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Matthew Hedger
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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
5 days ago
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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
1 week ago

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
2 weeks 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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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

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
3 weeks ago

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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John Tuttle
09/12/2014 10:16 AM
A motorhome caught fire on Highway 88 in Upcountry Amador County Sept 7, snarling traffic for at least half an hour. According to Amador Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Ted Jagoda, the 1987 Beaver motorhome was traveling eastbound on Highway 88 at around 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon when the driver noticed it was heating up. He pulled over at Mace Drive, opened the hood and the fire erupted. The driver escaped injury and firefighters from Amador Fire Protection District and CALFIRE were able to contain the fire to the motorhome,... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
09/12/2014 10:15 AM
An Amador County driver, suspected of being intoxicated, allegedly sparked a brush fire that destroyed two homes and burned 90 acres along Highway 20 in Lake County Sept. 3. According to the CHP, Shellie Boulais, 52, of Jackson, was booked into the Lake County jail Wednesday, Sept. 3, on suspicion of driving under the influence. Boulais lost control of her vehicle on Highway 20 and crashed into an embankment east of Blue Lakes igniting the dry grass on the roadside. Officials say she fled the scene, but was spotted in some bushes... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
09/12/2014 10:08 AM

A new law will take affect Tuesday that will require drivers to maintain at least three feet between a vehicle and a bicycle on the road.

According to the new law, a driver must allow three feet of distance when overtaking or passing a bicyclist. If three feet is not available, a driver must then slow to a safe speed and pass when no danger is present.

“Motorists are reminded to pay close attention as the school year approaches and exercise caution when they see bicyclists on the road,” said California Highway Patrol Commissioner...

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Matthew Hedger
08/14/2014 10:15 AM

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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Bill Lavallie
08/15/2014 11:51 PM
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Around 5:15 p.m. a driver traveling on Forest Home Road lost control of his Chevrolet Camaro and spun off the road. That then caused a fire to start under the car which quickly spread into tall grass near the car.

Fire crews responded quickly to the scene and put out the fire. A bulldozer was also called to the scene to assist in mop-up.

The driver did not seek medical attention.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Via Press Release
08/11/2014 9:35 AM

The California Department of Transportation has issued three traffic advisories for work to be performed on area roadways this week.

In Amador County, one-way traffic controls will be in effect beginning today, Aug. 11, on Highway 88 from Plasse Road to West Martin Meadow for utility work. Work hours are between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and the work is expected to continue through Friday, Aug. 15. Motorists should expect 15 minute delays.

One-way traffic controls will also be in effect today through Friday on Highway 26 from Paloma Road...

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Bill Lavallie
08/08/2014 3:30 PM

The driver of a motorcycle traveling east on Highway 88 near Nobb Hill Court in Pioneer lost control of his vehicle and went over an embankment late this morning, Friday, August 8.

An eyewitness said that the motorcycle appeared to fishtail and then veer off of the road and then tumbled forward off the road. The California Highway Patrol indicated that the driver had serious injuries to his face and was taken to Sutter Amador Hospital.

We are waiting for more information from the CHP as they continue their investigation.

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Matthew Hedger
07/18/2014 12:18 PM

A Nevada man and an Elk Grove woman somehow managed to escape with only minor injuries after a near head-on collision Tuesday that backed up traffic for miles in both directions on Highway 88 near Sunnybrook.

The California Highway Patrol said Willard Wehe, 68, of Wellington, Nevada, was westbound on Highway 88 east of Upper Jackson Valley Road just before 9:30 a.m. when the accident

occurred. As Wehe drove his 2007 Ford truck, for unknown reasons, he drifted off the north side of the road and onto the gravel shoulder before...

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