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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks 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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Bill Lavallie
3 weeks ago
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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
3 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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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Bill Lavallie
07/14/2014 3:13 PM
Two cars collided head-on when the driver of a Ford pick-up lost control of his vehicle headed west on Highway 88, crossed over the median, and into an oncoming car headed east on Highway 88 near Ione this morning.

The vehicles sustained heavy damage when they both skidded off the road and into the ditch along the east-bound lane.

Fortunately, neither driver suffered any life-threatening injuries because of the crash.

The roadway was down to a single lane of traffic for about two hours while emergency personnel assessed...

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Matthew Hedger
07/10/2014 12:03 PM
From motorcycle crashes to sobriety checkpoints to injury accidents, first responders in the area had a busy week beginning even before the July 4 holiday.

On Thursday, July 3, just before 3 p.m., a Folsom man escaped without injury after he crashed his car on Old Sacramento Road, north of Highway 16, in a solo vehicle accident.

The California Highway Patrol said Dylan Dingman, 18, told officers he drove his 1995 Chevrolet into a right-hand curve at 70 miles per hour when, due to the speed at which he was traveling, he lost control...

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Bill Lavallie
07/07/2014 1:26 PM
A DUI checkpoint was set up in Jackson Saturday night around 6 p.m.

CHP Jackson and CHP San Andreas teamed up to run the checkpoint.

Jackson Police were present and in the area also.

We are awaiting official statistics and will post them here when they become available.

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Bill Lavallie
07/07/2014 10:42 AM
Friday morning around 8:30 a.m. the driver of a vehicle traveling west on

Climax Road lost control of his vehicle on a sharp curve. The vehicle

then slid off the road and into a barbed wire fence. It then went

into a deep ditch along the road and came to rest buried into the

embankment.

Though there was serious damage to the vehicle the driver appeared to

be unhurt according to a CAL FIRE on scene.

CHP was not on scene at the time of this report and we are waiting for

an update on this story.

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Jerry Budrick
06/27/2014 3:19 PM
State Route 26 from PALOMA ROAD in calaveras county

TO STATE ROUTE 88 in Amador County

alaveras and Amador County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform one-way traffic control on State Route 26 (SR-26) from Paloma Road in Calaveras County to SR-88 in Amador County for paving.

Work will begin on Monday, June 30, 2014, through Wednesday, July 2, 2014, from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Motorists should expect 20 minute delays. Alternate routes should be taken...

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Matthew Hedger
06/22/2014 9:50 AM
Cal Trans has announced it will be performing work at one location in Amador County and two in Calaveras County beginning Monday.

One-way traffic controls on Highway 88 from Plasse Road to West Martin Meadow in Amador County for utility work will begin on Monday, and the project is expected to last through Friday, June 27, with traffic controls in place 24 hours a day. Motorists should expect 15 minute delays.

One-way traffic controls will also be in place on Highway 26 from Paloma Road in Calaveras County to SR-88 in Amador County...

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Matthew Hedger
06/19/2014 10:58 AM
Emergency first responders and the California Highway Patrol were kept busy on Amador roadways this week as they rolled to several accident scenes.

On Sunday, an Ione man sustained minor injuries in a solo vehicle rollover accident on Jackson Valley Road west of Buena Vista Road. The CHP said Larry Lee Stroh, 53, was driving a 2004 Ford Ranger eastbound when, for unknown reasons, he “failed to negotiate” a sharp curve.

As the tires of the Ford went off the edge of the roadway, Stroh attempted to steer back on to it and overcorrected...

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Bill Lavallie
06/17/2014 3:53 PM
A driver lost control of his vehicle on Climax Road around 1:45 Tuesday afternoon and slid down a twenty foot embankment into a ditch.

Amador Fire and CalFire along with CHP and the American Legion Ambulance were dispatched to the scene with possible people trapped in the vehicle. Upon arrived it was determined that no one was trapped in the vehicle and there were no serious injuries.

CHP is still investigating the accident.

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Matthew Hedger
06/12/2014 12:28 PM
History by the Creek

returns to Minnie Provis Park in Sutter Creek on Saturday, June 14, from 5 to 6 p.m. Local historian Frank Tortorich will be sharing his rendition of the “Bear Flag Revolt of 1846” which Frank refers to as the “Silly Little War”. Frank’s style of historical story telling is humerous and entertaining, and always very interesting. Bring a lawn chair, refreshments and snacks if you like and come down to the Creek in Minnie Provis Park to enjoy this free and fun experience. Brought to you by the Sutter Creek Visitor...

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Matthew Hedger
06/09/2014 9:36 PM
MISSING OUR GRANDMA!! Pls if you have see her call 209-256-0073. She drives a red Chrysler 300. She lives in Ione/ Jackson area!! She hasn't been seen since 8pm last night. We are very worried...

From social media. The woman's first name is Jackie and she is a nurse.

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Bill Lavallie
05/30/2014 7:17 AM
Thursday around noon, reports of an overturned vehicle in the “curves” on Highway 88, in Pioneer, came in to Amador Sheriff’s Dispatch. Amador Fire, CalFire, CHP and American Legion Ambulance arrived on scene to find a Chrysler Sebring convertible blocking the eastbound lane of Highway 88. Responders determined that the vehicle struck an embankment and then rolled over onto the roadway. They quickly requested that two air ambulances be sent to the CDF Camp, in Pine Grove.

Both a young child and the female adult driver were loaded...

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Matthew Hedger
05/31/2014 1:16 PM
The annual Sierra Century bicycle ride took place on Saturday, May 31. An estimated 1,500 cyclists started at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth before continuing down various routes through Sutter Creek, Ione, Volcano and Daffodil Hill, in Amador County, and Fairplay and Mt. Aukum, in El Dorado County. The Sierra Century Ride is sponsored by the Sacramento Wheelman Club. Specific route information can be found at sacwheelmen.org. [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
05/29/2014 4:18 PM
Reports are coming in of a fire erupting near Carson Drive and Mollie Joyce Park near Pioneer.

This is a breaking news story. Stay tuned to the Amador Ledger Dispatch for updates as they become available.

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Matthew Hedger
05/26/2014 8:45 AM
A seventeen year old Stockton boy is dead and his brother injured in a traffic accident Saturday morning in Calaveras County.

The California Highway Patrol said Dustin Prater was killed and his brother, Robert J. Prater, 20, was driving on Highway 26 just east of Deardorff Road, about 9:45 a.m. when the accident occurred. Robert told the CHP as he entered a gradual downhill curve, he hit the brakes and turned to avoid hitting an oncoming vehicle in his lane.

The truck he was driving overturned, partially ejecting Dustin, who...

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Matthew Hedger
05/23/2014 12:13 PM
A two-car collision at an imfamous intersection Friday sent a Sacramento woman to the hospital.The California Highway Patrol said Lilia Pulido, 47 was stopped on Jackson Valley Road when she failed to see a 2008 Saturn driven by Debra McCrory, 47, of Ripon, approaching on Highway 88. Pulido drove into the traffic lanes and collided with McCrory. Pulido was taken to Sutter Amador and later released. No other injuries were reported. [Read more]
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