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Matthew Hedger
2 days ago
Daniel Brian Thompson

Former Ione Fire Instructor Pleads Not Guilty In Woman’s Death

Former Cal Fire battalion chief Orville “Moe” Fleming pleaded not guilty Monday in the stabbing and strangulation death of 26-year-old Sarah Douglas, whose body was found in a home the two shared with a bed sheet tied around her neck May 1.

The 56-year-old Fleming has been held without bail since May after he eluded authorities for 16 days following the discovery of Douglas’ body.

Fleming appeared in court with a new mustache, replacing the one he shaved off while on...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is once again appealing to the public-at-large to help them capture “cyber-criminals” they say are responsible for a wide array of online crimes — and some of the criminals could be operating out of Northern California.

They are wanted on a variety of charges—like installing insidious malware on unsuspecting victims’ computers, hacking into company networks and stealing trade secrets and user identity data, selling fraudulent computer security programs and other bogus software, manufacturing...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
Mayor Pat Crew at the Jackson City Council meeting. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

The final hearing for the sewer rate increase will be on Monday, Oct. 27

At the Jackson City Council meeting on Oct. 14, Mayor Pat Crew remarked that until now, “The rates have been artificially lower than they should be. That’s a fact.” One resident made a public comment and informed the council that, “From a resident’s perspective, we don’t understand completely what’s going on.” After presenting some questions and complaints, this resident suggested getting the information out to the public. “I would be very supportive of...

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Lucy Hackett
2 weeks ago

Thanks to a major funding award from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and support from Amador County Board of Supervisors, about 700 Pioneer homeowners can look forward to improved water pressure in their homes, safer water supply, and better fire protection.

The Amador Water Agency and Amador County partnered to apply for funding to upgrade water systems along Highway 88, Carson Drive and Buckhorn Ridge Road.

Much of the water system in the area was installed in the 1960-70s with small diameter...

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KVGC HomeTown Radio
2 weeks ago
Another round in court yesterday for Amador County and the Buena Vista Rancheria. The tribe is urging a Washington D.C. Circuit Court panel to allow it to intervene in the suit attempting to nix its compact for Class III casino gambling, saying the U.S. Department of Interior has ineffectively defended the tribe's rights in the litigation. The Tribe criticized the Interior Department for failing to get Amador County’s, California's Administrative Procedures Act challenge, dismissed in federal court saying the decade long case has... [Read more]
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KVGC HomeTown Radio
2 weeks ago
Ross Raymond Moon

Angels Police Recover Stolen Bike/Bust Pot Garden

An Angels Camp man was arrested this week after a night time raid by police investigating a marijuana garden also discovered a stolen motorcycle.

According to a news release issued by the Angels Camp Police Department, Ross Raymond Moon, 27, was arrested Oct. 3 at approximately 10 p.m. and booked in to the Calaveras County Jail for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales, and possession of stolen property.

The ACPD served a search warrant in the 1200 block of...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

Six Ione residents are vying for one of three seats on the Ione City Council in the impending Nov. 3 election. Cindee Stewart, Oral Custer and Dominic Atlan would like to take over for the three incumbents — Ron Smylie, Dan Epperson and Lloyd Oneto — who are up for re-election during this cycle.

The Amador Ledger Dispatch reached out to each of them with a list of questions and a request for a short biography. Here are their responses, in the order they were received.

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Argonaut student Dahkota Brown addressed the ACUSD board Wednesday night regarding Calaveras’ mascot. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Tessa Marguerite.

“Kill the Redskins; Scalp the Redskins; Send them on the Trail of Tears!” According to Argonaut student Dahkota Brown, these phrases have all been heard at sporting events from teams opposing the Calaveras High School Redskins. But it’s all in good fun, team spirit, right? Does that make it acceptable?

Argonaut High School junior Dahkota “Kicking Bear” Brown, Founder of Native Education Raising Dedicated Students (NERDS), addressed the Amador County Unified School District board on Wednesday, Oct. 8, with an appeal to,...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

Businesses in Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties are on the list to be visited by a representative of the California State Board of Equalization this month, as the behemoth state agency seeks to ensure sales taxes are being collected and reported properly.

Retailers throughout the state are receiving letters from the BOE notifying them about upcoming visits from Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program teams. The visits are intended to educate retailers about properly reporting sales and use tax, increase compliance with tax...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the publics’ help in finding and arresting a bank robber who has been on a three year rampage though at least four states.

During what authorities believe was his first bank robbery nearly three years ago in Chino, California, the AK-47 Bandit—so named because he carries an assault rifle during takeover-style robberies—shot and seriously wounded a police officer while making his escape. Since then, he has robbed or attempted to rob five more banks, most recently in August, when he hit a...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

The Tax Man Cometh

Amador County property tax bills are in the mail. Treasurer-tax collector Micheal Ryan says the annual secured property tax bills for the 2014-2015 fiscal year have been mailed. There are more than 23,100 bills for charges totaling more than $47.6 million dollars. If you own property and don't get your tax bill by October 3rd, call the tax collectors office at 223-6364 to get a copy. State law says that you have to pay your taxes on time even if you don't receive the bill. You can also get your tax information...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 weeks ago
District 1 Supervisor John Plasse addresses the Jackson City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite.

The first item on the discussion calendar at the Jackson City Council meeting this week was funding from the Amador County Transportation Commission with District 1 Supervisor John Plasse.

Plasse requested that the council consider using some of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funding for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of local roads. The STIP fund is the amount allocated to our County and cities through the California Transportation Commission (CTC), predicated on population and lane miles.

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Tessa Marguerite
09/25/2014 7:34 AM
Assistant Superintendent Tim Zearley presented a report on revenues and expenditures for ACUSD and ACOE in the past year. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

At the Amador County Unified School District and Amador County Office of Education meeting Wednesday night, Amador High School student Lauren Struffenegger was awarded an “A” Block Letter for her outstanding community service. Struffenegger has also served as a guide for visually impaired skiers at Kirkwood and other ski resorts.

A public comment was made thanking the school board for hiring a band teacher. The attendee commented, “I know it was a very difficult thing; the search was long and arduous… My daughter is in band and,...

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Matthew Hedger
09/26/2014 11:17 AM

Amador County Supervisors hope to unload some of their excess property — and put some much needed money into the General Fund in the process.

Announced just last week, properties in Jackson to be sold include APN 020-243-001, a .76 acre parcel consisting of a parking area behind the old courthouse that has two structures — 204 Court Street and 42 Summit Street in Jackson. The property is zoned “P”, public/institutional and is within the City of Jackson Historic Corridor.

The second parcel, APN 020-243-002, is a .08 acre size vacant...

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Tessa Marguerite
09/25/2014 11:29 AM
District 1 Supervisor John Plasse addressing the City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

The first item on the Discussion Calendar at the Jackson City Council meeting this week was funding from the Amador County Transportation Commission with District 1 Supervisor John Plasse.

Plasse requested that the council consider using some of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funding for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of local roads. The STIP fund is the amount allocated to our County and cities through the California Transportation Commission (CTC), predicated on population and lane miles.

The...

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Matthew Hedger
09/26/2014 10:49 AM

Amador County supervisors have extended the time frame of an interim ordinance first approved in August to limit the indoor growing of medical marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county. The action came during a public hearing at the regular meeting of the board this week.

According to the language contained in the interim ordinance, the county does not currently have any explicit rules or regulations governing medical marijuana cultivation, except when it is grown outdoors.

“The potential has arisen for an extremely large and...

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Via Press Release
09/26/2014 10:45 AM
Stephen Kronick

River Clean Up a Success

The Sierra River Conservancy, the main coordinating body for the Great Sierra River Cleanup reported 4,600 volunteers collected 86,700 pounds of trash and 24,434 pounds of recyclables during the statewide event Sept. 20. East Bay Muncipal Utility District Ranger/Naturalist Lora Sparrowk said local figures are included in that number.

“EBMUD’s 245 volunteers, aged 3 to 72, collected 2,340 pounds of trash and 1,410 pounds of recyclables from the Middle Bar down to Stillman Magee Park, she reported. “We...

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John Tuttle
09/18/2014 10:31 AM

Some Amadorians May Be Owed Refunds On Auto Purchases

The Department of Motor Vehicles may have charged you too much use tax on your purchase of a car from a private citizen, say officials at the state’s Board of Equalization. When purchasing a car from a private party you are required to register the vehicle with the DMV, and pay the use tax. The use tax a buyer should generally pay is the applicable sales tax rate for the area where the vehicle will be registered, usually the new owner’s home or business address. The DMV, working...

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Matthew Hedger
09/12/2014 10:20 AM

The parents of a Mule Creek State Prison inmate who died in 2013 shortly after being pepper-sprayed have filed a lawsuit alleging state laws were violated and their civil rights were compromised.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento Sept. 4, names 13 prison officials, 20 unnamed prison personnel, Amador County Sheriff/Coroner Martin Ryan and a Stockton funeral home, alleging they acted improperly in the “untimely and avoidable” death of Joseph Damien Duran, 35, at MCSP on Sept. 7, 2013.

The lawsuit alleges Duran had...

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Matthew Hedger
09/12/2014 10:10 AM

A crop report released by Amador County Agricultural Commissioner Patricia M. Lesky says more than $40,000,000 worth of agricultural commodities were produced countywide in 2013 — an increase of 16.79 percent over the previous year’s totals.

In a letter dated Aug. 26, and presented to the Board of Supervisors during their regular meeting this week, Lesky said this was the fourth consecutive year of growth.

“The primary increases were timber at 34.21 percent and wine grapes at 21.64 percent,” she reported.

Lesky said the figures...

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