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Since January, wildfires have consumed more than 8.2 million acres. Be fire safe this weekend! Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Labor Day Weekend is traditionally the last big camping weekend of the summer. The Eldorado National Forest would like to remind visitors of the continuing hot and dry conditions in the forest. Nationally, we are at Preparedness Level 5 which is the highest level. The raised preparedness level reflects a high degree of wildfire activity, a major commitment of fire resources, and the probability that severe conditions will continue in the near future. Since January, wildfires have consumed more than 8.2 million acres. The 10 year... [Read more]
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1 week ago

Stockton resident John Steven Keplinger, 56, has been charged with five counts of mail fraud in connection with an auto parts scam, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, from 2010 to 2014, Keplinger carried out a fraud scheme by purporting to sell used auto engines from Japan, but failing to provide customers what he promised. Over 300 paying customers across 44 states and the District of Columbia were defrauded. Keplinger used three companies and websites to carry out the fraud...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
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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 19

Ione

Sabrina Raquel Hernandez, 47, Ione; 2:00 a.m. on the 2620 block of Roadrunner Court; Cruelty to an elder or adult with gross bodily injury or death.

Michael Larry Gumm, 49, Ione; 2:00 a.m. on the 2620 block of Roadrunner Court; Cruelty to an elder or adult with gross bodily injury or death.

Jackson

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1 week ago

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 12

10:42 a.m. Be on the lookout at Highway 49 and Sutter Ione Road. A woman in her 40s with shoulder length hair went off the roadway three times. She is now headed westbound towards Ione.

11:14 a.m. Suspicious person and vehicle on Carbondale Road. A hispanic female came up the...

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1 week ago
Fire map of California. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

More than 9,000 firefighters are battling 16 active wildfires across California. Crews continue to make good progress on control lines of these fires and have succeed at rapidly containing new fires.

Normal to above normal temperatures will continue across much of California through the remainder of the week. However, a cooling trend is expected this weekend for many areas, along with the possibility of rain over portions of the fires currently burning in the northern part of the state.

CAL FIRE recommends that all residents...

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2 weeks ago
Mark Fire from Angels Camp on August 13. Photo by Greg Eastman
The Mark Fire in Calaveras County is nearly contained, while a Stockton man sits in jail on charges that he started it. At last report, the fire, which is burning on Marks Ranch Road near Greenhorn Creek in Angels Camp, was 95 percent contained at 114 acres. Calaveras County Sheriff’s officials say 29-year-old Daniel Salazar was arrested south of the fire late Thursday, August 13. Deputies who arrested him were responding to a report that someone had rammed through a gate in the area with a vehicle. Salazar allegedly drove the car... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

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 12

Ione

De Cong Truong, 31, San Jose; 10:54 p.m. on South Church and West Martin Lane; Misdemeanor warrant arrest.

August 13

Volcano

Tiffani Dawn Weichere, 45, Volcano; 11:27 p.m. on the 21830 block of Allan Road; Assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm with gross bodily injury; Threaten a crime with intent to terrify; Spousal...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

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 7

6:30 a.m. Unlawful Entry to Dwelling on Fiddletown Road in Fiddletown. A male subject made entry into the caller’s house. He walked through the back door when it was unlocked.

8:26 a.m. Unlawful Entry to Dwelling on Goose Hill Ranch Road in Jackson Valley. There’s someone living...

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2 weeks ago
As of Thursday morning, there are 15 active wildfires in California. Photo courtesy of Googlemaps

Fifteen active wildfires continue to burn in California with over 11,000 firefighters on the front lines. While a new wildfire ignited Tuesday in Humboldt County, firefighters were able to contain three other wildfires that had been burning.

With temperatures returning to a more seasonable, normal level, firefighters are hoping that the will be able to continue making good progress on the numerous wildfires burning in California. In Southern California, westerly winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts to 35 miles per hour will...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

Fourteen active wildfires continue to burn in California, with 12,000 firefighters on the front lines. As of Wednesday, crews were able to contain new wildfires that had been burning for the past several weeks. The 2,300 Lowell Fire in Nevada County and the 5,700 acre Willow Fire in Madera County are both 100 percent contained.

Gusty winds are again forecasted across many parts of Northern California. The National Weather Service has issued a “Red Flag Warning” along the Sierra from the Mono County through the Tahoe Basin up to...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

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 5

Fiddletown

Wang Rong Hua, 51, Fiddletown; 1:45 p.m. on the 16075 block of Mount Witney; Planting/ Etc. marijuana; Possession of marijuana for sale; Conspiracy to commit a crime.

Jiang Sai Ming, 45, Fiddletown; 1:45 p.m. on the 16075 block of Mount Witney; Planting/ Etc. marijuana; Possession of marijuana for sale; Conspiracy to...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

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.

July 31

7:38 a.m. Trespassing on River Trail in River Pines. A barefoot, mustachioed man in his mid-fifties is aggravating the caller’s dog. She would like him to get off her property, and wants to know if she will be liable when her dog bites him.

9:30 a.m. Suspicious Circumstances on...

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3 weeks ago
New Melones Dam, south of Angels Camp. Photo courtesy of Dick Carter

Calaveras County Water District is moving forward with a project that is designed to get the most water they can out of Lake Tulloch to serve its customers. Approximately 7,000 customers rely on water from the reservoir for household use and fire protection.

By Dave Eisenhauer, CDFW, CBS, and John Tuttle

The water is now 45 feet below what it normally is this time of year and it continues to be drawn down for fish protection. There is no guarantee that the lake will not be drawn down below the current water intake either...

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08/07/2015 11:13 AM
As of Wednesday morning, August 5, over 10,000 firefighters continued to battle active wildfires across California. Nearly 11,000 firefighters continue to make good progress on the 19 active wildfires burning in California. On Thursday, crews were able to contain three fires and increase containment lines on several fronts. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for a large portion of Northern California for thunderstorms that will produce little rainfall. The very dry vegetation and lack of precipitation will increase the chance of... [Read more]
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08/07/2015 11:03 AM
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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.

July 23

Jackson

Stacy Lorraine Dalton, 33, Jackson; 9:55 a.m. at the Jackson Rancheria; Violation of probation; Possession of a controlled substance; Personate to make others liable; Giving false identification to specific peace officers; Driving with a suspended license; No insurance; Assault on a custodial officer.

July 28

Jackson

Chase...

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Via Press Release
08/07/2015 10:58 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.

July 24

3:52 p.m. Be on the lookout, on Ridge Road near Sutter Creek, for a vehicle passing illegally over the double yellow lines. The driver flipped off the caller as he sped past.

4:08 p.m. Be on the lookout, on Ridge Road, in Sutter Creek, for a speeding driver who is all over the road...

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07/30/2015 10:53 AM
Lowell Fire, Nevada County; You Bet area, west of Alta 2,303 acres – 45 percent contained

Crews work quickly on Jackson Valley Fire

Crews made quick work of a fire in the Jackson Valley this week. The fire was located on Cook Road at Dave Brubeck Road. Fire Crews arrived and quickly put a line around the fire, containing it to a 100 by 100 foot area. No structures were threatened. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Victim life flighted after vehicle fire

A vehicle fire on Ridge Road near Running Gold left one victim with burns to the head and chest. A helicopter was requested for the burned...

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07/30/2015 10:49 AM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

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.

July 21

Pioneer

William David Ehle, 32, Pioneer; 4:03 a.m. on the 14630 block of William Road; Violation of probation.

Ione

Gerardo Enciso Chavez, 28, Ione; 10:51 p.m. on the 4350 block of Jackson Valley Road; Infliction of a corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant; False imprisonment with violence; Violation of probation.

Jackson

Regia Lin...

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07/30/2015 10:46 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.

July 17

12:28 a.m. Out with Parked Vehicle on Highway 88 near De Hei Ranch Road. A driver advises law enforcement that she thinks she may have hit something.

10:14 a.m. Citizen Assist on Meadow Drive in Pioneer. The caller would like to be apprised of the the law regarding elderly people on...

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07/16/2015 9:50 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.

July 1

12:36 p.m. Civil Problem on Quail Hill Court in Jackson Valley. The caller is having issues with the tenets who accuse him of having cameras planted and bugs installed for the purpose of spying on them.

1:48 p.m. Generic Fire Call on Oak Avenue in River Pines. The caller was advised to...

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