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4 days ago

Stockton resident John Steven Keplinger, 56, has been charged with five counts of mail fraud in connection with an auto parts scam, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, from 2010 to 2014, Keplinger carried out a fraud scheme by purporting to sell used auto engines from Japan, but failing to provide customers what he promised. Over 300 paying customers across 44 states and the District of Columbia were defrauded. Keplinger used three companies and websites to carry out the fraud...

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Craig Baracco
4 days ago
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Water issues were discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Jackson City Council. The council continues to explore its options with regard to setting water rates in the city. While the Amador Water Agency has recently passed a general rate increase, including an increase in the wholesale water sold to the city of Jackson, a petition to block that rate increase has been submitted, which the AWA Board had on its agenda to discuss and decide in their meeting on Thursday. In addition, the Southern California legal case ruling that banned... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 days ago
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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 19

Ione

Sabrina Raquel Hernandez, 47, Ione; 2:00 a.m. on the 2620 block of Roadrunner Court; Cruelty to an elder or adult with gross bodily injury or death.

Michael Larry Gumm, 49, Ione; 2:00 a.m. on the 2620 block of Roadrunner Court; Cruelty to an elder or adult with gross bodily injury or death.

Jackson

Matthew Chester...

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2 weeks ago
Mark Fire from Angels Camp on August 13. Photo by Greg Eastman
The Mark Fire in Calaveras County is nearly contained, while a Stockton man sits in jail on charges that he started it. At last report, the fire, which is burning on Marks Ranch Road near Greenhorn Creek in Angels Camp, was 95 percent contained at 114 acres. Calaveras County Sheriff’s officials say 29-year-old Daniel Salazar was arrested south of the fire late Thursday, August 13. Deputies who arrested him were responding to a report that someone had rammed through a gate in the area with a vehicle. Salazar allegedly drove the car... [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.

August 12

Ione

De Cong Truong, 31, San Jose; 10:54 p.m. on South Church and West Martin Lane; Misdemeanor warrant arrest.

August 13

Volcano

Tiffani Dawn Weichere, 45, Volcano; 11:27 p.m. on the 21830 block of Allan Road; Assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm with gross bodily injury; Threaten a crime with intent to terrify; Spousal...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Sabrina Hernandez was arrested for elder abuse and neglect. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

On the evening of August 19, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a resident on the 4600 block of Roadrunner Drive in Jackson Valley. The caller reported that there was a 95-year-old female at the residence who was unresponsive. American Legion Ambulance and Fire Department personnel were dispatched and responded to the scene. The female, who was actually 87 years old, was transported to Sutter Amador Hospital for treatment.

Upon arrival of the patient, Sutter Amador Emergency Room staff...

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3 weeks ago
Juan Ramos Silva. Photo courtesy of News10

On August 9, CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers arrested Juan Ramos Silva, 49, of Lower Lake, for one count of arson and allegedly starting a backfire. Silva was booked into Lake County Jail on suspicion of unlawfully causing a fire to forest land.

“This is the fifth arrest our officers have made in just the past two weeks,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE Director. “Especially now with the dry conditions from the drought, we will absolutely not tolerate arson of any type and will track down those suspected of causing harm to...

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3 weeks ago
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The man who was shot by law enforcement after a chase in Amador County earlier this year has been convicted. According to Amador County Deputy District Attorney Melinda Aiello, Dylan Jopes was convicted by an Amador County jury Monday morning on numerous charges. The charges include assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer with special weapon enhancements, burglary, evading police, child endangerment and more.

The charges stem from an incident in February where Jopes went to his ex-wife’s house, threatened her with a gun,...

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Via Press Release
3 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.

August 5

Fiddletown

Wang Rong Hua, 51, Fiddletown; 1:45 p.m. on the 16075 block of Mount Witney; Planting/ Etc. marijuana; Possession of marijuana for sale; Conspiracy to commit a crime.

Jiang Sai Ming, 45, Fiddletown; 1:45 p.m. on the 16075 block of Mount Witney; Planting/ Etc. marijuana; Possession of marijuana for sale; Conspiracy to...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

Tony Herrin, 36, resident of Reno, Nevada, was sentenced July 29 by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to two years and nine months in prison and restitution of $411,333 for theft of government property, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Herrin worked as a civilian employee at the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong. As part of his job responsibilities, Herrin received, catalogued, and inventoried military equipment returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Herrin worked in the...

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3 weeks ago
A Valley Springs man was jailed in Oakdale for having a sexual relationship with a 14 year old girl. Twenty-nine-year-old Christopher Campbell was arrested Friday on three felony counts of sexual assault on a minor. According to the Oakdale Police Department, the victim’s guardian called police at nearly 3 a.m. Friday and police found Campbell hiding in their home. The victim reported that she and Campbell had been going on for the past few months and they met through a smartphone app called Badoo. The app allows people to see... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago

John Derek Gitmed, 53, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Gitmed, along with his ex-wife, Holly Gitmed, 39, of Riverbank, his daughter Felicia Gitmed, 24, of Los Angeles, and his nephew Anthony Pollino, 37, of Los Angeles, conspired to obtain counterfeit copies of the erectile-dysfunction drugs Viagra®, Cialis® and Levitra®, along with their packaging, and sell them to consumers throughout California...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
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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 23

Jackson

Stacy Lorraine Dalton, 33, Jackson; 9:55 a.m. at the Jackson Rancheria; Violation of probation; Possession of a controlled substance; Personate to make others liable; Giving false identification to specific peace officers; Driving with a suspended license; No insurance; Assault on a custodial officer.

July 28

Jackson

Chase...

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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 24

3:52 p.m. Be on the lookout, on Ridge Road near Sutter Creek, for a vehicle passing illegally over the double yellow lines. The driver flipped off the caller as he sped past.

4:08 p.m. Be on the lookout, on Ridge Road, in Sutter Creek, for a speeding driver who is all over the road...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
One of the stolen items was Charles Russell Giclee’s “Whose Meat.” Photos of Charles Russell Giclee reproductions are not the actual items, but closely resemble them. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

About midnight on July 23, the law office of John Allen at 95 French Bar Road, across from Jackson Creek Dental, was burglarized.

As a result of the burglary, over $10,000 in property was stolen. Among the stolen items was an electronic handgun safe that contained approximately $4,000 in cash, a Sturm Ruger stainless .357 caliber revolver, two Apple MacBook Pro Laptop computers and three Charles Russell western prints. In addition, two WWII pieces of military/aircraft equipment, a mirror stereoscope in an OD green case and a B12...

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Via Press Release
07/30/2015 10:49 AM
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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 21

Pioneer

William David Ehle, 32, Pioneer; 4:03 a.m. on the 14630 block of William Road; Violation of probation.

Ione

Gerardo Enciso Chavez, 28, Ione; 10:51 p.m. on the 4350 block of Jackson Valley Road; Infliction of a corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant; False imprisonment with violence; Violation of probation.

Jackson

Regia Lin...

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07/30/2015 10:44 AM

Charity Ford is accused of shooting and killing her husband

A Burson woman accused of killing her husband and injuring her granddaughter in 2013 will be in court again next month. Charity Ford is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing August 17th. Ford faces one count of murder, one count of attempted murder and one of child endangerment. She is accused of shooting her husband, Randolph Ford, in October of 2013 at their home in Burson, allegedly because she believed he was cheating on her. Randolph died from his...

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Via Press Release
07/23/2015 11:09 AM

ARREST LOG

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 14

Jackson

Shelly Blue Barron, 47, Redlands; 10:25 p.m. on the 8400 block of Sandra Road; Planting/ Etc. marijuana; Possession of marijuana for sale; Conspiracy to commit a crime; Misdemeanor warrant arrest.

Kimberley Ann Barron, 48, Redlands; 10:25 p.m. on the 8400 block of Sandra Road; Planting/ Etc. marijuana; Possession...

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Via Press Release
07/23/2015 11:04 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 9

7:17 a.m. Citizen Assist on Inspiration Drive in Pioneer. The caller wants to know the laws that deal with his right protect himself against the unneighborly pit bull who lives next door, and if he would be in his rights to shoot the animal.

11:32 a.m. Welfare Check at an upcountry...

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John Tuttle
07/23/2015 11:03 AM
Erin Alan Quick. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The suspect in an Amador County bank robbery has been apprehended. On Friday July 17, at about 3 p.m., the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a teller at the BBVA Compass Bank, in the Amador Ridge shopping center. The caller reported that the bank had just been robbed and that the suspect fled on foot.

The suspect was described as a white male, late twenties to early thirties, wearing a baseball cap and blue shirt. Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and were one scene within two minutes....

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