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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago
A mobile camper caught fire near Pine Grove. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Alcohol, driver error, a fire and a medical emergency were just a few of the situations encountered by Amador’s first responders during the past ten days.

A Mokelumne Hill man was hospitalized March 11 after suffering what the California Highway Patrol said was a “medical condition” that caused him to lose control of his vehicle. John Conrad, 65, was taken to Kaiser South Hospital after crashing on Highway 49, south of Highway 16, just before 5 p.m. The CHP said Conrad went across the southbound lane, off the roadway, down an...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
The old Amador Central Railroad. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
On April 22, a dedication ceremony will be held at the Amador Central Railroad Turning Wye, in Ione. Two segments of the Amador Central Railroad will be dedicated to two committed volunteers who have passed away. The Larry Cenotto Siding will be named in honor of Larry Cenotto, former Amador Archivist and President of Amador County Historical Society. In honor of Richard Bryant, a longtime, loyal, dependable, committed volunteer, the new railroad station will be named Rich Bryant Station. This celebration will be held prior to, and... [Read more]
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Bill Lavallie
2 weeks ago
Miguel Velasco’s vehicle was badly damaged after a head-on collision on Monday, March 9, on Ridge Road. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
A major head-on collision occurred on Monday evening, March 9, on Ridge Road. Miguel Velasco, 21, of Hughson, Calif., was driving a 1991 Chevy pickup westbound on Ridge Road, just west of Ridge Frontage Road, at an undetermined speed. Dawn Mazzaferri, 48, of Jackson was traveling in the opposite direction, eastbound on Ridge Road, at a stated speed of 35-40 mph. For unknown reasons, Velasco allowed his vehicle to suddenly veer across the solid double yellow lines into the eastbound lane, directly in the path of Mazzaferri’s vehicle.... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago
A fatal accident involving a pedestrian occurred on March 1, on South State Highway 19, in Jackson. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

On March 1, 2015 at approximately 3:40 p.m., Jackson Police Department responded to yet another traffic accident on South State Highway 49 in front of Denny’s Restaurant involving a pedestrian.

Officers arrived on scene and located an injured, elderly female lying between the number one and number two southbound lane of State Highway 49. Officers immediately assisted the injured pedestrian until medical personnel arrived promptly and took over treatment. The pedestrian was later identified as eighty-two-year-old Azar Abdollahzade...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
Kathryn Bigelow, 25, lost control of her vehicle on Meadow Vista Drive and swerved off the road where she stuck a tree and rolled the vehicle, on February 28. There were no injuries. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

The California Highway Patrol was kept busy this week with multiple vehicle accidents. On February 28, Timothy J. Sloan, 66, of Valley Springs, was driving a 2014 Volkswagen northbound on the driveway access road at 22915 Rocky Lane, east of Rocky Lane at a stated speed of 1 mph. Sloan failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway, and the front of the vehicle struck a planter box. The vehicle came to rest in the planter box, facing north. Sloan claimed no injuries. This collision is still under investigation.

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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago
CAL FIRE Division Chief Mike Webb and Chief Rob Withrow. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Two new Division Chiefs — both locals to our area — have been assigned to the Amador-El Dorado CAL FIRE Unit. Chief Rob Withrow has 23 years of increasing responsibilities in fire service. His last assignment was in Sacramento where he over saw the State’s Hired Equipment Program and assisted with supervision of the State’s command Center. Prior to this, positions included Firefighter-1, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Captain in both Schedule “A” and “B and as a staff Battalion Chief here in Amador- El Dorado. Chief Withrow has also... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
4 weeks ago
Reanna Silveira (left). Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A San Andreas woman died this week following a solo car accident on Highway 49 south of Gold Strike Road in Calaveras County. The California Highway Patrol said 30-year-old Reanna Silveira was driving a 2001 Honda Accord northbound at around 3:25 a.m. Sunday when, for unknown reasons, she lost control of the Honda, left the roadway and collided with an embankment. The impact caused the Honda to overturn back onto the roadway. Despite the use of a seatbelt, Silveira sustained fatal injuries in the crash.

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Matthew Hedger
02/19/2015 7:44 AM
A dangerous assignment

Driver errors continued to account for the majority of car accidents dealt with by first responders on Amador County roadways this week, despite the change in the weather from torrential rain to downright warm, dry and balmy.

On Thursday, Feb. 12, an Ione man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage following a single car accident on Coal Mine Road south of Buena Vista Road near Ione. The California Highway Patrol said Donald J. DeLeon, 56, was northbound on Coal Mine Road in a 1997 Dodge...

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Matthew Hedger
02/12/2015 10:03 AM
Bree Wilder, a City of Jackson employee, waded into the waist-deep water after the brunt of the storm had passed and began clearing a drain to try and alleviate the flooding at the corner of Sutter and Rex in Jackson. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Extreme weather contributed to several car crashes on area roads this week, keeping first responders busy in both Amador and Calaveras counties during a rainstorm that dropped anywhere from three to five inches of rain and caused widespread flooding problems.

A solo rollover accident on Highway 26 near the border of Calaveras and San Joaquin counties Friday morning sent emergency vehicles to the rescue. The California Highway Patrol said the vehicle crashed on a curve, rolled over several times and landed on its roof, blocking the...

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Matthew Hedger
02/08/2015 5:02 PM

Sutter Creek has at least one area affected around the Pizza Plus house where the drainage reportedly failed leaving the yard flooded with about a foot to a foot and a half of water. Crews from the Fire Department are on scene cleaning up the drains and pumping out the yard. As I get more photos on the mobile desk, I'll post them here.

If you are seeing flooding in your area, post your pictures below and include as much information as you can.

A National Weather Service Weather Advisory posted earlier has now expired as of 5...

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Matthew Hedger
02/08/2015 4:30 PM

It's been a busy weekend at the mobile Amador Ledger Dispatch news desk. These pictures were sent in about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, from our roving photojournalist Bill Lavallie. They show extensive flooding following a relentless downpourt this afternoon. Stay tuned for more pictures and we will monitor the emergency services and the official government responses and report them here if any advisories or warnings are issued.

THIS IS AN AMADOR LEDGER DISPATCH BREAKING NEWS ALERT. STAY TUNED FOR MORE PICTURES AND INFORMATION AS IT...

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Matthew Hedger
01/29/2015 7:51 AM

A head on collision and a separate fatal accident that claimed the life of a Jackson man top this weeks California Highway Patrol accident roundup.

The CHP said a driver who lost control of her vehicle caused a head on accident that sent both drivers to the hospital Friday morning, Jan. 23.

Jacqueline Condliffe, of Pioneer, was driving a 2014 Ford Fusion at around 10 a.m. westbound on Ridge Road west of Highway 88 when, or undetermined reasons, she lost control of the Ford while negotiating a right hand turn in the roadway. She...

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Bill Lavallie
01/22/2015 7:47 AM

A bicyclist traveling down Stoney Creek Road Thursday, January 15 at around 9 a.m. was struck at the intersection of Argonaut Lane by a motorist who allegedly told first responders she did not see the rider.

The bicycle of the adult rider was heavily damaged and the rider was sent to Sutter Amador Hospital where they determined he had a broken leg.

The Jackson Police Department is still investigating the accident. The names of those involved have not been released.

On Tuesday, January 20 there was a second accident reported on...

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Guest Commentator
01/22/2015 7:45 AM

Average retail gasoline prices in California have fallen 8.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.49/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 10,526 gas outlets in California. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.05/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in California during the past week, prices yesterday were 111.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 28.2 cents per gallon...

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Bill Lavallie
01/22/2015 7:31 AM

Around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning there was a rollover accident at Highway 16 and 49 in Plymouth. Fortunately, there were no injuries.

The California Highway Patrol said the driver lost control on the wet pavement, overcorrected and slid down the embankment.

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Bill Lavallie
01/22/2015 7:30 AM
A pickup traveling north on Stony Creek Road Tuesday afternoon drifted too far off of the shoulder of the road and collided with a fence and a tree. The impact caused considerable damage to the windshield and right side of the vehicle. The driver was uninjured. The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident. [Read more]
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Via Press Release
01/16/2015 10:40 AM
Amador Transit has made some changes to its bus schedule. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador Transit bus schedule changes went into effect on Monday, Jan. 12. Riders are advised to discard any old printed schedules they may have dated Sept. 9, 2013 or before. Business owners should also remove any schedules that may be displayed inside shops, libraries or lobbies.

New printed schedules may be picked up at the Amador Transit office, located at 11400 American Legion Drive, in Sutter Creek, behind the American Legion Hall, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Printable route sheets are...

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Matthew Hedger
01/10/2015 8:23 AM

A runaway truck, bald tires and a driver in the wrong lane were just a few of the scenarios faced by Amador County first responders on area roadways in the past week.

A driverless truck spinning in circles near an Upcountry gas station Jan. 2 snarled traffic, and came close to hitting gasoline pumps, until a CHP officer rammed it with his patrol car and stopped it.

In the official report issued by the California Highway Patrol on the incident, officers were alerted to the scene at around 7:30 a.m., and arrived to find a 1970 Ford...

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Bill Lavallie
01/02/2015 10:55 AM

Monday, Dec. 29, around 6 p.m. there was a crash at the intersection of Highway 49 and Highway 88 in the center of the city of Jackson.

Based on whitness accounts and acording to the Jackson Police Department a van traveling north on Highway 49 apparently went through a red light striking a red sedan making a left turn onto Highway 88 at the intersection.

Occupants of the van, one adult female and three young childen were all transported to Sutter Amador to be evaluated.

There names had not been released as of press time.

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Matthew Hedger
01/02/2015 11:04 AM
A Pine Grove man suffered moderate injuries in a single vehicle crash Dec. 23 after driving through the intersection of Ridge and Climax Roads at a high rate of speed and crashing into a tree. The California Highway Patrol said the 82-year-old driver, whose name was not released, was driving a 1997 Toyota west on Ridge Road at around 11 a.m. and failed to stop at a stop sign, instead driving across Climax and over an embankment before crashing into the tree. One witness, who was eastbound on Climax, narrowly avoided being struck by... [Read more]
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