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Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office

Media Release #15-06-02

June 24th, 2015

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 >>>


Media Release #15-06-01

June 8th, 2015

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 >>>


Media Release #15-05-02

June 1st, 2015

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 >>>


Media Release #15-05-01

May 27th, 2015

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 >>>


Media Release #15-04-03

April 23rd, 2015

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 >>>


Media Release #15-04-05

April 26th, 2015

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 >>>


Media Release #15-04-04

April 24th, 2015

On April 24, 2015 at approximately 0505 hours, Sutter Amador Hospital (SAH) Emergency Department staff called the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) reporting that two male subjects had just delivered a male subject, with multiple stab wounds, to SAH.  Officers from the Jackson Police Department (JPD) responded to the hospital and detained the two subjects as they were leaving.  Based upon preliminary information it was determined that the stabbing took place at a residence in the unincorporated county area outside of Pine Grove.  ACSO deputies responded to conduct the investigation. 

Deputies interviewed the victim, a 53 year old, resident of Sacramento.  They learned that the three men purchased a significant quantity of methamphetamine, which they then began to use at the residence in Amador County.  The victim stated the other two become paranoid that he was either stealing drugs from them or that he was somehow associated with law enforcement.  The victim said the two subjects then stabbed him multiple times.  He said he was tied up, beaten, and the two subjects discussed murdering him and various methods of disposing of his remains.  The victim said to avoid death, he was forced to record a statement, that he was attempting to steal their methamphetamine, and that he was stabbed, as they were defending themselves from his attack.  After making the recording, the subjects placed the tied up victim in a tarp and transported him to Sutter Amador Hospital where they dropped him off.  Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-04-02

April 23rd, 2015

On June 2, 2014, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) received a report of a residential burglary on Mariposa Avenue in the unincorporated area of Jackson.  A Sheriff’s patrol deputy responded to the call and learned that the home was burglarized between 9:45 AM and 11:30 AM while the residents were away.  The victims in this case reported numerous items missing, including a full size gun safe containing numerous firearms, jewelry, an ammunition safe containing live ammunition, cash, personal documents, prescription medications, cellular telephones, hunting bows, and hunting accessories.  The total loss reported as a result of the burglary was estimated at approximately $23,000. 

On the evening of June 3, 2014, at approximately 8:41 PM, the ACSO received a report of gunfire coming from the area of the Old Well Motel in Drytown.  Deputies responded to the area to investigate and heard shots being fired near a residence immediately north of the Old Well Motel.  Deputies approached the residence and noted the presence of expended shell casings and multiple subjects inside the home.  After knocking, the front door was opened by the resident of the home, 46 year old Robert Allen Jarrell Sr.  Jarrell was known to the deputies on scene from prior law enforcement contacts and denied knowing anything about shots being fired.  Jarrell told deputies that he was alone even though other people were observed inside the residence. Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-04-01

April 7th, 2015

On Sunday April 5, 2015 at approximately 0843 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a residence on Flint Trail in the unincorporated area of Jackson Valley. The caller reported that she had come to the residence to see her family and found her mother in a chair unresponsive and her step father unresponsive on the floor.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and found Karen Lee Aadland, 53, deceased, with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Deputies also located Daniel Brian Aadland, 43, deceased, with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.  Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-03-01

March 2nd, 2015

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public comments on their proposal for the 2014/2015 State of California Off-Highway Vehicle (OGV) grant program.  According to state requirements, public comments can be submitted from March 3 through April 7, 2015.

A two-step application process is required to allow public comment and feedback before final submittal.  The preliminary application is due March 3rd.  This will open a 30-day public review and comment period and will follow with final applications due on Monday May 4th.  The State is using an internet-based “On-Line Grant Application” process as the means to apply for the State funding.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office grant application is for law enforcement related activities.  The preliminary application will be available online by visiting the California State OHV Grants and Cooperative Agreements program at  Hard copies may be requested by contacting Sgt. Mark Ham at 209-223-6785. For more information, go here >>>


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