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Bill Lavallie
4 days ago
Above: Sunday’s vehicle accident on Highway 49 and Valley View Way. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

A pickup truck that was stopped at the intersection of Highway 49 and Valley View Way was struck in the rear by another vehicle traveling on the Sutter Creek bypass on Sunday.

The sedan had serious damage and was towed from the scene. The pickup received minor damage to the rear bumper, however a pregnant passenger in the pickup complained of back pain shortly after the crash. Sutter Creek Police were still investigating the accident as of press time this week.

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

A trio of unrelated problems on area roadways kept first responders and rescue workers busy on Tuesday.

Highway 49 was partially blocked and closed for a time on the turns south of the Mokelumne River crossing after a big rig hauling wood shavings overturned around 9:30 a.m. The California Highway Patrol said one lane traffic controls were in effect as workers cleaned up the mess, and the road was closed and then reopened around 12:45 p.m., after the truck was put back on its wheels and towed away.

Then, just before 11 a.m., a...

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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago

An early season fire that broke out near Gold Beach Thursday burned at least 14 acres about a half-mile from the area burned during the Sand Fire last August.

First reported around 3 p.m., firefighters had the fire about 75 percent contained by 7 p.m. and said no structures were threatened.

Ground crews forded a trickling Consumnes River to fight the fire, as a helicopter dropped water on it from above. Cal Fire officials said crews remained on scene overnight to mop up and ensure the blaze did not rekindle.

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

Firefighters are responding to a fire that has broken out near Gold Beach in Amador County at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16. Amador Ledger Dispatch photojournalist Bill Lavallie is on scene and is providing these pictures. We will post more as pertinent information becomes available.

THIS IS AN AMADOR LEDGER DISPATCH BREAKING NEWS STORY. STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

If you see an unusually large contingent of emergency vehicles on area roadways this Thursday, don’t be alarmed — they’re only conductiing an emergency preparedness drill.

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, officers from the San Andreas California Highway Patrol office will be participating in a multi-agency disaster drill in the West Point area of Calaveras County. This joint Amador/Calaveras Fire Response, Care and Shelter exercise is designed to test and evaluate fire procedures and policies, operation coordination, mass care services,...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago

The Calaveras County Sheriff's Department has issued a weather warning for today, Monday, April 6, through Wednesday, April 8, 2015:

WEATHER OUTLOOK APRIL 6, 2015

WEATHER OF CONCERN FOR MONDAY 4-6-15 THROUGH WEDNESDAY

4-8-15:

A WINTERY STORM SYSTEM WILL BE MOVING THROUGH NORTHERN CALIFORNIA LATE TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY. THIS SYSTEM WILL BE MUCH WETTER, SNOWIER AND BRING A GREATER CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THAN THE SYSTEM THAT CAME THROUGH CALAVERAS COUNTY ON SUNDAY.

Impacts

• HAZARDOUS TRAVEL ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS WITH...

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Matthew Hedger
4 weeks ago
Clark’s Corner was hit by a truck on Tuesday, March 31. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Patty Claveran

The second half of March provided plenty of opportunities for emergency first responders in Amador County to help victims of automobile accidents.

A single car accident March 18 led to an arrest for hit and run and drunk driving after a Pine Grove man crashed into a garage before fleeing the scene. According to the California Highway Patrol, Danny Upton, 61, was driving a 2008 Lincoln eastbound on Highway 88 at around 10 p.m. when he tried to turn right onto Clinton/Irishtown Road at a high rate of speed. Due to his level of...

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Matthew Hedger
03/26/2015 9:44 AM
The construction site of the new Dollar General, in Pine Grove. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Construction of a Dollar General store at the intersection of Ridge Road and Highway 88 in Pine Grove has resumed after an Amador County judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of project opponents.

In court documents obtained by the Amador Ledger Dispatch, Amador County Judge Steve Hermanson signed a “judgment of dismissal and order awarding costs,” proffered by Carissa M. Beecham, an attorney with the Sacramento-based Stoel Rives law firm working on behalf of the county on March 20.

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Matthew Hedger
03/19/2015 8:52 AM
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
03/12/2015 7:19 AM
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
03/12/2015 7:08 AM
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
03/05/2015 8:50 AM
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
03/05/2015 8:47 AM
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
02/27/2015 10:32 AM
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
02/27/2015 10:29 AM
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.

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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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