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Matthew Hedger
Yesterday

Angels Camp Police in Calaveras County have this morning issued an alert to the public to be on the lookout for a juvenile suspected of running away from home earlier this week

Crystal Houle is a 16-year-old female, red hair, blue eyes, 5'8" tall, weighing 185 pounds.

Crystal attended school on Tuesday, Dec. 16, and failed to return home after school. She is driving her mother's vehicle, a white 1998 Honda Accord 4 door, California license # 4UZS645. She sent a text message to her family Tuesday, advising that she ran away....

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Matthew Hedger
Yesterday

Jackson Police are seeking the public’s help to identify two men suspected of a break in at two businesses in the Mother Lode Plaza in the early morning hours on Wednesday.

JPD Investigator Doug Gray said at approximately 3:30 a.m., burglaries occurred at H. Lorist Watch Makers and Modern Cuts by two suspects who kicked in their front doors. Approximately $3,000 in watches were stolen. Based upon surveillance videos , the two male suspects are described as white or Hispanic and in their late teens to mid-twenties. Both were wearing...

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Matthew Hedger
4 days ago

Today is Monday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2014 with 16 to follow.

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

In 1791, the Bill of Rights, comprising the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, took effect.

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our...

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Bill Lavallie
7 days ago

Tuesday around 2 p.m., the driver of a Saturn sedan lost control of his vehicle while traveling west on Shake Ridge Road and crossed over into the eastbound lane where it collided head on with a Honda CRV.

Amador Fire, CAL FIRE, CHP and two American Legion Ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

Three people from the Honda and the driver of the Saturn were all taken by ambulance to Sutter Amador Hospital to be checked for injuries.

The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident and as of press time, had not yet...

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John Tuttle
7 days ago
Otis Lee Cooper

The Sacramento field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking assistance from the public to help locate Otis Lee Cooper, 57. Cooper, formerly of Sacramento, is wanted for a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Although Cooper has ties to Michigan and Mississippi, he has yet to be successfully located and apprehended.

Cooper is a black male who stands 5 feet 7 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. He weighs approximately 240 pounds and has tattoos on his right hand and right forearm. The...

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Bill Lavallie
7 days ago

A chain reaction crash occurred Tuesday evening around 5 p.m. when one car stopped for a pedestrian crossing Highway 88 at the cross walk near Mel’s. One witness said a car behind the first vehicle also stopped, but a third vehicle did not and struck the second vehicle sending it forward and into the first vehicle. None of the drivers or passengers reported any injuries.

The Jackson Police Department is investigating this accident.

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John Tuttle
7 days ago

The following is a partial listing of family law cases scheduled to be heard in Amador Superior Court on Monday, December 15. For a full list of all court-related activities, visit amadorcourt.org

Desiree Dayone Reed vs. Brett Edward Reed, further family law case management conference, dissolution without minor child.

Curtis John Phillips vs. Cheryl Phillips, case management conference, dissolution without minor child.

Lori Ann Ramirez vs. Manuel Alex Ramirez, case management conference, dissolution without minor child.

Peggy...

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Via Press Release
7 days ago
Dahkota Brown and Ryan Grady at last year’s holiday benefit. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Argonaut Drama and Band present the 2nd Annual Combined Holiday Benefit featuring, “A Christmas Carol,” live on Hometown Radio.

Hearkening back to the “good old days” when families gathered around the radio for their evening’s entertainment, the drama and band departments of Argonaut High School are joining forces with Hometown Radio to broadcast a live performance of, “A Christmas Carol,” on Friday night, Dec. 19, from the multi-purpose room of Argonaut High.

Performed by the Advanced Drama class, the program is a...

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John Tuttle
7 days ago

The following is a list of people facing video arraignments in Amador Superior Court on Monday, December 15. Video arraignments are typically used in cases where persons are already incarcerated in a correctional facility, in order to streamline the process. All persons are presumed innocent unless and until judged guilty in a court of law.

Mahdi Williams

Melvin Eugene Watters

Artnealus Cortez Bradford

Louis Alberto Garibay

Kim L. Roche

Randy Owen

David Valencia

Deandre Robinson

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Via Press Release
7 days ago
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Dec. 14 marks the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Shooting, a tragic event that led educators and leaders across the nation to evaluate what can be done to make schools safer. Brian Whitmore, Vice President of Design at BCA Architects, was asking this question long before the shooting took place and he continues to address it as he works on a variety of K-12 classroom modernizations for various school districts in California.

Below is an excerpted sample of five must-do safety tips for communities and schools to consider when they...

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John Tuttle
7 days ago

The following is a partial list of small claims cases scheduled to be heard in Amador Superior Court on Monday, December 15. For a full list of all court-related activities, visit amadorcourt.org

Kit Carson Nursing and Rehabilitation vs. Mark Wagner, enforce payment.

S and L Ranch Enterprises LLC vs. Ryan Goldschmidt, enforce payment.

Anna Jeanette Chaix vs. Mary Wald, enforce payment.

David Foyil vs. Patricia Seyboldt, recovery.

David Dorosh vs. Richard Gold, enforce payment.

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John Tuttle
7 days ago

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

12-CVC-08154 Angela Rees, Kevin Ball vs. Chevrolet General Motors, General Motors LLC, Federico Solis Rojas, Carlos Balback, Kevin Ray Ball. Motion for summary judgement. Defendant’s request for judicial notice of Exhibits A, B, C, E and F is granted. Defendant’s request for judicial notice of Exhibit D is denied. Defendant’s motion for summary...

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John Tuttle
7 days ago

The following is a partial listing of traffic court cases and arraignments scheduled to be heard in Amador Superior Court on Monday, December 15. For a full list, visit amadorcourt.org

Christine Lavonne Morrow, no evidence of current registration.

Machelle Louise Wensel, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Antonio Tovar, possession of open container by passenger prohibited.

Frederick Wayne Robinson, exceeding maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour.

Ronald Patrick Whitley, exceeding maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour....

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John Tuttle
7 days ago

The following is a partial list of individuals facing preliminary or pre-preliminary hearings in Amador Superior Court on Monday, December 15. All persons are presumed innocent unless judged guilty in a court of law. For a full listing of all court-related activities, visit amadorgov.org

Michael Troy Lewis

Nathan Vargas

Christopher Patrick Wheeler

Michael Dwayne Winder

Samuel Joseph Martinez

Samuel Raymond Castellanos

Alexandria Sabrina Morrison

Jonathan Allen Bethke

Blake Jordan Beilstein

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John Tuttle
7 days ago

The following is a partial list of persons facing misdemeanor arraignments in Amador Superior Court on Monday, December 15. All persons are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Matthew Andrew Cheney

Daniel Benjamine Alexander

Jeffrey Raymond West

Andy Manuel Posada

Katie Elaine Foster

Dennis N. Crabtree

Liu Chiuhui

Gerald Raymond George

Xuan Thaole Trinh

Steve Kent Schumann

Albert Low

Jeffrey David Strother

Colby Joe Reed

Kari Lynn Santos

Seena Christine Aguilar

James Rodney Barnette...

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Via Press Release
7 days ago

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has named two outstanding high school students to represent California in the 53rd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program, sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation — and one of them is Amador County’s own Dahkota Brown.

Benjamin Omar Beltran of Nevada City (Nevada County), a senior at Nevada Union High School in the Nevada Joint Union High School District, and Dahkota Kicking Bear Brown of Jackson (Amador County), a junior at Argonaut High School in the Amador County...

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John Tuttle
7 days 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.

December 3

Jackson

Alana Taylor Usilton, 24, Navarro; 1:07 a.m. on Clinton Road west of Cipriano; DUI.

Walter Harry Martin III, 39, Pine Grove; 11:40 a.m. on the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Failure to appear.

Brandon John Calindas, 27, Somerset; 9:30 a.m. at the Amador County Probation Department; Violation of probation.

Matthew Chester...

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Matthew Hedger
7 days ago

The following is a list of marriage license applications filed in the Amador County Clerk/Recorders Office on the dates indicated.

October 22

Groom: Joshua Lee Franklin

Bride: Daniela Noel Hernandez

October 28

Timothy George Mata

Catherine Michelle Wells

November 7

Groom: Spencer Gavin Prefling

Bride: Ariana Kathleen Stevens

Groom: Chadd Andrew Bass

Bride: Emily Renee McMurtrey

Groom: Matthew Lisk Hamner Jr.

Bride: Rebecca Shelby Patterson

November 10

Jose Rafael De Leon

Angela Xu

November 13...

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William Peterson
7 days ago

Tis the season of giving. Many gifts are given, received and forgotten about soon after with no real meaning or lifetime value. But there are plenty of gift options that can be meaningful and beneficial to both parties. This week, I want to provide you with some ways of giving that not only can be meaningful and really make a difference in someone’s life, but that can continue to be of value and provide benefits for a long period of time.

Gift of Savings Bonds – They earn interest, thereby giving the recipients a gift that...

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Tessa Marguerite
7 days ago
Merlin Ropendowski getting an electroacupuncture treatment. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Blue Oak Veterinary Hospital recently announced the addition of Veterinary Medical Acupuncture services for both small and large animals. “The beauty of acupuncture,” commented Dr. Christine Haas, “is that it is first and foremost an antiquated type of medicine that has been used for illnesses for centuries, and we’re still just scratching the surface of how it works.”

Dr. Christine Haas Quan joined the team at Blue Oak Veterinary Hospital in June, 2014. She began looking into the effects of acupuncture when her horse was injured....

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