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Craig Baracco
2 days ago
Former Amador County School District Official Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti had her first day in court on Thursday, where she was arraigned on ten felony charges including conflict of interest, perjury and forgery in Amador Superior Court. Chapin-Pinotti is alleged to have fraudulently arranged for the School District to purchase textbooks and other material she herself had authored and had a financial interest in. Judge J.S. Hermansen presided and read off the ten individual charges. Chapin-Pinotti indicated that she understood the... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
1 week 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.

August 2

Jackson

Jason Levi Hegseth, 39, Jackson; 10:23 a.m. on the 20 block of Marcucci Lane; Felony sex offender violation.

Jesse James Harris, 33, Concord; 2:05 p.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Failure to appear.

Pine Grove

Leigh Ryan Carlton, 28, Pine Grove; 3:45 p.m. on the 675 block of New York Ranch Road;...

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Via Press Release
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.

August 2 11:04 a.m. Suspicious Person at a corporate drug store on Highway 49 in Sutter Creek. In the women's bathroom, someone has spent an extended period unwrapping items, possibly to steal. 5:29 p.m. Disturbing the Peace on Tabeau Road in Pine Grove. After throwing things around her residence,...

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Eric Winslow
1 week ago
Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva, who was arrested August 4 on allegations of child endangerment, among other charges.
The recent criminal charges, those against the Mayor of Stockton, and others against a local author, educator and well-known member of the community, together with the price required by law to release the alleged perpetrators before trial, raises questions about the way that bail amounts are set. Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was arrested on August 4 on charges of felony eavesdropping, sale of alcohol to a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and child endangerment. Investigators uncovered evidence that Silva plied... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks 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.

July 26

Jackson

Dwight Arthur Goins, 68, Burson; 12:30 p.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Felony warrant arrest.

July 27

Sutter Creek

Geoffrey Daniel Verville, 27, Citrus Heights; 8:06 p.m. at the Shell Station; Traffic offense: special circumstance; Driving a vehicle without an interlock device with a suspended...

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Via Press Release
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.

July 26 4:54 p.m. Disturbing the Peace in Pine Grove. After letting her son stay at her residence for a short time until he kicked his pot habit and got a job, the caller now wants him removed. He is refusing to leave. 10:16 p.m. Suspicious Circumstances on West Marlette Street in Ione....

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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago
"Ariel Tanner thought she knew who she was...until the darkness descended." So begins the promotional trailer for "Marshall's Landing," a youth novel by Amador County author, teacher and educator Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti. The novel is about a local girl who must do battle with demonic forces ensconced in the County's defunct gold-rush era mines. Little did Pinotti know when writing these words, that they foreshadowed a darkness that would be her own, limned by the walls an Amador County jail cell. For all that, some Amador residents... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
3 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.

July 20

11:34 a.m. Citizen Assist in Pine Grove. A letter with "a lot of money" in it, as well as some foreign paperwork, was received by the caller.

1:11 p.m. Annoying Phone Calls on Highway 49 in Plymouth. Caller states that someone has been calling her husband about her husband's past.

4:53...

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Via Press Release
07/28/2016 11:56 AM

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.

July 4

10:18 a.m. Citizen Assist in Volcano. A woman hired a worker to do a professional job, and now she finds out that he doesn't even have a license to do it. He still has $4,500 of her money.

12:18 p.m. Disturbing the Peace in Ione. A son shoved his dad because he wouldn't buy the boy...

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Via Press Release
07/28/2016 2:12 PM

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.

July 19

Jackson

Michael Mendez Jr., 44, Galt; 2:50 p.m. at the Amador County Superior Court; Remand from court.

Vince Edward Dowler, 49, Clements; 2:02 p.m. on the 850 block of Highway 49; Disorderly conduct: Alcohol.

Christina Marie Oliveto, 25, Jackson; 9:30 a.m. at the Amador County Probation Department; Violation of probation....

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Via Press Release
07/21/2016 12:45 PM

After a federal court ordered California to reduce prison overcrowding, a number of measures were put into place that result in early prison releases, including early parole consideration for inmates characterized as “non-violent second-strikers.” To qualify, inmates must not currently be serving a sentence for a crime which is legally categorized as a “violent felony” and must not be required to register as sex offenders.

Starting January 1, 2015, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation began a new early release...

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Via Press Release
07/21/2016 12:40 PM

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.

July 12

Ione

Sergio Alberto Guevara, 48, San Fransisco; 12:40 p.m. on Highway 49 at Vista Point; Possession of marijuana for sale; Planting marijuana.

Joseph Amos Schuyler, 45, Tracy; 12:40 p.m. on Highway 49 at Vista Point; Planting marijuana.

Jackson

Bonnie Mae Arnett, 52, Pioneer; 10:00 a.m. at the Amador Superior Court;...

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Via Press Release
07/21/2016 11:22 AM

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 28

7:53 a.m. Hit and Run with Property Damage on West Marlette Street in Ione. A subject in his mid-20s drove through a fence, then walked away from the scene in purple pants. He has dark hair and a baseball cap, and is now headed on foot toward the trailer park.

10:20 a.m. Civil Problem...

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Guest Commentator
07/21/2016 1:08 PM

On Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at approximately 8:25 p.m., the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a resident of the Melody Oaks Trailer Park, east of Jackson, on Hwy 88. The caller reported that an altercation had occurred and ended with one subject being stabbed and the other subject fleeing the area on foot.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and immediately located William David Dupont-Barnett III, walking westbound from the scene. Dupont-Barnett III admitted to being in an altercation with his mother’s...

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Via Press Release
07/14/2016 12:37 PM

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 23

8:42 a.m. Welfare Check in Pine Grove. A thin, black-eyed woman and a young child looking very unkempt and scared were confronted by three white males who told her that this is a private road and that she should stay away.

10:00 a.m. Disturbing the Peace on Spring Valley Road in...

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Via Press Release
07/14/2016 12:28 PM

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.

June 30

Jackson

Johnathan Gonzalez Galvan, 26, Jackson; 7:57 a.m. on the 210 block of Main Street; Violation of probation.

July 1

Ione

Kevin Michael Wilson, 33, Pine Grove; 8:51 a.m. on the 215 block of South Church Street; Violation of probation; Misdemeanor warrant arrest.

July 2

Pioneer

Joshua Walter...

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Via Press Release
07/07/2016 2:00 PM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking information to aid in the identification and apprehension of a bank robbery suspect tied to three robberies in the greater Sacramento region. The young Caucasian male is suspected of the following robberies: on Saturday, June 18, at the Wells Fargo Bank, 781 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, in Roseville; on Tuesday, June 21, at the Chase Bank, 8859 Madison Avenue, in Fair Oaks; and on Wednesday, June 29, at the Bank of America, 2221 Douglas Boulevard, in Roseville.

During the commission of...

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Via Press Release
07/07/2016 12:24 PM

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.

June 23

Ione

William Jean Witter, 43, Carlin; 1:42 p.m. on Dove Lane and Manor Drive; Misdemeanor warrant arrest; Possession of unlawful paraphernalia.

Jackson

Branden Robert Haisley, 33, Sacramento; 11:10 a.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Failure to appear.

June 24

Pine Grove

Brandon Ray White, 27, Lodi;...

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Via Press Release
07/07/2016 10:48 AM

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 18

8:02 a.m. Welfare Check on Ridge Road and Highway 88 in Pine Grove. The caller is concerned about a brunette wearing a dress and moccasins. She has been intoxicated for several days and the last time she left the house she said that she was going to find another bottle. 11:09 a.m....

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Guest Commentator
07/07/2016 12:00 PM
Burglary suspect Christopher Bodle was arrested Thursday. Photo courtesy of the Amador County Sheriff’s Office

On Wednesday, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a burglary in the unincorporated area of Willow Creek.

During the investigation, deputies determined that Christopher Bodle, 28, was a person of interest in the case. He was found Thursday morning in the city of Ione and was in possession of stolen property. Bodle was arrested and taken to the Amador County Jail. The Sheriff’s Office thanks the community and the Ione Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

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