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John Tuttle
6 days ago
Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The U.S. State Department, the Department of Justice, and the FBI have announced a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, currently one of the FBI’s most wanted—and most prolific—cyber criminals, for his alleged involvement in a major cyber racketeering enterprise. Bogachev is believed to have ties to the Sacramento region. The reward is being offered under the auspices of the State Department’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program, established by... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Nila June Gillam

Three people have been arrested following the discovery of a suspicious package at the post office that was found to contain an illegal drug called gamma-butyrolactone,” a component of the infamous “date rape” drug gamma-hydroxybutyrate, or GHB.

According to a report provided by the Amador County Combined Narcotics Enforcement Team this week, they were contacted January 28 by the Department of Homeland Security who reported that US Customs had intercepted a package containing a suspicious liquid being shipped from Hong Kong to a...

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John Tuttle
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.

February 4

10:39 a.m. Burglary at Pokerville Market on Highway 49 in Plymouth. Caller is at the recycling center, it appears someone broke into the building overnight.

11:06 a.m. Animal Call on Teton Court in Jackson Valley. Caller says two brown and white Spaniels are loose in the neighborhood...

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John Tuttle
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.

February 11

Jackson

Paul Jerome Lyman, 82, Jackson; 1:40 p.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Reckless driving: Highway; Plea of guilty or NOLO to reckless driving.

February 12

Pine Grove

Robert Dunn, 40, Pine Grove; 3:06 a.m. on Pine Grove Volcano Road; Driving with a suspended license: reckless.

Jackson

Nicole Michelle Jones, 23,...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

The following is a partial listing of family law cases scheduled to be heard in Amador Superior Court on Monday, February 23. For a full list of all court-related activities, visit amadorcourt.org.

Christopher Scott Hendricks vs. Erica Summer Rose, order to show cause/motion for modification of child custody, dissolution with minor child.

Terri Deanna Cook vs. Rom Quennevill, order to show cause for temporary restraining order, harassment.

Misdemeanor Arraignments

The following is a partial list of persons facing misdemeanor...

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KVGC HomeTown Radio
2 weeks ago

Missing Woman Found Safe

An Amador County woman reported missing Thursday, Feb. 12 was found safe later in the evening. According to reports, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 9:30 p.m. reporting Hedy Thompson as a missing person.

Thompson was last seen at her residence in the Willow Creek area around 7:30 p.m. Thompson reportedly left her home driving her Toyota pick up.

Thompson, 75, suffers from various medical conditions and had left her residence without her medications. Her family was concerned she...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago

Two men were arrested Tuesday following a citizen complaint about profane graffiti being spray painted on a refrigerator in a yard at the corner of Kennedy Flat Road and Argonaut Lane. Amador County Undersheriff Jim Wegner said Sheriff’s Dispatchers received a call around 12:30 p.m. and arrived to find Joel Michael Hand, 37, and Alan Francis Davids, Jr., 53, at the residence.

While questioning the two men, Hand was discovered to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, and the deputies observed a small, zippered bag that appeared to...

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John Tuttle
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.

February 1

1:07 a.m. Theft of Property at Jackson Rancheria Casino on New York Ranch Road in Jackson. Caller says her cell phone was stolen from the bathroom earlier today.

9:35 a.m. Suspicious Person and Vehicle on Grapevine Gulch Road at Village Drive in Jackson Valley. Caller is part of a...

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Matthew Hedger
4 weeks ago

We’re waking up this Sunday morning to new details about an armed suspect shot by police yesterday in Sutter Creek.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office says it got a call around 2 p.m. Saturday that a man armed with a shotgun had entered the home of his estranged wife in the 11000 block of Clinton Road and was threatening the residents.

The man, identified as Dylan John Jopes, 22, of Fairfield, fled the residence in a white pickup truck as deputies were enroute to the call. At around 2:15, a deputy spotted the truck on Ridge Road...

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John Tuttle
4 weeks ago
New evidence may soon be introduced in the Leila Fowler murder case. One of the attorneys defending Fowler’s older brother, charged with killing the 8-year-old two years ago, said on Tuesday that DNA evidence could prove the boy’s innocence. Following a four-minute juvenile court hearing, attorney Steve Plesser said on-going DNA testing from the crime scene would determine if someone else’s bodily fluids, spit or blood was found on or near Leila’s body. Plesser said the most recent tests have been surprisingly good for his client.... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
4 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.

January 12

1:38 a.m. Stolen Vehicle at Agate Place, in Jackson. Suspect vehicle at location, felony arrest.

6:24 a.m. Possession of Controlled Substance While In Custody at Amador County Jail, Court Street, in Jackson, felony arrest.

10:12 a.m. Suspicious Circumstances on Mount Whitney Drive,...

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Matthew Hedger
02/03/2015 10:11 AM

Investigators with JPD are today asking the public to help them identify a man and a woman suspected of shoplifting an extensive amount of store merchandise.

The incident occurred Friday, January 16, at around 9:55 p.m. when an unknown female came into CVS Pharmacy in Jackson and fled with a shopping cart loaded with unpaid merchandise. She was accompanied by a male on a motorcycle who investigators said came into the store briefly, but waited on his motorcycle outside while she went through the store. The next morning, half of...

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John Tuttle
01/29/2015 7:46 AM

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.

January 15

Jackson

Robert Charles Lucero, 35, Valley Springs; 3:08 p.m. on the 550 block of Highway 88; Failure to appear.

John Paul Franceschi, 53, Valley Springs; 9:06 a.m. on Highway 49 and Electra Road; Failure to appear; Mental competency proceedings.

Rene Ruby Berry, 34, Valley Springs; 3:07 p.m. at Costless Foods; Felony warrant arrest;...

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John Tuttle
01/29/2015 7:44 AM
A local pizza parlor employee had a frightening surprise when they showed up to work Sunday — a burglary in progress. It happened at Mountain Mike’s, in Martell, a little before 7 a.m. on Sunday. According to Amador County Undersheriff Jim Wegner, the employee entered the restaurant and heard a man who was dressed in black shout an expletive and run out of the restaurant. A search determined the burglar made off with cash from the cash register. The Sheriff’s Office arrived quickly after the employee called 911 to report the... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
01/29/2015 7:42 AM
Former Cal Fire Battalion Chief Orville Fleming was arraigned on a murder charge on May 20 in Sacramento. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Two Cal Fire firefighters have been fired, and another has resigned following an investigation that was initiated by the death of the girlfriend of a Cal Fire battalion chief. The investigation into disciplinary violations resulted in 13 other state fire employees facing suspensions, demotions and reductions in pay. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Janet Upton said she could not disclose their names, specific offenses or other details without jeopardizing their due process rights. The majority of the... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
01/29/2015 7:40 AM

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.

“If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with...

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Brent Parsons
01/29/2015 7:29 AM

Judge Susan C. Harlan officially retired on January 16 after serving 23 years on the Amador Superior Court Bench. Her retirement fully vested in 2012, but she stayed on because she felt there was still so much that needed to be done.

I had been trying to get an interview with her for months, not until January 14 did an opening appear on her calendar. She called and after clearing security at the courthouse which took some time, I was escorted through some locked doors to her office. She welcomed me in and I sat down across her big...

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Via Press Release
01/22/2015 7:33 AM

The Angels Camp Police Department and the Sonora Police Department conducted a joint Sobriety/Driver License checkpoint on Saturday, January 17, 2015. The checkpoint was in the 100 block of S. Main Street in the city of Angels Camp, between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight.

Four-hundred and one vehicles were screened during this time, and two citations were issued for driving without a driver license. Additionally, one driver was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. Nathan Baird, a 27-year-old North Carolina...

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Matthew Hedger
01/22/2015 7:28 AM

The following is a partial list of tentative rulings handed down in Amador Superior Court in recent weeks. For a complete list of all court-related activities, visit amadorcourt.org

14-CVC-08736 Jacqueline Perez vs. Ashley Sager. Defendant’s Civil Miscellaneous Motion. When requests for admission have been made, the responding party may “promptly move for a protective order” providing the “meet and confer” requirement has been met. CCP §2033.080(a). A meet and confer declaration “shall state facts showing a reasonable and good faith...

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John Tuttle
01/22/2015 7:27 AM

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.

January 13

Jackson

Macario Ray Gurion, 24, West Point; On the 700 block of Court Street; Failure to appear; Felony warrant arrest.

January 14

Sutter Creek

Trenton Daniel May, 21, Sutter Creek; 6:12 p.m. on the 330 block of Highway 88; Failure to appear.

Jackson

Lydia Normajean Harrison, 27, Ione; 9:35 a.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s...

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