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Bill Lavallie
1 week ago

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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1 week ago

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
1 week ago

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
1 week ago
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
2 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago

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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Matthew Hedger
12/26/2014 10:05 AM

The California Highway Patrol said Charles Lee York, 77, was driving a 2003 Ford Ranger truck eastbound on Highway 88 west of Gayla Drive Dec. 17 when the accident occurred. For unknown reasons, York allowed the truck to drift off the north roadway edge at about 50-55 miles per hour before striking a tree. York sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Saturday, light rain and a wet roadway were blamed for a solo vehicle accident on Climax Road south of Peterson Ranch. The CHP said Michael Lyle Jr., 23, of...

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Bill Lavallie
12/26/2014 9:52 AM

The Jackson Fire Department has been busy during the last several days touring neighborhoods in Jackson with Santa Claus and his elves on board a festively decorated fire truck.

Firefighters and Santa have been talking and spreading Christmas cheer with children and other residents in the greater Jackson area.

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John Tuttle
12/19/2014 11:35 AM

The following is a partial listing of traffic arraignments scheduled to be heard in Amador Superior Court on Monday, December 22. For a full list, visit amadorcourt.org

Winton Edward Burgess, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Johnny Lee Adams, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Gustavo Adolfo Maya Hernandez, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Francine Lois Serpa, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Richard Gary Hardy, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Myles Eugene Gould, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Kristen Faith Raquel...

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Via Press Release
12/19/2014 11:00 AM

The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season because of deep snow and icy conditions. A series of storm systems have passed through the Yosemite region over the last several weeks, resulting in snow accumulations of up to two feet of snow in the higher elevations of the park, including Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. The roads generally close each fall and remain so throughout the winter until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring.

Yosemite National Park is open year-round...

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Via Press Release
12/19/2014 10:45 AM

Cal Trans reports they have officially closed Highway 4 over the pass due to the recent storms and snow accumulation. The pass will remain closed until Cal Trans can clear the snow next spring. They generally try to have it cleared and open by Memorial Day weekend.

The seasonal closure necessary is necessary for the safety of both motorists and Cal Trans crews. The weather conditions on the pass and subsequent road conditions are among the determining factors in the decision to make the seasonal closure.

For the latest road...

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Matthew Hedger
12/19/2014 9:23 AM

A pair of suspected drunk drivers and a hit and run accident in Calaveras County that sent three people to Sutter Amador hospital top this week’s list of vehicle mishaps reported on area roadways.

On Friday, Dec. 12, the unknown driver of a 2006 Mitsubishi Duro is being sought following a hit and run accident on Highway 26 west of Rail Road Flat Road. The California Highway Patrol said as the Mitsubishi entered a curve in the wet roadway, due to its unsafe speed, it began sliding as the driver applied his brakes, and slid into the...

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Bill Lavallie
12/12/2014 10:27 AM

Tuesday around 2 p.m., the driver of a Saturn sedan lost control of his vehicle while traveling west on Shake Ridge Road and crossed over into the eastbound lane where it collided head on with a Honda CRV.

Amador Fire, CAL FIRE, CHP and two American Legion Ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

Three people from the Honda and the driver of the Saturn were all taken by ambulance to Sutter Amador Hospital to be checked for injuries.

The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident and as of press time, had not yet...

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Bill Lavallie
12/12/2014 10:20 AM

A chain reaction crash occurred Tuesday evening around 5 p.m. when one car stopped for a pedestrian crossing Highway 88 at the cross walk near Mel’s. One witness said a car behind the first vehicle also stopped, but a third vehicle did not and struck the second vehicle sending it forward and into the first vehicle. None of the drivers or passengers reported any injuries.

The Jackson Police Department is investigating this accident.

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John Tuttle
12/12/2014 10:08 AM

The following is a partial listing of traffic court cases and arraignments scheduled to be heard in Amador Superior Court on Monday, December 15. For a full list, visit amadorcourt.org

Christine Lavonne Morrow, no evidence of current registration.

Machelle Louise Wensel, unlawful to drive unless licensed.

Antonio Tovar, possession of open container by passenger prohibited.

Frederick Wayne Robinson, exceeding maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour.

Ronald Patrick Whitley, exceeding maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour....

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Matthew Hedger
12/05/2014 8:38 AM
Minor Injuries — Horrific Scene

There was no shortage of mishaps and accidents on area roadways this week as a hot, dry fall transitioned into wet and wintry conditions not seen very often during the past few years.

A rear-end collision on Highway 49 at the entrance to the Drytown Cellars vineyard near Drytown Nov. 28, left a Carmichael woman with head pain, but no serious injury. The California Highway Patrol said Danielle Hartley, 47, was driving a 1997 Subaru southbound on the highway and came to a stop to make a left hand turn into the Cellars driveway. After...

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Via Press Release
12/05/2014 8:04 AM

Based on recent precipitation, the annual seasonal closure of native surface roads, also known as dirt roads, was expected to go into effect the week of December 1, 2014. Rainfall, soil moisture, road and trail conditions, and weather forecasts are factors that trigger a seasonal closure earlier than January 1. The roads will remain closed until at least April 1.

“My goal is to keep these roads open to the public as long as possible as winter approaches,” said Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. “However, based on the weather...

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Bill Lavallie
11/27/2014 11:22 AM

Late Tuesday afternoon a motorcycle was struck by a pickup pulling out of the shopping center on Highway 49 in front of the CVS Pharmacy in Jackson.

The motorcycle was headed south when the truck exited the lot and struck it, causing the motorcycle to go down and skid around 50 feet across the road.

The driver of the motorcycle had an injury to his right leg and was transported to Sutter Amador Hospital for treatment.

The accident is under investigation by Jackson Police Department. The names of the drivers have not yet been...

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