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Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office
On July 21, 2015 at approximately 0218 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a resident in the 14000 block of Williams Road in Pioneer. The 67 year old female caller reported that she had been asleep on the couch in her residence when she awoke to a subject standing near her watching her. The subject fled out the rear of the residence.
Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the victim’s residence and conducted an initial interview and a search of the scene. Deputies on scene were familiar with a subject that lived in an adjacent residence that they suspected was responsible for the offense.
Deputies contacted, William David Ehle, 32, of Pioneer. Ehle denied involvement in the offense. Ehle appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. A probation search was conducted at Ehle’s residence. Deputies located shoes in Ehle’s possession that had wet dirt on them and the sole pattern matched the footprints left by the suspect at the scene. Deputies also located a sweatshirt matching the description provided by the victim. This was located near a partially consumed bottle of alcohol. This bottle matched a bottle located near the fence which had been pushed down at the victim’s property. Read more here >>>
On Sunday July 19, 2015 at approximately 0023 hours, a resident in the 3000 block of Jackson Valley Road called the Amador County Sheriff’s Office via 911 to report multiple shots fired in the area. The reporting party called back several minutes later stating a male subject was at his door asking for help and stating he had been shot.
Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the residence and contacted a 33 year old male that had been shot multiple times. The victim said he was walking to a nearby residence when an unknown vehicle, possibly a black Toyota pickup truck, pulled up next to him and an unknown person, for unknown reasons, exited the vehicle and shot him multiple times. The victim could not articulate if he was shot with a rifle or handgun. The victim said the shooter did not say anything and he did not know if the shooter was a male or female. The victim described the event as random and was adamant he did not know who was involved or why he was targeted.
Amador Fire Protection Agency and American Legion Ambulance personnel responded and provided medical aid to the victim who was ultimately flown from the scene to Sacramento via air ambulance. Read more here >>>
On Friday July 17, 2015 at approximately 1450 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a teller at the BBVA Compass Bank, located at 12200 Industry Boulevard, Martell. The caller reported that the bank had just been robbed and that the suspect fled on foot.
The suspect was described as a white male, late twenties to early thirties, wearing a baseball cap and blue shirt. Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and were one scene within two minutes. Officers from the Jackson and Sutter Creek Police Department also responded to assist. A perimeter was established and the area was checked, however the suspect was not located.
Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives responded and were assisted by deputies in conducting business checks, interviewing possible witnesses, reviewing surveillance video, searching for evidence and processing the crime scene. Based upon those investigations, it was determine that the suspect had been driving a gold color minivan which he had parked behind a nearby business. The suspect was a white male, in his late thirties, with a mustache, wearing glasses, a ball cap with an “R” emblem, blue shirt and blue pants. He entered the bank, approached a teller, and stated he was robbing the bank. He demanded $100’s, $50’s and $20’s. He did not display a weapon, nor make any threats. The teller provided him with an amount of US Currency, including documented bills. Read more here >>>
On May 19, 2015, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a suspected child abuse report alleging that 35 year old Richard Paul Chapman Jr., of Pioneer, engaged in sexual intercourse and oral copulation with a 15 year old female.
Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives interviewed the juvenile who was friends with one of Chapman’s relatives. The juvenile informed Detectives that she often spent the night at Chapman’s relative’s residence and that Chapman lived in a smaller residence on the same property. The juvenile told Detectives that between January 2015 and April 2015, on several occasions, she and Chapman engaged in various sexual activities.
A search of social media and other digital sources was conducted and produced evidence corroborating the victim’s allegations. Read more here >>>
On Monday November 10, 2014 at approximately 2302 hours deputies from the Amador County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Far Horizons 49er RV Resort, 18265 Hwy 49, Plymouth to the report of shots fired.
Upon arrival at the scene, Sheriff’s Deputies found two victims, one 28 year old white male who had been shot in the head, and one 48 year old white male who had been struck with a blunt object in the head.
A black Mercedes Benz that was observed fleeing the scene was detained on Hwy 49 South of Drytown. The occupant, Lucia Magana Verduzco, 22 of Sacramento was ultimately arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and attempted murder.
Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives conducted interviews of the victims, witnesses and the arrestee; Sheriff’s Detectives and a Sheriff’s Crime Scene Investigator processed the scene and associated evidence; and substantial physical evidence was recovered by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team who combed miles of roadside. Read more here >>>
On Friday June 5, 2015 at approximately 2317 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency Call reporting that a male subject had possibly drowned in the Mokelumne River approximately ½ mile west of the Tiger Creek Dam.
Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies and Amador Fire Personnel responded where they were directed to the subject who was fully submerged and entangled in a strainer. Due to the water flow, personnel on scene were unable to recover the decedent. Read more here >>>
On May 8, 2015 an armed robbery occurred at Starbucks in Martell. The suspect reportedly displayed a handgun tucked in his waistband. The suspect fled on foot, after stealing approximately $300 from the business. The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 30 years old, 5’9” tall, with an average build, wearing a plaid shirt, cargo pants, and an orange and black beanie.
On May 14, 2015 the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) Investigations Bureau received information from a confidential informant that Steven Drew Allee, 32, of Lodi may have been involved in the Starbucks robbery. The informant told detectives Allee admitted committing several robberies in the region. The informant stated Allee had been driving a blue Scion during these robberies. During the course of the initial robbery investigation, a vehicle similar to a blue Scion was seen in the area of Starbucks. The informant provided ACSO Detectives with specific details related to the robbery at Starbucks that only someone involved would know.
ACSO Detectives compared a California Department of Motor Vehicles photograph of Allee to the image of the suspect shown on the Starbucks surveillance video. Allee’s appearance closely matched that of the suspect. Read more here >>>
On Sunday May 24, 2015 at approximately 1715 hours personnel from the United States Forest Service contacted the Amador County Sheriff’s Office and provided notification that a hiker had located a deceased subject in Salt Springs Reservoir approximately 3.5 miles from the dam.
Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and hiked to the area where they located and removed the partially submerged male subject. Due to darkness and the steep, rocky terrain deputies secured the scene overnight. Deputies were accompanied by Amador County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel.
On Monday May 25, 2015 the decedent was recovered by the flight crew of Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office helicopter A101. Read more here >>>
At the 121st California State Sheriff's Association (CSSA) Annual Conference this past week in Pleasanton, CA, Amador County Sheriff Martin Ryan was installed as the new President of CSSA for a one year term that runs through April of 2016. Since 1894 the CSSA has been supporting the role of the California Sheriff as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in each of our 58 counties.
The President of CSSA serves as the chief executive officer of the corporation. He presides at all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the members. He issues calls for regular and special meetings of the Board of Directors. He has, subject to general supervision, control and direction of the Board of Directors, the general and active management of the corporation and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried into effect. He shall have the general powers and duties of supervision and management usually vested in the office of president of a corporation.
In taking the oath of office from Governor Jerry Brown, Sheriff Ryan becomes the first Sheriff in the history of Amador County to ever hold this statewide position. Read more here >>>
On Sunday April 26, 2015 at approximately 0145 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) received a 911 Emergency call from a Pacific Gas and Electric employee. It was reported that a male subject had just shown up at a cabin at Salt Springs Reservoir reporting that he and a friend went canoeing in the reservoir when their canoe capsized. The male subject reported that he made it to shore but his friend did not.
ACSO Deputies, American Legion Ambulance and fire personnel responded. Deputies contacted and interviewed Jakob Kent Marhefka, 34, of Pioneer. Marhefka reported that he and 38 year old, Pioneer resident Daniel Robert Pedersen were camping in the area and decided to go for a late night canoe trip on Salt Springs Reservoir. Marhefka reported that at some point the canoe capsized. He said they attempted to paddle it to shore but were unsuccessful so they decided to swim for shore. Marhefka said that as he swam to shore he lost sight of Pedersen in the dark.
Marhefka took deputies to where he exited the water. No sign of Pedersen was found. A California Highway Patrol helicopter flew over the lake and around the shoreline. The partially submerged canoe was located, however there was no sign of Pedersen. Read more here >>>