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Bill Lavallie
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Editor's Note: This is the latest update of a story first brought in by Photojournalist Bill Lavallie October 18.

By Bill Lavallie and Matthew Hedger

A suicide attempt at a Jackson hotel, an elderly man who would not respond to police attempting a traffic stop on Highway 88 and a surly bar patron who allegedly dialed 911 multiple times to yell at dispatchers all culminated in a “perfect storm” of events for Amador law enforcement personnel in the late evening hours of Thursday, Oct. 16, and a wild weekend of speculation on popular...

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Matthew Hedger
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Bowman, Hammock and Mabrey are all seen here handcuffed and headed back into the residence under the close supervision of ACSO deputies. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Editor's Note: This is an update to a story we've been following all week and represents the latest information we been able to retrieve from law enforcment sources. For more pictures, see the earlier posts in the news and crime sections.

The Amador County Sheriff’s office has arrested five people with alleged connections to a Mexican drug cartel after responding to a report of shots fired and discovering an illegal marijuana grow and package operation in the 1500 block of Duck Creek Road near North Lake Camanche in the Ione area...

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Matthew Hedger
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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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7 days ago
Eight orphaned Russian children whose mothers were killed in a 1900 massacre were brought to the United States in 1908, through Ellis Island,for a chance at a new life in the United States. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Sierra Amador Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution announced this year’s essay contest, which is divided into two levels by grade of the student, and each level is open to any student at the correct level regardless of where they attend school, their race, religion, sex or national origins.

The grade levels and correspoding essay information follows.

For grade levels 5 to 8, the essay title is, “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.”

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Ellis...

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Matthew Hedger
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Today is Friday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2014 with 68 to follow.

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

In 1648, the Treaty of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years' War in Europe.

In 1861, the first telegram was transmitted across the United States from California Chief Justice Stephen Field to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in Washington.

In 1901, daredevil Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel....

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Jerry Budrick
1 day ago

Editor’s note: the following analyses of this year’s propositions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. They have been changed only slightly, for reasons of space and format.

Proposition 1: Water Bond. Funding for Water Quality, Supply, Treatment, and Storage Projects

The question: Should the state of California sell $7.1 billion in additional general obligation bonds to fund various water-related programs?

The situation: Historically, a majority of California’s surface water has come from...

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Tessa Marguerite
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The cheerful staff of Vapor Thrift Store say "goodbye". Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
JACKSON: Vapor Thrift Store, in Jackson, is changing hands. The thrift store will be closing on Friday, Oct. 31, and reopening in the same location on Monday, Nov. 3 under the administration of The Call Church. If you have been saving loyalty points at Vapor Thrift Store, be sure to use them in the store before Oct. 31. A word from Vapor, “We have been blessed beyond measure by the opportunities we have had to pray for or with some of you as well as those times when you brightened our day by ministering to us. We will always remember... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
Yesterday
The restoration of the historical Fiddletown schoolhouse is complete. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the colorful fall foliage and a hearty morning meal out in the country.

Visitors are invited to attend the Fiddletown Preservation Society’s all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and bake sale on Sunday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Fiddletown Community Center. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the original, one-room Fiddletown Schoolhouse on American Flat Road.

Once restoration is complete, the schoolhouse will serve as a community learning/cultural center for small concerts, art and...

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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago
Taylor Brianne Hammock

The Amador County Sheriff’s office has released the names of the persons arrested following a report of shots fired and the discovery of an illegal marijuana grow and package operation in the 1500 block of Duck Creek Road near North Lake Camanche in the Ione area on Sunday.

Deputies located and detained three subjects, Blake Arnold Bowman, 23, of Martell; Taylor Brianne Hammock, 24, of Jackson Valley; and Zachary Gene Mabrey, 25, of Jackson Valley; who were inside the residence when deputies arrived on scene. Deputies also discovered...

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Via Press Release
7 days ago
Natalie Snider and Kyleigh Casagrande are among those performing in the annual Broaday Dinner. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Amador High School Culinary, Floral Design and Performing Arts students are presenting their eleventh annual Broadway Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., at the Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Hall, located at 11361 Prospect Drive, in Martell.

Seating is limited to 112 guests. Reservations are being accepted now for $25 per person, and a table for eight may be reserved for $175. Reservations may be made through the Amador High Performing Arts Department, at 267-0108.

The extravaganza, sponsored by Spinetta Family Vineyards...

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Bill Lavallie
5 days ago
Rodney Wayne Maisenbach, Jr.
A West Point man has been arrested after leading police on a wild chase on an all terrain vehicle in the Upcountry area near Mace Meadows on Sunday. It all started around 8:45 p.m. when an Amador County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop on a man driving an ATV on back roads near Mace Meadows. The man failed to yield and a chase ensued over several back roads in the area. The chase continued on to Sugar Pine Drive and a short time later the driver of the ATV abandoned it and fled on foot down an embankment into a... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago

From the scene of an intense manhunt near Ione today:

A shots fired call that came in to Amador Dispatch 911 this morning turned into a manhunt for 6-8 Latinos who allegedly fled the scene of an apparent illegal marijuana grow at a house in the 1500 block of Duck Creek Drive near North Lake Camanche near Ione.

Unconfirmed reports were that two white male subjects and a white female have been detained inside the residence while at least two teams of officers accompanied by canine units and a helicopter searched for the subjects...

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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago

At least five people have been arrested and several more are still being sought in connection with the discovery of a marijuana grow and processing operation in the Ione area near North Lake Camanche after an early Sunday morning call about “indiscriminate shooting” led law enforcement to police the area.

Amador County Undersheriff Jim Wegner provided details to the Amador Ledger Dispatch late this afternoon.

“About 7 a.m. we got a call (about) indiscriminate shooting in the Duck Creek road area,” he said. “When two deputies...

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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago

Lavallie now says the helicopter has departed this scene after an unsuccessful search. There is a heavy smell of marijuana streetside in the 1500 block of Duck Creek Road where authorities have entered a house and have detained three people.

The earlier breaking story is below:

A large law enforcement presence is actively searching for six or eight individuals suspected of being involved with an illegal marijuana grow off of Duck Creek Road near North Shore Lake Camanche and Ione.

On the spot photojournalist Bill Lavallie...

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Via Press Release
7 days ago
Emily Metzger, left, and Monica Drazba lend their experience to the local Farm To School Effort. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Mother Lode attracts emerging leaders in the Farm to School movement by keeping it local.

“Locally grown” has a new meaning for University of California Cooperative Extension and FoodCorps in the Mother Lode region of the California Foothills. In their second year as a FoodCorps service site, the UCCE, in partnership with Gardens to Grow In, now has two locally-grown service members — one in Calaveras and the other in El Dorado.

Now in its fourth year, FoodCorps, a national service organization, recruits and trains a team...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago

The following is a partial listing of traffic arraignments scheduled to be heard in Amador Superior Court on Monday, October 20. For a full list, visit amadorcourt.org

Charlie Anne Eichler, no evidence of current registration

Jesse Lee Campacampbell, “red” signal — vehicular responsibilities.

Dorothy Lee Phillips, exceeding maximum speed of 55 miles per hour.

Albert A. Camacho, exceeding maximum speed of 55 miles per hour.

Mark Wayne Caverly, exceeding maximum speed of 55 miles per hour.

Jonathon David Walloupe, exceeding...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago

A Walnut Creek woman trying to save her dog from getting hit by a car wound up getting hit herself in a single car accident on Highway 88 east of Golf Link Drive near the Mace Meadows Golf Course in Pioneer Oct. 14.

The California Highway Patrol said Jennifer Rainwater, 33, was walking on the north shoulder of the road when she apparently tried to retrieve her dog — which had wandered onto the roadway — without first checking for oncoming traffic.

She was struck by 82-year-old Earl Maris Garrett of Pioneer, who was driving a 1996...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago

The following is a partial listing of people facing misdemeanor arraignments in Amador Superior Court on Monday, October 20. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Chamarsie Alexander Breed

Sean Des Verdadero

Steven Humbert Serrato

Cal Nolan Stockman

Khambang Thepthongsene

Jessica Marie Burger

Tina Marie Valdez

Walter Gerald Hatch

Kelsey Marie Gatts

Efren Casillas Jimenez

Janet M. Pickens

Robert Murtagh

Gale Eugene Allen

Michael Keola Isa

Seritha Lashon Mosby

Thomas Henry Staehnke...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago

Quinn Korematsu 17, of Volcano, CA has been selected to represent Amador High School and California at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, DC. The Congress is sponsored by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. Korematsu, an Amador High School senior, was nominated to attend the Congress based on his “outstanding grades, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.”

Korematsu is one of only hand-picked students selected from California to attend and...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago

The following is a partial listing of family law cases scheduled to be heard in Amador Superior Court on Monday, October 20. For a full list of all court-related activities, visit amadorcourt.org

Jessica S. Ramsey vs. Robert J. Ramsey, case management conference, dissolution with minor child.

Tom Esposito vs. Janice A. Esposito, case management conference, dissolution without minor child.

Kathleen Mary Thomas vs. Stephen Robert Thomas, case management conference, dissolution without minor child.

Tammy Lynn Finch vs. Douglas...

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