeting on Tuesday, and released to the general public just before 11 a.m.

The Grand Jury looked into two overarching topics — public health and criminal justice. Under public health, the Grand Jury examined how prepared the county is for the unlikely event of an Ebola outbreak. They found that Sutter...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
Deandre Dwayne Register, 21, of Sacramento is wanted for attempted murder, attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy. Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Authorities have arrested two men and a woman they say were involved in a 2014 shooting and robbery at the 49er Village RV Park in Plymouth that left two men seriously injured.

According to a report released Wednesday by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office, William Keifer Johnson, 22, Jozalynn Marie Hennie, 20, and Kevin Dashawne Carlock, 34, all of Sacramento, were arrested June 9 by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s SWAT Team and the Sacramento City Police Department SWAT Team after DNA evidence gathered at the scene of the crime...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
Deandre Dwayne Register If you see this man, do not attempt to approach, call 911.

A photo of a man authorities say is still wanted in connection with a 2014 shooting and robbery at the 49er Village in Plymouth has been obtained by the Amador Ledger Dispatch. Deandre Dwayne Register, 21, of Sacramento, is outstanding and wanted for attempted murder, attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy.

THE EARLIER STORY IS BELOW:

Authorities have arrested two men and a woman they say were involved in a 2014 shooting and robbery at the 49er Village RV Park in Plymouth that left two men seriously...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
Kevin Dashawne Carlock

Authorities have arrested two men and a woman they say were involved in a 2014 shooting and robbery at the 49er Village RV Park in Plymouth that left two men seriously injured.

According to a report released this week by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office, William Keifer Johnson, 22, Jozalynn Marie Hennie, 20, and Kevin Dashawne Carlock, 34, all of Sacramento, were arrested June 9 by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s SWAT Team and the Sacramento City Police Department SWAT Team after DNA evidence gathered at the scene of the crime...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Angels Camp Police Department.

On June 13 at around 3:50 p.m., an ACPD officer on patrol in the area of Highway 4 and Angels Oaks Road reported a black Kawasaki motorcycle with no visible license plate nearly collided with the his patrol vehicle as the motorcycle was traveling west on Highway 4 passing several vehicles over the solid double yellow lines at an estimated 80 miles per hour.

The officer, whose name was not released, gave chase as the motorcyclist continued to drive westbound on...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
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The Angels Camp Police Department conducted DUI “Saturation Patrols” June 12 through June 14, and netted five citizens who were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and or alcohol.

Patricia Paige, 52, a resident of Manteca, was arrested June 13 at approximately 9:40 p.m. on Highway 4 near Angel Oaks Drive in Angels Camp. She was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for the following charges: 23152 (a) CVC – DUI and 23152(b) CVC – DUI, BAC 0.08 percent or higher.

Elizabeth Boyd, a 29-year-old Copperopolis resident was...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Phino Lavatia. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A man who Jackson Police say beat another man severely in the early morning hours of June 9 has been arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Jackson Police Chief Scott Morrison told the Amador Ledger Dispatch that a resident of an apartment on the 200 block of Main Street got into a verbal argument with Phino Lavatia at around 2:30 a.m., allegedly because Lavatia and a group of people he was with were making noise.

The resident, later identified as Trevor Mayers, jumped out of the window of the apartment to...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Michael Pinon, 22 years old. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Calaveras authorities say four people have been arrested as the result of a confrontation between residents and trespassers in the 19000 block of Highway 26, in Glencoe, near West Point.

A press release from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department said a deputy was dispatched to the area around 3:40 p.m. June 13 to a complaint about a “trespassing issue.”

As the deputy contacted the property owner, she reported hearing people yelling from the canyon below.

The property owner, whose name was not released, told the deputy that...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Police say Mark Dantche is still missing. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

By John Tuttle

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the disappearance of Mark Dantche. Investigators have determined Dantche’s cell phone was last used in the area of Sheep Ranch Road in Murphys, rather than the area of Beardsley Reservoir, as previously reported. Dantche was last known to be in contact with friends and relatives during the evening hours of May 30. Dantche is a 45-year-old white male with brown eyes and grey hair. He is about 5 foot 9 inches tall, and weighs about 190 pounds. He...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Angelo Esquer. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a man after he allegedly shot a gun in a campground at Lake Camanche. According to the CCSD, deputies were dispatched June 14 at around 4 a.m. to a report of a man shooting a gun in the air. Arriving deputies talked to several campers, who described the shooter as a large, bald man wearing a white t-shirt.

The campers said the man had been talking about gangs, making “pop sounds”, and later followed with a real gunshot. Deputies located a man matching the description and...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
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Calaveras authorities are investigating a weekend incident where a man apparently deliberately set fire to himself outside Mark Twain Hospital. Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from the hospital June 13 around 3:30 p.m. and arrived to find a gas can and smoke in the area. Deputies contacted Mark Twain staff who said the 34-year-old man, whose name has not been released, had already been moved to the emergency room and was being treated for his injuries. Deputies learned through witnesses and a surveillance... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Christopher Demos. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Pioneer resident Christopher Demos, 43, has been sentenced by Visiting Judge Don Howard to 6 years state prison for sexually molesting a young girl. In May 2013, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a report of suspected molestation involving the reporting mother’s 10-year-old daughter. The mother said that she had received a call from Demos’s brother, who informed her that he had been molested by the defendant for years while they were children. Upon learning of the defendant’s past, the mother spoke to her children and... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

A coordinated effort between local law enforcement agencies Wednesday culminated in the arrest of a Galt man and woman suspected in a string of car burglaries in Sutter Creek as they were allegedly using stolen credit cards to buy various items at Staples in Martell.

Sutter Creek Interim Police Chief Wes Glaister said his office received reports at around 6:30 a.m. that several vehicles had been broken into where items — including credit cards — were taken.

“We started looking into it and found that one of the credit cards had...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
Michael Mendibles. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A West Point man has been arrested on charges of assault and attempted murder after allegedly stabbing another man and trying to shoot him with a bow and arrow June 5.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said Michael Mendibles was “allegedly intoxicated” when he confronted the 19-year-old victim, made several threats and attempted to stab him at around 7 a.m.

Sgt. Anthony Eberhardt said the victim was able to wrestle one or more knives away from Mendibles, who then left the scene on the 23000 block of Highway 26, in West...

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John Tuttle
3 weeks ago

Darrin Wagner, 49, of Fresno, pleaded guilty this week to bank larceny in a scheme that defrauded Golden One Credit Union of tens of thousands of dollars.

According to court documents, in March 2014, Wagner and an accomplice operated a scheme to defraud the Golden 1 Credit Union. They deposited counterfeit money orders and counterfeit checks into the accomplice’s checking account using ATMs in various branches in Fresno. Wagner then withdrew cash and either made purchases or transferred the funds to the accomplice’s Golden 1...

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