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Matthew Hedger
6 hours ago
The Calaveras County Sheriff's Office is notifying residents about three men who approached a ten year old girl in front of Valley Springs Elementary School on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

According to a CCSO release, deputies were dispatched at 9 a.m. to the school to investigate the report of the student being approached by three unknown white male adults. According to a timeline released by the CCSO, the female arrived for school at about 7:15. She was waiting in front of the multi-purpose room when she was approached by three unknown...

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Matthew Hedger
4 hours ago
UPDATE 10:45 a.m. Here is a picture of the missing woman.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office is looking for an at-risk, developmentally-disabled woman who disappeared from a group home in Plymouth overnight.

Undersheriff Jim Wegner said Nicole Davis, 33, who is caucasian, five foot three inches tall, weighing 180 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes was reported missing at 8:10 a.m. this morning, Thursday, Aug. 21. She was last seen wearing pajamas.

Reverse 911 calls are being sent to Plymouth residents to alert everyone in...

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Via Press Release
3 hours ago
Back row: Jesse Maldonado, Suzette Ariza, Sean Martin, Lynn Thompson (Vice President), Carol Schwabe (Treasurer), Forrest Schwabe, Connie Strawbridge Front row: Shannon Sai (President), Ambren Neville (Secretary), Joan Pickering, Kathy Martinelli, Helen Hicks, Buster Bowman
The Arc of Amador and Calaveras held board elections August 11 and a new board was welcomed into the Arc family. With a positive outlook and incredible energy the newly-elected board held their first meeting on August 18 before a crowd of about 50. A committee was formed to begin the hiring process for a new Executive Director, causing great excitement among the members present. President Shannon Sai, opened the floor for ideas on what should be on the agenda for the next regularly scheduled meeting August 25. With the revitalized... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014 with 133 to follow.

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

In 1741, Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered what is now called Alaska.

In 1858, theories by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace regarding evolution were published in a British scholarly journal.

In 1882, 1812 Overture by Peter Tchaikovsky was played in public for the first time.

In 1968, approximately 200,000 Warsaw...

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Via Press Release
7 days ago
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls. These students are 15 to 18 years of age, and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester.

These personable and academically selected exchange students are conversant in English, bright, curious and anxious to learn about this country through living as part of a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with their newly adopted host family. The...

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Bill Lavallie
4 days ago
More dramatic pictures from today's Tonzi fire. [Read more]
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Bill Lavallie
4 days ago
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Matthew Hedger
4 days ago
A fire off of Tonzi Road reported just after 2:30 this afternoon, Sunday, Aug. 17, has reportedly burned several acres and at least one structure along with a vehicle, but crews have already placed it at 50 percent contained.

First estimates have the fire at about ten acres, but CAL FIRE jumped on it quickly with crews, a helicopter and a bulldozer to keep it from spreading.

ALD publisher Jack Mitchell sent these first photos in from the field, and photojournalist Bill Lavallie will have more shortly.

This is an Amador...

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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
GregMiller graduated from Argonaut High School in 1986
Greg Miller, former Ledger Dispatch employee and Argonaut High School graduate, Class of 1986, is a National Security Correspondent for The Washington Post. He covers U.S. intelligence agencies and issues related to terrorism. Miller was among The Post reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 for the paper’s investigation into secret surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency.

When the Pulitzer Prize winners for 2014 were announced, a team of investigative reporters from The Washington Post were among the...

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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
Board president Wally Upper at the ACUSD board meeting on August 20, 2014. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
At its July 23 meeting, the Amador County Unified School District Board of Trustees gave Superintendent Dick Glock direction to contact past board members and former school administrators, in order to form an ad hoc committee. The purpose of the committee would be to prepare a report for the Amador County Civil Grand Jury in response to certain allegations made against the board.

At this week’s board meeting, on Wednesday, August 13, Glock began by stating that since the previous meeting on July 23, he had contacted six potential...

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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
Plymouth: Camp out for Cancer "fun color course" on September 6
PLYMOUTH: The annual Amador STARS fundraiser, Camp out for Cancer will be on Sept. 6, at the Plymouth Fairgrounds. The event includes local musicians, food, community fellowship and a “fun color course” with obstacles to hurdle, or tumble over. Visit amadorstars.org for more details.

PIONEER: The Inaugural Holistic Health and Awareness Fair is coming to Pioneer on Aug. 30 and 31. From 10 am to 6 p.m. at the Mace Meadow Event Center at 26570 Fairway Drive in Pioneer. Come awaken your senses, and uplift your mind, body and spirit....

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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
At the Jackson City Council meeting Monday night, Georgette Aronow and Dave Price presented an analysis and study summary of the Sewer Rate Committee’s recommendations for rate increases for the City of Jackson. “The key issue is the Upgrade Project,” began Aronow, owner of G. Aronow Consulting Economics & Public Finance. “The project will improve the wastewater discharge quality to Jackson creek and Lake Amador. The other key issue is that the rates over the next five years will increase.”

Aronow continued to say that after looking...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
Approximately $46,000 in funding traditionally divided between the Amador Fire Safe Council and the Amador County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team will go exclusively to the sheriff this year after the AFSC failed to identify a project or how it would use the money if it were awarded to them by the Amador County Board of Supervisors.

Addressing the board on Tuesday, AFSC Board President Steve Bonner said he was speaking “almost impromptu” as he explained how his organization was closing out several projects previously funded but was...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
Amador supervisors have reluctantly decided to “give back” $22.7 million in state grant funding awarded over seven years ago under the auspices of Assembly Bill 900 to build a new jail in the county.

The action came during the regular meeting of the board on Tuesday.

Following presentations by General Services Administration Director Jon Hopkins, and Amador County Sheriff Martin Ryan, the board reviewed their reasoning for giving up the funding, which came with conditions, including a looming September deadline to identify a...

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Matthew Hedger
5 days ago
Today is Saturday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2014 with 137 to follow.

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

In 1812, British forces foiled plans for a U.S. invasion of Canada by capturing the city of Detroit.

In 1896, the North Country gold rush began with the discovery of gold in the Klondike region of Canada's Yukon Territory.

In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York of cancer at age 53.

In 1954, the first edition of Sports...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
A woman and a small boy who got caught in the current of the Mokelumne River Tuesday morning are home safe and sound today after being rescued by members of the Amador County Search and Rescue Team.

The call for help came in around 2 p.m. reporting the pair were caught up in the current and were floating toward a swifter current near an upstream dam on the river at the upper end of Electra Road north of the Highway 49 bridge crossing at the Calaveras/Amador County line.

Personnel from the Amador County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
The driver of a motorcycle traveling east on Highway 88 near Nobb Hill Court in Pioneer lost control of his motorcycle and went over an embankment late in the morning, Friday, August 8, starting off a series of mishaps dealt with by first responder emergency personnel on Amador roadways this week.

An eyewitness said that the 2001 Yamaha Road Star appeared to fishtail before veering off of the road and tumbling forward. The California Highway Patrol indicated the driver, Mark Wayne Wittemore, 57 of Merced, had serious injuries to his...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago
The following comes from public records kept by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

August 6

Jackson

Trevor Rae Narasaki, 24, Jackson; 2:00 p.m. on 300 New York Ranch Road; Violation of probation; Assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm or force, with gross bodily injury; Infliction of a corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant.

August 7

Sutter Creek

Rodney Lance Harmon, 42, Stockton; 9:22 p.m. on Ridge Road at the Shell Station; Felony warrant...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
The following are selected entries taken from the Amador Sheriff’s Office dispatcher’s log for the dates and times indicated.

August 9

11:27 a.m. Log Information on Shake Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. Evidence of a bear in the area.

2:24 p.m. Suspicious Person and Vehicle on Upper Previtali at the turnout. A woman in a black sports car followed the caller from Highway 88 all the way to her house and got out of her car and began yelling that she had kidnapped her child. Caller says she showed the woman the inside of her trunk, she...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago
The following is a partial list of arraignments scheduled to be heard in the Amador Superior Court on August 18, 2014. For a full listing of court activities, visit www.amadorcourt.org

David Barboza Moreno, exceeding maximum speed limit of 55 mph.

Jonathan Luke Celli, exceeding maximum speed limit of 55 mph.

Rodney Alan Barney, no evidence of current registration.

Lucas Benjamin Whitlock, exceeding maximum speed limit of 55 mph.

Mario Joseph Vaquera, exceeding maximum speed limit of 55 mph.

Rodger Eugene Greenfield, no evidence...

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