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Matthew Hedger
6 days ago
The scene at Argonaut and Pioneer Lane.

A two-car accident at Argonaut and Pioneer Lane near the old book building Nov. 14 left at least one child injured. Jackson Police, who along with fire and ambulance units responded to the late afternoon crash, found a 2008 Mercedes Benz driven by Teresa Melton, 41, of Jackson, had collided with a 2000 Volvo driven by Magana Christian, 19, also of Jackson. The cause of the accident remains under investigation this week and because of the child’s age, the extent and nature of the injury was not disclosed.

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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
Deer-vehicle collisions in the U.S. cause about 200 fatalities each year. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
As the fog begins to settle over the dark hills and valleys of Amador County, drivers must be particularly cautious and fully alert. As you have probably noticed, the hours of limited visibility at dusk, and between sunset and sunrise, seem to be the preferred times for herds of deer to congregate beside, or on, the road. Deer migration and mating season takes place during the months of October through December, which results in more deer-related car accidents than any other time of the year. According to Insurance Institute for... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
1 week ago

The next Amador County Transportation Commission meeting is scheduled for Nov. 20, at 9 a.m., at 117 Valley View Way, in Sutter Creek.

Below is the ACTC meeting agenda. The full agenda packet can be found on the Amador County Transportation Commission's website, www.actc-amador.org, at the agenda tab.

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

By Bill Lavallie and Matthew Hedger

A series of unrelated accidents involving alcohol, deer, sunlight kept fire and emergency personnel busy this week, while police and sheriff’s deputies also dealt with a hit and run near Rancho Murietta.

In one of the most serious incidents this week, an Ione man had to be air lifted to a Sacramento hospital after an encounter with a deer November 7, at around 5:40 a.m. The California Highway Patrol said Gary Roger Shope, Jr., 44, was driving a 1977 Jeep CJ on Buena Vista Road south of Highway 88...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

A two car accident at Argonaut and Pioneer Lane near the old book building has left at least one child injured, and two more are involved, according to on the scene photojournalist Bill Lavallie. Jackson Police along with fire and ambulance units are still present at the scene just after 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14. We’ll bring you more details as we get them into the newsroom.

UPDATE: 3:45 P.M. Both drivers and a child have now been taken to Sutter Amador Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The scene has now been cleared.

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Bill Lavallie
3 weeks ago

Around 11:45 a.m. Sunday morning, the driver of a Chevrolet SUV lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the embankment on a sharp curve on New York Ranch Road.

The California Highway Patrol along with fire department and American Legion emergency medical technicians arrived on scene to find the vehicle on its side with considerable damage to both the front and back. The driver— whose name has not yet been released — appeared to not have any injuries and no other vehicles were involved.

CHP is investigating the accident.

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago

A two-car collision near the front of the entrance to Sutter Amador Hospital Monday sent at least one person to the emergency room with undisclosed injuries.

The accident happened around 4:50 p.m. and both vehicles sustained serious damage.

The California Highway Patrol and the Jackson Police Department responded to the accident, which remains under investigation this week.

An accident October 30 at an intersection made notorious for the number of traffic mishaps there resulted in minor injuries to a Galt man. The CHP said Gloria...

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Bill Lavallie
3 weeks ago

Around 4:50 p.m. Monday evening two cars collided in front of the entrance

to Sutter Amador Hospital.

At least one person was taken to the hospital with injuries. Both

vehicles sustained serious damage.

Jackson Police and CHP were on scene and are still investigating the accident.

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Matthew Hedger
4 weeks ago

A series of unrelated accidents involving alcohol, motorcycles and wet and icy conditions kept first responders busy during the last weekend of October 2014.

A Jackson man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage on Oct. 24, just after 4 p.m., following a single-car accident on Highway 88 west of Marilyn Lane. The California Highway Patrol said Paul Leon, 46, was driving a 2001 Subaru westbound on the highway at around 35 miles per hour when he “exited a left-hand curve and ran off the right...

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Carolyn Schmitz
10/27/2014 12:19 PM
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Teen Driver Night For Parents & Teens — both current and future drivers — is being sponsored by the Amador Teen Driver Council. The goal is to help parents and teens understand the many issues surrounding the pressures on the teen driver, as well as offer safety ideas and tips. Statistics prove that the more parents involve themselves in the activities of their teen drivers, fewer teen driving accidents occur.

Expect presentations from Amador County Health Officer Dr. Rita Kerr, CHP Officer Craig Harmon, Tina Wurzburger, a parent,...

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Matthew Hedger
10/24/2014 11:34 AM

A San Andreas man was killed and a Sutter Creek man suffered critical injuries in unrelated accidents in Calaveras and Amador counties this week.

The California Highway Patrol said Trenton Bumpus, a 20-year-old San Andreas resident succumbed to injuries sustained in a single car accident on Gold Strike Road south of Hawver Ranch Road Oct. 19. Bumpus was northbound at a unknown rate of speed when for undetermined reasons, he “failed to follow the curve of the roadway.” Bumpus’ 1994 Jeep Cherokee fishtailed across the road a number...

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Matthew Hedger
10/16/2014 11:52 AM

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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Via Press Release
10/12/2014 7:53 PM

Individuals interested in becoming chain installers on California State Highways in the Sierra Nevada can contact the Caltrans Maintenance Office at (209) 736-0187. Permits are available for State Highways 4, 88, 89, 108 and 207 in Calaveras, Alpine, Amador and Tuolumne Counties.

All new applicants are required to attend an orientation class, which will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the Caltrans Maintenance Office (98 South Main Street) in Angels Camp, California. A written and performance exam will be...

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Bill Lavallie
10/11/2014 8:37 AM

One woman and a young child were taken by ambulance to Sutter Amador

Hospital as a result of a crash around 12:30 p.m Friday afternoon at the intersection of

Highway 88 and Martell Road.

A Ford truck apparently made a left hand turn into the path of a Jeep SUV when the driver

tried to enter Martel Road and caused a head-on collision.

The names of the involved drivers and other information has not yet been released.

CHP is still investigating the accident.

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Tessa Marguerite
09/29/2014 8:21 AM
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 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.

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Matthew Hedger
09/26/2014 10:59 AM

A head-on accident between a pickup and a box truck sent two San Joaquin County residents to a Reno, Nevada hospital with major injuries and closed down a section of Highway 88 in both directions for nearly four hours.

The California Highway Patrol said the Sept. 19 accident happened at around 5:35 p.m. when Douglas Edwards, 47, a Jackson resident, was driving a 2015 Hino box truck westbound on Highway 88 east of Dufrene Road. Edwards drifted off of the right side of the roadway, overcorrected and crossed over the double yellow...

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Lucy Hackett
09/25/2014 4:44 PM

Watch for slow moving traffic behind the Kit Carson Mountain Men Wagon Train on Hwy 49 between Plymouth and the Amador City turn-off Friday morning, 8 am to 10 pm. The Wagon Train will travel on Old Hwy 49 through Amador City and then on back roads to Sutter Creek for lunch on Main Street.

Here's some B-roll of the wagon train from this morning, courtesy of Larry Angier.. http://youtu.be/g70HN4xh5_U

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Bill Lavallie
09/24/2014 10:05 AM

A single car accident Tuesday is being blamed on a driver who told police she reached for an electronic device and lost control of her vehicle.

The accident, reported around 12:30 p.m. to the Amador County Sheriff’s Office, indicated a car had rolled over on Michigan Bar Road in the Ione area.

Emergency personnel located the vehicle over turned near the model airplane field.

The driver allegedly told the CHP that she had reached for her iPad while she was driving and lost control.

Her name has not yet been released.

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Bill Lavallie
09/20/2014 7:35 AM

A head on accident Friday afternoon sent three people to the hospital with serious injuries and closed down Highway 88 for 90 minutes.

A large box truck headed west on Highway 88 lost control, skidded across the highway and rolled over head on into an oncoming pickup.

Two people were life flighted out to area trauma centers and one was taken by ambulance to Sutter Amador Hospital.

The roadway was completely closed down in both directions for about an hour and a half.

CHP is still investigating the accident and the...

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