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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago
Brian Reed Brunson. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Two men remain behind bars this morning, charged with attempted murder of a third man during a drug-fueled attack that left a Sacramento man clinging to life.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office said Sutter Amador Hospital emergency room staff called them Friday morning at around 5 a.m. to report that two men had just brought a third man in who was suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Officers from the Jackson Police Department responded to the call and detained two subjects, identified as Brian Reed Brunson and Lewis Angel...

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Karen Dickerson
5 days ago

An Open House and ITV demonstration will be held on Thursday, May 7, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the ACTC Center located at 117 Valley View Way in Sutter Creek.

We will demonstrate this interactive television technology by sitting in on a class being broadcast from Shasta College. You will learn how students located in Amador County can participate in classes offered from regional colleges located miles away in real-time and completely interactive. After the class, the instructor will talk with you and answer any questions you may...

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Craig Baracco
5 days ago
Jackson City Council. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

The Jackson City Council approved a settlement that had previously held them deadlocked and approved a pair of public safety measures at their meeting Monday night.

The council took up again an item that had deadlocked them at their last meeting, a measure to pay for a court settlement from the city’s sewer fund. The settlement was part of the recently-withdrawn effort by the council to raise Jackson’s sewer rates. While a previous vote on the matter tied 2-2, last nights vote was unanimous a 4-0. Council member Wayne Garibaldi,...

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Craig Baracco
5 days ago
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Legislation that will give a section of State Route 16 to local governments in Sacramento County passed an important legislative hurdle on Monday. The proposed bill could ultimately lengthen travel time from Amador County to Sacramento by up to 20 minutes.

Assembly Bill 652, which would transfer control of Highway 16 between Grant Line Road and Power Inn Road from the state to the city of Rancho Cordova and Sacramento County, was approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee. This transfer is also part of a larger plan to...

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Craig Baracco
5 days ago
A view of the Amador County Unified School District and Amador County Office of Education board from the audience. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

The Amador County Unified School District Board debated the future of the county’s school sites as the board wrestled with the recommendations from the district’s special committee on school site realignment.

The committee’s final report, presented at the last board meeting, recommended that the district form unified Junior and Senior High schools. Board members were very divided on how to proceed with the recommendations. Board members Joel Mottishaw and Bob Laurent wished to explore the report’s “ideal scenario” which calls...

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Eric Winslow
5 days ago
Doctor Aaron J. Cleveland is the new doctor at the Plymouth office of Sutter Health in Amador. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
On April 6, the Plymouth office of Sutter Health in Amador welcomed a new doctor to its staff. Dr. Aaron J. Cleveland was recruited to be a full-time M.D. complement to the small but growing family practice at 9279 Locust Street, right next to the Amador County Fairgrounds. Even though he grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the bucolic beauty of this northwestern corner of the county - annually interspersed with the roar of rodeo and carnival rides - will be nothing new to Plymouth’s newest medic. “I’ve worked in rural fields most... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
5 days ago
The nine recipients along with CAL FIRE Director Ken Pimlott and California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Nine CAL FIRE firefighters received the prestigious State of California Governor’s Medal of Valor award for acts of heroism extending above and beyond the normal call of duty during an awards ceremony in Sacramento April 24. The recipients were part of 52 state employees who were honored for their extraordinary acts of bravery and heroism in order to save the life of another.

“I know each and every day our firefighters may be called upon to risk their life to protect another,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “These...

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Via Press Release
5 days ago
This photo of Charleton Churchill was taken in November of 2014 on Alaska’s Denali, Mt. McKinley, in preparation for the 2015 Everest wedding. McKinley is North America’s highest mountain peak, at 20,320 feet. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Local Photographer Trapped On Mt. Everest

A local photographer and his party were trapped on Mt Everest following Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. Charleton Churchill arrived in Nepal on April 21 with a couple from Denver, Jen Dudley and Erik Tappenbeck, to hike and photograph, according to Churchill, the first wedding on Mount Everest with a wedding dress. They truly got an adventure they weren’t expecting when the earthquake hit. Churchill said rocks were falling and people were running at the camp where he and his...

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Via Press Release
5 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.

April 9

Johnathan Gonzalez Galven, 25, Jackson; 7:55 p.m. on the 25 block of Main Street; Failure to appear; Violation of probation.

April 10

Jackson

Donald Keith Jones, 54, Morgan Hill; 3:45 p.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Failure to appear; Misdemeanor warrant arrest.

April 14

Pioneer

Jamie Caine Ledbetter, 40, Pioneer; 10:22...

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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago
Robert Allen Jarrell, Sr. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A Drytown man already facing burglary charges stemming from incidents in 2014, was arrested last week on fresh burglary charges, said the Amador County Sheriff’s Office this week.

Robert Allen Jarrell, Sr., was arrested April 5 — along with two alleged accomplices — in Drytown following a call from a resident on Diamond View Drive reporting that persons unknown were at a neighboring resident and might have broken a window. Responding deputies found Jarrell, along with Glen Milo Mohr, a resident of Jackson, and Henry Ralph Ramirez,...

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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago
Photo courtesy of The Sacramento Bee
The proposed Newman Ridge project near Ione may be headed for voter approval say opponents of the project, although proponents say its too early to make that determination. Members of the Ione Valley Land Air and Water Defense Alliance say they have turned in more than 2,300 registered voter signatures this week. The signatures are on petitions for a referendum vote on whether or not to uphold the Amador County Board of Supervisors actions that allow the Newman Ridge project to move forward. If those signatures are validated, the... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago
A “fishy” vehicle accident on April 25 left this truck in a tangle. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

A plastic bag containing store-bought pet fish is being blamed for a solo car accident on Ridge Road east of Old Ridge Road.

The California Highway Patrol said Joshua P. Burastero, 34, was driving a 1984 Nissan King Cab truck eastbound at around noon April 25 when the plastic bag containing recently purchased fish from Petco rolled off the truck’s seat and onto the floorboard. Burastero reached over to retrieve the fish and inadvertently turned the steering wheel to the right, causing him to drive off of the south edge of the...

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Tessa Marguerite
5 days ago
The 5th Annual Bowling for a Cure will take place Sunday, May 3, at Gold Country Lanes. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

JACKSON: Tomorrow and Sunday, May 2 and 3, bring your whole family out to the Amador County Gem & Mineral Society’s fun, free and kid-friendly Gem & Craft Fair, at the Kennedy Mine. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m featuring rocks, slabs, hand-crafted jewelry, beads, gemstones and more. The entrance to the fair is free, parking is $2. Tours of Historic Kennedy Mine will be available for a small fee. For more information, call Gaylene Lichty at (916)698-9853 or email mountaingirl@volcano.net.

SUTTER HILL: The 5th Annual...

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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago

JPD Still Searching For CVS Shoplifters

The Jackson Police Department is stepping up its effort to identify and apprehend three men caught on camera shoplifting from the CVS drug store on Highway 49.

Investigator Doug Grey said three adult, white males entered the store March 27 at around 8:30 p.m. and grabbed a shopping cart and two baskets and preceded to fill them with liquor and food items.

Shortly after entering, one of the men, seen wearing a shirt with the words “Nor Cali” on it, set his basket down and left the store where...

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Matthew Hedger
7 days ago

Today is Tuesday, April 28, the 118th day of 2015 with 247 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

In 1788, Maryland ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the seventh state of the Union.

In 1789, the most famous of all naval mutinies took place aboard the HMS Bounty en route from Tahiti to Jamaica.

In 1930, the first night game in organized baseball history was played in Independence, Kan.

In 1945, fascist leader Benito...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago

Today is Monday, April 27, the 117th day of 2015 with 248 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives of the Philippine Islands during his attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the world. (His co-leader, Juan Sebastian de Elcano, completed the voyage in 1522.)

In 1749, George Frideric Handel's Fireworks Music was first performed.

In 1810, Ludwig van Beethoven...

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Matthew Hedger
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On left, Julius Nyerere, first president of Tanzania. Photo Courtesy Amador Ledger Dispatch History Department

Today is Sunday, April 26, the 116th day of 2015 with 249 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

In 1607, the first British colonists to establish a permanent settlement in America landed at Cape Henry, Va.

In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, German-made planes destroyed the Basque town of Guernica, Spain.

In 1964, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged, forming the country of Tanzania.

In 1986, a fire and explosion at the Soviet...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
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The search is on for a missing Pioneer man who disappeared after capsizing a canoe overnight at Salt Springs Reservoir.

Here is the official release from the Amador County Sheriff’s Office just moments ago:

On Sunday April 26, 2015 at approximately 0145 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) received a 911 Emergency call from a Pacific Gas and Electric employee. It was reported that a male subject had just shown up at a cabin at Salt Springs Reservoir reporting that he and a friend went canoeing in the reservoir when...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago

A Pine Grove man and a Sacramento man are behind bars this afternoon facing attempted murder charges, following what Amador County Sheriff's Office investigators are calling a drug-fueled attack on a Sacramento man who survived their attack.

Here is the official press release from the ACSO:

On April 24, 2015 at approximately 0505 hours, Sutter Amador Hospital (SAH) Emergency Department staff called the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) reporting that two male subjects had just delivered a male subject, with multiple stab...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Thanksgiving day is a time to play and feast, but did you know that the National Day of Prayer is a time to pray and fast? Americans mark the third Thursday in November as the national day of Thanksgiving, but few remember that festive holiday’s fervent complement, which President Lincoln proclaimed in 1863 as a “National day of humiliation, prayer and fasting.” The National Day of Prayer is an annual event observed by people of goodwill, led by their community and religious leaders, to “humbly come before God, seeking His guidance... [Read more]
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