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12/17/2015 1:02 PM
Taken during the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Since the recovery started in September, $4,963,174.94 has been awarded for housing assistance, rental assistance and dollars to cover other needs to individuals and households who registered with FEMA. Additionally, Supplemental State Grants have been approved in the amount of $590,000.00. These grants represent a helping hand for survivors to begin their recovery and to help for temporary housing.

When personal resources, insurance and government loans and grants are not sufficient to meet the needs of disaster survivors, local...

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Tessa Marguerite
11/04/2015 9:30 AM
The Eastwood Multiple Arch Dam. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

The Department of Toxic Substances Control is designing and building a system to divert storm water around the 99-year-old dam this winter to reduce the risk of a dam failure that could come from excessive pressure building up in the rain-soaked soil and mine tailings behind the dam.

A study earlier this year found the dam to be structurally unstable.

“There is a very serious danger to the City of Jackson if this dam collapses,” said Charlie Ridenour, Supervising Hazardous Substance Engineer for DTSC. “We are working swiftly to...

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10/22/2015 11:18 AM

This week, United States District Judge John A. Mendez sentenced Peter Kuzmenko, 37, of West Sacramento, to 19 years in prison; Aaron New, 41, of Sacramento, to 11 years and three months in prison; Nadia Kuzmenko, 36, formerly of Loomis, to eight years in prison; and Edward Shevtsov, 51, of North Highlands, to eight years in prison for their involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme that cost financial institutions approximately $16 million, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

On February 13, after a 21-day trial,...

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Via Press Release
10/22/2015 11:24 AM

The following people have been arrested and booked into the Amador County Jail on the dates and times indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

October 14

Ione

Martin Sina Hernandez-Andrade, 21, Ione; 1:44 p.m. on the 500 block of West Marlette; Failure to appear.

Sutter Creek

Brandon Durk Weaver, 33, Denver; 10:59 a.m. on the 18905 block of Shake Ridge Road; Planting marijuana; Possession of Marijuana for sale; Conspiracy to commit a crime.

Jackson

Daniel Driscoll...

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Via Press Release
10/22/2015 11:21 AM

The following is taken from dispatch logs created and compiled by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office on the dates and times indicated. This information is part of the public record and is presented here in the interests of public safety.

October 7

9:46 a.m. Suspicious Person on Eldel Road in Pine Grove. There is a scruffy, 30-year-old white male with facial hair sitting in the bushes, talking on the phone and having a smoke.

11:14 a.m. Suspicious Circumstances on Ridge Drive in Pioneer. The caller found a hand grenade in...

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Via Press Release
10/08/2015 11:47 AM

The following people have been arrested and booked into the Amador County Jail on the dates and times indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

September 28

Jackson

Amber Lynn Ball, 25, Jackson; 2:05 p.m. on the 700 block of New York Ranch Road; Felony warrant arrest.

Thomas Robert Neil Duncan, 30, Pine Grove; 7:29 p.m. on Main Street at Water Street; Possession of unlawful paraphernalia; Violation of probation.

Kevin Christopher Gilliam, 29, Pine Grove; 1:15 p.m. at the Amador...

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Via Press Release
10/08/2015 11:45 AM

The following is taken from dispatch logs created and compiled by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office on the dates and times indicated. This information is part of the public record and is presented here in the interests of public safety.

September 19

10:36 a.m. Theft of Property on Shake Ridge Road in Volcano. On the July 29 or July 31 someone made off with $800 and five of the caller’s rings.

11:01 a.m. Extra Patrol on Locust Street in Plymouth. An ex-boyfriend comes over periodically and, since the Butte fire, has been...

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10/01/2015 12:23 PM

The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 0.2 percent in 2014 when compared with 2013 data, according to FBI figures released today. Property crimes decreased by 4.3 percent, marking the 12th straight year the collective estimates for these offenses declined.

The 2014 statistics show the estimated rate of violent crime was 365.5 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, and the property crime rate was 2,596.1 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. The violent crime rate declined 1.0 percent compared to the 2013 rate, and...

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10/01/2015 10:44 AM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
Recently, Sierra Health Foundation announced funding for five organizations working tirelessly to provide emergency fire relief services to those affected by the Butte Fire. Among many other organizations working in the region, these organizations include Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families, Blue Mountain Community Renewal Council for its Friends of Rail Road Flat School project, Murphys Senior Center, The Resource Connection of Amador and Calaveras Counties’ Food Bank and Calaveras Community Foundation. All five organizati... [Read more]
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10/01/2015 10:23 AM
Photo by Bill Lavallie

Nearly 2,000 firefighters are battling 8 large fires. Throughout California, an area of low pressure will be moving slowly into the area this week for a gradual cooling with a turn toward seasonably warm temperatures today and Saturday.

CAL FIRE recommends that all residents be prepared for wildfire by remembering “Ready, Set, Go!” Part of being ready is having a fire-safe landscape, which isn’t necessarily the same thing as a well-maintained yard. A fire-safe landscape uses fire-resistant plants that are strategically planted to...

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Via Press Release
09/24/2015 10:55 AM

The following people have been arrested and booked into the Amador County Jail on the dates and times indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

August 31

Ione

Joshua Daniel Charlson, 36, Lodi; 7:41 p.m. on Highway 124 and Buena Vista Road; DUI; Driving without a license.

September 1

Martell

Scott Ellison Long, 51, Ione; 6:10 p.m. at K-mart; DUI.

Jackson

Steven Oliver Sumner, 55, Stockton; 12:00 p.m. at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office; Failure to appear.

Gloria...

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Via Press Release
09/24/2015 10:53 AM

The following is taken from dispatch logs created and compiled by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office on the dates and times indicated. This information is part of the public record and is presented here in the interests of public safety.

September 1

2:06 p.m. Suspicious Circumstances occurred near Highway 88 in Ione. The caller states that she is being stalked by a female and her boyfriend.

4:40 p.m. Welfare Check in Plymouth. Report of a woman living out of her vehicle who apparently spends her days at the park and is...

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09/04/2015 10:40 AM
When developing the plan, list two ways to get out of every room in case fire blocks one of the paths. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Disasters can strike at any time, and the most common disaster threat people face across the country is a fire in their home. The American Red Cross Gold Country Region encourages everyone to be ready for emergencies like home fires by creating a disaster plan for their household during National Preparedness Month. The national theme for this year’s National Preparedness Month (NPM) is “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

As part of its Home Fire Campaign which aims to reduce deaths and injuries from home...

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Via Press Release
09/10/2015 12:09 PM

The following is taken from dispatch logs created and compiled by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office on the dates and times indicated. This information is part of the public record and is presented here in the interests of public safety.

August 26

11:03 a.m. Disturbing the Peace on Pine Avenue in River Pines. A lady was watering her plants when a neighbor approached her and became verbally aggressive due to her water usage.

6:30 p.m. Welfare Check on Broken Oak Road in Pioneer. A man stated that “there are creatures with...

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09/10/2015 12:07 PM
An Amador County arrest in recent months. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

An undercover sting in Calaveras County nabbed eight people who are accused of contracting without a license. According to the Contractors State License Board, eight unlicensed contractors submitted bids for home improvement projects that were requested by undercover agents posing as homeowners.

The work included things like painting, tree removal and more, with all of the bids exceeding $500, which is the maximum dollar amount someone could work without a license.

The department cited David Christopher Wagner of Avery; Austin...

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Via Press Release
09/10/2015 11:41 AM
A type of fire camera used in various regions. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the Amador Fire Safe Council have completed installation of two new fire detection cameras in Mount Aukum and Red Corral designed to help CAL FIRE detect and confirm fires in remote areas.

“These fire cameras are designed to help assist CAL FIRE in rural areas in fire detection, confirmation and response. The ongoing partnership with the Amador Fire Safe Council to get these cameras installed is a great success and an excellent example of nonprofit and private organizations working together...

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Via Press Release
09/10/2015 11:33 AM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta

Amador County Public Health advises community members that because of smoke from the Butte Fire, air quality may be unsafe. Those with chronic health conditions, young children, pregnant women and elderly adults should especially be aware and take protective measures.

If you smell or see smoke, take these steps to protect your health:

Minimize outdoor activities.

Stay indoors with the windows and doors closed.

Do not run fans that bring smoky air inside (such as swamp coolers or fresh air ventilation systems).

If you...

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09/04/2015 10:07 AM
Shaun W. Bridges. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

On August 31, a former U.S. Secret Service special agent pleaded guilty to money laundering and obstruction of justice in connection with his theft of digital currency during the federal investigation of Silk Road, an online marketplace used to facilitate the purchase and sale of illegal drugs and other contraband.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag of the Northern District of California, Chief Richard Weber of the IRS-Criminal Investigation,...

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Tessa Marguerite
09/04/2015 10:22 AM
This week, gas was 15 cents cheaper in Calaveras, and 37 cents cheaper in Sacramento. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

According to gasbuddy.com, the current average price for gasoline in California is $3.33, with a lowest average of $2.62. In general, there is a current trend of prices falling, although prices have been fluctuating by varying degrees over the past year. This week, the lowest prices for regular fuel in Jackson were Jackson Fast Gas at $2.98, and Kwik Serv, Jon’s Pit Stop and Shell at $2.99. Just up the hill, in San Andreas, GasBuddy showed the lowest prices for gasoline were at Sierra, for $2.83.

The lowest price in Sacramento is...

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Via Press Release
09/04/2015 10:13 AM

In July of 2015, firefighter’s efforts were disrupted during the vital initial attack stage of the North Fire. As the fire burned toward the public driving on the nearby interstate 15, firefighters were unable to utilize any aircraft to help hold back the blaze that would torch vehicles and force motorists to flee on foot from the oncoming flames. The reason? Several hobby drones, or UAS (unmanned aircraft systems), were seen flying in the fire area, forcing officials to ground all responding aircraft.

The North Fire is just one...

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